Thanks to all who came out on one pretty rainy night! We packed the Nest and even had Congressman Jim Himes join the fun in a pleasant surprise! Check out our guest speakers below:
NEWTOWN DEMOCRATIC TOWN COMMITTEE
OCTOBER 4, 2013
MEET THE CANDIDATES
Castle Hill Farm, 25 Sugar Lane, Newtown
Sunday, October 13th from 5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
The truly great thing about politics at the local level is that voters have enormous impact, and better opportunities to know the candidates personally.
To give you a chance to meet many of the Democratic Party slate, the Newtown Democrats are hosting a Meet the Candidates event on Sunday, October 13 from 5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at Castle Hill Farm, 25 Sugar Lane, Newtown. You can gather around the bonfire on a fall afternoon and chat informally with the candidates and ask questions. Please join us and meet our exceptional candidates while enjoying a cup of cider and goodies.
Newtown is a wonderful town. Part of the reason is that good people, like these outstanding Democratic candidates, donate so much time toward making and keeping it remarkable. We look forward to seeing you on October 13th!
As this election cycle ramps up, we are proud to share our candidates for this November’s municipal election.
Board of Selectmen: James O. Gaston, Sr.
Town Clerk: Ann LoBosco Benore
Legislative Council District 1: Paul Lundquist, Tom Dwyer, Ross Carley
Legislative Council District 2: Daniel Honan, Lisa Romano, Eric Paradis
Legislative Council District 3: Dan Amaral
Board of Finance: Jim Filan, Michael Portnoy
Board of Education: Michelle Embree Ku, Laura Main
Planning and Zoning Commission: Don Mitchell
Planning and Zoning Alternate: Rudy Pozek
Zoning Board of Appeals: Alan Clavette
Zoning Board of Appeals Alternate: Herb Rosenthal
Police Commission: Andy Sachs
Edmond Town Hall Board of Managers: Mary Fellows
As we move forward, we will be asking for you to get involved to help elect our Democratic ticket this year.
We will be holding events here in Newtown, such as phone banks and fundraisers. As these events come up, we will be reaching out to you, friends, and neighbors.
Can you spend a few hours and help us make a difference? Email us to volunteer: firstname.lastname@example.org
This year the budget is divided into two pieces: The Board of Selectmen Budget and the Board of Education Budget.
Voters will have the opportunity to vote on each budget separately.
Per the Town Charter, in the event one budget fails and one is adopted, the budget which passes shall be considered adopted.
Voters will have the option of answering “advisory questions” that may offer input to the Legislative Council as they deliberate whether to add, or take away, from a failed budget. Please take the time to answer these questions
GET OUT THERE AND VOTE. If you don’t vote, you can’t complain!
So today 45 US Senators showed their true colors. YELLOW. Those 45 are more afraid to stand up to the NRA, the NSSF and other groups who are more interested in ensuring that the flow of weapons and instruments of death and destruction remain in our communities than working to ensure that people who should not have these weapons, don’t have them.
COWARDS. That is the only word that can describe these 45.
COWARDS. For failing to stand up to a lobbyist with a checkbook.
COWARDS. For failing to stand with the vast majority of these United States who want to keep weapons of death out of the hands of those too dangerous.
COWARDS. 45 people ignoring the mounting deaths of so many Americans.
COWARDS. 45 people can now say that they did nothing to keep weapons out of the hands of dangerous people.
COWARDS. 45 people who want to keep the gun show money flowing into their campaign coffers more than they want our communities safe.
COWARDS. Shame on You for doing nothing while our country, state, town and neighbors weep.
This post was written by Eric Paradis, Sandy Hook Father, Newtown DTC Member.
The Newtown Democratic Town Committee has learned that the National Rifle Association has been sending robocalls to Sandy Hook School families and Newtown residents. Residents have also described post cards coming into their homes. The insensitivity of the NRA is astonishing, or is it? No organization could be so insensitive as to bombard with robocalls our Newtown families, friends and neighbors who have spent the last three months wondering how to heal our children and ourselves. While some children are only now just beginning to sleep through the night, others are starting to show signs that this tragedy has not ended. These calls are adding more trauma to what is an already unbearable burden felt by our children. The obvious agenda of the NRA is to intimidate and harass in an effort to silence the active and organized voice against assault weapons, and that voice is originating from Newtown.
The Newtown Democratic Town Committee Robo-response to the NRA…it’s not working, it’s not working, it’s not working. Yes, you are intentionally hurting our families and children, no we will not be intimidated by your despicable tactics. In fact, the result of your tactic is that we are seeing a substantial increase in support for Background Checks and Gun Control.
Irrespective, perhaps the NRA would like to attempt to join the human race, have some class, and have some sensitivity for the Sandy Hook families who have gone through so much. Many don’t want to hear about assault weapons either way. The DTC respects that, unfortunately…the NRA doesn’t. Our Republican Town Committee friends seem to be sitting out the Background Check and Assault Weapons debate. We do hope they will stand up and at least join us in vociferously opposing the NRA’s Sandy Hook Robocall harassment.
The NRA has been making robo-calls to SHS families. DTC member, Eric, shares his thoughts on the call he got Friday night. Go to the Democratic Voices page to read it.
NEWTOWN DEMOCRATIC TOWN COMMITTEE
GUN VIOLENCE, AGAIN. Our hands covered our mouths. Our tears ran. Our faces dropped, and our hearts broke when we heard and watched violence against our children in Stockton, in Jonesboro, in Nickel Mines, at Columbine, at Virginia Tech, at Newtown, and sadly, many others. We are enveloped in gun violence, in schools, in theaters, at municipal meetings, and at businesses. The members of the Newtown Democratic Town Committee join other good and honest people that say “Enough!”
The Newtown Democratic Town Committee (NDTC) submits that Game-Changing legislation is necessary. The NTDC supports State and Federal legislation being proposed by Governor Malloy and our Senators Blumenthal and Murphy, and Representative Esty. The NDTC believes that reforms in the gun market will make all of us safer. This includes universal background checks on all gun purchases, the elimination of high capacity magazines and armor piercing ammunition, and the restricting of further sales to civilians of high capacity assault weapons.
The Newtown Democratic Town Committee further endorses the work of The Brady Foundation, and Americans for Responsible Solutions recently established by former Representative Gabby Giffords. Like Representative Gabby Giffords and her husband, Naval Officer and Astronaut Mark Kelly, some members of the Newtown Democratic Town Committee are gun owners themselves and oppose interfering with hunters or responsible gun ownership. However, we recognize that other markets are regulated to protect the public. The Second Amendment reads:
A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.
Reasonable licensing and regulation for public safety is not infringement, it is responsibility.
Finally, let the jury system address the gun industry like any other industry. Why should gun manufacturers be immune from the consequences of their actions? Let’s repeal the gun manufacturer immunity Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act signed by George Bush October 26, 2005. Let the people and the Constitutional 7th Amendment Right to Civil Trial by Jury decide whether the latest biometric fingerprint access prints on firearms, similar to what is available on doors and laptop computers, is a necessary security, and its absence a defective and unreasonably dangerous gun. The jury system changed the Ford Pinto, cigarettes, baby strollers, washers and dryers and hundreds of other products for the safety of the consumer.
The NDTC unanimously supports this directive. We encourage our Newtown Republican Town Committee friends to join us in this message. We commend our First Selectman, Pat Llodra for her support of controlling gun violence, as well.
Newtown Democratic Town Committee
Chairperson, Newtown DTC
James Gaston, Sr.
Board of Selectmen,
Town of Newtown