Saturday, September 08, 2018

Diane Pagano For State Representative 103rd District

Connecticut's 103rd State Representative District is an odd shaped district that encompasses parts of Wallingford, Cheshire and Southington.  I personally do not like the way the state's districts are carved up as it is irrational to have towns split up the way they are.  For example Wallingford depending on where you live has one of four different state representatives.  The state is a classic example of gerrymandered districts favoring the Connecticut Democrat Party.
The 103rd District is currently represented by Democrat and former announced candidate for Lieutenant Governor liberal Liz Linehan.  Linehan is not "moderate" in any way contrary to what she is trying to come across as.  Linehan has done little for her district and in my opinion does not deserve reelection especially when it comes to her votes on raising taxes, toll studies and spending. She has fallen in line with her fellow Democrats.
Diane Pagano represents a breath of fresh air for this district as a successful conservative and business owner.  She is in favor of limited government, opposes tax increases and runaway spending.  She is against tolls. We see the confusion on the part of current Representative Linehan position on tolls apparently not understanding the first multi-million dollar taxpayer funded  study on tolls only to vote again in lockstep with her fellow tax and spend Democrats for yet another $10 million dollar study on tolls. Linehan along with her fellow Democrats will not address nor give us their plan to address the $60 to $80 billion dollars in short and long term debt along with unfunded liabilities that Connecticut's Taxpayers are responsible for. 
Diane Pagano has real world business experience along with great compassion for her fellow citizens and taxpayers of her district. Her real life experiences are essential for our state government and to bring Connecticut out of its economic nightmare.  Diane Pagano is the right candidate at the right time.
It Is Time To Take Back Connecticut In 2018.  It is time for a new State Representative in the 103rd District.  It is time to vote for Republican Diane Pagano.

Saturday, September 01, 2018

Don Crouch For State Representative Wallingford's 85th District

Don Crouch is the Republican candidate running against State Representative liberal Democrat Mary Mushinsky who has been in office since 1981, 37 long years.
Mushinsky has voted for the state income tax and for every tax increase in the past 37 years that has come up for a vote in the House.  She is a one dimensional candidate concerned only with environmental issues and has done little to address any of the pressing economic issues of the state.  She is only heard from in the years that she running for reelection with her taxpayer funded newsletters discussing the great job she is doing representing the special interest groups that run Connecticut.  Her ideas are stale and in my opinion she does not have a clue as to what is going on in her district nor with the economic debacle that she has helped to create in our state economy.
Don Crouch who graduated from Lyman Hall High School in 1992 and is active in Wallingford.  He is a small business owner, a Commissioner of the Wallingford Recreation Commission, a member of the Wallingford 350th Jubilee Committee, Plan of Conservation and Development Implementation Committee, the Wallingford Republican Town Committee, and the Wallingford Elks Lodge.  He is a family man living in town with his wife and two daughters.  He is against tolls for the state and plans to oppose restrictive regulations on businesses and fight a proposed $15 minimum wage.  
Connecticut has massive economic issues to deal with that Mushinsky has avoided her entire career.  The most important question that she will not answer is what is her plan to address the $60 to $80 billion dollars in short and long term debt along with unfunded liabilities that Connecticut must pay in the future?  We can't tax ourselves any more out of the economic mess we are in nor be held hostage to special interest state labor groups both union and non union that dictate to Connecticut Taxpayers what they can have and not have.  Enough is enough of State Representative Mushinsky's tax and spend policies that have made Connecticut an economic nightmare with businesses and citizens moving out of state on a daily basis.
It Is Time To Take Back Connecticut In 2018.  It is time for a new beginning in Wallingford's 85th District by voting for Republican Don Crouch for State Representative.

