Press Release- Matt Patrick to Participate in “From Service to Politics” Forum at Massachusetts State House

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January 12, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Zelda MacGregor, 774.269.8867, zelda@electmattpatrick.org

Matt Patrick to Participate in “From Service to Politics” Forum at Massachusetts State House

Falmouth- Matt Patrick, candidate for the 3rd Barnstable District State Representative seat, will participate in the From Service to Politics Forum at the Massachusetts State House to discuss leadership in public policy  after serving  in the Military, Peace Corps or AmeriCorps.  Congressman Seth Moulton will address the attendees before several breakout sessions discussing public service followed by a group discussion.  Patrick will lead one of the breakout sessions at the request of an event sponsor, Peace Corps to Politics.  The event is Friday, January 22 5-7pm and is open to the public.

Patrick served in the Peace Corps in Ghana where he taught masonry and brick making from 1977 to 1979.  “The Peace Corps was one of the defining experiences in my life.  It changes how you view the world and the people in it and it definitely informs choices I make as a public servant or volunteer,” Patrick said.

Kristina J. Owens, Co-Founder of Peace Corps to Politics and a returned Peace Corps volunteer, reached out to Patrick to participate in the event because of his previous terms as a State Representative and time in the Peace Corps.  “Peace Corps to Politics believes that Alumni bring a positive perspective to public policy and political leadership. We feel it’s an important perspective in our current political climate,” Owens said.

Patrick served as the 3rd Barnstable District’s State Representative for five consecutive terms 2000-2010 and worked with constituents on issues of public safety, health and clean energy.  He has been a constant volunteer presence on Cape Cod since the early 80’s working with groups to protect and preserve the Quashnet River, Waquoit Bay, to address the homelessness problem on Cape and to establish the Cape Cod Commission.

For more events or information about Matt Patrick and his campaign, please visit www.electmattpatrick.org.

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Matt (Bottom, Left) during his time in Ghana.
Matt (Bottom, Left) during his time in Ghana.

 

Throwback Thursday, Cape Cod Commission Edition!

It’s Throwback Thursday!
 
Did you know that Matt was the Co-chairman and Treasurer of the Coalition for the Cape Cod Commission Act? Matt, along with other volunteers, campaigned hard all over Cape Cod to earn the support of 76% of voters on the ballot initiative that created the Commission!
 
The Cape Cod Commission gives citizens and Towns the opportunity to engage with developers on even footing and takes into account the economic and environmental impact a new development could make. This positive approach to land use policy is a great tool to help keep our communities local and vibrant.
 
This is the original woodcut print by Matt that was used as the campaign poster and post card. Pretty cool, huh?!

Listening Tour Dates!

The first two stops on Matt’s listening tour of the 3rd Barnstable District have been scheduled in Mashpee and Hatchville.

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Thursday, November 5 @7pm at New Alchemy Farm Auditorium 233 Hatchville Road East Falmouth, MA 02536

 

 

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Thursday, November 12 @7pm at The Picnic Box on the Mashpee Rotary

 

 

 

We hope to see you there!  Bring your questions, thoughts and friends!

Happy Labor Day

Congratulations to Tom Brady and The Patriots on today’s ruling! This is an excellent victory to celebrate as we head into Labor Day weekend; let’s make sure we remember why we have the weekend in the first place: unions.

Collective bargaining allows workers to protect themselves from abuses by management, provides a safety net in case of a workplace injury and ensures that people are paid a living wage that can support a family… and so much more.

We are right to feel encouraged by this decision today–whether or not a fan of The Patriots–because it highlights the importance of unions in every aspect of our lives and at every level.

Let it also remind us that the battle did not used to be in the courtroom, that full on class warfare and a violent struggle had to come to a head before we could have this weekend.

