Political Notes: O’Malley has new JP liaison

August 3, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) (from left) City Councilor Matt O’Malley and JP liaison Ture Turnbull.

O’Malley has new JP liaison

City Councilor Matt O’Malley, who lives in and represents Jamaica Plain, announced recently the addition of Ture Turnbull to his staff as a JP liaison, according to a press release.

“I am thrilled to have Ture on my team,” said O’Malley, according to the press release. “Ture is smart, energetic and talented. He brings valuable experience to my office and will be a great resource for me and for the residents of Jamaica Plain.”

Turnbull, who has lived in JP for nearly a decade, will handle constituent services for the neighborhood, as well as monitor development, zoning and licensing issues in JP. He will also represent O’Malley at community meetings and public hearings.

Turnbull, who serves on the state’s Commission on Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Youth and is a member of the Ward 11 Democratic Committee, is the former legislative director for Democratic state Rep. Denise Garlick.

 Chang-Díaz urges overturn of Citizens United

The state Senate recently approved a bipartisan resolution calling for the U.S. Congress to pass a constitutional amendment to overturn the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling, “restoring the First Amendment and ending unlimited outside spending in elections,” according to a press release from local state Sen. Sonia Chang-Díaz’s office.

Chang-Díaz joined her colleagues in voting in favor of the resolution.

“This resolution expresses what we all know: corporations aren’t people,” said Chang-Díaz, according to the press release. “As has been said through history, corporations don’t have a body to incarcerate or a soul to be damned. And neither do they have a heart to feel patriotism when they hear ‘The Star Spangled Banner.’

The Citizens United ruling was a landmark 2010 decision in which the Supreme Court ruled that the First Amendment prohibits the government from restricting independent political donations by corporations and unions.