State Sen. Bruce Tarr, a Republican that represents both Hamilton and Wenham, talks about the plan to increase state funding to cities and towns for highway projects.
Friday, May 3, 2013
Saturday, February 16, 2013
The Republican state Senator from Gloucester will not seek the open U.S. Senate seat from Massachusetts.
State Sen. Bruce Tarr announced Thursday that he will not run for the open U.S. Senate seat. Tarr, a Republican from Gloucester, represents Hamilton and Wenham in the state Senate. Previously, Tarr said he was weighing a run and said he would make a decision by last Monday. The snowstorm delayed his decision, he said, and it was announced on Thursday night that he would not enter the race. Democrats Ed Markey and Stephen Lynch are in the race, as are Republicans Dan Winslow and Gabriel Gomez. Former U.S. Attorney Muchel Sullican and former Congressional candidate Sean Bielat have both said in recent days that are considering a run. The primary election is in April and the general election in June.
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Money will play a key role in the U.S. Senate race, which is right around the corner.
Republicans continue to come forward exploring the possibility of running for the U.S. Senate seat left vacant by the appointment of John Kerry to Secretary of State, but so far only one has officially announced a run. With just 21 days until nomination papers have to be filed, two more Republicans announced on Tuesday that they were exploring their options – State Rep. Dan Winslow (R-Norfolk) and Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr (R-Gloucester). Also in the mix: Former Nantucket selectman and county commissioner Douglas Bennett says he’s making a bid for the seat. And according to the Boston Globe, former Navy Seal Gabriel Gomez, of Cohasset is considering a run. Tarr is a familiar face on the North Shore. He represents the First Essex …
Thursday, January 17, 2013
A proposed five-member board would have oversight authority over all state facilities engaged in forensic services in criminal investigation.
In the wake of the Jamaica Plain Drug Lab crisis, the Massachusetts Senate Republican Caucus wants “tighter controls and higher standards” at its state drug labs. The caucus proposed a five-member board be established to “have oversight authority over all state facilities engaged in forensic services in criminal investigations,” according to a statement Wednesday. State Sen. Bruce Tarr (R-Gloucester), who represents Hamilton and Wenham, said on Wednesday he will file legislation this week with Assistant Minority Leader Robert Hedlund (R-Weymouth), Minority Whip Richard Ross (R-Wenham) and Senator Michael Knapik (R-Westfield), the Ranking Republican on the Senate Ways and Means Committee. “We need to create a new infrastructure of oversight…
Thursday, December 20, 2012
An essential get-me-going daily morning column from Hamilton-Wenham Patch.
Today is Thursday, Dec. 20. Here are five things you need to know in Hamilton and Wenham: 1. Brightness returns: The forecast on Thursday is calling for a sunny day with a high temperature of about 40 degrees. 2. Museum coupon: Wenham Museum offered up some great coupons to its e-mail subscribers this holiday season and those coupons expire on Thursday. The coupons offered $10 off a $50 purchase, $20 off a $100 purchase and $40 off a $200 purchase in the museum store. 3. Toy Drive: State Senator Bruce Tarr’s 16th annual North Shore Holiday Toy Drive wraps up on Thursday. Tarr, who represents Hamilton and Wenham, is collecting toys at Wenham Museum in the two towns, plus nearby in Beverly at Blueberry Hill Health Care and Marblehead Bank, …
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
State Senate Republican Leader Bruce Tarr plans to introduce legislation in January that would make changes to the sex offender registry in the wake of a criminal case in Wakefield.
Senate Republicans, led to state Sen. Bruce Tarr (R-Gloucester), expect to file comprehensive legislation during the new session aimed at reforming how information about sex offenders is shared between law enforcement and other officials. Tarr represents Hamilton and Wenham in the state Senate. The bill is a response to the ongoing case involving Wakefield resident John Burbine and some 100 counts of child sex abuse he is facing. His wife, Marian, is also facing charges in the case for running an illegal daycare and for reckless endangerment. Burbine’s original classification suggested his risk of re-offend was low, and the public would not benefit from the disclosure of his information; however, subsequent facts have proven this …
Thursday, December 13, 2012
An essential get-me-going daily morning column from Hamilton-Wenham Patch.
Today is Thursday, Dec. 13. Here are five things you need to know in Hamilton and Wenham. 1. Typical: Thursday’s weather will be a rather typical mid-December day – mostly sunny skies with temperatures in the lower 40s. 2. Toys: State Senator Bruce Tarr, who represents Hamilton and Wenham on Beacon Hill, takes to the road on Thursday as his annual toy drive makes it way around the North Shore. Radio station North Shore 104.9 is a partner on the toy drive and will be broadcasting from each location during the tour, which will run from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. The tour does not have a stop planned in the two towns, but will be nearby at 10:30 a.m. at Dawson’s True Value Hardware in North Beverly, First Ipswich Bank on Market Street in Ipswich at …
Friday, June 15, 2012
A one stop place to go to get information about the candidates and issues that voters will decide in the voting booth in November.
As the November general elections gets closer, Hamilton-Wenham Patch is devoted to bring you the information you need about the decisions you will make on the ballot. Here's our start on the candidates and issues we'll be covering as November draws near. Bookmark this page for updates. U.S. Rep. John Tierney: The incumbent Salem Democrat and Hamilton and Wenham representative on Capitol Hill blogs on Patch and has engaged in a live chat with readers. Richard Tisei: The Republican former state Senator from Wakefield and local business owner is challenging Tierney for the 6th Congressional District and has also engaged in a live chat with readers. State Senator Bruce Tarr: The Republican from Gloucester is runing unoppossed for the Senate …
Friday, May 18, 2012
Sen. Bruce Tarr called court's decision “deeply concerning and undermines the effectiveness of a major law that protects our public safety.”
The state Supreme Judicial Court on Thursday removed a portion of a law that targeted drunk driving, known as Melanie’s Law. The court Thursday disallowed the portion of the law that allows the Registry of Motor Vehicles to increase sanctions against those who admit to driving drunk, but whose cases are later dismissed, reported the Boston Globe. The issue is that when lawmakers changed the state’s drunk driving law, they did not change what a “conviction” means. Supreme Judicial Court Justice Margot Botsford wrote in the unanimous decision that the law did not “explicity include cases that are ‘continued without a finding’ in its list of what can be considered drunk driving convictions,” reported the Globe. The court decision did not …
Sunday, March 25, 2012
State Sen. Bruce Tarr, who represents Hamilton and Wenham, spoke out after Friday's indictments of former state probation officials.
Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr (R-Gloucester) released the following statement regarding the indictment of three high ranking Probation Department officials on Friday - former Commissioner John O'Brien, Elizabeth Tavares and William Burke III. "The indictments of top probation officials announced (Friday) by United States Attorney Ortiz are stinging reminders of just how bad things had become in our state’s probation department, and of the need for everything possible to be done to correct the deeply troubling issues identified in the Ware report. The Legislature has passed important measures to reform the system, and now the criminal justice system is beginning to take actions to bring those responsible for reprehensible acts to …