Thursday, July 27, 2017

The Wall Mexico Built

Vets Soon to Shop Online, Tax Free

Image result for tax freeSubmitted by Councilman Deb Kleckowski and Joe Milardo.

Honorably discharged Veterans will soon be eligible to shop all online exchanges. Fill out our secure form to check your eligibility today.

Starting later this year, all honorably discharged veterans, no matter their branch of service, will be eligible to shop tax-free online at the Army & Air Force Exchange Service with the same discounts they enjoyed on base while in the military. It's the latest way in which the organization is trying to keep its customers as the armed forces shrink and airmen and soldiers buy more for delivery.

Adding 13 million potential new customers will give extra ammunition to the group that runs the stores on U.S. Army and Air Force bases worldwide as it fights Amazon and other retailers for veterans' online shopping dollars.
"The intent is to really beat Amazon at their game because we have locations literally on the installations," said CEO Tom Shull. "We're leaning toward not just ship-from-store but pick-up-from-store and eventually deliver-from-store."
Expanding online shopping to all honorably discharged veterans is expected to add about $200 million annually within three years to the $8.3 billion in sales the Exchanges generated last year.

Adding those shoppers, what Shull called "the foundation of our growth," is critical to help offset the 13 percent decline in the number of active-duty Army and Air Force soldiers since 2011 when the Exchange generated $10.3 billion revenue.

Roots in Ripon - Get Down to Business

Image result for taking care of businessRoots in Ripon
Chuck Roots
17 July 2017

Get Down to Business

The news is full of reports about how the Health Care Bill, a.k.a., the Affordable Care Act (ACA), a.k.a., Obamacare needs to be scrapped, rescinded, done away with, repealed or any other term describing elimination you wish to choose. 
Republican Congressmen have been caterwauling about the disaster Obamacare would visit on the American people. And they were right. It is and has been a disaster. I even read the original draft (all 1100 pages) of the ACA back in 2009. It was brought before the House of Representatives October 29, and was known then as the Affordable Health Care for America Act (HR 3962 – House Resolution). President Obama and the Democrats had just assumed control of the presidency and the Congress after eight years of President George W. Bush and the Republicans. Within the first year in office, the Democrats crafted and enacted a health care bill. On December 24, the Senate passed an alternative health care bill known as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. In early 2010, the House abandoned its reform bill in favor of amending the Senate bill, known as the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010. Opponents of this bill began referring to it as “Obamacare,” fully intending that the term would be used as a pejorative. 
My point is this: The Democrats managed to bring a health care bill up for vote in Congress, and succeeded! And all this occurred within the first year of Obama’s presidency. Republicans have vowed since 2010 to repeal Obamacare, and present to Congress a much better bill to be implemented once Obamacare is no more. 

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Today in Southington - Post Session Town Hall Meeting

PSTHM JM Southington 7-26-2017

Sen. Hwang - “I thank the stakeholders in Easton, Fairfield, Newtown, Weston, and Westport.”

Sen. Hwang Applauds Legislature for
Overturning Governor’s Veto of Affordable Housing (8-30g) Bill

Thanks stakeholders in Easton, Fairfield, Newtown, Weston, Westport

State Sen. Tony Hwang (R-28) applauded the state legislature’s successful July 24 vote to override Governor Malloy’s veto of the bipartisan 8-30g Affordable Housing compromise bill, HB-6880.

Sen. Hwang said the bill, which now becomes law, marks the culmination of a great deal of cooperative work from stakeholders to provide modest affordable housing reform and offer towns an attainable goal of developing and reaching a moratorium.

Co-Chair of the General Assembly Housing Committee, Sen. Hwang said the reform fight represented “the way the system should work: with transparency, with a sharing of ideas and common goals, and with the will to create positive and lasting change for Connecticut.”

“We were disappointed by the governor’s veto, but we were not deterred,” Sen. Hwang said. “The support for these reforms from Democrats and Republicans was overwhelming, and we kept fighting.  We kept fighting because our goal is a worthy one:  We want to increase housing opportunities for everyone in Connecticut and encourage a diverse and dynamic residential community that will foster economic, educational, and cultural growth.  We want to allow more local zoning and planning input in developing affordable and workforce housing projects that are compatible with community character.  With this veto override vote, the legislature is taking a step in that direction.

“We felt that clearly, the nearly 30-year-old 8-30g language needed updating. We felt that the law should address the need for affordable housing in our state while providing more fairness to local communities that are often at the mercy of developers whose projects conflict with the wishes of the town zoning bodies and neighborhoods.

“Today, we stood strong as Democrats and Republicans.  These reforms aim to motivate our state and municipalities toward greater access and inventory of workforce and affordable housing for Connecticut residents.

“I thank all the stakeholders in Easton, Fairfield, Newtown, Weston, Westport and throughout the state for speaking out on behalf of this bipartisan plan and for not giving up on it.”

