McLaughlin driving hard for Rep seat

By JOSH RESNEK

Councilor Mike McLaughlin, a candidate for the rep seat in the primary only 30 days away, published a detailed road map of how and what he hopes to achieve as the city’s rep.

“I pledge transparency and self-accountability,” he wrote. “You have a right to know about all of my votes. I am proud to work for you, the people of Everett. You can depend, trust and count on me to be your voice.

McLaughlin faces the incumbent rep in a September primary now only 30 days away.

McLaughlin has pledged to hold his seat on the city council if he is elected rep.

This means he would hold both positions until the next city election when he would step aside.

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Everett needs independent Rep’s voice on Beacon Hill

Campaign signs for the State Rep battle are popping up all over Everett. (Photo by Jim Mahoney)

Too much outside sourced money in play currently

BY JOSH RESNEK

Our Beacon Hill rep since 2015 is a nice enough fellow. But then, why shouldn’t he be?

He is owned lock, stock and barrel by the mayor.

If he was ordered by the mayor to go to the top of Sal Sacro’s building in the square and told to jump, he’d ask the mayor: “Head first or feet first?”

You have to wonder who the Rep is actually representing on Beacon Hill?

Is it the people of Everett? Private interests? What Councilor Mike Marchese has called the Demaria Crime Family?

When you come right down to it, is he representing only and mainly himself?

Arguably, the best way to measure his value to the community is to look at his campaign finance reports as filed with the Office of Campaign and Political Finance.

When you follow the money, you can usually find the answer to that question.

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Notary publics actions by video conferencing authorized by Massachusetts Legislature

Senator Sal DiDomenico and Representative Joseph McGonagle recently announced that the Massachusetts Legislature passed legislation to authorize notary publics to perform notary actions using video conferencing during the COVID-19 public health emergency.

“My office heard from many constituents on this issue of remote notarization, and I am pleased that my colleagues in the Legislature and I were able to enact this change,” said Senator DiDomenico. “Industries across our Commonwealth are hav- ing to quickly adapt to these unprecedented times, and the Legislature is doing everything we can to identify these needs and make the necessary changes. Public health and safety must remain top priority, and this will help minimize risk for many people in need of this critical service and ease the burden on a crucial part of our economy.”

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LOOKING AT THE NEWS

McLaughlin off and running

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Everett Ward 6 city councilor Michael McLaughlin, D, took out papers to run for the 28th Middlesex State Representative’s seat at the McCormack Building. (Photo by Jim Mahoney)

By Josh Resnek

Councilor Mike Mclaughlin is officially a candidate for state rep from Everett after pulling papers Tuesday. With great fanfare and high hopes, he is making the effort to rise to the next level of the political playing field.

He preceded his methodical quest to line up all his ducks before jumping into the political frying pan by hosting a series of campaign events over the weekend with supporters and contributors, readying himself for the big push which has begun in earnest.

Saturday, he met with about 50 supporters at Anna’s Pizza on Main Street.

Considering how distant the election seems today, the large and enthusiastic gathering was all the more noteworthy.

Made up entirely of Everett residents and voters, everyone there committed themselves to a McLaughlin campaign and a McLaughlin victory.

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Quite a contrast

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By Josh Resnek

When Senator Sal came out to bring the greetings of the State Senate to the good people of our city attending the mid-term festivities at city hall Monday night, he did it with class and style befitting a longtime senator.

He made short remarks noting that we are all basically family here and that families, in general, seated in the council chamber, deserved credit for aiding the elected public officials who were about to take their oath of office for the new session.

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Senator Sal DiDomenico enters the chamber with State Rep. Joe McGonagle behind him shaking hands with locals during the City of Everett’s 2020 Inaugural Ceremonies at City Hall.(Photo by Joseph Prezioso)

His comments were greeted with strong applause.

Senator Sal always comes prepared and ready to go.

He would not appear otherwise. You can put your money on that. He entered the council chamber with Everett State Rep. Joe McGonagle, who was neither prepared nor ready to go.

McGonagle seemed lost, like a guy with the flu or a virus bothering him, smothering him, and making it almost impossible for him to say anything approaching coherency.

From the moment he began his greetings from the Massachusetts House of Representatives, he kind of stumbled through a few thoughts that were having trouble being recited together.

At one point, he stopped altogether, with an empty gap that many of those who packed the council chamber certainly felt.

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