Connecticut parents file lawsuit claiming son expelled over conservative political views

Connecticut parents file lawsuit claiming son expelled over conservative political views
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Parents in Connecticut have filed a lawsuit against Cheshire Academy in Connecticut alleging that their son was expelled from the school because of his conservative views.

The school has denied that the student, Michael Mancini, was punished because of his political views.

“As some of you may be aware, earlier this week, following a fair process, a student was expelled. This student was given a number of chances to adhere to our expectations, and the rules and code of conduct of Cheshire Academy. Contrary to what you may have read, our…

Connecticut GOP tries to harness toll opposition for fundraising

Connecticut GOP tries to harness toll opposition for fundraising
A toll opponents hold a sign at a rally for the anti-toll movement at the state Capitol on Saturday. (Kenneth R. Gosselin / Hartford Courant)

In a fundraising letter Tuesday, state GOP Chairman J.R. Romano wrote that tolls would place another burden on the state’s already over-taxed residents and businesses — and if they want to stop it, they should give money to the party.

The two-page appeal opens by referring to the governor as “New Tax Ned” Lamont, who it says “lied” during last year’s gubernatorial race about only supporting tolls on out-of-state trucks. Lamont, a Democrat, has since said that the only way to raise enough money for overdue transportation improvements is to toll all vehicles on 91, 84, 95 and Route 15.

Romano’s letter says Connecticut Republicans need to raise $40,000 over the next 21 days and asks supporters to chip-in $500, $250 or $100.

“Acting like arrogant kings and queens in a monarchy, the regal Connecticut Democrats love to tell you what to do and take your money and make it their money,” the letter reads.

Lamont senior adviser Colleen Flanagan Johnson said the only transportation funding alternative offered by Republicans, a plan known as Prioritize Progress, would take on long-term debt for the state and runs counter to the “debt diet” plan of the governor.

“This is desperate,…

The Wheelhouse: Adjusting To Life On A ‘Debt Diet,’ And The Politics Of Personal Space

  • In a statement, Joe Biden said,
    In a statement, Joe Biden said, “In my many years on the campaign trail and in public life, I have offered countless handshakes, hugs, expressions of affection, support and comfort. And not once – never – did I believe I acted inappropriately.”

There are those who hope Joe Biden, as he weighs a 2020 presidential run, hasn’t lost his touch for personal connections. There are others who wish he would.

A Connecticut resident is among the two women who came forward this week with complaints that the former Democratic vice president violated their personal space when greeting them at campaign events. Amy Lappos, a former staffer for U.S. Rep Jim Himes, says Biden pulled her toward him to rub noses. As it was happening, Lappos thought Biden intended to kiss her, she says.

This week, we judge the appropriateness of…

Politics of pot becomes more potent as sales begin in Mass.

Statewide – The chances of Connecticut giving the green light to recreational marijuana increased dramatically when Democrat Ned Lamont won the race for Governor earlier this month.

Now, with hundreds of people lining up just 30 minutes north of the state border in Northampton, and Leicester, Massachusetts to legally buy marijuana and marijuana products, there will be more urgency on the issue.

Unlike Governor Malloy, Lamont embraced the idea of legalizing marijuana all through the campaign.

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He now joins the highest ranking state legislator in the effort, Sen. Martin Looney (D-New Haven). The Senate President Pro tem told News 8, “It’s pointless to continue to have it be illegal in Connecticut since people can now travel just across the border to Massachusetts. It’s a significant revenue item for us. It’s also…

Lahren: Dems putting hate for Trump above love for America

Lahren: Dems putting hate for Trump above love for America

Fox News contributor sounds off after a Connecticut official kneels during the Pledge of Allegiance to protest the president.

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A collision of insider politics, open primaries and race

Jahana Hayes reached out to supporters of Manny Sanchez, a rival.

At the chaotic conclusion of her congressional nominating convention Monday, teacher Jahana Hayes briefly had at least 171 votes, the minimum necessary to win. Young spectators, some of them Hayes’s former students getting their first peek at politics, wildly cheered Connecticut’s endorsement of a black woman for Congress.

Then the chairman of the New Britain delegation, Bill Shortell, stepped forward to announce vote switches in his delegation, an integral part of every convention that allows, even encourages deal-making before the vote closes. Three times he announced a switch, each a loss for Hayes.

The changes helped flip a lead for Hayes, a newcomer who had come to prominence as a national teacher of the year in 2016, charming President Obama at the White House and Ellen DeGeneres on television, to the advantage of Mary Glassman, a New Britain native with long experience as an elected official in Simsbury.

“Close the vote!” Glassman and her supporters shouted, clapping hands in the auditorium of Crosby High School in Waterbury. “Close the vote!”

The tally finally was announced: 173 for Glassman, 167 for Hayes.

Glassman, who opened her campaign on April 2, the day U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty of the 5th District abruptly quit the race over mishandling of a sexual harassment complaint, had survived a surge for Hayes encouraged by U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy and others. They saw Hayes as a charismatic talent, a fresh face and potential groundbreaker as the first black Democrat nominated for Congress in Connecticut.

