Posts tagged ‘Republican’

November 7th, 2016

State Legislative Endorsements

by Christopher O'Brien
Live in Connecticut?
Given the tax increases we have had already, and the ones still being proposed, you should think twice about voting for a Democratic legislator.
Let’s recap. Frankly, it started before Malloy when an overwhelming Democratic legislature decided to double our fees at the DMV. Then Malloy – after pledging not to raise taxes, instituted the largest and second largest income-tax increases in state history. The gas tax is still one of the highest in the country, and gee… can you find a job?
We all know friends and neighbors who have left. The rest of us are thinking about it too.
But wait… there’s even more taxes to come. Malloy and Democrats are considering a mileage tax! This would require the state – your Big Brother – to install a GPS device that tracks how far you drive. This may be only one step removed from tracking WHERE you drive. And there are other things that may be taxed as well. At the same time, Legislative Democrats are cutting funding to hospitals, disabled, and the poor, while giving money to Sikorsky just for sticking around, a special deal with Pratt and Whitney and ESPN just to stay here, and paying other businesses to move from one city to another. But even more businesses – from large General Electric moving from Fairfield to Boston, to smaller businesses, and even small businesses going out of business altogether.
On the Public Safety front, Connecticut is becoming a more dangerous place overall. Gov. Malloy and legislative Democrats approved an early release program for criminals who did not finish their sentences, or rehabilitative efforts. By our count, these releases have resulted in at least 3 murders and a rape of a child. Feel-good laws have been passed on gun control and human trafficking, but nothing practical which would prevent actual criminals to be stopped in their tracks, or sexual abuse victims to be assisted until after their perpetrators make their own mistakes to be arrested.
We spent nearly $1 billion on a busway from New Britain to Hartford while freight and railways continue to crumble. Parks are almost not opened at all during the summer, and while Democratic legislators claim to not have raised taxes this past year, they did cut disbursements to local towns- forcing towns to raise THEIR taxes instead.
This shell game has to end.
Thankfully, Wolcott has been well represented by two of the most fiscally conservative legislators in the State. Rob Sampson and Joe Markley not only have called out the unjustices in Hartford, they both have independently broken from their “go along to get-along” Republican Party members at times when it counted too.
We proudly endorse Markley and Sampson to another term – and look forward to more like- minded Republicans to join them in Hartford. Hopefully a critical mass will be elected on Tuesday that includes moderate Democrats that know how to get Connecticut back on track.
March 24th, 2016

Republicans Nominate Delegates, Leaders Tonight

by Christopher O'Brien
RepublicanElephantNotice is hereby given that there will be a caucus of all enrolled Republican electors of the town of Wolcott on Thursday, March 24, 2016 at 7 PM at the Wolcott Town Hall, 10 Kenea Ave, Wolcott, CT to endorse candidates to serve as delegates for the 80th State House, 16th State Senate and CTGOP State Conventions.
Immediately following conclusion of the Republican Caucus there will be an organizational meeting of the Wolcott Republican Town Committee for the purpose of elections of RTC Officers to serve in their respective offices for the 2016 – 2018 town committee term.
March 11th, 2016

The March Republican Primaries

by Christopher O'Brien

vote boxIn the long marathon known as the Presidential race, there is often confusion in how we select our next President. Here, we’ll break down the rules and various issues that come up during the process.

One of the many myths disseminated during this primary season is that delegates selected after March 15th are awarded on a winner-take all basis. Not true! So let’s discuss.

First though, on Thursday the US Virgin Islands selected 9 delegates to the Republican Convention. Usually, this isn’t news, but it was determined that the US Virgin Islands will leave their 9 delegates as uncommitted towards any candidate thus far. The prospect of a potential brokered convention leaves the territories delegates to be potential power brokers. Residents of the Caribbean island territory cannot vote in the general election, yet in this way their voices will make impact on the future of our nation.

Before we continue talking about the next delegate races, let’s talk about the value of race thus far. John Kasich has the fewest delegates in the race, but a win at home in Ohio will be pivotal. He will more than double his delegate count, but a win will give him credibility in the industrial MidWest and potentially across the north and into New England states that have yet to vote. He is presenting himself as the most moderate candidate and could also have appeal on the West coast if he gains traction. Thus far, he has had strong 2nd place finishes in New Hampshire and Michigan.

Marco Rubio is appealing to a similar crowd as Kasich. He also has to win his home state of Florida, and not just for the delegate count. In the general election, Florida has the fourth most electoral votes of any state and has been one of the most important states to win in past Presidential contests. Florida also comprises a diverse population similar to the states that will vote in the upcoming months.  Many residents hail from the north and northeast as transplants and still have younger relatives back home. Winning his homestate could propel the former House Speaker to win other contests in the north with broad appeal. His generational theme may also have stronger resonance.

