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Dr. Ann-Marie Adams “the real Olivia Pope” Asked to Run for Congress

Updated: Locals are calling for the arrest of former Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra and other law enforcement officers who think suppressing a local journalist will stop uprisings that spurred the Black Lives Matter movement.

Franklin Henry, Staff Writer

HARTFORD — “Code Red. Code Red. They’re trying to kill her,” someone shouted as  Dr. Ann-Marie Adams lie motionless on her bed at the University of Connecticut’s John Dempsey Hospital in April 2014.

She had never been admitted to a hospital before 2014. So the 15-hour wait in the emergency room left her perplexed as she watched and listened to nurses and doctors attend to other patients. At the time of admittance, she was not ill. And she felt her time was being wasted.  That’s because she had a paper to present at the Association for the Study of Connecticut History conference at Fairfield University the next day.  However,  medics thought she should “take precautions” after about six police officers visited her at 167 Sisson Ave. in Hartford on April 4, 2104.

April 4 was a watershed moment in American history. It parallels a tragic day in the Civil Rights Movement:  Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tenn. on April 4, 1968.

So instead of catching up on sleep that day, Adams found herself in a conversation with Hartford police officers, who seemingly had nothing else to do.

“What’s the charge?” Adams asked.  Her sister’s baby sitter called and spoke jibberish, according to reports that were later unfounded.

While other police officers busied themselves, Adams had a brief conversation with Hartford Police Officer Chris White.

“Being educated can be a dangerous thing,”White said. But it was clear, he said to Adams, nothing was wrong with her. Officers were just responding to a call that dispatched 15 police officers to her location in the West End of Hartford.

To Adams, that implied it was a crime to read, think and write in the Connecticut.  She writes to fight. And many locals know that–hence their need to feed her stories. She later learned from sources that police were trying to suppress uprisings because of a spate of police shootings of unarmed black men across the nation such as Ferguson. And they thought there was a need to “tame the shrew.”So they watched Adams for several months.

However, law enforcement agencies failed to provide an explanation for the sudden intrusion into her privacy and were breaking almost every law on the books, sources said. But police officers–on condition of anonymity, said the April 4 incident was because of her writings about race and other matters in the state and federal government. As a result, there have been several attempts to disrupt her businesses and “muck up” her writing.

But after further investigation, police officers  said they discovered Adams true identity: She was brought to Connecticut as an Omen to help America restore its blessings and to be the first Black First Lady. According to President Barack Obama’s staff, Adams is his soulmate and muse. Furthermore, she is a media executive with a legal mind, many observers said.

So two days before Christmas 2013, she received a death threat while Obama was communicating with her about her true idenity. Days before that, her perfectly fine 10-year-old Hyundai  Sonata stalled suddenly ans suspiciously on Interstate 91 after a visit to a car dealer in “Klanchester.” After several suspicious incidents as such on Route 44, she concluded she was being targeted.

Law enforcement officials have saved her from several covert attempts to kill Adams while an investigation continued in 2014. But a lengthy FBI investigation into attempts to suppress her publication and sabotage a potential relationship with the White House morphed into an extension of Sen. Chris Murphy’s 2013 project about how to survive on food stamps for one week. It was seemingly a creative way to injury Adams if she covers the White House or chooses to challenge Murphy, U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty (D–Conn.) or other elected officials. Since 2016, she was disrupted from covering the White House or mounting an effective campaign to run against elected officials. After she was briefed by state officials about the results of the investigation–that someone wanted her to run for office and others wanted to stop her–Adams began to explore a bid  the Senate.

Conn. Senator Murphy Takes Food Stamp Challenge

Adams had been covering Gov. Dannel P. Malloy,  Former Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra’s and President Barack Obama’s administrations. She has written several notable commentaries about the state of government and politics. She has taught U.S. History history at Rutgers and other universities. An award-winning journalist, who has worked for the Hartford Courant, NBC4, News12 Connecticut, Times Herald Record and the Norwich Bulletin, she takes pride in covering all corners of the state for more than 15 years. Besides media and academic experience, Adams has been involved in the Urban League, the West Indian Social Club and other Civic organizations and churches as a volunteer. She became a White House Correspondent in 2013 and was allegedly former Hartford Mayor Segarra’s target because she was supposedly “too young” to be in Congress.

Dr. Ann-Marie Adams contemplating a run for Congress.

Dr. Ann-Marie Adams asked to run for Congress.

