Politics

Jamie Runs on His Record

by Diana Stricker | Oct 16, 2017 7:40 am

Diana Stricker Photo Editor’s Note: The Eagle recently interviewed the candidates for first selectman, Jamie Cosgrove, the current Republican first selectman, and Lynda Mollow, the Democratic nominee, for their views on a variety of subjects. We interviewed them separately and asked each the same set of questions. The Mollow interview will be published Tuesday. The election takes place Tuesday, Nov. 7.

First Selectman Jamie Cosgrove hopes his four-year record will resonate with voters when they go to the polls.

Cosgrove, 44, a Republican, is seeking his third two-year term, running again with incumbent Selectman Joe Higgins Jr., a retired New York City fire official.

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Challenges to the First Amendment in 2017

by Sally E. Bahner | Oct 13, 2017 9:41 am

Sally E, Bahner Photo The First Amendment is short, but powerful: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

The Shoreline League of Democratic Women (SLDW), whose membership extends from Branford to Old Lyme and north to Killingworth, hosted a forum at the Guilford Free Library this month that focused on three different aspects of the amendment.

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Rosa Takes On the Trump Administration

by Sally E. Bahner | Sep 27, 2017 7:32 am | Comments (3)

Sally E. Bahner Photo To a packed hall on Saturday at the First Congregational Church in Guilford, Congresswoman Rosa L. DeLauro (D-3rd Dist.) addressed the challenges of the Trump administration, 10 months after the presidential election.

Her appearance was part of the Fall Kick-Off Meeting of Connecticut Shoreline Indivisible (CTSI), one of many grassroots organizations that formed in response to the 2016 election using the Indivisible Guide as its action plan.

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Rep. Reed Goes Rogue

by marcia chambers | Sep 25, 2017 7:33 am | Comments (3)

The state Democratic leadership is incensed that Branford’s longtime state Rep. Lonnie Reed and four other House Dems voted to send a Republican version of a new state budget out of the House and to the office of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy. Three breakaway Senate Democrats also enabled the Republican version of the budget.

“Despite an abundance of bullying and threats, I refused to leave the Capitol at 5 a.m. without a budget,” Reed told the Eagle. And the Republican budget, she said, was the only option available. Plus it was much better for Branford than the failed Democratic amendment, she said. As it turned out the Democrats never got their amendments called in the Senate because they did not have the votes.

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Branford ECS Funding Climbs But Falls Short

by marcia chambers | Sep 13, 2017 8:38 am

The CT Mirror In his August state budget proposal, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy gave Branford zero ECS funding for its public schools. This month the governor changed that, giving the town in his latest budget proposal $1.639 million. That’s up over zero but down by $572,506 or 25.9 percent over the 2017 distribution of $2.211.8 million to the town’s school system.

Still, other towns fared worse. Guilford and Madison were still getting zero ECS funding from the state in the governor’s September redo. Click here to read an interactive CT Mirror story on the impact of Malloy’s latest budget proposal on the state’s towns and cities.

 

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Mollow & Ahern Seek Town’s Top Elected Posts

by marcia chambers | Jul 22, 2017 7:45 am

Marcia Chambers Photo Saying it was time for “new leadership” for Branford, Lynda Mollow, a member of the Representative Town Meeting (RTM), accepted the Democratic nomination for first selectwoman Thursday night. Incumbent selectman Jack Ahern was at her side as they both pledged to work for change in Branford.

“I believe it is time for new leadership in our town,” she told the caucus of about 125 people who gathered at the Canoe Brook Senior Center Thursday night. “In addition to new leadership we need someone at the helm with a new vision,” she said. Mollow, 49 and a nurse, has served on the RTM for the past two years.

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Cosgrove Seeks Third Term; Kraus Wins Tax Collector Nomination

by marcia chambers | Jul 20, 2017 7:45 am | Comments (1)

Marcia Chambers Photo First Selectman Jamie Cosgrove won the enthusiastic support of the Republican caucus Tuesday night, promising as he did four years ago to follow the words of his legendary grandfather, Dan, to “go do some good.”

In seeking his third two-year term in office in the November election, Cosgrove, 44, will be running with incumbent Republican selectman Joe Higgins, Jr., a retired New York City fire official. Cosgrove called Higgins, “my right hand man.”

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A Conversation in a Seaside Town about Tyranny

by marcia chambers | Jun 29, 2017 7:10 am | Comments (3)

Marcia Chambers PhotoIt is a Friday night in the upscale seaside town of Guilford; it is a warm evening, the kind of evening when the audience gathered to hear the speaker might be on their boats or going out to dinner or fixing a barbeque at the start of the weekend.

Instead some 150 people are at the Guilford Community Center where they await a talk by Timothy Snyder, the author of “On Tyranny,” a book he wrote after Donald Trump was elected president in 2016. Snyder teaches history at Yale University.

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Dominic Rapini Declares For U.S. Senate

by marcia chambers | Jun 20, 2017 1:34 pm | Comments (4)

Marcia Chambers Photo At 3 a.m. on Nov. 9, when it was clear Donald Trump had been elected president of the United States, Dominic Rapini, a Republican businessman like Trump, said to himself, “Maybe, just maybe, if he could do it, so can I.” 

From that point on, Rapini, a Trump supporter, started thinking seriously about running for public office.

Like Trump, Rapini, 56, has never before run for elected office. And like Trump he aimed high; in this case, running for the U.S. Senate from the state of Connecticut.

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