Weston FORUM report here;  link to all questions here.

28th STATE SENATE DEBATE VIDEO ONLINE NOW!

A video of the debate can be watched via the links provided below.  The video is presented in two formats.  Windows Media Player format (.wmv) is recommended for Windows users, and is best viewed via Internet Explorer, which will automatically open Windows Media Player and begin playback without waiting for the entire file to download.  MP4 format (.mp4) is recommended for Apple users.  Depending on the software that is being used, playback may not begin until the entire file has downloaded, which may take several minutes or more depending on the speed of your Internet connection.

Windows Media Player format:
http://www.lwvweston.org/LWVDebate10-11-14.wmv  (1 hour 20 minutes 50 seconds; 476 megaBytes)

MP4 format:
http://www.lwvweston.org/LWVDebate10-11-14.mp4  (1 hour 20 minutes 50 seconds; 367 megaBytes)


THE DEBATE IN THE 28TH STATE SENATE DISTRICT
BEGAN WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY LEAGUE'S EDUCATION FUND CHAIR.
Weston Library Community Room, Saturday, October 11, 2014, after introductions by Paula Savignol (for the Steering Committee), thank-you to Voter Services effort.  Our Moderator Jean Rabinow, from the LWVCT Office, dealt with a technical-electrical malfunction as cool as a cucumber (cucumbers did figure in at least three questions later).  The questions here, in order in which they were asked.


THANK GOODNESS
The two candidates certainly showed their professionalism and great lungs - clear as a bell in the back of the room!


VIDEO AND AUDIO TAKEN IN BY THE LEAGUE CAMERA AND MICROPHONES WORKED GREAT! 
The internet version of this 90 minute debate is now available for your viewing pleasure - efforts will be made after the 3 day weekend to get Town TV channel 79 to broadcast it.


THE DEBATE BEGINS ON A HIGH NOTE, WITH APPLAUSE AND THANKS FOR PROVIDING THIS OPPORTUNITY FOR DEBATE, BY BOTH CANDIDATES
Thanks to the diligence of our Moderator Jean Rabinow, we have 18 or 19 questions in writing, which had rebuttals, double rebuttals...the video is ready, and you can see what the answers were!



In the spirit of regional cooperation, debate covered by reporter from the Easton paper!

Legislators spar for state Senate seat
By Tony Spinelli, Hersam Acorn Newspapers on October 15, 2014


From the start, it was clear the debate Saturday morning at the Weston Public Library between state Rep. Tony Hwang (R-134), and state Rep. Kim Fawcett (D-133), was not going to be the usual.

One of the large loudspeakers began burning shortly after the sound check and emitted puffs of smoke. No worries, some audience members said, the other loudspeaker is still functioning, and we will hear the debate through that. Then that speaker also began burning.

So Mr. Hwang and Ms. Fawcett had to rely on voice power, raising their tone to a level near to a heated argument, in order to be heard by the 60 people gathered in the library’s community room on a rainy morning.

In this race, there is no incumbent for a challenger to attack. Both Mr. Hwang and Ms. Fawcett are seasoned state representatives, running now for the 28th state Senate seat vacated by Republican John McKinney, who failed to capture the Republican primary in a bid for governor...

The Weston League of Women Voters sponsored the debate. Questions came from the crowd that attended. Questions included: What have you done to address commuter traffic on the railroad? Would you favor tolls on highways? How would you unburden school districts from unfunded mandates? Was raising the minimum wage good for Connecticut business? 

For the report in full:
  http://www.thewestonforum.com/22312/legislators-spar-for-state-senate-seat/



AS WE HAVE MENTIONED, THIS DEBATE WENT ON FOR 90 MINUTES...



Thanks to League members for all those extra things that made this morning special - flowers, just the right amount of cider and donut holes...dressed tables, and a bang up concept for the stage!!!



What have you done to address the problems of commuter traffic on the roads and rails?  What are your recommendations for the future?


Tolls?  A recent White House report declared that Connecticut's transportation infrastructure is among the nation's worst.  If elected, what will you do to fix the problem?


Please speak specifically about unfunded state mandates and how you will work to unburden the school districts from such constraints.


What is your position on Common Core?  Should the Legislature make any changes?


In a recent report one of the think-tanks concluded that the Administration in Hartford "creates a more hostile business climate, but then tries to compensate for the damage with tax incentives."  What kind of legislation would you promote to create a friendlier business climate, without tax give-aways?


Do you think that the decision to raise the minimum wage is good for business and why?



What is your view of the ballot question on amending the CT Constitution and what would you like to see the legislature take up if it passes?



You were both at the rally for Campaign Finance Reform at Weston Center earlier this year - so what do you think about CFR since both Gubernatorial campaigns benefit now?



Would you sign the pledge against further eroding Freedom of Information laws in Connecticut?  Should some recent changes be rolled back?


2011 LWV Police Commission debate
Early release program:  What are your thoughts on the early release program and how it relates to public safety?


Why would CT even consider taking fracking waste?  Do you favor extending CT's ban?



The State of CT uses "Roundup" on state roads.  What, if anything, should the legislature do about this toxic assault on our roads and our waters?  (Weston has almost ALL private wells.)


Connecticut has some of the wealthiest and some of the poorest residents in the country.  What do you think is working if anything to help address the disparity?  What can the Legislature do about this disparity in the future?


Do you believe that there is duplication of social services by state agencies?  Do you think the state should reduce costs/duplication by enabling the private sector to provide such services?



Car tax - is it too tied to the property tax?  Do you have any ideas for change?


Regional Government:  Why does a small state like Connecticut need 169 towns with local autonomy...or even "regional government" or COGs?


Property tax - regressive and local.  Is there a substitute and if so, what is it?


Now that we know that " Round-up" is present in young mothers' breast milk from genetically modified feeds - don't you think it's time to eliminate the trigger clauses on the GMO labeling law to enact the revision next year?

THEN THERE WERE BRIEF CLOSING STATEMENTS...AND THE LEAGUE THANKS BOTH CANDIDATES FOR THEIR EFFORTS OVER A 90 MINUTE DEBATE!


Rep. Tony Hwang, who had not won the Lincoln penny coin  toss, made his pitch!


Rep. Kim Fawcett, who had won the coin toss (a Lincoln penny borrowed from the person who asked question number 10 on "early release") got to go first...and last.



ANSWERS ON VIDEO...
(In both Windows Media Player and MP4 [Apple] versions)
VIDEO ONLINE NOW
A video of the debate can be watched via the links provided below.  The video is presented in two formats.  Windows Media Player format (.wmv) is recommended for Windows users, and is best viewed via Internet Explorer, which will automatically open Windows Media Player and begin playback without waiting for the entire file to download.  MP4 format (.mp4) is recommended for Apple users.  Depending on the software that is being used, playback may not begin until the entire file has downloaded, which may take several minutes or more depending on the speed of your Internet connection.

Windows Media Player format:
http://www.lwvweston.org/LWVDebate10-11-14.wmv  (1 hour 20 minutes 50 seconds; 476 megaBytes)

MP4 format:
http://www.lwvweston.org/LWVDebate10-11-14.mp4  (1 hour 20 minutes 50 seconds; 367 megaBytes)