Archive for July, 2010

July 30th, 2010

Airwaves Fly With Campaign Ads

by LonSeidman

Whether negative advertising works or not, many candidates are attempting to contrast themselves with their opponents in the closing weeks before the Republican and Democratic primaries. (Reminder that if you want to vote in the primary, you should get yourself to the Town Hall asap! Absentee ballots are also available). In a race where the three candidates in the 5th Congressional District essentially agree on all of the major issues, Mark Greenberg has launched two separate commercials. The Gubernatorial slugfest between Mike Fedele and Tom Foley appears to have levelled the playing field into a dead heat between the candidates. And the Democrats have stepped up the heat against each other as Ned Lamont finally agrees to debate former Stamford mayor Dan Malloy and Comptroller candidate Kevin Lembo begins firing at Waterbury Mayor Mike Jarjura for being pro-life and hiring former Governor John Rowland as his economic director.

In the next week we’ll try to dissect some of the accusations. A typical tactic in such campaigns is to take a single procedural vote or some innacuracy in an opponents record, blow it up as if it means the world and destroy that opponent. In other cases, some of the accusations may be true and actually backfire and may actually help the opponent the charges are leveied against. Before we delve into the facts, what do you think of these ads? Are they influential? What do you believe or don’t believe?

July 21st, 2010

Challengers Qualify for Public Funds

by LonSeidman

From the Meriden Record Journal:

July 21st, 2010

‘Forgotton War’ Heroes To be Remembered

by LonSeidman

A ceremony honoring soldiers and sailors who served in the Korean War will be held on the Waterbury Green at 10:00 am this Saturday. All are welcome to attend. This is an annual event.

July 21st, 2010

ARF Pet Parade Saturday

by LonSeidman

A Pet (and human) parade will be held this Saturday along Wolcott Rd to benefit the Animal Rescue Foundation. The Foundation is raising money for an animal shelter that is being built in Plymouth. Wolcott’s Municipal Animal Control Officer Joe Ouimet as well as Miss Wolcott’s Outstanding Teen Erin Ward have been deeply involved n the organization. The parade will begin at 10:30 at Samson Machine across from Cumberland Farms on Wolcott Rd. The parade will then move north on Wolcott Rd ending with a Pet Expo at Peterson park.

The event will be held rain or shine. The weather for last year’s parade was rain but the parade proceeded as planned. A $5 registration fee will be requested and all pets are free. Please be sure they are on leashes. If you have any questions, contact Fran at (203) 879-0662.

The poster for the event can be found here.

July 12th, 2010

McMahon Opens Waterbury HQ: Public Welcome to Meet

by LonSeidman

What do you know about Linda McMahon’s personality? Is she someone you can trust? Is she the right person to become the next US Senator from Connecticut?

Today beginning at 6 pm, the public is welcome to meet Linda at the opening of her new regional headquarters at the corner of Field St. and Meadow St. in Waterbury. The headquarters is in a recently competed brick building at the bottom of exit 21 off of I-84 right next to Cactus Cantina. Feel free to stop by and ask any question on your mind facing our nation. And if you feel she’s the right person, you can sign up to volunteer for her campaign and make new friends in the process.

Mrs. McMahon is the former CEO of World Wrestling Entertainment and won the endorsement of the Republican party at a convention in May. She is being challenged by Peter Schiff, a nationally known economist who advised on Ron Paul’s Presidential campaign in 2008. Registered Republicans will choose which of these two candidates will face Democrat Richard Blumenthal in the general election on November 2nd. Blumenthal is currently the state’s Attorney General.

July 12th, 2010

Public Hearing on Town Charter on Tuesday

by LonSeidman

The town’s Constitution is undergoing changes and the Charter Revision Commission wants your input. A panel of residents on the Commission has been meeting for several months and this will be the first stage of the revision process before voters will ultimately have a vote to approve or reject the changes in November. Yet, the public hearing tommorow night will be an opportunity for voters to be a proactive part of the process.

The Whisper previously has written about needed changes 1 to the Charter. Unfortunatly, many of these are not included in the Commissions proposed changes. What is on the table includes a controversial proposal for a Police Commission. Civilian Police Review BoardHere are the other proposed changes. You may also click on the attachment to view the new proposals here Proposed Charter Revisions

July 10th, 2010

State Candidates Come to Wolcott

by LonSeidman

The 80th District race for State Representative is in full swing as Republican candidates Rob Sampson and Alan Giacomi have hit the campaign trail. Signs are beginning to pop up along Wolcott’s roadways for these and other candidates, but the 80th General Assembly race will be the most local of all. That district includes all of Wolcott and two voting districts in Southington, representing roughly Both campaigns say they have been going door-to-door in various parts of town. As part of their campaign, both have invited townspeople to meet – and – greet styled fundraisers at both J & M Pizza and McBrides in the last two weeks. These fundraisers are styled so that those who wish to donate to a campaign can do so while others may attend to simply meet the candidates in a casual setting. Pizza and soda was served at both events.

The race has generated interest from state and congressional candidates as well. Those in attendance at Giacomi’s fundraiser were able to meet candidates for Govenor, Tom Foley; Lt. Gubernatorial Lisa Wilson Foley; and Secretary of State Jerry Farrell. Candidates for Governor Mike Fedele and Lt. Governor Mark Boughton attended Rob Sampson’s function two weeks ago. Mark Greenberg, who is running for Congress in the 5th District attended both. These candidates came to town both to meet Wolcott residents as well as the next state representative that they may be working with at the State Capitol. It was a good experience for everyone involved.

Both Giacomi and Sampson have their websites up and welcome volunteers to help with their campaigns. It can be a great learning experience to try a new skill or contribute. Both candidates highlight issues affecting the state on their websites.

Sampson highlghts the loss of jobs and his desire for a true three strikes law. He also notes that Connecticut’s gasoline tax is the 4th largest in the nation. It needs to be reduced. Sampson also notes his support for the 2nd and 10th Amendements which protect the rights of the state to pass laws not specific to the federal government.

Both candidates note the loss of jobs and Connecticut’s unfriendly business climate, but Giacomi says that Connecticut has fewer jobs now than it did 20 years ago. Sampson has a graph showing the tax burden on the state’s residents over time.

Giacomi calls for term limits, an end to unfunded mandates and calls for drug testing for people who receive unemployment benefits. On term limits he notes that legislators are eligible for state pensions if they seve 10 years in the legislature- making it an incentive for them to be re-elected for that long.

On August 10th, Wolcott and Southington Republicans will decide which of these two men will face off with Rep. John “Corky” Mazurek in November. If any unafilliated resident of either town would like to participate in the Republican primary, they can mail in a voter registration card (available from Town Hall as well as the candidates, and some Republican Town Committee members), by August 5th or in person at Wolcott Town Hall by August 9th. Any resident who is at least 18 or will be 18 before November 2nd may also vote in the primary and can register before their birthday. The deadline for switching parties to vote in s primary has already passed.

Interesting fact: In 1987 33% of Connecticut voters were unnaffiliated. Now 44% of Connecticut Residents are unnafilated- the most in over 50 years. Will the anti-Obama sentiment and Tea Party movement this year reverse that trend?