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Kennedy: Connecticut’s Not D.C.

by marcia chambers | May 7, 2014 10:32 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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Pat Widlitz Says Farewell to the Legislature

by marcia chambers | Apr 3, 2014 12:52 pm | Comments (3)

With Permission Longtime state Rep. Pat Widlitz, the co-chair of the powerful House Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee, will be on the campaign trail this summer, she said yesterday—“but not for myself.”

Widlitz, a Democrat who represents the 98th Assembly District (Guilford and two sections of Branford), told the Eagle in an exclusive interview that she will not seek reelection this November. She will retire at the end of her current term on Dec. 31.

She has served 20 years as a state legislator. Before that she held local office as a Guilford selectwoman and as a member of the Board of Education.  She turns 69 in July.

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Senate Leader Stands Up For Freedom Of Information

by Mark Pazniokas | Mar 11, 2014 10:13 am

In testimony delivered in quick succession Monday to two legislative committees, Senate President Pro Tem Donald E. Williams Jr., D-Brooklyn, strongly condemned post-Newtown legislation that would restrict public access to 9-1-1 recordings, police photographs and names of witnesses in drug or violent crimes.

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“Non-Candidate” Malloy Previews Stump Speech

by marcia chambers | Mar 10, 2014 2:47 pm | Comments (5)

Bob Rattner Photo Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, the coy candidate-in waiting, left no doubt Sunday evening that he is running for election this year and offered a preview stump speech on issues on which he is considered vulnerable: the economy and handling of state finances. 

Malloy gave the preview at the New Haven home of U.S. Rosa DeLauro at what was billed as “the kick-off campaign” for Congressional and state office holders.  After DeLauro introduced him as a person “who has been making a difference in the lives of the people,” Malloy dived into the campaign pitch.

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Puppy Mill Fight Comes To Hartford

by marcia chambers | Dec 5, 2013 1:09 pm

Marcia Chambers Photo In the end, the core issue facing the pet industry is the care, quality and health of thousands of puppies shipped into the state and then sold to residents from one of the 16 commercial pet stores now operating in Connecticut. 

It is a big business. Leaders, lobbyists and employees in the commercial pet industry and animal advocates seeking a new business model for pet stores (sell dogs and cats from shelters and private breeders) came to Hartford yesterday to testify before a special legislative task force that will report its findings to the legislature next year. 

Possible legislation could restrict or ban the sale of commercially bred puppies and kittens in the state’s 16 pet stores. Branford’s All Pets Club is one of them. It has been the site of a number of protests over the sale of sick puppies. Click here for story.

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Panel Eyes Ban On Commercially-Bred Puppy Sales

by Grace Merritt/ CT Mirror | Sep 26, 2013 7:56 am

A new legislative task force on puppy mills decided Wednesday it will research and hold public hearings around the state on whether to ban the sale of commercially bred puppies in Connecticut pet shops.

During an organizational hearing at the state Capitol, the task force announced it would send a report by January in time for a legislative hearing on a bill in the coming session.

If the bill passes, Connecticut would be the first state to ban the sale of these dogs and cats in pet stores, though some cities, including Los Angeles, have passed similar bans.

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Mattress Recycle Bill Passes

by marcia chambers | May 7, 2013 5:18 am

File Photo A mattress recycling bill that is expected to become the model for laws across the nation was overwhelmingly approved by the state House of Representatives late Thursday, nearly a year after it was shelved because it wound up on the other side of midnight on the last day of a legislative session.

As fate would have it, Rep. Pat Widlitz (pictured), D-Guilford and Branford, the major sponsor of the bill, said waiting a year may well have been a blessing because the additional year gave legislators and industry officials time to formulate a plan that others states are likely to adopt. 

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Marcus Slips By—For Now

by marcia chambers | Mar 4, 2013 8:30 am | Comments (1)

Marcia Chambers Photo Will Attorney Shelley Marcus (pictured) be called as a witness in Branford’s malpractice case against the Marcus Law Firm, her law firm and the town’s former counsel? 

This was one of the many pointed questions posed by Republican state Rep. Rosa Rebimbas of Naugatuck as Marcus appeared before the legislature’s Judiciary Committee Friday to determine whether Marcus is qualified to be a Superior Court judge. 

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On Eve Of Hearings, Marcus Law Firm Makes A Filing

by marcia chambers | Feb 28, 2013 8:49 am

As former town counsel Shelley Marcus (pictured) prepares to address questions from the state legislature Friday on her fitness to be a state judge, her law firm has moved to try to end a contentious malpractice suit filed by the town of Branford against her law firm.

That suit was filed against the Marcus Law Firm in 2008. The firm has waited until now to file a motion to have the suit dismissed.

Governor Dannel P. Malloy recommended Shelley Marcus and 14 other nominees to positions on the state Superior Court bench late in January. All are expected to appear Friday in Hartford at a public confirmation hearing before the Judiciary Committee. The General Assembly must approve their judicial appointments. 

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In Branford, Malloy, Blumie Kick Off State Races

by marcia chambers | Aug 6, 2012 10:10 pm | Comments (4)

Marcia Chambers Photo Governor Dannel P. Malloy and U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal came to Branford Sunday to personally endorse and formally kick off the 2012 election campaigns of State Reps. Pat Widlitz and Lonnie Reed and State Sen. Ed Meyer. 

Speaking at a fundraiser on the porch of a private home on Linden Avenue, Malloy said of Meyer and Widlitz and Reed that “in the senator and these two reps you have fantastic people representing you in the legislature, the senate and house. Each one is unique, so very smart, and so very influential in different ways that I appreciate working with them every single day.”

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