*Sen. Hwang ( represents Easton, Fairfield, Newtown, Weston and Westport.  He can be reached at 800-842-1421 and at    
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The 28th District

Behind Your Back - Dodd-Frank Killed

The House just passed a scandalous bill rolling back the rules created to protect America from Wall Street after the 2008 financial crisis.

This is monumental – but it got buried by the media. Now, the political establishment is counting on us being too distracted to speak out against this ploy to pad the pockets of their buddies at the big banks.

The Dodd-Frank Act was passed to protect Americans from another financial crisis like the one we saw in 2008. Thousands of Americans lost their homes, jobs, and health care, all while footing the bill to bail out banks because they were "too big to fail."

But big banks don't care about our country – they just want more of our money. They'll do anything. Even rewrite our laws in their favor. So they're trying to gut Dodd-Frank. Banking interests gave politicians who voted for this more than $25 million over the last 2 years.1
This is an outrage.

Nadine, we have a big problem. Every day we're overwhelmed with sensational news stories about the President's latest tweet, Russian interference in the election… you name it. While America's eyes are turned elsewhere, politicians are doing massive favors for the special interests who got them elected, and we're paying for it.

Attempting to gut the Dodd-Frank Act is just the latest assault on the American public in the name of special interests. We won't let these stories get buried. We'll continue to keep you informed of the corruption stories special interests want flying below the radar.

Thank you for shining a light on this story.
Jen Johnson
Digital Director

Cornelll Lab of Ornithology - eBird News: July 2017

New full-hemisphere eBird animations

Your sightings matter. Combining hundreds of millions of your bird sightings with data from NASA and other sources, Cornell Lab researchers have created full-hemisphere species distribution models that allow us to visualize migration like never before.
Read the full story on eBird.

Illustrated Checklists are here!

You can now view a digital bird guide for any hotspot or region in the world: an Illustrated Checklist. The best part? It's all using photos and audio from your eBird checklists! Want your photo to be the best image for that region? Learn more.

eBird data inform statistics research

Your bird sightings can influence more than just the birding and conservation worlds. eBird checklists are a quintessential example of ‘Big Data’—a massive dataset, full of patterns, that contains myriad opportunities to explore exciting questions in fields like statistics or machine learning.
Read more.
Moss-backed Tanager

Bird Counting 101

Have you ever seen a big flock of birds, and didn't know where to begin counting? Our Counting 101 article helps with some basic strategies to make counting birds as easy as possible. Get counting!

Rose Postdocs

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology invites applications for our Edward W. Rose Postdoctoral Fellowships. Multiple Rose Fellow positions are available annually, with applications due on September 8. Apply today.

Be a Better Birder giveaway

Your July eBirding can help you become a better birder by ear! Each eligible checklist submitted in July gives you a shot to win 1 of 10 free spots in the Cornell Lab's Be a Better Birder: How to Identify Bird Songs course. See more.

eBirder of the Month

June is breeding bird season for much of the world! Submit 15 eligible checklists in June with at least one breeding code to be in the running for eBirder of the Month and free Zeiss binoculars. Read more.

In this issue:

  • NEW full-hemisphere eBird animations
  • ILLUSTRATED CHECKLISTS: digital bird guides, anywhere in the world
  • Rose Postdoctoral Fellowship positions at the Cornell Lab
  • Improve your bird-counting skills
  • eBirder of the Month: 15+ eligible lists shared with friends
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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Trump - Week 26: Made in America


President Trump hosted companies from across the country at the White House to showcase products Made in America. In order to celebrate and highlight each state’s effort and commitment to American-made goods, businesses from each of the 50 states displayed products. Leaders from each company showcased their unique businesses on the South Lawn and on the State Floor of the White House. Products ranged from sandwiches, to wool blankets, to firetrucks; each business connected by the common thread of American excellence. Since first running for office, President Trump has urged industry to Buy America, Hire American.  He showcased that commitment again this week from The White House.


Election integrity matters to every American. President Reagan declared that the “right to vote is the crown jewel of American liberties.” By establishing this commission, President Trump is taking action to ensure that the ballot box remains inviolate, and that the crown jewel shines brighter than ever before. “Every time voter fraud occurs, it cancels out the vote of a lawful citizen and undermines democracy. Can’t let that happen. Any form of illegal or fraudulent voting, whether by non-citizens or the deceased, and any form of voter suppression or intimidation must be stopped,” said President Trump. At the President’s direction, Vice President Pence will serve as chairman of this commission and,  with the help of a bipartisan group, Vice President Pence will perform a truly non-partisan service for the American people.

