Fred Lucas in the Danbury News-Times, under the headline "Congressional scandal makes incumbents vulnerable," writes an article about how there's really no reason to be mad at the likes of Johnson, Shays, and Simmons and how Democratic efforts will most likely fail.
First of all (according to Lucas) these aren't really Republicans.
But it may be tough to paint all Republicans with the same brush in Connecticut.
U.S. Rep. Christopher Shays, R-4th Dist., was the first House Republican to call on DeLay to resign as House majority leader in April – well before the leader was indicted by a Texas grand jury for money laundering and violating campaign finance laws.
Aha! So, for Lucas, managing a PR disaster by getting an equally corrupt but less obviously corrupt Roy Blunt into the leadership position passes for high moral principle.
The article goes on in a similar vein. Read it if you wish. Lucas' email address is at the end of the article, if you want to bitch.
If you're as upset as most bloggers are about this story, send Lucas an email and let him know about it (be polite).
One of the problems in western Connecticut that doesn't get much attention is the weak coverage of national politics. There are alot of reasons for this, but the basic one seems to be economic - they just don't make money doing it.
This sort of regurgitation of political spin does more harm than good. It does a disservice to the News-Times' readership and the community it serves, because it functions as an echo chamber for the carefully crafted, focus-group tested sound bytes and phony publicity stunts that political candidates and their handlers cynically substitute for real discussion of the policies they are deploying and whose interests they are serving.
Johnson is very close to the leadership team of DeLay and Blunt.That "petition" for "new leadership" was nothing but a publicity stunt, and everybody who is paying attention knew it. They were trying to spin the thing, when all that is really happening is a turnover to a top lieutenant, forced upon them by legal proceedings in Texas and the Congressional Democrats' increasingly effective campaign to raise the issue of Republican dishonesty and corruption nationally.
You'd think the News-Times and Lucas would have enough professional pride to either do real journalism on what is going on Washington, or stick to local news.
The News-Times needs to do a better job when covering the Congressional races and not fall into this type of reporting.
1. Shay's comment about Roy Blunt is so out-of touch with reality that it should of been challenged (anyone who knows national politics knows that Blunt is just as corrupt as Delay and has a paper trail to back up that claim).
2. Nancy Johnson and Tom Delay's close relationship goes back many years as well (I don't have enough time to go into this topic at this time but their history is just a google search away). Why did the News-Times fail to mention in the article about Johnson's free trip she took with her husband to Ecuador (at the expense of The Nature Conservancy, a nonprofit conservation organization which receives federal funding). This issue was a hot topic in the media when it first surfaced but it was no follow-up story and the case disappeared.
Johnson's trip also sparked criticism from Washington watchdogs. William Allison, editor-at-large at Washington's Center for Public Integrity, which studies congressional travel, had questions about the Nature Conservancy's sponsorship.
He asked why an agency that relies on money from the U.S. Agency for International Development, or AID, would take Johnson and three other House members on such a trip.
"I know money is fungible, but the Nature Conservancy gets federal money, so the question is whether taxpayer money is funneled through them for lobbying," Allison said.
There were 11 bedrooms in a space designed for three. There were 29 beds all told on just one side of the two-story duplex, city officials said.
For months, city inspectors have been cracking down on dangerous illegal apartment houses. Over the weekend, they found one of the more extreme examples.
Only this one had a twist.
Many illegal apartments are filled with undocumented immigrants, but the residents of the Thorpe Street duplex were of Asian, not Hispanic, ethnicity.
The house was purchased by the owners of the Ichiro Hibachi and Sushi Bar on Newtown Road, which opened in April. They turned one of the two apartments into a residence for restaurant workers. Now the restaurant's two partners are in hot water.
City inspectors entered the boarding house Saturday afternoon, with the permission of a man who answered the door. Officials described the renovated interior as resembling a dormitory or military barracks.
The inside rooms were neat and sparse – simply a series of bunk beds with little else, officials said. However, the city inspectors described it as one of the biggest fire traps they have seen.
