Dems To Hold Meet The Candidates’ Night July 21st; DTC Vote On Municipal Endorsements July 26th
The Democratic Town Committee will hold a Meet the Candidates’ Night Thursday, July 21st, at 7 p.m. for candidates seeking endorsement in the 2011 municipal election. The DTC will meet on Tuesday, July 26th at 7 p.m. to endorse candidates for city offices. Both meetings will be held at New Britain City Hall’s Room 504, 27 West Main Street.
Endorsed will be candidates for Mayor, Treasurer, Tax Collector, Common Council (15), Board of Education (3), Board of Assessment Appeal (2), Constable (4). Four Democrats have contacted the DTC about the nomination for Mayor, including Ald. Paul Catanzaro, State Rep. Tim O’Brien, former Ald. Barbara Kireczyk and former Mayor Lucian Pawlak. Similarly, DTC members will endorse Common Council At Large (5), Common Council Districts (2 each from 5 Wards) Board of Education candidates (3), Board of Assessment Appeal (2), Constable (4).
A five-member nominations committee is preparing a report with information on all candidates and is conducting interviews ahead of the endorsement vote. If candidate challengers emerge to oppose endorsed candidates the Party Primary will be held September 13th. The General Election will be November 8th. For information on the endorsements contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Puerto Rican Festival Weekend
New Britain Democrats will be participating in the Puerto Rican Society Festival on Saturday, July 9, at 152 High Street. Volunteers will provide Town Committee literature, answer voter questions and register new voters at the annual July event throughout Saturday afternoon.
Festivities begin on Friday night at a Sociedad Puertorriqueña de New Britain banquet and continue on Saturday beginning at noon.
Sacrificing Social Security Benefits for Millions of Americans Isn’t Fiscal Responsibility
The following statement was released on July 7th by the National Committee To Preserve Social Security and Medicare www.ncpssm.org
“While President Obama has acknowledged that Social Security is not the cause of the federal deficit, news reports today claim the White House has now proposed Social Security cuts which would impact millions of middle class Americans for generations. Social Security should not be used as a bargaining chip. Proposing cuts which touch virtually every American family in exchange for closing tax loopholes and ending tax cuts for the wealthy few is not ‘shared sacrifice’.
Social Security is a self-financed program paid for by Americans throughout their working lives. It has kept millions from poverty for more than 75 years and has absolutely nothing to do with the federal deficit. President Obama has promised Social Security benefits for current retirees would not be at risk and that he would not ‘slash’ benefits for future generations. However, that’s exactly what will happen if the COLA formula is changed as has been reported.
The chained CPI is nothing more than a backdoor benefit cut Washington hopes Americans won’t notice or understand. Having weathered two years of no COLAs, Washington now wants to tell seniors that ‘nothing’ is too much.” Max Richtman, NCPSSM Executive VP/Acting CEO.
Depending on developments in Washington and debt ceiling talks at the White House, the Democratic Town Committee may adopt a resolution on the issue at one of its July meetings this month.
New Britain NAACP Plans Freedom Fund Dinner September 10th
The New Britain Branch of the NAACP will hold its annual Freedom Fund Dinner on Saturday evening, September 10th at Central CT State University’s Alumni Hall. President Ron Davis announced that Dedrick Muhammad, the national NAACP’s Director for Economic Programs, will be the keynote speaker.
Tickets $65 pp; children under 18 $30. Contact the Freedom Fund Dinner committee at 860-827-8322 or by e-mail email@example.com
What our economy needs is direct job creation by the government and mortgage-debt relief for stressed consumers. What it very much does not need is a transfer of billions of dollars to corporations that have no intention of hiring anyone except more lobbyists
Paul Krugman New York Times, July 3rd