LOCAL ACCESS VIDEO: Spotlight On 11.02.10 broadcast

Saturday, November 06, 2010
Time: 7:54 PM

LOCAL ACCESS VIDEO: Danbury Live 10.30.10 broadcast

Time: 7:53 PM

LOCAL ACCESS VIDEO: The Marty Heiser Show Nov 4 2010 broadcast

Time: 7:45 PM

Rogue Boughton

Friday, November 05, 2010
Time: 1:10 PM

Is Boughton going rouge?
Boughton urged Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz to go back to all 169 municipalities and re-verify the results from the ticker tape generated by the electronic voting machines.

He pointed out that the initial results for the city of Torrington posted on the SOTS website were corrected by Bysiewicz on Thursday after short-changing Foley by 2,000 votes.

“It might best serve the voters of Connecticut to have a recanvass,” Boughton said, emphasizing that he was speaking for himself and not the campaign.

If Boughton's not speaking on behalf of Foley, as Tom's number two, he should probably refrain from going off the campaign script...but knowing Danbury's last honest man the way I do, I'm not surprised with him running off at the mouth.

Congressman Chris Murphy says thanks to Danbury

Thursday, November 04, 2010
Time: 6:29 PM

Congressman Chris Murphy stops by JK's Restaurant to say thanks to residents for their vote in Tuesday's election.
JK's Restaurant 11.04.10. Photo by Al Robinson

On Tuesday, Danbury residents overwhelmingly voted to send Chris Murphy back to Congress for a third term.

While thanking people for their support at JK's Restaurant, I had a chance to speak to Congressman Murphy and get his thoughts on the election and his thoughts on the new make-up of the House of Representatives.

Danbury election roundup

Wednesday, November 03, 2010
Time: 1:35 PM




State Rep. Bob Godfrey victory speech

State Rep. Joe Taborsak victory speech

State Sen. Alice Hutchinson concession speech

Election day LIVE BLOG

Tuesday, November 02, 2010
Time: 11:26 AM

Let us know how the voting turnout is in your area...make note of the counter when you cast your ballot. If your using Twitter, use the #ctvote2010 hashtag and your tweet will appear here.

For Rides to the Polls or Questions About Where to Vote: 855-CT-VOTES For the Voter Protection Hotline: 888-316-6603

To find your polling location, click here.

7:30 PM: Here's my video stream feed from Danbury DTC headquarters (recorded).

UPDATE 5:00: Danbury Registrar of Voters Mary Ann Doran is MISLEADING the public regarding the Dem voter turnout.

1987 photo of Democratic Town Committee member (and Boughton's current receptionist) Joan Soderstorm (left) and Democratic Town Committee Chairwoman (and current GOP Registrar of Voters) Mary Ann Doran (right). Both individuals played a central role in one of the most controversial episode in the history of City Hall...known to most people at the time as the midnight city hall midnight massacre.

Here's what she told the News-Times:
The heaviest voting, according to Doran, is in traditionally Republican strongholds in the city, while some Democratic wards are seeing voter turnout as of 3 p.m. as low as 12 percent.

Here's why Doran's outrageous comment is misleading.

Here are the voting turnout totals as of 3 PM (Democratic strongholds are in italic):
WARD 1, 109 DIST: 59 out of 235 votes (25.1 percent)
WARD 1, 110 DIST: 109 out of 376 votes (29.0 percent)
WARD 1, 138 DIST: 1421 out of 4426 votes (32.1 percent)
TOTAL WARD 1: 1589 out of 5037 votes (31.5 percent)

WARD 2, 109 DIST: 908 out of 2536 votes (35.8 percent)
WARD 2, 138 DIST: 808 out of 2464 votes (32.8 percent)
TOTAL WARD 2: 1716 out of 5000 votes (34.8 percent)

WARD 3, 109 DIST: 1952 out of 5624 votes (34.7 percent)
TOTAL WARD 3: 1952 out of 5624 votes (34.7 percent)

WARD 4, 109 DIST: 636 out of 2086 votes (30.5 percent)
WARD 4, 110 DIST: 594 out of 2321 votes (25.6 percent)
TOTAL WARD 4: 1230 out of 4407 votes (27.9 percent)

