Monday, August 21, 2017

SEN. HWANG STATEMENT RE: GOVERNOR’S DEVASTATING EXECUTIVE ORDER

Sen. Hwang, photo from "CT Pulse"
"A shameful abdication of responsible leadership."
 
State Senator Tony Hwang (R-Fairfield) today released the following statement regarding the governor’s revised executive order:

“What we have here today is nothing more than a shameful abdication of responsible leadership,” said Sen. Hwang. “All of the towns in my district and many other fiscally responsible ones are to receive absolutely no funding from the state to educate our children?


"Again, Governor Malloy is looking to make towns pay for his total mismanagement of the finances of Connecticut. This is shameful and irresponsible.


"Today, Governor Malloy released revisions to the Executive Order Resource Allocation Plan, along with new municipal aid distributions associated with the plan. While it holds 30 Alliance Districts harmless, it strives to completely decimate the remainder of the state of Connecticut.


"Not only does the governor’s plan decimate the majority of cities and towns across the state, it is also plainly illegal.  We need to stop picking winners and losers in the budget process.  We need a process that is predictable, sustainable and transparent.  “The worst part is that Republicans have provided solutions to our budget crisis and in fact we have offered Connecticut residents a fair and equitable Education Cost Sharing formula.  Now, as a result of the restrictions imposed by the democrat passed union deal, we have stooped, as predicted, to punishing children and our valued educators.  We have also dramatically cut municipal aid - and that will raise our local property taxes. 

"As a taxpayer, and as a Connecticut citizen, I am outraged by the lack of responsible leadership in the governor’s office and the lack of proactive leadership from democrat lawmakers.
 
“Our Republican Senate budget proposals would have preserved education funding to municipalities without raising taxes. Now, we are stuck with a state employee union concessions agreement that has already tied our hands at the expense of our children. I call on my democrat colleagues in the legislature to present the people of Connecticut with a line-by-line budget, so that we can finally work together to move our state forward.”


*Sen. Hwang represents Easton, Fairfield, Newtown, Weston and Westport
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On the web: www.SenatorHwang.com.  He can be reached at Tony.Hwang@cga.ct.gov and at 800-842-1421
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The 28th District

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Roots in Ripon - Blessing in Disguise



Image from Janine Huldie.

Roots in Ripon
Chuck Roots
21 August 2017




"Once a Marine, always a Marine."


Sunday morning, I was preaching at the Oasis Christian Fellowship in Pleasant Hill, about an hour’s drive from Ripon. My friend and fellow pastor in the Free Methodist denomination, Rob Baker, invited me to come and share with his congregation. I readily accepted.

Pastor Rob has been there quite a number of years, bringing an infectious energy that is contagious when you are in his presence. His congregation is an eclectic bunch covering the spectrum of Americans of all shapes, sizes, ethnicities, ages, disabilities, and diversity of spiritual journeys. Isaura and I came away convinced that we had been blessed by these folks more than any words I shared from the pulpit. 

Music is one of Rob’s loves, having written many worship songs in the contemporary genre of church music. I have had a few of his CDs for the past several years. The congregation is lively and very loving. It couldn’t have been more than five minutes after Isaura and I walked in that we were approached by John. We were sitting in the back row, listening to the worship team practice. This was twenty minutes prior to the service starting. I always plan to be at a speaking/preaching engagement well ahead of time so as not to be a concern to the person who has invited me, wondering, “Is he coming?” 

So, anyway, John comes up beside my chair and says “Hi. Welcome to Oasis!” I stood up to greet him, reaching for his extended hand. I immediately noticed that he was holding a white stick in his other hand. His sunglasses confirmed his blindness. We chatted a bit, explaining that he had lost his vision six years earlier due to diabetes. At this point he introduced his wife, Dalia, who was sitting across the way. She gave us a big smile and waved. I walked over to shake her hand, only to realize that she was confined to a wheel chair. The way she was seated told me her legs were of no use to her. 

This encounter made a profound impression on me. Here Isaura and I were, fully mobile with all of our senses in operational mode. Yet John and Dalia extended themselves, despite their physical limitations, by warmly welcoming us into their fellowship. And they were at the church well before the service was to begin, no doubt seeking to be a blessing to someone, as they were to us. They simply could not have been more gracious. It set the tone for the rest of our time with these folks at Oasis.

Connecticut Students Paying The Price For Democrats’ Budget Crisis

From J.R. Romano (info@ct.gop), Chairman CT Republican Party

Southington – With Connecticut Democrats - led by Failed Governor Dan Malloy and his top enablers Nancy Wyman and Kevin Lembo - leaving the state paralyzed without a budget while facing a multibillion dollar shortfall, Connecticut’s students are now paying the price for their failed leadership. With no idea of how much aid they can expect from the state government, school districts across Connecticut are “preparing for hell, slashing budgets, laying off teachers and preparing for the worst” as a result of the state’s budget crisis, which still continues with no end in sight.

