The Republican Party:
  In the Minority and no longer a Republican Governor in Connecticut

Connecticut G.O.P.  on the web...
G.O.P. Legislators in Weston are strong supporters of the environment, and provide leadership and experience in a difficult time.  Some issues that make their way down to local government...



WESTON CONCERNS
Legislative Wrap Up Saturday and asks about impact of myriad new taxes Democrats have passed this Session on towns such as Weston, and he got his answer from Rep. Shaban and Senator Boucher...Toni pointed out what our former Representive in the 135th, Alice Meyer, always used to say - what the Minority does is measure its success based on what did not get passed!


John Shaban offered the perspective of a first-time legislator, and reported on how Weston's legislators work together!


Republicans at LWV SPEAK UP - Selectman, P&Z, Police Commission, Library, both State Legislators...
The Board of Education caught it from all directions...but not their budget, particularly;  the key question on Regionalism drew awesome response from Dennis!

"WHY WOULD YOU WANT TO SERVE IN HIGHER OFFICE???"  Rep. Shaban concerned with CT taxes vis a vis the rest of the USA...
Rep. Shaban and Sen. Boucher, it was noted by a questioner, are running for nomination for higher office;  Dennis flew in from Paris just in time for Speak Up!

SCHOOL SECURITY
Senator Boucher spoke on School Security issue and CT economy;  she reported Sandy Hook and CT "guidelines" on school safety to be coming this summer.


Watch the whole program:

Click on Rep. Shaban for Apple version:  http://www.lwvweston.org/LWVSpeakup2-8-14.mp4

Click on Dennis for Windows Media Player format (254 megaBytes):   www.lwvweston.org/LWVSpeakup2-8-14.wmv



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PUBLIC HEARING ON COG HAS REPUBLICANS SHOWING BROAD UNDERSTANDING OF ISSUES!!!
Woody from the Police Commission and past (Dan) and present (Britta) P&Z members make important points about regionalism...



No action taken by the Selectmen after Dennis brings up a point about the wording of the ordinance...

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21ST CENTURY MANDATE RELIEF
We watched the first "Education Mandate Relief Task Force" meeting Dec. 4, held for organizational purposes, online.  It was made clear by the Co-Chairs. that
its purpose had been widened to be for all districts, not just "high performing" ones. NEXT MEETING December 19th at 2PM;  PUBLIC HEARING at the Capitol
January 7, 2014 at 10AM.  PUBLIC HEARING AT A DATE T.B.A. IN A DISTRICT OUTSIDE THE CAPITOL - in Fairfield County?

EDUCATORS ADDRESSING THE PANEL LATER USED THE EXPRESSION "REDUCE BUSY WORK" INSTEAD OF "MANDATE RELIEF"...

Sen. Boucher on education mandate relief and related unnecessary spending, at Taskforce informal Public Hearing in Westport Nov. 23, 2013.
Education mandates are but one type of forced spending on wasteful procedures:  http://www.ctsenaterepublicans.com/images/emails/archives/boucher_112513.html

Sandy Hook School Shooting report.





http://cthouserules.com/ - watch this now!



Read the FORUM'S Boucher endorsement here

Read the FORUM'S McKinney endorsement here

Read the FORUM'S Shaban endorsement here




 
OUR LEGISLATORS, APPEARING AT "SPEAK UP 2009":  Senator John McKinney (R-28), Minority Leader of the CT Senate, Representative John Stripp (R-135) and Senator Toni Boucher (R-26).


Previous trio of legislators:  John Stripp, Judith G. Freedman and John McKinney...