WARD 5, 02 DIST: 470 out of 1344 votes (30.5 percent)
WARD 5, 109 DIST: 29 out of 236 votes (12.3 percent)
WARD 5, 110 DIST: 571 out of 2062 votes (27.7 percent)
TOTAL WARD 5: 1071 out of 3642 votes (29.4 percent)

WARD 6, 02 DIST: 1006 out of 2933 votes (34.3 percent)
WARD 6, 110 DIST: 333 out of 1249 votes (26.7 percent)
TOTAL WARD 6: 1340 out of 4182 votes (32.0 percent)

WARD 7, 02 DIST: 175 out of 534 votes (32.8 percent)
WARD 7, 110 DIST: 86 out of 312 votes (27.6 percent)
WARD 7, 138 DIST: 1349 out of 4112 votes (32.8 percent)
TOTAL WARD 7: 1610 out of 4182 votes (32.5 percent)

TOTAL VOTES: 10507 out of 32,850 votes (32.0 percent)

As you can see, the ward that lean Democratic are just about on par with the GOP wards. Furthermore, the ward Doran picked out as evidence of a low Dem turnout (5th ward 109th district) is the section of Danbury where Western Connecticut State University dorms are located. This particular ward has traditionally been incredibly low because college kids in dorms rarely vote (which is why the total number of voters in that section of the 5th is at 236). What Doran doesn't mention about the 5th ward is that the turnout in the 2nd District section of the 5th is 35 percent...which as of the 3PM is the second highest percentage of voter turnout in the entire city.

In short, Doran is pulling a dirty and misleading trick on the people of Danbury...but for those who knows Doran's controversial political history in the area, her latest antics is nothing new.

Part time mayor mixes wrestling with politics

Monday, November 01, 2010
Time: 4:46 PM


Oh yeah, that WWE event this weekend in Hartford had nothing to do with politics...Boughton is a big fan of wrestling (not like he has to city to look after or anything)...

Controlling the message

Time: 4:45 PM

UPDATE: Too funny, look at the video Linda's campaign put out from the "rally".

There she goes again...

One thing I learned in the campaign fore US Senate is that Linda McSteroids' campaign will go to any lengths to control their message…and just as they attempted to do in Milford, when it comes to the size of crowds at her rallies, Linda's camp isn't being quite honest with the people.

On Saturday Linda's 50 million dollar trainwreck made one of her last campaign stops in Danbury. With campaign manager David Cappiello and Lt. Gov candidate Mark Boughton both residents of Connecticut's Hatcity, you would think there would be a good turnout for Linda's rally at the Danbury High School right? Well, of you drank the Kool-Aid from Linda's team, then the rally was a HUGH success.

Here's what the McSteroids' campaign tweeted regarding their rally at Danbury High School.


Lets take a look at the pics McSteroids' campaign put out of the "amazing/great" rally.

LindaCampaign_Tweet01 LindaCampaign_Tweet02

Again, if you go by these images, you would think the rally was a huge hit…and why not? Announcement of the rally was posted on Linda's Facebook page back on the 26th and two of her biggest fans (her campaign manager and the mayor of Danbury) both live a stone throw away from where the rally took place. Surely the success of this rally should be a no brainer right? (I mean come on, they even had Triple H as the "special" guest!)


Fresh from the Obama rally in Bridgeport, I decided to stop by the big festival and see how things were going…and lets just say that no one was really psyched to see me there. I knew once I parked my car that the rally was a complete bust.

(click here to enlarge)

I arrived at the "rally" around at the Danbury High School auditorium at aprox. 7:30 and the size of the crowd was almost embarrassing. Even after they sectioned off half of the gym, the size of Linda's followers peaked at 120 people (including Linda's staff and handlers who I recognized from the Milford rally).


By the time Linda finally showed her face (aprox 8:40), her handlers move the people into the middle in order to give the impression that the size of the crowd was large for the cameras. Heck, by the time Linda finally showed up, I saw some people actually leave...including the crew from WTNH (marked in red in the above photo).


…I'll let the video tell the story.

As someone who attended one of Ned Lamont's last campaign stops in Danbury back in November 2006, Linda's people couldn't have been happy with this turnout…hell, I had more people at my wedding. If Linda's campaign manager and the Mark Boughton can't draw people out to her rallying Danbury (population 75,000+), then what does that say about the enthusiasm for the McSteroids campaign?

