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Yes, Florida Gov. Rick Scott Is Breaking Ranks With the NRA and Trump. No, We Shouldn’t Celebrate Just Yet

By Anne Branigin

The student-led push to finally bring a semblance of gun control appears to be working in Florida. Gov. Rick Scott and other state lawmakers on Friday offered a series of proposals that would mark “the most significant move toward gun control in Florida in decades.”

The proposed gun laws defy the National Rifle Association and President Donald Trump, who have suggested arming educators as a way to fight the epidemic of school shootings, the New York Times reports.

According to NBC News, Scott explicitly said that he disagrees with arming school teachers.

“My focus is on bringing in law enforcement,” Scott said. “I think you need to have individuals who are trained, well trained.”

Scott’s plan includes the following:

  • Raising the minimum age to buy any firearm from 18 to 21 (currently, 18-year-olds can purchase semi-automatic rifles but not handguns);
  • Outlawing bump stocks, a kind of modification that allows gun users to fire their weapons faster;
  • Requiring more safety and mental health training for school personnel;
  • Establishing improved processes for authorities to share information about potential at-risk students and security threats;
  • Increasing law enforcement presence in schools;
  • Making it more difficult for individuals with mental health issues to access weapons.

The Times reports that other Florida lawmakers have proposed creating a “marshal” program that would let teachers who have enough hours of training with law enforcement to carry a weapon on campus.

The proposals do stop short of the sort of gun reform that student-activists have been pleading for, which includes a ban on the AR-15 semi-automatic rifle.

“Banning specific weapons is not going to fix this,” said Scott, a man who proposed banning a specific modification because he believed that would “fix” things.

Some of the proposals put forward by the governor are concerning for other reasons.

As many mental health advocates have noted, most gun violence is not attributable to mental illness. “Mental health professionals welcome more resources and attention,” as noted in a recent PBS article, “but they say the administration is ignoring the real problem”—that of easy access to guns.

American Medical Association President David Barbe also emphasized this in his interview with PBS, saying that improved access to mental health care was important, but “to blame this all just on mental illness is not sufficient.”

The proposed laws also place a heavy emphasis on putting more law enforcement inside schools. Gov. Scott requested $500 million to implement mental health and school-safety programs and to ensure that each Florida public school had at least one armed officer for every 1,000 students.

But the recent example of the Florida deputy who failed to respond to the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School should reveal the limitations of this plan. In addition, the disproportionate policing and punishment of students of color by school police means that Florida schools could actually become more dangerous places for black students.

So what sorts of gun reform should be on the table?

While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been barred from researching gun violence since the mid-1990s, there is some data suggesting that certain policies are more effective than others. According to Scientific American, these include:

  • requiring a permit to purchase a firearm that must be applied for, in person, at a local law enforcement agency
  • banning individuals convicted of any violent crime from gun purchase
  • making all domestic violence offenders surrender their guns
  • temporarily banning active alcohol abusers from owning firearms

As for an assault weapons ban, the New York Times writes that Florida Senate Democrats have promised to amend any GOP gun bill with the addition of an assault weapon ban, but since they’re outnumbered in both chambers of the state Legislature, those measures would be unlikely to pass.

Anne Branigin is a News Fellow with The Root.

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Connecticut Kid Governor to be Sworn In

HARTFORD —  Connecticut’s 2018  Kid Governor Megan Kasperowski of Portland will be sworn in on Jan. 19 at the Old State House.

Connecticut Secretary of the State Denise Merrill will deliver the Oath of Office in front of a
gathering of students, teachers, legislative leaders and Portland officials at a ceremony beginning 9:55 a.m. in the historic Old State House Courtroom.

Those in attendance will include students and teachers from schools who had a final candidate in the 2017 CTKG Statewide Election, State Senator Art Linares, State Representative Christie Carpino, Commissioner of Education Dianna Wentzell, Supreme Court Justice Emeritus Dennis Eveleigh, Portland Selectwoman Susan Bransfield, and Portland Superintendent Dr. Philip O’Reilly, as well as other dignitaries.

