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The Leads Grow as Trump wins Big, Clinton Narrowly in Connecticut


Connecticut propelled Republican Donald J. Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton closer to their parties’ presidential nominations Tuesday, with Trump winning a landslide and Clinton holding off a tenacious Bernie Sanders.

Trump won all five primaries Tuesday along I-95: Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island. Clinton lost only Rhode Island. Connecticut was the last state placed in her column, a win declared around 10:30 p.m. by the Associated Press and most networks.

“I consider myself the presumptive nominee,” Trump said in televised remarks from New York City.

Rep. Tony D’Amelio, R-Waterbury, one of the few elected officials here to endorse Trump, said it was time for other Republican officials to shake off their reservations about the brash billionaire, who has belittled foes, demonized Muslims and undocumented immigrants, and accused GOP leaders of trying to rig what may yet be a contested convention in Cleveland.

“I think it’s time for the Republican Party to come together,” D’Amelio said. “He just swept the entire Northeast, Pennsylvania, Maryland and the rest of it. There is a strong movement in this country for Donald Trump. I think his message is resonating throughout the nation.”

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, a top Clinton supporter who now will begin work as co-chair of the Democratic platform committee, said the state’s voters made the right choice.

“Secretary Clinton is the right candidate to move our country forward and grow our economy from the middle out,” Malloy said. “As she has proved throughout her career, Hillary Clinton gets results, and I am proud to have endorsed her candidacy.”

Clinton tweeted a thank you to the state.

Sanders says he will continue to campaign.

“If you heard the boss on TV tonight, Senator Sanders made it clear – we’re going forward,” Paul Feeney, the director of his Connecticut campaign, told about three dozen supporters at a hotel in Meriden. “We knew in Connecticut that it was going to be a tough crowd for us. Closed primaries have been tough for this campaign.”

A spokesman for the Connecticut Democratic Party had no estimate Tuesday night of how the state’s 71 delegates would be apportioned. Clinton already had commitments from 15 of 16 superdelegates. The remaining 55 would be awarded based on the results statewide and in each of the five congressional districts.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump invites Rep. Tony D'Amelio, R-Waterbury, onto the stage with him at Crosby High School in Waterbury on Saturday.

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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump invites Rep. Tony  D’Amelio, R-Waterbury, onto the stage with him at Crosby High School in Waterbury on Saturday.

The only question for Trump seemed to be whether he had shut out Ohio Gov. John Kasich, the second-place finisher, in the 4th Congressional District of Fairfield County. Connecticut is sending 28 delegates to the Republican convention in Cleveland, including three superdelegates.

“We’re going to go over the numbers in the morning, but it looks as though Trump won everything,” said J.R. Romano, the Republican state chairman.

Kasich’s state chairman congratulated Trump, but said the campaign would not concede the nomination.

“If Trump gets to 1,237, he has earned the nomination, but until that happens, I know that everyone is going to work their darndest to create an environment in which there is an open convention,” said state Sen. Tony Hwang of Fairfield, the state chairman of the Kasich campaign.

For a first-ballot victory, Trump needs 1,237 votes in Cleveland.

Clinton appears to need about 250 more delegates to reach the 2,383 necessary to win the nomination in Philadelphia.

Trump closed his campaign with boisterous rallies Saturday in Waterbury and Bridgeport, part of a four-day blitz that drew every candidate to Connecticut except Ted Cruz, the Texas senator.

Trump won 58 percent of the vote. Kasich, the choice of many Republican officials, finished second with about 28 percent, and Cruz of Texas was a distant third.

Clinton won about 52 percent of the Democratic vote.

Clinton had a 9 percentage point lead over Sanders in a Quinnipiac University poll a week ago and was backed by nearly every prominent Democrat, led by Malloy, Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman and the entire congressional delegation. A survey by Public Policy Polling showed Sanders, who drew an audience of 14,000 to the New Haven Green on Sunday, within two percentage points over the weekend.

