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I'm back...

Monday, January 28, 2019
Time: 12:31 PM

Well, well, well...it's been a while but I think my semi-hiatus from reporting on Danbury politics has come to an end...lets just say that the gloves are coming off ;-)

I know, I know, most people who read this are wondering if I"m going to go on some anti-Boughton crusade or go off on immigration issues...well if you're here for that, than I'm sorry to say that I'll be happy to disappoint you (to some extent).

From my continued quest for COMPLETE transparency, holding politicians and politicos legally accountable for their past actions/statements to the public (regardless of their political ideology), and promoting my new outlook fort the city that I love, I'll discuss my self-imposed sabbatical from the insanity in Greater Danbury very soon.

Strap yourself in folks...it's been a while and I have a lot on my mind...and a bunch of new tools at my disposal ;-) #DanburyFirst


Chris Setaro for Mayor of Danbury 2.0

Thursday, January 17, 2019
Time: 11:59 PM

Over 400 friends of members of the public packed the Amber Room to watch Chris Setaro throw his hat into the race for mayor of the city of Danbury for the second time.

Seatro is no stranger to challenging Mark Boughton as the two campaigned against each other for mayor in a close and hotly contested race back in 2001.

With 25,000 dollars raised in two weeks and over 15 thousand views of his first online video, Seatro is hoping that his second attempt at the city's top elected position is a charm.


Happy New Year

Tuesday, January 01, 2019
Time: 9:42 AM

Each year's regret are envelopes in which messages of hope are found for the new year.

-Ralph Waldo Emerson


Danbury homelessness dilemma continues...

Sunday, December 09, 2018
Time: 11:11 AM

* Twelve years after the Danbury's "10-year plan to end homelessness" initiative...

* Years of local officials and residents in Danbury demonizing the Dorthy Day House...

* Proposal to play loud music to discourage homeless people from loitering at Danbury Public Library...

* Backlash from local officials towards two encampments at City Hall set up to bring awareness to homelessness in Danbury...

* Local pundits and property owners in Danbury spewing lies and misinformation regarding the city's homeless population (e.g., a majority of the homeless population are from other communities, drug addicts, illegal immigrants, freeloaders, etc).

Yeah...stories like the case of death of David Mullen shows that we as a community have to LONG way to go when it comes to realistically addressing the city's homelessness dilemma.


The quote tells the story

Thursday, November 08, 2018
Time: 8:08 AM

"The voters have spoken but I’m still scratching my head" - Former State Senator Mike McLachlan.

If McLachlan is scratching his head, then it's painfully obvious that he either not paying attention to his opposition, or not taking his opponent seriously.

I'll have my take on what really happened Tuesday, and why the defeats of McLachlan and Boucher should not be as a shock to many...and why newly elected Democrats in Greater Danbury would be wise to get to work for the common good of all their constituents in their districts...the Presidential 2020 cycle is closer than you think.


VIDEO: The moment McLachlan conceded to Kushner...

Wednesday, November 07, 2018
Time: 9:47 AM

I waited 10 YEARS for this moment...from last night, here's video footage of Mike McLachlan conceding to Julie Kushner...

I'll have more on last night HUGE win for Democrats in Greater Danbury later...


Newtown State Rep Duff stumbles to explain pro-gun voting record

Tuesday, November 06, 2018
Time: 8:29 AM

To say that Newtown State Representative Will Duff is out of touch with the will of his constituents would be an understatement...and there is no greater example of the FAR-right Republican ignoring his community than his vote AGAINST banning bump stock gun attachments.

As a representative for a community that is still dealing with the after-effects of the Sandy Hook tragedy, when questioned about his bump stock stance, Duff has routinely ignored the topic while using "mental health" as a scapegoat for his pro-NRA voting record.

At a recent debate in Redding, while Duff stumbled to defend his bump stock vote, Raghib Allie-Brennan set the record straight about the state lawmaker's willingness to ignore his community.

On Election Day...in the 2nd district...the choice is clear...


McLachlan use of campaign fear tactics reaches a new low

Saturday, November 03, 2018
Time: 8:43 AM

I'll say it again...in the 24th State Senate district, incumbent Michael McLachlan is running a desperation campaign built on fear tactics and dishonesty.

It's bad enough that the far-right extremist tried to scare voters into believing that his challenger Julie Kushner supports highway tolls, now he's straight up trying to scare his base to come out and vote.

"In a different twist on traditional efforts to promote Election Day turnout, Republican state Senate leaders have paid for mailers that falsely warn that their own voters could get tossed off the rolls if they fail to get to a polling place on Tuesday.

