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Possible Candidates Emerge as Massachusetts GOP Chair Leaves Post



    Massachusetts Republican Party Looking for New Leader

    Massachusetts Republican Party Leader Kirsten Hughes is stepping down making way for other GOP members to fill the void.

    (Published Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018)

    Now that the Chair of the Massachusetts Republican Party has announced she is stepping down from her position, potential leaders are emerging.

    Kirsten Hughes, a Quincy city councilor, announced in an email Nov. 16 she would not be seeking a fourth term this January.

    Since her announcement, it remains to be seen which direction the party will go.

    Will Committee members choose an established, more moderate leader for the party—from what some call the Charlie Baker wing? Or will it choose a more conservative, Trump supporting chair?

    Death Toll, Damages Climb From Typhoon Hagibis

    [NATL] Death Toll, Damages Climb From Typhoon Hagibis

    The death toll from Typhoon Hagibis climbed to 53 on Tuesday, days after it tore through Japan and left hundreds of thousands of homes wrecked, flooded or out of power. Hagibis caused more than 200 rivers to overflow when it hit the island nation on Saturday.

    (Published Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019)

    The decision could have a lasting impact on the future success of the state party.

    Candidates are already announcing their bids to run, including Brent Andersen, Treasurer of the State Republican Party for the past 15 years.

    “I’ve been there during good times and bad so I understand the keys to what happens in terms of fundraising and operations end of the party,” Anderson said.

    At least one other candidate is officially in the race: Spencer State Representative Peter Durant. He says he has the track record and experience necessary to bring the party together.

    Republican State Committeeman Dennis Galvin is behind a third possible candidate, state representative Geoff Diehl who just lost a U.S. Senate race to Elizabeth Warren. Diehl, cochair of the 2016 Trump campaign says he is still making a decision.

    Galvin said the party, “needs leadership, they need better messaging and they need organization. They don’t have it right now.”

    Quadruple Murder Suspect Brings Body to Police Station

    [NATL] Quadruple Murder Suspect Brings Body to Police Station

    A Roseville, California, man is in custody after he turned himself in to police in connection to a quadruple homicide.  The body of one of his victims was in the car he drove to the police station in Mount Shasta, more than 200 miles away from the original Roseville crime scene.

    (Published Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019)

    Former state party chair Jennifer Nassour says most important for the new leader is a thorough understanding of the state committee. A Trump critic, Nassour says Diehl is not the right choice given Trump’s unpopularity in the state.

    “The last thing that the Massachusetts Republican Party needs is to have the stigma of being the party of Trump.

    Galvin says the party needs to speak to working people on state issues like transportation and the economy.

    When asked if Republicans are on the same page on these issues, Galvin responded, “Not at this time. All right, which is the challenge for the new chairman.”

    Andover State Representative Jim Lyons, who just lost his seat, has also expressed interest in running.

    If Republicans agree on anything it’s that they need find common ground and unite in 2019.

    Taco Bell Recalls 2.3 Million Pounds of Ground Beef

    [NATL] Taco Bell Recalls 2.3 Million Pounds of Ground Beef

    Taco Bell has voluntarily recalled 2.3 million pounds of seasoned ground beef that originated at Kenosha Beef International in Columbus, Ohio, because of possible contamination with metal shavings. The USDA says there have been no confirmed reports of any adverse reaction.

    (Published Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019)

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