Area Republicans nominate Michelle Coelho in State Senate campaign match-up

Wednesday, May 22, 2024
Time: 7:32 AM

Last week, Republicans from the 24th State Senate district endorsed Michelle Coelho as their choice to defeat State Senator Julie Kushner and flip the historically center-right district back to the red.

The race will be a rematch of the 2022 competitive race, in which Coelho lost by the smallest margin among all Republican State Senate challengers. Coelho's candidacy has attracted the attention of GOP State Senate leadership and the State GOP, with both groups declaring that defeating Kushner, whom they describe as someone who prioritizes issues of labor over district concerns, is their top objective.

Here are the highlights from the nomination ceremony...

BREAKING: Former City Finance head files breach of contract lawsuit

Thursday, May 02, 2024
Time: 10:23 AM

BREAKING: Former Director of Finance David St. Hilaire has filed a breach-of-contract lawsuit against the City of Danbury.

St. Hilaire is represented by Attorney Elisabeth Maurer, who has extensive experience in litigations against the city.

Read the complaint below:

St. Hiliare v City of Danbu... by Alfonso Robinson

HatCityBLOG VIDEO: Mayor Alves 2024-25 budget presentation

Thursday, April 04, 2024
Time: 4:39 PM

Public backlash to Gaza op-ed results in calls for Majority Legislative Leader Andrea Gartner's resignation

Time: 11:05 AM

Public backlash to Majority Legislative Leader Andrea Gartner's recent OP-ED was on display at last night's meeting of the City Council chambers as residents now call for the Majority Leader's resignation and the censure of the other eight Democrats who signed the letter that has been characterized as being insensitive, anti-Israeli, and inappropriate in using her capacity of an elected official in authoring the writing.

Here's video footage of the most damming public commentary against Gartner's piece from resident Jeffrey Berlant.

"From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free!"

Time: 11:00 AM

Outraged residents have reached out to me, provided timestamps of footage of the March 16th "Danbury Stands with Palestine" rally, and requested that I make a video highlight of the clip of the controversial commentary at the event.

Upon request, here's the video highlights...


Gaza ceasefire op-ed sparks firestorm

Time: 10:57 AM

Upon request, here’s a copy of the printed version of Andrea Gartner’s letter, which is being loudly denounced as being anti-Israeli, along with the names of the members of the council who signed the letter in agreement.


HatCityBLOG VIDEO: State Rep. Rachel Chaleski accuses Danbury Dems of misleading the public on charter schools

Friday, March 29, 2024
Time: 9:43 AM

Yesterday, hundreds of charter school advocates and supporters from Middletown and Danbury converged on the State Capitol to urge state lawmakers to approve the funding for charter schools in their respective communities and to take to the offense against what they described as a campaign of disinformation from their detractors.

One of Danbury's leading charter school supporters is State Representative Rachel Chaleski. At the rally, she used her speaking opportunity to forcefully counter what the state lawmaker described as misinformation and blatant lies from her political counterparts in the city.

"I also know what it's like to challenge the strong, often irrational, illogical, and sometimes very hurtful opposition to opening a small public school. The misinformation campaign has left our Danubry community divided and bruised, and yet here we are, still fighting to make a difference in the lives of our young people.

Our community deserves better than the political math and fear-mongering against education opportunities that have been successful in all other large cities across the state."

Here's video of State Rep Chaleski's comments in full.

Michelle Coelho and state Republican leaders hope second time is a charm at State Senate campaign launch party

Sunday, March 24, 2024
Time: 5:04 AM

Last night, over one hundred thirty friends and supporters of Michelle Coelho gathered at The Amber Room to kick-off her second attempt to flip the historically conservative-leaning State Senate seat back to the GOP.

The race for the State Senate seat in the 24th district was one of the most competitive races in the 2022 election cycle, with Coehlo coming closer than another Republican in unseating a Democratic incumbent.

Republicans are more enthusiastic about defeating incumbent Julie Kushner than in previous cycles. They describe the three-term incumbent as an out-of-touch lawmaker more interested in union interests, with proposals such as expanding paid sick leave and providing unemployment benefits for striking workers while dismissing opposing viewpoints from residents in the historically conservative-leaning district.

State Republicans have made taking back the historically conservative stronghold 24th State Senate seat their top priority this campaign cycle. Last night, they backed up their stance with several high-profile appearances in support of Coehlo, ranging from GOP Party chairman Ben Proto and GOP Congressional candidate George Logan to State Senate Minority Leader Steve Harding, and a multitude of present and former GOP elected officials from throughout the district.

Here are highlights from last night's event.

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Danbury News Times
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CT Capitol Report

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)

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"

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

(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

trans_button Santos Family Story
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



11.15.23 Recanvass return
(Head Moderator Return Format)

11.07.23: Election night returns
(Head Moderator Return Format)

11.07.23: Initial returns

Oct 10 2022
Jan 10 2023
Apr 10 2023
Jul 10 2023
Oct 10 2023

Apr 10 2023
Jul 10 2023
Oct 10 2023

Dem/GOP slate/ballot position

VIDEO: DRTC convention
VIDEO: DDTC conveniton


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

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

(VID) 2021 Danbury City-Wide PTO educational forum

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

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


Danbury 2005 election results
Newstimes Dean Esposito profile (10.25.05)

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

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

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

Danbury 2013 election results
(VID) 2013 DDTC nominaiton convention

Danbury 2015 election results

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

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