We still have some of these battles ahead. Not everyone is guaranteed a living wage. Not everyone can count on a weekend or even a day off. There are people who are one accident away from financial ruin. Let us stand together and march forward toward a brighter future where everyone has the opportunity to love their job and live a happy, healthy life without the weight of the world on their shoulders.

Have a wonderful, safe weekend.

Supreme Court’s decision on Gay Marriage and the Affordable Care Act, July 2015

By:  Matthew C. Patrick

When I was elected as the State Representative of the Third Barnstable District, various pundits said to our incoming class that we would never work on legislation that would impact the lives of many people for the better.  They were wrong and we did.  Among many of the great things we were able to accomplish for people in the Commonwealth, there are two that have now spread across the country following our lead: Marriage Equality and The Massachusetts Health Care Act, which became the model for President Obama’s Affordable Care Act.

On marriage equality, there were several key votes while I was a state representative from 2003 through 2007.  All of these votes took place in joint sessions of the House and Senate in the House Chamber.  My good friend Senator Rob O’Leary sat with me in those joint sessions and we always had interesting discussions while listening to the speeches.  It was heady stuff.  During the first session, I told Rob I was wavering in favor of civil unions but he convinced me to support full marriage equality.  All the votes were to put the matter before the voters in referendum questions.

Later, I spoke in favor of marriage equality noting that to enable changes to decisions of the Supreme Judicial Court regarding civil rights of fellow citizens by referendum vote is a betrayal of my oath of office to uphold our constitution and an abuse of the referendum process.

I’m proud to say I always voted in favor of marriage equality in spite of intensely ugly lobbying efforts not to do so from within and without my district.  At one point, I walked out in the middle of Mass after my parish priest’s sermon in favor of allowing people to vote on the issue; it was a move dramatic enough to be noted by many people in my parish.  Even today, I still hear gossip critical of me for subsequently going to communion after taking those votes.  In the final analysis, I’m proud of my record on the issue and if I end up in hell, it won’t be because of my votes in favor of marriage equality.

More than anything else, I’m happy for all of our LGBT brothers and sisters making marriage legal for everyone in every state of our Nation.

The Massachusetts Health Care Act had to pass.  We were spending an unbelievable amount of our state budget to pay hospitals for emergency room visits for the uninsured who were not getting preventative health care. In spite of having the most expensive health care system per capita in the history of the world, Massachusetts (and the US) still ranked among third world nations in terms of outcomes and overall health. It was a waste of money and our Republican Governor, Mitt Romney, joined the Democrats in writing the bill. I still believe we should go to a single payer system such as Medicare for all, but our bill and the Affordable Care Act are steps in the right direction.  Millions of people in Massachusetts and the United States now have health insurance that they couldn’t afford before and it all started in our Commonwealth.

These are issues of compassion and equality.  Massachusetts has always been a leader and a voice for people who need to be heard.  I am proud to have had the opportunity to listen and act toward the advancement of the inclusive environment we started here and helped to spread across the nation.  My thanks goes to the people of the Third Barnstable District for giving me that opportunity.

I Respectfully Disagree, Mr. Speaker

Matthew C. Patrick

February 5, 2015

I watched with disbelief as the recent spectacle of the Speaker of the House played out in the news and the press.  He sadly tried to rationalize his move do away with term limits for his position.  The irony is he was a proponent for the measure when he became speaker six years ago.  But the arguments for term limits are stronger than ever.  The following are excerpts from a letter I sent to my former colleagues in 2011:

I sat in front of his speech for ten years and the greatness of it never hit me until I read it again in the newspaper on its 50th anniversary.  I’m speaking of President John F. Kennedy’s City on the Hill speech originally delivered January 9th 1961.  The speech is on bronze plaque in front of the Chamber of the Massachusetts House of Representatives in which I served from 2001 through 2010.  I read the bronze version before but the utter brilliance of it didn’t hit me until recently possibly because I had been urging my colleagues to refresh and renew the democracy in the “Peoples’ House”.

