Rep. Bill Keating Pushes Back on Sweeping Federal Budget Cuts
Steve Myrick
Cong. William Keating, whose district includes Martha’s Vineyard, delivered a sharp rebuke to President Trump’s budget blueprint, which would eliminate Community Development Block Grants.
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On Vineyard Tour, Rep. Bill Keating Gets an Earful from Constituents
Steve Myrick

Health care, immigration, the federal budget and the general tenor in Washington these days were all topics for discussion Monday during a daylong swing through the Vineyard by Cong. Bill Keating.

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Congressman Bill Keating Tours Coastal Areas, But Demurs on FEMA Funding
Remy Tumin

During a sunny-day tour of two areas on the Vineyard that have been hit hard by coastal erosion in the past year, Cong. William Keating encouraged a small group of public officials Thursday to press for federal funds for repairs — although he had no sunny promises about the outcome.

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Congressional Candidates Address Island Democrats; Mr. Keating Is Fleeting
Sara Brown

On the morning that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney announced that Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan will be his running mate, Martha’s Vineyard Democrats focused on a more local political decision as they heard from the two candidates they will choose between in the congressional primary on Sept. 6.

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Cong. Delahunt Takes the Floor in the Majority
Ian Fein
After a busy week on the floor, Cong. Willliam Delahunt could not refrain from putting his feet up on his desk to rest. "It's been frenetic," he said last Friday, taking a short break in his House office across the street from the Capitol.
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View from Beltway’s End On the Right, Rats, Races
Mike Seccombe

The difference between a politician and a statesmen, someone once observed, is that a politician’s time horizon extends only as far as the next election.

So it was in statesman mode that Cong. William Delahunt arrived at the Gazette office last weekend, for perhaps a last editorial board discussion with the newspaper. He will not be a politician anymore after the election. But he will leave, unlike most of the Democrats who (the polls tell us) will be out after this election, at the time of his own choosing.

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Congressman Bill Delahunt Reflects
Mike Seccombe

Thirty-five years ago, at the end of the Viet Nam war, there was a mass evacuation of Vietnamese orphans who had been adopted by Americans and other nationalities. One of the parents anxiously waiting for news of Operation Babylift was one William Delahunt.

It was a nerve-racking time. Mr. Delahunt thought his new adopted daughter was on the first flight out. Then he learned the first flight crashed.

But despair turned to joy. She was safe on the second flight. And so the Delahunts gained a daughter, Kara Mai.

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Island Gets New Congressional District; Keating to Move Residency to Cape

Martha’s Vineyard will be part of a new 9th congressional district under a redistricting plan announced this week.

Shortly after the plan was unveiled by legislative leaders, Rep. William Keating released a statement saying he will change his residency from Quincy to the Cape so he can run in the new district.

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Mr. Keating Talks Martha’s Vineyard and Middle East
Peter Brannen

The completion of the first 100 days has become an important milestone in the career of a politician. For freshman Cong. William Keating, it has seemed more like 1,000 days, with geopolitical, domestic and even nuclear crises coming in quick succession. For the past two weeks Mr. Keating has been catching his breath, meeting with constituents from Edgartown to Quincy, but on Sunday he was reminded that the world doesn’t wait.

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Congressman’s View from Starting Line
Mike Seccombe

There are some positive aspects to being a new Democratic congressman after an election which saw a Republican landslide. Yesterday the new representative for the Vineyard, William Keating, enumerated a few.

For one, he said it does not take long to get to know your fellow freshmen party members.

“There are only nine of us,” he said yesterday, the day after he was sworn in.

“That’s the lowest number since 1915. So it just makes sense the nine of us would become close very quickly. And we have,” he said, adding:

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