So April 4, 2014 became a turning point for Adams. And the stories that have unfolded after her most recent interaction with ambassadors, politicians, doctors, social workers and nurses prompted her to run for office–hence  a recent press release by others–asking her to run for office. They  said they watched the corruption surfaced during attempts to  suppress her as a journalist and a historian during two critical years in American history: 2014 and 2105. The year 2104 marked the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Movement and the year 2015 marked the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act.

Noting the hypocrisy among native-born blacks and the lack of representation for working-class and middle-class residents in Congress, Adams, 46, is now exploring a run for the U.S. Senate against Murphy, 43. That’s after witnessing a blatant disregard for the law and a deeper level of corruption in the state. Thanks to a tip from White House staffers, who said she’s more inclusive and patriotic than others they have observed.

The move comes as a surprise to many locals. Others discovered her identity because she was like a Nielsen kid to the federal government. Adams was used as a model for the television character Denise Huxtable, who grew up to be “the real Oliver Pope,” according White House staffers. And several political operatives have been sabotaging her work and home life while the show was on the air. They stole clothes, money, shoes, jewelry and other belongings during the unusual investigation. Investigators wanted the television series, Scandal, off the air because it disrupted Adams and her family.

John Dempsey Hospital Visit

Before laying immobile on the bed almost three years ago, Adams felt a sudden and sharp pain in her abdomen. The pain came while she was in the hospital on April 8, 2014. She was also scheduled to cover President Obama at the National Action Network’s conference, slated as “the largest civil rights convening of the year bringing our nation’s top activists, political strategists and leading academia together to create an action plan for a civil rights agenda.”

She was told she was being held for further evaluation–only to be told later that there was “nothing wrong.” She’s thin, toned and not on medication. This hospital visit was the first in a series of overt attempts at media suppression and political obstruction, sources said.  Adams later learned that she was being held because several politicians, who see her as a threat to their candidacy for office, didn’t want her to cover certain political events in the state and in Washington, D.C.  Since August 2013 during the debate on Food Stamps and her article about race matters in Connecticut in, congressional leaders and others began to watch Adams in her home.

The obstruction lasted for two years and 10 months and was watched by the United Nations and the Federal Bureau of Investigations after locals gave them a tip that Adams was being obstructed from running for officer because she had one of the best resumes and profile to mount a formidable challenge against Former Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra, Sen. Murphy, State Rep. Doug McCory (D-07), State Rep. Brandon McGee (D-05), State Rep. Minnie Gonzalez (D-03), U.S.  Congressman John Larson (D-01), State Rep. Kevin Witkos (D-04) and U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty (D–Conn). Adams, who lives in the 5th Congressional district and owns a business in the made contact with each representative’s constituent services while other Connecticut residents watched.

The so-called project for Adams morphed into consultations and a tool to keep First Lady Michelle Obama in the White House to serve a full second term in office, sources said. Local residents, who wanted to remain anonymous said they were conned. To date, there are no public arrests, no fixing of the racist political structure in Connecticut and no money to complete this important project that began with the 2014 election. Instead, the project became a tool to carry out a hate crime and hide “the real Olivia Pope” until the Obama administration get out of office.  And a three-year project, which began with Murphy in the 5th Congressional district, was designed to steal Adams’s beauty and her belongings.

The attempts to cripple Adams physically, mentally, spiritually and emotionally was very detailed, said one source. Using hypnosis, State Troopers and local police officers forced her on trains, in hospitals and on planes to exhaust her income and to be away from several public events.  Adams has shown leadership in the community for almost three decades, some say. So they wanted her to run for Congress against Murphy instead of replacing the First Lady, an idea based on the television show–not reality. Yet, they stayed in her life for an unusual length of time to discover 17 characters and at least 50 scenes from Scandal.

Murphy and Food Stamp Challenge passed onto Adams in 2013.

Murphy and Food Stamp Challenge passed onto Adams in 2013.

Local residents who watched the event and “were recruiting” Adams to run sent out a press releases after learning that President  Obama wanted her to run because she is an exemplary citizen and an immigrant who can best represent all residents in the state, sources said. Her multi-ethnic background and her years of service to the community makes Adams and ideal public servant.

Adams is also the Harriet Algier for the 21st Century, White House staffers said. And she will claim her stolen identity and seek legal action against Judy Smith and others, sources said.

“It’s identity theft. And it began when they broke her nose at age 20,” sources said. “In time, locals will come forward to tell the story of how others stole her identity and wanted to keep her clueless by using covert techniques to engage in theft of services.”

