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DeStefano does Danbury

Wednesday, August 02, 2006
Time: 5:24 PM

Democratic gubernatorial candidate John DeStefano came to Danbury to unveil his new education plan
Books for children in low-income homes and universal preschool are keys to closing the achievement gap between rich and poor students, Democratic gubernatorial candidate John DeStefano said.

His $73 million education plan called "Every Child Reads by Third Grade" could mean a tax increase for Connecticut's wealthiest residents."Wouldn't it be great if we could be a state where every third-grader reads at grade level?" said DeStefano, the New Haven mayor. "I want preschool for every 3- and 4-year-old to be a fundamental right."

One week before facing Stamford Mayor Dan Malloy in the Democratic primary Aug. 8, DeStefano unveiled his education plan at Mill Ridge Primary School.

DeStefano was joined by six campaign supporters, including former Danbury Mayor Gene Eriquez and former U.S. Rep. James Maloney of Danbury.

"The greatest investment we can make is in early childhood education," Eriquez said at the small rally.

DeStefano said he chose Mill Ridge because Danbury is one of the state's 19 priority school districts. These district have a large achievement gap. "This is a municipality that is not always thought of as distressed," DeStefano said.

Children from low-income families enter kindergarten with vocabularies of 5,000 words, DeStefano said, while children from high-income families enter kindergarten with vocabularies of 30,000 words.

To pay for the program, DeStefano wants to increase income taxes on residents making more than $1 million per year. He also wants to maintain the estate tax.

Specifically, the proposal would provide preschool for all 3- and 4-year-olds.

The plan also calls for a Books for Children and Families program, in which the state would work with nonprofit groups to buy books for poor families, to encourage parents to read to their children.

Finally, the proposal calls for increasing the number of teachers who specialize in literacy for young children.
NOTE: I will release my exclusive interview with John DeStefano (including interviews with his supporters from Danbury) later this week.

Team Joementum rolls into town

Monday, July 31, 2006
Time: 12:11 PM

Funny how none of the senator's events are announced to the public.
U.S. Sen. Joseph Lieberman will be in Danbury at 9:30 a.m. today to tour Pitney Bowes. After the tour, Lieberman will speak with employees in a town hall meeting.
If you don't know already, I'm supporting Ned Lamont for senate over George Bush's favorite Democrat. I can't think of any senator who has undermined the Democratic Party more than our embarrassing junior senator and his pledge to ignore the results of the Democratic primary should tell you how much he cares about the Democratic Party in general.

Lets hope Joe's visit is a short one and his career comes to a crashing hault on August 8th. We can do better than this shameless Democrat In Name Only senator in Connecticut and we should question ANY politician who signed Lieberman's independent campaign petition. In fact, any Democrat who signed Lieberman's petition should resgin or be voted out of office as they are not the type of Democrats we need representing us in Danbury.

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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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