Archive for ‘Congress’

July 30th, 2012

Republican Congressional Candidates Face Off In Debates

by Christopher O'Brien

While the public takes a break from politics to enjoy the international competition in London, the final debates for Republican candidates vying to represent Wolcott in US Congress will be held this week. An August 14th primary will narrow the field down to one nominee. Democrats will also vote the same day choosing from three candidates.

Tonight, at Brookfield High School, four Republicans will debate the issues beginning at 6:30 pm. The school is on Long Meadow Hill Rd. A second debate this week will take place in Newtown at the Edmund Town Hall on Main st. on Thursday. That debate will be at 7 pm.

Candidates participating include former Naval intelligence officer Justin Bernier, local developer Mark Greenberg, Apple Rehab owner Lisa Wilson-Foley and current State Senator Andrew Roraback.

Each candidate thus far has either already been running ads or will be starting next week. In 2010, the Republican nomination was fiercely contested with the three contendors then coming within just three percentage points of each other.

November 15th, 2011

Murphy Blasts Tea Party, GOP Early in 2012 Race

by Christopher O'Brien

Chris Murphy

By Richard Weizel
The Daily Norwalk

U.S. Rep. Christopher Murphy, in his third term representing Connecticut’s Fifth District, says he’s “more frustrated” by government inertia than at any time during his 14-year political career.

But that isn’t stopping the 38-year-old Democrat from seeking the seat being vacated by longtime U.S. Sen. Joseph Lieberman.

“The Tea Party and Republican extremists in Congress, especially in the House, have brought the economy to a grinding halt to hurt President (Barack) Obama’s chances for re-election next year,” said Murphy, a former state legislator who now represents northwestern and central Connecticut in Congress.

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November 14th, 2011

Sen. Blumenthal Wants to Repeal Marriage Act

by Christopher O'Brien

US Senator Blumenthal spoke during a senate hearing to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act which was enacted just a few years ago. The Act decided that the federal government would recognize marriage as one between a man and a women. It does not override state laws, but merely defines the term marriage when it applies to federal taxes, benefits, and other issues before the government.

In part, Blumenthal testified: “There is no question we need to focus on jobs and econ growth, no certainty on when the senate vote will be. But the cause of justice will be advanced when this committee votes… in favor of repealing DOMA.”

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July 5th, 2011

Public Hearing Tonight on Legislative Districts

by LonSeidman

Waterbury has five state representatives. The 73rd extends from Bucks Hill to Bunker Hill, but the 72nd wraps around it


What do you think of the picture to the side? Does it look like a child scrawled lines this way and that in a random fashion? Or do you think it is a fair representation of how Connecticut should be represented in Congress?

Because of the 2010 Census, the lines of Connecticut’s 5 Congressional, 36 State Senatorial, and 151 State Legislative districts are at stake.

Congressional Districts

Connecticut's five Congressional Districts could become a pretty good jigsaw puzzle, particularly near the center

Tonight you can give your opinion at Waterbury City Hall at 7 pm in a public hearing which will include an equally bipartisan group of legislators will draw the fate of Connecticut politics for the next decade. According to the Constitution, re apportionment must be undertaken by the states to ensure fair and equal representation in Congress. A similar obligation exists under the State Constitution for state offices. The result of what ‘fair’ is, however… has been disputed for over 200 years. Generally it means that a roughly equal number of citizens are represented by any one legislator. In Connecticut, they’ve come pretty close, with no district being represented by more than 3 people more than any other.

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