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Wednesday, November 16, 2022
Time: 11:13 AM

This goes out to the local political junkies...


Election results

Thursday, November 10, 2022
Time: 8:33 AM

Head moderator returns...I'll have the crostabs later...


HatCityBLOG Exclusive: One-on-one with 138 State Rep. district candidate Rachel Chaleski

Tuesday, November 08, 2022
Time: 7:14 AM

Rachel Chaleski is hoping to place the 138th district back in the hands of the Republicans after Democrats picked up the seat during the blue wave of 2018.

Chaleski is no newcomer to politics as she is the current chairperson of the city's Board of Education and a long-term charter school supporter.

She's hoping that her message of fiscal responsibility and educational funding priorities will resonate with residents of the newly re-drawn 138 district.

Here's my one-on-one interview with the Republican challenger...


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.

Farley, the floor is yours...


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.

Gucker's resume also comes with a string of recent controversies of his own making such as his suggestion that the city's most blighted site could be used for a school, his highly personal remarks about pro-charter school advocate Pimentel Lucas, or his voting record which Republicans claim are out-of-step with the distric and is currently the center of attack by his opponent.

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.


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10.03.18 (PDF):
"Approval of Danbury Prospect Charter School"

10.30.20 (HatCityBLOG VID): Charter School discussion during 2020 interview with Julie Kushner

2018 (RADIO): WLAD
"State Board of Ed signs off on Danbury charter school proposal"

08.20 (VID): CT-LEAD
"Stand up for Education Justice" Rally

08.20.20 (OP-ED): KUSHNER: "Charter schools are not ‘magic bullet’ to improving Danbury schools"

09.13.20 (OP-ED): CHAPMAN
Candidate for state Senate supports charter school for Danbury

01.15.21 (VID): CT-LEAD
Danbury Prospect Charter School press conference

03.19.21 (OP-ED): CT MIRROR
"Danbury leaders do not want a charter school"

04.01.21 (OP-ED): CT-LEAD:
"Why did Sen. Kushner vote against us?"

05.06.21 (VID): Danbury rally to fully fund public schools

10.07.21 (VID): Danbury City-Wide PTO "Meet the Candidates" education forum

10.07.21 NEWSTIMES
Danbury candidates quarrel over charter school, education funding

01.10.22 NEWSTIMES
"New operator named for Danbury charter school: ‘I’m a huge advocate for parent choice’"

01.10.22 NEWSTIMES
"Some Danbury Democrats ‘open minded’ about charter school after new, CT operator named"

01.21.22 (OP-ED): CT MIRROR
"Lessons from Danbury: Ending the dual process for charter school approval"

02.09.22 NEWSTIMES
"Proposed Danbury charter school won’t open in 2022, governor leaves funding out of budget"

02.18.22 NEWSTIMES:
Danbury residents plead for charter school funds in 9-hour state budget hearing: ‘Just exhausted’

03.05.22 (LTE):
Time has come for Danbury charter school

03.12.22 (OP-ED): TAYLOR
"Why I am excited about the Danbury Charter School"

03.16.22 (LTE):
"Why a Danbury Charter School?"

04.02.22 CT EXAMINER:
"Crowding and a Lack of Options for Danbury Students, But No Agreement on Solutions"

04.04.22 (OP-ED): DCS
"Danbury Charter School plans debut"

04.07.22 (PODCAST): (CEA)
"SENATOR KUSHNER DISCUSSES POINTS OF OPTIMISM FOR DANBURY PUBLIC SCHOOLS"

04.18.22 (VID): CT-LEAD
Protest press conference

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"

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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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CITY OF DANBURY VIDEO ARCHIVE (Dec 2012-present)

The Mercurial (RIP)
Danbury News Times
Danbury Patch
Danbury Hamlet Hub
Danbury Daily Voice
Tribuna Newspaper
CT News Junkie
CT Capitol Report

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2022 STATE ELECTIONS
24th STATE SENATE

KUSHNER (D) | COEHLO (R)

JULIE KUSHNER
Info

Video
04.11.22: Town Hall Meeting
09.30.22: Boceto Media interview with Julie Kushner
10.06.22: Somos Latinos VIP interview

MICHELLE COEHLO
Info
Campaign website

Video
Nomination speech
09.22.22: Boceto Media interview with Michelle Coehlo

2nd STATE REP. DISTRICT

ALLIE-BRENNAN (D) | LEWIS (R)

