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Rep. Kennedy recalls family impacted by drug epidemic


U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy III participated in a press conference, at which Massachusetts officials urged people to participate in the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on April 26.

Kennedy recalled a father approaching him when he was a prosecutor, asking him to hold his son without bail.

“The dad explained that his son had recently returned from fighting overseas, and he’d gotten addicted to Oxycontin. He had stolen and sold almost every piece of jewelry that the family owned, and he wasn’t sure what his son would do if he got released that day. They had secured a bed for him at a treatment facility on Monday, but he needed to make sure he’d actually get there. And the only thing he could think of was having him spend the weekend in jail,” said Kennedy.

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US Rep. Kennedy promotes bill to increase funding for vocational education

Michael Gagne, The Taunton Daily Gazette

U.S. Rep. Joseph Kennedy III announced during a press conference held at Attleboro High School that he would introduce a bill in Washington to reauthorize and update the federal Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act, which provides federal funding for vocational education. The act was last reauthorized in 2006.

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US Rep. Kennedy files bill to modernize federal career ed requirements

Jim Hand, The Attleboro Sun Chronicle

ATTLEBORO — U.S. Rep. Joseph Kennedy III announced today he has filed legislation aimed at modernizing federal career education requirements so schools more closely align their curriculum with available jobs.

Kennedy, D-Brookline, took to Attleboro High School to make the announcement that he is sponsoring a bipartisan bill requiring that job market analysis be used in dispensing federal grants for career and technical education in schools.

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Joe K III launches campaign

Antonio Planas, The Boston Herald

Freshman U.S. Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy III kicked off his re-election campaign yesterday in front of a roaring crowd of supporters in Taunton, sticking to his famous family’s political script of championing the poor but also lamenting congressional gridlock.

Kennedy, whose famous bloodline enshrined him as a member of an American political dynasty, surprised no one at the Sandbar Grill with his announcement that he’s seeking a second term for the 4th Congressional District seat.

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Kennedy makes re-election official

Jim Hand, The Attleboro Sun Chronicle

U.S. Rep. Joseph Kennedy III and his supporters do not have much to worry about for his coming re-election bid. After all, he is running unopposed so far.

But Democrats at his re-election kick off in Taunton Saturday said they were nervous about the political prospects for the rest of their party in light of a Supreme Court decision regarding campaign finances.

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