Posts tagged ‘vote’

February 20th, 2013

Esty Hosts Gun Violence Forum Tonight

by Christopher O'Brien

Newly elected US Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty will host a forum on gun violence tonight at Rotella Magnet School in Waterbury at 7:00 pm. The school is at 380 Pierpont Rd., not far from the Wolcott town line. There is no RSVP required and anyone in the public is welcome to attend. Please note that no large bags or backpacks  will be permitted into the building.

Esty will discuss the policy principles announced by the Congressional Gun Violence Task Force, answer questions, and listen to residents’ ideas on the proposals. Esty serves as one of twelve vice-chairmen on the Tast Force. Its recomendations can be viewed HERE.

November 5th, 2012

WIll Voting on “Women’s Issues” Really Change Anything?

by Christopher O'Brien

It is often said that fear drives more voters than facts. And throughout this election we are all shutting off the TV and banging our heads against the wall wringing our hands of all the negative ads on TV. It seems to be worse than usual. Yet, one of the themes throughout the year has been ‘women’s issues’. Now, when President Obama or Chris Murphy or any other Democrat brings up “women’s issues”, we all know that they are not talking about the issues that most women have on the forfront in their minds: The economy, jobs, healthcare, education, childcare, faith or marriage. You know.. the the issues that we deal with almost every day. No, they are only talking about ONE issue: Abortion.

The fear that these candidates send is that Roe v. Wade will be overturned. Could it be? And what would that mean? What is the reality of how quickly, or how much impact your vote for a ‘anti-choice’ candidate make on this issue? Let’s talk about this in the proper context.

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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)

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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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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June 17th, 2011

State Union Agreement: Some Vote “No”

by LonSeidman

courtesy: CTNewsJunkie.com

courtesy: CTNewsJunkie

By Christine Stuart
CTNewsJunkie – After the legislature approved a state budget with over $2 Billion in the balance, state unions have begun voting on a new agreement to balance the state’s budget. Over the last few weeks, state union members have held closed door meetings and posted discussion on talkboards, including 201 comments on this CTMirror article and others, on whether or not to approve Gov. Malloy’s concession package.

At least one of the 34 bargaining groups and one of the locals, which is part of the larger Correction Officer’s bargaining group, voted against the State Employees Bargaining Agent Coalition’s tentative agreement, according to sources.

The one bargaining group to vote against the $1.6 billion concession deal was

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