After the inauguration, students will then participate in a day-long educational program where they
will explore Connecticut’s Old State House, meet representatives from the state’s three branches of government and take part in other civics-related activities.

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Malloy Would Veto Medicare Program fix as ‘budget gimmickry’

HARTFORD — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy pledged Friday to veto the budget adjustment bill legislators are expected to adopt Monday, saying their plan to reverse health care program cuts  exacerbates deficits already plaguing state finances.

The changes to the Medicare Savings Program, which could affect benefits for as many as 113,000 seniors and disabled, won’t take affect for six more months.

“This isn’t a long bill, and yet it embodies all the bad practices that have imperiled Connecticut’s state budget for decades,” Malloy wrote in a statement. “In terms of budget gimmickry, it shoots the moon: wishful thinking, pushing problems off into the future, and shoddy math – most egregiously in the form of double-counting savings in our already underfunded teachers’ pension system.”

House Speaker Joe Aresimowicz, D-Berlin, responded Friday that “There is unified bipartisan consensus among the Democratic and Republican caucuses in the legislature on preserving eligibility levels for the Medicare Savings Program, albeit a different approach and perspective than the Governor. Despite a veto threat, I expect we will move forward Monday to ensure those affected can continue to rely on this important program.”

“Governor Malloy needs to stop letting his partisan politics stand in the way of a responsible, bipartisan plan to give thousands of seniors and disabled individuals the peace of mind they deserve,” said Senate Republican leader Len Fasano of North Haven. “He has spent seven years destroying our state. We cannot look to him for leadership.”

Fasano added that “Despite the governor’s best efforts to try to stop us, lawmakers will be convening on Monday to pass this bill. If Governor Malloy wants to veto it, just like he threatened with the bipartisan budget, he can have at it. But lawmakers have the power to override his veto and do what is right for the thousands of seniors who need lawmakers to take action.”

“We understand how profoundly difficult it must be for Senator Fasano to finally vote for a budget after all these years, only to realize it was almost immediately out of balance, just as the governor had warned,” Malloy spokeswoman Kelly Donnelly responded.  We know he’s struggling with that fact.  You might say it’s Senator Fasano’s ‘new emotional reality.’  But despite how hard this is for him, and despite how little he wants to face facts, the bill he wants to run on Monday will only exacerbate the deficit in his budget.”

House Minority Leader Themis Klarides, R-Derby, called Malloy’s veto threat “childish.”

“We have much work ahead of us, and this message from the governor does nothing to improve the prospects of working together with the executive branch,” Klarides added.

Senate President Pro Tem Martin M. Looney, D-New Haven, said legislative leaders have reached a bipartisan consensus to restore funds for the Medicare Savings Program, but added that mitigating the budget deficit remains a priority.

“We also agree that it is critically important that we continue our bipartisan work on a deficit mitigation package to bring the budget back into balance,” Looney said. “That’s why I am calling on the legislative leaders to reconvene negotiations following the release of the January 15 consensus revenue report.”

The leaders are recommending several budget adjustments for approval Monday to free up the $54 million needed to reverse new eligibility restrictions the General Assembly ordered this year to the Medicare Savings Program.

This program uses Medicaid funds to pay medical expenses that Medicare doesn’t cover for poor seniors and the disabled.

Malloy already has said he would defer implementing the new eligibility rules, which were supposed to begin on Jan. 1, until July 1.

Legislative leaders nonetheless said they wanted to reverse the cutbacks in special session now.

Their plan to find an extra $54 million for the Medicare Savings Program this fiscal year, though, creates several problems.

It would cancel a previously ordered transfer of $17.8 million from this fiscal year to the next. But state finances next fiscal year already are at risk of deficit. A Nov. 13 forecast warned revenues in 2018-19 probably would be about $150 million less than originally anticipated.

It also would reduce the state’s contribution this fiscal year to the teachers’ pension fund by $19.4 million. But the budget already assumes the state will save $19.4 million in this area because it increases what teachers must set aside for their pensions.

