by marcia chambers | May 24, 2016 6:59 am | Comments (2)
State Rep. Lonnie Reed (D-Branford) kicked off her 2016 election campaign last week, saying it was time to “re-imagine Connecticut,” to bring back the economy, and to build on the town’s bio-tech, medical and manufacturing sectors to help lead the way.
She described the difficult last days of the legislative session and the serious cuts to the state budget “because the money is just not coming in. ...It is never going to rain money the way it was when we were living in the bubble like everybody else.”
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by Sally E. Bahner | Apr 27, 2016 1:40 pm
Democrat Bernie Sanders may have lost Connecticut to Hillary Clinton, but he won in Branford yesterday, possibly fueled by a high turnout of young voters, and a high turnout in general, averaging around 50 percent across the seven election districts.
As expected, Donald Trump carried all seven districts on the Republican side, as well as all the states holding primaries Tuesday.
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by Marcia Chambers & Sally E. Bahner | Apr 26, 2016 6:59 am
UPDATE—Democrat Registrar of Voters Dan Hally predicted this afternoon that turnout for the Branford Presidential primary would be 45 to 50 percent.
As of around 3 p.m., he said 31.9 percent of eligible voters had cast their ballots, “a good number,” he said, especially given a windy, rainy day. That translates into 3,106 out of 9,700 Branford voters.
Hally said that District 2 had the highest percentage of voters – 35.6 percent; that’s 371 out of 1,043. District 5 had the highest number overall at 561.
“There’s a lot of passion this year,” he said. “We want an 85 to 95 percent turnout!”
Connecticut is one of five Northeast states holding primaries today and turnout is expected to be higher than in past presidential primaries. In 2012, there was a Republican primary, but no Democratic primary because President Barak Obama was running for re-election.
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by marcia chambers | Apr 6, 2016 2:19 pm | Comments (1)
Ted Kennedy Jr., (D-Branford) made it official today, filing candidate papers with the State Elections Enforcement Commission (SEEC) seeking a second term in office as state senator of the 12th District.
In a formal announcement, Kennedy stated that he is “extraordinarily grateful to the residents of Branford,Guilford, Madison, North Branford, Durham and Killingworth,” the six towns that comprise the 12th District.
Kennedy told the Eagle in an interview today that he plans to seek public financing for his election campaign.
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by Diana Stricker | Apr 1, 2016 8:10 am | Comments (1)
Ray Ingraham, who chairs Branford’s Republican Town Committee (RTC), says it’s time to set his sights on the state legislature.
“It’s been a desire of mine for a while to seek a higher office,” Ingraham told the Eagle. He has been a member on the Representative Town Meeting (RTM) since 2011, and has served as Republican majority leader since 2013.
“It’s time to see what else I can do,” he said.
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by marcia chambers | Mar 23, 2016 9:59 am | Comments (2)
Ed Marcus has been a keen observer of all things political on the local, state and national level for many decades. Even so, he said, he has never seen anything quite like the run-up to the presidential election of 2016.
Continue reading ‘“Revenge Best Eaten Cold”’
by marcia chambers | Mar 14, 2016 11:58 am | Comments (1)
The woman who dreamed of becoming the governor of Connecticut got a chance to run for president – at least for an evening.
Continue reading ‘Bysie Plays Hill, & Elliott Plays Bernie’
by marcia chambers | Mar 9, 2016 1:03 pm
The Democratic Town Committee (DTC) formally elected a new set of leaders last week whose plan is to rejuvenate and rebuild the party with the goal of recapturing town government in 2017.
In the aftermath of a 2015 election slaughter, the entire executive board of the DTC, with the exception of Maggie Bruno, the DTC treasurer, officially resigned in November. Chris Sullivan was the former DTC Chair. Bruno is the only hold-over from Sullivan’s executive committee.
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by marcia chambers | Mar 8, 2016 11:22 am
State Representative Lonnie Reed (D-102) has met the qualifying number of small donations to participate in Connecticut’s Citizen Election Program, she announced today.
“In just under 90 days, we’ve reached our goal for fundraising,” she said. “I am so grateful to all of the small donors who supported me in this effort. I also welcome their ongoing input and advice, which helps me continue to tackle the very important and difficult work we have in this legislative session,” she said.
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by marcia chambers | Feb 3, 2016 8:30 am
Ted Kennedy Jr. plans to seek a second term as state senator of the 12th District, but has decided to formally announce his candidacy later on in the year.
Kennedy has served for one year. His second year, this one, is known as a short-session year, one that runs from February to May.
Wednesday is the “Opening Day” of the joint session of the Connecticut General Assembly’s 2016 legislative session. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy delivers his state of the state address at noon. It will be televised by CT-N.
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