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Harding’s Sheena Graham Shines As Connecticut’s Teacher Of Year

October 16th, 2018 · 5 Comments · Education, News and Events, Uncategorized

Sheena Graham, center with students, Education Commissioner Dianna Wentzell and Governor Malloy.

Sheena Graham, center, with music students, Education Commissioner Dianna Wentzell and Governor Malloy.

Resilient, resourceful, creative, Harding High School’s Sheena Graham on Tuesday was named Connecticut’s 2019 Teacher of the Year. News release from Governor Dan Malloy:

Governor Dannel P. Malloy and State Department of Education Commissioner Dianna R. Wentzell today announced that Mrs. Sheena Graham, a performing arts and choir teacher at Bridgeport’s Warren Harding High School, has been selected as Connecticut’s 2019 Teacher of the Year – the state’s highest recognition in honoring extraordinary teachers.  State and local officials surprised Mrs. Graham at her school this morning to deliver the good news in person.

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In Attorney General Race It’s The Trump Sycophant Versus Malloy’s Boy

October 16th, 2018 · 3 Comments · State Politics

The race for Connecticut attorney general could be dubbed the Hatfields versus Malloys. Sue Hatfield, a Donald Trump supporter, is a state prosecutor. State Rep. William Tong, a backer of outgoing Governor Dan Malloy, is co-chair of the Judiciary Committee. The opponents are marrying the two most unpopular pols in Connecticut to each other. In television spots Hatfield burnishes her crimefighting credentials and how she’ll take out bad guys, even though the Connecticut attorney general, the state’s chief civil lawyer, has no criminal oversight. Tong’s barbing Hatfield’s embrace of Trump’s immigration policies. The attorney general seat is open because George Jepsen eschewed reelection. Richard Blumenthal and Joe Lieberman had the job prior to Jepsen. Check out the videos. [Read more →]

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Deecken: Empower Voters With Ballot Initiatives

October 16th, 2018 · 5 Comments · State Politics, Uncategorized

Rich Deecken

Rich Deecken

Declaring “lawmakers are notoriously bad at regulating their own behavior when it comes to conflicts of interest and ethics,” Republican candidate for State Senate Rich Deecken, a Bassick High School teacher, maintains ballot initiatives in Connecticut would provide checks on special interests and government monopolies. Deecken is challenging Democratic incumbent Marilyn Moore in the city-suburban 22nd District. [Read more →]

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Attention Voters: Two State Questions On November Ballot

October 15th, 2018 · 2 Comments · City Politics, News and Events, State Politics

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Sample ballot of voters in the 130th State Assembly District.

So often general election voters are handed a ballot and then eyes glaze over the befuddling questions before them with little advance explanation. Spoiler alert: the Nov. 6 ballot includes two questions pertaining to Connecticut’s Special Transportation Fund and the disposition of state property. For explanation on these questions see here.
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Lamont, Bysiewicz Pitch Health Plan

October 15th, 2018 · 4 Comments · News and Events, State Politics

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Mayor Joe Ganim joined U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal and Ned Lamont at forum in Bridgeport.

Mayor Joe Ganim on Monday joined U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal and Ned Lamont and Susan Bysiewicz, Democratic nominees for governor and lieutenant governor, at a round-table discussion on health care at the Southwest Community Health Center in Bridgeport. Lamont and Bysiewicz also unveiled their plan calling for affordable health care for all Connecticut residents.
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Moore’s Message: Take Nothing For Granted, Women’s Rights On The Line

October 14th, 2018 · 7 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, News and Events, State Politics

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Ned Lamont addresses canvassers in Bridgeport on Saturday with Marilyn Moore looking on.

Ned Lamont spent Saturday morning in Bridgeport schmoozing city ministers for support, rallying campaign canvassers to churn out a vote and heralding his friend Marilyn Moore’s return to the State Senate currently locked in an 18 tie among Democrats and Republicans with control of the upper chamber as well as an open seat for governor on the line Nov. 6. Lamont and Moore have built a political alliance strong enough that the Democratic nominee for governor asked her to join his ticket before working out a lieutenant governor partnership with former foe Susan Bysiewicz. Moore faces a contested race from Republican Rich Deecken, a Bassick High School teacher, in the multi-town district. She urged canvassers to take nothing for granted given the capricious political environment.
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For CT Republicans It’s Taxes, Not Trump

October 14th, 2018 · 8 Comments · News and Events, State Politics

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Bob Stefanowski addresses a unity rally. Behind him are Matt Corey, Thad Gray and Joe Markley. Photo by Mark Pazniokas, CT Mirror.

From Mark Pazniokas, CT Mirror:

President Donald J. Trump generates enthusiastic crowds at campaign rallies elsewhere, but he was rarely mentioned Saturday by Republicans at a unity rally in (Southbury) Connecticut, where activists were reminded all politics is local, and the only issues that matter are taxes and the economy.

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State Supreme Court Unanimously Tosses Newton Conviction On Campaign Finance Charges

October 12th, 2018 · 14 Comments · City Politics, Law Enforcement, News and Events, State Politics

Ernie Newton

Ernie Newton wins appeal

Ruling “it is reasonably possible that the jury was misled” about Ernie Newton’s intent, the Connecticut Supreme Court on Friday unanimously threw out his January 2015 conviction on campaign finance charges stemming from his 2012 run for State Senate. The justices ordered a new trial, but will state prosecutors pursue one? See Supreme Court decision here. Newton is a member of the City Council.
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