Currently, there are no black immigrants in Connecticut who serve on city councils, legislatures or in Congress.

Adams was selected to run by other locals who learned about this hate crime and attempts to cover up the story.

Check back for updates for a list of suspects and arrests for this crime.

Read Dr. Ann-Marie Adams’s articles that prompted this story and Murphy’s three-year Food Stamp campaign:

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Poll: Blacks and Whites Dislike Police Officers

Fran Wilson, Staff Writer

HARTFORD –Black and white people disapprove of police officers when they violate civil liberties during investigations, according to a recent poll.

All American adults disapprove of athletes who protest during the National Anthem because of perceived police violence against the black community, according to a Quinnipiac University national poll released on Tuesday.

White adults disapprove of the protests 63 – 30 percent, as black adults approve 74 – 17 percent, the independent Quinnipiac University Poll finds.


The polls come in the midst of federal investigations into the allegations of the Avon Police Department’s long history of racial discrimination, racial bullying and corruption. The Avon Police Department was accused of sexual harassment, bullying, neo-nazi necromancy and failure to protect Avon residents, including two local reporters.


Jesse Sawyer currently at NBC-CT currently filed a lawsuit against the Avon Police Department, claiming the above as well as religious persecution.


Another reporter filed a human rights abuse complaint at the United Nations because local police officers used neo-nazi necromancy to distort her facial features and her body. Rogue police officers also blocked her from going to church and reading her bible, according to FBI investigators who have been watching the crime for almost three years. They were also accused of invasion of privacy, theft of services, disturbing the peace and larceny. No arrest has been made in this or other allegations about the police department, sources said. The investigators were was implicated because of personal bias and friendships with the police, sources said.

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The mounting claim against the racism in the Avon police department reflects the discontent with law enforcement officers who wilfully disrespect the law. Reich filed a corruption charge against O’Brian and others because Reich was arrested on May 20, 2013.  His arraignment was set for June 5, 2013.   He was arraigned 16 days later in violation of Norko’s own “2-Day Rule”. Another victim of a corrupt court system, who is a black, said she was arraigned more than 30 days and then rescheduled another 15 days to prevent her from doing her job as a reporter.

The racial disparity is noted in the report.


According to the poll, there is also a similar racial split on police in general as whites approve 70 – 20 percent of the way “police in the U.S. are doing their job,” while black Americans disapprove 67 – 24 percent.
There is very little racial divide as all Americans say 73 – 21 percent that police should not violate civil liberties to prevent crime. Black adults defend civil liberties 83 – 13 percent and whites defend civil liberties 71 – 23 percent.
“There is a profound racial divide over athletes who refuse to stand for the National Anthem and deep differences over whether the police can be trusted,” said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll. “But no matter what race is surveyed, Americans believe police should not violate civilians’ civil liberties to prevent crime.
Malloy said that on the controversial tactic of stop and frisk, in which some believe civil rights are abused, voters are split. The message from Americans, he said, is  “the cop you know is the cop you trust.”

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Investigators Reveal July 9 White House Bomb Threat Related to “the real Olivia Pope” and Sandy Hook Elementary Shootings


By Charlene Sharp, Staff Writer

AVON, CONN — After one year and six months of intense investigation by the Secret Service and other law enforcement officials, early reports have revealed that the “real Olivia Pope”  is linked to a July 9, 2015 bomb scare at the White House and the Newtown school shootings on Dec. 14, 2012. It was an attempt to kill her, according to sources close to the July 9 bomb threat to the White House.

In videos below, “the real Olivia Pope” is Dr. Ann-Marie Adams, who was recruited by the Washington Post’s Christopher Jenkins to write a column during 2012 election of Incumbent Democratic Presidential Candidate Barack Obama and Vice Presidential Candidate Joe Biden,  Republican Challenger Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan. She was then a White House Correspondent to get the inside story about the first black president. Sources believe the president was feeding her information because they didn’t want her in the White House press corp. Secret Service agents reportedly told Adams they would pass on the information to president she appreciate his help. But they didn’t want her and the president to have  conversations about the White House and there was no interview for the Omen–hence the outrage among those who heard the discussions. When she didn’t get that interview, former agents began to tell her about why they visited her at her house–and why The Hartford Guardian, a local business, was the victim of media suppression.

