Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Concord's member of Congress, Niki Tsongas (D-Lowell), who made ending sexual abuse within the armed forces a key part of her election campaign, had some harsh words following recent allegations of sexual misconduct of a high ranking Air Force officer.
Last week, Lt. Colonel Jeffrey Krusinski, head of the U.S. Air Force Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office, was charged with alleged sexual battery, a fact that led to a strong response from Concord's member of Congress. The news came on the same day that US Rep Niki Tsongas (D-Lowell), was briefed by U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on the Department of Defense's (DoD) annual report on sexual assualt in the military. Tsongas, co-chair of the Congressional Military Sexual Assault Prevention Caucus thanked Hagel for presenting a plan for preventing sexual assault, but had scathing words for the current state of sexual harassment faced by members of the military. "the DoD report indicates a staggering amount of instances of …
Saturday, March 23, 2013
Concord's member of Congress released a statement saying that a vote by the House not to address sequestration in the Fiscal Year 2014 U.S. Budget will damage local government services.
U.S. Rep Niki Tsongas, Concord's congresswoman, on Thursday ripped a recently passed House bill she says will lock in the spending cuts and tax hikes known as sequestration. In a 221-207 vote, the House passed the a bill that would establish the Fiscal Year 2014 budget and impact budgetary levels for 2015 to 2023 that Tsongas, a Lowell Democrat, calls "irresponsible" and "reckless" for not addressing the sequestration issue. In a statement, Tsongas calls sequestration, which began with the debt ceiling debate last year, a threat to the country as a whole, and specifically her district. Tsongas said her office has heard of hundreds of constituents who oppose the sequestration as a concept. "In short, these draconian cuts threaten to …
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
The bill eases portions of the so-called "fiscal cliff."
The U.S. House of Representatives approved a deal late Tuesday to ease portions of the so-called "fiscal cliff," according to the Huffington Post. Concord's representative in the House, Niki Tsongas (D-Lowell), voted for the measure along with 171 other Democrats and and 85 Republicans. The compromise was approved by the Senate at 2 a.m. Tuesday, and despite talk of rejecting it, the House ultimately passed the bill by a vote of 257 to 167. Sens. John Kerry, D-MA, and Scott Brown, R-MA, both supported the measure in the Senate. "Just voted for the fiscal cliff bill," Brown said on his Facebook Page at 1:55 a.m on New Year's Day. "Not the full answer but a small step forward. A lot of work next session. Good luck."
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
With more than half of all precincts reporting, Niki Tsongas has earned more than twice the votes of her challenger, Jon Golnik, to gain another two years in Washington.
Niki Tsongas represented the Massachusetts Fifth Congressional District for five years, and now she’ll get a chance to represent the Third. After Massachusetts lost a Congressional seat following the 2010 U.S. Census, Tsongas defeated challenger Jon Golnik (R-Carlisle) in the first election for the new Massachusetts Third District. Retaining much of the old district, Tsongas finds herself losing constituents in certain towns like Tewksbury and Wayland, but gaining a large swath of new towns in the Fitchburg area in an area that stretches from Marlborough to the Lawrence area. Likewise, the Golnik campaign also hoped that the change in the district’s borders could help change the dynamic from 2010, where Golnik lost to Tsongas by 12 points…
Monday, October 1, 2012
Both candidates for the Massachusetts' Third Congressional District race came together at Concord-Carlisle High School on Sunday in a debate sponsored by the League of Women Voters.
With just over a month left until Election Day, supporters and interested voters from across the Massachusetts Third Congressional District gathered at Concord-Carlisle on Sunday for debate between Congresswoman Niki Tsongas (D-Lowell) and challenger Jon Golnik (R-Carlisle) hosted by the League of Women Voters. For anyone not in attendance, here’s a recap of views on certain issues provided by both of the candidates. The Role of Government Tsongas noted the shift between the 800,000 jobs lost during the last month of the Bush administration and the 300,000 jobs added last month along with the support of Republicans such as Romney campaign advisor Mark Zandy to highlight the impact of the stimulus packages passed several years ago. She …
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Congresswoman Niki Tsongas and challenger Jon Golnik will be meeting for a debate in Concord on Sept. 30, what questions would you ask them?
We're just about a month away from Election Day, and residents of the Massachusetts Third Congressional District are getting a chance to post their questions directly to both candidates before they make their choice. The Concord-Carlisle, Westford and Acton League of Women Voters are hosting a debate this Sunday between incumbent Niki Tsongas (D-Lowell) and challenger Jon Golnik (R-Carlisle). If you live in the district and have questions for the candidates, email them to the League at email@example.com. Deadline is this Friday (9/28); include your street and town. The moderator’s questions to the candidates on Sunday will come from the LWV, from voters who submit by email and from audience members. What are the burning questions on …
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
And you can submit your questions by emailing the League of Women Voters.
The following announcement was provided by the League of Women Voters of Concord and Carlisle. Congresswoman Niki Tsongas (D-Lowell) and her Republican challenger Jon Golnik of Carlisle have agreed to appear at the League of Women of Voters 3rd Congressional District Candidates’ Forum on Sunday, Sept. 30, from 2 to 3 p.m., at the Concord-Carlisle High School Auditorium. The Leagues of Women Voters of the Acton Area, Concord-Carlisle and Westford are co-sponsoring the forum, with the support of the LWVs of Andover/North Andover, Chelmsford, Greater Haverhill, Harvard, Sudbury and Worcester Area. The LWV is asking voters to propose questions for the forum by September 28 by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. (Please include street address and …
Friday, July 20, 2012
In the third of our Congressional Live Chats, Jon Golnik (R-Carlisle) told Patch readers why he thinks its time to replace Niki Tsongas.
If you missed our live chat yesterday with Congressional candidate Jon Golnik, you missed our first ever in-chat poll! Here is how Patch readers voted during the event. Who will you vote for? - Jon Golnik: 57% - Niki Tsongas: 21% - Tom Weaver: 7% - Undecided: 7% - Other: 7% What Primary will you be voting in? - Republican: 60% - Democratic: 40% And here are some highlights from the questions Patch readers asked the candidate from around the new Massachusetts Third District. Matt: What are your plans to help create a better community feel here in the Merrimack Valley? Jon Golnik: Hi Matt, thank you for the question. We are facing an unemployment crisis here in the Merrimack Valley which …
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
In the race to see who will face Niki Tsongas this fall, both challengers have announced new supporters in their corner.
On the heels of Niki Tsongas’ impressive fundraising numbers, the two men seeking to challenge her directly this fall have just announced new endorsements for their campaigns. The campaign of Tsongas’ 2010 opponent Jon Golnik (R-Carlisle), released a statement announcing that they have earned the endorsement of Worcester County Sheriff Lew Evangelidis. Sheriff Evangelidis was elected to the office in 2010, following eight years serving as a State Representative from Worcester’s 1st District. “I am supporting Jon Golnik for Congress because I know his first priority is jobs and we need economic recovery and job growth in this district, this state and in this country,” Evangelidis said. “I have succeeded in my work in finance, as an …
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
We'll sit down with the candidate at noon to complete our series of live chats with candidates for Westford's congressional seat this fall.
Join us live from 12 to 1 p.m. on Thursday here on Concord Patch as we sit down with Congressional candidate Jon Golnik (R-Carlisle). If you have any questions for Jon, get them ready! We'll be taking your questions here online. This is the third live chat among Third District congressional candidates this month, following our earlier chats with Tom Weaver and Niki Tsongas.