Archive for November, 2014

November 5th, 2014

Sampson; Markley Win Re-election

by Christopher O'Brien

Wolcott’s legislative duo nicknamed “Wolcott’s Taxfighting Team” easily cruised to new terms in the state legislature Tuesday evening according to state party officials and several media sources. Full results have not yet been posted to the Secretary of State’s websire as of 5:00 am, and are not posted on the Town website.

A reported shortage of ballots at a Wolcott polling place likely resulted in a lengthier count Tuesday evening and delay in reporting the results. Southington results also were not posted.

Markley easily cruised to re-election against a challenge by Working Families candidate Christopher Robertson.

November 4th, 2014

Amend the State Constitution for Voting? No!

by Christopher O'Brien

vote boxConstitutional Amendment: No!

A careful reading of today’s question to amend Connecticut’s Constitution to allow more reasons for absentee ballots is needed before you vote on this question. Voting yes may lead to computerized voting and other venues where vote tampering, corruption or just plain human or errors by technology can occur. Recall last year when millions of Americans’ credit and debit card numbers were stolen by shopping at Target? What happens if the same occurs with your vote?

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November 4th, 2014

Endorsment: Esty a Politician, Not a Leader

by Christopher O'Brien

By Chris O’Brien

Every two years we reflect upon our elected representative’s records to see if they deserve to be re-elected for another two years. It is difficult to find reasons why Rep. Elizabeth Esty deserves a contract renewal.

Early in her first term, while acknowledging that the law is imperfect, she trumpeted the benefits of Obamacare. As many of us are forced to change the health insurance and low premiums we used to have, I have never heard of a single attempt by Rep. Esty to improve the law. What happened? To date, we know of no proposals to improve the law. Mark Greenberg, has proposals on his website that will reduce insurance premiums.

 

I was hopeful when she held several forums to hear concerns about the terrible situation in Syria. I went to one of these forums with a newspaper article describing the capabilities of some organizations we could support and we had a good conversation for a few minutes discussing our options. As ISIS has grown into a world threat, she continues to say that “something must be done” about the terror organization, but only says what she won’t do. She won’t commit ground troops. She won’t approve money to support opposition rebels. She won’t push Turkey to take a role or our own President to do what’s necessary. There’s no question that our nation is war-weary and that our current military infrastructure relies too heavily on reservists. However, as time moves on – we have seen that ISIS is consuming the Middle East, threatens our allies in Lebanon, Israel, Turkey, and the Egyptian government, and will soon attack Western nations. She has acknowledged a dangerous threat to our national security but has become the representative of “no”. No solutions. We need a leader willing to take a risk here for our own safety.

When it comes to domestic policy, I’ve never heard her propose changes to our tax policies that drivenbusinesses overseas. We all know that Social Security will go broke in a few years yet she hasn’t seem to have any drive to fix that either. I’m 35 years old and know it won’t be around if I or my peers need it when we retire. I’m also old enough to remember that the eligibility age was once raised without hurting seniors who were eligible.

In contrast, I’m impressed that Mark Greenberg is willing to tackle these very difficult challenges. He may not have all the answers but as an experienced entrepreneur he seeks out input for the best solutions. He is willing to find a solution to Social Security and as a man with five young children will have his eyes set on improving our nation for the future.

Ms. Esty has proven herself an adept politician, but she is not a leader. While he is not as polished a politician, Mark Greenberg is the leader we need for the challenges America faces today. He will have my vote on Election Day and deserves your’s.

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November 4th, 2014

The Most Important Offices to Vote For

by Christopher O'Brien

By Chris O’Brien
Secretary of State: The SOTS is responsible for collecting election information, overseeing the election process- although much of this role is delegated to individual towns. They also register businesses and assist businesses navigate requirements the state has for businesses. Peter Lumaj – an immigrant from formerly Communist Albania truly undertands the meaning of American Democracy and wants to restore it. HE is calling for teeth to election enforcement laws that can restore the integrity of the voting process.

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November 3rd, 2014

2014 Voting Guide and Endorsements

by Christopher O'Brien

Below are links to articles about this year’s election. It includes a copy of the ballot you’ll see at all Wolcott polling places, information about each elected office and the Amendment question on the ballot.

1. Wolcott Ballot and polling places.

2. About each office and our Endorsements

3. State Representative Race: Rob Sampson responds to Mazurek attack mailers

4. Should We Amend the State Constitution?

5. Not Registered to Vote? Here’s how you can still vote on Election Day.

November 3rd, 2014

Wolcott Ballot

by Christopher O'Brien

Below is the ballot which will be used for all three voting locations in town. The polling locations are the same as usual and are as follows:

District 1 – Tyrrell School gym (park to the left of the school), Todd Rd.

District 2 – Wolcott High School gym – 457 Boundline Rd.

District 3 – Wakelee School gym (park in the rear)  Hempel Drive

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