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Presidential Candidates Tax Return Release

Massachusetts state senator Michael Barrett has once again filed a bill to mandate that candidates for president release their tax returns before appearing on the state ballot. The Senator’s Chief of Staff recently sent the following message to supporters:

State Sen. Mike Barrett has re-filed his bill that will require candidates for president to disclose their tax returns in order to appear on a Massachusetts primary or general election ballot: SD. 664 - An Act restoring financial transparency in presidential elections.

Now is your chance to have a major impact. Over the next week, legislators will look over thousands of bills and choose some to co-sponsor. The more State Representatives and State Senators who co-sponsor SD. 664 by February 1st, the better. As the president conducts himself worse and worse, the urgency increases. Let’s really press the issue.

Call or email Tami Gouveia asking her to co-sponsor SD. 664.

Carlisle Rising to Action (CRTA) is a local advocacy group formed by Carlisle, Massachusetts, citizens and residents concerned about increased division and intolerance in our country and threats to core democratic principles such as equality, voting rights, freedom of the press, and transparency in government. More...

Meeting with New US House Rep. Lori Trahan’s Staff

On Wednesday, CRTA Member Wayne Davis joined a small delegation of Indivisible members from across the Third Congressional district to meet with Rep. Trahan’s Lowell Office senior staff, Jackie Bart, Eily Byrne & Joe Thibodeau.

Highlights of the meeting:

  • Rep. Trahan has been appointed to both the Armed Services and Education and Labor Committees.
  • She wants to hear from us, especially on progressive issues – even when you know she’s likely to support our position.
  • Trahan came out strongly in favor of H.R. 1 – the “For the People Act of 2019” – which is the #1 priority set by Indivisible National.
  • She looks forward to continuing interaction with Indivisible groups, and visiting throughout the District.

Further details ….

Committee Assignments. Lori had sought assignment to both Armed Services and Education & Labor. The Armed Services position has traditionally been an important one for the Third District, given the constellation of high-tech, defense-related firms. Education & Labor was personally important to Lori, so she could pursue her agenda of expanding educational opportunities, especially for those of more limited means.

Keep the Pressure On, Even When Lori is On Our Side. Lori’s staff begged us to call (202) 225-3411 or email on issues we care about, even if we know or assume she will be supportive. The reason is that there is still a strong conservative contingent in the District who are watching Fox News, reactivating their own activist networks, and actively calling her office. We can’t be complacent. Lori can more forcefully and confidently advocate for these issues when she knows she’s got a strong base of support.

Issues. Before the shutdown, both the Democratic House leadership and Invisible’s national leadership had identified “fixing the system” as the top priority issue. As important as the issues of health care, immigration, climate change, and even a potential Trump impeachment might be, Trump’s election and the travails of the past couple years are a symptom, not the cause, of a broken system. Rep. Trahan chose to highlight this as a signature issue on her swearing-in, publishing an Op-Ed in the Boston Globe on January 2, 2019. As she wrote:

Big problems require bold solutions. H.R. 1 includes sweeping changes to our election laws, including automatic voter registration, an end to voter-roll purges, guaranteed early voting, redistricting reform, and making Election Day a national holiday. H.R. 1 shines a light on dark money in our political system by requiring super PACs and other shadowy organizations to disclose their donors and expenditures, and creates a matching system for citizen-owned elections, allowing everyday Americans to exercise their due influence over our politics. Finally, H.R. 1 restores ethical guardrails in Washington, breaking the influence economy, cracking down on the revolving door, and stomping out conflicts of interest — including by requiring presidents to release their tax returns. Click here for full-text.

The group also discussed the importance of health care, immigration reform, and racial justice. Wayne added the “Green New Deal” is an issue that has strong support in the District.

Further Interactions. Lori’s office is still getting their roles, responsibilities, and plans settled. She’s assembled a talented group, with diverse experience. The Representative is looking forward to utilizing both in-person and virtual Town Halls to keep in direct touch with constituents. The local office staff also encourages phone calls, emails, and visits with them.

We tipped the Elections Blue

On November 15, Jared Golden was declared the winner in ME 2 – the first time, ranked choice voting was used to elect a U.S. congressional representative.

Our record stands at 3 out of 3:

Pappas – elected

Golden – elected

Delgado – elected

CRTA meeting on May 2, 2018

Thanks to Barney Arnold and Michael Ansara for hosting and to the School Committee candidates Melynda Gambino and Shannon May Lavery for coming. Thanks to Gina M. Fox for proposing Carlisle support for Race Amity day on Sunday June 10th - CRTA is proud to join in sponsorship!

Candidating with Jeff Ballinger, Leonard Golder, and Rick Green on April 12, 2018

Candiating with Alexandra Chandler, Dan Koh, Patrick Littlefield, Bopha Malone on March 23, 2018

Carlisle Rising at Massachusetts Indivisible Conference, November 2017

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