67 to 7

Saturday, May 17, 2008
Time: 8:09 AM

With that vote total, The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Danbury joined the New Sanctuary Movement!

More on this later.

Under the weather

Friday, May 16, 2008
Time: 4:24 PM

Sorry for the lack of posts but I've been rather sick these last couple of days.

I wanted to follow-up on several subjects, the most important of which is the situation surrounding the budget, but I'm just too under the weather to do much right now.

Once I'm back on my feet, I'll be able to pick up where I left off as things are going to be rather interesting in Danbury for the next few weeks.

...I'm going back to bed (and don't worry Andrew, I haven't forgotten about you).

Community Forum May 14 broadcast

Thursday, May 15, 2008
Time: 5:19 PM

Host: Susan Shaner
Guest: David Richard, co-owner Organic Food Market

"...I wanna be sedated"

Time: 1:22 PM

My God! Wake me up on Bush's last day in office please.
The U.S. government has injected hundreds of foreigners it has deported with dangerous psychotropic drugs against their will to keep them sedated during the trip back to their home country, according to medical records, internal documents and interviews with people who have been drugged.

The government's forced use of antipsychotic drugs, in people who have no history of mental illness, includes dozens of cases in which the "pre-flight cocktail," as a document calls it, had such a potent effect that federal guards needed a wheelchair to move the slumped deportee onto an airplane.

"Unsteady gait. Fell onto tarmac," says a medical note on the deportation of a 38-year-old woman to Costa Rica in late spring 2005. Another detainee was "dragged down the aisle in handcuffs, semi-comatose," according to an airline crew member's written account. Repeatedly, documents describe immigration guards "taking down" a reluctant deportee to be tranquilized before heading to an airport.

In a Chicago holding cell early one evening in February 2006, five guards piled on top of a 49-year-old man who was angry he was going back to Ecuador, according to a nurse's account in his deportation file. As they pinned him down so the nurse could punch a needle through his coveralls into his right buttock, one officer stood over him menacingly and taunted, "Nighty-night."

Are we getting closer to Elise "deer in headlights" Marciano's hate-group view of America?

COMING SOON: Special Comment on the rookie

Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Time: 11:00 PM

"I walked out of City Hall. They were leaving at the same time. I had never even met them before that meeting," said Wetmore, a Republican. "That was just a political move to slander me. I just wanted to get on the record that nothing happened. It's a little ludicrous to assume something was going on, especially when there were tons of people around."

Oh Andrew, Andrew, Andrew...now you've done it and after my "special comment" you're going to seriously regret uttering those words.

I promise, this will not be pretty...


Time: 5:35 PM

Here's a cross post from ConnecticutBLOG that Basso and Urice would consider "just a joke."

I guess the maker of this racist T-shirt voted for Clinton in the primary.
Marietta bar owner Mike Norman says the T-shirts he’s peddling, featuring a look-a-like of cartoon chimp Curious George peeling a banana, with “Obama in ‘08? underneath, are not meant to offend.

Norman acknowledged the imagery’s Jim Crow roots but said he sees nothing wrong with depicting a prominent African-American as a monkey. We’re not living in the (19)40’s,” he said. “Look at him . . . the hairline, the ears — he looks just like Curious George.” About a dozen prostestors rallied against the shirts Tuesday afternoon, condemning them as racist and asking Norman, longtime proprietor of Mulligan’s Bar and Grill on Roswell Street, to stop selling them.

Marietta native Pam Lindley, 47, joined the protest after reading about the controversy online.

“I don’t want people to think this is what Marietta is all about,” she added, motioning towards the tavern. “This is what some people think the South is still like. Marietta’s come a long way but I guess it’s still got a little ways to go.”

...but of course, it's crazy to suggest that racism will be a factor in this year's presidential election, right?

My Left Nutmeg is Denver bound!

Time: 4:06 PM

Yes, that right folks, today, the Democratic National Committee named My Left Nutmeg the credentialed blog from Connecticut for this year's Presidential convention in Denver.