Sanders looked to Connecticut and Rhode Island for wins that would bolster what began as a Quixotic campaign by a 74-year-old self-described Democratic socialist and became a surprisingly strong challenge to a former first lady, U.S. senator and secretary of state.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton poses for a picture with a supporter after her rally at the University of Bridgeport on Sunday.

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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton poses for a picture with a supporter after her rally at the University of Bridgeport on Sunday.

He was declared the winner in Rhode Island after 9 p.m., his first and last bit of good news.

The cities, where Sanders generally has lagged in previous primaries, were slow to report, but New Haven’s Democratic chair, Vinnie Mauro, said he believed Clinton would comfortably  win his city, despite a huge college population at Yale, Southern Connecticut State University and the University of New Haven. Clinton won the African American neighborhoods and ran slightly ahead in some Yale precincts, he said.

“Secretary Clinton really had a good turnout,” he said.

Clinton won 57 percent of the vote in New Haven, 70 percent in Hartford, 65 percent in Bridgeport and 64 percent in Stamford. Her margins were close in Waterbury, New Britain and Meriden. Sanders carried eastern Connecticut, including the college towns of Mansfield, Middletown and New London

CNN exit polling showed Clinton winning 69 percent of the black vote and 57 percent of the woman’s vote.

With an unlikely path to the nomination for Sanders, Clinton supporters here have been waiting for his surge to play out, letting the party begin to work to corral the new voters drawn by the Vermont senator’s call for Democrats to attack social, racial and economic injustice.

Bernie Sanders had the biggest rally in Connecticut, but still lost.

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Bernie Sanders had the biggest rally in Connecticut, but still lost.

“It’s never easy, but I think it will be a lot easier in the Democratic Party than it will be in the Republican Party this year,” Malloy said after voting earlier Tuesday. “I think that’s very clear. You can almost see the Sanders folks and the Clinton folks take a bit of a turn to get ready.”

EMILY’s List, the influential group that backs Democratic women who support abortion rights, immediately sent an email directed at Connecticut voters, calling Clinton’s victory in the state “a victory for women across the nation.”

U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy reached out to Sanders.

“Bernie is a good friend and he ran a strong race, and I know he’ll do what it takes to ensure Democrats keep the White House,” he said.

Speaking in Philadelphia, Clinton took care to compliment Sanders and his supporters.

“I applaud Sen. Sanders and his millions of supporters for challenging us to get unaccountable money out of our politics and giving greater emphasis to closing the gap of inequality,” she said. “And I know together we will get that done. Whether you support Sen. Sanders or you support me, there is much more that unites us than divides us.”

The Working Families Party, the labor offshoot that endorsed Sanders, was not ready to let go of Sanders’ issues, even if his candidacy dimmed considerably.

“This isn’t over. Every vote and every delegate for Bernie Sanders is a declaration of support for big progressive ideas, and a peaceful political revolution that will change this country in the coming years,” said Dan Kantor, the national director. “We need a fair economy and a real democracy, and the fact that so many people across the country, especially young people, share this view is cause for great optimism.

Republican presidential candidate John Kasich speaks at Glastonbury High School Friday with his traveling national debt clock running behind him.

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Republican presidential candidate John Kasich speaks at Glastonbury High School Friday with his traveling national debt clock running behind him.

Clinton was declared the early winner Tuesday in Maryland and Delaware, the first of what Malloy hoped would be a number of wins placing her on the verge of becoming the first woman to win a presidential nomination in the U.S.

“After today, she will be well over 2,000 delegates and really within a hair’s breath of the actual nomination, which will come in the not-too distant future,” Malloy said.

The Republican primary was no contest. Trump led in every public poll in Connecticut, and exit polling indicated he would end the evening with about 60 percent of the vote.

After the polls closed, his campaign was unsure only of results in the 4th Congressional District of Fairfield County, where Kasich won three of the district’s 17 communities, Darien, New Canaan and Westport and .