 

Saturday, August 25, 2018

Ned Malloy-Lamont=More Taxes For Connecticut Taxpayers

Connecticut Democrat Candidate for Governor Ned Malloy-Lamont seems to the second coming of Dannel Malloy, Connecticut's failed Governor who recently had a 15% approval rating (ranking him last in the country).  Lamont is a clone of Malloy it seems.  He has embraced tolls for the state.  He is embracing both higher state income taxes and local property taxes.  He has no plan to address the $60 to $80 billion dollars of short and long term debt along with the states unfunded liabilities.  He has no plan whatsoever to cut state spending.  It seems to be a rewind of the past eight years of the Malloy economic debacle.
Yet Connecticut Democrat Candidate for Governor Ned Malloy-Lamont seems to be embraced by the fellow Democrats, anti-President Trump followers and the state's media.  He is also very wealthy which is perfectly acceptable for Connecticut Democrats (as seen by Senator for Life Richard Blumenthal) but it not acceptable for the Republicans to run a wealthy candidate for Governor in Bob Stefanowski.  Does anyone see any irony here?
I see a state in economic turmoil.  A state where only a small group of state management and union employees are capable of controlling state spending and using government to their personal economic advantage.
Connecticut Democrat Candidate for Governor Ned Malloy-Lamont is actually a good choice for the Connecticut Democrat Party this election.  He embraces all of what is wrong with the state in the name of hyper liberalism and the total disrespect shown by the Connecticut Democrat Party to the Connecticut Taxpayer.
Therefore, Connecticut Democrat Candidate for Governor Ned Malloy-Lamont deserves to lose by a large margin in November.  Many Connecticut Taxpayers and Connecticut businesses are sickening by the thought of third term of the Malloy Administration in 2019.  They are sickened by the thought of the tolls and yet even higher taxes that Connecticut Democrat Candidate for Governor Ned Malloy-Lamont will bring to the state. 
Which path will state voters turn in November?  Connecticut Democrat Candidate for Governor Ned Malloy-Lamont is the path to Connecticut's economic ruin in my opinion. 

