Archive for April, 2016

April 26th, 2016

Delegates? Do Votes Count? How this “Primary Thing” Works in Connecticut

by Christopher O'Brien

By Chris O’Brien

There has been alot of discussion about delegates, conventions, and votes in recent weeks.  Today Connecticut Democrats and Republicans have their say (sorry unaffiliated – you didn’t join the club, so you sit this out) in who their nominees should be.

Donald Trump in particular has raised many questions about the process. Some of what he says is political persuasion and posturing. The rest are honest questions that many political novices are asking. When you hear the answers, asterisks, parenthesis and tangents show that those answers are not neat and simple from state to state. The Whisper’s editor, Chris O’Brien has been intimately involved with Presidential elections since 2008, working for five candidates, including three just this year. Its amazing how fast these primary campaigns last. When they are decided in July, there will still be a four month long General Election.

Each state is allocated a particular number of delegates based upon their population and how many federal and statewide officeholders that party has. We’ll start with the Democratic Party first, because its the easiest to understand. Connecticut has 78 delegates at stake today. They will be apportioned between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders based on the vote. And that’s it.

So, if Bernie has a landslide win,

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April 26th, 2016

Our Democratic Endorsement: Senator Sanders

by Christopher O'Brien

Here at the Whisper, we pride ourselves in doing deep background on candidates. This year’s election is no different, except for the interesting types of people who have thrown their hat into the ring for our nation’s top job. To be fair, we have three branches of government with checks and balances. Yet, throughout the history of our Republic, the Presidency has a unique position of power. He (or she) commands the military and its nuclear weapons, engages in diplomacy among nations, appoints Supreme Court and other federal justices, manages a sprawling beauracracy of over 3 million employees that must provide services of justice and fairness to all Americans. These are just part of a few of the tasks of President. The rest are laid out in the Constitution or been acquired over the decades.

Let’s first start with the Democratic nomination. 78 Delegates are at stake, all awarded proportionately. A large win could help the underdog overcome the odds, or force him to consider the purpose of his campaign. A close win probably won’t change much at all.

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April 24th, 2016

GOP Candidate Interviews

by Christopher O'Brien

vote clipartRegistered Republicans will go to the polls on Tuesday to elect their preferred nominee for President. 28 delegates are at stake. Most recent polls suggest that each of the three candidates are likely to receive delegates. The question is how many. If Ted Cruz receives more than 20%, he’ll likely get 3 delegates. (Polls range from 17-21%). Kasich is polling in the high 20s which would result in at least 4 delegates. If Donald Trump receives more than 50%, he’ll get all 28 delegates- but if not, he’ll only get a proportion. His polls range from the low 40s to about 51%.

 

Unaffiliated and new voters have until noon on Monday to register – in person – at Town Hall. 17 year olds can vote as long as they turn 18 on or before November 8th.  WTNH has some resources to verify your eligibility and your voter location: WTNH Voter’s Reference Guide

We’re providing links to voter guides and interviews with all three candidates here below and later today.

Family Research Council’s Voter Guide on Family oriented issues: http://downloads.frcaction.org/EF/EF16B01.pdf

Politifact: Ascertains the truth or untruth of many of the candidates’ statements. They have their own biases, but can give a guide to what has been said. http://www.politifact.com/

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April 11th, 2016

Conneticut Primary Ballot Announced

by Christopher O'Brien

vote clipartSecretary of State Denise Merrill announced which candidates will be on the Republican and Democratic ballots for the state’s April 26th Presidential Primary.

(By the way, if you like to vote, Connecticut will hold ANOTHER primary in August if more than one member of a party is seeking the same seat in Congress, US Senate, or the State legislature)

Connecticut’s primary is a closed primary, meaning that voters must

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April 9th, 2016

Fire Department Open House Sunday

by Christopher O'Brien

Wolcott Fire Company #2 on North Street is hosting a Fire Safety Day Sunday from 1- 4 pm. Bring the family for an open house and lots of fun activities!

Music, refreshments, a coloring contest and hourly raffle drawings will be held. Kids and adults alike can try on the fire gear and learning how to use a fire extinguisher.