Tuesday, May 23, 2006

The Border Battle Comes To Beacon Hill

As astonishing as it may sound, a handful of Massachusetts Republicans have actually stepped forward on behalf of border security and are taking the fight to the floor of the state senate. They've proposed six amendments to the budget related to illegal immigration, amendments that deserve our support.

How can you help? You can contact any member of the state senate here. However, the senators most likely to focus clearly on what you have to say are those who have opponents in the 2006 election cycle. Here's a brief summary of those members:

Barnstable, Dukes, and Nantucket (Cape and Islands)
Robert O'Leary (D - Barnstable)
Republican Challenger:
Doug Bennett (R - Nantucket)
Republican Challenger:
Ricardo Barros (R - Centerville)

Bristol, and Norfolk
James Timility (D - Walpole)
Republican Challenger:
Beth Pelick (R - Walpole)
Republican Challenger:
Michael Atwill (R - Mansfield)

Hampshire and Franklin
Stanley Rosenberg (D - Amherst)
Republican Challenger:
Michaela LeBlanc (R - Northampton)

4th Middlesex
Robert Havern III (D - Arlington)
Democratic Challenger:
Joanna Gonsalves (D - Woburn)

Middlesex, Suffolk and Essex
Jarrett Barrios (D - Cambridge)
Democratic Challenger:
Stephen Winslow (D - Malden)

Norfolk, Bristol and Plymouth
Brian Joyce (D - Milton)
Republican Challenger:
James Aldred (R - Randolph)

2nd Suffolk
Dianne Wilkerson (D - Boston)
Republican Challenger:
Samiyah Diaz (R - Boston)

Suffolk and Norfolk
Marian Walsh (D - Boston)
Republican Challenger: Douglas Obey (R - Westwood)

1st Worcester
Harriette Chandler (D - Worcester)
Democratic Challenger:
Deidre Healy (D - Worcester)

2nd Worcester
Edward Augustus, Jr. (D - Worcester)
Republican Challenger:
Richard Peters (R - Worcester)[4]