Posts tagged ‘Congress’

August 13th, 2012

Lisa Wilson- Foley

by Christopher O'Brien

Biography

Lisa Wilson – Foley is certainly one of the most enthusiastic candidates during this year’s race, and it is no wonder that this successful businesswoman and mother of seven is stepping outside of her comfort zone to run for US Congress. Having started a physical therapy business at age 29, she also owns and operates a variety of family friendly businesses in the north Farmington Valley. These include a bowling alley, ice cream shoppe and golf course. Earlier this year, she opened a pharmacy to supply her family’s rehabilitation businesses.

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August 12th, 2012

Justin Bernier

by Christopher O'Brien

Justin Bernier

Biography

37 year old Justin Bernier is the oldest in a family of 9 children. He grew up in Farmington and is an Eagle Scout later attending Fordham University. He earned a master’s degree in International Security and Economic Policy from the University of Maryland and a second degree in Int’l Relations from Georgetown Univerisity.  He lives with his wife Jennie and two daughters in Plainville. They attend St. Patrick’s Church in Farmington.

Bernier’s earlier career was serving as a senior legislative aide to then Congressman Rob Simmons. A Congressional newspaper noted that Bernier “fought doggedly and successfully to save the New London Submarine Base”. 

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August 12th, 2012

Andrew Roraback

by Christopher O'Brien

Biography

Andrew Roraback is the 5th generation of his family to live in the northern Litchfield County and comes from a long tradition of Rorabacks schooled in law and politics. One of his relatives, Henry Roraback was the most power Republican from 1912 and 1935, having passed the State Bar without any schooling and also founding CL&P. Another prominent relative is Catherine Roraback who was the lead attorney in the landmark Supreme Court Case Griswold vs. Connecticut. That case established expanded privacy rights under the ‘penumbra of the Constitution” and is given credit for the later Roe v. Wade case in 1972 legalizing abortion.

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August 10th, 2012

Donovan Defends Record in Southbury

by Christopher O'Brien

Donovan speaks to the Democratic Club in Heritage Village Photo: Christine Stuart

By Christine Stuart

Southbury First Selectman Ed Edelson told the Heritage Village Democratic Club Thursday that it really irks him when he hears people say they don’t want to send a career politician to Congress.

It’s like saying you don’t want an auto mechanic to fix your car, or a plumber to fix your leaky faucet, he said in introducing Chris Donovan to a small group of about 20 people.

“You don’t become Speaker of the House overnight,” Edelson said.

Edelson cited Donovan’s experience as a lawmaker for 20 years and his ability to bring people together as two reasons he’s supporting him on Aug. 14.

While there are no public polls on the three-way race between Donovan, former state Rep. Elizabeth Esty, and Dan Roberti, the dollars being spent on television advertising seem to point to it being a horse race between Esty and Roberti. Of course, since there is no public polling in the race, Donovan could still be in the lead. It will all depend on whose supporters come out to vote on Aug. 14.

It’s like saying you don’t want an auto mechanic to fix your car, or a plumber to fix your leaky faucet, he said in introducing Chris Donovan to a small group of about 20 people.

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August 7th, 2012

Dan Roberti: Support of Donovan Conditional

by Christopher O'Brien

Dan Roberti at a debate in LitchfieldA Democratic candidate in the 5th Congressional District said his support of one of his opponents, if they win the nomination on Aug. 14, is conditional.

Dan Roberti of Kent told WFSB’s Dennis House on Sunday that he’s not able to support House Speaker Chris Donovan should he be become the party’s nominee in the three-way contest, if he learns Donovan knew what his former campaign staffers were doing.

“I need to know a lot more about what’s going on with the investigation,” Roberti told House during a taping of Face the State. “I certainly wouldn’t be able to support someone if it comes between now and that point that he indeed had knowledge of this issue.”

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December 1st, 2011

Donovan Steps Down from Redistricting Commission

by Christopher O'Brien

by Christine Stuart
CTNewsJunkie

Speaker of the House Chris Donovan (D-Meriden) talks with Minority Leader Larry Cafero (R-Norwalk). State Rep. Arthur O'Neil (R-Southbury) is also pictured. Courtesy: Christine Stuart

Facing criticism from his Congressional opponents, Speaker of the House Chris Donovan stepped down Wednesday from the Reapportionment Commission after helping to approve the new state House and Senate District maps.

Unable to reach consensus on how to draw the lines for the five Congressional Districts, the commission will ask the Supreme Court for an extension.

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Did You Know?Wolcott is currently in the 5th Congressional District. It is in th 16th Senatorial District and the 80th State House District. Every 10 years the state must re-adjust district boundaries to account for population equality
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Donovan said his Congressional campaign in the 5th District wasn’t getting in the way of the process for him, but by asking Gov. Dannel P. Malloy to appoint Majority Leader Brendan Sharkey to the commission he “avoids any unnecessary questions.”

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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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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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June 23rd, 2011

Town Republicans Meet Tonight

by LonSeidman

Any registered Republican or independent who is thinking about running for local office this year is invited to attend the monthly Republican Town Committee meeting tonight. The vacancy committee for the RTC is in the process of finalizing a slate of candidates to approve at a July caucus.

Also, former FBI agent Mike Clark is expected to address attendees about his upcoming campaign for US Congress. Wolcott’s current Congressman, Chris Murphy is planning on vacating his seat as representative to run for US Senate. Representatives from other campaigns will also give updates.

Attending a meeting is a good opportunity to stay current on local, state, and national political developments as well as contribute ideas and issues on the local level.

Any questions, contact Chairwoman Cathe Sherman at 203-879-5754.