In other words, the new adjustments would build the same $19.4 million in savings into the budget twice. This could worsen the $224 million deficit projected for the current fiscal year — which is already half over — unless the governor can find $19.4 million in savings elsewhere in the budget before June 30.

The final $17.3 million earmarked in the bill to reverse cutbacks to the health care program would come from reductions to accounts for executive appointments, miscellaneous agency expenses and from the Department of Administrative Services.

The administration also has questioned whether these cutbacks can be achieved in the remaining six months of the fiscal year, since the new budget already has forced major cutbacks in these areas.

That’s because the legislature directed Malloy to achieve more than $872 million in savings after the budget was in force. This already has led agencies to cut back significantly on hiring and spending from “other expenses” accounts.

“Ironically, this (budget adjustment bill) is supposedly being done to justify delaying changes to the Medicare Savings Plan until July 1, something my administration has already done through executive action,” Malloy added. “The bottom line is that this is posturing at best and bad budgeting at worst, and if it comes to my desk in its current form, I will veto it. Connecticut’s elected officials can and should do better.”

The House and Senate both are scheduled to convene at 10:30 a.m. Monday to act on the proposed budget adjustment bill.

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Malloy to Legislators: Don’t Force me to run CT Without a New Budget

HARTFORD — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy gave legislators a clear message Thursday: Don’t force him to run Connecticut after July 1 under the very tight restrictions the law mandates when a new budget is not in place.

And one of the top Democrats in the House of Representatives issued a similar warning to both parties, with the new fiscal year now just one month away.

“I think that they (legislators) might consider it a worst-case scenario,” Malloy said of the prospect that he might have to administer state government starting July 1 under the prior year’s budget — if the General Assembly fails to enact a new one by then. “I consider it a worst-case scenario.”

The governor quickly added that, “I’m not inviting that to happen. What I’m inviting is for people to do the job and get a budget.”

Legislative leaders acknowledged after a mid-morning meeting Thursday with the governor that they would not adopt a new two-year budget before the regular legislative session ends at midnight June 7.

Malloy has been pressing legislators since he delivered his first budget in February to get started early on a plan for the next two fiscal years.

Democrats and Republicans are split 18-18 in the Senate, while Democrats hold a narrow 79-72 edge in the House. Given that partisan split, and huge deficit forecasts for the upcoming biennium, officials from both parties have been predicting a protracted and contentious budget adoption process.

But the Democratic governor reminded legislators Thursday that there’s something worse than a heated budget battle awaiting Connecticut a little over four weeks from now.

Why is it problematic to run the state in July under the previous fiscal year’s spending and revenue guidelines?

It’s because those budget components are going in opposite directions.

Contractual obligations are going to force Connecticut to spend hundreds of millions of dollars more next fiscal year on pension contributions, other retirement benefits and debt service.

So if the overall bottom line can’t change, but the debt-related segments of the budget — roughly one-third of the General Fund — are surging because of inadequate savings habits over prior decades, the rest of the budget must make do with significantly less.

Further complicating matters, revenues in the outgoing fiscal year never reached the levels anticipated when this year’s budget was adopted last May.

The administration says Connecticut can expect $17.5 billion in General Fund revenues this fiscal year, $403 million less than anticipated. Most of that shortfall is tied to eroding state income tax receipts.

And analysts say those revenues likely will plunge another $400 million next fiscal year — or $800 million below the level assumed when the current budget was adopted last May.

Malloy also would have to adjust spending dramatically to compensate for that revenue shortfall.

The governor said his administration already has begun preparing for that scenario.

We are studying how the state has been run in the past,” he said. “What are the legal confines of how that happens? What are the options that people might have?”

Connecticut has been in this situation twice in the past two decades.

In 2003, the Democrat-controlled House and Senate and Republican Gov. John G. Rowland debated until July 31 — one month into the new fiscal year — over how to adjust spending as Connecticut slowly emerged from recession.

And in 2009, Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell and a Democratic legislature battled for more than two months over a new two-year budget as Connecticut was slipping deeply into The Great Recession.

