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Paul Heroux
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Paul Heroux is a state reperesntative who previously worked in local and state government; for a state prison and a county jail; in Saudi Arabia; for a national security think tank; for a community non-profit for 7 years; and is a government administration and criminal justice consultant.

Degrees conferred on Paul have been a:
Master in Public Administration - Harvard University JFK School of Government
Master in International Relations - London School of Economics
Master in Criminology - University of Pennsylvania
Bachelor in Psychology, Minor in Neuroscience - University of Southern California

Entries by Paul Heroux

Blame Obama For Racial Tensions With The Police?

(0) Comments | Posted July 20, 2016 | 10:47 AM

A lot of President Obama's opponents have said that he is inciting racial tensions with the recent wave of high profile police shootings of young black men, and subsequent retaliatory shootings against police officers. I disagree. President Obama openly talks about these issues. He is basing his arguments on years...

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Bathroom Bills Are About Civil Rights, Not Sex Offenders

(3) Comments | Posted June 2, 2016 | 12:12 PM

Massachusetts passed historic legislation yesterday protecting the rights of transgender people. But the fight continues in other states.

First of all, I misuse the phrase 'bathroom bill.' This is a bill about civil rights and all public accommodation. A lot has been said and written about the concern over...

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Bathroom Bill Myths & Facts

(18) Comments | Posted April 30, 2016 | 11:56 AM

This morning, I received a phone call from a voting parent in my district who is opposed to the so called bathroom bill, correctly known as Transgender Public Accommodation bill. I was fortunate that my constituent left detailed reasons on my answering machine explaining why she opposes this...

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Fear and Loathing in Bathroom Bills

(0) Comments | Posted April 27, 2016 | 7:53 PM

It has been in the national news a lot, but a lot of people don't know what it means to be a transgender person. Frankly, three years ago, neither did I. When I studied psychology and neuroscience in college over 15 years ago, I learned that sex is what it...

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April is Child Abuse Prevention Month and Sexual Assault Awareness Month

(0) Comments | Posted March 31, 2016 | 5:24 PM

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month and Sexual Assault Awareness Month and so I thought it fitting to address this issue, but specifically as sex abuse concerns children.

This isn't the first time I've written about this topic, but it is importantly to constantly revisit it. It is an understatement...

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Is Trump Really Self-Financing His Campaign?

(0) Comments | Posted March 3, 2016 | 4:01 PM

Facts are a stubborn thing. Donald Trump says over and over that he is self-financing his campaign. That is not exactly true, or it is misleading at best.

Here is Trump's most recent FEC report. The two most startling points are that:

  1. Candidate Contribution are listed...

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Charter Schools: Problems and Solutions

(0) Comments | Posted February 18, 2016 | 5:00 PM

As a State Rep, I get a ton of emails about supporting and opposing raising the cap on charter schools in Massachusetts. One side contends that there should be more choice in public schools and the other side contends that charter schools take money away from traditional public schools. Both...

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What If the Second Amendment Were Repealed?

(1518) Comments | Posted January 30, 2016 | 6:01 PM

The Second Amendment to the Constitution states: "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed." Debate about the Constitutionality of the individual right to bear arms was settled when the US...

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Guns and Politics and What Actually Reduces Gun Violence

(60) Comments | Posted January 19, 2016 | 8:11 PM

Guns are one of the most divisive aspects of public policy in America. Two sides compete for an outcome. One wants to expand gun ownership and the other side reduce guns in America. Both argue that their own perspective will reduce violence with guns. I disagree. Neither argues from a...

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How to Reduce Gun Violence

(0) Comments | Posted January 4, 2016 | 7:21 PM

There are about 10,000 gun homicides in America every year. This does not include the number of people harmed but not killed by guns, and in fairness, it also does not include the number of defensive gun uses either. Whatever the case, it cannot be understated enough that we are...

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Should People on the No Fly List Be Allowed to Buy a Rifle?

(13) Comments | Posted December 3, 2015 | 8:43 PM

This makes perfect sense. Why would we allow someone who is a suspected terrorist who can't even board a plane to purchase a firearm in the US? It makes sense but it is not that simple. The late US Senator from Massachusetts Ted Kennedy was on the no fly list....

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Why ISIS Is Winning

(1) Comments | Posted November 25, 2015 | 7:05 PM

The short version: ISIS is winning because the major players in this fight are not working together and even working against each other.

The long version is more complicated. The US, UK and France are all working well together, but they are not working with Iran, Russia and Syria who...

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We Got the President We Deserve

(712) Comments | Posted November 23, 2015 | 5:09 PM

In the aftermath of the war in Iraq, in 2008, nearly 53 percent of American voters elected Barack Obama on a message that he will pull us out of Iraq and restore our image in the world as a benevolent superpower. Yet, Obama has been criticized for the growth of...

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If All Lives Matter, Do Refugee Lives Matter?

(5) Comments | Posted November 17, 2015 | 7:48 PM

We all know of the 'Black Lives Matter' movement. Liberals make this pronouncement to highlight the need to suggest there is a marginalized segment of society. Conservatives have pushed back by saying that 'All Lives Matter'. But alas, several people running for the highest office in the land do not...

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Is Accepting or Rejecting Syrian Refugees About Us or About Them?

(0) Comments | Posted November 16, 2015 | 1:57 PM

The Syrian refugee crisis brings to the forefront the question of American identity, who are we?

  • For people who oppose refugees coming to the United States, the focus is on who they are.
  • For people who support refugees coming to the United States, the focus is on who we...
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We Have No Idea Which Prison Programs Are Reducing Recidivism in America

(0) Comments | Posted November 2, 2015 | 7:57 PM

Throughout America, we have prison commissioners and state public safety officials all stating that they are reducing recidivism because of the programs they offer in their correctional system. I disagree.

I reviewed the websites of all of the state prison systems throughout the US. I wanted to...

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On Being the Parent of a Transgender Child

(2) Comments | Posted October 27, 2015 | 3:56 PM

Recently, I had the opportunity and pleasure of meeting Marcia and Ryan. Marcia is the mother of Ryan who is a nine year old transgender child living in my community. Ryan was born with the anatomy of a male, but Ryan describes herself as having "the heart and brain of...

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Should We Discharge Terminally Ill Inmates?

(17) Comments | Posted October 24, 2015 | 10:15 PM

On a recent trip to a medium security prison that I and other Massachusetts legislators took, an elderly inmate serving a life sentence who was dying with lung cancer asked me, "After I die, where is my body going to be buried?" I did not know the answer, but I...

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Transgender Rights and Public Bathrooms

(0) Comments | Posted October 12, 2015 | 5:03 PM

Fear is often used to push public policy. Sometimes it is warranted, sometimes it is not. In the case of a transgender person's access to public bathrooms, I do not think there is reason for alarm.

The Declaration of Independence states: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that...

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Untreated Traumatized Teen Parents in Anytown, USA

(1) Comments | Posted September 18, 2015 | 5:36 PM

Can you imagine being a young homeless mother, who lost custody of her baby due to her untreated mental illness caused by childhood trauma, which results in self medicating with opioids? I just described a subgroup of young parents in my community discussed at a Healthy Families Massachusetts advisory board...

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