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Is "In Our Opinion" unfair to the police union while giving the Republicans a free pass?

Saturday, October 22, 2005
Time: 4:01 PM

As you know, we here at HatCity Blog have been monitoring the local cable access shows for some time and making a archive of all the shows. Last night's In Our Opinion has to stand out as one of the most biased episodes ever as it was painfully obvious that Lynn Waller took the side of Mayor Boughton and didn't seem to agree on any issue the police union presented.

Now, we're not going to get into this right now, we want you the readers to view the show for yourselves and judge for yourself but the union debunked many falsehoods that the mayor presented on the show earlier this month.

Again, we'll get into this later but think about it, why did the police union have to come on Waller's show to debunk the mayor's statements? Waller is a very well-known person in Danbury politics and is seemed that the police union presented her with facts that she should of known. Why didn't she question the mayor inthe same manner she questioned the police union Friday night?

We'll have video of the show up very soon and we'll pick up on this later.

Dems out in force this weekend


Time: 3:51 PM

I have to say, the Democrats were definately out in force today pounding the pavement, going door to door, shaking hands, and finally getting their message out to the people.

I know I've been pretty negative towards the dems lately put most people simply didn't know the candidates and wher they stood on important issues but now I think things are changing.

From the feedback I'm getting from people, I think the Democrats are showing signs of life. Lori Kaback campaign is getting the most notice as you can go a block without seeing one of her campaign signs. I say Jim Kelly (candidate for the Common Council 3rd Ward) going door to door on Osbourne Street today and now he has some supporters ashis campaign lawn signs popped up along Osborne and Germantown.

It's two weeks until the election and the Democrats definately have to make up ground but from what I saw in the last few days, they're definately working their tails off.

Hopefully, I'll be able to get some interviews from some of the candidates and post them online soon.

No vision, no message and no cash

Wednesday, October 19, 2005
Time: 12:34 PM

Without cash, you can't get your message out to the people. With Mayor Boughton outraising Dean Esposito by a margin of 10 to 1, the challenger has a big problem on his hands.

From the News-Times

Dean Esposito is finding that it is tough to be the challenger.

First, you need a message you believe in. You have to be willing to work hard to meet lots of people. And you need money.

Esposito is losing the money vote.

With the election 20 days away, Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton has $40,249 on hand, compared with Esposito's $3,604.

That 10-to-1 ratio has held true throughout the campaign.

[...]

In the period from July 1 through Sept. 30, Boughton raised $20,269 and spent about the same amount.

Esposito took in $4,850 and spent $3,313.

Most of the money pays for advertising, printing, postage and similar expenses. Both Boughton and Esposito said what they have on hand and what they can raise from now on must carry their message through to the voters.

n total, Boughton has raised $74,064 as of Sept. 30, the end of this filing period. Esposito raised $7,610.

Money is central to politics, said Chris Kukk, an assistant professor at Western Connecticut State University who teaches social studies and worked on a political campaign in Massachusetts.

"It sounds superficial, but this is crunch time. People remember who they saw on TV. People remember who they heard on the radio. People remember what they saw in their mailbox," Kukk said. "If you spend more money than your opponent, you are more likely to win the seat."


Money is one thing but when you don't lay out your vision for Danbury, peole don't notice you and that is exactly what happened here.

Esposito's constant attacks on Boughton's record is one thing but when you don't explain how you would address Danbury's problems mayor, then why would anyone take you seriously let alone give money to your campaign? Most people never knew where Esposito stood on the issues because simply, he never explained himself. Being negative in one thing not expressing your vision and explaining how you would run the city differently, you're never going to raise enough money to properly challenge a two time mayor who people are familiar with. This is the thing that will come back to haunt Esposito and the Democratic party in the end.

Simply but, the Democrats were not really serious about this election or else they would of tried harder to get their message out to a public that was upset with the preformance of Boughton. They had their best chance to gain seats on the Common Council and make a real run at the top-job but with three weeks to go, it seems like the Democrats are going down in flames.

Ask yourself this. How many Boughton ads have you seen in the NewsTimes (check their webpage). How many ads have you received from Boughton and the Republicans versus Esposito and the Democrats (for the exception of Lew Wallace)?

No vision, no message, no cash=no winning in November. I take no pleasure in saying this but I said in the past, the Democrats have no one to blame but themselves when they lose again.

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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.

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