The Rell administration eventually agreed to $1 billion tax increase that included a major income tax hike on wealthy households. But she refused to sign the deal, taking advantage of a provision in state law that allowed it to take effect without her signature after a week-long waiting period.

That budget became law on Sept. 8.

In both instances, governors quickly used their authority to limit payments to private, nonprofit social service providers, who deliver the bulk of state-funded social services in Connecticut.

Initial funding to those agencies typically is transmitted shortly after the fiscal year begins in July.

House Majority Leader Matt Ritter, D-Hartford, warned legislators from both parties Thursday not to miss the new deadline of June 30 for budget adoption.

“A lot of people in this chamber have not enjoyed some of the governor’s ideas, whether its municipal cuts or (reductions to) hospitals,” Ritter said. “And I’m not criticizing him.”

Ritter noted that the governor, if without a new budget on July 1 “is “so limited in what he can do.”

The majority leader added that both parties should be equally motivated to resolve the budget, since payments to municipalities, hospitals and nonprofit social service agencies are a priority in every community.

Ritter’s counterpart, House Minority Leader Themis Klarides, R-Derby, said Democratic legislators would be best served by seeking ways to reduce spending rather than discussing adding tolls or legalizing marijuana to prop up the next budget.

When you are using tolls and marijuana to balance a budget, these are revenue grabs,” she said. “If nothing changes, if this continues, this downward spiral will never stop.”

“We’re confident we can get there by (June 30,)” Senate President Pro Tem Martin M. Looney, D-New Haven, said.

Senate Republican Leader Len Fasano, R-North Haven, pointed to the challenge of reaching a deal when the budget proposals are only “25 percent in agreement” on the numbers, according to an assessment by the legislature’s nonpartisan fiscal analysts.

House Speaker Joe Aresimowicz, D-Berlin, was optimistic, saying that while the caucuses’ various budget proposals differ on the numbers, he stands by his statement earlier in the session that the parties are 85 percent in agreement on what concepts must be changed.

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Ben Jealous, Former Journlist and Head of NAACP, Poised to Run for Governor of Md.

By Stephen Crockett, Jr. I The Root

Former NAACP head Ben Jealous, backed by former Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, is expected to announce Wednesday that he’s throwing his hat into the ring to become governor of Maryland.

Jealous, 44, who was the youngest person to run the civil rights organization, is expected to announce his candidacy in front of Baltimore Blossoms, “a flower store opened by his cousin Rachelle after the unrest in Baltimore following the 2015 death of Freddie Gray in police custody,” the Associated Press reports.

“I want to protect the Obama legacy, bring Bernie’s dreams to reality, and build a future for Maryland that harnesses our shared hopes and dreams,” Jealous said in a statement.

Jealous will be running in a crowded Democratic field of candidates hoping to take on Republican Gov. Larry Hogan next year. Jealous was elected to the NAACP in 2008, when was just 35.

Under his leadership, “the nation’s largest civil rights group worked to abolish death penalty laws, opposed ‘stop-and-frisk’ police tactics and ‘stand-your-ground’ self-defense laws, and embraced gay rights in a historic 2012 vote to support same-sex marriage rights,”ABC News reports.

Read more at U.S. News & World Report and ABC News.

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Blumenthal Says Committee Should Subpoena Comey’s Tape

By Kyle Constable

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., said if recordings of conversations between President Donald J. Trump and former FBI Director James Comey exist, Senate committees should subpoena them.

“My hope is Senate committees will obtain those tapes if they exist, by subpoena or otherwise,” Blumenthal told reporters at a press conference in Hartford Friday.

Blumenthal said he has “no direct knowledge” of whether the tapes exist.

Blumenthal’s comments came after Trump taunted Comey in a tweet Friday morning, saying Comey “better hope that there are no ‘tapes’ of our conversations.”

Trump fired Comey earlier this week amidst an FBI investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. Comey’s firing drew the ire of Connecticut’s entire congressional delegation.

“The irony is that presidents in the past have taped conversations – Nixon among them – and I have raised the possibility that we might have another Supreme Court case like United States vs. Nixon, which resulted in those tapes being made available and public,” Blumenthal said.

