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State Rep. Pam Staneski, Orange Lawmakers Talk Legislative Session over Coffee

Posted on June 9, 2018 by jdooley


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ORANGE – House Republican Leader Themis Klarides (R-114) and State Reps. Charles Ferraro (R-117) and Pam Staneski (R-119) hosted a coffee hour on Friday, June 2nd at Chip’s Family Restaurant to have a casual conversation about the 2018 legislative session. The lawmakers discussed the bipartisan budget, reform for more efficient special needs treatment and addressed senior issues with representatives of AARP.  

The lawmakers encourage those who were unable to make it to visit cthousegop.com to find a copy of the 2018 Major Public Acts Report, which provides detailed analysis of bills passed during the session. 

 

 

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State Rep. Pam Staneski Op-ed: Benefits of the Electoral College

Posted on May 22, 2018 by jdooley


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This year the CT House of Representatives narrowly passed a resolution to join an interstate compact calling for the state’s electoral votes to go the presidential candidate who wins the national popular vote. This is terribly misguided.

The Electoral College (EC) is an elegant institution, chosen by the Founders for a number of important reasons. First, it places a layer of protection between an election and the installation of the president, preventing a truly unfit person from serving. Second, it recognizes the sovereignty of the states (we are The United States of America, not The United People of America!) and prevents small states from becoming insignificant in the electoral process. Without the EC, candidates would entirely abandon small states. California, Texas, and Florida have over 30% of the voting population but only 23% of the Electoral College.

Third, the Electoral College is what primarily preserves our strong two-party tradition, forcing national candidates to the center and requiring broad support to govern. Without the Electoral College we would have dozens of factious parties, leading to presidents without the consensus to lead, and unstable, revolving-door coalition governments. In a large and diverse nation such as ours, the EC prevents single-issue and geographical fragmentation, leading to more truly egalitarian election results, not less. Imagine if the “winner” of the election got 8% of the vote! In last year’s Dutch elections, 28 parties fielded candidates and this in a country of 17 million people!

Fourth, the Electoral College quarantines voting disputes. In 1960, Kennedy beat Nixon by less than one vote per precinct nationally, but the recount was confined to Illinois because of the Electoral College. Similarly, in 2000, the popular votes for Gore and Bush were very close, but the recount was confined to Florida. Without the Electoral College, such close elections could paralyze the government as lawsuits, challenges, and recounts in possibly thousands of jurisdictions turned the election into a nightmare, leaving us without a clear winner long afterwards.

The Electoral College has served us very well, with the overall popular vote winner differing from the Electoral College vote winner only 5 times in 57 elections, and each of those elections was essentially a toss-up. We should be leery of tinkering with the Electoral College.

As always, if you have any thoughts or concerns you’d like me to be aware of, please contact my office direct at 800-842-1423 or email Pam.Staneski@housegop.ct.gov.

Rep. Pam Staneski: New DMV Express Opening in Milford

Posted on May 17, 2018 by jdooley


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I have some good news for Milford residents and other area residents to share. 

In June, Nutmeg State Financial Credit Union and the CT DMV will be opening a DMV Express location at 977 Boston Post Road, which will be open six days a week, Monday through Saturday. 

From Monday through Friday, hours will be 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and on Saturdays 9 a.m. until noon. Nutmeg and the DMV Express will be sharing the space. 

This service is available to all CT drivers. License renewals will be able to be completed at the Nutmeg location. 

 This past session I proposed a bill to privatize the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) because as a state agency it was not meeting the needs of Connecticut residents. We can no longer tolerant a shortage of renewal locations, or long wait times for license renewal. 

Although my DMV privatize bill did not get a vote during the short legislative session, I am encouraged the DMV is looking for ways it can streamline services and moving to public -private partnerships because ultimately we need a system that works for the residents of Connecticut. 

As always, if you have any thoughts or concerns you’d like me to be aware of, please contact my office direct at 800-842-1423 or email Pam.Staneski@housegop.ct.gov. I encourage you to sign up for my e-newsletter so you can get updates and alerts emailed directly to your inbox, just go to my website www.repstaneski.com for news and commentary on the latest happenings in Orange and at the State Capitol.