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The Specter Of Choate Haunts A Campaign Debate

by marcia chambers | Oct 15, 2014 2:08 pm | Comments (4)

Marcia Chambers Photo Choate Rosemary Hall, one of leading private prep schools in the nation, entered the shoreline’s hottest political race of the season Tuesday night—as an epithet.

Republican Bruce Wilson Jr., a retired businessman from Madison, mentioned the private school in a jab at his Democratic opponent, Ted Kennedy Jr., in a campaign debate at Guilford High School. The two candidates are competing for the open 12th State Senate District seat. The district includes the towns of Branford, Durham, Guilford, Killingworth, Madison and North Branford. The debate was moderated by WTNH News8 anchor Chris Velardi (pictured in top photo) and was sponsored by both the Shoreline and Madison Chambers of Commerce.

Education emerged in the debate as a key point of contention.

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Kennedy Accused Of Using “Pass-Through” To “Buy Election”

by marcia chambers | Oct 7, 2014 10:33 am | Comments (4)

The state’s Elections Enforcement Commission (SEEC) has been asked to investigate whether Ted Kennedy, Jr., violated election law when his family and colleagues donated roughly $40,000 to the Democrat State Central Committee, which in turn funneled a similar amount of funds back into Kennedy’s State Senate campaign for staff wages, the hiring of consultants and other costs.

The complaint was filed in Hartford yesterday by Tom Banisch, the Madison Republican Town Committee chairman and the campaign manager for Bruce H. Wilson, Jr., Kennedy’s Republican opponent in the State Senate race in the 12th District. The election will be held Nov. 4. 

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Connecticut’s Top Dems Visit Branford

by marcia chambers | Sep 16, 2014 1:27 pm

Marcia Chambers Photo Connecticut’s two U.S. senators are never far from this year’s state races.

Their message: Shoe leather works. Talking to neighbors works. Postcards work. Working hard is essential because the Republicans are going to outspend the Democrats in the 2014 election, they said. Today Democratic officials said GOP Super-Pacs are poised to spend millions on TV ads to try to defeat Democratic candidates across the state.

Sunday afternoon U.S. Sens. Dick Blumenthal and Chris Murphy made it to a Pine Orchard home with sweeping views of the Sound. They were joined by Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman and Secretary of State Denise Merrill. 

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Do You Want Early Voting? Voting By Mail? No-Excuse Absentee Ballot?

by marcia chambers | Sep 4, 2014 3:51 pm | Comments (2)

Bill O'Brien Photo Sasha Shpitalnik, a senior at Branford High School, says making voting easier for young people is essential since so many of them view voting as a hassle.

Carl Balestracci, a former Guilford first selectman, says providing seniors with transportation to the polls on a particular Tuesday in November is becoming a serious issue.

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Foley v. McKinney: Voters Decide Tuesday on Republican Candidate for Governor

by marcia chambers | Aug 11, 2014 8:21 am

The town’s seven voting districts will be open for voters tomorrow (Tuesday) as voters decide on the next Republican candidate for Governor, Lt. Governor and Comptroller. Either Tom Foley or John McKinney will emerge as the gubernatorial candidate to square off against Governor Dannel P. Malloy in the November election. The polls open at 6 a.m. and close at 8 p.m.

Registered Republicans will be able to vote in Tuesday’s primary. (There is no primary race for Democrats.) Unaffiliated and unregistered voters still have to time to vote in the primary if you do so by noon Monday at the town clerk’s office at Town Hall.  There are emergency absentee ballot applications on line for this primary. Click here for the emergency application, which may only be submitted within six days of the primary or the election. Click here for an absentee ballot application in English. Click here for an absentee ballot in Spanish. They will be counted as long as they are received by 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, August 12th, the time the polls close.

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McKinney Takes Campaign To Branford’s Small Business Owners

by marcia chambers | Aug 5, 2014 8:47 am

Marcia Chambers Photo With a week to go before the Republican primary for governor, state Senate leader John McKinney arrived in Branford yesterday to hear the issues facing local merchants and to promote tax relief for small business owners and their workers.

McKinney, 50, of Fairfield, is running for governor in an Aug. 12 Republican primary against endorsed candidate Tom Foley.

He arrived in town on a warm, sunny day and was met by Ray Ingraham, the chair of the Republican Town Committee. Ingraham said the RTC does not endorse candidates in a primary race because the RTC represents different views within the party. However, he noted that at the Republican convention in May, all 11 RTC delegates from Branford endorsed McKinney. McKinney, a member of the state Senate for 15 years, has been the minority leader for the past seven years.

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45 Student Interns Hit The Trail For Kennedy

by Emma Zehner | Jul 28, 2014 12:37 pm

Emma Zehner Photo Branford High School (BHS) senior Sasha Shpitalnik (pictured with Jared Carlson) is now working on her third political campaign. This one is unlike the others, she said.

In this campaign she is going door-to-door for Democrat Ted Kennedy Jr., who is seeking to become state senator from the 12th District. 

The biggest difference for her, she said: the flood of young people into the campaign.

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Hillary Loves “Hillary for Pres!” T-Shirt

by marcia chambers | Jul 21, 2014 6:03 am

Marcia Chambers Photo Lynn Wrzosek of Douglas, Mass. (at left in photo), and her niece Lisa Mayer of New Haven’s Morris Cove were beaming. They were standing in line near R.J. Julia’s Booksellers in Madison to meet Hillary Rodham Clinton—“the first woman president of the United States,” they predicted.

What those on line were buying was Clinton’s new book, Hard Choices, her inside account of her four years as secretary of state.  They were also buying what many said was an historic moment, a chance to shake her hand as she considers embarking on another campaign to become the country’s first female president.

Wrzosek came down from Douglas that morning. Many came from across Connecticut as well.

Wrzosek and Mayer arrived at 11:20 a.m., snapping up spots three and four for a book-signing event featuring Clinton, the former secretary of state, former U.S. senator from New York, and former first lady. “I am devoted to her,” Wrzosek said. “Wouldn’t it be amazing if in my lifetime we elected a black man and then a woman president?” She called Clinton “the best qualified candidate, and I adore that she’s going to be a grandmother. That’s going to change her life. Her qualifications are absolutely amazing.”

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Wilson, Kennedy Question Common Core

by marcia chambers | Jun 17, 2014 12:33 pm | Comments (2)

The national debate over Common Core has landed in the Shoreline race for the open 12th State Senate District seat, with Republican candidate Bruce H. Wilson, Jr. calling for the state to reconsider its plan to require all school districts to adopt new academic standards along with new standardized tests.

Wilson said he believes in having standards in place but not “a central standard that is non-negotiable.”

His opponent, Democratic candidate Ted Kennedy, Jr., too, called for caution on rolling out new standardized tests, saying his sense is that “it is too much, too fast.” Kennedy said he is in the process of talking to parents, teachers and boards of education in the district to get their points of view.

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Dems Cross-Endorse Incumbent Probate Judge

by marcia chambers | May 27, 2014 7:05 am | Comments (1)

Mary Johnson Photo Republican Probate Judge Frank Forgione, who oversees the Branford and North Branford probate courts, won Democratic cross-endorsement for reelection last week, a first for him, he said. He told the Eagle he was “incredibly grateful” to be endorsed by both parties for the November election. 

Forgione, 57 (pictured above), was cross-endorsed at a seven-minute Democratic convention held at Canoe Brook Senior Center. The Republicans endorsed him a few weeks back. While on occasion over his judicial career Forgione has run unopposed, this is the first time he has been cross-endorsed for election.  This means Judge Forgione will win a four-year term in office, because there are no other candidates.

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