Arora and Himes clash in debate


Election security, gun violence, health care, immigration, climate change, and partisan politics were the topics addressed during a debate between candidates vying to represent Connecticut’s Fourth District in Congress: Democratic incumbent Jim Himes and Republican challenger Harry Arora. The debate, attended by about 400 people, took place Sunday afternoon, Oct. 21, at the Clune Center in Wilton. Despite exhortations not to, many applauded their favorites and grumbling undertones could be heard throughout the afternoon. Moderator Kay Maxwell of the League of Women Voters presented the first question on any action Congress could or should take to ensure the integrity of … Read more

Absentee ballots are available in Weston

Absentee ballots for the state election to be held on Tuesday, Nov. 6, are now available at the town clerk’s office at Weston Town Hall, 56 Norfield Road. Absentee ballots can be obtained Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. through Monday, Nov. 5. The office will be open additional hours on Saturday, Nov. 3, from 9 a.m. until noon. Applications are available at the town clerk’s office or online at under municipal departments, town clerk. Any qualified voter may vote absentee if unable to vote in person due to active service in the armed forces; absence … Read more

26th District State Senate seat: Boucher, Haskell describe stand on issues (VIDEO)

Answering questions about issues from guns to gay rights, and from tolls to taxes, candidates for the 26th District state Senate seat — incumbent Republican Toni Boucher of Wilton and Democratic challenger Will Haskell of New Canaan — participated in League of Women Voters debate Oct. 2. The 26th District includes all or part of Ridgefield, Redding, Wilton, Weston, Westport, New Canaan and Bethel. A crowd approaching 200 filled the Ridgefield Library’s program room, with folks standing in the back, for the debate featuring six candidates — Boucher and Haskell, plus the candidates from Ridgefield’s two state House of Representative … Read more

Candidates will debate in Redding on Oct. 18

The Redding League of Women Voters is hosting debates for three local election races on Thursday, Oct. 18 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Redding Community Center, 37 Lonetown Road, Redding. Candidates scheduled to debate: Senate District 26: Will Haskell (D) and Toni Boucher (R) This district covers Redding, Ridgefield, Westport, Wilton and parts of Bethel, New Canaan and Weston. House District 2: Raghib Allie-Brennan (D) and William Duff (R) This district covers parts of Bethel, Danbury, Newtown, and Redding. House District 135: Anne Hughes (D) and Adam Dunsby (R) This district covers Easton, Weston and most of Redding.

Two questions will be on the November ballot

The state of Connecticut has announced that there will be two proposed amendments to the State Constitution on the Nov. 6 election ballot. The state has provided the following information and background about the questions: Question One. Shall the Constitution of the State be amended to ensure (1) that all moneys contained in the Special Transportation Fund be used solely for transportation purposes, including the payment of debts of the state incurred for transportation purposes, and (2) that sources of funds deposited in the Special Transportation Fund be deposited in said fund so long as such sources are authorized by statute … Read more

Election letters to the editor

Duff opposed bump stock ban; vote Allie-Brennan The haunting footage of the Las Vegas massacre showed a rapid-fire weapon deployed on civilians with the use of a “bump stock.” Thankfully, most of the CT Legislature had the common sense to ban bump stocks, but one local legislator did not — Will Duff. Fortunately, residents of CT’s 2nd District have a better choice this Election Day. Raghib Allie-Brennan is exactly the thoughtful and enthusiastic person we need in Hartford. Raghib will promote small businesses, support and improve public education, and build a green energy future for our state. Raghib Allie-Brennan is … Read more

Dunsby and Hughes to debate in Weston

Anne Hughes and Adam Dunsby

The League of Women Voters of Weston is hosting a debate between Adam Dunsby and Anne Hughes, Republican and Democratic candidates, respectively, in the upcoming election for 135th District state representative, on Saturday, Oct. 13, beginning at 10:30 a.m and lasting until noon in the Weston Town Hall meeting room. The 135th District encompasses Easton, Weston and most of Redding. The debate moderator will be Jean Rabinow of the League of Women Voters of Connecticut. The candidates will be asked to respond to questions that are provided by the audience, in writing on cards that will be supplied. These will … Read more

Barack Obama endorses Will Haskell for 26th district senate seat

Will Haskell

The race for state senate in Connecticut’s 26th district just went national with Democratic candidate Will Haskell winning the endorsement of former President Barack Obama. “Today, I’m proud to endorse even more Democratic candidates who aren’t just running against something, but for something — to expand opportunity for all of us and to restore dignity, honor, and compassion to public service,” Obama tweeted this afternoon, Oct. 1. “They deserve your vote.” Obama endorsed 16 Connecticut candidates, including Ned Lamont for governor, Susan Bysiewicz for lieutenant governor, as well as Haskell. “In President Obama’s farewell address, he made a call to … Read more

Himes reintroduces three education bills

U.S. Rep. Jim Himes

Congressman Jim Himes (D-4th) reintroduced three bills on Thursday designed to help students in Connecticut and across the nation. The Supporting Early Learning Act expands on investments by the Obama administration into early education by establishing the Early Learning Challenge Fund. It would support states in building and strengthening high-quality early learning and development programs. The bill authorizes $350 million for this program in its first year to support two competitive grant programs — Quality Pathways Grants and Development Grants. Funds from both grant programs would be used to implement or improve early learning systems, to help these programs meet … Read more

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