A campaign mailer that might have targeted those GOP voters who might have missed the last election, includes a scratch-off sticker that supposedly includes information to make voting easier on Tuesday. That’s news to the Secretary of the State, whose office warns that the mailer could prove confusing for local poll moderators.

The mailers were sent out on the behalf of state Rep. Pam Staneski of Milford, who is running for a Senate seat that includes West Haven, Woodbridge and Orange. Her opponent is Democrat James Maroney of Milford.

Other districts where the mailers were sent include those of state Sen. George Logan, R-Ansonia and Sen. Michael McLachlan. Senate Republican Leader Len Fasano of North Haven said that he wasn’t fully informed about the full circulation of the mailer, but thought it might have been to more-competitive districts."

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“There is no requirement to bring any mailer sent by a candidate or a political party to the polling place on Election Day,” said Gabe Rosenberg, communications director for the Secretary of the State. “A mailer that purports to be an official document but is not can potentially cause confusion in the polling place.”

Connecticut, unlike some other states, does not have a voter-purge process, noted Senate President Pro Tempore Martin M. Looney, D-New Haven. “This is almost the flip side of those red states, such as Texas, where they are trying to suppress the vote,” Looney said. “We have no provision that you’re going to be removed from the ballot if you fail to vote.”

Residents in the 24th State Senate district deserve better than this...


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On September 26, 2007, ten plaintiffs filed suit in response to an arrest of aday laborers at a public park in Danbury, Connecticut. Plaintiffs amended their complaint on November 26, 2007.

The amended complaint states that plaintiffs sought to remedy the continued discriminatory and unauthorized enforcement of federal immigration laws against the Latino residents of the City of Danbury by Danbury's mayor and its police department.

Plaintiffs allege that the arrests violated their Fourth Amendment rights and the Connecticut Constitution because defendants conducted the arrests without valid warrants, in the absence of exigent circumstances, and without probable cause to believe that plaintiffs were engaged in unlawful activity. In addition, plaintiffs allege that defendants improperly stopped, detained, investigated, searched and arrested plaintiffs. Plaintiffs also allege that defendants violated their Fourteenth Amendment rights when they intentionally targeted plaintiffs, and arrested and detained them on the basis of their race, ethnicity and perceived national origin. Plaintiffs raise First Amendment, Due Process and tort claims.

Plaintiffs request declaratory relief, damages and attorneys fees.

CLICK HERE TO READ/DOWNLOAD MAYOR BOUGHTON'S DEPOSITION

CLICK HERE TO READ/DOWNLOAD MIKE McLACHLAN (then MAYOR CHIEF OF STAFF) DEPOSITION

Danbury Area Coalition for the Rights of Immigrants v.
U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security
3:06-cv-01992-RNC ( D. Conn. )

(02.25.08) Court docket

(10.24.07) Memorandum in Opposition to Defendant's Emergency Motion for Protective Order

(09.26.07) Press Release

(12.14.06) Complaint


Barrera v. Boughton, No. 07-01436
(D. Conn. filed Sept. 26, 2007)

(02.25.08) Court Docket

Amended complaint

Defendants' Motion to Dismiss for Lack of Subject Matter Jurisdiction

Defendants' Motion to Dismiss State Law Claims

Plaintiffs' Opposition to Motion to Dismiss

Order on Motion to Dismiss

Defendants' Answer to Amended Complaint

NEW HAVEN REGISTER: Immigrant's 2006 arrest was flawed Danbury mayor testifies

(10.05.07 (VIDEO) Boughton mislead the public about Danbury's involvement in raid

(09.18.07) Yale Law Students expose Danbury involvement in raid

(12.14.06) VIDEO: Interview with Yale Law Students at FOI presser

(12.14.06) VIDEO: Danbury 11 FOI complaint media roundup

City Clerk Jean Natale standing next to skinhead sparks outrage

(10.03.06) VIDEO: Danbury 11 rally

(09.29.06) VIDEO: Danbury 11 case deepens

Word of raid spread across the country

(09/29/06) VIDEO: Danbury 11 protest news conference

(09/29/06) Immigrant newspaper "El Canillita" gives best account of ICE day labor raid at Kennedy Park


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VIDEO: Tereza Pereira's ordeal with ICE agents

VIDEO: Danbury Peace Coalition Immigration Forum (April 2006)
featuring Mayor Boughton and Immigration attorney Philip Berns

VIDEO: 2007 Stop the Raids immigration forum at WCSU

2007: Community protest anti-immigration forum

A tribute to Hispanic Center Director and immigrant activist Maria Cinta Lowe


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