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CT Dems statement on the passing of former Sen. Eileen Daily

CT Dems statement on the passing of former Sen. Eileen Daily

Hartford, Ct. – Connecticut Democratic Party Chair Nick Balletto and Vice Chair Nancy DiNardo released the following statements:

“Eileen Daily was a dedicated and passionate public servant – first in local office, then in the State Senate,” said Chairman Balletto. “She always stood by her principles and fought for her constituents, but she did it with grace and was widely respected on both sides of the aisle. Eileen embodied the best of the Democratic Party, and I send my condolences to her family and friends.”

“I knew Eileen for many years,” said Vice Chairwoman DiNardo. “Throughout her career in public service, she fought tenaciously for her community. And with that same vigor, she fought cancer heroically. But most importantly to me, she was always a good friend, and I will miss her.”

CT Dems statement on the 50th anniversary of Medicare

Hartford, Ct. – Connecticut Democratic Party Chairman Nick Balletto released the following statement.

“For 50 years, Medicare has allowed seniors to retire with dignity and receive the health care they need. I am proud that every member of our Democratic congressional delegation has fought tirelessly to preserve Medicare for current retirees and future generations. But make no mistake: Medicare is under attack from the Republican Party. Jeb Bush – a leading candidate for president – wants to ‘phase out’ Medicare. And he’s hardly alone. There is no doubt in my mind that each and every 2016 GOP presidential candidate would take proactive steps to dismantle Medicare.
“On the 50th anniversary of Medicare, it is more important than ever to strengthen this essential program. That’s why it’s critical that we elect a Democratic president, and re-elect Senator Blumenthal and our Democratic congressional delegation. The alternative could truly mean and end to Medicare as we know it.”

CT Dems Statement on Christie Fundraiser in New Haven

New Haven, Ct. –  New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is back on tour, leaving New Jersey for a fundraiser tonight in New Haven. The event, dubbed An evening of Cigars, Cocktails and Politics – which last year featured a protest from gun rights groups – is co-hosted by RNC member and State Rep. John Frey, perhaps signifying a rift within the Connecticut GOP.

“Another year, another mark of division within the Connecticut GOP ranks. Last year, it was a contest of which candidate could move furthest to the right. This year, the story is repeating itself in the GOP presidential primary. Let me be very clear: Every one of the Republican presidential candidates would favor the wealthiest individuals and corporations over the needs of working Connecticut families.

“Chris Christie’s tenure as Governor has been an unmitigated disaster. Under his watch, New Jersey’s credit rating has been downgraded a record nine times and serious questions remain about the Bridgegate scandal. New Jersey has had it with Chris Christie, where 69% of voters think he would be a bad president.

“In Connecticut, it should say enough that twice failed gubernatorial candidate Tom Foley – who is eyeing yet another run for Governor- is a high-profile Christie bundler. Their shared prioritization of corporations and the wealthiest Americans over the middle class rings hollow in Connecticut and won’t work in the rest of the country either.” – Connecticut Democratic Party spokesman Leigh Appleby

DSCC unanimously approves Connecticut Delegate Selection Plan

Hartford, Ct. – The Democratic State Central Committee (DSCC) today unanimously approved the Connecticut Delegate Selection Plan for the 2016 Democratic National Convention. DSCC Chairman Nick Balletto released the following statement:

“I am proud that we have approved a Delegate Selection Plan that ensures that our delegates to the Democratic National Convention will reflect the diverse makeup of our party and our state. The Connecticut Democratic Party is ready to work hard to ensure that the next President of the United States is a Democrat.”

Summary of Plan

Selection of Delegates and Alternates

Connecticut will use a proportional representation system based on the results of the Primary apportioning its delegates to the 2016 Democratic National Convention. The “first determining step” of Connecticut’s delegate selection process will occur on April 26, 2016, with a Primary.

Delegates and alternates will be selected as summarized on the following chart:

 

Type Delegates Alter­nates Date of Selection Selecting Body
Filing Requirements and Deadlines
District-Level
Delegates

District-Level Alternates

33 0 5/30/16

5/30/16

Selecting Body: Congressional District Level Presidential Preference Caucuses
Pledged district level delegate statement of candidacy by May 2, 2016
Unpledged Party Leader and Elected Official Delegates* 14 n/a n/a Automatic by virtue of respective public or Party office as provided in Rule 8.A. of the 2012 Delegate Selection Rules.
Pledged Party Leaders and Elected Officials (PLEOs) 7 ** 6/7/16 Selecting Body: The State Party Committee
Statement Candidacy forms by May 31, 2016
At-Large Delegates

At-Large Alternates

11 4 6/9/16

6/9/16

Selecting Body: The State Party Committee
Statement Candidacy forms by May 31, 2016
TOTAL Delegates and Alternates 65 4    

 

 

* Unpledged Party Leader and Elected Official (PLEO) delegates includes the following categories, if applicable, who legally reside in the state: the Democratic  National Committee Members, the Democratic President, the Democratic Vice  President, all Democratic members of the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate, the Democratic Governor, and any other Distinguished Party Leader as specified in Rule 9.A. of the 2016 Delegate Selection Rules. The exact number of Unpledged PLEO Delegates is subject to change due to possible deaths, resignations, elections or special elections.

