Items tagged with Politics

League of Women Voters: Town Hall Debate

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The League of Women Voters moderates a debate by candidates for Board of Selectmen and Board of Finance. More information...

Community partners: The Westport Library & the Westport PTA Council

Candidates:

First Selectman

R

Jim Marpe

 

D

Melissa Kane

 

I

John Suggs

 

 

T.J. Elgin

 

 

 

Second Selectman

R

Jennifer Tooker

 

D

Robert T. Simmelkjaer

 

 

 

Board of Finance

R

Andrea Moore

 

R

Vik Mukatavaram

 

D

Lee Caney

 

D

Brian e. Stern

Westport Town Hall
Panel Discussions
Politics

League of Women Voters: Town Hall Debate

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The League of Women Voters moderates a debate by candidates for Planning & Zoning, Board of Education, Board of Assessment Appeals and Zoning Board of Appeals. More information...

Community partners: The Westport Library & the Westport PTA Council

Candidates:

Planning and Zoning

R

Jon Olefson

 

D

Michael A. Cammayer

 

D

Danielle Dobin

 

D

Greg Rutstein

Coalition for Westport

C

Jennifer Johnson

 

 

 

Board of Education

R

Karen Kleine

 

R

Jeannie Smith

 

D

Candice Savin

 

D

Elaine Whitney

 

 

 

Zoning Board of Appeals

R

Thomas B. Hood

 

D

Bernard Deverin

 

D

Victoria Gouletas

 

 

 

Board of Assessment Appeals

R

Joseph Sledge

 

D

Elaine Arnow

 

D

David Keisman

Westport Town Hall
Panel Discussions
Politics

Immigration: Current Policy and Law

June 14, 2017

Panelists Catalina Samper Horak, Executive Director of Building One Community, and lawyers Douglas R. Penn and Aleksandr ("Alex") Y. Troyb provided a real-world, down-to-earth summary of the current state of United States immigration law, what it means for documented and undocumented immigrants, and for our communities and country. Presented at the Westport Library on June 14, 2017. 

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Open Meeting: League of Women Voters Hosts 2017 CT General Assembly Session Recap

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Sen. Toni Boucher (R), Rep. Jonathan Steinberg (D), Rep. Gail Lavielle (R), and Sen. Tony Hwang (R) join in a community Q&A session, moderated by the Westport League of Women Voters.

The 2017 CT State legislative session just ended on June 7 without an agreement on the budget. How will the budget stalemate be resolved? What legislation was passed in 2017, and what are the key issues that remain unresolved?
 

McManus Room
Panel Discussions

The United States and the Mideast

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Amherst College Visiting Professor Steven Simon discusses the history of US involvement in the Middle East, as well as its status today. During the Cold War, the region was an arena for superpower competition; with the collapse of the Soviet Union, it was a stage for the exercise of unimpeded American power; with 9/11, it became the object for a vast U.S. experiment in political and social engineering, with the deployment of the largest-ever American troop presence in the Middle East, trillions spent and thousands killed or wounded. During Barack Obama’s presidency, the tide began to turn as Washington pivoted from the Middle East to Asia. The Trump administration hints that this retrenchment will be reversed, alliances reinvigorated, and American priorities respected. But is this possible? And if it is, at what cost and with what result?

Steven Simon is John J. McCloy ’16 Visiting Professor in History at Amherst College. He served at the White House on the National Security Council during the Clinton and Obama administrations and in a range of posts at the Department of State. In addition, he has been Goldman Sachs & Co. Visiting Professor at Princeton University, Hasib Sabbagh Senior Fellow in Middle Eastern Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, University Fellow in History of Religion at Brown University, International Affairs Fellow at Oxford University, Bosch Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin, visiting lecturer at Dartmouth College, Executive Director of the International Institute for Strategic Studies in the US and Middle East, and senior analyst at the RAND Corporation. His first book, The Age of Sacred Terror, co-authored with Daniel Benjamin, won the Arthur C. Ross award for best book on international affairs. His new book, The Long Goodbye: The United States and the Middle East from Islamic Revolution to the Arab Spring, (Penguin /Random House), will be released in early 2019.

McManus Room
Talks & Readings

TEAM Westport Open Meeting: Community Conversation on Political Correctness

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How did civil discourse become associated with political correctness? What does it mean to be “politically correct” and why does it carry a negative connotation? Who decides what is hateful or unacceptable speech? TEAM Westport invites you to join the dialogue to continue the effort to foster understanding and greater trust regarding complex multicultural issues in our community. Reverend Alison Patton, pastor of Saugatuck Congregational Church, will moderate the discussion."

Community partners: TEAM Westport & The Westport Library

Large Reading Room
Talks & Readings

The Utopia Project Fair 2017

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Students from Coleytown and Bedford Middle School present their creative Utopia projects at the Westport Library.

The Utopia Projects asks the question: Can an ideal human society be designed? Students spent two months designing a unique and efficient ideal society and then select a geographic location (on Earth or on the Moon), begin researching the natural resources of their selected location, and consider how to design a society that would sustain a population of 5,000 diverse individuals.

They were provided a list of detailed challenges to address, such as: natural resources, architecture, food and agriculture, education, transportation, economy, government structure, and even waste management. The challenge is to not only develop this ideal community, but to also create a three-dimensional model that will explain one detailed part of this utopia. 

Maker Movement
All ages

The Inauguration of President Donald Trump

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View the inauguration of the 45th President of the United States. The swearing in is at noon, so stop by for light refreshments at 11 am and at noon, watch it on the big screen with your neighbors. 

McManus Room
Family
Politics

Final Presidential Debate Viewing

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Come to the airing of the final presidential debate between Democratic Party nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican Party nominee Donald Trump. Former news correspondent and author Eric Burns will moderate a community discussion afterwards. Light refreshments available before and during the debate, which is scheduled to run from 9 pm to 10:30 pm. NOTE: Doors will open at 8:45 pm due to a prior program with author Alex Prud'homme.

Community partner: The League of Women Voters of Westport

Eric Burns is a former correspondent for NBC News and the TODAY Show. For ten years he was the host of the top-rated “Fox News Watch,” and he has won an Emmy for media criticism. He is the author of The Golden Lad: The Haunting Story of Quentin and Theodore Roosevelt1920: The Year that Made the Decade Roar, Infamous Scribblers, The Spirits of America and The Smoke of the Gods, and the latter two were named “Best of the Best” by the American Library Association.

McManus Room
Talks & Readings
Politics

First Presidential Debate Viewing

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Come to the airing of the first presidential debate between Democratic Party nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican Party nominee Donald Trump. Former news correspondent and author Eric Burns will introduce the debate and moderate a community discussion afterwards. Light refreshments available before and during the debate, which is scheduled to run from 9 pm to 10:30 pm.

Community partner: The League of Women Voters of Westport

Eric Burns is a former correspondent for NBC News and the TODAY Show. For ten years he was the host of the top-rated “Fox News Watch,” and he has won an Emmy for media criticism. He is the author of The Golden Lad: The Haunting Story of Quentin and Theodore Roosevelt1920: The Year that Made the Decade Roar, Infamous Scribblers, The Spirits of America and The Smoke of the Gods, and the latter two were named “Best of the Best” by the American Library Association.

McManus Room
Talks & Readings
Politics