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Enlarged, on the left below:  District ONE (28th State Senate);  enlarged, on the right below:  District TWO (26th State Senate)

Voting 2012: In Connecticut (and elsewhere in U.S.A.) - Weston results here.  Not a great turnout, but it was a tough week or so leading up to Election Day (thanks a lot, Hurricane Sandy)...

Merrill upbeat for Tuesday's election, but 100 polling places remain without power
Keith M. Phaneuf
October 31, 2012

Secretary of the State Denise W. Merrill was optimistic Wednesday about the prospect of an orderly Election Day next Tuesday, though she warned that her office continues to monitor nearly 100 polling places -- and possibly more -- that remain out of power.

Connecticut's chief elections official also said that despite the massive flood damage along the shoreline and the widespread power outages, none of Connecticut's communities have sought to relocate polling places.

"The election will go on," Merrill told Capitol reporters during a midday news conference, adding that municipal officials showed in recent meetings they are ready to press on with Tuesday's vote.

"They seem to be carrying on," she said. "Most of the town halls are up and running."

Merrill noted that a nor'easter featuring massive winds and up to 2 feet of snow throughout much of Connecticut hit the state last year on Oct. 29 -- the same date Sandy arrived this year. "It feels like we had sort of a dress rehearsal," she said.

State law doesn't have any provision for postponing the election, and Merrill noted that all election machines are capable of functioning on battery power.

There are 773 polling places statewide spread across the state's 169 cities and towns.

[Please read the rest of this article in the archives at the CT MIRROR website]


WATCH ONLINE: Weston LWV Oct. 13, 2012 debate, 135th Legislative District...

1 hour 35 minutes 4 seconds.Best viewed with Internet Explorer, which will automatically open Windows Media
Player and start playback without waiting for the download to complete.

For cable and dsl users:
http://www.lwvweston.org/LWV135thDebate10-13-12CableVersion.wmv  (234 Megabytes)

For dial-up modem users:
http://www.lwvweston.org/LWV135thDebate10-13-12ModemVersion.wmv (36 Megabytes)

135th District Debate Oct. 13, 2012, Weston Library - picture story with all the questions here.

The League of Women Voters of Weston was proud of how our volunteer question screeners, our volunteer timers, the wonderful seasonal arrangements and suppport services (food etc., signs, THANK YOU FORUM and Roy, who set up).  It all came off spectacularly...and especially, thanks to the two gentlemen who carried the day, answering the dozen questions thrown at them!


BREAKING NEWS:  ON CABLEVISION - New Canaan LWV to host Senatorial Debate for the 26th and 36th separate from House rep debates - MONDAY, OCT. 22 at 7pm in New Canaan Town Hall (about to be renovated) - Westport LWV 26th District debate story from the Westport NEWS here.

Only to be pre-empted by live event broadcasts!!!  This is the equivalent of a big vote of approval by our Government Access Channel 79 folks!

For cable and dsl users:
 http://www.lwvweston.org/LWV135thDebate10-13-12CableVersion.wmv  (234 Megabytes)
For dial-up modem users: 
http://www.lwvweston.org/LWV135thDebate10-13-12ModemVersion.wmv (36 Megabytes)
1 hour 35 minutes 4 seconds.Best viewed with Internet Explorer, which will automatically open Windows Media Player and start playback without waiting for the download to complete.

How would you have answered these questions?  Stay tuned for the video, to be online here soon, but also watch for the FORUM and Daily Weston reports!

LWV of Weston welcome the public from three towns that make up the 135th CT House District - Weston, Easton and Redding - to the Weston Library Community Room (Stanley Bleifeld sculpture graces the doorway).  Candidate for CT Senate (26th District) asked to be on the panel as well, having originally been invited.  It was explained by the debate moderator from LWVCT that on advice from the IRS, regarding using education fund money in empty chair debate situations, a League's tax exempt status would be compromised. 

The debate then began.  Our "picture story" below...
The Weston FORUM Editor covered this event and is coordinating with the Redding PILOT.

Of all the various answers to the question of "why serve at this time?" which is the ONE you think is the point of inflection - the very starting point - to an economic recovery for CT?

Please give one or more specific instances of how you will "work  across the aisle."

QUESTIONS THREE AND FOUR ON TAXES:  Preamble - When the Governor was elected, he raised our taxes by $1.8 Billion and said he was going to cut government spending $1.2 Billion mainly by reducing the work force.  This was not something we wanted to hear but apparently necessary to help address our disastrous fiscal condition.  Wne the dust settled our taxes did go up by the $1.8 Billion and we had to deal with the unions that ensured no layoffs for four years and for that received $400 million less in government reductions, wiping out the rainy day fund he had...

#3 - Do you see the deal the Governor made with the unions as fair to the taxpayers and if so, or if not, why?
#4 - Do you see any additional tax increases, fees etc. over the next two years to make up for this budget shortfall?

This morning, the higher education leadship in Connecticut resigned because of unauthorized raises.  What should the Legislature do to stop this from happening again?

How would you vote on Towns' writing their own laws regarding pesticide use and clean well water?