That’s because Adams, a 21-year veteran in journalism, is the founder of The Hartford Guardian, an award-winning nonprofit publication based in Hartford, Conn. She has worked at numerous publications, including The Hartford Courant, Norwich Bulletin, Times Herald Record, People magazine, Fox News, and NBC4 since graduating cum laude from Brooklyn College’s journalism and theater programs in 1999.

Ann-Marie Adams in 1990 was brought to America because she's an Omen.

Dr. Ann-Marie Adams at 20 years old in 1990 was brought to America because she’s an Omen.

Ann-Marie Adams May 2015 at the White House.

Ann-Marie Adams in May 2015 at the White House before bomb scare.

Since then, she has also graduated magna cum laude with a Masters in journalism from Quinnipiac University and a doctoral degree in U.S. History and African Diaspora from Howard University. She was then recruited for a race and gender post doctoral associate position at Rutgers University. While at Rutgers, Jenkins met with her and offered her a job with the RootDC and the Root as a columnist to write about politics, race and education. In December 2012, the Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting occurred. And it’s karmic, sources said.

After the July 9, 2015, telephonic bomb threat, Adams was in constant contact with the Secret Service, several of whom informed her of her role in President Barack Obama’s 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns. She was told that she is an Omen, a gift from God for America. God has restored many blessings on America because Americans say they are one nation under God. The President was tested. Is he a true believer in Christ in a nation that says it’s One Nation Under God?

The Omen was used without consent, however. Sources later said that Adams was to remain unaware of her status as an Omen and that she was being used to test the President.  She prayed and read her bible daily and then stopped to ponder the issues in Syria. Then the U.S. State Department imported more Syrians–most of whom are reportedly true believers. The migration coincided with Adams’s rumination of wanting stronger Christians around her. The investigators decided to put heathens around her and to finish the botched investigation, which began in earnest on April 30, 2015. Since then, Adams has been stopped from reading her bible, praying to God and going to church. And her time was used to, among other matters, investigate why there are attempts to suppress her publication. During the lengthy investigation that morphed into consultation, others used her blue print and life lessons to advance their career trajectory.

Because the Obama administration wanted her to remain clueless about her spiritual gifts, sources began to tell her about this secret in the country. And after covert attempts to cripple her twin careers and daily efforts to sabotage her during two critical years in history, others urged her to run  for the U.S. Senate in 2018 and to reveal her true identity.

Also, investigators agreed to reveal this news to the American public after the Obama administration allegedly failed to mitigate the damage to her and her family for this grave intrusion of her privacy since or before January 2012.

Sources said the United Nations and its staffers were also informed that Adams was being abused by the Obama administration and other politicians who wanted her to give them coverage and her blessings. They courted her opinion using some ritual and other government devices so that they would not have to acknowledge the Omen. Hence the abuse of power, sources said.

The "real Olivia Pope" at the White House, darkened in the picture on July 9, 2015 when there was a bomb threat at the White House.

The “real Olivia Pope” at the White House, darkened in the picture and video on July 9, 2015 when there was a bomb scare at the White House.

Church goers in Connecticut, many of whom were involved in the investigation, said they have to acknowledge this important finding that impacts their career and family. The Dec. 14, 2012 shooting in Newtown, Conn is related to the Obama administration taking advantage of Adams as an Omen, sources said. Therefore, it’s karmic.

Adams was on sabbatical from academia after doing research on education reform for about 15 years. She wanted to get remarried and have her son since fall 2010 and revise her dissertation about race, education, reform and the black experience in Connecticut, she said in an interview with locals. Instead, the others used her love for journalism to lure her back into journalism with corporate media. The offer at the Washington Post was promising until the Dec. 12 shooting, undercover investigators said. If she had had her baby in 2010 as planned, her child would have been 6 years-old, they said. The elementary school children were between ages 6 and 7 years.

Some say the shooting by Adam Lanza  occurred because Adams did not marry her fiance and have her son after she left Howard in 2010. Instead, the secret service told her to stay away from Wayne Francis, her then fiance, while they were investigating her. Since then, others have been trying to stop that marriage to “do patch work” on promises made for Adams by others close to the investigation and to this story, they said. Adams wanted proof of this so-called marriage proposal (or job offer) and “bummed it to get the story” about the Obama administration and this strange marriage proposal–or job offer while she’s in Connecticut and they do this investigation. The Obamas have given proof to Adams that the connection was real while the investigation got extended. There was a death threat to kill the president, and Adams reported it to the Communications Office. They began the investigation using Adams’s “Colombo” technique in Connecticut because she was an independent journalist, sources said.

