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Rep. Arconti named General Law Committee Vice Chairman

Thursday, February 01, 2018
Time: 7:47 AM

109th district State Rep David Arconti moves up the ranks at the General Assembly with his new title as Vice-Chairman of the General Law Committee.

Press release from Rep. Arconti's office:

State Representative David Arconti, Jr. (D-Danbury) has been named vice-chair of the General Assembly’s General Law Committee. Rep. Arconti is familiar with General Law having been a member of the committee since his first term began in 2013.

“I will continue to address consumer protection issues – a key focus of General Law – and work to promote and broaden Connecticut’s craft beer industry,” said Rep. Arconti. “These local brewers are offering consumers some great quality products while adding jobs to the economy and boosting our local grand lists. I appreciate House Speaker Joe Aresimowicz for providing me with this opportunity.”

The General Law Committee has cognizance on all matters related to fair trade and sales practices, consumer protection, mobile homes, occupational licensing (except licensing by the Department of Public Health) and all matters concerning alcoholic beverages.

First elected in 2012, Arconti represents the 109th House District and is Deputy Majority Leader. Besides General Law, he also serves on the Environment and Public Safety & Security committees. Arconti is now in his third term serving the residents of his Danbury district.

Julie Kushner qualified for public financing for State Senate campaign...in two weeks

Wednesday, January 31, 2018
Time: 11:45 PM

Two weeks after announcing her intention to run for State Senate in the 24th district, Julie Kushner announced on Facebook that her campaign raised the money nesssacary to qualify for the state's public financing Citizens Elections Program (CEP).

Raising the money needed to apply for public financing in two weeks in a district which has leaned Republican for ages is a very impressive feat for a first-time candidate for public office; Kushner's achievement should be considered good news for people in the area who want a change in their State Senate representation.

BREAKING NEWS: Boughton plans to end BOE vacancy dispute with appointment of Emanuela Palmares

Wednesday, January 10, 2018
Time: 7:59 AM

Sources reveal that on January 8th, Mayor Mark Boughton wrote a letter to School Superintendent Sal Pascarella and Vice Chairman Richard Hawley stating that he plans to appoint Republican Emanuela Palmares to fill the seat on the Board of Education that was vacated due to the incompetence of the leadership of the Danbury Democratic Town Committee who ran an unqualified candidate for the position.

More details later but unless an injunction is filed, it's safe to assume that Palmares should be seated to the board of education tonight...and this entire fiasco, in which a seat that was guaranteed to the Democratic Party, and loss of the majority of the BOE, is all due to the gross incompetence of the leadership of the Danbury Democratic Town Committee...


THROWBACK THURSDAY: "Ken Gucker is one of the most un-qualified individuals ever to run for State Senate"

Thursday, December 14, 2017
Time: 1:44 PM

In honor on Ken Gucker's unfortunate recent filing as a candidate for State Senate, here's a throwback video of my remarks regarding the local political gadfly and Danbury Democratic Town Committee Vice Chairman whose latest egotistical attempt at state office will only guarantee another victory for incumbent Mike McLachlan.

Democrats in the 24th State Senate district deserve better than having to deal with another round of this unhinged, dishonest nonsense...more to come.

Chapman considers run for statewide office?

Wednesday, November 22, 2017
Time: 8:00 AM

What does a Republican do after losing an election for First Selectman to a Democrat in an extremely conservative town...run for state office...

QUINN: Newstimes

“I’ve actually had people talk to me about running for statewide office before, so it’s always been in the back of my mind,” Chapman said. “And obviously, with the outcome of the election, I thought now is the perfect time to do it.”
It's hard to make a case for statewide office when you lose your re-election campaign in one of the most conservative towns in Greater Danbury...

ICYMI: Saadi discusses services for veterans on WFSB

Friday, November 17, 2017
Time: 4:38 PM

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Sorry for the inconvenience...

While most people in Danbury know Thomas Saadi as City Council Minority Leader, the city's top ranking Democrat is also the acting commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Veterans Affairs.

Recently, Saadi made an appearance on WFSB to discuss services the Department of Veterans Affairs provide for those who served our nation.

Kevin Rennie was right...

Time: 8:03 AM

Now that the municipal election season is over and leadership of the Danbury Democratic Town Committee are shamelessly attempting to whitewash their incompetence during the recent election cycle (incompetence that certainly cost Democrats victories last week), I'll say it again...

When will the enablers on the Danbury Democratic Town Committee admit that gambling on the "leadership" of the grossly incompetent, unreliable, disgraced former mayor Gene Eriquez and his egomaniacal, dishonest side-kick Ken Gucker was a horrific mistake?

The lies, dishonesty, and self-serving spin from the inept Chairman and Vice-Chairman of the Danbury Democratic Town Committee has to end...and end now.

2017 Danbury election night results

Wednesday, November 08, 2017
Time: 10:01 PM

Here's a copy of the election returns from Danbury...

VIDEO: Al Almeida concession speech

Time: 10:57 AM

Photo credit: Newstimes

From last night, here's video footage of Danbury Mayoral candidate Al Almeida's concession speech.

Election predictions

Tuesday, November 07, 2017
Time: 8:22 PM

Danbury election day thoughts...

Turnout: Same or near as 2013 levels... * Most impressive candidate/campaign/MVP award: Farley Santos...it's not even close...seriously...

Races to watch:

1. Board of Education 2 year term race between Eileen Alberts and Kathy Molinaro.

2. Board of Education 4 year term race...watch for Republican Emanuela Palmares and Democrat Farley Santos...

3. City Council At Large race among Democratic candidates (due to the vacancy from the passing of Gregg Seabury).


Mayor: Boughton (approx 7700) Almeida (aprox 3100).

I think Boughton will pull around the same numbers as he did in 2013 in his race against Paul McCallister...I think Almeida will pull near 2013 Dem petitioning candidate Paul McCallister...it will be interesting to see his final numbers and see where he ranks against former Democratic candidates McCallister (2013), Taborsak (2011), Gonvcalves (2009), and Abrantes (2005).

Treasurer: Jowdy (approx 8500), Salvatore (approx. 4400).

Only think interesting about this race is that Jowdy bought new lawn signs and seeing how Salvatore matches up against the last Democratic candidate who ran against Jowdy, Brian Cotter (4544 votes, 2007).

Town Clerk: Geigler (aprox. 4700), Bielizna (aprox 3400).

Same as 2015... City Council..wards 1-7: unchanged.








At Large: unchanged.

At Large Democratic predictions:

1. Kovcas

2. Taborsak

3. Alves

4. Katzing

5. Sabo

6. Love

7. Britton

(Honestly, 4-7 were shots in the dark...just gut feeling since they are newbies to the game).

Zoning: Same lineup but I think Gartner has a realistic shot at winning...

Stay tuned...results soon...

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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.



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

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