Wednesday, July 18, 2018

XL Center area development needs discussion — not eminent domain threat

Photo from CT Viewpoints, where this first appeared on April 12.

It seems that Sen. Len Fasano and his Republican caucus prevented the Capitol Region Development Authority from pulling a fast one last month. Word surfaced on Tuesday the 22nd (May) that the CRDA planned to initiate action at its meeting later that week to seize by eminent domain the section of the XL Center owned by Northland Investment Corp.  A letter from Fasano and other Senate Republicans led the CRDA to remove the proposal from its agenda.

The CRDA had already indicated that it would use state bonding money intended for arena renovations to acquire the facility’s atrium and office space, known as the Trumbull Block. The decision to invoke eminent domain while discussions on the purchase were still underway suggests that application of this extraordinary state power was intended not as a last resort but as a negotiating position.

Such casual use of eminent domain shows how little some leaders have learned in the state that was home to the outrage of Kelo v. New London. That case, which destroyed a close-knit neighborhood for the supposed benefit of a large corporation, made the misuse of eminent domain a national scandal –yet here in Connecticut, the abuse of this dangerous power continues.

It’s worth remembering that Northland Investment became involved with the Hartford civic center as part of a public-private partnership. Northland held up its side of the bargain, constructing and operating the 36- story Hartford 21 tower —the tallest residential facility between New York and Boston— on the southeast corner of the civic center block.

Such housing is exactly what Hartford needs. Until a critical mass of residents is achieved, the services people require for proper downtown living —not just restaurants and clubs, but markets and stores— cannot be sustained.  Instead of attracting visitors for an evening, the city must appeal to a permanent population.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018


Image may contain: 1 person, beard and eyeglassesBy David Santory

Larry Seecamp from CT - a humble highly intellectual man with a big heart passed on 7/15/18 - hours after several humorous and political conservative FB postings. 

Larry and his deceased father were the gun inventors and makers of the famous Seecamp pistols in .25, .32, and .380 calibers - known as the Rolex of small handguns and used by law enforcement for duty gun backup, and the general public for easily hidden self defense. The Seecamp Company was small with only 7 employed highly skilled gunsmiths. Because of all the precision handwork involved, and high demand, Seecamp pistols were hard to get and in great demand. For years an order took about 2 years to fill. In fact one could resell the pistol after delivery for four times the purchase price. Now days a fast delivery.
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Because he was so concerned about his customers having to wait for their pistol orders Larry himself only used a Seecamp reject for his personal gun. Some of us bought him one of his own guns with his dad's name as a SS# but he kept it unused in his safe because it meant a lot to him and he did not want to scratch it up. Many famous people who bought Seecamp pistols knew Larry and their photos cover the walls of the shop. His pistols are used for easily hidden self defense and have saved the lives of "many" over the years. 

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Several years ago Larry sold the company and now Seecamp handguns are made in Massachusetts. Larry's lifestyle was also humble - with a love for music and song. He worked mostly 7 twelve hour days, drove an old car, and got many of his clothes at used resellers. A HUGE thanks to those who have personally helped Larry these past months.

Monday, July 16, 2018

Has Connecticut’s Governor Lost His Mind?

Governor Dannel P. Malloy Sitting at a Desk with an American Flag in the Background
Gov. Malloy - Photo from
Opinion by Sen. Joe Markley, candidate for Lt. Governor.  From January, 2018.

Raising taxes and increasing state spending didn’t work the first time Dannel Malloy was confronted with a budget crisis. So naturally, he tried the same thing twice more.
If insanity can be defined as doing the same thing over and over while expecting a different result, the governor of my home state of Connecticut, Dannel Malloy, should get his head checked.

Within a month of taking office in 2011, Malloy called for the largest tax increase in state history to close a multi-billion-dollar state deficit. His Democratic legislative allies delivered the hike, along with the spending increase he also requested.

Four years later, faced with a comparable deficit, Malloy offered the same prescription: a multi-billion dollar tax increase and more state spending. Democratic legislators once again obliged.

Two years after that, when 2017 brought yet another deficit, the General Assembly delivered a tax increase and a spending boost without any prompting from Malloy. Republican cooperation meant the tax hike was smaller (hundreds of millions instead of billions), but state spending levels remained liberal (up nearly 9 percent from 2015), and the governor signed the General Assembly’s bill into law.

That was eight weeks ago. Now the current year’s budget is over $200 million in the red, and the shortfall in the next biennial budget promises to be the largest yet: over $4 billion. Our state’s economy is collapsing before our eyes — and what does Malloy propose? More hikes, this time to the sales tax, the cigarette tax, and the real-estate-conveyance tax, as well as entirely new taxes on hotel rooms and e-cigarettes.

