Town Committee Meets Thursday, 1/17, At City Hall
The Democratic Town Committee will meet on Thursday, January 17, 2013 at 7 p.m. at New Britain City Hall’s Room 504.
On the agenda will be the municipal endorsement process and Justice of the Peace nominations for the term that began on January 7th.
As part of the 2013 calendar the Town Committee will be holding a series of issues forum at its meetings this year focusing on education and school funding (February 28), housing and code enforcement (March 28) and jobs and economic development (April 25).
In July the Town Committee will endorse candidates for Mayor, Tax Collector, Town and City Clerk, City Treasurer, Common Council [Districts (10) and At Large(5)], Board of Education (3), Board of Assessment Appeals (2) and Constable (4). A nominations committee to meet with candidates, develop a party platform and make recommendations to the Town Committee when candidates are endorsed in July.
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Common Cause President, Moyers’ Documentary On Corporate Lobbying At CCSU Friday, 1/18
“United States of ALEC” Exposes The Millions Behind Influence Peddling In Almost Every State Capitol
Common Cause CT is sponsoring a showing of the Bill Moyers’ documentary “The United States of ALEC” with a lecture by Common Cause President Bob Edgar on Friday at 5 pm at Central CT State University’s Vance Academic Center, Room 105.
Common Cause has launched a campaign to expose the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), an organization that long before Citizens United has sought to write laws favoring deregulation and corporate power over communities that long before Citizens United. using “charitable” contributions from big money interests.
Common Cause’s work “has revealed how ALEC’s corporate members finance their lobbying at taxpayer expense by funneling tax-exempt contributions into ALEC’s treasury, and how ALEC has lied under oath to the IRS by insisting it’s a charity, not a lobby.”
“Through ALEC,” Common Cause research shows, “the American Legislative Exchange Council, hundreds of “leading” corporate citizens have quietly crafted state laws to enhance their balance sheets. They’ve worked to restrict access to health care, turn public schools and prisons into profit centers, eviscerate clean air and clean water laws and evade federal taxes. In partnership with partisan ideologues, they’ve pushed anything-goes gun laws that make our neighborhoods less safe and election laws that threaten to deprive millions of students, minorities, elderly, and disabled Americans of the right to vote.”
Inaugural Party Tuesday 1/22 at Whinstone Tavern; DTC’s Willie Justiniano To Receive Distinguished Service Award, Volunteers Honored For Voter Registration Drive
Wilfredo “Willie” Justiniano, a longtime member of the Democratic Town Committee from District 2, campaign volunteer and election moderator, will receive a distinguished service award at the 2nd Inauguration Party on Tuesday, January 22nd from 6 to 9 pm at Whinstone Tavern, Stanley Golf Course, 245 Hartford Road.
The reception will celebrate the inauguration of President Obama to a second term and 2012 victories for Chris Murphy, Elizabeth Esty and New Britain’s entire Democratic slate to kick off the 2013 municipal election year. Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman will be among the party leaders attending.
The DTC will also recognize volunteers for registering new voters in canvasses of neighborhoods. Isabelita Cancel, Francisco Cuin, Mario Santos of the Latino Coalition and the NAACP’s Ron Davis were part of the voter drives that increased Democratic rolls last year. A $500 contribution will also be made to the Kay Davis Memorial Scholarship Fund. Kay Davis, who died at the end of 2011, was a DTC member and advocate for tenants in her Mount Pleasant neighborhood for decades. The NAACP established the scholarship for students engaged in community service.
Tickets ($25pp) will be available at the door or at Thursday’s DTC meeting.
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