Lonnie Reed, who has served as Branford’s State Representative for the 102nd District for the last decade, will not seek a sixth term in office in the November election.
During her tenure, she has been instrumental in bringing biotech businesses to Connecticut and Branford, in preserving Long Island Sound and in making energy cleaner for the environment. She has long promoted renewable energy and led the way for a new law to protect consumers from electric supplier gimmicks that spike prices. Most recently she helped obtain state funds for the costs of a renovated and expanded Walsh Intermediate School and for the Blackstone Memorial Library.
Connecticut’s top election official says the biggest repercussion from Russian hacking is the distrust it has created in the public’s perception of the election system.
“Educating the public is critically needed right now, about what’s going on with the voting system,” said Secretary of State Denise Merrill (pictured above). She was the keynote speaker during a forum Saturday sponsored by both the League of Women Voters of the East Shore, and Connecticut Shoreline Indivisible. The event was televised by Branford’s BCTV.
Christine Hunter Cohen, a Madison business owner and an education advocate from Guilford, wants to be the next 12th District Democratic senator, replacing Ted Kennedy Jr., who announced earlier this year he would not seek re-election.
Cohen, the owner of Cohen’s Bagel Company in Madison, lives in Guilford with her husband and three young children and serves on the Guilford Board of Education. In an interview, she said her experience as a small business owner and her commitment to public education are the driving forces in her decision to run for the senate seat.
“The state budget cuts have had immense impact,” she said in an interview. “And Connecticut needs to grow small businesses. We need to a take holistic approach to Connecticut, by looking at the whole set of issues rather than focusing on single issues. We need to look at transportation and we need to protect our environment. Let’s look at the whole picture and not departmentalize it. Let’s take a holistic approach.”
U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) told the junior class at Branford High yesterday that while some might say North Korea is the biggest threat to our country, he believes the biggest threat “we have is to the rule of law, to our civil rights. I think we are in greater danger than at any point in my lifetime of losing critical rights and liberties.”
Blumenthal was responding to a question from one of 200-plus students who turned out for a Town Hall meeting in the BHS auditorium. The Town Hall meeting, which Blumenthal helped to arrange, took about an hour. Afterwards he answered numerous questions from students individually. Some were concerned about safety at their school, which they said had improved. The event was live-streamed so that teachers and students in classes elsewhere in the building could watch it.
by Sally E. Bahner & Mary Johnson | Mar 26, 2018 8:11 am
From the stage, State Rep. Lonnie Reed of Branford took in the huge crowd at Saturday’s “March for Our Lives” on the Guilford green. She served as emcee for the event. “It looks like Woodstock,” she said.
“You all look beautiful!” Reed (pictured) declared.
Along the shoreline, the focus of the march was Guilford, where some 2,000 people packed the green for a day of powerful words and music that was as poignant as it was uplifting.
Guilford is becoming the shoreline nexus for the “March For Our Lives” event planned for Saturday, March 24, from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. It’s part of growing, worldwide effort, driven by social media, to call attention to the lives lost to gun violence and the need for stricter legislation. To date, more than 700 events are expected to take place.
Plans coalesced all over the country for marches in response to the shootings Feb. 14 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Guilford resident Frank Blackwell (top photo), a Guilford-based photographer, writer, and corporate filmmaker, began planning for the event immediately after the shooting.
“March For Our Lives” follows on the heels of the March 14 National School Walkout for Gun Control in which students all over the country and Washington, D.C., walked out of classes yesterday, calling for stronger gun control laws on the one-month anniversary of the Parkland shooting.
Saying his top priority must now be the fight to preserve the civil rights of the nation’s disabled, Democratic State Sen. Ted Kennedy, Jr., announced last night he will not seek a third term this year in the Connecticut State Senate.
Earlier this year Kennedy had been seen as a potential gubernatorial candidate until he withdrew his name from that pool, as well.
Kennedy, who lives in Branford with his wife, Kiki and their two children, is a disability survivor who lost his leg to bone cancer when he was 12. He was elected chairman of the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) in June. He has described his organization as the “foremost civil rights and public policy organization representing a whole cohort of people with disabilities across our country.”
Adrian H. Bonenberger (pictured), a former infantry officer deployed twice to Afghanistan, whose backers are strong believers in the liberal Working Families Party (WFP), plans to challenge incumbent state Rep Lonnie Reed (D-Branford) in the November election.
He informed Reed this morning that he plans to announce his candidacy for the Democratic nomination for Branford’s 102nd District tonight. “My platform is going to be on the left side of the political spectrum: higher taxes; legalization, regulation, and taxation of certain narcotics; a single-payer health care system similar to Europe’s; a reduction in military obligations overseas in those places we can afford to leave without causing damage; protection for workers’ rights; and an environment-first stance toward conservation as well as the energy industry,” he wrote in a note.
Whatever you care about, whatever your priorities are, there was a place for you at any of the hundreds of Women’s Marches across the state… and across the country. For the second year, millions of women gathered to voice their sentiments about the current political scene and to use their power at the polls.
The Eagle received comments and photos from marches in Hartford, East Haddam, and New York.
Rallies last year protested Donald Trump’s inauguration. This year, the agendas grew, reflecting participants’ outrage at events over the past year: the threat to DACA recipients and immigrants, and LGBQT rights; the rise of racism; concerns about health care. The importance of voting and the drive to encourage more women to run for political office were also key. The #MeToo and pro-choice movements were supported, as well as a ban on fracking and threats to the environment. Add to the mix, the government shutdown, which took place at midnight Saturday.
Democratic State Rep. Sean Scanlon, who represents Guilford and Stony Creek and Pine Orchard in Branford, announced yesterday that within nine days of announcing his re-election campaign he had raised the necessary funds to qualify for Connecticut’s Citizens Election Program.
He didn’t quite beat his previous records (in 2016 he reached his goal within one week and in 2014 in just four days) but nine days is nothing to sneeze at.