“We clearly won the other four districts. The likelihood is if he maintains his percentage statewide, it would be hard to lose the 4th District,” said Ben Proto, who is working for Trump in Connecticut.

Proto echoed D’Amelio and suggested it was time for the GOP’s elected officials to join the campaign – or risk being out of sync with their constituents.

“They are going to have to take a real hard look at this and take a look at their towns,” Proto said.

Aside from Trump’s strong showing, Proto said the campaign fielded reports all day of other voters who turned up at the polls to vote for him, only to be told they were ineligible in Connecticut’s closed primary as unaffiliated or Democratic voters.

Over the weekend in Connecticut, Trump mocked the idea of toning down his rhetoric and trying to act more presidential. On Tuesday night, he was respectful to Cruz, but his final message before exiting was to denigrate Clinton as a candidate whose only asset was gender.

“I think the only card she has is the women’s card. She’s got nothing else going. Frankly, if Hillary Clinton were a man, I don’t think she’d get five percent of the vote,” Trump said. “The only thing she’s got going is the woman’s card, and the beautiful thing is, women don’t like her, OK?”

Some Connecticut Republican legislators still were cool to their front runner after his victory and clung to the shrinking hope of an open convention.

“Neutral and silent” is how Rep. Livvy Floren of Greenwich, where Trump beat Kasich, 48 percent to 41 percent, described most of her fellow Republicans in the General Assembly. “Neutral and silent is how we’ll remain until the end.”

Kyle Constable contributed to this report.

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Huntington to Hold Annual “Hope Walk”


KILLINGWORTH — The Connecticut Affiliate of the Huntington’s Disease Society of America is holding their 10th annual Team Hope Walk at Chatfield Hollow State Park in Killingworth.

The Team Hope Walk program is HDSA’s largest grassroots event set for May 15, and will be held on over 100 cities across the country.

All proceeds support HDSA’s fight to improve the lives of people affected by HD and their families. We thank National sponsors Lundbeck and Teva Pharmaceuticals and local sponsors, Oak & Velvet, Backus Hospital, Suzio York-Hill, Tatas Family Restaurant, HDHat, The Mark, Devine Brothers, Kindred Healthcare at Laurel Lakes, The Lloyd Family and the Nixon Family. We also thank Kohl’s Cares Associates in Action for volunteering to help the day of the walk.

Registration will begin at 9 a.m. and the walk kicks off at 10 a.m.

The Connecticut Affiliate is asking for support of the community to become a sponsor, form a team, walk as an individual, donate products or volunteer to help with the event activities. This 1 1/2 mile scenic walk is a fun, family-friendly event that includes food, music, raffle/auction items and children’s activities, including face painting, balloon animals and magic. Dogs are welcome and children can ride their bikes. There is also trout fishing if you have your license.

The walk is handicap accessible. Sonar, the Hartford Wolfpack mascot will be there. You only need $25 sponsorship per person to participate.

Huntington’s disease (HD) is a devastating, hereditary, degenerative brain disorder that results in a loss of cognitive, behavioral and physical control, and for which, presently, there is no cure and only one FDA-approved treatment for one of the symptoms. HD slowly diminishes the affected individual’s ability to walk, think, talk and reason. Symptoms usually appear in an individual between 30 and 50 years of age and progress over a 10 to 25 year period.  Cases of Juvenile HD have been diagnosed in children as young as two years of age. More than 30,000 people in the United States are currently diagnosed.  Each of their siblings and children has a 50 percent risk of developing the disease, therefore 250,000 are at risk.  There are thousands of people in CT affected by this fatal disease.

Although medications can relieve some symptoms in certain individuals, research has yet to find a means of conquering or even slowing the deadly progression. However, recent research has found a way to silence the defective gene. There is hope for the future but we need our support.