Make America Great Again


This Week's "American Political Zone"

The American Political Zone - A Political Commentary on Current Events

One of the best political discussion programs you can find, our hosts possess a vast knowledge of current affairs and they share this with us in a lively and interesting fashion.  Featuring Daria Novak, 2nd District Congressional Candidate and President of the Institute for American Politics, and Frank Vernuccio, New York Analysis Policyand Government, The American Political Zone is now a regular feature in the Middletown Insider.

Senators Markley and Hwang - What’s really in the governor’s state employee concessions deal?

This week, state union employees ratified a concessions package negotiated by Governor Malloy’s administration.

The legislature now has a responsibility to approve or reject two major items:
  1.      The pension and benefits deal that applies to all state union employees
  2.       Over 30 individual contracts we only just received on July 20
In an effort to be as transparent as possible, I want to make sure the public is fully aware of what’s in all these contracts.

I’ve made them all available online.

You can find all the contracts at the following link:

Please review, share, and let me know what you think about these contracts and benefit changes.
  • Are they enough?
  • Do they move our state in a new direction?
  • What do you think?
Send me your thoughts at
Send me your thoughts at

Monday, July 24, 2017

Today in Waterbury: Join Us for a Town Hall Meeting!

Senator Linares Calls for Funding Programs for Intellectually, Developmentally Disabled

Senator Arthur Linares addresses Connecticut
ARC chapters and members of the intellectual
and developmentally disabled community
during a rally at the state capitol.
Hartford – State Senator Art Linares (R-33) called for passage of a state budget that provides funding for programs that serve people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Sen. Linares spoke at a rally Connecticut ARC Chapters organized to highlight the plight of their clients under the Governor’s austere executive order.

“We know why you’re here today,” Sen. Linares told the crowd that filled a legislative hearing room to capacity. “You have shown us by voting with your feet and by coming to the legislature today, you have shown us that you are passionate and dedicated and persistent to make sure that the legislature lives up to its responsibility to make sure that it fund the programs that help our communities that help all of you.”

ARC is a national organization that provides care, training, and programs for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. Under the Governor’s executive order, funding for nonprofits like ARC has been significantly cut or eliminated.

Sen. Linares said it’s important that government protect programs for the state’s most vulnerable citizens. He said the budget proposed by Senate Republicans provides funding for groups like ARC.

“It’s important that our government gives everyone an opportunity to rise up and succeed and that’s why we’re here today to fight to make sure that all those programs that help our community are funded and are sustainable, “ he said.

Sen. Linares urged crowd members to continue making their voices heard and to pressure legislators to pass a budget that funds social service programs.

Sen. Linares represents the communities of Chester, Clinton, Colchester, Deep River, East Haddam, East Hampton, Essex, Haddam, Lyme, Old Saybrook, Portland and Westbrook.

7 p.m. Tuesday in Middletown: Suzio Hosts Town Hall Mtg; Collecting "Pass a Budget" Signatures

Senator Suzio
MIDDLETOWN - Sen. Len Suzio will host a Town Hall Meeting from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 25 at the Council Chambers at 245 deKoeven Dr. 

Suzio will discuss the recently completed legislative session and the failure of state lawmakers to pass a state budget.

Suzio will bring copies of his petition urging lawmakers to pass a budget and protect vital services for vulnerable state residents. 

Suzio on July 21 hosted a rally in Meriden which drew more than 100 residents who urged lawmakers to "pass a budget" and "do their jobs".

The petition is posted at  

Suzio has endorsed a line-by-line Senate Republican budget plan which is posted at

Thursday, July 20, 2017

"PASS A STATE BUDGET" Rally Tomorrow, July 21st

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Senator Suzio
Advocates to Hold 11 a.m. Friday Rally in Meriden to Say: “Pass a State Budget”

MERIDEN   -  Meriden Sen. Len Suzio is hosting an 11 a.m. rally Friday (July 21) at the Meriden Green Amphitheater (77 State Street) to call upon the Connecticut Speaker of the House and the President Pro Tempore of the State Senate to sign an emergency certification for the Legislature to pass a state budget as soon as possible. 

Advocates for disabled and at-risk Connecticut residents will attend the 11 a.m. rally, including:

·         MidState Arc CEO Pamela Fields
·         Middletown-based Gilead Community Services CEO Dan Osborne
·         Meriden-based Kuhn Employment Opportunities, Inc. Executive Director Beth Fisher
·         Meriden-Wallingford Chrysalis Director of Programs Linsey Walters

"Vital services for thousands of our neediest citizens throughout Connecticut are being suspended and slashed due to the failure of the legislature to pass a budget," Sen. Suzio said. "Local budgets are also in limbo.  Our message is simple: We want legislative leaders to do their jobs and pass a Connecticut budget."  

Suzio said Friday's event, which is open to the public, will launch a community-based petition drive urging state lawmakers to pass a budget.

The petition is posted at .

AME Zion Church - "Fill the Bus" (with school supplies!)

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