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New Democratic State Chairman Faced Criminal Charges In The Past

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Nick Balletto, former town chairman in New Haven, has been unanimously elected as the Connecticut Democratic Party’s replacement for longtime state Chairwoman Nancy DiNardo.

Balletto is a skilled political insider who was New Haven’s Democratic town chairman from 1996 to 2002. He played a key role in helping Dannel P. Malloy get the big New Haven majorities he needed to win the governor’s races in 2010 and 2014.

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CT’s Family Court Reform Just Beginning Say Advocates

 

Photo credit: ctlawtribune

Photo credit: ctlawtribune

Bill Sarno
CTLatinoNews
 

The changes enacted last year as to how the state’s family courts operate appear to be just the first steps in reforming a  system which some critics have described as incestuous, secretive and having greatly distressed some families, both financially and emotionally.

While much of the impetus for the changes initially came from the legislature, with Reps. Minnie Gonzalez and Edwin Vargas of Hartford leading the fight for  passage of the reform bill, the state judicial branch now also indicates its increased willingness to improve and streamline  how it treats family matters and is introducing several bills this session.

Rep. Minnie Gonzalez (D) Hartford has fought for changes in the family court system or five years.  Photo credit: ctmirror.org

Rep. Minnie Gonzalez (D) Hartford has fought for changes in the family court system for five years. Photo credit: ctmirror.org

Gonzalez, who has campaigned for the system’s reform for five years, is also not done.  She also is sponsoring new bills this year that …

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Latino Democratic Leaders Challenge Malloy On His Silence In Supporting Segarra

Mayor Pedro Segarra and Governor Dannel Malloy haev been strong allies over the years. Photo courtesy of Hartford Courant

Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra and Governor Dannel Malloy are long time allies. Photo credit: Hartford Courant

 
Bill Sarno
CTLatinoNews
 

For Latino leaders around the state, the announcement that the governor’s former top legal aide Luke Bronin is challenging incumbent Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra for the Democratic nomination is raising red flags as to where the governor’s loyalty lies.  Not because of Bronin they say, but because of Governor  Malloy’s current stance of not getting involved in this race, which is being viewed as a quiet nod to his friend and as a betrayal to the state’s Latinos.

The CT Hispanic Democratic Caucus is challenging the governor’s silence on the matter and it seems the gloves are off.  Its chair, Joseph Rodriguez, said, “We just had a tough statewide election and were successful because we rallied behind the governor, as did the mayor.  It will be unfortunate and a slap in …

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