ALEC (American Legislative Exchange Council) corporate lobbyists write state laws for state legislators including Florida's "stand your ground law." How do special interests influence the Legislature and
how will you deal with ALEC in CT?

There is ongoing debate about changes to the Education Cost Sharing Formula and need for special education, and these are items the next Legislature will have to act upon.  Where do you think it will or should go - and will your 3 towns be affected negatively?

Governor Malloy and the Legislature pared down the number of State of CT agencies.  There is undeniable evidence that this Administration favors regionalizing government activities.  Do you think giving taxing powers to regional agencies will be the next step?  Should it?

What is your position on the death penalty?

Representing Weston, Easton and Redding, do you expect to be listened to by the majority of legislators who come from outside Fairfield County?  If yes, why?

What can the Legislature do to limit the state's unfunded mandates that are a burden to towns and school districts?


Shaban and Karvelis go toe to toe in 135th district debate
Weston FORUM

Kim Donnelly
17 Oct 2012

Two of the three candidates vying for the 135th District seat in the Connecticut Legislature answered questions from an audience of about 65 people last Saturday morning at the Weston Public Library.

Rep. John Shaban, the Republican who currently holds the seat representing Weston, Easton, and a portion of Redding, and his challenger, Democrat Leon Karvelis, participated in the debate sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Weston. Green Party candidate Gabriel Rossi will be on the ballot Nov. 6, but declined the invitation to the debate.

The gentlemen, both from Redding, were civil and complimentary of each other’s motives and service to the community, but they were also not shy about making clear their difference in approach to the role of government, the environment, how best to jump start the state’s economy, taxes, special interest groups, and bipartisanship.

The economy

The debate began, and often circled back to, the economy.

[Please read the rest of this article in the archives at the Weston FORUM website]

Breaking News from CTNEWSJUNKIE
GOP to have top line because their candidate had the highest number of votes in 2010 Gubernatorial
Election.  Democrats on line 'B' this year -read decision here.

Court rules Republicans will go on top of ballots in Nov. 6 election
Weston FORUM
By Kimberly Donnelly on September 27, 2012

In the race for Connecticut’s open state and  Congressional seats, the Republicans will be on top — at least on top of the ballot.

The state Supreme Court issued a decision on Wednesday, Sept. 26, that requires the Republican Party’s candidates for office in the Nov. 6 election be placed on the first line of the ballots.

State law gives the top line of the ballot to the party of the winner of the most recent gubernatorial race. Because that winner was Democrat Dannel Malloy, Secretary of the State Denise Merrill had planned to list Democrats first on the ballots.

[Please read the rest of this article in the archives at the Weston FORUM website]

No Decision Yet In Ballot Case, Voter Rolls Swell
by Christine Stuart | Sep 25, 2012 10:59am

It looks as if another day will pass without a decision on the Republican Party’s lawsuit against the Secretary of the State’s office. There are no advance release decisions scheduled to be released by the Supreme Court Tuesday.

But even without a decision on which party should get top billing the election process is proceeding.  Last week, blank ballots were sent to the military and overseas voters with a list of candidates attached. The candidates were listed alphabetically on a separate sheet of paper and voters were asked to fill in the candidates’ name next to the office.

Almost two weeks ago the Supreme Court heard arguments about which party should receive the top ballot line. The Republican Party believes they should remain on the top line because their gubernatorial candidate in 2010 received more votes than Gov. Dannel P. Malloy did on the Democratic Party line. He won with the support of votes from the Working Families Party line, which cross-endorsed his candidacy.

Secretary of the State Denise Merrill’s office has argued Democrats should receive the top line because their candidate received the most votes, even though he didn’t do so on just one party’s line. Republicans believe they should receive the top line because their party received the most votes on a single line in 2010.  The Supreme Court asked the parties last week for more information about whether the Republican Party had exhausted all of its administrative remedies before bringing the complaint to court.

[Please read the rest of this article in the archives at the CTNEWSJUNKIE website]

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CT 26th District LWV Legislative Debate (Sept. 28, 2012):  Boucher, Curry

WATCH IT NOW:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a96F0jiGgrE&feature=youtu.be
Weston LWV to Co-Sponsor Westport debate on October 15th in Westport Town Hall.

26th Senate District: Curry and Boucher tackle topics at forum in Ridgefield

Weston FORUM
By Macklin Reid on October 5, 2012

Finances and taxes, education and transportation were among the topics discussed by Republican State Senator Toni Boucher and Democrat Carolanne Curry, her challenger to represent the 26th District towns of Ridgefield, Redding, Wilton, Weston, Westport, New Canaan and Bethel.

Ms. Boucher, in her fourth year in the state senate after 12 years representing Wilton in the State House of Representatives, and Ms. Curry, a Wesporter active in Democratic politics since Ella Grasso ran for governor in 1974, met at a League of Women Voters forum — not a full blown debate — at Founders Hall, the senior citizens center in Ridgefield.

Fiscal situation

The candidates were first asked to analyze the state’s fiscal situation, and say what they favored to improve it.

