Politics

Election Reflection: Branford Ponders the Future

by Sally E. Bahner | Nov 23, 2016 8:00 am

Sally E. Bahner Photo It’s no secret that Branford is a diverse community, economically and socially.

How the new Trump administration’s policies will play out among the town’s immigrants – some here legally, some not – remains to be seen. Most are going about their lives, working, shepherding their kids through school, and taking care of their homes.

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Dems Kennedy, Reed & Scanlon Sweep the Shoreline

by Diana Stricker & Sally E. Bahner | Nov 9, 2016 8:54 am

Mary Johnson Photo It was a good night for Democratic incumbents in Branford Tuesday as State Sen. Ted Kennedy Jr. and State Rep. Lonnie Reed both claimed victory.  State Rep. Sean Scanlon, D-Branford and Guilford, was running unopposed.

By contrast, the results of the contentious and unprecedented presidential race brought victory to Republican Donald Trump who becomes the nation’s 45th president in a stunning defeat of Democrat Hillary Clinton. Republicans kept control of the Congress as well.  Clinton carried Connecticut but Republicans made significant gains in the state senate and the house, the CT. Mirror reports. 

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TK2, Reed Win Easy Reelection

by Diana Stricker | Nov 8, 2016 10:05 pm

Marcia Chambers Photo Democratic incumbents State Sen. Ted Kennedy Jr., and state Rep.  Lonnie Reed swept to easy victories in Branford Tuesday night.
Kennedy took 27,774 votes by 9:15 pm to win his second term.  Republican challenger Bruce Wilson received 18,347 votes in his second challenge to Kennedy.  Some of the smaller districts were not in yet.

Reed received 6,147 votes to claim her fifth term. Her Republican challenger,  Chris Kelly, a political newcomer, got 4,594 votes.

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Strong Voter Turnout in Branford

by Diana Stricker, Sally E. Bahner & Marcia Chambers | Nov 8, 2016 3:20 pm

Mary Johnson Photo Longtime Branford election officials said they have never seen anything like it: hundreds of people lined up before the polls opened at 6 a.m., standing in line, eager to vote in an historic presidential election. 

“I did vote for Trump,” said 100-year-old Fidelo Secondino after he voted at the Community House in District 1 in Branford Tuesday. Whatever he is has to be better than Clinton.” He listed a litany of reasons he believes Hillary Clinton is unfit for president, going back to when her husband was governor of Arkansas.

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In Final Days, Candidates Push to Get Out the Vote

by marcia chambers | Nov 7, 2016 2:19 pm

William Mollow When Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-3rd) and U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal arrived at a Branford Democratic gathering at the Owenego Inn last night the room was abuzz with the news that FBI Director had cleared Hillary Clinton as a potential target of a renewed investigation in connection with a search of emails found on a Clinton top aide’s computer.

Echoing an onslaught of criticism Comey faced, knowing that his office was not supposed to announce or comment on any investigation in the days before a national election, DeLauro said he should not have “opened that door. Nevertheless, he has recanted tonight. I don’t know if there is time enough to go back to build up the momentum to build back a potentially Democratic House of Representatives.”

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“We Are Not a Banana Republic”

by marcia chambers | Nov 3, 2016 7:08 am | Comments (1)

Lucy Gellman Photo Ed Marcus understands politics like few others. As a savvy Democratic Party leader and then supporter for more than a half century, he thought he had seen it all.

Until this presidential campaign. Even Marcus he was taken aback when FBI Director James Comey pulled an October surprise last week, announcing speculation about additional Hillary Clinton emails found on a computer that did not belong to her.

Marcus was a former chairman of Democrat State Central Committee and a formidable State Senate majority leader in Connecticut. In 1968 he served as chairman of the Democratic rules committee for the national presidential convention held in Chicago. His close ally, the late John Bailey, was the Democratic national chairman that year. This was long before the Internet, smart phones, and tweets.

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Reed, Kelly Clash On Budget, Regionalism, Special Ed

by marcia chambers | Nov 1, 2016 6:48 am

Marcia Chambers Photo At a lively debate last week, Democratic State Rep. Lonnie Reed of Branford and her Republican opponent Chris Kelly made it clear that each has fundamentally different positions on the idea of towns sharing services, on how special education is funded and in playing the blame game. 

Reed, who is seeking her fifth term in office as state representative of the 102nd District, and Kelly, who is new to politics, squared off in an hour-long debate sponsored by the League of Women Voters.

Kelly, who arrived in Branford with his wife and daughter 16 months ago, is a first-time candidate for public office. The debate, the only one scheduled between the candidates, was held at Fire Headquarters and drew about 45 people.

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Branford Voter Registration Up by 10 Percent; Online Deadline Nov. 1

by Sally E. Bahner | Oct 27, 2016 7:31 am

With Permission “We always see an increase in voter registration during the Presidential election, even though municipal elections are important,” said Republican Registrar of Voters Marion Burkard less than two weeks before this year’s election.

The online, by mail or in-person deadline to register to vote in the Nov. 8 presidential election is this Monday, Nov. 1. This is the first presidential election year in which online registration is available.

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Kennedy, Wilson Differ On Tolls, Undecided On Right-To-Die

by marcia chambers | Oct 23, 2016 9:02 am | Comments (2)

Robert Rattner Photo Democratic State Sen. Ted Kennedy, Jr. and Republican businessman Bruce Wilson, Jr. engaged in a brisk and lively debate last week, agreeing with each other that the state’s education financing structure is broken and disagreeing on the use of tolls at the state’s borders. Each candidate agreed that any proposed right to-die legislation needs to be examined carefully.

A number of the questions raised dealt with seniors in part because their first debate was sponsored by the AARP and the League of Women Voters. (LWV).

About 200 people came out to hear the debate between the two candidates, who were back on stage for the first time since they debated in 2014 when they first ran against one another for what was then an open State Senate seat.  The debate was televised by BCTV.

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Wilson Makes Second Try for Kennedy Senate Seat

by Emily Patton | Oct 14, 2016 5:59 am

Emily Patton Photo Lured out of retirement by a mixture of boredom and curiosity, Bruce R. Wilson, Jr. arrived at New Haven’s H. Krevit and Co. in June 2015 on a rescue mission: the local manufacturing company was floundering in debt, and Wilson was tasked with keeping it afloat.

Having succeeded at the latter assignment—the company resurfaced from bankruptcy in the course of four months, adding 30 employees to its original roster of 40—Wilson set his sights on another project: the Connecticut State Senate.

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