Posts tagged ‘Primary’

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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February 20th, 2016

Ziti Fundraiser to Benefit Republicans

by Christopher O'Brien

Local Republicans are taking advantage of the Presidential excitement by inviting all residents to a ziti supper at the East Street Eatery, 141 East Street this Wednesday evening from 6 – 8:30 pm. A raffle will also be held.

Cost is only $15.00 dollars per person, 6-10 years old only pay $7.00 dollars and 5 years old and under-free.

Pay at the door or RSVP to Gloria Clair via email at GloriaClair@outlook.com or Chris O’Brien 203-558-5817 or inbox the WRTC on Facebook.

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 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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