Archive for October 8th, 2013

October 8th, 2013

Election Choices: What Does That Person Do?

by Christopher O'Brien

vote clipartLocal politics are often the most personal engagement with our democratic form of government any of us will ever encounter. A President, for instance, campaigns for office only through our television sets and airways and most of us will never meet a Presidential candidate. However, we might bump into our local leaders on a regular basis in  IGA, Dunkin Donuts, church or a school function on any day of the week. We know their faces, but are you aware of the decisions they make that impact your life every day?

In many respects, your local elected leaders have a larger impact than the President or Congress. When politicians run for higher office, they often get their start on the local level as well. You can’t run a country with trillions of dollar budgets without first understanding million dollar budgets impacting a few thousand residents.

When you go into the voting booth on November 5th, will you know what you are selecting a candidate to actually do? Or will you choose them simply by name or facial recognition? Are they the best candidate for the job, and if so, what qualities matches that job applicant for that particular office?

This article is intended to help voters understand how Wolcott’s government works, and who does what.

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October 8th, 2013

Wolcott Election Coming Soon!

by Christopher O'Brien

Wolcott residents have an opportunity to choose their locally elected leaders every two years. From appeals boards to Mayor, many of our neighbors volunteer their time to ensure our government runs smoothly and fairly. We choose residents to manage education curriculum, approve school contracts, and oversee our superintendant. Other residents will be chosen to manage the town’s budgets and set a tax rate for the next two years. Another resident will be chosen to collect those taxes and also be fair to those who are hampered by the economy in paying their taxes.

 

In all, 31 slots are open for elected office on November 5th. Yet, of the 50 candidates, whom will you choose? And what rational will you select one candidate over another?

In the coming four weeks, the Whisper will run articles about the election and profiles about the candidates. Every candidate is invited to submit a profile and will be asked to answer a few questions. These are intended so the public can make an informed choice for their leaders.

All residents are also invited to submit their views on any issue they feel is important, or endorsing any particular candidate.

 

All submissions may be editted for clarity and space and letters generally should be less than 550 words. Please e-mail us at WolcottWhisper@gmail.com .

October 8th, 2013

Judge Grants Minor Parties Ballot Access

by Christopher O'Brien

By Brian Woodman Jr. | CT News Junkie

Secretary of the State Denise Merrill is lauding a judge’s order permitting a minor political party’s candidates to appear on the ballot in Westport and East Hampton’s municipal election despite their failure to comply with state election law.

In Westport, Town Clerk Patricia Strauss was prohibited from allowing three candidates from the “Save Westport Now” party who were running for the Planning and Zoning Commission to appear on the Nov. 5 ballot because they had failed to sign their endorsement paperwork, according to court documents. But Stamford Superior Court Judge Kenneth Povodator ordered Strauss to include David Lessing, Andra Vebell, and Allan Hodge on the ballot, despite the requirement passed into law in 2011.

That decision and two others decided Monday were praised by Merrill and other minor party candidates in similar situations.

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October 8th, 2013

Sikorsky Jobs Safe During Gov’t Shutdown

by Christopher O'Brien

By CTNewsJunkie Staff
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel invoked the “Pay Our Military Act” this weekend, authorizing the Defense Department to bring back most of its civilian employees.

That’s good news for the approximately 350,000 civilian employees, including about 1,400 Sikorsky workers, who will avoid furloughs with its authorization.

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October 8th, 2013

CT Supreme Court Upholds Public Meeting Law

by Christopher O'Brien

The state Supreme Court on Monday unanimously upheld decisions by a lower court and the Freedom of Information Commission that the Medical Examining Board had held an illegal meeting that excluded the public.

In 2009, the board met behind closed doors to obtain legal advice regarding a letter it received from Public Defender Michael Courtney. The underlying letter sought information about whether a physician could be disciplined for administering a lethal injection during an execution.

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