Dem. State Rep. Raghib Allie-Brennan

GOP candidate Jenn Lewis

107th STATE REP. DISTRICT

HOLMES (D) | FONCELLO (R)

PHOBE HOLMES
Campaign website

(VID) Remarks at Newtown DTC picnic

MARTIN FONCELLO

108th STATE REP. DISTRICT

CALLAHAN (R) | GINSBURG (D)

JEFF GINSBURG

PAT CALLAHAN

109th STATE REP. DISTRICT

SANTOS (D) | FERNANDEZ (R)

FARLEY SANTOS
Campaign website

(VID) Nomination speech

JESY FERNANDEZ
Campaign website
(VID) Nomination speech

110th STATE REP. DISTRICT

GODFREY | GLEISSNER

ROBERT GODFREY

(VID) Nomination speech

ERIC GLEISSNER
(VID) Nomination speech

138th STATE REP. DISTRICT

GUCKER (D) | CHALESKI (R)

KEN GUCKER
02.21.22 (NEWSTIMES):
"A lawmaker wants to build a school on Danbury’s most blighted site; GOP leaders say ‘absolutely not’"
(VID) Nomination speech

RACHEL CHALESKI
Info
Campaign website

Video
(VID) Nomination speech

News
03.31.22 (NEWSTIMES):
"With two Danbury school board candidates seeking state office, education emerges as major issue"

OFFICE OF PROBATE

DASILVA (D) | CHIEFFALO (R)

JOE DASILVA JR.
(VID): Nominaiton speech
10.20.22 (VID): Danbury Dems (local access TV)

DOM CHIEFFALO
(VID): Nomination speech


2021 (ALVES/ESPOSITO)


TOWN COMMITTEES
(VID) DDTC nomination convention
(PDF) DDTC campaign slate flyer

(VID) DRTC nomination convention
(PDF) DRTC campaign slate flyer

FORUMS/DEBATES
(VID) 2021 Danbury City-Wide PTO educational forum

CAMPAIGN FINANCE
First quarter
Alves Apr 10th SEEC filing

Second quarter
Alves Jul 10th SEEC filing
Esposito Jul 10th SEEC filing

Third quarter
Alves Oct 12th SEEC report
Esposito Oct 12th SEEC report

CAMPAIGN MAILERS
Alves "Jan 6th" attack mailer 10.21.21
Esposito "you can't trust Alves" attack mailer 10.20.21
Alves mailer 10.20.21
Alves mailer 09.30.21
Esposito mailer 09.28.21
Alves mailer 09.27.21
Esposito mailer 09.27.21


PAST CAMPAIGN COVERAGE

2005 (BOUGHTON/ESPOSITO)
Danbury 2005 election results
Newstimes Dean Esposito profile (10.25.05)

2007 (BOUGHTON/ABRANTES)
Danbury 2007 election results
(VID) Helana Abrantes TV ad
(VID) BRT tax deferral presser
(VID) Helena Abrantes "Community Forum" interview

2009 (BOUGHTON/GONCALVES)
Danbury 2009 election results
(VID) 2009 Danbury City-Wide PTO educational forum
(VID) 2009 Danbury Chamber of Commerce mayoral debate
(VID) 2009 DDTC nomination convention

2011 (BOUGHTON/TABORSAK)
Danbury 2011 election results
(VID) Saadi/Nero campaign kickoff

2013 (BOUGHTON/NO DTC ENDORSED CANDIDATE/MCALLISTER)
Danbury 2013 election results
(VID) 2013 DDTC nominaiton convention

2015 (BOUGHTON UNCHALLENGED)
Danbury 2015 election results

2017 (BOUGHTON/ALMEIDA)
Danbury 2017 election results
(VID) Al Almeida concession speech
(VID) 2017 Danbury City-Wide PTO educational forum
(VID) Al Almeida nomination acceptance speech

2019 (BOUGHTON/SETARO)
Danbury 2019 election results
(VID) 2019 NewsTimes Editorial Board interview with Mark Boughton and Chris Setaro
(VID) 2019 Danbury City-Wide PTO educational forum
(VID) 2019 Danbury Chamber of Commerce mayoral debate
(VID) 2019 convention endorsement speeches from Mark Boughton and Chris Setaro