On another topic, Mr. Cappiello said that he supports Republican President George W. Bush's $1.35 trillion tax cut of 2001 and his $250 billion economic growth package of 2003.
Mr. Murphy said in a May 2006 interview that he opposed Mr. Bush's tax cut, indicating that it benefited the wealthy at the expense of the middle- and lower-income workers.
Since taking office, Mr. Murphy has held several news conferences and constituent outreach programs. One Democratic poll released last month showed him with a 20-point lead.
Assistant state Attorney Gen. Robert Marconi of Brookfield, who was briefly the Democratic nominee in the 5th District in 2004, has said that personality is important in politics and noted that most people like Mr. Murphy.
"Being a congressman is about more than just holding news conferences on legislation that you know will never be signed into law," Mr. Cappiello said of Mr. Murphy's frequent sessions with reporters.
The Brookfield Journal is the most conservative friendly paper in the area and even they had a hard time finding anything resembling dirt on Congressman Murphy.
If Cappiello wants to make the election look interesting, he'll need to do more than senseless attacks on a Congressman who beat his buddy Nancy Johnson ON EVERY VOTING MACHINE IN DANBURY.
Well, another one of Danbury's traditions is fading away.
Like the great Moffa's (oh, I miss that place...CURSE YOU DUCHESS), Marcus Dairy is bowing down to modern retail stores and restaurants, which has drastically transformed the landscape of Danbury.
According to the News-Times, the new development will honor the Dairy.
The family's proposal, called The Shops at Marcus Dairy, will maintain some of the existing feel of the dairy. The designers want to include the dairy's 50-foot white milk tank in the design.
Here's what WTNH had to say on the end of an era.
Although the old building, located on Sugar Hollow Road, will be demolished, the family plans to re-open the dairy bar so at least when my daughter grows up, I can tell her of the days when bikers ruled the area on Sunday mornings...
The gas fire in Bethel was the talk of the media yesterday. I missed WTNH's coverage as I attempted to drive to the scene (didn't get close enough for a good shot), but I was able to catch FOX61's quick report.
A federal judge on Thursday struck down the city of Hazleton's tough anti-immigration law, ruling unconstitutional a measure that has been copied around the country.
The city's Illegal Immigration Relief Act sought to impose fines on landlords who rent to illegal immigrants and deny business permits to companies that give them jobs. Another measure would have required tenants to register with City Hall and pay for a rental permit.
U.S. District Judge James Munley voided the law Thursday based on testimony from a nine-day trial held in March. "This decision should be a blaring red stoplight for local officials thinking of copying Hazleton's misguided and unconstitutional law," said Witold J. Walczak, legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania, which represented the plaintiffs.
I'm STILL working on my hard drive issue but I can see the light at the end of the tunnel.
I'm really sorry for the delay but I really want to bring an end to my on-going hard drive dilemma as well as fix the Internet Explorer computability issues. Once I'm finished with everything, I'll be able to do a little catch-up on some topics that I had to place on the backburner.
UPDATE 1:15 PM: Google/Blogger is running VERY slow today. To be on the safe side, please refresh this site (F5) so everything loads properly. I've received a few emails from people telling me that the comment link has disappeared as well as several graphics. If you re-load the page, everything will snap back into place.
Also, I want to welcome those who are new to the site. Feel free to check out the video archive in the links section, my coverage of the Democratic convention, and my special report on Tom Bennett's call for residents to kill members of the immigrant community.
...and yes, I'm STILL dealing with my hard drive headache.
The money trail: The Republcian Town Committee finance report
Time: 3:45 PM
OH, YOU GOTTA SEE THIS.
As I stated in an earlier post, I'm posing the campaign finance disclosure statements that were filed on July 10th. The second statement we'll examine is the report from the Republican Town Committee.
When I first read this report, I thought I was seeing things...in fact, I'm still in a state of disbelief. As of July 10th, the Danbury Republicans have as a balance on hand a eye-popping 1,188.31 DOLLARS with ZERO contributions collected during the last reporting period (April-July).
