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November 5th, 2013

Endorsements: Council, Tax Collector, Treasurer, Town Clerk

by Christopher O'Brien

vote boxTown Council: The Town Council has done an excellent job at keeping our mill rate stable for the past 3 of 4 years. There have been few conflicts and in fact, most of the heated debate in today’s Mayoral race stem from decisions made by a Democratic Council a few years ago. The six Republicans all bring different skills to the table. First District Councilman Jeffrey Slavin is personable and asks honest questions. Rachel Wisler and Gale Mastrofranscesco equally ask probing questions and add plainspoken voices when they think money could be better spent. Roger Picard and Don Charette bring managerial experience to the table and current chairman David Valletta has allowed open dissent and discussion.

In addition, newcomer and local businessman Patrick Lerz has thrown his hat into the ring for 2nd District. You can only vote for two people fom that district, but three will get in. He has raised a family and business in town and would be a welcome addition.

Tax Collector: We endorse

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October 29th, 2013

2013 Municipal Election Guide

by Christopher O'Brien

vote clipartHere we will provide links to stories about this year’s election. Check back often for updates.

Latest Update: Tuesday 3 pm -Endorsements added: Board of Education; Tax Collector, Treasurer, and Town Council; Mayor

Tuesday 11 am – video of speeches by Michael Gugliotti, Neil O’Leary and Bridget Dunn

 

1. Wolcott Ballot  – Here’s where you can see who’s running for each office and where their name will appear. Be sure to scroll down on the link to see BOTH sides of the ballot!

2. Not registered to vote yet? You can still vote in this year’s Election. Go to Town hall on Tuesday between 6 am and 8 pm with proper ID. Your ballot will be counted separately pending verification of your identity.

3. Want to meet the candidates and hear them speak? Tom Dunn and Michael Gugliotti each are holding wrap-up rallies Sunday. Republicans will join Dunn at the VFW at 6 pm. Democrats will join Gugliottiat J&M Pizza  at 7 pm. Refreshments will be served at each event and the public is invited. This may be your last chance to meet the candidates and ask them questions in person before Tuesday.

4. Name That Job – Do you know what a Town Treasurer does? How about a Zoning Board member? Click on this link to see descriptions for each elected official and what skills might be good for those candidates.

5. Go to WLCT96 to see candidates talking about why they are running. They presentations were at the annual Meet The Candidates night sponsored by the Junior Womens’ Club.

6. The Mayor’s Race has been the most competitive in ten years. Here’s a snapshot of that race. Profiles and links to candidate websites where you can see the candidate’s platforms in their own words, are below.

7. The race for Tax Collector has been equally intense. Cheryl McQueen Brundage faces her first election for the office and is being challenged by Darlene Tynan.

8. We know you’re here because you want the honest truth about candidates. You want to feel comfortable with your choices. Unfortunately, campaigns often get ugly and its hard to know what’s fact from fiction. In this section, we’re try to give you the background on issues… and call out what’s just an exaggeration… or if there may be some truth:

a) Tax Collector: Does Darlene Tynan really deserve an “F”? (coming soon)

b) Dirty Water: Mike Gugliotti accuses Tom Dunn of violating the Charter. Did he? (coming soon)

9. Candidate Profiles. Here they are. Keep checking back as we update this list. The number after the office shows how many profiles there are for each. In reverse order by office:

Zoning Board of Appeals   1 / 6

Board of Education – Democrats  3/6

1st District Town Council  2/6

Town Treasurer 3/3

Tax Collector’s race – article 2/2

Mayor 1/3

April 26th, 2013

Markley: Democratics Requesting More Than Malloy

by Christopher O'Brien

By Joe Markley

Back in February, the Governor claimed his budget reduced spending by $1.8 billion. In fact, his proposed budget actually increased state spending by nearly 10% over two years.  All he did was trim the rate of government growth; he made no actual reduction in spending.  In fact, the state will spend an additional $2.9 billion over the next two years under the governor’s proposal.

 

Now the Appropriations Committee has made a bad budget worse, spending approximately $55 million more than the Governor requested.

 

It bears repeating: we need to get our fiscal house in order. The Appropriations proposed budget not only increases spending but is also imbalanced. The majority party wants to redefine the budget cap, which is the height of hypocrisy. The spending cap has been changed repeatedly since it was put into place over twenty years ago, in the aftermath of passage of the state income tax.  In every case, spending has been removed from the cap—it’s a one-way deal, designed to thwart the clear will of the taxpayers.