Sunday, August 12, 2018

The Connecticut Republican Primary On Tuesday August 14th-Part 2-The Governor

For remaining Connecticut voters who both are registered as either a Democrat or as a Republican there will be a primary this Tuesday August 14th to choose candidates for state wide offices.  This column is a continuation of yesterday's endorsements for the Republican primary.  Today I will examine the candidates for Governor and make my endorsement.
Sixteen candidates declared their intentions to run for Governor before the state convention.  Five are remaining vying for the victory on Tuesday.  Three have no political experience and two have political experience.  The Connecticut Republican Party once again has the non politician rich person influence in their candidates as has been seen over the years starting way back in 1992 when millionaire Brook Johnson defeated Convention endorsed United States Senate candidate Chris Burnham in a primary.  Johnson then lost to Chris Dodd in the general election and was never heard from again.  Connecticut is in horrific economic shape with one of the highest aggregate tax rates in the country, $80 billion dollars of short and long term debt along with unfunded liabilities and is at or near the bottom of 50 states in the areas of business development, business creation, new jobs created (less than 6000 jobs  since 1989.)
Coming out of the state convention Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton won the party nomination with one vote over the 50% needed to gain the nomination on the third ballot.  Boughton ran for Lieutenant Governor in 2010 with unsuccessful candidate Tom Foley.  He was also a State Representative from 1999 to 2003.  In my opinion he is a moderate/liberal Republican who has done a good job in Danbury which has traditionally been Democratic.  His 10 point platform includes phasing out the state income tax over ten years, cutting state spending, and making Connecticut business friendly again to name several areas.  His plan can be viewed at boughton2018.com/10-point-plan.  Boughton is an interesting candidate as he does have experience in Hartford as a former legislator and knows the bureaucracy of Hartford.
Gaining enough delegate support out of the convention to primary Boughton is former Trumbull Selectman Tim Herbst.  Herbst is a principled conservative in our liberal state.  Depending on what you read Herbst either saved Trumbull financially or has driven Trumbull to the ground.  In my opinion he did what he needed to do in Trumbull to get it back on its feet financially and helped grow the town economically.  I do know that he raised taxes there due to state mandated programs that the town was required to provide, however this is an issue in all 169 Connecticut towns and cities including in fiscally conservative Wallingford (where taxes have been raised under a fiscally conservative Republican Mayor).  Herbst ran for State Treasurer in 2014 losing by less than 20,000 votes in that election showing to me that he has both name recognition and is electable on a state level.  He is offering an exceptional plan to help restore law and order in Connecticut and is offering also a strong economic plan.  His website offers more information at timforconnecticut.com.
The third candidate that came out of the Convention with enough support to enter the  primary was non politician Steve Obsitnik who is a Navy Veteran and a High-Tech CEO.  He offers an outsider view of the states problems and has major plans to help create jobs in the state.  He offers his ideas and platforms on his website steveobsitnik.com.
The two other candidates who are running for Governor petitioned their way on the primary ballot avoiding the state convention.  In my opinion this is both good and bad.  Good in the sense that they are saving their money and resources to avoid the convention while bad in that they are ignoring the party process and its local towns and cities committees to get their points across.
Bob Stefanowski who was a registered Democrat in October 2016 then registered as a Republican in July 2017 and has not voted in any elections for 16 years is a self funded candidate running in this primary.  His economic plan that was developed with Dr. Arthur Laffer includes phasing the corporate income tax and business equity tax over two years, phasing out the state income tax over eight years and the elimination of the estate tax.  His plan can be viewed at bobforgovernor.com/economic-plan.  Stefanowski has a hard core group of supporters but I question his lack of votes over the years.
David Stemerman is also running a self funded campaign and has similar economic plans as the other candidates looking also at public/private partnerships to help rebuild the states infrastructure.  In my opinion he is the most analytical of all of the candidates and has a strong background to start the long process of fixing Connecticut.  His platforms can be viewed at davidstemerman.com
Five candidates running who to vote for?  I have been inundated with mail, email, phone calls, calls from friends all urging me to vote for their choice.  Each candidate has strong qualities and each candidate has weaknesses.  One will win on Tuesday.
I am going to vote for Tim Herbst.  I know my decision will upset some voters and will be embraced by some voters.  In personally talking to him, reading his platforms, studying his record and campaigns, I feel Tim Herbst has the drive and determination to take back Connecticut this November.  His youth which many feel is bad, (I ran for Town Council In North Branford when I was 22 years old back in 1981) is an asset in my opinion.  He is and has been a principled conservative in our liberal state.  I believe after much study, analysis and thought a Herbst/Markley ticket can be the impetus for the overdue change in Hartford's government. 
I know many feel the same way as I do.  Good luck to all Republican candidates on Tuesday.

Saturday, August 11, 2018

The Connecticut Republican Primary On Tuesday August 14th-Part 1

For remaining Connecticut voters who both are registered as either a Democrat or as a Republican there will be a primary this Tuesday August 14th to choose candidates for state wide offices.
I will not be examining any Democrat candidates in this column as I am not a Democrat and I feel they have a made a mockery of our state by allowing an ex felon to run for Governor.  They also in my opinion have run the state into the ground economically and morally.
Thus there are several candidates running on the Republican side that in my opinion are worthy of your vote if you are a Republican voting on Tuesday.  I have already endorsed what I feel is the best Republican candidate overall for public office State Senator Joe Markely for Lieutenant Governor.  Senator Markley is a principled conservative who has been an outspoken critic of Governor Malloy and his tax and spend policies.  Senator Markley has been a champion of Connecticut taxpayers fighting against the economically illogical tax increases that the Governor Malloy has forced upon the state. He believes and has fought for limited government, fiscal responsibility, and personal liberty throughout his political career and has stayed true to his conservative principles throughout his terms as State Senator.  By far and wide he is the choice for lieutenant governor.
For United States Senate I favor Dominic Rapini who is a political outsider running against the Chris Murphy do nothing political machine.  His beliefs are logical and needed for our state and our country.
From his website: www.dominicforsenate.us/about
Pragmatism Before Ideology - Find the practical solutions to the problems before us instead of being limited to party philosophy and group-think. Put Connecticut before politics.
Freedom - The defining principle of a conservative is freedom. Freedom of choice, freedom of speech, freedom from undue interference by government and freedom to be personally responsible for our lives.
All Ideas Matter - Embrace opposition and consider all points of view with respect and be unafraid to consider new ideas and to enter into respectful debate. This is also known as listening.
Do Good, Not What Feels Good - Every solution must be measured by the good it accomplishes and not by how good it makes us feel. Money in a tin cup makes us feel good, but finding sustainable funding to relieve homelessness achieves something meaningful.
Less is More - Sometimes the most powerful and courageous word for a leader is the word ‘No’. We must always be prepared to say no to the regulations, legislations, or funding requests that fail to provide clear changes or benefits to Connecticut or our nation.
Pragmatism Before Ideology - Find the practical solutions to the problems before us instead of being limited to party philosophy and group-think. Put Connecticut before politics.
Freedom - The defining principle of a conservative is freedom. Freedom of choice, freedom of speech, freedom from undue interference by government and freedom to be personally responsible for our lives.
All Ideas Matter - Embrace opposition and consider all points of view with respect and be unafraid to consider new ideas and to enter into respectful debate. This is also known as listening.
Do Good, Not What Feels Good - Every solution must be measured by the good it accomplishes and not by how good it makes us feel. Money in a tin cup makes us feel good, but finding sustainable funding to relieve homelessness achieves something meaningful.
Less is More - Sometimes the most powerful and courageous word for a leader is the word ‘No’. We must always be prepared to say no to the regulations, legislations, or funding requests that fail to provide clear changes or benefits to Connecticut or our nation.

