Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Dem Doors Diaries

Democrats win when we organize precinct by precinct, knocking on our neighbor’s doors. Every weekend Democrats disperse around Massachusetts to make personal contacts with voters. Canvassers knock on hundreds of doors to discuss the issues that really matter. During the following week the Democratic Parties’ Coordinated Campaign gathers the thoughts of canvassers to tell the story of the campaign.

Canvassers are asked to write four paragraphs.

The first paragraph gives the background of who the canvasser is and where the canvass is taking place. Questions you may want to answer are, where is the canvass? How many times have you been canvassing before? Who was your partner for canvassing? How many people attended? Was this a regularly scheduled canvass? Who was the canvass directed at?

The second paragraph covers the pre-canvass meeting and the organizers of the day.
You may want to address whether there were any elected officials attending? Did the organizer give a motivational speech? How were you feeling before the canvass?

The third paragraph tells a specific story about the best door/interaction of the day.
How many doors did you knock on? How many Dem 1’s did you identify? What was the most interesting door of the day? What stuck with you most about that door?

The final paragraph is a place to reflect about the canvass, and discuss your expectations for future canvasses. How did you feel the day went overall? Did you feel that you had an impact? Will you canvass again?

Focusing on these stories with the theme of #DemDoors allows the excitement about canvassing to last beyond the weekend.  

Please send in the stories early in the week to shooper@massdems.org.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Gabriel Gomez's "Tax Loophole Of The Week"

Massachusetts Democratic Party Chair John Walsh's Statement
On Gabriel Gomez's "Tax Loophole Of The Week"

Boston, Massachusetts- Massachusetts Democratic Party Chair John Walsh today said Gabriel Gomez’s newest “tax loophole of the week" is one more reason why he needs to reveal exactly how much money he pocketed by exploiting an obscure "tax scam" to give himself a more than $280,000 scam tax break.

As detailed in today’s Boston Globe, Gomez declared carried interest on his financial disclosure form in March regarding his separation agreement from Advent International. This loophole is used by the wealthiest individuals in order for them to qualify for a lower effective tax rate.

This loophole comes on the heels of last week’s Boston Globe revelation of a $281,500 federal tax deduction Gomez received on his historic Cohasset home in 2005 because he pledged not to make any changes to the exterior of the home. According to Cohasset bylaws, Gomez was prohibited from making any alterations to his house, but still claimed one of the "Dirty Dozen" tax loopholes.

“Gabriel Gomez has taken advantage of every deeply buried tax loophole he can find to lower his tax rate below the rates of hard working Massachusetts families. He claims to be a new kind of Republican, but it is clear that Gomez walks in lockstep with the Republicans in Washington who fight to protect corporate tax loopholes for the wealthy and do whatever they can to protect the wealthy from paying their fair share of taxes. The money that people like Gabriel Gomez are pocketing at the average taxpayer’s expense is outrageous, especially when this money could be used to invest in education and infrastructure. Unless Gomez starts answering questions, we are left to continue investigating what could possibly be the next loophole of the week.” said Walsh.