OPEN HOUSE, Rep. Kaufman’s monthly public policy series, was launched in 1995 to provide a forum for discussing the challenges and opportunities facing our community and Commonwealth. While Rep. Kaufman invites guests with expertise and experience in the policy area under consideration, the public is an integral part of the program, and audience participation typically directs the conversation. OPEN HOUSE has been named the best television series by the Massachusetts Cable Television Commission, and was awarded the cable industry’s Beacon Award as the nation’s best government relations series. OPEN HOUSE is produced in partnership with the Lexington Historical Society and LexMedia, which films the forums for broadcast in eastern Massachusetts.

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Kaufman’s “OPEN HOUSE” Analyzes Election Results 2014

“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 will go to the polls to elect a new Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, Treasurer, and vote on the other Constitutional Offices of Secretary of State and Auditor. In addition, Senator Edward Markey’s seat is up, all Congressional offices are on the ballot, and every state Senate and House of Representative seat is in play. Lastly, four important questions are on the ballot. Two are initiatives that seek to legislate issues that the legislature has failed to address, an expansion of the state’s Bottle Bill to juice and water bottles and a proposal to provide earned sick time for employees in most businesses in the Commonwealth. Two other questions seek to reverse actions taken by the legislature: a vote to repeal the increase of the gas tax by 3 cents and an initiative to repeal the law authorizing casinos in Massachusetts.

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.