by marcia chambers | Feb 7, 2017 8:27 am | Comments (2)
At a lively legislative breakfast Saturday lawmakers from both sides of the aisle agreed that a legacy of debt, along with diminished legislative control over the state’s budget, has created a major fiscal crisis that may well result in rising property taxes for Connecticut’s homeowners.
More than 50 people attended the annual League of Women Voters (LWV) breakfast at the Evergreen Woods retirement community in North Branford. There they listened and questioned the men and women who represent them in Hartford. Carol Reimers, president of the LWV of the East Shore, welcomed the group.
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by marcia chambers | Jan 31, 2017 8:07 pm
Ed Marcus, a man who has watched and waged political fights for a half century, has a prediction about all the controversies surrounding early actions by President Donald Trump: In the long run, the U.S. Constitution “will definitely hold, and in the short run, it will hold as well.”
Marcus, a former Connecticut state senator and Democratic Party chairman, made that prediction Tuesday during an appearance on WNHH radio’s “Legal Eagle” program.
Marcus, the founder of the Marcus Law Firm, arrived for the radio show about 12 hours after President Trump fired his acting attorney general, Sally Yates, after she refused to enforce his executive order that closed America’s borders for 90 days to those primarily from Muslim countries. Marcus agreed with critics who call some of his initial executive orders unconstitutional.
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by Sally E. Bahner | Jan 22, 2017 12:06 pm
They were sitting in their cars in the commuter lot at Cherry Hill Road in Branford in what for many would be the middle of the night. It was chilly and a light rain was falling.
They hoped they would make an impact in taking a bus to the nation’s capitol to attend the Women’s March. Little did they know they would be making history. As Gloria Steinem, honorary chairwoman of the march later told the demonstrators, “Sometimes we must put our bodies where our beliefs are.” Thousands of demonstrators from Connecticut attended the Washington, D.C. rally. Here is the CT Mirror’s report.
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by Sally E. Bahner | Jan 18, 2017 11:45 am | Comments (1)
“Women’s rights are human rights and human rights are women’s rights,” said Congressional Rep Rosa DeLauro, pictured, (D-3rd District) Tuesday at Kick-Off Rally in New Haven for Saturday’s Women’s March on Washington. Eighty buses are leaving from Connecticut on Saturday and a total of 1,100 buses will be heading to Washington.
To date, more than 600 “sister marches” are also planned across the country and around the world.
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by Sally E. Bahner | Nov 23, 2016 8:00 am
It’s no secret that Branford is a diverse community, economically and socially.
How the new Trump administration’s policies will play out among the town’s immigrants – some here legally, some not – remains to be seen. Most are going about their lives, working, shepherding their kids through school, and taking care of their homes.
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by Diana Stricker & Sally E. Bahner | Nov 9, 2016 8:54 am
It was a good night for Democratic incumbents in Branford Tuesday as State Sen. Ted Kennedy Jr. and State Rep. Lonnie Reed both claimed victory. State Rep. Sean Scanlon, D-Branford and Guilford, was running unopposed.
By contrast, the results of the contentious and unprecedented presidential race brought victory to Republican Donald Trump who becomes the nation’s 45th president in a stunning defeat of Democrat Hillary Clinton. Republicans kept control of the Congress as well. Clinton carried Connecticut but Republicans made significant gains in the state senate and the house, the CT. Mirror reports.
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by Diana Stricker | Nov 8, 2016 10:05 pm
Democratic incumbents State Sen. Ted Kennedy Jr., and state Rep. Lonnie Reed swept to easy victories in Branford Tuesday night.
Kennedy took 27,774 votes by 9:15 pm to win his second term. Republican challenger Bruce Wilson received 18,347 votes in his second challenge to Kennedy. Some of the smaller districts were not in yet.
Reed received 6,147 votes to claim her fifth term. Her Republican challenger, Chris Kelly, a political newcomer, got 4,594 votes.
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by Diana Stricker, Sally E. Bahner & Marcia Chambers | Nov 8, 2016 3:20 pm
Longtime Branford election officials said they have never seen anything like it: hundreds of people lined up before the polls opened at 6 a.m., standing in line, eager to vote in an historic presidential election.
“I did vote for Trump,” said 100-year-old Fidelo Secondino after he voted at the Community House in District 1 in Branford Tuesday. Whatever he is has to be better than Clinton.” He listed a litany of reasons he believes Hillary Clinton is unfit for president, going back to when her husband was governor of Arkansas.
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by marcia chambers | Nov 7, 2016 2:19 pm
When Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-3rd) and U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal arrived at a Branford Democratic gathering at the Owenego Inn last night the room was abuzz with the news that FBI Director had cleared Hillary Clinton as a potential target of a renewed investigation in connection with a search of emails found on a Clinton top aide’s computer.
Echoing an onslaught of criticism Comey faced, knowing that his office was not supposed to announce or comment on any investigation in the days before a national election, DeLauro said he should not have “opened that door. Nevertheless, he has recanted tonight. I don’t know if there is time enough to go back to build up the momentum to build back a potentially Democratic House of Representatives.”
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by marcia chambers | Nov 3, 2016 7:08 am | Comments (1)
Ed Marcus understands politics like few others. As a savvy Democratic Party leader and then supporter for more than a half century, he thought he had seen it all.
Until this presidential campaign. Even Marcus he was taken aback when FBI Director James Comey pulled an October surprise last week, announcing speculation about additional Hillary Clinton emails found on a computer that did not belong to her.
Marcus was a former chairman of Democrat State Central Committee and a formidable State Senate majority leader in Connecticut. In 1968 he served as chairman of the Democratic rules committee for the national presidential convention held in Chicago. His close ally, the late John Bailey, was the Democratic national chairman that year. This was long before the Internet, smart phones, and tweets.
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