If that’s insanity, it is not confined to Malloy. The left wing of his party demands ever-higher taxes on top earners, ignoring the exodus of wealth, such increases have caused. The fact is that Connecticut’s wealthiest residents are moving away, and taking billions of dollars of income with them. Our most promising youths, our most innovative entrepreneurs, our most iconic businesses, our parents, grandparents, neighbors, friends, children, and families are moving away, too. Who can blame them?                        
Doctors for centuries bled their patients as a form of treatment. Of course it didn’t work, but what doctor committed to the practice could acknowledge even to himself the harm he had caused? Likewise, the politicians who bleed us through taxation refuse to recognize the injury they have inflicted on our economy. Instead they wish to bleed us more, even as the pulse of industry in our state fades away.

Senator Markley talks to constituent.
Committed liberals simply cannot change their minds. If we want a different direction for our state, we must elect new leaders. Given our history over the last couple of decades, citizens who vote Democrat can count on more spending and higher taxes; expecting any other result would be insane.

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Friday, July 13, 2018

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

CCDL: SCOTUS Nominee Brett Kavanaugh

(Groton, CT) - The Connecticut Citizens Defense League releases the following statement on SCOTUS nominee Brett Kavanaugh as the hopeful replacement for the seat recently vacated by Anthony Kennedy.
 CCDL President Scott Wilson stated:"Donald J. Trump's nomination to the Supreme Court this evening seems like a good choice to fill the slot. Although no one can be 100% certain on how a justice will decide on certain issues that come before the highest court in the land, Brett Kavanaugh has a track record of upholding the 2nd Amendment of the Constitution as an enumerated right that extends to individuals. His work is evidenced in his dissent of Heller v D.C. 2011."
Wilson Added:We know that there will soon be full on attacks on the nominee by Senators Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy. CCDL as an organization finds it peculiar that in the face of so many lifesaving uses of firearms that occur on a daily basis, not once do either of these politicians speak about the beauty of our constitutional right to keep and bear arms. Never does Murphy or Blumenthal speak of the everyday citizen, the natural right of self-defense, and the hundreds of thousands of lives saved every year by lawful gun ownership."

About the CCDL:
The Connecticut Citizens Defense League was formed in 2009 by a small group of concerned citizens as a non-partisan organization to advocate second amendment rights in the state of Connecticut. Since their founding, the group has grown to over 30,000 members across the state. Thanks to this large supportive base across the state the CCDL has become a fixture at the Capitol, and well-recognized by committees that see firearms related bills. As the go-to organization in the state they are consulted regularly by lawmakers who have questions and concerns about pending legislation or existing laws. For more information on the CCDL please visit

Saturday, July 07, 2018

CCDL - Republican Primary Endorsements

(Groton, CT) - The Connecticut Citizens Defense League releases the following endorsements for the Republican state-wide primary elections. 

The Executive Committee of CCDL endorses the following primary candidates:
Lt. Governor - Joe Markley

Governor - Tim Herbst

Attorney General - Sue Hatfield

State Treasurer - Art Linares

Statement on the Gubernatorial Race:
After careful consideration and a spirited debate among the CCDL executive committee, the organization has selected a gubernatorial candidate for the Republican primary. As an organization, we are pleased that several candidates have expressed a willingness to embrace the rights of law abiding gun owners, and that they will work to protect our constitutional rights against further misguided erosion.
While we had several good choices, our state’s elections are winner takes all. The consensus of the committee is that the primary candidate we feel will best preserve our 2ndAmendment rights in the Governor’s office is Tim Herbst.

Republican Candidate for Lt. Governor, Joe Markley Needs Your Help!


I hope you’re enjoying this week as we celebrate our nation’s independence!

I'm reaching out on behalf of state Sen. Joe Markley, the endorsed Republican
candidate for Lieutenant Governor. Joe is assembling a grassroots army of
freedom-loving activists to help bring his conservative principles to our State

As the Republican Primary approaches (August 14), Joe is looking for engaged
volunteers and college interns to add to his statewide team. There are multiple
ways to help the Markley for LG campaign, and we will do our best to make full
use of experience and unique skills. Our goal: help save Connecticut!

This is a fun and educational opportunity for students or others to be part of a
meaningful and exciting political campaign, and it might well qualify for college
credit. The campaign can also offer modest compensation to college students for
several field positions with additional responsibilities.

Please let me know if you're interested in becoming part of this critically important
election. I can be reached at:, or at 1-860-307-1091
(phone or text).

I hope to hear from you soon!

Josiah Elsaghir
Political Director
Joe Markley for Lieutenant Governor

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