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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Mollow & Ahern Seek Top Town Democratic Slots

by marcia chambers | Jun 13, 2017 5:30 pm

Marcia Chambers Photo RTM member Lynda Mollow and Board of Selectmen member Jack Ahern (pictured) will seek the town’s top Democratic positons in the local Branford election this November.

Active and engaged in local education and economic issues, Mollow,49, said she grew concerned that residents did not have a voice in local issues shaping the town of Branford. She decided to run for a position on the Representative Town Meeting (RTM) in 2015 and won a seat representing the 7th District on the 30-member legislative board. All members of the RTM are up for re-election in November. 

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Wins, Losses and Bills Left for OT at the General Assembly

by CT Mirror Staff | Jun 8, 2017 11:17 am

CT. Mirror Photo The 2017 session of the Connecticut General Assembly ended at midnight Wednesday, leaving the usual list of wins, losses and unfinished business.

The biggest item left on the to-do list, of course, is the matter of a budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1.

Here’s a quick rundown of some of the bills that made it to the desk of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, are on hold until the budget is resolved or got sidetracked in the session that opened on Jan. 4 with a membership nearly evenly split between Democrats and Republicans.

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Ongoing Election Reflection: Teens’ Perspectives, Part 2

by Sally E. Bahner | May 10, 2017 8:50 am

Sally E. Bahner Photo The Eagle interviewed five Branford High School seniors, Spencer Mariotti, Jack Nelson, Hilliard Wolfe, Sean Williams, and Mauro Aceves, who shared their thoughts on the 2016 election and concerns moving forward.  Part 2.

Two of the five, Mariotti and Williams, were able to vote in the November election. But three others, who were not eligible to vote –  Wolfe, Nelson and Aceves – were articulate and have formed educated opinions about the outcome and the future.  Unfortunately, although we reached out to the teens in general, no young women were present due to scheduling conflicts. Click here to read Part 1.

All five are senior presidents of the 2017 Model Congress (there are 12 in all), in which students take on various political roles and debate other high school students from all over the country on topics related to democracy. Their advisor is James Petela, a social studies teacher.


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Ongoing Election Reflection: Teens’ Perspectives, Part 1

by Sally E. Bahner | May 9, 2017 7:32 am

This is the first of two parts of an interview with five Branford High School seniors, who shared their thoughts on the 2016 election and moving forward.

Sally E. Bahner Photo A conversation with several Branford High School teens about the 2016 election and events since then yielded some interesting perspectives… and surprises. In particular, there was Sean Williams, who voted for Donald Trump, but quickly experienced voter’s remorse, so much so that he will be interning for Democratic Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro this summer.

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Should the RTM Decide the Site of Parkside Village?

by marcia chambers | Apr 25, 2017 7:28 am

Marcia Chambers Photo A group of Democratic Representative Town Meeting (RTM) members rose as one at this month’s RTM meeting to denounce the make-up, legality and the reach of a special RTM sub-committee set up to decide if the Parkside Village affordable housing project will be built at the former site of the Branford Hills Elementary School (pictured above).

The uproar about the RTM sub-committee and its purpose came after RTM Moderator Dennis Flanagan (R-5th) appointed Ray Ingraham (R-5th), RTM Republican majority leader, as chair of the sub-committee. Both Ingraham and Flanagan represent the Fifth District where Parkside Village has been located since the 1970s. The 30-member RTM consists of 19 Republicans and 11 Democrats, representing seven districts.

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Sen.Chris Murphy Drops In on Local Biotech Firm

by Sally E. Bahner | Apr 24, 2017 8:37 am

Sally E. Bahner Photo Given its location along the I-95 corridor, proximity to outstanding universities, and abundant office space, Branford has become a magnet for the growing biotech industry.

Case in point is Mount Sinai Genomics Research Center, which moved three years ago into a facility previously occupied by 454 Life Sciences and employs approximately 50 people.

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Rosa In Absentia

by Sally E. Bahner | Mar 27, 2017 8:30 am | Comments (2)

Sally E. Bahner Photo Rosa DeLauro (D-3rd District) was scheduled to appear at a “happy hour” at the Stony Creek Brewery on Friday. DeLauro didn’t make it, but the event was happy nonetheless since she was still in Washington, caught up in the aftermath of the Republicans’ version of the health care bill, which was pulled at the last minute; there were not enough votes to send the bill to the Senate, where it was sure to come under further fire.

DeLauro and other key Democrats had appeared at a press conference just an hour or so earlier with House minority leader Nancy Pelosi, who said, “Today is a great day for our country – a victory for the American people.”

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Election Reflection: White House Calls Out Malloy: Branford Responds

by Sally E. Bahner & Diana Stricker | Feb 27, 2017 9:33 am

Diana Stricker Photo Immigration took stage center in Branford and New Haven this past week after White House press secretary Sean Spicer criticized Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, saying Connecticut’s governor “chooses not to follow the duly-passed laws of this nation.”

The governor had issued a statement last week encouraging school and police officials throughout the state to have a plan in place in case the feds want their cooperation with deportation of illegal immigrants.  It turns out each chief had one in place before Malloy’s directive arrived.

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Legislators Confront Budget Crisis with Few Answers

by marcia chambers | Feb 7, 2017 9:27 am | Comments (2)

Marcia Chambers Photo At a lively legislative breakfast Saturday lawmakers from both sides of the aisle agreed that a legacy of debt, along with diminished legislative control over the state’s budget, has created a major fiscal crisis that may well result in rising property taxes for Connecticut’s homeowners. 

More than 50 people attended the annual League of Women Voters (LWV) breakfast at the Evergreen Woods retirement community in North Branford. There they listened and questioned the men and women who represent them in Hartford. Carol Reimers, president of the LWV of the East Shore, welcomed the group.

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