 

** Pledged Party Leader and Elected Official (PLEO) alternates are selected with the At-Large alternates. [Applicable to most states.]

 

Selection of Standing Committee Members (For the Credentials, Platform and Rules Committees)

Standing committee members will be selected by the state’s National Convention delegates as summarized below:

Members Per Committee Total Members Selection Date Filing Requirements and Deadlines
2 6 6/14/16 Each Presidential candidate, or that candidate’s authorized representative, must submit to the State Democratic Chair, by May 31, 2012.

 

Selection of Delegation Chair and Convention Pages

The Delegation Chair will be selected by the National Convention Delegates on June 14, 2016.

2 Convention Pages will be selected by the State Democratic Chair on June 14, 2016.

 

Presidential Candidate Filing Deadline

 

Presidential candidates must certify the name of their authorized representative(s) to the State Democratic Chair by February 28, 2016. In accordance with Connecticut State Law, nationally recognized candidates for the Democratic nomination for President will be placed on the presidential preference primary ballot by the Secretary of State on February 12, 2016. Presidential candidate petition forms will be made available on February 12, 2016, to be picked up from the Office of the Secretary of the State, 30 Trinity St., Hartford, CT. Other prospective candidates for the presidential nomination may qualify for a place on the primary ballot by filing said petitions on or before March 4, 2016, signed by at least one percent of the enrolled Democratic electors in the State, or (Rule 11.B & 14.E)

 

Timetable

 

Date Activity
2015
March 1 Delegate Selection Affirmative Action Committee members are appointed by the State Chair. [Note: This appointment is required to be made by March 2, 2015.]
March 2 Delegate Selection Affirmative Action Committee members must be submitted to the Rules and Bylaws Committee including names, contact information and demographic data.
March 11 Affirmative Action Committee meets to draft proposed Delegate Selection and Affirmative Action Plans.
April 2 Proposed Delegate Selection and Affirmative Action Plans are tentatively approved for public comment by State Party Committee.
May 8 Public comments are solicited on the proposed Delegate Selection and Affirmative Action Plans. Press releases are mailed announcing the public comment period.
May 27 State Party Committee reviews public comments and adopts revised Delegate Selection and Affirmative Action Plans for submission to DNC Rules and Bylaws Committee. Press releases are mailed announcing the approval of the Plan.
June 10 Period for public comment on state Plan is concluded. Responses are compiled for review by the State Party Committee.
June 11 Delegate Selection and Affirmative Action Plans are forwarded to the DNC Rules and Bylaws Committee.
September 16 State Party begins implementation of the Affirmative Action Plan. Press kits, as described in the Affirmative Action Plan, are sent to all state media.
2016
January 1 Deadline for each announced presidential candidate to submit a statement specifying steps the candidate will take to encourage full participation in the delegate selection process. (Individuals who announce their candidacy after this date must provide this full participation statement to the State Party not later than 30 days after their announcement.)
February 1 Delegate and alternate candidates may obtain the statement of candidacy and pledge of support forms and filing instructions from State Party Committee Headquarters, in person, by mail, or from State Party’s web site at [www.ctdems.org]
February 12 Presidential candidate petition forms are available from the State Party Committee Headquarters.
February 28 Presidential candidate deadline for certifying the name(s) of their authorized representative(s) to the State Party.
March 4 Presidential candidate deadline for filing the petition of candidacy with the Secretary of State and a copy to the State Party.
April 28 Presidential preference primary.
May 2 District-level delegate and alternate deadline for filing the statement of candidacy and pledge of support forms with State Party.
May 9 State Party provides list of district-level delegate and alternate candidates to the respective Presidential candidates.
May 10 State Convention convenes. Election of DNC members, nomination of US Senate Candidate, other business.
May 12 Presidential candidates provide list of approved district-level delegate and alternate candidates to State Party.
May 30 Secretary of State certifies results of primary
May 31 Pledged PLEO and at-large delegate or alternate candidate deadline for filing the statement of candidacy and pledge of support forms with State Party. Presidential candidates submit lists of candidates for standing committee members to State Party
June 1 State Party provides list of PLEO and at-large delegate and alternate candidates to the respective Presidential candidates.
June 3 Presidential candidates provide approved list of pledged PLEO and at-large delegate or alternate candidates to State Party.
June 7 Pledged PLEO delegates selected. Following PLEO delegate selection, state chair provides list of candidates for at large delegates and alternates to presidential candidates. State Party Committee selects at-large delegates and alternates.
June 8 State Party certifies elected district-level delegates and alternates to the Secretary of the Democratic National Committee.
June 14 National Convention convenes. Delegates select National Convention Standing Committee Members and Delegation Chair. State Chair names convention pages.
June 17 State Chair certifies in writing to the Secretary of the DNC the State’s Delegation Chair, Convention Pages and Standing Committee Members.
June 22

 

State Party certifies in writing to the Secretary of the DNC the presidential preference of Pledged PLEOs and At-Large Delegates and Alternates.
June 23

 

State Party certifies in writing to the Secretary of the DNC the presidential preference (including uncommitted) of the state’s Unpledged Delegates.

 

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