Presidential Campaign

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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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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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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Klau: Lawyers Should Take Rare Stand Vs. Trump

by marcia chambers | Sep 22, 2016 2:45 pm | Comments (12)

File Photo When a bar association wants to take a stand against proposed legislation it opposes, it files a friend-of-the court brief. In so doing it takes a position on an issue.

It hasn’t done that in presidential campaigns. A prominent First Amendment lawyer is arguing that for the first time, the state’s bar needs to do so— because of an extraordinary threat to democracy.

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Lt. Guv Wyman Dishes On State and National Politics

by Emily Patton | Jun 21, 2016 6:59 am | Comments (1)

Sally E. Bahner Photo Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman stopped by the Branford Festival Saturday afternoon to lend her support for fellow state Democrats seeking re-election in November, to pose for photographs with them and to say hello to voters.

The Eagle caught up with her for an interview after she stopped by the Democratic Town Committee’s tent. There, she shared her opinions on the upcoming local and national elections, and the role she expects her party to play.

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Branford: Bernie Berns, Trump Triumphant

by Sally E. Bahner | Apr 27, 2016 12:40 pm

File Photo Democrat Bernie Sanders may have lost Connecticut to Hillary Clinton, but he won in Branford yesterday, possibly fueled by a high turnout of young voters, and a high turnout in general, averaging around 50 percent across the seven election districts.

As expected, Donald Trump carried all seven districts on the Republican side, as well as all the states holding primaries Tuesday.

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Presidential Primary Day in Branford

by Marcia Chambers & Sally E. Bahner | Apr 26, 2016 5:59 am

UPDATE—Democrat Registrar of Voters Dan Hally predicted this afternoon that turnout for the Branford Presidential primary would be 45 to 50 percent.

As of around 3 p.m., he said 31.9 percent of eligible voters had cast their ballots, “a good number,” he said, especially given a windy, rainy day. That translates into 3,106 out of 9,700 Branford voters.

Hally said that District 2 had the highest percentage of voters – 35.6 percent; that’s 371 out of 1,043. District 5 had the highest number overall at 561.

“There’s a lot of passion this year,” he said. “We want an 85 to 95 percent turnout!”

Connecticut is one of five Northeast states holding primaries today and turnout is expected to be higher than in past presidential primaries. In 2012, there was a Republican primary, but no Democratic primary because President Barak Obama was running for re-election.

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