This is very exciting news as we'll be able to live blog directly from the convention this August as opposed to recycling news reports from other media outlets. You an read all the details on the announcement (including a welcome video from DNC chair Howard Dean) over at My Left Nutmeg.

At what cost

Time: 1:54 PM

So much for the success of anti-immigrant ordinances...
In 2007, state legislators introduced more than 1,500 pieces of legislation related to immigrants and immigration.1 Many proposed laws were also introduced in local communities across the nation.2 The rise in state and local proposals was largely due to frustration at Congress’s failure to pass comprehensive immigration reform.

State and local anti-immigrant proposals have tried to prohibit undocumented children from attending state colleges; require local police to check people’s immigration status; and enlist local business owners, including landlords, as federal immigration enforcers. Many of these ordinances have been struck down in court, presenting significant costs to local taxpayers.3

Though some anti-immigrant activists have argued the ordinances have been “effective” in pushing undocumented immigrants out of their communities, these laws have in fact greatly harmed these states and local communities.

For example, Prince William County, Virginia, which passed an anti-immigrant ordinance in 2007, has effectively driven much of the Latino community, including many citizens and legal immigrants, from the jurisdiction:
A vibrant Latino subculture built in Prince William County over more than a decade is starting to come undone in a matter of months.

With Latinos fleeing the combined effects of the construction downturn, the mortgage crisis and new local laws aimed at catching illegal immigrants, Latino shops are on the brink of bankruptcy, church groups are hemorrhaging members, neighborhoods are dotted with for-sale signs, and once-busy strip malls have been transformed into ghost towns.4
The negative effects of its anti-immigrant ordinance have become so apparent that Prince William County considered repealing the measure in late April, but compromised by softening its policy:
The Prince William County supervisors abolished a key part of the county’s illegal-immigration policy last night by directing police officers to question criminal suspects about their immigration status only after they have been arrested.

In October, the Board of County Supervisors directed officers to check the legal status of crime suspects, no matter how minor the offense, if they think the person might be in the country unlawfully.5
Prince William County is only the latest community to regret rushing into local immigration enforcement. In September 2007, the municipality of Riverside, NJ rescinded its local anti-immigrant law:
With the departure of so many people, the local economy suffered. Hair salons, restaurants and corner shops that catered to the immigrants saw business plummet; several closed. Once-boarded-up storefronts downtown were boarded up again.

Meanwhile, the town was hit with two lawsuits challenging the law. Legal bills began to pile up, straining the town’s already tight budget. Suddenly, many people — including some who originally favored the law — started having second thoughts.

So last week, the town rescinded the ordinance, joining a small but growing list of municipalities nationwide that have begun rethinking such laws as their legal and economic consequences have become clearer.6
The economic effects come not only from undocumented immigrants leaving the communities, but from the flight of legal residents and U.S. citizens who no longer feel welcome. In Arizona, anti-immigrant ordinances have weakened an already slowing state economy and forced many immigrants, both legal and illegal, to leave the state. Experts say the diminished workforce could further hurt the Arizona economy.7

In Colorado, the state’s anti-immigrant law is costing the state millions more than it saves 8 and has had a devastating effect upon the state’s agriculture industry. The law has led to the use of prison labor on Colorado farms:
Ever since passing what its Legislature touted as the toughest anti-illegal immigrant laws in the nation last summer, Colorado has struggled with a labor shortage as migrants fled the state. This week, officials announced a novel solution: use convicts as farmworkers

Inmates who are a low security risk may choose to work in the fields, earning 60 cents a day. They also are eligible for small bonuses.

The inmates will be watched by prison guards paid for by the farms. The precise cost is subject to negotiations, but farmers say they expect to pay more for the inmate labor and associated costs than for their traditional workers.9
In addition to the legal and economic consequences of anti-immigrant legislation, state and local anti-immigrant laws have also disrupted the social fabric of diverse communities across the nation:
Legal and illegal immigrants [in Prince William County] expressed the belief -- some with sadness, others with indignation -- that the law is part of a larger effort to drive Hispanics out of the county. Santos Perdomo, 38, a legal resident who owns a business and two houses in Prince William, said he had always donated to the county police charity fund. Now, he said, he no longer feels like giving.

