Thursday, August 13, 2009

Never Underestimate the American People

Made by an Alabama teen after his mother requested a commerical for the local Tax Day Tea Party. If a 16 year old kid gets it, why doesn't Congress?

"Never underestimate the power of a small group of people to change the world. It's the only thing that ever has."

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Young Republican National Federation Elects New Officers

Last week, 8 members of our organization attended the Young Republican National Convention in Indianapolis, IN.

All had a tremendous time, with the opportunity to meet YRs on the national level and be a part of the national process.

We would like to extend our congratulations to the new officers of the YRNF, all supported by the Connecticut delegation:

Chairman: Audra Shay (LA)
CO-Chairman: Lisa Stickan (OH)
Vice Chair at Large: Jason Weingartner (NY)
Secretary: Chelsea Chapman (TX)
Treasuer: Kelly Arnold (KS)
Auditor: Dennis Cook (IL)
Assistant Secretary: Daniel Kinnamon (IN)
Assistant Treasuer: Dr. Dana Gordon
Northeast Regional Vice Chair: Kerry Sullivan (ME)
NE Regional Directors: BJ Perry (NH) and Sammy Roth (DC)
State Chairman's Association Chair: Jenniffer Rodiriguez (CA)

There are plenty more regional officers across the country that we would like to congratulate, but would take too long to list all of them here. We are confident that each of them will bring the good work of the YRNF all across the country.

But perhaps more importantly, three of our own were honored at the convention:

Chairman Jerry Schwab was named as Chairman of the Site Selection Committee.

Secretary Elissa Voccola was appointed to the Campaign Committee.

Executive Director Chris Ford was elected as Northeast Regional Secretary and designated for appointment at the fall board meeting to the Constitution and By-Laws committe.

Please join me in congratulating all of our new officers and keep an eye out for an event we are currently planning for the beginning of August.

Monday, June 15, 2009

God Bless the Gazelles...and the little hippopotami

A brief delude into the maniacal jocularities of the Connecticut House Democratic Caucus, courtesy of House Rules. And we wonder why we don't have a budget...

Monday, June 1, 2009

CT Dems: Serving up Election Fraud on a Silver Platter

So while our state faces at least a $7 billion deficit (which still boggles my mind that you can't agree on a deficit number- never known a lot of nuances in math), the Democrats on the state Government Administration and Elections Committee offered a bill that would allow Election Day Registration in our state- and open the door to unprecedented election fraud.

With a significant number of Democrats crossing over from the dark side to support democracy, the House still managed to pass a bill that would allow people to register to vote and vote on the same day. No time to check if the person is already registered. No time to check whether or not the person is forging their documents. No way to know if a person voted by absentee ballot and is lying about not being registered. And ultimately- the votes are counted.

Above is a video of Rep. Sean Williams (R-68) speaking against the bill- and in favor of preserving our democratic values here in Connecticut.

Representative Williams page can be seen at

Video Credit to

Friday, May 15, 2009

Vote on National Popular Vote Passes Because it Failed

Oh how I love irony in Hartford. Really, I do. Which is a good thing, considering the tremendous amount of irony there is up there.

A bill recently came up in the State House of Representatives, which would enter Connecticut into an interstate compact to elect the President by National Popular Vote. Basically, if this was to become a compact with enough states, when Connecticut's elector's go to the Electoral College to cast their votes for President, they will not be casting their votes for the candidate who won the most votes in Connecticut. Rather, they will be voting for whomever got the most votes NATIONALLY.

So, in 2004, when Connecticut overwhelmingly voted for Sen. John Kerry, our electoral votes would have gone to President George Bush. Every single resident who voted for John Kerry would have their votes thrown out. As State Rep. David Labriola (R-Naugatuck) during his speech on the House floor, "How undemocratic is that?". As Rep. Labriola said, "It's really just sour grapes about the 2000 election."

But really, the fun part here is in the leadership of the Democratic caucus. When the machine was closed, the vote totals on the top of the machine read: Yea: 72. No:73. The Bill failed.

But did it? No.

Thanks to the brow beating of House Speaker (and former "Community Organizer"/Union Rep....hmm shocking) Chris Donovan and other leaders in the Democratic Caucus, which was called a conversation he wished others had heard by Deputy Speaker Robert Godfrey, Godfrey asked to have his vote changed to yes. Followed by Deputy Speaker Buddy Altobello, and Democratic veterans Peggy Sayers and Peter Tercyak.

Amid jeers and "boos" from colleagues, 4 Democratic leaders were allowed to change their vote on a bill that complained about an election where someone really won, but then lost.

A bill that's dead in the Senate. Certainly a veto by Governor Rell. And yet the Democratic leadership made sure it passed it the House. Surely, time would be much better spent whittling down an $8 billon deficit. But when that vote is over, who knows who will change their minds. With the Democratic leadership we have in Hartford, it is really a wonder anything gets done.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Competitve Markets hold Bipartisan Support in Hartford

Maybe Washington could learn a thing or two.

Energy Committee Ranking Member Sean Williams today joined with Sen. John Fonfara (D-1),the Connecticut Business and Industry Association (CBIA), the National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB) and residential consumers at a Hartford press conference opposing legislation seeking to re-regulate our state’s electricity market.

Representative Williams noted that more than 140,000 Connecticut rate-payers have signed up with competetive electricity suplliers, finding savings of more than 10% over the regulated utility rate. Williams and company stressed that customers wanted CHOICES when purchasing electricity, rather than state government deciding for them pointing to a stack of more than 800 consumer emails generated through the website

What does all this mean? Well it means that capitalism needs to remain alive and kicking here in Connecticut. It means that you know how to spend your money better than the government does. It means that we cannot allow the government to control our lives, even a miniscule amount more than they are now.

It means that market freedoms are essential freedoms- and when those disappear, so does the American dream.

In a time when the Beltway is tightening regulations that force consumers into government controlled entities, it is good to know that at least some sensible minds in Hartford are trying to protect the important choices of the residents of Connecticut.

Sean Williams website can be seen here.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Dodd's Donation Despair

Over the past month or so, we have seen reports that only FIVE individual donors from inside the state of Connecticut have thusfar donated to disparaged Senator Chris Dodd's reelection campaign. Well, harsh reality check- it's only four. A closer look at Dodd's quarterly report shows that one of the reported five is actually from Watertown, NY- not CT. Sorry Senator, 20% of your CT donor base just walked out the door with a New York driver's license.

As the race for the GOP nod heats up with former Congressman Rob Simmons and State Senator Sam Caligiuri already announced and former ambassador Tom Foley likely to enter the race, it will be an interesting battle to see who gets to take on the Dodd and remove him from Connecticut's eyes and disgrace.

Even some democrats are fed up with the Senator's shennanigans, as Roger Pierson appeared on Face the State this past sunday to discuss his possible primary challenge against Dodd.

Both Simmons and Caligiuri responded to Dodd's lack of donors through videos of their own, with Simmons calling five donors from CT to thank them for their contributions ( and Caligiuri with a trifle too long, but nonetheless effective, ad showing where all of Dodd's money is coming from- none from CT (

Here's an offer- Senator Dodd, I'll donate 200 dollars to help pay of your $180 grand in Presidential Campaign debt if you promise to move to your cottage in Ireland and never return again.