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.
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…
Sunday, March 25, 2012
State Sen. Bruce Tarr, who represents Hamilton and Wenham, spoke out after Friday's indictments of former state probation officials.
Sunday, March 25, 2012
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 …