Posts tagged ‘Republican’

January 21st, 2013

Book Signing Involves Father- and-Son Authors

by Christopher O'Brien

gopbookA Prospect father and son team, Dr. Ron Laone and Jay Laone recently authored the book, “The Republican Party“, a Father and Son Review of GOP History which is now available. They will be offering their book and signing at the Prospect Library on Thursday, Jan. 24th at 7 pm.

When Jay was just 11 years old, he asked his father, “What does it mean to be conservative?”. That simple question led to a journey of political enlightenment for the duo resulting in the work. The piece is a walk through the party’s conservative foundation, its founding beliefs and history of Presidents and other prominent members.

The book, as well as links to purchasing it, can be found here.

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)

November 4th, 2012

State Senate, House Candidates Q & A

by Christopher O'Brien

The candidates for State Senate and State Representative attended a forum two weeks ago on moral and ethical issues they may need to vote upon if they are elected to represent Wolcott and Southington next week. The forum was held at St. Pius X Church and was sponsored by a coalition of local churches and the Connecticut Catholic Conference.

Participating in the forum were State Representative candidates Rob Sampson (R, I), and Charles Marsella (D, WF). Also were State Senate candidates Joe Markley (R) and John “Corky” Mazurek (D, WF).

Below are some of the positions outlined by the candidates:

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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 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 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 30th, 2012

Republican Congressional Candidates Face Off In Debates

by Christopher O'Brien

While the public takes a break from politics to enjoy the international competition in London, the final debates for Republican candidates vying to represent Wolcott in US Congress will be held this week. An August 14th primary will narrow the field down to one nominee. Democrats will also vote the same day choosing from three candidates.

Tonight, at Brookfield High School, four Republicans will debate the issues beginning at 6:30 pm. The school is on Long Meadow Hill Rd. A second debate this week will take place in Newtown at the Edmund Town Hall on Main st. on Thursday. That debate will be at 7 pm.

Candidates participating include former Naval intelligence officer Justin Bernier, local developer Mark Greenberg, Apple Rehab owner Lisa Wilson-Foley and current State Senator Andrew Roraback.

Each candidate thus far has either already been running ads or will be starting next week. In 2010, the Republican nomination was fiercely contested with the three contendors then coming within just three percentage points of each other.

April 23rd, 2012

Vote For An Energetic Conservative

by Christopher O'Brien

Commentary
I’m tired of being told who to vote for.

Year after year, Republican Party officials tell their registrants who they think our candidate should be. Then that candidate – because they’re rich, or have kissed their boots for years – loses. See John McCain, Bob Dole, and virtually every state Republican to emerge on the horizon in the past ten years. Do Connecticut Republicans have any Congressional or state- wide office holders today? No. Yet their Pravda –style message presses on. Romney is the ‘obvious nominee’… who’s still short 400 votes of the 1144 goal. According to today’s RNC count, he only has 51% of the delegates he needs for the nomination.

Despite his “obvious nominee” status, no crowds showed up on the sidewalk outside Romney’s rally for women’s businesses in Hartford last week. Passersby on their lunch break instead asked “what’s going on with all the TV trucks?” The message from the rally almost unraveled when reporters asked an obvious question: “What is Romney’s stance on the gender equal-pay law?” The Romney campaign answered with…. Silence. They had to

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