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Secret Service agents, many of whom are not currently in the White House, have been involved in this so-called investigation for more than a year after entering her life during Obama and Sen. Edward Kennedy’s visit to Hartford in 2007. Adams covered his visit at the Civic Center.

Adams was an intern with Sen. Edward Kennedy’s Health, Education and Labor Committee office in the Hart building. There, Adams met Kennedy during President Obama’s inauguration on January 20, 2009. Sources said she Kinged Obama in January 2008 on ABC7 in Washington D.C. while at Howard and while in Sen. Kennedy’s office in the Hart building. She was interviewed by the the Christian Science Monitor on Jan. 20, where she gave her opinion on his pending leadership of the country. Since then, her predictions has been fulfilled for Obama and his tenure in office, sources said.  Her keen observations about the Obama administration was based on her blessings from God and her more than 20 years as a government and political reporter in America, investigators said.

“She was clearly unaware that she was an Omen,” one D.C. source said. “The US didn’t want to reveal it until they investigate her to verify her encounters with God.”

However, they learned she was not hired by the Obama administration. Instead of hiring “the real Olivia Pope,” the Obama administration has been using her in secret, sources said. And she has not been paid for her time while they used her help to investigate the July 9 bomb scare, mental health facilities in Connecticut, and the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings by Lanza.

“They came to destroy and deceive her and her family,” said one witness who wants an inquiry into this matter. “They have also been trying to kill her in secret, stealing her material possessions and putting her in purgatory to change her facial features. Because she’s an Omen, God is punishing America.”

The videos below show Adams (next to April Ryan) in the video on July 9. Her face was distorted in these videos. Other reporters, for fear of retribution, wanted the Newtown shooting report and the July 9 bomb scare to be public now because of numerous attempts to discredit Adams and stop her from writing about race and ethnicity, sources said.

The videos below give more details of the July 9, 2015 bomb scare. This was supposed an idiotic attempt to tell the world about the Omen because she was kept as a secret in America, sources said. Police are still investigating the criminals who made the bomb threat and held the Omen a hostage, so that she doesn’t give the Obamas any more blessings or find out what was done about the death threat from Connecticut.

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East Hartford Library to Host “Thinking Money” This October

EAST HARTFORD — The East Hartford Public Library will host Thinking Money, a new traveling exhibition designed to teach tweens, teens and the adults in their lives financial skills and fiscal responsibility.

The Library will host the exhibit from Oct. 19, 2016 to Nov. 28, 2016. The public is also invited to attend a series of informative talks and discussions about financial topics like saving, retirement planning, and avoiding fraud.

Through an adventure-themed storyline, interactive iPad content and other fun activities, Thinking Money explores themes like wants vs. needs, preparing for a rainy/sunny day, imagining your future self and avoiding financial fraud.

Programs will include a screening of the Investor Protection Institute’s When I’m 65; TEDx East Hartford: Changing Your Saving Mindset, and more.

For a list of all Thinking Money events and a full library schedule, visit or call 860-290-4331 for more information.

Admission to the exhibition, which will be located in the Creative Commons area of the East Hartford Public Library, and all programs are free of charge.

Thinking Money was created by the American Library Association in partnership with the FINRA Investor Education Foundation.

In April 2016, ALA and the FINRA Foundation announced 50 libraries nationwide to host the 1,000-square-foot exhibition. In addition to the exhibition loan, the East Hartford Public Library also received a $1,000 programming allowance.

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Rep John Larson Appoints Two to Veterans Council

HARTFORD —  Rep. John B. Larson  has appointed two Bristol residents to his Veterans and Military Advisory Council.

Larson appointed Art Ward, a Marine Corps Vietnam veteran, served as Mayor of Bristol for six years. After serving in the war, Ward worked as a Veterans Affairs Officer with the State of Connecticut, and as a member of the Bristol City Council for 14 years, before being elected Mayor.

Frank Nicastro, a six-year veteran of the U.S. Navy, spent three years aboard a U.S. Navy Destroyer and 24 years in the Connecticut National Guard. He currently represents the 79th District in the Connecticut House of Representatives. Nicastro, who is retiring from the General Assembly at the end of this term, is also a former Bristol Mayor and City Councilman.

“I am grateful that these two Veterans and lifelong public servants have agreed to join the First District’s Veterans and Military Advisory Council,” said Larson (CT-01). “I know that Art and Frank will bring great insight to the Council given their vast experience. I look forward to working with them and the rest of the members of the council to serve our veterans.”