"Even though I am legal, I feel rejected," he said. "This law has ruined all the good feelings. When I came here 12 years ago, my neighbors sent me pies. Now they look at me differently."10

1. "2007 Enacted State Legislation Related to Immigrants and Immigration." Immigrant Policy Project, National Conference of State Legislatures, January 31, 2008
2. "Local Law Enforcement Issues." National Immigration Law Center
3. Julia Preston. "Judge Voids Ordinance on Illegal Immigrants." New York Times, July 27, 2007
4. N.C. Aizenman. "In N.Va., a Latino Community Unravels."
Washington Post, March 27, 2008

5. Kristen Mack. "Pr. William Softens Policy on Immigration Status Checks." Washington Post, April 30, 2008
6. Ken Belson and Jill P. Capuzzo. "Towns Rethink Laws Against Illegal Immigrants." New York Times, September 26, 2007
7. Randal C. Archibold. "Arizona Seeing Signs of Flight by Immigrants." New York Times, February 12, 2008
8. Jeff Brady. "Colorado Finds Anti-Immigration Law Costly." National Public Radio, February 13, 2007
9. Nicholas Riccardi. "Prisoners to fill void left by migrants." Los Angeles Times, March 2, 2007
10. Pamela Constable and Nick Miroff. "Latinos Looking Over Shoulder." Washington Post, March 4, 2008

Something to consider when you hear the nonsense from the xenophobes in the area who hide their true bigotry behind the notion of enforcing the law.


Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Time: 1:29 PM

Democratic Congressional nominee Jim Himes addresses delegates at the 4th Congressional District convention
Bridgeport CT 05.12.08. Photo by CTBlogger

Now it's official.

Last night, delegates from the 17 towns (including Ridgefield) that make up the 4th Congressional District casted their ballots (had a chuckle at Lee Whitnum's expense) and named Jim Himes their nominee for Congress.

Setting his eyes on the seat currently occupied by Chris Shays, Himes blamed the current Congressman of being locked and step with President Bush, which has caused our economy to take a nosedive, damaged our image around the world, and placed this country in a pointless war with no end in sight.

Since I attended Chris Murphy's convention in '06, I decided to take a different route and focus more attention on a race that is sure to be highly competitive and if last night is any indication, Shays could receive his long oversue pink slip come this November.

From last night, here's highlights from the convention...

For more info on last night event and more info on Himes, be sure to check out his website.

Convention time

Monday, May 12, 2008
Time: 4:16 PM

It's that time of the year folks!

Tonight, the 5th and 4th Congressional districts will hold their Democratic conventions in Waterbury (5CD) and Bridgeport (4CD).

Currently, since HatCityBLOG covers the Danbury area, and Ridgefield is the 4th CD, I'm debating on which convention to attend. Last year, I filmed Chris Murphy accepting the nomination in the 5th and skipping Diane Farrell's speech in the 4th. This year, I'm really torn between going back to the 5th or covering Jim Himes in the 4th so I think and I think it's going to be a last minute decision on where I'm going.

Grr...decisions, decisions.

Danbury Live 05.10.08 broadcast

Sunday, May 11, 2008
Time: 11:14 PM

City hall in turmoil

Time: 11:20 AM

The biggest crisis since the violating of the city charter during the parade ordinance fiasco is happening right under everyone's noses.

At 12:01 on May 16th, all hell is going to break loose in Danbury and if you're not in the loop, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND that you re-read my earlier post on the latest SCREW-UP from the Little Rascals at City Hall.

I'll fill everyone in on what's happening later as this is a developing story in progress and City Hall has been in lockdown mode since Thursday.


Community Forum May 7 2008 broadcast

Time: 4:36 AM

Host: Susan Shaner
Guest: Gaby Ellert, Bethel Yoga

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The Mercurial (RIP)
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CT News Junkie
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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)

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