The kitchen had been torn out and replaced with a bedroom. There were bedrooms in the attic as well. The heating system was jerry-rigged and bedrooms had too few escape routes, officials said.
You know that the wackos in the area were hoping that the place was housed by Latinos instead of Asians.
The funny thing is that this illegal apartments are nothing new to the area. Landlords have been getting away with this stuff for years and the city has not been togh enough of them. Now with illegal immigration being the so-called "hot" topic in the city, Mayor Boughton is acting like he's talking tough on landlords by linking illegal immigration and human trafficking to this particular situation (oh, did I mention that illegal apartments have been a problem in Danbury for YEARS before illegal immigration WAS an issue).
"We know that often in situations like this the food service industry is involved with human trafficking," Boughton said, referring to the practice of bringing immigrants into the country to provide cheap labor. "If you have a single-family house with 29 beds, there is obviously something going on. We will refer this to the proper federal authorities."
When reached at the restaurant Monday, David Pan said the workers are legal residents of the United States. "They all have documentation. They are all legal residents.
"Some of them are my friends. Some of them are my relatives. This a family business."
This is just nonsense, Boughton is playing his anti-immigration card (although subtle) with a situation where there is NO evidence that any of the people are illegal. Don't get me wrong, having a illegal house is a bad thing but connecting this case to the overall theme of illegal immigration is not only a political stunt and dishonest, but also shameless.
For years illegal apartments has been a major concern that the city never properly addressed probably because of the influencve some landlords have in city government (you know who they are). Funny how the city never tackled this issue or even really mention it to this day.
Seriously tackling illegal apartments is not something high on the priority list in this area or else something would of been done about it years ago (anyone who lived here during the late 80s and 90 know about complains about illegal apartments being occupied by Asians). Nothing will come of out of this situation than a fine and just like the countless other illegal homes in the area, they'll be back in business in no time.
Mayor Boughton's arrogance and hubris seems to have gotten him into some serious trouble. If what is said in this letter is correct, the mayor might have a very serious legal problem on his hands (especially if their was a cover-up with the recorded minutes).
From Sunday's News-Times
I would like to address a Jan. 12 article in which Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton claims I am being "disingenuous." How convenient.
In this one article, Mayor Boughton blatantly tells untruths on at least three separate occasions.
Boughton claims: "At the time of the caucus, he was driving around with a rat painted on the side of his car." My truck was not lettered until three weeks after the Republican Common Council caucus in question.
He then claims that my "name came up" at the caucus and that he made an "off-hand remark about people being involved in the rat episode who have a personnel file an inch thick." It was the mayor who brought up my name and that of another Danbury police officer.
This is proven by the fact that the inflatable rat used in police union demonstrations did not appear until the night of Tuesday, Oct. 4, at a Common Council meeting - the day after the caucus meeting.
Lastly, the mayor said he did nothing wrong and the reference to my personnel file was made "in passing" and that personnel records of city workers can be disclosed under FOI regulations.
That represents a total misstatement on the part of the mayor. FOI regulations state if someone requests a personnel file, they have to articulate a valid reason for the request and then the employee has the absolute right to seek a denial of the request.
By disclosing my personnel file, even "in passing," he violated my rights under FOI.
No surprise here. The mayor's arrogance and cavalier attitude are on display daily and are compounded by the majority of Republican and Boughton administration lackeys who do not have the integrity to tell the truth or perform their sworn duties.
Mayor Boughton, you have threatened my livelihood and that of my family. You have overstepped your bounds.
This letter was written by Karl Murphy, the police officer who was behind the infamous infatable rat that was on display across the street from city hall.
Is a stated before, the police union contract dispute is the one thing that could (and will) hurt the mayor. He has let this issue go on for far too long and just like the Democrats in-fighting, this issue is quickly coming to a boiling point where we now have a situation where the mayor is talking about personal information to other Republicans during an open-session at City Hall.
If you haven't been up to speed in the war between the police department and the mayor's office, we'll give you the rundown later and explain why this situation can get out of control very quickly.
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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.