To volunteer or support the Team Hope Walk, please contact Susan McGann at 860-558-8847 or cthdsa@gmail.com or go to www.hdsa.org/thwct to register and for more information.


 
					

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Hilary Clinton Visits Hartford, Talks About Gun Violence


By Ann-Marie Adams | @annmarieadams

HARTFORD — Coming off her primary victory in New York, Presidential Candidate Hilary Clinton on Thursday met with families of Connecticut victims touched by gun violence.

 
The gathering of about 250 invited guests and supporters inside the Y conveyed the level of intimacy Clinton wanted to have on her campaign trail in Hartford, supporters said. The issue of gun violence, which affect about 30,000 Americans each year was discussed to aid Clinton’s push for stricter gun laws in the wake of the Sandy Hook shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.

 

 

Clinton spent about 90 minutes at the Wilson-Gray YMCA taking questions after discussing mass shooting in Newtown and gun violence prevention.

 

 

“I’m not here to make promises I can’t keep. I wa m here to tell you I will use every single minute of every day looking for ways we can save lives that we can change the gun culture,” she said. “It is too easy for people to reach for a gun to settle their problems. It makes no sense.”

 
The panelists included Erica Smegielski, the daughter of Dawn Hochsprung, who was killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.

 
“Hilary Rodham Clinton has been a champion for gun violence prevention for her entire career,” Smegielski said. “I know she is the only person in this race that can deliver real results.”

 
Clinton’s visit to Hartford’s North End followed Chelsea Clinton’s visit to the North End at Dunn’s River. Her visit follows that of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. Other presidential candidates to visit include John Kasich, who will be in Glastonbury on Friday. Trump will be in Waterbury on Saturday. And Democratic Challenger Bernie Sanders will be at the Convention Center in Downtown Hartford.

 
Other panelists at the event on Thursday included Nelba Marquez-Greene, the mother of 6-year-old daughter Ana Grace also killed in the school shootings. The New Haven Chapter President of Mothers Demand Action Kim Washington and MDA member Deborah Davis were also in attendance.

 
Hartford resident Iran Nazario, founder of Compass Peace Builders, was also a panelist. He said that at the age of 12, he lost his brother to gun violence. He said there are young men who are still struggling because of grief from the loss of friends and family.

 
“There are kids out there whose souls are trapped,” he said. “And they need us.”
Clinton, in her brief remarks during the 90-minute session, reminded her supporters that the National Rifle Association has blocked many efforts to change gun laws. She praised the mothers in attendance for sharing their stories who have withstood harassment because of their campaign against gun violence.

 
Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin said Clinton’s visit has helped to shine a spotlight on gun violence in the city. So far, there have been five homicides in 2016. For of those five victims, he said, are because of gun violence.

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Ted Cruz and the ‘Galician Curse’


Whenever Ted Cruz appears on television, I cringe as unpleasant memories of distant relatives cross my mind, reminding me of things best forgotten. And what is best forgotten is simply the Hispanic political tradition of severity.

Think Francisco Franco. Think Fidel Castro. Think Ted Cruz?

Yes, Ted Cruz is a would-be autocrat.

My paternal grandmother, a Galician matron who despised sexism in all its forms, called it “la maldición gallega,” or “the Galician curse.” By that she meant the dreadful and familiar anti-democratic tendency in the political lives of the Hispanic world where dictators, strongmen, caudillos, and caciques have ruled as autocrats.

She was in a position to know. Her maiden name was Bahamonde; she was related to Spanish dictator Francisco Franco, who ruled Spain during his dictatorship with an iron fist. Fidel Castro, with no tolerance for dissent, brought ruin to his country, banishing millions of his fellow countrymen into exile.

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And Ted Cruz, today, represents the same menace as someone who wishes to impose a theocracy in the United States.

Ted Cruz’s father, Rafael Bienvenido Cruz, fled Cuba in 1957, becoming a zealous born again preacher. “It’s time we stop being politically correct and start being biblically correct,” the elder Cruz told the Associated Press in 2014.