No class

Time: 3:33 PM

…no class

From Saturday's laughable Linda McSteroids rally, at Danbury High School, here's Danbury's last honest man in action spewing gutter remarks about Attorney General Richard Blumenthal.

Take note of the word Boughton uses for Blumenthal when criticizing the Attorney General.

BOUGHTON: Over the last year, I've been honored and blessed to meet someone who's very special, and that person is Linda McMahon. And I'm going to tell you the difference between Linda and that other guy…you know, Richard…Dick Blumenthal (laughter from crowd).

Everyone in the audience knew what Boughton was doing in his characterization of Blumenthal and as someone who has followed and documented the distortions of this mayor, the shorter version of Blumenthal's first name is probably the best description of Boughton.

HatCityBLOG FLASHBACK: Mayor Boughton misleads the public on BRT Crosby project

Time: 2:49 PM

Here's dishonest Mark Boughton in action.

This time Boughton's dishonesty centers on his defense of the BRT/Crosby Street project....a housing center in which he gave his favorite developer, BRT's Dan Bertram, an outrageous seven year tax deferral.

Although the apartments were sold to the public as a development for young adults, after receiving the sweetheart tax giveaway, BRT turned the project into a college dormitory for WCSU students. In essence, Bertram is renting the units to students (thus raking in the cash) while thumbing his nose at the city by not paying taxes on the building...and Boughton's defense of this action over the years has been disgraceful to say the least.

Watch and learn as Boughton is caught in another big fat lie (originally posted Aug 20 2008)

A seven-year tax deferral (which will cost the taxpayers a boatload of dollars" for a project that's nothing more than a college dormitory that the mayor and Republican majority defends (regardless of what they say now).

...more later.

Foley and Boughton's hometown papers have one thing in common...

Time: 1:52 PM

...The News-Times and Greenwich Time both endorsed the Dan Malloy/Nancy Wyman ticket.

The Malloy campaign issued the following statement in regards to the endorsements:
The Greenwich Time and the Danbury News-Times, the respective hometown papers of Republican candidates for Governor and Lt. Governor Tom Foley and Mark Boughton, have both endorsed Dan Malloy’s candidacy for Governor. Malloy has also been endorsed by the New York Times, the Hartford Courant, the Connecticut Post, and the Norwich Bulletin, among other papers.

The Greenwich Time says that “this campaign is about experience, and whose is best suited to the job of governor,” and that only one candidate – Dan Malloy – “took over a city where it was not entirely safe to walk the downtown streets at night and left a place with a thriving core.” They also note that Malloy “steered a city toward a new identity as a financial center, provided preschool for poor children, was a leader in providing affordable housing, began the difficult process of revitalizing a depressed waterfront district -- the list goes on.”

The Time also says Malloy “has proven he can go out and get businesses. He did it for Stamford. And during a time when Connecticut cities were losing population, Stamford's rose under Mr. Malloy,” and they said that when it comes to taxes, Stamford’s increases “were modest compared with other communities.”

They conclude: “This is an election about experience. And if ever there has been someone with the right experience to be governor, it's Stamford's former mayor.”

The Danbury News-Times says that: “After two decades in which the state's largest cities have continued to deteriorate and the educational system has failed many of its children, and with a massive $3.5 billion deficit looming, Connecticut needs a strong, effective, experienced governor to make the hard decisions that will need to be made. We believe Dan Malloy is the right leader for the times.”

They conclude: “These are tough times, and they require a governor who has the best combination of leadership skills, experience and compassion to take the state in the proper direction. We firmly believe that leader is Dan Malloy.”

Your taxpayer dollars at work

Time: 11:59 AM

Saw this SUV at the Linda rally at Danbury High School yesterday.


In these economic times, it's nice to know that city vehicles are being used for political purposes...

UPDATE: I received several emails from angered readers who want to know the person who drove the city vehicle to the Linda rally.

Here's the SUV from another angle. License plate is 111-DA.


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The Mercurial (RIP)
Danbury News Times
Danbury Patch
Danbury Hamlet Hub
Danbury Daily Voice
Tribuna Newspaper
CT News Junkie
CT Capitol Report

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