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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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At Convention Kennedy Targets Purchases Of Medical Practices

by Marcia Chambers & Sally E. Bahner | May 21, 2014 12:34 pm | Comments (1)

Marcia Chambers Photo With hospitals gobbling up private medical practices, patients are stuck paying higher bills, a state Senate candidate proclaimed this week. He promised to do something about that if elected.

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GOP Slate Comes Together

by marcia chambers | May 15, 2014 3:02 pm

Marcia Chambers Photo Bruce H. Wilson, Jr., (pictured) a savvy businessman, Cindy Cartier, an attorney and a member of the Guilford Board of Selectmen, and Paul Cianci, a civil engineer, are off and running for state Senate and House of Representatives seats in the Branford area.

Two out of three of Branford’s long-serving incumbents, both Democrats, decided to retire this year, giving both parties new opportunities in the 2014 election year.  State Sen. Ed Meyer, who served for a decade, and State Rep. Pat Widlitz, who served for two decades, announced their retirements this spring.  Both live in Guilford. 

The 12th district is made up of six towns: Branford, Durham, Guilford, Killingworth, Madison and North Branford. The Republicans from these towns are holding their conventions this week. Democrats from these towns will hold their conventions next week.

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Businessman, Mountain Biker Seeks Republican Nomination For State Senate

by marcia chambers | May 9, 2014 8:41 am | Comments (1)

With Permission Bruce H. Wilson, Jr. likes to ride up mountains. Now he is climbing a political mountain.

Wilson stood in front of Madison Memorial Town Hall yesterday to say he will seek the Republican nomination for state Senate in the 12th District against a household name who instantly received statewide attention simply by running for office.

And with that announcement, Ted Kennedy, Jr., a lawyer and a businessman as well, who is expected to be endorsed for state senate on the Democratic side, had an opponent. Click here to read about Kennedy. 

Wilson then went on to explain to a small crowd of legislators, friends and family “how I find myself in front of you now.”

His interest in public life began a few years ago, he said, when he decided it was time to give back to the community “where I have spent most of my life.”

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Kennedy: Connecticut’s Not D.C.

by marcia chambers | May 7, 2014 11:32 am

Marcia Chambers Photo One month ago Ted Kennedy, Jr., officially announced it was time for him to become the next Kennedy to seek public office, specifically the Democratic candidate for state senator from Connecticut’s 12th District. Since then he has explored the six towns that make up the district, towns “with their own history, their own culture, their own philosophies,” he said.

He described his hectic plunge into the unique and very different worlds of Branford, Guilford, North Branford, Madison, Durham and Killingworth, when he made an appearance before the Branford Democratic Town Committee, (DTC) last week.

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Board and Commission Appointments Face Change

by Diana Stricker & Marcia Chambers | Apr 17, 2014 11:03 pm | Comments (1)

File Photo Efforts are underway to change the process of how people are appointed to boards and commissions in Branford. This comes at the same time that new commissions are being created—including the potentially powerful Public Building Commission. 

The three-member Board of Selectmen (BOS) makes appointments, typically following recommendations by the town’s political parties. However, volunteers have always been able to go directly to the selectmen rather than the parties, or the selectmen can hand-pick candidates. The three- member board is pictured above. 

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Ted Kennedy, Jr. Launches Political Career

by marcia chambers | Apr 9, 2014 7:52 am | Comments (2)

Lori Mack Photo Saying he was proud of his family’s legacy of “standing up for working families, for social justice , for political and economic fairness,” Ted Kennedy, Jr. last night announced he would continue their work by seeking to become a state senator. 

Kennedy, 52, said over the next several months he intends to “hold a conversation” with the voters of the six towns that form the 12th State Senate District in order to hear their views and needs. He said he wants to listen and to learn even as he outlined a number of ideas to take to Hartford. He told the audience he would legislate by consensus, a belief his father, the late U.S. Senator Edward Kennedy, believed in.

More than 200 people filled the grand auditorium of the Blackstone Memorial Library, where it was standing room only for the long-awaited announcement from the Connecticut heir to the Kennedy dynasty.  At 6:30 p.m. he formally announced his candidacy. The crowd stood, applauding and shouting and whistling loudly as a new Kennedy emerged on Connecticut’s political stage.

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Ted Kennedy, Jr., Takes Political Plunge

by marcia chambers | Apr 7, 2014 11:17 am | Comments (1)

Thomas MacMillan Photo In what is the worst-kept secret in the state, Edward M. “Ted” Kennedy, Jr., will announce tomorrow night that he will seek the open 12th State Senate District seat, according to associates.

As the Eagle reported two weeks ago, Kennedy is gearing up to run for the office in a district that oversees six towns, including Branford, where he and his family reside. The other towns are Guilford, Madison, North Branford, Killingworth and a section of Durham. Five of the six towns, including Branford, are led by Republican first selectmen.  Killingworth’s first selectwoman, Catherine Iino, is a Democrat. 

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