NB Dems Organizing for 2012: Election of Officers Set For Monday Meeting
The Democratic Town Committee (DTC) will begin a new term at an organizational meeting Monday, March 12th at 6 pm at New Britain City Hall, 27 West Main Street.
Town Committee officers and district leaders will be elected by the membership for the next two years, including Chairperson, Vice Chair, Treasurer, Deputy Treasurer, Recording Secretary and Corresponding Secretary. DTC members collected signatures from Democrats in their districts during a two-week petition period that ended on February 1 to gain election to the party committee under the direct primary law.
As state lawmakers consider legislation on same-day registration legislation and other voter access measures, the DTC will be asked to step up voter registration and voter turnout activities in coalition with other organizations in the presidential election year.
The Town Committee will convene again at the end of March to select a slate of 34 delegates to the congressional and state conventions to be held in May.
Offices for which candidates will be nominated this year include U.S. Senate, U.S. Representative, Registrar of Voters, state House and state Senate seats and Justices of the Peace. Delegates to the Democratic National Convention will be elected at the Congressional district level.
Member of Financial Review Task Force Seeks More Input On Savings, Efficiency
The Democratic Town Committee will hear from Marjorie Hackett-Wallace, a member of Mayor Tim O’Brien’s financial review task force, at its organizational meeting on Monday.
Hackett-Wallace’s task force is seeking more ideas from the public on ways the city can reduce costs and increase efficiencies in the $220 million municipal budget.
The three-member task force was appointed in December to help the administration deal with a budget deficit in the current fiscal year and prepare a new budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1. The panel, in support of the Board of Finance, continues to analyze fiscal policies and procedures to identify more savings.
Lieberman Gets It Right: Bill Would Lift Hatch Act Ban on Running For Local Office
Reform of the federal Hatch Act that prohibits individuals in federally-supported jobs from running for local elective office has been introduced in Congress.
In New Britain and other communities the Hatch Act has deterred qualified individuals from running for the Board of Education or Council for many years. Its anachronistic provisions banning runs for local office have clearly abridged the rights of citizens because of where they work when that work involves federal money.
Senator Daniel K. Akaka (D-Hawaii) and Congressman Elijah Cummings (D-Maryland) introduced legislation last week to modernize the Hatch Act. They were joined in the Senate by cosponsors Senators Joseph Lieberman (ID-Connecticut), Carl Levin (D-Michigan), and Mike Lee (R-Utah).
“The Hatch Act has worked for nearly 75 years to shield employees from pressure to use federal time and resources for partisan gain, while also protecting employees’ personal freedoms of choice and expression, said Senator Akaka. ” It is time for Congress to update the Hatch Act to provide greater flexibility for state and local government employees, and additional options for disciplining federal employees charged with minor violations of the Hatch Act.”
“This is a common sense bill that would help expand the pool of dedicated and talented public servants running for state and local office and focus scarce resources on more serious investigations. The bill would handle DC government employees more fairly by treating them like state and local employees,” said Lieberman who is not seeking re-election this year.
The Hatch Act Modernization Act of 2012
(S. 2170) would:
- Allow state and local government employees covered by the Hatch Act to run for partisan elective office;
- Provide the Merit Systems Protection Board – the independent federal agency that adjudicates Hatch Act complaints – with flexibility to issue a range of penalties for Hatch Act violations. Currently, employees who violate the Act must be terminated unless the Board unanimously agrees to reduce the penalty; and
- Ensure that employees of the District of Columbia are subject to the same restrictions on political activity that currently apply to employees of all other state and local government agencies.
State Party’s JJB Dinner Is March 23rd with Guvs Malloy and O’Malley
The Democratic State Party’s 64th annual Jefferson Jackson Bailey dinner will be held March 23rd at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford beginning with cocktails at 6 and the dinner at 7 p.m.
Governor Dannel Malloy will be the special guest and the keynote speaker will be Maryland’s Governor, Martin O’Malley.
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For more information on the dinner, on the program book or to reserve your table today (remember – seating is based on when money is received!) please email Amber Page or call the office at 860-560-1775.
“Let us march on ballot boxes until brotherhood becomes more than a meaningless word in an opening prayer, but the order of the day on every legislative agenda.”
the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the conclusion of the Selma to Montgomery March for voting rights 47 years ago in March 1965
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