Posts tagged ‘Congress’

November 9th, 2016

GOP, Trump Enjoys Wide Support

by Christopher O'Brien

As the clocks fell back an hour, colorful hues of leaves during a windy week mirroring the national Presidential race. Yellow, red, and orange falls predominantely against a bold blue and red sign-scape that shows Wolcott’s political colors. We haven’t seen a single sign for Clinton at all in Wolcott, while Trump-Pence signs are literally everywhere.

Tuesday night’s results were clear before the election: The President-elect won Wolcott decisively. In other races, Wolcott also voted for challengers Dan Carter for US Senate and Clay Cope for Congressional Representative. Both of those candidates lost their overall races, however.

More locally, State Senator Joe Markley won election against Southington resident Ryan Rogers. As of 5:30 am, the Secretary of State’s website only had 16 out of the 22 precincts reporting in that race.

State Representative Rob Sampson will also start his third term in Hartford. He was unopposed.

Statewide, Republicans will now be in equal numbers with Democrats in the State Senate. Democrats will control the chamber since Lt. Governor Wyman will cast tie-breaking votes and is a Democrat. However, the tone may change on fiscal issues as some Democratic senators, including Joan Hartley of Waterbury often side with Republicans on those issues.

The Whisper will publish more complete statistics when ballot numbers are tallied and released by the Town Clerk’s office.

August 29th, 2013

Congresswoman Seeks Feedback Through Local Forums

by Christopher O'Brien

With the Obama administration quickly gearing up to launch cruise missle strikes on Syria, Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty is holding two opportunities for residents to provide feedback on Congress.

The two events, titled “Congress on Your Corner” will be held this evening in Torrington and on Wednesday, Sept. 4th at Cheshire

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August 28th, 2013

Larson Trip To Ireland Was About Trade

by Christopher O'Brien

By Christine Stuart

The junket U.S. Rep. John Larson took to Dublin earlier this month was bipartisan, productive, and not paid for with taxpayer dollars. Or at least that’s how he described it Monday after a tour of a defense manufacturer here in Connecticut.

The trip, including lodging, airfare, and meals for both Larson and his son, Ray, was paid for by the Ripon Society and the Franklin Center for Global Policy Exchange. According to the travel expense form filed with the House Clerk’s office, the center paid about $15,300 for Larson and his son to attend the conference and stay at the 5-star Merrion Hotel in Dublin.

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February 20th, 2013

Esty Hosts Gun Violence Forum Tonight

by Christopher O'Brien

Newly elected US Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty will host a forum on gun violence tonight at Rotella Magnet School in Waterbury at 7:00 pm. The school is at 380 Pierpont Rd., not far from the Wolcott town line. There is no RSVP required and anyone in the public is welcome to attend. Please note that no large bags or backpacks  will be permitted into the building.

Esty will discuss the policy principles announced by the Congressional Gun Violence Task Force, answer questions, and listen to residents’ ideas on the proposals. Esty serves as one of twelve vice-chairmen on the Tast Force. Its recomendations can be viewed HERE.

February 6th, 2013

Courtney Chides Spielberg Over Slavery Slander

by Christopher O'Brien

By Mark Pazniokas | CT Mirror

Like many Connecticut moviegoers, at least those who are politically minded, U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney, D-2nd District, was surprised to see two members of the state’s House delegation depicted as voting to uphold slavery in Steven Spielberg’s well-received movie, “Lincoln.”

“I could not believe my own eyes and ears,” Courtney wrote in a letter to Spielberg. “How could Congressmen from Connecticut — a state that supported President Lincoln and lost thousands of her sons fighting against slavery on the Union side of the Civil War-have been on the wrong side of history?”

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January 9th, 2013

Blumenthal: Background Checks for Bullets

by Christopher O'Brien

By Christine Stuart | CT News JunkiePhoto: Hugh McQuaid

U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal told reporters Tuesday that he plans to introduce legislation toughening requirements for purchasing ammunition.

The bill, which comes in the wake of the Newtown school shooting that claimed 26 lives, would require retailers to use an FBI database to conduct background checks on anyone who buys bullets. It would also require retailers to report to law enforcement when someone purchases more than 1,000 rounds of ammunition and it would extend an existing ban on bullets capable of piercing body armor.

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November 5th, 2012

WIll Voting on “Women’s Issues” Really Change Anything?

by Christopher O'Brien

It is often said that fear drives more voters than facts. And throughout this election we are all shutting off the TV and banging our heads against the wall wringing our hands of all the negative ads on TV. It seems to be worse than usual. Yet, one of the themes throughout the year has been ‘women’s issues’. Now, when President Obama or Chris Murphy or any other Democrat brings up “women’s issues”, we all know that they are not talking about the issues that most women have on the forfront in their minds: The economy, jobs, healthcare, education, childcare, faith or marriage. You know.. the the issues that we deal with almost every day. No, they are only talking about ONE issue: Abortion.

The fear that these candidates send is that Roe v. Wade will be overturned. Could it be? And what would that mean? What is the reality of how quickly, or how much impact your vote for a ‘anti-choice’ candidate make on this issue? Let’s talk about this in the proper context.

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November 5th, 2012

Wolcott Election Ballot

by Christopher O'Brien

Wolcott’s Ballot is below. Residents can choose any ONE candidate for each of FIVE offices.
Some candidates appear on more than one party, which means that they have been endorsed by those political parties. The candidate is elected based upon the total number of votes they receive from ALL lines that they appear. Voters should only fill in the oval for ONE candidate for each office, evne if they appear more than once. This ensures an accurate count.

Wolcott Ballot

In some towns, redistricting has shifted voters from one polling place to another, but this has not happened in Wolcott. Since the overlapping districts include the entire town, there was no need to do so.

District 1 – Tyrell Middle School (south entrance)

District 2 – Wolcott High School

District 3 – Wakelee School (gym – park in back)

August 15th, 2012

Esty Finds Support in Wolcott; Greenberg Wins Town but Loses District

by Christopher O'Brien

Wolcott residents voted in a crucial primary Tuesday that offered vastly different visions for US Congress. The conservative Republican town favored onservative Mark Greenberg on the Republican side and while newcomer Dan Roberti did well in the 2nd district at Wolcott High School, most Democratic voters favored Elizabeth Esty in the battle for the open 5th District. Wolcott was just one of 41 towns in the vast district that stretches from Meriden and Simsbury to Danbury and Salisbury.

In the US Senate race, Republican McMahon demolished Chris Shays with 91%.

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August 14th, 2012

President Clinton Calls Wolcott Voters

by Christopher O'Brien

Contributed photoMary Weber, who supports Elizabeth Esty’s candidacy in the 5th Congressional District, was not impressed when she received a robocall from former President Bill Clinton Monday.

The robocall paid for by Dan Roberti’s campaign and the subsequent live phone call from an unknown source told Weber that Clinton supports the 30-year-old.

“You’re full of crap,” Weber recalled saying into the phone.

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