Allie-Brennan to run against Duff for state representative

Raghib Allie-Brennan is running for state representative for Connecticut’s 2nd Assembly District, which covers parts of Redding, Bethel, Danbury, and Newtown. He is standing in front of his former high school, Bethel High School.

Will he win the second time around? Democrat Raghib Allie-Brennan is once again running against Republican incumbent Rep. William Duff in Connecticut’s 2nd General Assembly District. The district covers parts of Redding, Bethel, Danbury, and Newtown. In 2016, Allie-Brennan lost to Duff by about 280 votes out of a total of about 11,750 votes — getting about 49% of the votes. “I felt this was impressive since this is a Republican district historically and it was a Republican year,” he said. A Bethel native Allie-Brennan, 26, said he has always liked the idea of local public service. “Your hometown is where … Read more

Malloy, DOT postpone transportation projects

Hundreds of state transportation projects will be held up indefinitely after Gov. Dannel Malloy announced that the state’s Special Transportation Fund will need new revenue. Malloy said Wednesday that his administration will announce detailed proposals later this month ahead of the next legislative session to get money into the STF and allow projects to go back online. Projects planned include improvements to the Interstate 91/Route 15 interchange on the Charter Oak Bridge and a widening of Interstate 95 from Bridgeport to Stamford. Malloy said even routine highway maintenance and transportation aide to cities and towns “are seriously jeopardized.”   “If … Read more

New Connecticut laws make their debut

Joe Markley, assistant state Senate minority leader, explained several new laws that went into effect in Connecticut on Jan 1. Among the most noteworthy: An Act Preventing Prescription Opioid Diversion and Abuse, Public Act No. 17-131, requires that prescriptions be transcribed electronically to safeguard against over-prescribing, reduces the maximum number of days for a prescription from seven to five for minors, and allows patients to request that drugs other than opioids be prescribed. An Act Concerning Withholding Workers’ Compensation Income for Child Support, Public Act No. 17-27, requires an employer to promptly notify the dependent (i.e., spouse, former spouse, or … Read more

Dunsby and Hwang vote to restore Medicare funding

State Rep. Adam Dunsby (R-135) and state Sen. Tony Hwang (R-28) voted for a bipartisan plan that would provide funding for the Medicare Savings Program (MSP) through the end of the fiscal year. Last month, legislators successfully petitioned the General Assembly back into special session in order to address the issue. MSP is a Medicaid program that helps seniors and the disabled pay for Medicare co-insurance, deductibles and premiums. Connecticut was one of five states whose income eligibility limits exceeded the federal minimum level. Legislators, in adopting the budget in October, reduced the eligibility to the federal minimum, consequently reducing … Read more

Democratic Town Committee to hold caucus

The Easton Democratic Town Committee will hold a caucus on Tuesday, Jan. 16, at 7:30 p.m. in the community room at the Easton Public Library. The purpose of the caucus is to select party-endorsed candidates for the town committee. Nominations will be accepted between 7:30 and 8 p.m. Voting, if necessary, will begin at 8 p.m. Residents interested in serving on the Easton Democratic Town Committee may attend the caucus or send an application with a proxy. Applications may be obtained by emailing Adam Halberg, [email protected] The primary date for the election of town committee members is March 6.

Weston 2017 Year in Review

Democratic campaign manager Barbara Reynolds embraces Chris Spaulding and Brian Gordon after the election results were announced. — Gregory Menti photo

Weston was defined by both finality and uncertainty last year, as reflected in the top stories of 2017. Westonites embraced some finality with the 2017 municipal election. After a lengthy campaign, the town voted overwhelmingly for the Democratic ticket, shepherding Chris Spaulding into the role of the town’s chief elected official. There was also finality with the completion of extensive library renovations, and filling key staff positions, such as the police chief. There was also finality with a court decision in the Kopulos animal hoarding case. But other issues remain uncertain. At the start of 2017, the creation of a … Read more

Congressmen slam new tax plan

Weston’s congressional leaders have slammed the recently passed tax reform bill, which was approved primarily along party lines. U.S. Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy, and Congressman Jim Himes, all Democrats, voted against the bill, which they claim will benefit the wealthy and hurt the middle class and the poor. After the Senate vote, Blumenthal called the tax bill “an abomination,” characterizing it as more about tax cuts than actual tax reform. “This one betrays basic American values. It funds burgeoning tax breaks for the wealthiest one percent — who receive 83% of the bill’s benefits — by burdening our … Read more

Weston Democrats to hold caucus

Fran Goldstein, chairman of the Democratic Town Committee of Weston, has issued a notice to all enrolled members of the Democratic Party of Weston. Pursuant to the rules of the Democratic Party and state election laws, Weston Democrats are hereby notified that a caucus will be held on Jan. 10, at 8 p.m. at Weston Town Hall, 56 Norfield Road, Weston to endorse candidates for the Democratic Town Committee and to transact other business as may be proper to come before said caucus.

Easton legislators confront new state budget deficit

State Sen. Tony Hwang, R-28, and state Rep. Adam Dunsby, R-135, addressed a new state budget deficit at a forum at the Easton Public Library community room. — Nancy Doniger photo

Underfunded teacher pensions, lucrative state union contracts, declining population, regionalization, and attracting young people to stay in Connecticut were among the subjects raised at a budget forum held by Easton’s delegation to the Connecticut General Assembly. State Sen. Tony Hwang, R-28, and state Rep. Adam Dunsby, R-135, invited residents to the Easton Public Library community room on Monday, Dec. 18, to discuss the contents of the recently adopted state budget and the implications for the local community. Residents in attendance expressed their worries about the state’s continuing budget woes and the impact on local taxes. The fact that state lawmakers … Read more

League of Women Voters hears talk on Connecticut’s economic outlook     

Susan Bransfield, Portland first selectman, spoke at Meadow Ridge in Redding on Connecticut’s economic outlook. From left, Redding First Selectman Julia Pemberton, Bransfield, Redding Town Clerk Michele Grande, and Redding LWV President Kim O’Rielly.

Susan Bransfield, first selectman of Portland and president of the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities, spoke about Connecticut’s economic outlook from a small town’s perspective to Redding’s League of Women Voters. The talk was held at the group’s Tuesday, Dec. 12, holiday lunch at Meadow Ridge in Redding. As background, she noted that the United States Constitution mentions only federal and state government. She said that the 169 towns and cities in Connecticut are agents of the state. They don’t exist unless the state allows them to, and as such are affected by decisions made in Hartford.   Bransford said that … Read more

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