Shoreline Organizes for “March For Our Lives”

by Sally E. Bahner | Mar 15, 2018 7:33 am | Comments (1)

With PermissionGuilford is becoming the shoreline nexus for the “March For Our Lives” event planned for Saturday, March 24, from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. It’s part of growing, worldwide effort, driven by social media, to call attention to the lives lost to gun violence and the need for stricter legislation. To date, more than 700 events are expected to take place.

Plans coalesced all over the country for marches in response to the shootings Feb. 14 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Guilford resident Frank Blackwell (top photo), a Guilford-based photographer, writer, and corporate filmmaker, began planning for the event immediately after the shooting.

“March For Our Lives” follows on the heels of the March 14 National School Walkout for Gun Control in which students all over the country and Washington, D.C., walked out of classes yesterday, calling for stronger gun control laws on the one-month anniversary of the Parkland shooting.



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Kennedy Won’t Seek Re-Election; To Focus on Disability Rights

by marcia chambers | Feb 28, 2018 10:28 pm | Comments (1)

File PhotoSaying his top priority must now be the fight to preserve the civil rights of the nation’s disabled, Democratic State Sen. Ted Kennedy, Jr., announced last night he will not seek a third term this year in the Connecticut State Senate.

Earlier this year Kennedy had been seen as a potential gubernatorial candidate until he withdrew his name from that pool, as well.

Kennedy, who lives in Branford with his wife, Kiki and their two children, is a disability survivor who lost his leg to bone cancer when he was 12. He was elected chairman of the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) in June.  He has described his organization as the “foremost civil rights and public policy organization representing a whole cohort of people with disabilities across our country.” 

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Infantry Officer-Journalist Challenges State Rep. Lonnie Reed

by marcia chambers | Feb 26, 2018 1:51 pm | Comments (2)

Adrian H. Bonenberger (pictured), a former infantry officer deployed twice to Afghanistan, whose backers are strong believers in the liberal Working Families Party (WFP), plans to challenge incumbent state Rep Lonnie Reed (D-Branford) in the November election. 

He informed Reed this morning that he plans to announce his candidacy for the Democratic nomination for Branford’s 102nd District tonight. “My platform is going to be on the left side of the political spectrum: higher taxes; legalization, regulation, and taxation of certain narcotics; a single-payer health care system similar to Europe’s; a reduction in military obligations overseas in those places we can afford to leave without causing damage; protection for workers’ rights; and an environment-first stance toward conservation as well as the energy industry,”  he wrote in a note.

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Women’s Marches: Power to the Polls

by Sally E. Bahner | Jan 24, 2018 9:32 am | Comments (1)

With PermissionWhatever you care about, whatever your priorities are, there was a place for you at any of the hundreds of Women’s Marches across the state… and across the country. For the second year, millions of women gathered to voice their sentiments about the current political scene and to use their power at the polls. 

The Eagle received comments and photos from marches in Hartford, East Haddam, and New York. 

Rallies last year protested Donald Trump’s inauguration. This year, the agendas grew, reflecting participants’ outrage at events over the past year: the threat to DACA recipients and immigrants, and LGBQT rights; the rise of racism; concerns about health care. The importance of voting and the drive to encourage more women to run for political office were also key. The #MeToo and pro-choice movements were supported, as well as a ban on fracking and threats to the environment. Add to the mix, the government shutdown, which took place at midnight Saturday.

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Scanlon Quickly Qualifies for Campaign Public Financing

by marcia chambers | Jan 20, 2018 9:19 am

Democratic State Rep. Sean Scanlon, who represents Guilford and Stony Creek and Pine Orchard in Branford, announced yesterday that within nine days of announcing his re-election campaign he had raised the necessary funds to qualify for Connecticut’s Citizens Election Program.

He didn’t quite beat his previous records (in 2016 he reached his goal within one week and in 2014 in just four days) but nine days is nothing to sneeze at.

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Buchanan “Wins” RTM Seat

by marcia chambers | Nov 15, 2017 9:36 am

(L-R): Jessica Buchanan and Michele Semper.One of two Democratic candidates for the Representative Town Meeting (RTM)  who tied for a seat following an official recount Saturday has decided to withdraw from the First District race. The First District is located in the heart of town.

Michele Sember, who tied for the RTM seat, decided to withdraw in favor of Jessica Buchanan. Both women had discussed a course of action during the recount and after being given several options. Initially Sember suggested they share the seat but that was not possible under current law. The RTM, the town’s legislative body, has 30 members representing seven election districts. 

In the end it apparently seemed better to take charge of the situation as opposed to leaving it to a coin toss, especially after a long campaign.

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Tie Vote Emerges for District 1 RTM Seat

by marcia chambers | Nov 11, 2017 4:58 pm

Marcia Chambers PhotoAn election recount today between two first-time candidates for the RTM in the First District was a stunner with each emerging the winner.The first district is located in heart of town. 

Michele Sember and Jessica Buchanan, both Democrats, were within one vote of each other (Buchanan at 572 and Sember at 571) when they arrived at the Registrar of Voters Office today at 9 a.m.

Marcia Chambers PhotoFour hours later, when John Mooney (L-seated), the head election moderator, announced the outcome, their one vote difference became a tie vote with each arriving at 573 votes. Sember went up two votes; Buchanan went up one. 

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Cosgrove Sweeps Branford

by Sally E. Bahner, Diana Stricker & Marcia Chambers | Nov 8, 2017 8:38 am

Mary Johnson Photo—UPDATE—Despite Democratic hopes of a “Trump effect” voter backlash in 2017, Republican First Selectman Jamie Cosgrove sailed to a reelection victory in Branford Tuesday, winning six of the seven voting districts against Democratic challenger Lynda Mollow. He took 60 percent of the vote. The Republicans kept a strong majority on the Representative Town Meeting (RTM) as well. But the Dems took the competitive Tax Collector’s race. 

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Steady Voter Turnout in Branford

by Sally E. Bahner | Nov 7, 2017 4:59 pm

Marcia Chambers PhotoThe political climate has changed significantly over the last year. So how are Branford residents responding?

Voters took to the polls this morning under sunny, crisp skies as they cast their vote for the town’s next first selectman, other top town posts and the next Representative Town Meeting, the town’s legislative body. Voting was described as steady throughout the morning. Polls remain open until 8 p.m.

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