Larson meets with the First Congressional District Veterans and Military Advisory Council in his Hartford Office and in the community throughout the year. Members of the Advisory Council provide Larson with valuable insight and innovative ideas that guide his decision making on veterans and military matters.


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Murphy, Other Gun Control Advocates, in Search of Political Wins

WASHINGTON —  This political season, gun control advocates are bolstered by Hillary Clinton’s embrace of their issue and an increase in the political cash they’ve raised, even as they continue to be outgunned by the National Rifle Association when it comes to campaign spending.

The gap is closing this year – thanks largely to increased spending by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Independence USA PAC.

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg

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Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg

But with fewer resources, gun control advocates are forced to be more targeted and strategic than the NRA, even backing some GOP candidates over Democrats with better records on gun control.

So far, the NRA PAC has donated about $578,000 directly to dozens of federal candidates, according to an analysis by the Center for Responsive Politics.

But the NRA’s real clout comes from the more than $22 million it has spent independently of campaigns so far this year. Most of that money was spent on attack ads aimed at helping Republican candidates.

Meanwhile, Independence USA has nearly doubled the $5.6 million it spent at this point in the 2014 election cycle, spending more than $10.6 million to bolster the campaigns of both Republicans and Democrats.

Bloomberg, an independent and a Clinton supporter, has endorsed Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., citing the senator’s leading role on a background check bill after the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre. His PAC has also released an ad featuring Erica Smegielski, the daughter of slain Sandy Hook principal Dawn Hochsprung, saying she’s “grateful” for Toomey.

Bloomberg’s support of Toomey over Democratic challenger Katie McGinty, who has a stronger position on gun control, puzzled many. But he and other gun control advocates are trying to reach out to GOP candidates in order to win Republicans over to their cause, even if it means hurting some Democrats.

Gabrielle Giffords, the former Democratic Arizona congresswoman who was severely wounded in a mass shooting, has endorsed both Toomey and Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill.

Former U.s. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona

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Former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona

Her Americans for Responsible Solutions PAC, which has raised $8.2 million, has also spent $2 million in ads in New Hampshire on behalf of Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan, who is seeking to unseat Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte.

“We have been investing in holding Kelly Ayotte accountable for her support of the gun lobby,” said Mark Prentice, spokesman for the Americans for Responsible Solutions PAC.

Bloomberg’s PAC also has helped Hassan, as has Sen. Christopher Murphy, D-Conn.

Murphy has taken a different approach to helping candidates who would help break the stalemate in Congress over gun control.

With the help of Sens. Cory Booker, D-N.J., and Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., Murphy in July established the “Fund to End Gun Violence,” an effort to “bundle” contributions to U.S. House and Senate candidates who would support gun control bills.

Murphy said the idea came to him after he staged a 15-hour filibuster in June to pressure GOP leaders to hold votes on gun bills. He said that two days after seizing the Senate floor, he received more than $100,000 in campaign contributions without sending a single solicitation.

He, Booker and  Schumer are now asking their donors to direct their contributions to other candidates. The senators are not running for re-election this year.

Campaign spokeswoman Laura Maloney said the fund has raised more than $150,000 for endorsed candidates through more than 10,000 individual donations.

“The effort is still ongoing and will go full steam ahead until Election Day as Chris continues to tirelessly work to elect candidates who are committed to ending gun violence,” Maloney said.

U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy filibusters on the Senate floor Wednesday.


U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy filibusters on the Senate floor in June.

The Fund to End Gun Violence has backed only six candidates, all Democrats. Besides Hassan, it has endorsed Democratic Rep. Patrick Murphy, who is running against Sen. Marco Rubio, R.-Fla.; Catherine Cortez Masto, a who is running for an open Senate seat in Nevada; Salud Carbajal, who is running for a California seat in the U.S. House of Representatives; Anna Throne-Holst, who is running for Congress in New York; and Val Demings, who is running for Congress in Florida.

Gary Rose, head of the political science department at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, said  gun control advocates may win some races “here and there.”

“In certain states and districts perhaps, but nationally no,” Rose said. “At the national level, the Republican connection with the NRA is pretty strong, and the Republicans hold both houses of Congress.”

But a few political victories would give the gun control advocates evidence that they can be effective, he said, even if those wins do not result in a groundswell of support for gun control legislation in the next Congress.

