Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Retiring Barney Frank will be succeeded by scion of Kennedy political dynasty.
Joe Kennedy III will be a new U.S. Congressman from Massachusetts. At around 9:30 p.m., the Associated Press called the race for 32-year old Kennedy, who lives in Brookline, as he was beating by a 2-1 margin Norfolk Republican Sean Bielat in the race to represent the redrawn Fourth Congressional District. Rep. Barney Frank, a media celebrity Tuesday night at Kennedy's celebration party at the Newton Marriott Hotel, is retiring after serving the Fourth District since 1981. Yes, the Kennedys are a famous political family, but Joe III especially follows family tradition with this particular win: his father, Joe Kennedy II, served as Congressman from Massachusetts (in the 8th Congressional District) from 1987-1999. And his great-uncle, who …
Monday, November 5, 2012
The candidates, voting information and issues that will be affecting Needham.
It's here! Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 6, and Needham Patch is devoted to bringing you the information you need about every race in town. Below, you'll find guides to polling locations, special procedures for Needham's special election, summaries of state and local issues, a quick look at the various races and other important information you'll need to navigate Election Day. Have a question? Email firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll track down the answer and share it here to make sure all Needham residents are ready to go on Nov. 6. And check back on Election Day for voting numbers and local results. The deadline to apply for an absentee ballot is noon the day before the election, Monday, Nov. 5. Applications are available in the town …
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
The 15-minute debate aired on Fox25 Morning News earlier today.
Although they had just a few minutes to make their case, Fourth Congressional District candidates Joe Kennedy III and Sean Bielat touted their experience and ideas in a Fox25 debate earlier this morning. The live debate, which was moderated by Fox25 news host Gene Levanchy, lasted less than 15 minutes. This was the final scheduled television appearance for Bielat and Kennedy before the Nov. 6 general election. Bielat, a Norfolk Republican, is running against Kennedy, a Brookline Democrat, to replace the retiring Fourth District Congressman Barney Frank, of Newton. Keeping with a theme that has run throughout the campaign, Bielat and Kennedy sparred on experience and whether Kennedy's name has carried him through the election. "I think …
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
The MA 4th Congressional District candidates took questions from the audience at their third debate on Oct. 15.
With healthcare and the economy serving as key topics, the two candidates vying for the Massachusetts Fourth Congressional District seat agreed to disagree often at Monday night’s debate at Wellesley College. Republican Sean Bielat and Democrat Joseph P. Kennedy III debated in front of a capacity crowd at Wellesley College’s Alumnae Hall, with both candidates sticking closely to the scripts of their respective parties. The debate, the candidates’ third, began with a disagreement on how Bielat and Kennedy would go about reducing the national deficit by $1.2 trillion over the next 10 years. Kennedy led by accusing Bielat of endorsing Republican vice presidential candidate Congressman Paul Ryan’s budget, which would replace Medicare with a …
Monday, October 15, 2012
The candidates for the Massachusetts Fourth Congressional District seat will participate in their third debate tonight.
The race for the Massachusetts Fourth Congressional District seat will take another step forward tonight as the candidates take part in a debate at Wellesley College. Democrat Joe Kennedy III and Republican Sean Bielat will participate in the Massachusetts Fourth Congressional District debate sponsored by the League of Women Voters and Wellesley College. This is the third debate between the candidates, who seek to replace longtime Democratic Congressman Barney Frank. Both Bielat and Kennedy have participated in a live chat on Patch, and the two candidates will appear once more after tonight in a televised debate on Oct. 24, to be broadcast live on WFXT-TV. Tonight’s debate will take place in Diana Chapman Walsh Alumnae Hall on the …
Friday, October 12, 2012
The Democratic candidate is facing off against Republican Sean Bielat in the Fourth Congressional District race.
Democratic congressional candidate Joe Kennedy III joined us for a live chat with Patch readers on Friday, Oct. 12. Many of the questions submitted touched on Kennedy's experience as well as his economic plan, healthcare and budget reductions. Kennedy will face off against Republican Sean Bielat for the Fourth District seat currently held by Newton Congressman Barney Frank, who plans to retire at the end of this year. Bielat joined Patch for a similar Q&A on Thursday, Oct. 11. Read through the following short recap of Kennedy's chat (below), or browse the full Q&A transcript. Patch: Throughout this campaign, your opponent has often criticized your experience. How do you respond? Specifically, what kind of experience and knowledge can …
The Democratic candidate took readers' questions on Friday, Oct. 12.
Fourth Congressional District candidate Joe Kennedy III took reader questions in a live text chat on Oct. 12, starting at 1 p.m. Kennedy, a Democrat, is running against Republican Sean Bielat to fill the seat of retiring Congressman Barney Frank of Newton. The chat lasted roughly 45 minutes, and readers were invited to submit questions. A recap of the chat will be posted later this afternoon. Bielat participated in a similar live chat Q&A yesterday. Questions submitted will be subject to moderator approval. No vulgar or libelous comments will be allowed. Because we expect a high volume of questions for the chat session, we will keep the questions issue-related and not repetitive.
Thursday, October 11, 2012
Republican Sean Bielat will be taking readers' questions starting at noon.
Fourth Congressional District candidate Sean Bielat will be taking readers' questions in a LIVE text chat today, Oct. 11, starting at noon on Needham Patch. Bielat, a Republican, is facing Democrat Joe Kennedy III to fill the seat of retiring Congressman Barney Frank of Newton. Today's chat will last roughly an hour. To submit a question, simply enter your name in the chat box above, type your question and submit. A recap of the chat will be posted this afternoon. Kennedy will participate in a similar live chat Q&A tomorrow, Oct. 12 at 1 p.m. Questions submitted will be subject to moderator approval. No vulgar or libelous comments will be allowed. Because we expect a high volume of questions for the chat session, we will keep the …
The two Fourth Congressional District candidates sparred on issues such as jobs, the economy, education and health care at their second debate.
In their second debate held Wednesday, Oct. 10, Fourth Congressional District candidates Sean Bielat and Joe Kennedy III took center stage in front of a packed room at UMass Dartmouth’s Advanced Technology and Manufacturing Center in Fall River to discuss the American Dream. Bielat (R-Norfolk) and Kennedy (D-Brookline) sparred on issues such as jobs, the economy, education and health care. The debate was sponsored by MassINC, publisher of Commonwealth Magazine and moderated by Michael Goodman, chairman of the public policy department at UMass Dartmouth. Kennedy and Bielat were asked questions from Aaron Frechette of the Fall River Herald News and Taunton Gazette, Bruce Mohl of Commonwealth Magazine and Alan Zarek of WSAR Radio. Bielat …
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
This letter was submitted by a Needham resident.
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
A recent letter to the editor in the Needham Patch provided information about candidates Joe Kennedy III and Sean Bielat that was fundamentally incorrect. The assertion that Sean Bielat is more qualified for the Congressional seat is shockingly misleading. Joe Kennedy III has dedicated himself, like many of his family members before him, to a career in public service and has experience with a variety of developmental models. In Joe’s early professional career, and subsequent to his graduation from Stanford, he worked for the United Nations Development Program, with the Millenium Development Secretariat—a UN commission dedicated to eradicating poverty. Later, in 2004, Joe was accepted and served with distinction for over two years with the …