Hwang condemns Trump’s border policy

Republican State Senator Tony Hwang issued the following statement regarding the Trump administration’s policy that has resulted in migrant children being separated from their parents at the border: “Yes, illegal immigration is against the law, but the new enforcement policy is inhumane, it is cruel, and it must end. We can all agree that innocent children must be protected.  We can all agree that Congress needs to step up immediately and do its job. Congress: Please do what you were elected to do. Work in a collaborative basis. Solve the problem in a thoughtful, comprehensive, compassionate way. You are our leaders. … Read more

Boucher gets Republican nomination at convention

Toni Boucher (R-26) was nominated by a unanimous vote of delegates at the 26th District Republican Convention last Monday. She will be running for re-election to a sixth two-year term in November. The convention was held at Trackside in Wilton. The 26th District comprises Bethel, New Canaan, Redding, Ridgefield, Weston, Westport, and Wilton. Boucher was formally nominated by her campaign chairman and communications director, Tom Derderian of Redding, who told Boucher’s remarkable story, beginning with her immigration to this country as a young girl, and cited her strong record of leadership on behalf of her district and her state. “When … Read more

Learning a trade plays large role in Duff’s campaign

State Rep. Will Duff was recently unanimously endorsed by Republicans to run for a second term in the 2nd General Assembly District. He is running against Democrat Raghib Allie-Brennan of Bethel. Duff defeated Allie-Brennan in the 2016 election by 280 votes. The 2nd Assembly District covers the northern one-third of Redding, as well as parts of Bethel, Danbury and Newtown. Duff said he strongly believes in the value of going to school to study a specific trade. “Connecticut spends an incredible amount of money on the idea of getting more for your degree,” Duff said, at a recent interview near … Read more

Duff to run for re-election in the 2nd District

State Rep. Will Duff (R-2) received the unanimous endorsement of the assembled delegates at Bethel Town Hall as their candidate to represent the 2nd Assembly District. In his acceptance speech, Duff said, “I’m grateful to you for unanimously nominating me to again run for the honor of serving a second term as the 2nd Assembly District’s voice and representative in Hartford. It is an enormous responsibility to serve all residents and the needs of our community. I work every day to make sure the people of Bethel, Danbury, Redding, and Newtown don’t get pushed out of the conversation.” He added, … Read more

Shaban vows to avoid court if elected attorney general

From left, Senate Republican President Pro Tempore Len Fasano, former Republican state Rep. John Shaban, and Fairfield RTC Chairman Jamie Millington, at Friday’s state Republican Convention at Foxwoods Casino in Mashantucket. — Photo courtesy of John Shaban

Should he be elected Connecticut’s attorney general, former Republican state Rep. John Shaban said, he would work to avoid ending up in court. He’ll end up facing a primary to win that post, having lost the endorsement at last weekend’s state Republican Convention at Foxwoods Casino in Mashantucket. Shaban received about 25% of the votes cast toward the endorsement, won by Sue Hatfield of Pomfret with 69%. However, Shaban needed to clear only 15% of the votes to go to the primary, which is on Aug. 14. Should he prevail in the primary and the Nov. 6 state election, Shaban … Read more

Kudlow’s friends wish him well

Tom Doherty, youth group director at St. Patrick Church in Redding, said he knows Larry Kudlow will do well in his new role as director of the National Economic Council under President Donald Trump. “He’s a straight shooter,” Doherty said, adding he has known Kudlow — a fellow Redding resident — for many years. “He’s a guy who will tell it like it is.” “I love the church,” Kudlow said of St. Patrick. “It’s has been great. We helped build the new building about eight years ago. “ Kudlow has been president of the church’s Parish Council and served as … Read more

Kudlow shares goals under Trump

Redding resident starts new job at the White House Maximizing growth of the economy is one of the goals of TV personality and Redding resident Larry Kudlow, recently appointed director of the National Economic Council by President Donald Trump. “I think we can do a lot better in the next 10 years compared to the last 10 years,” said Kudlow in a telephone call Thursday from the White House, where he recently started his new position. Kudlow, formerly host of CNBC’s The Kudlow Report, was also host of The Larry Kudlow Show on WABC Radio. He is founder and CEO … Read more

Redding GOP endorses Dunsby for re-election

The Redding Republican Town Committee has officially endorsed State Representative Adam Dunsby as its candidate for re-election to the State House of Representatives in this November’s election. The endorsement was announced following a vote in the Town Committee’s monthly meeting on Feb. 5. Dunsby, who was first elected in 2016, represents the 135th House district, which includes Easton, Weston and the majority of Redding. He serves on the Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee, the Education Committee and the Environment Committee. During his first term he achieved a perfect voting record, casting a vote on every one of 417 roll call … Read more

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

Resident asks Dunsby to address sexual misconduct claims against Roy Moore

Easton resident Ann Hughes, far right, near door, shined the national spotlight on sexual harassment and abuse to the local level at the Dec. 7 Board of Selectmen meeting. — Nancy Doniger photo

In politics, “everything is local” is a popular phrase that is often articulated as fact. The current conversation on sexual misconduct by powerful male leaders transcends boundaries and has brought what’s local into national perspective, and vice versa. Easton resident Ann Hughes shined the national spotlight on sexual harassment and abuse to the local level at the Dec. 7 Board of Selectmen meeting. She stood up and addressed First Selectman Adam Dunsby, a Republican, who is also state representative of Connecticut’s 135th Congressional District, during the public comment portion of the meeting. Hughes asked Dunsby, as a state and local … Read more

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