LOCAL ACCESS VIDEO: Progressive Soup July 29 2009 broadcast

Saturday, August 01, 2009
Time: 2:10 PM

Less than half of Republicans believe Obama was born in the U.S.

Friday, July 31, 2009
Time: 10:49 AM

The extremists portion of the GOP, which we in the area associate with hate-mongers, xenophobic politicians, racist email senders, and bigoted talk show hosts who advocate killing immigrants, have officially transformed the Republican Party into the party of hatred.
Less than half of Republicans believe that Barack Obama was born in the United States of America, a new public opinion poll finds.

Only 42 percent of Republican respondents in a Research 2000 survey, conducted for the liberal website Daily Kos, said they thought Obama was a natural born citizen; 28 percent said they did not believe Obama was born in the United States; 30 percent said they were not sure.

The responses, which were gathered after several prominent conservative media personalities fed suspicion that Obama was unconstitutionally holding office, show the extent to which the conspiracy has taken hold in the GOP.

One only needs to listen to the right-wing noise machine to see why the GOP transformed itself into an extremist political group.


CT Congress 04: 24 hours

Thursday, July 30, 2009
Time: 6:07 PM

As you know, in the 2010 race for the 4th district congressional race, John McKinney ended all speculation of him challenging Congressman Jim Himes.

In honor of the recent recruiting failures of the GOP, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee issued a release that documents the Republcian Party's last 24 hours.

"There are people proactively coming to us. We are doing far less recruiting and more catching."

-- NRCC chairman Pete Sessions, talking about the strong recruiting environment for Republicans, at a pen-and-pad briefing today.” [Politico, July 29, 2009]


“Republicans' hopes of ousting freshman Democrat Jim Himes in Connecticut 's 4th District suffered a serious blow, as heavily recruited GOP state legislator John McKinney has taken himself out of the running.”

[CQ Politics, 7/30/09]

Too funny...

Reason #1234232 why Jean Natale is the WORSE City Clerk EVER

Time: 12:35 PM

While I'll file my report on the "interesting" Republican Town Committee caucus at a later time, this latest example of stupidity from our lovely City Clerk Jean Natale had to be told.


After the caucus was over, seeing that I brought a remote lighting equipment which required a half an hour to cool down, a gleefully walked around the gallery area of the Palace Theater (to the discomfort of just about everyone in the place) when I noticed that the candidates were organizing for a group photograph. Since I was planning on doing a write-up on the event for the News-Times, I decided to get in position to take a photograph (for purposes of explaining where the unfortunate incident between yours truly and Jean Natale took place, using a photograph I shot at the Palace earlier this year, the area in red is where everything went down).

...that's when our City Clerk showed her true self.

Seeing that I no problem exposing Natale's outrageous incompetence with the public, you would think that since the worst City Clerk in the history of Danbury would stay far away from someone like me.

...but again, as you'll see, when talking about Jean Natale, where talking about an individual who's not playing with a full deck.

While standing on the floor in position for the photograph of the candidates (who were at the time standing on the stairs, with no one to the right of left of me, I was surprised as some moron stiff armed me from behind. As the person walked by to join the other candidates on the stairs, I noticed that the moron was no other than Jean Natale.

Gleeming with pleasure with stiff arming me, I couldn't help but shake my head while Natale made an ass out of herself as she made childish gestures for her friend's camera. Looking at Natale (and wondering if she started throwing back glasses her favorite wine early), I couldn't help but wonder this idiot would go out of her way to physically hit me knowing that I'll write the incident on this blog?

Then I realized, we're talking about someone who's (for a lack of using a better word) an idiot.

From showing her solidarity with the most hostile element of the anti-immigrant community, screaming at the mayor at the top of her voice, to verbally attacking members of the public, Natale's latest example of stupidity further highlights Natale's mental instability and professional incompetence.

This November, now more than ever, think before you vote.

Lagging behind AGAIN

Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Time: 2:08 PM

Yup, you guess it, I'm falling behind again.

Sorry for the delay but I've been VERY busy traveling to various political caucuses in the area. I'm in the middle of processing over 5 hours of video I shot so things are moving kind of slow but I'll get up to speed soon.

From Jean Natale's latest idiotic episode (really, really, really stupid), serious quesitons surrounding the Republcian nominee for Town Clerk, and highlights of Mayor Boughton "Politics Over People" spin, distort, and smear machine in action, to less than good news regarding the state of the city that's being placed under the carpet, details into people within Mayor Boughton's camp who are in serious trouble with the law, this site will pick up stream soon.

And there's that thing about the xenophobe who was arrested for first-degree sexual assault...but I'll dig into that later.

Fear of a black president

Time: 2:05 PM

For those who think President Obama is proof that racism is on the decline in America...

Seen enough? Good, now fight back.

Bethel Democrats rally behind board of selectmen ticket

Monday, July 27, 2009
Time: 4:18 PM


There is a consensus among those who follow politics in the Greater Danbury that the race for selectmen in Bethel is the election to watch in the area.

With many speculating that 2009 is the year where Democrats take back control of Danbury's next door neighbor, I decided to take a trip to the annual Bethel DTC picnic to chat with First Selectman candidate Matt Kickerbocker, and find out why everyone is excited with the slate of candidates on the Democratic ticket.

For more info on the Bethel Democrats, visit their website at www.betheltoday.com

HatCityBLOG MUSIC CLUB: New Hope Baptist Church

Sunday, July 26, 2009
Time: 5:51 PM

New Hope Baptist Church Choir. July 26 2009

What would Sunday be without a little gospel music from the best choir in Danbury...


AUDIO (Hi-Fi mp3):


Related posts:

VIDEO: Rev Al Sharpton visits New Hope Baptist Church.

LOCAL ACCESS: Rev. Ivan Pitts interview on Ideas at Work and Beyond.

LOCAL ACCESS VIDEO: Progressive Soup July 23 2009 broadcast

Time: 11:02 AM

Topic: Immigration and the Unitarian Univeralists Church
Guests: Lynn Taborsak and Carl Tichler, Unitarian Univeralists Church

Laughable quote

Time: 10:32 AM

I wonder how hard Dirk Perrefort traveled to get this bullshit quote regarding the BRT eyesore on Kennedy Ave.
City resident John Ross, who lives uphill from the property on Elm Street, said while most neighbors are surprised something hasn't happened sooner on the property, he's willing to be patient.

"Miracles don't happen overnight," he said, adding that he moved to the city in 1963. "The city has improved 110 percent since I first moved here. It's the best I've every seen it."

1. When Mayor Boughton gives BRT a seven year multi-million tax deferral (the first time the city of Danbury has given a tax deferral to a RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPER in the history of the city) AND BRT goes back on their word, and spit in the face of the Common Council, you better believe miracles can happen...a miracle in the form of BRT cleaning up the mess they creates in demolishing the Amphenol building!

2. If the current Danbury is the best John Ross has seen since he's moved here in 1963, then this guy drank so much of the mayor's Kool-Aid that he's overdosed. I mean really, this guy lives a stone throw away from an abandoned downtown area with streets that are overflowed with traffic, irresponsible development, increase in the nmumber of homeless and umemployed people (several of whom are veterans).

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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

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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
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11.07.23: Initial returns

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Dem/GOP slate/ballot position

VIDEO: DRTC convention
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(VID) DDTC nomination convention
(PDF) DDTC campaign slate flyer

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(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
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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