“Barron’s just proclaimed Connecticut the most fiscally mis-managed state in the country,” Ms. Boucher said.

State spending is “7.2% more in the last two years despite the fiscal downturn,” she said.

Gov. Dannel Malloy and his Democratic allies in the legislature gave the state “the largest retroactive tax increase in its history,” she said. “This has jobs and people fleeing the state, and its unsustainable.”

Ms. Boucher supported a “no tax-increase alternative” budget put forward by Republicans in the legislature.

Ms. Curry spoke of the state’s fiscal problems as derived from the national economic problems as opposed to the decisions of the current Democratic administration.

“This fiscal mess is a mess you see across 50 states,” she said. “This did not happen this year,” she added.

“There were years prior to this governor where there were opportunities to revise the budget… We have a couple of opportunities to address where corporate businesses pay out taxes.”

[Please read the rest of this article in the archives at the Weston FORUM website]

A report on Ridgefield LWV 26th District Debate...September 28, 2012:  (l) Toni Boucher, (r) Carolanne Curry.
Candidates promise no new taxes
Robert Miller, Danbury News-Times
Updated 11:38 p.m., Friday, September 28, 2012

RIDGEFIELD -- No one took an official pledge.

But the four candidates at a debate at Founders Hall here Friday all agreed on one issue: They're against any new taxes in the state in the coming year.

"Jobs and people are fleeing the state,'' state Sen. Toni Boucher, R-Wilton, said at the debate, sponsored by the Ridgefield League of Women Voters, pointing out that Barron's Magazine has recently ranked the state the worst in the country in terms of state finances.

And, Boucher said, the state's policies are also hard of people with fixed incomes, a message aimed at the members of Founder's Hall, the town's senior center.

"I don't have to tell you this is a difficult place for retirees,'' she said.

Boucher, a two-term incumbent, and her Democratic opponent, Carolanne Curry of Westport, were agreeable opponents at the debate, as were state Rep. John Frey, R-Ridgefield and Jeff Bonistall, the Democratic opponent, of Ridgefield.

State Rep. Jan Giegler, R-Danbury, spoke after the debate concluded. She is running unopposed.

[Please read the rest of this article in the archives at the Danbury NEWS-TIMES website]


G R E A T    A I R - C ON D I T I O N I N G

August 14, 2012 U.S. Senate Primaries: 
TOTAL TURNOUT, WESTON - 924  (Total Democrats:  2130.   Total Republicans:  1930).
McMahon 263 - Shays  338.  Total Republican turnout - 601 (31%)
Murphy 281 - Bysiewicz  43.  Total Democrat turnout - 324 (15%)
*unofficial count

Democrat (some drop outs already) and Republican
The Weston ballot Nov. 6 will include Charter Revision...BUT HOW?

EXTRA, EXTRA, EXTRA - Unaffiliated?  Want to register in a Party to vote in Primary?  Click here for more.  Vote in the Democrat or Republican U.S. Senate Primaries, held in AIR CONDITIONED Weston Intermediate School ("WIS").


Town Hall (l) and path from the parking lot that leads to...air-conditioned voter registration.


Murphy, Bysiewicz back stiffer gun control

Brian Lockhart, CT POST
Updated 08:45 p.m., Sunday, July 22, 2012

BRIDGEPORT -- The two Democrats vying for their party's U.S. Senate nomination spent the first minutes of Sunday's debate at the Klein Memorial Auditorium discussing this weekend's shooting deaths in Bridgeport.

U.S. Rep. Chris Murphy, the endorsed candidate, is being challenged in an August 14 primary by ex-Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz.

Introducing himself to the audience and viewers who can watch a taping on Cablevision, Murphy noted it was a strange week for such a face-off, sympathizing with victims of the massacre in Colorado at the premiere of the latest Batman film and also of recent violence here in Bridgeport.

Keijahnae "Nu Nu" Robinson, 15, was pronounced dead at Bridgeport Hospital Saturday evening, less than a day after gunmen sprayed the Brooks Street porch she was on with bullets, striking her in the head and wounding her two friends.

Just two hours before she was shot, Mi Lin Zhao, the 30-year-old owner of the New Hong Kong Chinese Restaurant on Wood Avenue, was killed while fending off armed robbers on his way home.

The first debate question focused on high unemployment, while the second pivoted to whether the candidates support additional gun control legislation.

Again Bridgeport's violent weekend was mentioned.

[Please read the rest of this article in the archives at the CT POST website]

LWVCT DEBATE:  Democrat Primary for U.S. Senate here.
Sunday, July 22nd at 2:30 p.m., in the Klein Memorial Auditorium, 910 Fairfield Avenue, Bridgeport

No similar LWVCT Republican Debate accepted at this point.

LWVUS link:  http://vote411.org/

Republican Presidential Primary Tues., April 24 sample ballot

Results in Weston of Republican Presidential Primary:
Mitt Romney 250
Newt Gingrich 20
Ron Paul 17
Rick Santorum 4
Uncommitted 6

26th Senate District - Reapportionment - 2012 over, here.

2012 Weston streets by name and district plus map.