Ted Cruz follows in his father’s footsteps. His idea—that the separation of Church and State has to be done away with—is consistent with the ideological worldview that characterizes dictatorships in the Hispanic world. Francisco Franco embodied the Catholic Church during his reign of intolerance; Fidel Castro replaced faith in God with faith in himself when Cuba became officially atheist.

That’s the cloth from which Ted Cruz’s political philosophy is cut.

This twisted predisposition resonates in his declarations: “I am blessed to receive a word from God every day in receiving the scriptures and reading the scriptures. And God speaks through the Bible.”

Does America want a leader who claims to have a hotline to heaven? Does America want to impose a Christian version of Sharia law? Does America want “divine right” rule to be restored?

Cruz says, “Sí!”

To his way of thinking, the Bible alone offers the framework for the entirety of civil society.

“I think the Hispanic community, the values that resonate in our community, are fundamentally conservative. They are faith, family, patriotism,” Ted Cruz has said, in English, to non-Hispanic Americans.

My grandmother rolled her eyes in both bewilderment and anger at the manifold manifestations of “the Galician curse” in the Hispanic world. She told stories of an uncle who would caution his daughter on the importance of remaining a virgin by saying, “Remember, no man buys a used shoe.” She told stories of one of Franco’s relatives who, determining that garbanzo beans were meant to be peeled, demanded that his wife peel each garbanzo bean one by one—in dishes that required hundreds of garbanzo beans.

Ted Cruz’s singular world view would lead him to appoint judges to the Supreme Court who would undo social progress that is consistent with what his reading of the Bible tells him has gone “wrong,” including a woman’s right to choose and the right of same-sex couples to marry.

Ted Cruz in the White House would bring the worst of intolerance and religious bigotry of the Hispanic world to the United States. His vision is for our country to turn back the clock and be governed with an iron fist imposing law, order—and God.

Dictators in the Hispanic world have longed to fashion societies where political dissent is crushed, young women are left to wonder what their honor has to do with a new shoe, women are badgered into peeling hundreds of garbanzo beans, and what is not biblically sanctioned is outlawed. These are the vestiges of dictatorship all Hispanic democracies struggle to overcome.

My grandmother loathed what her distant nephew, Franco, had done to Spain. She applauded the reforms introduced after his death and she never looked back at his dictatorship with nostalgia.

Though she is not alive today to recoil in horror at the sight of this would-be strongman, I know the one word she would tell the American people concerning Ted Cruz: “Corran!”

“Run!”

Louis Nevaer is the author of the first guides to Cuba compiled since the reestablishment of relations, Cuba As Never Before, and The Best of Havana: 2016.

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DOT to Host Public Session for I-84 Project


HARTFORD — The Connecticut Department of Transportation on recently announced a two-day Open Planning Studio scheduled for April 2016.

The Open Planning Studio will be on April 20 from 12 to 8 p.m. and Thursday, April 21 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Parker Memorial Community Center, 2621 Main St. in Hartford.

Members of the public are encouraged to drop in at any time to talk with planners and engineers as well as observe and/or participate in design sessions and discussions related to the I-84 Hartford Project.

State officials said that the DOT has developed three primary alternatives for replacing the aging I-84 Viaduct in Hartford. The project team will present its evaluation of each alternative and associated opportunities for economic development, public health, safety, and much more. Public input has already influenced the development of many design ideas. Continued involvement is vital to ensuring that the rebuilt highway corridor benefits all users.

Open Planning Studios are a way for local residents, commuters, business owners, and any other interested parties to learn about and receive updates on the I-84 Hartford Project.

For more information, visit i84hartford.com/get-involved for event details.

The purpose of the I-84 Hartford Project is to address structural deficiencies, improve traffic operations and safety, and reduce congestion on the I-84 mainline and its interchanges between Flatbush Avenue and I-91 in Hartford.