In contrast, Ted Cruz’s natural base in the Southern and Plains states have already mostly voted. He took advantage of that base and positioned himself well as the leader with political experience. If Kasich and/or Rubio go on, there will be a fight as to whether Cruz should consolidate the support he has already enjoyed or if his appeal can broaden to those less religious northern states. Unlike Rubio and Kasich, he already won his home state. This is not a typical election year framed by passed conventions. Demographics of the Republican race show that policies and style have been more important than traditional routes of the past. Cruz may pull it off, especially because of his lead and a strong anti-Trump sense within the party. What remains to be seen is if his more traditional style will change the electoral college map in November’s general election.

Donald Trump’s mission is to simply continue what he’s already been doing. With the delegate math, reaching the magic delegate number is still not easy for him because he’s only won about 33% of the delegates allocated thus far. If he is strategic about focusing on winner-take-all races where he can wrack up large numbers of delegates with on only a plurality of the vote, he may be able to garner 50% of the delegates faster. With a fragmented race, he will need to appeal to a certain percentage of Rubio or Kasich supporters if they drop out. If he wins outright though, it still won’t be until very late in the process – perhaps in the last few electoral contests. The races in Ohio and Florida will be very telling.

Let’s move to the week ahead.

The District of Columbia’s 27,472 registered Republicans will vote on Saturday between 10 am and 4 pm. This should be an interesting race because all of these Republicans are urban dwellers. They only comprise about 6% of all voters in D.C. and will vote at a single polling location (the Loews Madison Hotel on 15th Street). Many likely have transplanted from somewhere else yet are so close to the very seat of power that the candidates are running against. What would it say if Donald Trump or Ted Cruz won this race? Or would Rubio or Kasich be proud to promote the win of their 19 delegates as they take their race to voters who are mad at capital city itself?

Whatever the outcome, it is a reminder that everyone is a citizen of our nation, even those who may be employed by it or have the greatest influence on it. Each citizen only has one vote at the ballotbox, no matter their position.

The Republican or Democratic Party are both privately affiliated organizations, so they choose how their nomination rules are chosen. The US Constitution doesn’t govern this phase of the race at all. Both major parties have general rules that govern their July nominating conventions, but allow each of the respective states to decide how to assign their state delegates to a candidate.

In the District of Columbia, if a candidate receives more than 50% of the vote, then that candidate will receive all 19 delegates. That has only occurred in one race thus far, when Marco Rubio won 75% of the vote in Puerto Rico last week. If no one receives 50%, then the delegates will be assigned proportionately to candidates receiving at a 15% threshold.  The Green Papers website has compiled the rules for each race.

So let’s move to the pivotal races on Tuesday, March 15th. Five large states will be voting. Two of them will assign delegates in a winner-take-all format: Florida and Ohio which just happen to be the home states of Senator Rubio and Governor Kasich. They are expected to do well there, but Trump is making a strong play in both to block them from proceeding further. The other three states will award delegates more proportionally. North Carolina will grant one delegate for every 1.39% of the vote each candidate receives. This totals 79 delegates and will be a great opportunity for even lesser candidates to try running up their numbers. There is no threshold requirement.

Missouri has a winner-take most format with two formats. First, candidates will gain 5 delegates for each of the state’s 8 Congressional districts won. So, a candidate who does strongly around St. Louis could win delegates without winning the state. Geography could be used to one’s advantage here. The statewide winner will receive an additional 15 delegates.

Illinois has a confusing “Loophole” format. I’m not really sure how it works, but it seems to be a semi-proportional system where delegates themselves may also have an option to disregard the selection of the people. The reason they could do this is that in many states delegates are chosen separately from the Presidential Preference Poll, as some contests are called. A voter may indicate their “preference” for a candidate, but that vote is not always binding, depending the state’s rules. This isn’t a concern in most states, because delegates are usually bound by the preference of voters – even if a delegate might favor someone else. In North Carolina, delegates are chosen through a series of caucuses and conventions that begin at the county level, then the congressional level, and ultimately at the State level. These conventions also serve to nominate other candidates for Congress and the state.

I this is somewhat helpful in understanding this process further. The best way to ensure that you have a voice in the process is to register with a party due to the influence that parties have in the selection of Presidential candidates. If you wait until November, there is usually only two major party candidates. Voting in the primary will allow you even more selections on who those candidates will be.

As a party member, you may also opt to attend local party meetings at the Town level. It is a good way to receive news about policy decisions that affect local education, taxes, and other issues. Those town committees also fill vacancies in town government and send delegates to state conventions. Even if you are not a delegate, simply knowing about these events will allow you to be a participant or observer at these functions and ensure they are run fairly.

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.