Pragmatism Before Ideology - Find the practical solutions to the problems before us instead of being limited to party philosophy and group-think. Put Connecticut before politics.
Freedom - The defining principle of a conservative is freedom. Freedom of choice, freedom of speech, freedom from undue interference by government and freedom to be personally responsible for our lives.
All Ideas Matter - Embrace opposition and consider all points of view with respect and be unafraid to consider new ideas and to enter into respectful debate. This is also known as listening.
Do Good, Not What Feels Good - Every solution must be measured by the good it accomplishes and not by how good it makes us feel. Money in a tin cup makes us feel good, but finding sustainable funding to relieve homelessness achieves something meaningful.
Less is More - Sometimes the most powerful and courageous word for a leader is the word ‘No’. We must always be prepared to say no to the regulations, legislations, or funding requests that fail to provide clear changes or benefits to Connecticut or our nation.
My column from 6/23/18 discussed the excellent qualifications for Sue Hatfield for Attorney General.  Her qualifications and experience make her an excellent choice for a pro business and economic growth Attorney General.
For Treasurer I support Thad Gray.  He offers professional experience to handle the complexities of this position in a non political manner.  
From his website he offers his platform:  thadforct.com
*Manage state pension plans professionally to achieve the highest possible return.
*Protect the public interest by making sound investment decisions with no political or social agenda.
*Strongly advocate structural reforms to address Connecticut’s massive unfunded pension liabilities.
*Provide direct communication to beneficiaries and taxpayers, whose security depends on successful investment results.  
For Comptroller I support Seymour First Selectman Kurt Miller who has done an excellent job in turning his town around financially.  You can read more about him at his website: kurtforct.com
Part 2 will be my discussion and endorsement for Governor.



Saturday, July 28, 2018

Connecticut Jobs? 30 Long Years And Counting Representative Mushinsky.