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Education Commissioner Launches “Equity” Tour


HARTFORD — Hoping to highlight recent accomplishments in education, Connecticut Commissioner of Education Dianna R. Wentzell on Friday launched an “Equity and Excellence” tour around the state.

The first visit was to a New Britain school to discuss chronic absenteeism, one of the major priorities outlined in the State Board of Education’s new five-year comprehensive plan. The tour will stop at schools throughout the state this fall to highlight different priorities laid out in the plan, which seeks to ensure equity and excellence for all Connecticut students.

On Friday, Commissioner Wentzell was joined by Jill Spineti, president of The Governor’s Prevention Partnership, as well as New Britain school district and community leaders for a brief tour and roundtable discussion at Vance Village Elementary School, which is implementing strategies that are effectively addressing chronic absenteeism.

“It is critical that we all understand the importance of daily school attendance. Even in the early grades, lost time in school can put students at risk of becoming disengaged or dropping out of school down the road,” said Wentzell. “Our five-year comprehensive plan makes combatting chronic absenteeism a priority as we seek to ensure equity and excellence for all Connecticut students. Schools like Vance Village Elementary School show us that when we maintain high expectations for every student and create engaging, diverse, and welcoming learning environments, our students show up and perform well academically.”

“Quality youth mentoring is proven to increase attendance, and students who meet regularly with their mentors are 52 percent less likely than their peers to skip a day of school,” said Spineti. “Our priority is to provide effective resources and assistance for starting or expanding a school-based mentoring initiative, or aligning an existing program with ongoing efforts to address chronic absenteeism.”

“We are honored that Commissioner Wentzell and President Spineti have chosen to visit with us here in New Britain. We look forward to discussing the Comprehensive Plan and the all of the great things we are doing to reduce chronic absenteeism,” said New Britain Superintendent Nancy Sarra. “Recently, we were awarded the New York Life Foundation Excellence in Summer Learning award by the National Summer Learning Association. This is tied to our Summer Enrichment Experience Program, which is just one of our programs that has helped in a tremendous way in regards to chronic absenteeism.”

The State Board of Education’s Five-Year Comprehensive Plan for Education was developed after a lengthy and comprehensive community engagement effort that included input from community based and philanthropic organizations, professional associations, higher education, parents and students, and the business community.

“We relied heavily upon input from families, educators, and other stakeholders to develop the Five-Year Comprehensive Plan. Members of our local communities freely gave of their time in order to ensure the ideas included in our plan represented the diverse viewpoints within our state,” said Commissioner Wentzell. “These stakeholders’ ideas laid the groundwork for our path toward making equity and excellence in education a reality for every child.”

The Comprehensive Plan provides a roadmap for the State Department of Education to achieve its equity goals by maintaining high expectations for every child, training and supporting great teachers and leaders, and ensuring every public school is diverse and welcoming.

“We have identified several areas where we are shifting our focus to fulfill our promise of an excellent public education for every Connecticut child. One of those focus areas is chronic absence,” said Wentzell. “We want every public school student in our state to be in school and engaged. That means we have to work with families, educators, and community stakeholders to decrease the number of days that students are out of school.”

Chronic absence is defined as missing 10 percent or more days of school for any reason, including excused absences, unexcused absences, suspensions, and other disciplinary actions. Nearly 10 percent of Connecticut Public School students were chronically absent during the 2015-16 school year, and rates were significantly higher in many communities.

Chronic absence is inextricably linked with student performance, and students who are chronically absent are less likely to read on grade level, are less likely to perform well academically, and are at a greater risk for dropping out of high school. Risk factors for chronic absence include poverty, homelessness, chronic health conditions, frequent moves, and disabilities.

The SDE has recently taken concrete steps to address chronic absence.  The state is expanding restorative justice programs, such as the Connecticut School-Based Diversion Initiative, and positive behavioral interventions and supports. Additionally, districts are increasing utilization of the Department of Children and Families’ Emergency Mobile Psychiatric Services to respond to mental health crises.

Vance Village Elementary School in New Britain is implementing strategies that are effectively addressing chronic absenteeism. The school’s rate of chronic absence remains around 10 percent, which is on par with the state average. Additionally, Vance has significantly reduced the numbers of in-school and out-of-school suspensions from the 2012-13 school year to the 2014-15 school year. In-school suspensions fell from 60 incidents to 36, and out-of-school suspensions dropped from 47 to 16.

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White House Officials: Poverty Rate in Connecticut Fell Slightly

WASHINGTON –  The Obama administration is touting a slight drop in America’s poverty rate.