CTDOT is evaluating the I-84 Hartford Project corridor in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration, the Capitol Region Council of Governments, the City of Hartford, the Town of East Hartford, the Town of West Hartford, as well as other local agencies and stakeholder groups.

A Public Advisory Committee, comprised of a wide range of stakeholders has been, and will continue to be instrumental in guiding each of the alternatives, officials said.

 

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Hilary Clinton to Visit Hartford’s YMCA Thursday


By Fran Wilson, Staff Writer

HARTFORD – One week before the Connecticut primary, Hillary Clinton is expected to meet Thursday with Hartford residents affected by gun violence.

Clinton’s visit comes after her eighth democratic debate in Brooklyn, New York and after  Republican Donald Truhilary+clintonmp visited the state, pulling in about 6 million supporters.

The Clinton event will be a small gathering of victims of violence from several cities, including the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown. The small rally will be held at at the Wilson-Gray YMCA Youth and Family Center, 444 Albany Avenue, is open to the public.

In the most recent polls, Clinton is ahead of her challenger Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders by six points.

Sanders has not announced a Connecticut visit, but Trump is expected to return before the April 26 primary vote.

Republican Presidential candidate John Kasich is expected to appear at Glastonbury High School on Friday.

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Donald Trump Rally Draws Thousands to Downtown Hartford


By Ann-Marie Adams | @annmarieadams

HARTFORD —  Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump came to Hartford on Friday and demonstrate his ability to rile up a crowd, touting a message that include the issues of economic resurgence and immigration reform.

Almost 7,000 supporters and protesters gathered after Trump’s political rally in the Connecticut Convention Center on Friday evening.  Hundreds chanted “racists, go home!”

Some protesters had homemade signs that said: “God hates Trump,” “Black lives matter,”  and “It’s easier to buy a gun than my education.”

Trump supporters also added to the chaotic scene with chants, including: “Get a job,”  and “build the wall.”

Overall, there was a lot of shouting but not mass violence or public brawl.

Trump in his 30-minute speech implicitly criticized Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s performance, especially on the issue of economic development, including jobs and General Electric’s plan to leave the state.

“If I were governor, I wouldn’t be losing General Electric,” Trump said. “How do you lose General Electric?”

“We’re gonna bring back jobs to Connecticut,” he continued. “We’re gonna bring jobs back into Connecticut. If I am elected president, we’re bringing back our companies. We’re bringing back our jobs.”


Trump mostly spoke about the big companies that plan to leave or move jobs overseas and then slipped into trade and illegal immigration. He said NAFTA killed Hartford’s manufacturing economy.

The GOP frontrunner also championed his ideas about illegal immigration.

“We’re gonna build the wall,” he said, to bar Mexicans and other illegal immigrants.

Trump also urged his almost 6,000 supporters to vote for him in the Connecticut primary on April 26, saying: “you’re going to look back in two years, in four years, in 20 years, you’re going to look at your family, you’re going to look at your friends and you’re going to say ‘That was the greatest vote I’ve ever cast.’ ”

 

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Hilary Clinton Tops Bernie Sanders in Quinnipiac Poll for New York Primary


By Ann-Marie Adams | @annmarieadams

HARTFORD – Black votes matter.

And according to a Quinnipiac Poll just released on Monday, Former Secretary of State Hilary Clinton has an edge in hauling in the majority of the black vote this November.

With just a week before New York holds its primary, Clinton tops Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont 53 – 40 percent or 13 percentage points among New York State likely Democratic primary voters.

Nationwide, she has a 65 – 28 percent lead among black voters nationwide. The poll shows that self-described “very liberal” democrats back Sanders 55 – 41 percent, while Clinton takes “somewhat liberal” and “moderate to conservative”. She is also more popular among older Democratic voters.

This is no surprise—since Clinton was the transplanted New York Senator from Chappaqua. Sanders, who made his political career in Vermont, was born and raised in Brooklyn.

