“Election Recap: Where Do We Go From Here?”

Representative Jay Kaufman’s award winning public policy forum, “OPEN HOUSE”, looks to dissect and analyze the Massachusetts results from the 2014 statewide election. The forum, the third of the 20th season, will be held Monday, November 10th, from 7:00PM-8:00PM at the historic Depot in Lexington Center (13 Depot Square in Lexington Center).

On November 4th, Massachusetts voters went to the polls and elected – in one of the closest contests in recent history – Charlie Baker and Karyn Polito to be the new Governor and Lieutenant Governor of the Commonwealth. Maura Healey was elected as the new Attorney General, and Deb Goldberg emerged victorious and will become the new Treasurer & Receiver General. Both William Galvin and Suzanne Bump were re-elected as Secretary of State and Auditor, respectively. Senator Edward Markey was also re-elected to the US Senate. Every state Senate and House of Representative seat was also in play. Lastly, four important questions were decided. Question 1 saw the successful repeal of the automatic indexing of the 3 cent gas tax. The effort to expand the bottle bill to juice and water bottles was defeated on Question 2. The fight to repeal the legality of casino gaming was also defeated. Lastly, Question 4’s proposal to provide earned sick time for employees in most businesses in the Commonwealth was approved.

Joining Representative Kaufman on this bi-partisan panel will be Mo Cowan, former interim US Senator from Massachusetts and former Chief of Staff to Governor Deval Patrick who will represent the Democratic viewpoint. From the Republican standpoint is State Representative George Peterson (R-Grafton), first elected in 1994, and currently serving as the Assistant Minority Leader.

Is the avalanche of television political advertising effective or just overkill? What does a new Governor mean for the Commonwealth? Does a Democratic Governor make a better partner for a predominantly democratic Legislature, or do they need a Republican to check their power? What does a shakeup at the top mean for the average person? What are the priorities of the Legislature for the upcoming session? Should we legislate issues by initiative petition? Find out the answers to these questions and bring your own. Don’t miss this forum November 10th, from 7PM-8PM. As always, the forum will take its shape largely from questions from the audience. Questions can also be submitted in advance at www.jaykaufman.com, or tweet your questions to @repjaykaufman.

In 1997, OPEN HOUSE was awarded the prestigious Beacon Award, cable television’s equivalent of an Emmy. The series was also named the best television series by Massachusetts Cable Television Commission. The OPEN HOUSE series is produced through a partnership between Representative Kaufman and LexMedia which records the forums for broadcast in Lexington and Woburn.