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Martha Coakley on Technology

 


Supports commuter rail for the South Coast

Martha Coakley said she supports commuter rail for the South Coast. "It's not if we pay for it, it's how we pay for it," Coakley said.

Coakley and said that economic growth needs to work for everybody, not just those at the top. "They're all doing well, thank you, but everybody in Massachusetts I think should be and can be in that economic turnaround," she said.

On rail, Coakley said it's an issue that everyone seems to want. "It will be a top priority," she said. "I think the governor has tried, is committed to it, and I think it's something that I'm committed to making sure that it can happen."

Source: South Coast Today on 2014 Massachusetts gubernatorial race , Jan 5, 2014

Make federal research-and-development tax credit permanent

Coakley has called for continuing government investment in key industries and research to spur job growth in Massachusetts. She has proposed making the federal research-and-development tax credit permanent. The tax break aimed at helping businesses create and improve their products had a Dec. 31 expiration date. She also wants to offer small businesses a "Work Opportunity Tax Credit" included in legislation that would reward small businesses for hiring certain workers.

Coakley also supports President Obama's call for the creation of the Advanced Manufacturing Fund to identify and invest in the most promising new manufacturing technologies to revitalize a job sector that once drove the Massachusetts economy but has evaporated in former hubs like Lowell, Lawrence and Fitchburg.

"To stop the escalation of unemployment and get America back to work, we must develop a comprehensive approach to create new jobs, encourage hiring, and grow the economy," Coakley said

Source: Lowell Sun on 2010 MA Senate debate , Jan 8, 2010

Take into account drivers' abilities, from teens to seniors

Q: In the course of fixing our roads and bridges, do you support policies to improve roadway design to make sure that streets are safe for all persons regardless of age, physical ability and mode of transportation?A: Building safe roadways benefits everyone. As we rebuild our nation's infrastructure, our roadways should be designed for everyone's safe use. As Senator, I would support policies to improve roadway designs to accommodate drivers and pedestrians. Furthermore, I support policies that take into account various modes of transportation, degrees of experience in driving, and abilities of drivers from different age groups, from teenagers to seniors.
Source: 2009 AARP Voter Guide: MA Senate , Dec 1, 2009

Enhanced DNA analysis in police Crime Labs

In recent years, Coakley has continued to play an active role in advocating for legislative change on a variety of issues. Coakley joined with her fellow District Attorneys and other members of the public safety community in urging the Legislature to provide additional funding for the Massachusetts State Police Crime Lab for enhanced DNA analysis capabilities. [Coakley filed an] Act to Combat Economic Crime, [which includes an updated law on] Wire Interception: Last updated in 1968, the Massachusetts wire interception statute has not been updated to address either the technological advancements in telecommunications, or the changes in the nature and structure of criminal enterprises over the past 40 years. This bill provides much-needed updates to the wire interception law, including adding a definition for "electronic communication," designating
Source: Link , Sep 3, 2009

Prosecuted identity theft cases

A Cumberland, Rhode Island, woman pled guilty in Bristol Superior Court yesterday in connection with stealing the identity of a 77-year-old acquaintance and using it to create a fake identification card and to purchase items for personal use. Julie Senechal, age 46, pled guilty to charges of Identity Fraud, Larceny, Forgery & Uttering. Senechal was sentenced to serve two years in State Prison, [plus requiring that for 5 years] she not be employed in a position where she has control over money.
Source: Press release on Attorney General website, www.mass.gov , Aug 21, 2009

Expand wire interception law with one-party consent

[Coakley filed an] Act to Combat Economic Crime, [which includes an updated law on] Wire Interception: Last updated in 1968, the Massachusetts wire interception statute has not been updated to address either the technological advancements in telecommunications, or the changes in the nature and structure of criminal enterprises over the past 40 years. This bill provides much-needed updates to the wire interception law, including adding a definition for "electronic communication," designating new crimes eligible for the use of a lawful interception, and extending the amount of time that a lawful interception can remain open from 15 to 30 days to account for the breadth and complexities of criminal investigations in the 21st century. The bill also allows lawful, court approved one-party consent monitoring and recording of conversations of certain crimes. At this time, 43 states have wire interception statutes, and 35 have one-party consent statutes.
Source: Press release on Attorney General website, www.mass.gov , Aug 3, 2009

Give law enforcement tools to prosecute 21st century crime

Attorney General Martha Coakley, with a coalition of legislators and law enforcement organizations, announced the filing of An Act to Combat Economic Crime, comprehensive economic crime legislation designed to give law enforcement the necessary tools to investigate and prosecute sophisticated criminal activities and enterprises in the 21st century. The bill updates the law in three areas, including money laundering, enterprise crime, and wire interception.

"As our economy has struggled in recent years, we have seen criminals engage in more sophisticated, organized, and often large-scale schemes to steal money or otherwise profit from illegal conduct," said Attorney General Coakley. "Crimes such as money laundering and engaging in corrupt business enterprises are very difficult to prosecute at the state level because police and prosecutors simply do not have the necessary tools to investigate and prosecute such crimes."

Source: Press release on Attorney General website, www.mass.gov , Aug 3, 2009

Settled all claims on Big Dig ceiling collapse

Attorney General Martha Coakley announced that her office has settled the pending civil claims, concluding all litigation related to the July 2006 Big Dig I-90 Connector Tunnel ceiling collapse. Gannett Fleming, the designer for the section of the tunnel ceiling that collapsed, agreed to pay $1,525,000 into the Central Artery Statewide Road and Bridge Infrastructure Fund. Sika Corporation, the manufacturer of the epoxy glue used in the ceiling that collapsed, agreed to pay $200,000 into the Fund. Source: Press release on Attorney General website, www.mass.gov , Mar 26, 2009

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Bill Weld
Charlie Baker
Dan Wolf
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Don Berwick
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MA Senatorial:
Brian Herr
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Gabriel Gomez
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NJ-R: Chris Christie (won)
NJ-D: Barbara Buono (lost)
VA-R: Bob McDonnell(Retiring)
VA-R: Ken Cuccinelli (lost)
VA-D: Terry McAuliffe (won)

Gubernatorial Debates 2014:
AL: Bentley(R) vs.Griffith(D)
AR: Ross(D) vs.Hutchinson(R)
CA: Brown(D) vs.Solis(D) vs.Villaraigosa(D)
CO: Hickenlooper(D) vs.Tancredo(R) vs.Hess(L)
CT: Malloy(D) vs.Foley(R)
FL: Scott(R) vs.Crist(D)
GA: Deal(R) vs.Carter(D)
HI: Abercrombie(D) vs.Djou(R)
IA: Branstad(R) vs.Hoefling(R) vs.Culver(D)
MA: Coakley(D) vs.Grossman(D) vs.Berwick(D) vs.Baker(R)
ME: LePage(R) vs.Michaud(D) vs.Cutler(I)
MI: Snyder(R) vs.Schauer(D)
OK: Fallin(R) vs.Boren(D)
PA: Corbett(R) vs.Schwartz(D) vs.Critz(D) vs.Wolf(D)
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ID-R: Butch Otter
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