Letter: Dykema Responds To Criticism

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State Rep. Carolyn Dykema (D-Holliston)
State Rep. Carolyn Dykema (D-Holliston) Photo Credit: Contributed Photo

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To the editor,

Last Thursday, the state Republican Party publicly questioned a vote I cast last week against an amendment to post legislative committee votes online, a concept that I had supported during a pre-election debate.

As your legislator, it is my responsibility to explain any vote I cast on your behalf and I appreciate this opportunity to respond.

While I fully support the intent of the amendment to increase transparency, passing this type of proposal without understanding the practical resource requirements is not something I could support.

Unlike roll call votes, which are currently posted online and number in the hundreds each legislative session, there are approximately 6,000-8,000 committee votes taken in the same period. Cataloging this quantity of information online is not a trivial task. In requesting support for the proposal, the amendment’s sponsor did not provide any basic information on resource requirements or planning, nor had they contacted legislative information services to request that such information be compiled.

This session I am co-sponsoring a bill (HD 3412) that, unlike last week’s amendment, will pass through the full committee and public hearing process allowing important details to be addressed. This will allow us to move forward with a more thoughtful and productive proposal.

As we continue to discuss ways to increase transparency in our legislative process, I appreciate the opportunity to highlight some of the progress we have made in recent years:

  • All House and Senate roll call votes are available online.
  • Video of all House and Senate formal sessions are available online.
  • New House and Senate budget websites that allow citizens to track amendments in near real time as they are filed, debated and voted on.
  • Video of many committee proceedings are available in real time and are archived online.
  • As part of the FY11 budget, the Open Checkbook website was launched which details state spending, payroll and pension information and tax credit information.

Carolyn Dykema

State Representative, Eighth Middlesex District

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Dykema filed a bill that will not turn into anything real. Under the House rules it is a matter previously considered and would be ruled out of order.

This is just a smoke screen. During the recent rules debate, she could have voted for 26 measures to create more transparency, but she did not.

It's all spin by a politician who votes with the Speaker and wants to hide it.

Ms Dykema and her trolls just keep making lame excuses and digging the whole deeper and deeper.

Dykema lied. Her mouthpieces and surrogates who post are lying. They all lie, because they are trapped and have nothing to say, just squirm and squeal about it.

These are facts that cannot be denied no matter how much whining and moaning and complaining the Dykema camp does. They are dishonest and couldn't see the truth if it hit them in the face. They are blind robots.

Dykema got caught in a BIG FAT LIE.

Hilarious!

Looks as though I struck a nerve. If I said I was sorry it stung, I'd be telling my first lie of all this nonsense. Too bad the Lamb people can't make that claim.

We understand you're embarrassed Kelly, - after all the love and attention you've devoted to Mz. Dykema. Everyone who voted for her should be embarrassed. She let you all down.

We just think your time would be better spent meeting with her and trying to explain to her why voters find her arrogance and her lies repugnant.

You're not going to change our minds; – BUT, you might be JUST the guy to help her understand... We wish you luck!

LOL ! For sure. And, he's going to need that luck.

So, "Napolitano", prove who you are by signing on with Facebook. You're Desiree - who else would be up at 2:27 am?

It's amazing to me that you and the rest of the Marty Lamb zombie campaign (it eats brainz!) want to inflict your special brand of distorted attacks on the voters who so soundly thrashed you in November. You think that's going to make you popular? I'd say you'll lose by even more next time.

The standing rules of the House can't be debated again, but additional legislation to start the process of building the transparency can be. Despite what Holly Robichaud - genius creator of the shake, rattle, and oh-I-forgot-to-mention-Marty mailer - may tell you.

Yeah, I know, you Teapublicans don't really want transparency nearly so much as you want electoral nontroversies by which to try to get empty suits like Marty elected. By the way, I hear that he's back at Tea Party rallies after spending 2012 claiming to be practically an independent, he was supposedly so moderate. Care to confirm or deny that?

Mr. Roney is incapable of telling the truth. He doesn't have a leg to stand on, and therefore chooses to make personal attacks, call people names, and throw insults like a 2 year old with a temper tantrum. He can't defend the indefensible. Dykema lied. It's on video. They can't do anything about it. They can only make lame excuses and try to deflect and change the subject. They are squirming and squirming.

Many of us realize that legislation doesn't get out of committee. Also, committee votes is not supposed to be law. It is the operating procedures in the House. The rules were debated 10 days ago. They will not come up again for another 2 years. This matter has been considered by the legislature and cannot be taken up again.

That's the indisputable fact.

"She only filed one piece of legislation in the past 5 years, and the chances of this transparency bill going anywhere is none."

This is simply a complete falsehood, par for the course for Marty Lamb's campaign, now a zombie campaign, but still eating the brainz of his supporters.

K Napolitano, by the way, is one of the dozens of aliases of Lamb's campaign manager, Desiree Awiszio.

She filed a bill that will not turn into anything real. Under the House rules it is a matter previously considered and would be ruled out of order.

This is just a smoke screen. During the recent rules debate, she could have voted for 26 measures to create more transparency, but she did not.

She only filed one piece of legislation in the past 5 years, and the chances of this transparency bill going anywhere is none.

This is just for her own cover, and that won't work either. It's all spin by a politician who votes with the Speaker and wants to hide it.

Gee Carolyn, I can't figure out if your splitting hairs, - hiding behind the bushes and weeds, - or just saying '...the dog ate my promise'.

If the US House and Senate can post votes - in the 21st Century, - so can Beacon Hill.

Now this dead albatross is hanging around your neck. You made a promise to vote YES, - then you voted 'NO'.

The voters don't want excuses. They don't want to hear about 'full committee hearings' and 'public hearings' – THEY WANT TO SEE RESULTS!

Get your voting records on line. Go BIG, - or GO HOME!