The Massachusetts House can regain the public confidence if it changes its power structure.  Too much power resides in the Speaker and as such is a constant opportunity for abuse.  It will be used and misused, at times, simply because it is available and if not this Speaker then another Speaker.  They will say that we have a good man in there now but that is not the point.  The people’s trust should not reside in the attitude or personality of any one person.  I don’t think anyone should want to undertake that responsibility once they understand the true burden that it is.

Like in Kennedy’s time, the U.S. and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts are facing grave times.  Government is broke; both the Federal and State tax systems are upside down; the economy is in a shambles; the middle class is disappearing because manufacturing jobs that support middle class families are gone; the gap between rich and poor in the U.S. is the largest in the industrialized world and Massachusetts has the largest gap between rich and poor in the 50 states; and confidence in our government is at an all-time low.

Voters wonder if our elected officials can handle the problems confronting us. They don’t want more taxes because they are afraid the money will be wasted or even worse, stolen.  Organizations that are derogatory and dismissive of elected officials have formed and they are indiscriminate in their vengeance.  Public political speech in print and electronic media is angry and inflammatory.

Clearly, we are at a cross road and there is a lot of important work to be done. However, we don’t have the confidence of the people to make the dramatic changes that need to be made.  This is exactly what President Kennedy was talking about in the last half of his speech.  Do we as legislators have the moral authority necessary to govern during times of crisis?  This is what Kennedy was talking about when he said,

History will not judge our endeavors and a government cannot be selected – merely on the basis of color or creed or even party affiliation.  Neither will competence and loyalty and stature, while essential to the utmost, suffice in times such as these.  For of those to whom much is given, much is required.  And when at some future date the high court of history sits in judgment on each one of us – recording whether in our brief span of service we fulfilled our responsibilities to the state – our success or failure, in whatever office we may hold, will be measured by the answers to four questions:

First, were we truly men of courage – with the courage to stand up to one’s enemies – and the courage to stand up, when necessary, to one’s associates – the courage to resist public pressure, as well as private greed?

Secondly, were we truly men of judgment – with perceptive judgment of the future as well as the past – of our own mistakes as well as the mistakes of others – with enough wisdom to know that we did not know, and enough candor to admit it?

Third, were we truly men of integrity – men who never ran out on either the principles in which they believed or the people who believed in them – men who believed in us – men whom neither financial gain nor political ambition could divert from the fulfillment of our sacred trust?

Finally, were we truly men of dedication – with and honor mortgaged to no single individual or group, and compromised by no private obligation or aim, but devoted solely to serving the public good and the national interest.

Eliminating the term limits for the Speaker of the House is a mistake.  The Massachusetts Legislature still lacks the confidence of the people and it will need to work hard to get it back.  Right now, they are going in the wrong direction.

Press Release – Matt Patrick to Attend World Climate March in NYC

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September 19, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Zelda MacGregor, 774.269.8867, zelda@votemattpatrick.org

State Senate Candidate Matt Patrick Joining NYC Climate Change March

Plymouth-Matt Patrick, former State Representative from Falmouth and candidate for State Senate, will participate in the People’s Climate March this Sunday, September 21 in New York City, New York.  A long time advocate for clean and green energy, Patrick looks forward to participating in an event designed to impress upon world leaders that Americans care about Global Warming and want to be part of the solution.

“Green energy is not only good for the environment, it is good for the economy.  As soon as our national and state leaders come to that realization we will be able to make more progress towards fighting Global Warming.  Many of our coastal communities in the Plymouth and Barnstable district are at extreme risk because of Global Warming and sea-level rise.  We have an opportunity to help our environment and our economy by hosting offshore wind here in Southeastern Massachusetts, and events like in New York will help raise awareness of these issues.”

Patrick will join dozens of local citizens who are heading down to participate this Sunday.

For more information about Patrick and his experience with environmental issues, see his website at www.electmattpatrick.org.

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