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Jahana Hayes wows enthusiastic crowd at Greater Danbury Democratic rally

Tuesday, October 09, 2018
Time: 9:10 AM

With one month until the midterm elections, hundreds of progressives came out in force and packed La Mitad del Mundo - Restaurant in downtown Danbury to show their support for the Democratic ticket.

Congressional candidate Jahana Hayes headlined one of the most impressive political rallies in Danbury in recent memory and energized those in attendance with her words of optimism and encouragement.

Hats tip goes out to the Bethel, Danbury, Bookfield, and New Fairfield Town Committees as well as the Facebook group Greater Danbury Votes for hosting the impressive event.

Greater Danbury candidates in attendance: Daniel Pearson (State Rep. 107th), Julie Kushner (State Senate 24th), Raghib Allie-Brennan (State Rep 2nd), David Arconti Jr (State Rep. 109th), Bob Godfrey (State Rep 110th).


Sign of nervousness from McLachlan?

Tuesday, October 02, 2018
Time: 9:14 AM

McLachlan mailer: “Mike would like to introduce himself...”

Me: “Dude, you’ve been in office since 2008...”

In all of my years living in the third ward of Danbury and covering the numerous State Senate races in the 24th, I’ve NEVER received a mailing piece like this from Mike McLachlan...never.

Since it’s fairly common knowledge that McLachlan is not known as a person who does a fair amount of door knocking in his district given the highly conservative breakdown of the 24th district, I think it’s fair to say that someone might be taking President Barack Obama endorsed candidate Julie Kushner seriously...and that would be a smart thing since local politicos in the area are whispering that for the first time since his first win in 2008, McLachlan could be in very serious danger of losing his seat.


It's September 19th and...

Wednesday, September 19, 2018
Time: 8:51 AM

...why is Martha Rhodes still a member of the Danbury Democratic Town Committee?


Seventeen years later...seems like yesterday...

Tuesday, September 11, 2018
Time: 8:32 AM

I'll never forget what happened on this Tuesday seventeen years ago...


Danbury DTC member Martha Rhodes uses John McCain passing to play the victim card

Thursday, August 30, 2018
Time: 8:34 AM

I guess it's safe to say that Martha Rhodes has learned nothing...

The Democratic Town Committee member who made headlines with her ill-advised and racist commentary regarding Congressional candidate Jahana Hayes has been busy playing the role of the victim after she issued her half-heartred apology/non-apology to the public...and recently, Rhodes stoop to a new low in using Senator John McCain's to continue her right to say idiotic and divisive statements...

While Rhodes has the right to act like an idiot on social media, the Danbury Democratic Town Committee should not associate themselves with a closed-minded member of the white priveleged family.

For the sake of a town committee that is desperately attempting to regain a sense a credibility in the area, the local political body should take a stance and inform Rhodes that her presence on the committee is unwelcomed.


Danbury DTC should call on Martha Rhodes to resign for racist Jahana Hayes commentary

Monday, August 27, 2018
Time: 9:02 AM

Tonight the Danbury Democratic Town Committee will hold their first monthly meeting since one of their members, Martha Rhodes faced heavy criticism and calls for her resignation after posting inflammatory commentary regarding Congressional candidate Jahana Hayes that many considered to be racist.

This is a critical moment for a town committee that still faces criticism over their support for former chairman and mayor Gene Eriquez after his arrest on spousal abuse charges. Unlike their ill-advised decision to stand behind the disgraced mayor, based on Rhodes NON-apology she made after her "apology" she made to the Newstimes, for the good of the party, the committee should do the right thing and ask one of their own to step down.

The meeting, which will take place at 7:30 PM at 161 Main Street, is open to the public...and open commentary is allowed at the start of the event.

In honor of my desire for Rhodes to spare the Danbury DTC further ridicule, here's a re-posting I originally wrote on August 7th. This is rich.

After staying silent in face of the firestorm around her, on the same day that the Newstimes started an inquiry regarding her offensive and racist commentary regarding Jahana Hayes, Danbury Democratic Town Committee member Martha Rhodes posted the following message before temporarily deactivating her Facebook account.

Unreal...

In apologizing “if my personal commented in any way offended" anyone, Rhodes shows that she didn’t learn a thing from denigrating a person of color.

I felt excluded by her because I’m white and she repeatedly harped on how government should look like her while veiling her own racism with allusions to diversity and fairness in her final remarks.

To add salt to the wound, in response to a comment of support for her, Rhodes shows her true colors in calling her critics as people with "clouded lenses" and appears to takes umbrage over the entire dust-up.

By deflecting blame to her critics and not honestly accepting full ownership for her remarks, Rhodes shows that she learned nothing from her actions and is unfit to hold a position of the town committee.

Rhodes needs to resign...and she needs to resign now.


BREAKING: Danbury faction Independent Party lose control of party line

Wednesday, August 22, 2018
Time: 9:39 PM

CT Mirror has the latest regarding the years-long power struggle between the Danbury and Waterbury faction of the Independent Party for control of the third party's line.

PAZ, CT Mirror:

A judge has given the Waterbury faction of the Independent Party sole control of valuable political real estate: A line on the 2018 ballot that allows it to cross-endorse major-party candidates or choose its own nominees for statewide offices, including governor. The competing Danbury faction plans to appeal.

The decision by Judge Trial Referee A. Susan Peck comes as the Waterbury faction prepares to hold a nominating convention Sunday, when at least three candidates are expected to compete for the gubernatorial nomination: Bob Stefanowski, the Republican nominee; Oz Griebel, a petitioning candidate; and Shelton Mayor Mark Lauretti, a Republican.

Waterbury and Danbury factions of the Independent Party have been fighting in court for two years over which group controls the ballot line. The inability of the factions to agree left the line unclaimed in the U.S. Senate race two years ago, as Danbury cross-endorsed Republican Dan Carter and Waterbury nominated John R. Price of Wallingford.

In her decision, Peck rejected the Danbury group’s request for an injunction blocking Waterbury from nominating candidates for statewide office and concluded that Michael Telesca and Rocco Frank Jr., the Waterbury leaders, had properly filed bylaws in 2010 that establish its faction as a statewide party.

“This will be appealed tomorrow,” said Matt Grimes, a lawyer for the Danbury faction.


Primary results in Danbury

Wednesday, August 15, 2018
Time: 7:37 AM

Unofficial numbers from the Secretary of State office


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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.

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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

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Order on Motion to Dismiss

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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

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(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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2007: Community protest anti-immigration forum

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


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