This is a a HUGE difference when compared to the Democratic Town Committee, which reported over 8,000.00 at the end of the reporting period (DTC report and Abrantes report will be posted soon).
Here's a brief list of topics the Secretary of State is planning to cover in her post.
• New voting machines
• Training for registrars
• Municipal elections
• Presidential election calender
Again, Secretary of State Bysiewicz will be online to answer your questions so please stop by tomorrow between 6:30 and 7:30 P.M. and join in the chit-chat.
Finally, I'm still in the process of scanning the financial reports of the Republican Town Committee, Democratic Town Committee and the Abrantes campaign. You can view who gave to Mayor Boughton's campaign by clicking on his financial report link on the right column of this site.
Be back real soon.
UPDATE: Backing up a 300+gig hard drive is a real pain in the ass. I've added a new poll as well as a couple of new tools to the site. Although, you were able to translate this page into any language in the pass, I made it easier to translate this site into Spanish and Portuguese by moving the option to the top of the links section.
If you want to read this site in any other language, look for the Babel Fish box below the CTLinks logo and pick the flag of your country.
I'm still working on the WindowsXP compatibility issue. Hopefully once I'm finish, those of you who are using Internet Explorer or the AOL Browser will view the site the way it's viewed properly in Firefox.
UPDATE 07/25/07: Due to a change on plans, Sec. of State Susan Bysiewicz's guestblog is postponed until next Wednesday.
Seems like the link section of this site didn't display properly in Internet Explorer. You see, I'm a Macintosh guy and I rarely use WindowsXP so I had no idea that the site was all screwed up.
Well, the site wasn't really "screwed up" but rather I was using a CSS code that isn't 100 percent compatible with Internet Explorer. IF you use a Mac and view this site using Safari or if you use Firefox, you're probably scratching your head and wondering what's the big problem. You see, Windows is too lazy to get their act together and upgrade their browser so bloggers like me have to dumb down our sites to deal with the compatibility nightmare.
Anyway, I fixed the error and the site should look better now. I'm make more adjustments for WindowsXP users later but at least everything is back where it should be and you can see the new links I've added to the site (e.g., Mayor Boughton's campaign financial statement, link to the Santos family support blog, video highlights of Tom Bennett's violations, HatCityBLOG video vault, Danbury Live archive, etc).
Tonight, I submit to you that which most Danburians know – that Danbury can do better – that Danbury can be better! Danbury and all her people deserve better – and, I believe Danbury needs and deserves new leadership!
This is why I proudly and humbly accept your nomination to be our party’s candidate for mayor - to pave a new path of progress for Danbury.
I am committed to the quest to return vision, hope, respect and results in the governance of our beloved city. It is my hope and intent to earn your support and that of the majority of Danbury voters as we now officially begin this journey and important work. Over the next 110 days, I pledge to work my hardest to be worthy of your vote and the vote of every voting citizen of our community as I seek this important office at this very important time in Danbury’s history.
Today, Danbury needs to pursue a new course. We cannot let any more precious years of this new century pass before we set a new path and correct the wrong way we‘ve been headed.
With those words, and a call for a change in leadership, Democratic Mayoral candidate Helena Abrantes started her journey to take control of Danbruy's City Hall and bring an end of the reign of Mark Boughton.
The former City Clerk and multi-term Common Council member blasted Boughton for creating a atmosphere of divisiveness with his stance on immigration as well as criticizing him for irresponsible development, lack of working in a bi-partisan manner, sending the city into debt with over-bonding, lowering the quality of life for residents in the city, and a host of other issues that are on the minds of most residents who are unsatisfied with the current status-quo.
From last week's Democratic Convention, here's video footage of Abrantes' nomination speech.
NOTE: The following videos are best watch in full-screen mode, which is achived by clicking on the full screen symbol on the lower right hand of the player (highlighted in red in the image below).