November 9th, 2015

Language Rebrands Politics

by Christopher O'Brien

By State Senator Joe Markley

Acerbic comedian and commentator George Carlin hated euphemisms, believing they weaken language and muddle discourse. He used Post Traumatic Stress Disorder as an example—an eight-syllable phrase so unwieldy it became an acronym: PTSD.

Sen. Joe Markley

Sen. Joe Markley

The affliction now known as PTSD was originally called Shell Shock. Coined in World War I, these two alliterative syllables perfectly communicated the cause, nature, and severity of the diagnosis. During World War II, Shell Shock became Battle Fatigue; in Vietnam, Battle Fatigue got dumped for PTSD.

Those four letters are so ill-defined that now they can apply to car crash survivors as well as tortured prisoners of war. Frankly, I wonder if our veterans would get better treatment if they had Shell Shock instead of PTSD,

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October 29th, 2015

Election Ballot Available

by Christopher O'Brien

Unsure who’s running? Want to view a sample ballot before Tuesday’s election?

We have you covered. Click HERE to view the offices and candidates for next week’s election.

Have an opinion about what issues you care about? We’re accepting Letters to the Editor until late Friday evening. Just e-mail them to WolcottWhisper@gmail.com . Please limit them to about 500-600 words at most.

2015 Wolcott Municipal Elections Sample Ballot

October 21st, 2015

Candidates Forum Thursday

by Christopher O'Brien

vote boxDo you know who you’ll be voting for in November?
Every two years voters will renew or change the neighbors who represent them in town government, and this year is no exception. The Junior Women’s Club will host a “Meet the Candidates” forum Thursday, October 22nd in the Tyrrell School gym. The event is free and refreshments will be provided.

Current Mayor

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November 5th, 2013

O’Leary Electrifies Dunn Rally; Lt. Gov. Rallies Dems Towards Finish

by Christopher O'Brien
Mirella Dandio blows a horn as her father and Republican Town Chairman gets their car ready for a final motorcade Sunday afternoon

Mirella Dandio blows a horn as her father Greg Dandio readies gets their minivan for a Republican rally Sunday afternoon

By Chris O’Brien

Heavy hitters from Waterbury and Hartford pumped up political campaign rallies as teams gathered their supporters before their final push towards Election Day.

State Attorney General George Jepson addresses Democrats. Looking on are Chairman Tony Casagrande and Mayoral candidate Michael Gugliotti

State Attorney General George Jepson addresses Democrats. Looking on are Chairman Tony Casagrande and Mayoral candidate Michael Gugliotti

“We have two days and twenty minutes enjoy the pizza, because this is your last meal,” Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman told town Democrats in her trademark red dress and heels at J & M Pizza Sunday night. Second District Council candidate Anthony Gugliotti reminded supporters that their ticket had vastly more experience at running town government than Republicans. “I don’t see any reason why we shouldn’t be successful.”

Democrats were backing recently retired Waterbury Police Chief Michael Gugliotti to challenge current Mayor Tom Dunn’s 10 year record. But just down the road was another former Waterbury Police Chief giving a different kind of speech.

Thomas G. Dunn (PC) welcomes Neil O'Leary to a rally Sunday night. Looking on is his brother.

Thomas G. Dunn (PC) welcomes Neil O’Leary to a rally Sunday night. Looking on is his brother.

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“You don’t just wake up and say you’re qualified to become the Mayor of Wolcott. You put your time in with the community and townspeople. Your family gets involved intimately with the community. And that’s what the Dunn family and Tommy have done,.” O’Leary said, working up the standing-room only crowd of over 250. He and Dunn’s daughter Bridget warmed up the crowd noting Dunn’s record on taxes and keeping stable budgets.

Democrats echoed how important personal relationships are to local governance. Wyman recalled how she couldn’t leave supermarkets without getting stopped by neighbors to talk about her service on Tolland’s Board of Education. “The milk reached its expiration date before I left the store!” the restaurant erupted in laughter. Now, she says its easier because her role isn’t as direct.  “To me its the most personable and caring – you can deliver faster than any of us can (at the state level).” said Wyman.

CHECK BACK SOON AS VIDEO WILL BE ADDED….

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October 30th, 2013

Candidates for Board of Assessment Appeals

by Christopher O'Brien

This three person board reviews assessment rates given to residents. For example, if a resident believes their assessment is too high (resulting in a higher tax fee), they can appeal it to this board. Voters can choose any two of the four candidates.

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August 28th, 2013

Republican Candidates Host Picnic

by Christopher O'Brien

Wolcott Republicans will be hosting a picnic at the lower pavilion at Woodtick Recreation Area on Nichols Rd. Friday evening. Anyone is welcome to attend. Proceeds will benefit the party’s campaign effort.

Republicans currently have control over both the Town Council and Boards of Education in town. The picnic will feature grilled items, soda, beer and wine. There will also be raffle prizes.

Tickets are available from any town committee member. They are $12 per person and any child under 12 is free.