In a new editorial, the Hartford Courant issued a stark warning: “Voters won't quickly forget who was responsible for their children's maligned schools.” With both Nancy Wyman and Kevin Lembo signaling their interest in running to succeed Malloy, they should take notice.

The Hartford Courant writes:

“Left in legislative limbo, school districts across the state are preparing for hell, slashing budgets, laying off teachers and preparing for the worst as they wait to find out how much — or how little — money they will receive from the state.

And meanwhile, ineffectual legislators — now nearly two months into the fiscal year and still incapable of agreeing on a spending plan that will solve a $3.5 billion shortfall — squat under the golden dome in Hartford, dealing and dickering and stalling and stammering, calculating which budgetary solutions are politically viable. They seem oblivious to what's going on in their own districts.

Here's what's going on: Dozens of positions have been eliminated already across the state, and hundreds have been put on hold. In Tolland, 15 teachers have already been laid off, and dozens more could follow, according to an Associated Press report. In Windsor, 10 positions are on hold, and summer school was canceled for 90 students. In Torrington, the opening of school has been delayed to save money.

There is $2 billion in education cost sharing money at stake. Many school districts depend on it for basic operations. Hartford, Bridgeport, New Haven, Waterbury and New Britain received more than $750 million in the last fiscal year. Along with Tolland, towns such as Glastonbury and West Hartford could see massive cuts in school funding under a plan advanced by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy earlier this year…

If legislators are concerned about their political futures, they should be. Those who have delayed the process are vulnerable in 2018. Voters won't quickly forget who was responsible for their children's maligned schools.”




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Sunday, August 20, 2017

Justice Department Terminates and Repudiates Operation Chokepoint


Justice Department Terminates and Repudiates Operation Chokepoint

NRA-ILA: Institute for Legislative Action

NRA-ILA GRASSROOTS VOLUME 24, NUMBER 33

NEWS  LEGAL & LEGISLATION
Justice Department Terminates and Repudiates Operation Chokepoint
Current Justice Department leadership and Boyd should be commended for their forceful statement on this matter. This unequivocal repudiation of Operation Chokepoint should make a return to such political persecution unpalatable for all but the most debased public official.
 
Elizabeth Warren Urges Democrats to Champion Gun Control, Shut Down Debate
NEWS
Elizabeth Warren Urges Democrats to Champion Gun Control, Shut Down Debate
Just as many in the Democratic Party are seeking to moderate their message in order to once again compete as a national political party, some high-profile Democrats are urging the party to lurch further left with an even firmer embrace of gun control.

Trump - Week 30: Rebuilding America


Make America Great Again
 
TRUMP PENCE WEEKLY NEWSLETTER
8.19.17


CONDEMNING HATE

President Trump’s heart goes out to all those affected by the events in Charlottesville last weekend. The President condemns in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence. It has no place in America. No matter the color of our skin, we all live under the same laws, we all salute the same great flag, and we are all made by the same almighty God. We must love each other, show affection for each other, and unite together in condemnation of hatred, bigotry and violence. We must rediscover the bonds of love and loyalty that bring us together as Americans. Racism is evil. And those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs, including the KKK, neo Nazis, white supremacists and other hate groups that are repugnant to everything we hold dear as Americans.

EXPANDING APPRENTICESHIP AND WORKFORCE TRAINING PROGRAMS

President Trump held a workforce and apprenticeship discussion in New Jersey. Under this President, we began a historic initiative to expand apprenticeship and workforce training programs in all industries. But that was just the start, the administration is taking additional steps to expand apprenticeship programs, especially for women and minorities in STEM fields where these groups have been truly under-represented. In the past seven months, we've made enormous gains in getting Americans back to work. The stock market is at record highs. Unemployment is at a 16-year low, and manufacturers have never expressed more optimism about the future.

Make America Great Again

IMPROVING HEALTHCARE FOR OUR VETERANS

US Flag Retirement Ceremony - BSA Troop 41


Image from retireyouroldglory.com

Please join us for a Flag Retirement Ceremony at the South Fire District at 0800 Hours on August 26, 2017.

Eagle Scout Frank Perotti, BSA Troop 41, will be conducting the ceremony along with special guests from the Veterans Council, Local Veterans, Patriot Guard Riders and Members of BSA Troop 41.

All organizations are welcome to join us for this honorable event.

Light refreshments will be served following ceremony.
 
Contact for further information and confirmation of attendance:

Lt. Anthony R. Lancia, Jr.
445 Randolph Road
Middletown, CT 06457

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Black, Millennial, Female and… Conservative

Contributed by Theresa Tillett, Tillett4CT 

Antonia Okafor talks about being a Black, Millennial, Female who is CONSERVATIVE.

Her story is repeated across the country for minority men and women as more people question what they have been told over the years vs what they can see with their own eyes.

Have you started to question what you're being told?

Have you lost friends or fear losing friends if you speak about having conservative values?