You can watch the other speeches from the candidates who are on the top of the Democratic ticket by clicking here. For more information on the Danbury Democratic Committee's platform for 2007, click here.
Elise Marciano isn't fooling anyone when it comes to her TRUE intentions
Sunday, July 22, 2007 Time: 12:27 PM
It seems like our favorite "deer in the headlights" and President of the local anti-immigrant whack-pack's scam of a vigil didn't fool anyone besides the anti-immigrant xenophobes who refuse to use any common sense or exhibit any sense of moral decency.
These two members of the clergy shows Marciano the error in her ways...not like this stubborn woman would listen to anything resembling reason.
We were dismayed by Sunnye Ann Rosasco's comments (letter, July 11) about the low clergy attendance at the vigil for victims of undocumented workers.
As Christians, we know perfect love casts out all fear. And we know focusing public attention on victims of the few undocumented workers who have committed crimes builds fear and empowers generalization and degradation of all undocumented workers as well as many legal and naturalized Latino immigrants.
As Christians, in reading Torah (First Testament, Pentateuch), we are reminded that we are all aliens, that this world and everything in it belongs to God. And we are told that we are to treat "aliens" in the way we wish to be treated.
As Christians, we are told that whatever we do to the very least of God's people, we do to our Lord. When we victimize all undocumented workers, taking away their dignity and turning our hearts against them, we do it to him.
We have made those we label the least victims of our hate and fear. How, then, can most of us who call ourselves Christian, and those of us who are clergy, attend a vigil that builds hate toward all people who are labeled undocumented because of the harm some have brought to others?
If we cannot have a vigil for all people who have fallen victim to violence, including immigrants, legal and undocumented, we should not be part of a gathering that singles out any one group as all evil.
We need immigration reform. We all agree with that. But we do not agree to the criminalizing of all the undocumented. They, too, are children of God.
Rev. James Mulligan Rev. Gail Keeney-Mulligan NEW MILFORD
In honor of this great letter, I present this following video that further drives the point home.
NOTE TO NEWSTIMES: Please stop writing every story the Mayor's office pitches to you. If Boughton has been doing his feel good "meetings with the mayor" for months, DON'T write a do-nothing fluff piece days after he starts his re-election campaign. Although the mayor rules over every branch of government, it doesn't mean he controls the press.
Hold the mayor accountable for his miserable record, not write fluff pieces that gives a false impression that this mayor actually listens to the concerns of his residents. This meeting garbage is just another in a long list of do-nothing gimmicks (311 system, proposed "Live with the Mayor" television show, over-sized political billboards) that's only designed to boost the mayor's ever-growing ego rather than address the real concerns of everyday residents such as:
• OUTRAGEOUS TAX BREAKS TO RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPERS.
• UNACCEPTABLE traffic concerns.
• Failure to address developmental problems UNTIL AFTER THE FACT.
• A embarrassing downtown area.
• Ignoring the City Charter whenever HE chooses.
• Ignoring proposal after proposal the Democrats raise only to later adopt them as his own at a later point and claim the credit.
• Leading the charge with a clueless and absolute worthless Republican Common Council majority in passing one bad ordinance after another bad ordinance, only to set up an ad-hoc committee to ADDRESS THE VERY PROBLEMS THE DEMOCRATS RAISED when the ordinance was being debated.
• Using such knee-jerking topics such as immigration (parade ordinance) and the threat of sexual predators (sex offender ordinance) in order to force YOUR proposals though the legislative process (both ordinances are RIDDLED with well-known problems).
• Failing to address well-known issues before it's too late (e.g. traffic nightmare at Elmer's "Politics over the People" Diner).
• Repeatedly take credit for projects that the previous administration started (Magnet School, New Parking garage) while blaming the previous administration for his own failures (not addressing the traffic concerns with Elmer's diner, irresponsible development, degrading of the downtown area).
Remember, it's "Politics over the people" not "People over Politics"
In a later post, I'll show the News-Times EXACTLY what I mean.
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.