The number of people in poverty fell by 3.5 million, with the largest one-year drop in the overall poverty rate since 1968, according Jason Furman, Chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers in a phone call with the press on Thursday.

Furman discussed a new Census report that shows income growth among American families, particularly African Americans, Hispanic Americans and children.

The real median household income grew $2,800 or 5.2 percent in 2015. This is the fastest growth on record, White House officials said.

Furman said the President will continue to push Congress to pass legislation to strengthen job creation and wage growth, including raising the minimum wage from $8.50 to $15, expand the Earned Income Tax credit for workers without dependent children. Currently, the earn income tax credit only applies to working families with dependents.

The picture for metro areas varies, though. And other reports say the media income for black families have decreased since 2013.

“With any local area, you have to worry about a certain amount of noise in the data,” Furman said.

For Connecticut, the real median household income grew by 1.7 percent or $1,211, the Census data shows. And about 96,600 jobs were added and the unemployment rate that peaked in the Great Recession has fallen from 9.2 percent to 5.6 percent.

And the Hartford and Ne Haven metro areas show the fastest gains within the state, according to the White House.

Also, 7,900 people were lifted out of poverty in Connecticut and the poverty rate fell slightly in 2015.

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Banking Commission Slaps Credit Agency

HARTFORD —  Connecticut Banking Commissioner Jorge L. Pérez announced a settlement on Wednesday with National Credit Adjusters for violating Connecticut banking law pertaining to unlicensed collection activity in the state and collecting on illegal payday loans.

In addition to providing relief to affected borrowers, National Credit Adjusters has paid a $40,000 fine and has agreed to immediately cease from acting as a consumer collection agency in Connecticut without a license.

Following an investigation, the Department of Banking determined that NCA engaged in unlicensed debt collection activity in the state from at least Nov. 2011 through April 2015. In addition, NCA collected on unsecured short-term small loans of $15,000 or less), with annual interest rates far exceeding the 12 percent maximum annual rate allowed by Connecticut law.  These kinds of loans are known as payday loans.

From at least November 2012 to August 2015, NCA purchased and attempted to collect payments on 1,254 such loans and received $66,151 from 136 consumers. A balance of $1,307,457 remained on these loans, state officials said.

“As a result of the department’s action, National Credit Adjusters will no longer engage in unlicensed activity in the State. This change in behavior, alongside assisting consumers, is a chief priority for the agency,” Commissioner Pérez said.  “Borrowers can be sure the Department of Banking will do everything we can to assist consumers in obtaining monies collected on these loans and ensure NCA follows through on their obligation to zero out these loans and no harm is done to people’s credit.”

Under the terms of the settlement, National Credit Adjusters must make every effort to locate each consumer, make restitution for the $66,151 it collected on these loans from the 136 borrowers, zero out all balances totaling $1,307,457 and contact credit agencies to remove any negative ratings that occurred as a result of these loans. Refund checks will be mailed to borrowers no later than October 31, 2016

Borrowers who have questions or need additional information should visit the Department of Banking website at, or call (800) 831-7225 to find out more.

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Hillary Clinton and the Millennial Vote

New America Media Hasan Zillur Rahim

SAN JOSE, Calif. — “I poured my heart and soul into Bernie Sanders’s campaign,” a 24-year-old student told me. “Now I really don’t care. Clinton and Trump both repulse me.”

Millennials, between the ages of 18-35 and numbering about 76 million, are a powerful voting bloc. But many are still trying to come to grips with the trauma of a Sanders-less presidential election and are thinking of wasting their vote as a protest of some sort. That would be a colossal mistake, for they can play a critical role in propelling Hillary Clinton to victory over Donald Trump in this most consequential of elections.

Why should millennials vote for Clinton? It comes down to the intersection of their passion with Clinton’s policies in three E’s: Education, Economy and Ecology. They should carefully consider where the two candidates stand on these issues, reject false equivalences, and vote accordingly.

Education: The most contentious issue here is the staggering 1.4 trillion dollar student-loan Americans currently carry, a number growing by about $3K every second. Neither candidate has promised to forgive the trillion-dollar debt but during the primaries, Clinton countered Sanders’s assertion to make college free for everyone by saying that his numbers just didn’t add up. However, Clinton has made college affordability – directly tied to student debt – central to her policy. She would give families making up to $125,000 free tuition at in-state public colleges and universities to help middle and working-class families.

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