HatCityBLOG Exclusive: One-on-one with Michelle Coelho
Time: 6:43 AM
The race for the State Senate seat in the 24th district has garnished a great deal of attention in the area with Republicans and pro-charter school advocates hoping to defeat incumbent Julie Kushner and put the seat back in the hands of the GOP.
Here's my interview with the Republican candidate for State Seante, Michelle Coelho.
HatCityBLOG EXCLUSIVE: One-on-one with Farley Santos for State Rep. in the 109th
Monday, November 07, 2022 Time: 11:54 AM
Turning my attention to my neck of the woods, I sat down with the Democratic State Rep. candidate for the 109th State Rep. district, Farley Santos, to get his views on concerns in the district, and his thoughts on why he feels that he's the right choice to state representative.
Farley is no stranger community activism as he's been a fixture in local politics in Danbury since first running for office several years ago.
It would be easy for me to list Santos' political and social media resume but it's easier if I let the candidate speak for himself.
HatCityBLOG VIDEO: The nomination of Ken Gucker for State Rep. for the 138th
Sunday, November 06, 2022 Time: 7:22 AM
Ken Gucker is running for a third term as State Representative in the 138th district and is locked in a hotly contested re-election campaign against challenger Rachel Chaleski.
The two-term State Rep. is no stranger to campaigns as he's been a fixture in local politics since Ned Lamont's run for Senate in 2006 and is well-known for his consistent work ethic. From speaking out on developmental, educational, and quality of life issues in the city, to his history of assisting his residents with their concerns, Gucker's resume of activism in Greater Danbury is well-documented and is indisputable.
Like the 24th State Senate district, Republicans are hoping that they can return the State Rep. seat back to the hands of the GOP after losing the former stronghold district to the Democrats in 2018. The district has changed due to redrawing of the district, which makes the Democratic Party's job of defending the seat a bit easier but area pundits still consider this State Rep. race the best chance to capture a seat and change the make-up of the state delegation.
Here's video footage of Gucker's nomination, which includes a passionate speech from Gucker's long-time friend and former city council candidate Dennis Perkins and NAACP chairperson Glenda Armstrong.
As a bonus, I've included footage from one of Gucker's earliest appearances in front of the town committee for the Danbury Democrats exactly 16 years to the month of his nomination.
NOTE: You can watch State Rep. Gucker's most recent TV interview with foemer BOE member Richard Janelli's show, "The World According to Mr. J." by clicking here.
HatCityBLOG EXCLUSIVE: One-on-one with State Senator Julie Kushner
Thursday, November 03, 2022 Time: 8:28 AM
My first of one on one interview is with Julie Kushner, who is running for a third term as State Senator for the 24th State Senate District.
Among the various races for state office, the contest in the 24th district has garnished a great deal of attention in the area.
Republicans and critics of the State Senator aligned with charter school advocates are hoping to remove Kushner from office, while supporters and anti-charter school opponents hoping to send the State Senator back to Hartford for another term.
This is my fourth time interviewing Senator Kushner, and no topic was off-limits.
Here's the interview in full. Tomorrow, I'll post my one-on-one interview with Kushner's opponent, Republican Michelle Coehlo.
HatCityBLOG VIDEO: Sen. Blumenthal and local officials announced federal grant for senior living facility security enhancements
Friday, October 28, 2022 Time: 8:12 AM
On Wednesday, Senator Richard Blumenthal paid a visit to the area to announce the awarding of 250,000 dollars in grant money that will be used to address security concerns for seniors who reside at public housing facilities in the city.
The federal grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Development will be used to enhance security at the Wooster Manor and Putnum Towers.
State and local officials joined Sen. Blumenthal in celebrating the grant announcement with seniors at Wooster Manor. Here's video footage of the ceremony.
04.25.22 (RADIO): WSHU Latino group call on Connecticut lawmakers to open a Danbury charter school
06.03.22 (OP-ED): KUSHNER: "Career Academy ‘a great deal for Danbury"
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.