Today’s results show little movement from a March 31 survey showing Clinton over Sanders 54 – 42 percent. It is also similar to a Monmouth University survey and Fox News poll released this week.

Among Democratic likely primary voters, seven percent are undecided and 18 percent of those who name a candidate say they might change their mind by next Tuesday.

“Black voters matter for Secretary Hillary Clinton in the New York Democratic primary,” said Quinnipiac University Poll Assistant Director Maurice Carroll. “She leads Sen. Bernie Sanders in many New York demographic groups except the young folks and very liberal voters, but it’s a huge lead among black voters that gives her a comfortable double-digit margin.”

Carroll said that gender is also a factor because New York women like the idea of nominating the first woman president.

She leads 55 – 38 percent among women in New York, while men are divided, with 48 percent for Clinton and 43 percent for Sanders, shrinking the gender gap which appears in Quinnipiac University surveys in other states.

White voters are divided, with 50 percent for Clinton and 45 percent for Sanders.

Among the Republican primary, Trump leads in his homestate.  Trump has 55 percent of New York likely Republican primary voters, followed by Ohio Gov. John Kasich with 20 percent and Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas with 19 percent.

Among likely Republican primary voters, Trump leads among every group, from Tea Party members to moderate to liberal Republicans, among men and women and voters of every age group and in every region of the state.

The poll shows Trump with 56 percent, followed by Cruz at 20 percent and Kasich at 19 percent.

In today’s survey, six percent of Republican likely primary voters are undecided, but 22 percent of those who name a candidate say they might change their mind.

Born-again Evangelical Christians are more closely divided, with 41 percent for Trump, 37 percent for Cruz and 16 percent for Kasich.

The New York primary system is closed, which means only registered Democrats and Republicans should cast ballots. Independents do not participate in either primary.

The Quinnipiac survey was conducted between April 6 and 11. It polled 550 Republican voters and 860 Democratic voters.

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Alika Hope and The Ray of Hope Project Drops New Album


HARTFORD —  Alika Hope and The Ray of Hope Project recently announced the release of their first album, Hope for a Motherless Child, with an album release event at the Noah Webster House

The event is scheduled to begin 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.  at 227 South Main Street, West Hartford, CT on May 4.

There will be a brief program at 6:45 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. All album sales from this event will benefit Families in Crisis; a Connecticut based 501(c) (3) which helps children whose mothers are currently incarcerated.

Produced by Alika Hope and Ira Sakolsky, and featuring the sounds of Ray Morant, John Henry Langley, Dexter Pettaway, Geoff Cox, Lawrence V. White, Jason Apostoleris, Charlie Slaughter and Alika Hope, Hope for a Motherless Child highlights classic renditions of African American spirituals such as “Wade in the Water,” “This Little Light of Mine” and “Ain’t Gonna Study War No More.”

Hope for a Motherless Child also introduces exclusive new arrangements of this historic music incorporating jazz, opera, and even some rap! Special guest appearances by Abraham Lincoln, Soujourner Truth, and William Lloyd Garrison round out the recording. Sure to please listeners of all ages, Hope for a Motherless Child educates while it entertains.

Please inquire for high-resolution images and to book media appearances.

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Italian-American Carnival Set for October


HARTFORD — A four-day spring carnival will be held at Columbus Park on Franklin Avenue in April to benefit scholarships for local regional high school students and Columbus Day celebrations in October.

The carnival will be held from April 21 to 24 and is being organized by the Italian American Celebration Honoring Christopher Columbus Committee.
The carnival will have food, rides and games for the whole family.
Proceeds from the carnival will benefit the IAC Scholarship Fund and activities for the annual Columbus Day celebration festivities in October.
The carnival will be held from 5 to 10 p.m. Thursday, April 21 and Friday, April 22; noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, April 23; and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, April 24.
For more information, contact Al Marotta, committee chairman, at 860-712-1300.

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