“I believe the Supreme Court will force disclosure of all relevant evidence, because it is certainly vital to the ongoing investigation and to the assurance of integrity in the criminal justice system,” the senator added.

Blumenthal also called on Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to answer questions before the Senate Judiciary Committee, saying they should be subpoenaed to testify if necessary.

The last 24 hours have raised “chilling facts” in the wake of Comey’s sudden firing Tuesday, Blumenthal said. He made multiple references to a New York Times report that claims Trump demanded Comey’s loyalty at a dinner shortly after his inauguration.

This conversation, if true, Blumenthal said, would constitute “wildly improper” interference. He also said he has “a hard time believing” Comey would ever have given Trump assurances that he was not being investigated, as Trump has claimed.

Blumenthal would not go as far as to say whether he believed the FBI’s investigation into Russian inference in the 2016 election was a motive behind Trump’s decision to fire Comey. He said it needs to be investigated.

Trump said at a White House event Wednesday he fired Comey “because he wasn’t doing a good job.”

Blumenthal also was careful not to use the word “impeachment” during the press conference, which he used during an interview on CNN earlier this week.

“It may well produce another United States vs. Nixon on a subpoena that went to United States Supreme Court,” Blumenthal told Anderson Cooper. “It may well produce impeachment proceedings, although we’re very far from that possibility.”

While he did not retract his earlier comment, Blumenthal said he will “not discuss what the results will be,” because the process is “very far from any specific result.”

Blumenthal also was asked about a series of tweets Trump sent out Wednesday morning, which made reference to Blumenthal’s past misstatements about his service in Vietnam. He called them a “distraction.”

“This issue is not about me,” Blumenthal said. “It’s about the integrity of our criminal justice system.”


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President Obama Meets with President-Elect Donald Trump at the White House

AP- US President-elect Donald Trump has said it was a “great honor” to meet President Barack Obama for transition talks at the White House.

Mr Obama said he was “encouraged” by their “excellent” and “wide-ranging” conversation, which lasted for more than an hour.

Mr Trump has questioned Mr Obama’s US citizenship and vowed to dismantle his legacy in the past.

During the campaign, Mr Obama called Mr Trump “uniquely unqualified”.

However, Mr Obama said he was “rooting” for him after his shock defeat of Hillary Clinton.

After their behind-closed-doors meeting in the White House, Mr Obama said: “My number one priority in the coming two months is to try to facilitate a transition that ensures our president-elect is successful.”

He said they had discussed domestic and foreign policy and he had been “very encouraged” by Mr Trump’s interest in working with President Obama’s team on issues facing the US.

Mr Trump said he would “very much look forward” to dealing with President Obama in future.

Photo: President Barack Obama meets with President-elect Donald Trump in the Oval office.

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Mayor Ganim Swears In New Health Director

BRIDGEPORT —  Mayor Joe Ganim on Tuesday swore in a new Director of Health for the city of Bridgeport.

Maritza Bond brings extensive experience in health administration including nearly a decade with the Eastern Area Health Education Center covering Eastern Connecticut from a base in New London, serving as the organization’s executive director for the last four years.  Bond also has experience managing immunization, medical interpretation  and other programs for diverse populations in the Bridgeport area and the Naugatuck Valley.

Bond’s first official day as Bridgeport Director of Health was on Nov. 1  and according to Connecticut state law, she is now sworn in for a term of four years, to conclude on October 31, 2020.

She is a graduate of Southern Connecticut State University and holds a Master of Public Health Degree from the University of Connecticut Medical School in Farmington.

Bond was nominated for the position by Mayor Ganim after a thorough search and was overwhelmingly approved by the Bridgeport city council on Oct. 17, 2016.

“I am very happy to have Maritza Bond as part of our administration, I am sure she will serve the residents of Bridgeport extremely well,” said Mayor Ganim.  “She clearly has passion and energy for this work and we look forward to years of accomplishments in improving public health in our city that Maritza will lead.”

