I’m bringing my laptop with me to tonight’s Democratic US Senate debate at UMass Lowell. The debate begins at 7 pm and I plan to do periodic posts through the evening as the event progresses, so check back frequently. Hopefully the rain will go away by then so the pre-debate demonstrations by the campaigns outside the debate hall will not be curtailed by the weather.
Reporter Abby Goodnough of the NYTimes wrote in today’s paper about the US Senate Democratic candidates debate tonight at UMass Lowell, emphasizing that this is the first big campaign test for Elizabeth Warren. Read the article here, and get the NYT on your porch or online if you want more.
Thanks to this morning’s rain, I was able to upload the videos of last night’s Lowell Citywide Neighborhood Council candidate forum on “Finances, Taxes & the Budget.” The fifteen council candidates in attendance – Paul Belley and Vesna Nuon were unable to attend – were asked to spend their two minute opening statements addressing the following questions:
1. What is the role of a Councilor?
2. What are the major elements of a balanced budget?
3. In our current budget, what is expendable, what is not, and how would you reduce costs and raise revenue?
Then, after each candidate was asked a question by an audience member, each candidate was given one minute to recap what each of them would do as a councilor regarding city finances and the budget. I video recorded the opening and closing of each candidate and combined the two for each candidate into a single video clip which I’ve loaded onto YouTube. Click on the candidate name below to reach that candidate’s video from last night:
Back in April the Springfield Republican launched a series aiming to tell of Springfield’s role in the Civil War and of how the community and environs weathered the difficult years of the War. Springfield native and local historian Wayne Phaneuf - who is in charge of all editorial operations at The Republican – introduced and laid out the four-year project:
We at The Republican are launching a four-year project to tell the story of how our community coped with 48 months of war, from April of 1861 to April of 1865.
On the first Sunday of each month we will run a report of what was happening here 150 years ago during that month.
Follow the course of Springfield and its citizens – sometimes day-to-day – during the Civil War by linking to the newspaper’s interesting series. Get a sense this important era in history from a western Massachusetts perspective.
You can read the first of the 48 articles here which includes the details of the newspaper’s investigation that revealed the ”shocking” information that - “Southern sympathizers within the federal government had arranged for more than 100,000 Springfield-made muskets to be distributed to other arsenals “for safe keeping.” These arsenals just happened to be in six southern states, one being in Charleston, South Carolina, the community that had become the eye of the upcoming storm.” The most recent entry in the series here recounts the story that “the 27th Massachusetts under the command of former (Springfield) city clerk Horace C. Lee would be leaving the city in two days to began an odyssey of war to such places as Roanoke Island, Newbern, Andersonville, Cold Harbor, and Petersburg. Of the nearly 1,500 men who would serve from 1861-1865 in this regiment, 401 never returned home.”
Kudos to the Springfield Republican as they and other Massachusetts newspapers like the Lowell Sun and the Lawrence Eagle Tribune bring the War to life as part of the national sesquicentennial remembrance of the American Civil War.
Three BU Professors (Fred Bayles,Tobe Berkovitz and John Carroll) give their take on what to expect at tonight’s first senatorial debate being held at UMass Lowell.