Posts tagged ‘Connecticut’

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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December 31st, 2012

Liquor Stores Closed Tuesday

by Christopher O'Brien

By Hugh McQuaid | CTNewsJunkie

The Department of Consumer Protection is reminding Connecticut residents that, while they may be able buy alcohol on Sundays now, they won’t be able to stop by the liquor store on New Year’s Day.

This year’s alcohol legislation, which among other things legalized the sale of booze on Sundays, did not change the state law prohibiting package stores from opening on Jan. 1. Grocery stores also are prohibited from selling beer.

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August 7th, 2012

Republican Candidates Ready for Primary

by Christopher O'Brien

Republican candidates for the open congressional seat squared off last week in a debate sponsored by the Brookfield Republican Party at Brookfield High School. Candidates included former Naval Intelligence officer Justin Bernier, real estate developer Mark Greenberg, business owner Lisa Wilson- Foley, and current State Senator Andrew Roraback.

Videos from this debate are below. The entire debate is just under an hour. Thanks to Chris Ford for providing these to the Whisper. Click “More” to view the videos.

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July 2nd, 2012

Miss Wolcott Crowned as Miss Connecticut

by Christopher O'Brien

By Ann DeMatteo, New Haven Register

Credit: Miss CT Scholarship Organization

NEW LONDON – Emily Audibert of Wolcott is the new Miss Connecticut.

Audibert, the former Miss Wolcott, earned a $5,000 scholarship and will represent Connecticut at Miss America in Las Vegas in January.

The 84th annual Miss Connecticut Scholarship Pageant got off to an exciting start with 20 young women advancing to the top 10 in the Outstanding Teen and Miss categories.

With a full house at the Garde Arts Center, families cheered on contestants as their names were called to take part in the finals competition for Miss Connecticut 2012 and Miss Connecticut’s Outstanding Teen 2012. “Who do you think is going to take the crown home tonight?” emcee Rachel Frank of Fox 61 asked, while a loud, inaudible response roared from the audience.

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Read more about Emily Audibert’s performance and reaction to being crowned HERE.

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 16th, 2011

DoD Flies Malloy to Kuwait

by Christopher O'Brien

Christine Stuart, CTNewsJunkie | Nov 15, 2011 5:33pm (Updated 6 p.m.)

Delaware Gov. Jack Markell, Gov. Dannel Malloy, and US Sec. of Defense Leon Panetta (contributed photo)

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is in Kuwait.

Yup. That’s right, Malloy flew to out of Washington D.C. on Monday evening as part of a Department of Defense program which provides state governors with the opportunity to visit deployed National Guardsmen and Reservists in the field.

The announcement released at 5:05 p.m. today came as a surprise to news media who have been inquiring as to Malloy’s whereabouts this week.

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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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