Now, five days later as the Democrats open their two-day convention, a political debut that could have been a feel-good moment for Democrats, no matter who ultimately wins the nomination in a primary in August, has turned into something else, with angry questions from the NAACP about the motives for the vote-switching away from a black woman, resentment from some Glassman delegates about Murphy’s involvement — and just a whiff of a voting irregularity.

Shortell had announced three vote switches Monday night.

But his paperwork recorded only one.

State party officials, who were informed of the discrepancy Thursday by Ken Curran, a Murphy staffer who is Democratic chairman in Waterbury, were uncertain what happened Monday — or what might happen now.

Under party rules, a dispute resolution committee of three to five Democratic State Central Committee members could be empaneled if one is requested by a delegate or someone else with a stake in the convention. If so, the solution could be a matter of two New Britain delegates signing affidavits attesting to their switches.

“If something went wrong, we want to know,” said Christina Polizzi, the communication director for Connecticut Democrats. “We want to make sure this is handled quickly and appropriately. We want this looked into as well.”

The Hayes campaign is not asking for an investigation, mindful that asking the party establishment to set aside a convention vote undermines an element of their candidate’s appeal: She is from outside a system that never has produced a black nominee for Congress or any statewide office besides treasurer.

On Monday night, Hayes was upbeat, marveling at how close she had come in 12 days as a candidate. In an interview Friday, she reinforced that message, saying it was appropriate that the endorsement was not handed to her.

“Nothing in my life has come easily. I always had to take the alternate route,” said Hayes, who got pregnant at 17 but managed to become a teacher after attending a community college, a four-year school and graduate school. “It cuts all those strings. It really shows people I can stand on my own.”

Scott X. Esdaile, president of the Connecticut…

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A progressive powerhouse in New York politics thinks Nevada is ready to move left.

The Working Families Party, comprising influential labor leaders and progressive activists in the northeastern United States, thinks that move starts with getting Clark County Commissioner Chris Giunchigliani into the Nevada governor’s mansion in November.

Giunchigliani is facing off in the Democratic primary against fellow commissioner Steve Sisolak, a candidate with a hefty war chest who began his campaign last summer by touting himself as a moderate.

The WFP has a recent history of challenging and upending more moderate incumbent Democrats in legislative primaries in New York, Connecticut and even Oregon. The group, known for its powerful and coordinated ground games, has also been instrumental in bringing policy issues such as a $15 minimum wage and government-mandated paid sick leave to the top of the national Democratic Party agenda.

“My platform, I think, mirrors what they’ve been talking about,” Giunchigliani said. “I want…

From Gruesome Tragedy Emerges a New Life in Politics

William A. Petit Jr., a representative in Connecticut’s legislature, managed to emerge from one of the most shocking crimes in the state’s history.

PLAINVILLE, Conn. — When William A. Petit Jr. was campaigning door to door here for a seat in the State Legislature, he did not have to worry about getting residents to remember his name. They already knew it.

The candidate, once a successful physician who hailed from a prominent family in this Hartford suburb of 17,000, had survived an unimaginable tragedy: Nearly 10 years earlier, his wife and two daughters were brutally murdered during an hourslong home invasion, leaving him beaten and broken.

“People would say they were sorry for what happened to him and he would say, ‘Thank you very much; I’m running for representative,’” recalled Deborah Tompkins, a Plainville councilwoman who knocked on doors with Mr. Petit, a Republican, in the fall of 2016. “He is a very smooth deflector.”

For Mr. Petit, it was a long, painful road from the aftermath of one of the most shocking crimes in Connecticut’s history to a seat in the state’s House of Representatives. In between were years of therapy; the formation of a foundation to honor his slain family’s legacy; two murder trials (one for each assailant); and his unsuccessful effort to block the state’s repeal of the death penalty, a move that led to the resentencing of the convicted killers to life without parole.

But as the 10th anniversary of the killings came and went last July, Mr. Petit, 60, was no longer defined by tragedy.

With the blessing of his late wife’s family, he remarried in 2012. His wife, Christine Paluf, is a photographer who had volunteered for the Petit Family Foundation. The couple have a young son, also named William. The foundation has raised more than $2.2 million to address chronic illness and violence and to encourage women in the sciences. (Before her death, his 17-year-old daughter, Hayley, was headed to Dartmouth, his alma mater, and planned to be a doctor.)

Mr. Petit gave up his diabetes practice immediately after the killings to focus on the foundation. But he has deployed his medical expertise in the legislature, where he serves on the public health committee. At a recent “pizza and politics” event for constituents, he sounded as much the doctor as the politician when asked about legalizing marijuana.

Mr. Petit, who remarried in 2012 with the blessing of his late wife’s family, brought his son, William Petit III, to the legislature’s opening session last month. Jessica Hill/Associated Press

“At the moment, given the data, it’s hard for me to be in favor of it,” he said. “There’s good data that shows that when younger people, and even adults, use marijuana on a regular basis, there are long-lasting impacts on I.Q., decision making and executive function.”

Quiet and low-key, Mr. Petit is not the first victim of a horrific tragedy to enter politics in the New York region. In…