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Your Priorities, Their Expertise

By Alex J. Harris Democratic candidates for our local election share Ridgefielders’ priorities and possess the expertise to deliver, especially for Board of Finance (BOF) and Board of Education (BOE). …

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Your Neighbors, Your Priorities

By Alex Harris Ridgefield is a community of neighbors and neighborhoods. Pitching in for common cause and common good. Civic engagement, community involvement, and public spiritedness make our town envied …

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Haskell Leads on Gun Safety

By Kelly Breckenridge & Sylvia Steinert Once again we’re facing the carnage of gun violence. Now there are new, devastating superlatives: two mass shootings within 13 hours that ended the …

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Good Neighbors, Good Government

By Alex J. Harris After eight months of intense vetting, last week Ridgefield Democrats nominated a broad, diverse, and exceptionally qualified slate for local election. The large pool of conscientious townspeople eager to serve Ridgefield enabled Democrats to balance strengths for every board: proven experience and innovative new perspectives, subject-matter expertise and local knowledge, passion and pragmatism, visionary leadership and efficient, effective …

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Democrats Nominate Large, Innovative Slate

Many New Voices, Seasoned with Esteemed, Experienced Public Servants “Great flood”-level storms were no obstacle for the standing-room-only crowd of determined Democrats who caucused Monday evening, July 22, 2019, at …

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Democracy in Action

By Joseph Shapiro In 2017, Ridgefield Democrats successfully fielded a broad, substantial slate combining several first-time candidates and respected veterans. That combination of proven leadership and energetic new voices is …

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Last Call for Candidates

Step forward Now for the 2019 election (or hold your peace until 2021). This fall Ridgefield voters will elect 37 local officials, including First Selectman and the entire Board of …

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From Many, One

By Senator Will Haskell Across the 26thdistrict, families are getting ready to celebrate Independence Day. Between the barbeques and the fireworks, this is a time for reflection and gratitude to …

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Pride, Progress, Sacrifice

By Alex J. Harris On, Saturday afternoon, June 15, 2019, the combined Gay-Straight Alliances of East Ridge Middle School, Scotts Ridge Middle School, and Ridgefield High School held their first …

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Democratic Budget: Savings & Stability

HB7424, the Democratic state budget bill, passed the House on June 3. Contrary to misinformation-spewing borrow-and-spend-Republicans, the Democratic budget holds taxes flat, pays down long-term liabilities, maintains funding for towns …

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A Public Option for Connecticut

By Senator Will Haskell I saw an ad on Facebook last week that stunned me. “Connecticut’s private health insurance options are working just fine,” it boasted. According to whom? Certainly not …

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Fiscal Sanity & Infrastructure

By Kelly Breckenridge There is broad expert, public, and political consensus that Connecticut’s transportation infrastructure is deteriorating at an alarming rate and requires urgent, substantial modernization to ensure that everyone …

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Public Service or Self-Service?

Photo by Kelly Sikkema on Unsplash Recently, 111thDistrict State Representative John Frey received fawning accolades on local news outlets and social media when he announced his call to eliminate state …

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Reminder: Warranted Mistrust

In December this column warned, “As Governor-elect Lamont initiates programs to accelerate repair of Connecticut finances and economy, view Republican criticisms with the extreme mistrust they warrant.” Connecticut Republicans continue …

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Opposition and Inquiry

Reactions to State Senate President Pro Tempore Martin Looney’s bill to require towns with fewer than 40,000 residents to regionalize schools are loud, negative, and justified. Looney’s and similarly misguided …