The Connecticut Democrat Party makes me laugh.  The state economy in their limited view of the world revolves around a political patronage system that protects the salaries, benefits and pensions of both state management and state union workers.  There is always a need for state employees even though the state is bankrupt with $60 to $80 billion dollars of short and long term debt along with unfunded liabilities.
I laughed even harder when I received via email Democrat 85th District State Representative Mary Mushinsky's grand announcement of all of the new jobs in Connecticut.  Quoted from her email of 7/23/18: "Connecticut’s economy is seeing significant improvement with jobs being added to the workforce and unemployment at an historic low. According to the state Department of Labor, more than 6,000 jobs were created in June and the Governor reports Connecticut has added more than12,000 jobs in two months. Private sector employment now stands at more than 111 percent, fully recovering from pre-recession levels.  I believe Connecticut’s economic growth is a direct result of business-friendly policies my colleagues and I have championed in the Legislature."
Apparently after 30 years Connecticut has regained all of the jobs it lost since the 1988 recession!  What an accomplishment!  Representative Mushinsky who has been in office since 1980 has voted for the state income income tax, tolls, the two highest tax increases in the state's history along with every other tax increase in the 38 years she has been in office.  As a reminder to Representative Mushinsky, Wallingford has lost one of its largest taxpayers, Bristol Myers Squibb since it is closing its operations in November of this year.  Many high paying jobs are lost from this closing, many families who work there are moving out of Wallingford thus depressing housing prices in town and a massive amount of local tax revenue will be lost.  Thus I can not see how these supposed "business-friendly policies my colleagues and I have championed in the Legislature." did in keeping Bristol Myers Squibb in Wallingford nor their jobs being replaced as the new owners of the building wish to tear down this 30 year old building and replace it with a warehouse.
I also do not see how Connecticut has "business-friendly policies" since the state ranks at or near bottom in many business categories such as taxes, starting a new business, regulatory environment, economic climate and growth prospects to name a few areas.  If these "business-friendly policies" were working Connecticut would not have taken over 30 years to regain jobs it lost so long ago.  And how much do these new 6,000 jobs pay?  Or are they entry level service related jobs that pay minimum wage?
The Connecticut Democrat Party's economic policies have failed the state miserably for the past 30 years.  Representative Mushinsky and her party's platform have contributed greatly to our state's economic decline.  We can not afford another two years of her tax and spend policies in Wallingford nor of the lies of the Connecticut Democrat Party that are force fed to us on a daily basis.  Wallingford Taxpayers and Connecticut Taxpayers have had enough.  Maybe just maybe we could get a new State Representative to actually represent taxpayers in the 85th District in November.

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Yet Another Bad Week For Connecticut Taxpayers

It was another bad week for Connecticut Taxpayers thanks to the Connecticut Democrat Party.
First I wonder how many of my readers received a bonus lately.  I know I did not.  I know in the three jobs that I have I have not received a raise in three plus years at two of them and the other one it has been two years.  But for employees of Connecticut state labor unions it was payday with $2000 plus bonuses being paid out this week as part of the secret SEBAC agreement that was negotiated by Governor Malloy and the state unions.  This bonus agreement just cost Connecticut Taxpayers $80 million dollars at the beginning of the new fiscal year 2018-19.  The new fiscal year already has massive projections of major budget deficits in it.
The second piece of bad news for Connecticut Taxpayers is that they get to pay for a $10 million dollar political study for the implementation of tolls in the state.  Even though various toll bills have been voted down and testified against by many drivers and groups in the state, the Malloy regime wishes to force feed the tolls on the state as yet another tax cure all.  Tolls and the shear volume of them that the state wishes to install would make Connecticut one of the most heavily tolled set of roads in the country.  But then again when is any tax is disliked by the Connecticut Democrat Party?
The third item that engages good old Connecticut Democrat Party political patronage is the appointment of former former Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra to fill a vacancy on the state Workers’ Compensation Commission at a salary of a mere $160,000 per year all along with all of the fringe benefits that the job comes with.  Segarra lost his bid for re election in 2015 to hand appointed Malloy wonder boy candidate Luke Bronin who has done little if anything as Mayor of Hartford other than beg for money.  Segarra as you may remember thought he should have been appointed to a judicial nomination by the governor under a secret process after he lost his election.  That process included a closed-door vote in his favor by the state Judicial Selection Commission which was brought to light and subsequently led to his withdrawal for that position.  But don't worry political payoff came for Segarra through this political patronage taxpayer funded job a little later than what was promised by the Connecticut Democrat Party. 
Thus is was yet another bad week for Connecticut Taxpayers thanks to the Connecticut Democrat Party.  More money wasted to add to the $60 to $80 billion dollars of short and long term debt along with unfunded state liabilities that Connecticut Taxpayers owe.  And voters should remember these horrific, economically destructive and long years of omnipotent one party- the Connecticut Democrat Party rule on election day in November.  It is time to take back Connecticut in 2018.