 

While the Appropriations Committee was making its budget recommendations,

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April 24th, 2013

Foley Still Seeks Ethics Overhaul

by Christopher O'Brien
Tom Foley with Sen. Joe Markley

Tom Foley with Sen. Joe Markley

By Hugh McQuaidPresumptive Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Foley doubled down Tuesday on an ethics bill the Government Administration and Ethics Committee let die earlier this month after it was comdemned by lawmakers of both parties.

Foley and Sen. Joseph Markley, R-Southington, held an afternoon press conference in the Legislative Office Building, to reiterate the need for legislation to curb conflicts of interest in state government.

 

Foley, who lost a close election to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy in 2010 and has been positioning for another run next year, testified before the legislature’s open government committee in March in support of a bill prohibiting lawmakers or a members of their immediate family from being paid more than $1,000 from an employer that benefits from state funding.

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February 5th, 2013

Town Hall Meeting With Legislators Thursday

by Christopher O'Brien
Rep. Rob Sampson

Rep. Rob Sampson

By Chris O’Brien – Wolcott Whisper State Representative Rob Sampson and State Senator Joe Markley will be holding a Town Hall forum Thursday evening from 6:30-7:30. The meeting is being held one month into this year’s legislative session and one day after Governor Malloy is expected to give his proposal to a two year state budget on Wednesday.Sampson has introduced 30 bills for this legislative session. Many of these deal with criminal penalties for using a gun in certain crimes. He has also tackled many fiscal issues, calling for a state spending cap, ensuring tax refunds can be given with checks instead of debit cards, and repealing the state’s real estate conveyance tax.

Sen. Joe Markley

Sen. Joe Markley

Last year, Gov. Malloy enacted the largest tax increase in state history. Yet, while the tax increase was passed in April, the tax was applied retroactively to January 1st, creating some Cosntitutional problems. Sen. Markley investigated whether or not this practice was legal, and foudn out that it was. Both legislators have introduced a proposal that would prohibit the practice in the future.

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January 7th, 2013

Sampson Votes Against State Budget Mitigation Plan

by Christopher O'Brien

By Rep. Rob Sampson

Rep. Rob Sampson

Rep. Rob Sampson

First things first, Happy New Year!  I’m writing this month’s column on New Year’s Eve and it has me thinking about some of the important events of 2012 and also looking forward to how we can make 2013 a better year.  Without a doubt, the biggest issue that has been on everyone’s mind for not only 2012 but for the past few years is the poor state of our economy, both as a country and also right here in Connecticut.

Just before Christmas, the State Legislature was called back into special session ostensibly to clean up our previous budget mess and to vote on a deficit migration plan put forward by the Governor to plug a $415 million budget deficit created by his 2011 tax plan.   The Governor met with legislative leaders to craft a compromise and come up with a solution to the deficit.

Unfortunately, the final product was something I could not support.

I do want to make it clear that there are many well intentioned people that did vote in favor of that plan.  The problem is

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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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November 7th, 2011

Republican Board of Education Candidates

by LonSeidman

Twelve candidates are on the ballot for Board of Education in Wolcott, six from each political party. There are no Row C candidates this year. While the Board will have nine members, votes may only choose six (6). They can be chosen from any of the candidates, even if you vote for a candidate that is in the same column as another choice.

Republicans currently hold control of the Board of Education with a 5-4 majority. All of the current officeholders are running again with the addition of retired Kindergarten teacher Roberta Leonard. Below you can see why Republicans would like you to return them to office.

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November 7th, 2011

Republicans Launch Website

by LonSeidman

Town Republicans have launched a website with pictures, platforms and other information about their slate of candidates. At the top of the website is a photo of petitioning mayoral candidate Tom Dunn with the group. While Dunn has declined to endorse the slate, “I agreed to be nice to them, and they agreed to be nice to me,” he told a gathering of supporters while also encouraging them to “vote for the party in the room – and Mike Bokon.”

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October 26th, 2011

Candidates Forum Thursday

by LonSeidman

Candidates will be addressing residents Thursday evening at 7 pm at Tyrell School giving reasons they are running for office. All residents are welcome to attend, and are encouraged to ask questions of the candidates.

The format will allow candidates to speak for just a few minutes. Mayoral candidates Tom Dunn and Steve Olmstead will be in attendance. Refreshments will be served.