Democratic Town Committee Opposes Ban On Cross-Party Endorsements
In a resolution adopted at its April 25th meeting the New Britain Democratic Town Committee opposed legislation to ban cross-party endorsements — a move that would prohibit minor parties from endorsing major party candidates in local, state and congressional elections.
The proposed ban (Raised Bill 1146), supported by State Senate President Donald Williams, would end the cross endorsements used in recent elections by the labor-backed Working Families Party (WFP), the “Independent” Party, a Libertarian-leaning group or other minor parties that qualify for ballot lines. In 2010, for example, Governor Malloy narrowly defeated his Republican opponent with votes from labor progressive voters who chose Malloy on the WFP line.
The New Britain DTC resolution takes issue with the claims made by State Senator Williams who contended in testimony that cross endorsements may cause “over-voting” problems and “confusion” at the polls.. However, “over-voting” — meaning a ballot marked twice for the same candidate — has not been a problem in recent elections in using optical scan voting systems in New Britain. Optical scan voting detects the “over votes” and allows election officials to accurately record one vote for a candidate.
Testimony opposing the ban came from New Britain Mayor Tim O’Brien and Rep. Bobby Sanchez and election reform advocates. In her testimony CT Common Cause’s Karen Hobart Flynn, supported cross-endorsements or “fusion voting” saying it re-focuses elections “away from personality contents to allowing voters to focus more on issues and values.” According to Common Cause, “fusion voting is not a threat to the two-party system, but it can help strengthen and facilitate the engagement of third parties in our state.”
On the Democratic Town Committee resolution opposing the bill, DTC Chair John McNamara said allowing cross endorsements encourages more and new voters to come to the polls in elections at all levels. “A ban on cross endorsements would discourage some voters from turning out when our election laws should be based on increasing citizen participation. Raised Bill 1146 does the opposite.”
DTC Calls For Passage Of Minimum Wage Bill; New Support Comes from Governor, House Speaker For Passage
A bill to raise the CT minimum wage rate, strongly supported by the city’s legislative delegation and re-endorsed on Thursday by the Democratic Town Committee, picked up support from Governor Malloy and House Speaker Brendan Sharkey (D-Hamden) (CT Mirror story) on Friday.
The fair minimum wage law contained in SB 387 raises the state minimum hourly wage from $8.25 to $9.00 on January 1, 2014, and from $9.00 to $9.75 on January 1, 2015. As of July 1, 2015, it would require annual minimum wage adjustments based on increases in the Consumer Price Index (CPI). Governor Malloy, in his endorsement, called for an increase without the cost-of-living adjustments contained in the legislation.
For more information on legislation or to contact legislators go to www.cga.ct.gov
O’Brien For New Britain Sets May Fund Raisers With Gov. Malloy, Congresswoman Esty, Party Leaders
O’Brien for New Britain, Mayor Tim O’Brien’s re-election committee, has announced plans for two May fund-raisers, including a reception with special guest, Governor Dannel Malloy.
On Monday, May 13th from 5 to 7 pm, Governor Malloy will appear with Mayor O’Brien at a reception at The Red Rock Tavern, 369 Capitol Avenue in Hartford. On Thursday, May 23rd from 6 to 8 pm, Cong Elizabeth Esty (D-5) will be the special guest at Great Taste Restaurant, 597 West Main Street, New Britain. The Great Taste fundraiser will be hosted by former City Treasurer Jason Jakubowski, Alderman David DeFronzo, former State Senator Joe Harper and Attorney and former Ward One Alderman Jamie Sullivan.
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This Weekend: Sports Writers To Recognize Alton Brooks At Sunday, 4/28 Dinner
The Connecticut Sports Writers Alliance will recognize DTC member Alton Brooks with an award at its annual 72 Gold Key Dinner on April 28th at the Aqua Turf in Southington.
Brooks, who last year was recognized by the state African-American Affairs Commission for his lifetime achievement in civil rights and community service and by the city with the dedication of Alton Brooks Way, will receive the John Wentworth Good Sport Award at the Aqua Turf dinner that will begin at 4 pm. Brooks, a founding director of the city’s Human Services Agency, is a longtime basketball coach and mentor to city youths. Tickets to the Sport Writers dinner are $75. Contact Sports Writer Ken Lipshez at 860-673-6048 for a reservation.
The Town Committee will endorse candidates for city offices on July 18th including Mayor, Town and City Clerk, Tax Collector, Treasurer, Common Council (5 at large and 10 by districts), Board of Education (3), Board of Assessment Appeal (2) and Constable (4) Candidate information forms are available at
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