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Opinion: We treat third parties like pariahs, and our democracy suffers for it

Susan Bigelow

Susan Bigelow

Susan Bigelow is an award-winning columnist and the founder of CTLocalPolitics. She lives in Enfield with her wife and their cats.

It looks like former State Rep. Jonathan Pelto will be left off of the ballot for governor this fall, which will be a relief to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s re-election team. It’s also a sad commentary on the way we treat minor parties in this state, and how the two-party monopoly squeezes out much-needed competition.

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Norwalk Police plan to protect themselves with armored vehicle

A Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicle (MRAP).

A Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicle (MRAP). (Photo by Flickr user Raymond Wambsgans.)

NORWALK, Conn. – If the Norwalk Police Department is successful in obtaining an armored transport vehicle it will be used to protect officers from gunfire, Norwalk Police Chief Thomas Kulhawik said.

Kulhawik said recently that his department is seeking an armored vehicle for its Emergency Services Unit through Section 1033 of the National Defense Authorization Act of 1997, which authorizes the Department of Defense to transfer excess military property to state and local law enforcement agencies. Kulhawik explained on Friday that the department has requested a Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicle for use in active shooter situation. Continue reading Norwalk Police plan to protect themselves with armored vehicle

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Gun rights group goes with Foley

Tom Foley and Joe Visconti at a gun rally in April at the state Capitol (Christine Stuart file photo)

Tom Foley and Joe Visconti at a gun rally in April at the state Capitol (Christine Stuart file photo)

The general election is Tuesday, Nov. 4.

The general election is Tuesday, Nov. 4.

HARTFORD, Conn. – Upon hearing that the 15,000-member Connecticut Citizens Defense League endorsed Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Foley Friday morning, Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy could barely contain his excitement.

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New security measures at state capitol complex

Rep. Pam Sawyer tries out the new turnstiles in the LOB (Christine Stuart photo)

Rep. Pam Sawyer tries out the new turnstiles in the Capitol lobby. (Christine Stuart photo)

HARTFORD, Conn. – The new security measures at the state Capitol complex went live Thursday morning to mixed reviews from lawmakers and employees.

The new measures, which include metal detectors, security vestibules, and swipe card technologies, were all employed Thursday for the first time.

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Feds accidentally disclose privileged emails in Rowland case

HARTFORD, Conn. – Federal prosecutors have asked a judge to prevent former Gov. John Rowland’s lawyers from using accidentally-disclosed privileged emails as evidence during his campaign corruption trial scheduled to begin Wednesday.

Rowland’s charges stem from allegations that he conducted work for a congressional campaign and conspired to illegally hide his compensation from elections regulators. Prosecutors say the former governor drafted up false contracts, designed to mask the reasons for his pay.

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Stonegate Condo Association supports settlement of Al Madany suit

NORWALK, Conn. – The attorney for the Stonegate Condominium Association released this statement late Friday afternoon:

The board of directors of the Stonegate Condominium Association Inc. (“Stonegate”) announced today that it has unanimously approved Stonegate’s participation in a proposed settlement of the lawsuit in the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut known as Al Madany Islamic Center of Norwalk, Inc. v. the City of Norwalk, et al, 3:12-cv-00949-MPS, subject to drafting of a definitive settlement agreement by counsel.

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Ferguson-related discussion with Norwalk Police hits home

"There are letters to the editor all the time and some public speakers in this community who say things, I don’t think because they’re evil people, they have no idea of what they are saying," Sally Grose said at the Town Hall held Thursday in City H

“There are letters to the editor all the time and some public speakers in this community who say things, I don’t think because they’re evil people, they have no idea of what they are saying,” Sally Grose said at the Town Hall held Thursday in City Hall.

Updated 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 29, with editor’s note and link at end.

NORWALK, Conn. – Fears for Norwalk youth – accentuated by the violence in Ferguson, Mo. – led Thursday to lessons in de-escalating police situations and talk of different, more positive, ways to teach children.

“The issue was ‘how can we make sure something like this doesn’t happen in Norwalk?” said Norwalk Branch NAACP treasurer Brenda Tyson, after the town hall event featuring a discussion with Norwalk Police Chief Thomas Kulhawik and other leaders in City Hall. “We said, ‘OK, this is time we can come together, and put our heads together.’” Continue reading Ferguson-related discussion with Norwalk Police hits home

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Head of the Harbor moving forward after ‘harmonious’ discussions

Michael Discala and

Michael Discala and Mayor Harry Rilling shake hands after signing the agreement for Head of the Harbor.

NORWALK, Conn. – It took teamwork to finally lift the last of Norwalk’s long-delayed development projects off the ground, Norwalk leaders said Thursday.

The mutually laudatory phrases occurred as Head of the Harbor South LLC managing member Michael F. DiScala and Mayor Harry Rilling signed a stack of papers under the watchful eyes of the press. They said conditions have finally been right for the past several months allowing them to work out the Option to Purchase agreement approved recently by the Common Council, which allows the development to move ahead – way ahead, as Discala said he hoped construction would begin in the spring. Continue reading Head of the Harbor moving forward after ‘harmonious’ discussions

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Does mosque settlement proposal address all issues?

NORWALK, Conn. – Does the proposed legal settlement of the suit filed by the Al Madany Islamic Center against the city of Norwalk over the denial of a permit to build a mosque and accessory building address the Zoning Commission issues?

No one involved in the negotiations, other than the lawyers, whom we have already quoted, will talk about what went on in the talks, per court order.

The following includes the nine-point reason for denial from the June 6, 2012 Zoning Commission minutes. We compared the denial resolution, which passed the commission vote, 4-3, with the settlement proposal. In italics are our notes. We have attached the full minutes of that meeting and the released settlement documents.

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