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“The real Olivia Pope” Asked to Run for Congress

Frank Henry, Staff Writer

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

She had never been admitted to a hospital before April 4, 2014 at about 3 p.m. So the 15-hour wait in the emergency room left her puzzled as she watched and listened to nurses and doctors attend to other patients. At the time of admittance, she was not ill.  And Hartford Police had disrupted her sleep time. They also wasted her prep time for revising a paper to present at the Association for the Study of Connecticut History conference at Fairfield University on the next day.  However, medics thought she should “take precautions” since they were called to the scene on a very significant day in history.

April 4 was a watershed moment in African-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. It was also a sign that local law enforcement agents wanted to suppress another journalist and had hoped to stop similar racial uprisings that spurred the Black Lives Matter movement.

So instead of catching up on sleep that day, Adams was in a conversation with Hartford police officers.

That’s because 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 nothing was wrong with Adams, White said. Officers responded 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 later learned 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.”

However, law enforcement agencies failed to provide a full 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 Irish Omen (or prophet) to help America restore its blessings. they also know that Adams was the inspiration for two television shows: The Cosby Show’s Denise Huxtable and the ABC television series, Scandal’s Olivia Pope. Adams is claiming this because law enforcement officials and others, who were told to watch and protect her, spent three years watching her and doing investigations as to why this new revelation about American life and history has not reached the media.

This new revelation was contained because the show was disrupting her life. After the investigation was over in July, she was kidnapped by local terrorists after they discovered her identity. The mass shootings across the country since 2009 are tied to 17 years of disruptions of Adams’s life and career, especially since 2014, officials said.

The most recent disruptions began two days before Christmas 2013, she received a death threat while the Obama administration was communicating with her about her true identity. Days before that, her perfectly fine 10-year-old Hyundai  Sonata stalled suddenly 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 in danger. On July 7, 2016, there was another attempt  in Washington, D.C. to disrupt her career–hence the shootings in Florida, sources said.

A lengthy FBI investigation into attempts to suppress her publication and sabotage business relationships 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’s political chances if she chooses to challenge Murphy, U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty (D–Conn.) or other elected officials in at least two Congressional districts.  After she was briefed that someone wanted her to run for office, Adams began to explore a bid for the Senate.

“I wasn’t thinking about running for office. But if they’re targeting me this long and hard,  “I have to explore my chances of running and winning,” Adams said.

Adams, 46, is considered an ideal pick to run against Murphy, 43. Her resume and bio has a wealth of Connecticut and Washington,D.C. experience, unlike her possible challenger Murphy when he ran in 2012. Murphy is considered a career politician having served as a State Representative since he was 25 years old. Adams, however, has corporate, nonprofit and academic experience to mount a formidable bid if Connecticut voters are ready for diversity in the Congressional delegation that is all white until Gary Frank ran and won in 1990.  Franks was the first member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Connecticut for one term, 1991 to 1997.  A Republican, he is the only African-American elected to the U.S. Congress from Connecticut’s fifth Congressional district.

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 and journalism at Rutgers and other universities. An award-winning journalist, who has worked for the Hartford Courant, NBC4, News12 Connecticut, Times Herald Record,  Norwich Bulletin and the Washington Post, 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 of Greater Hartford, the West Indian Social Club, Hartford LatinoFest, and other civic organizations and churches.  Adams is a media executive with a legal mind, many observers said.

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 lack of representation for working-class and middle-class residents in Congress, Adams is now exploring a run for the U.S. Senate against Murphy. That’s after witnessing a blatant disregard for the law and a deeper level of corruption in the state while the Obama administration was doing a deep background check on Adams. White House staffers said the White House Correspondent is more inclusive and patriotic than others they have observed.

The sudden switch from academia to politics was thrust upon her. That’s why she is leery about such an offer to run for office, she said.

The move comes as a surprise to many locals. Adams was not thinking of running until she was pushed into a political run by others investigating her. Through them, she discovered her identity as the woman who inspired the character on Scandal.

Adams, who has a multi-ethnic background, was used as a model for the television character Denise Huxtable, who grew up to be “the real Oliver Pope,” according White House staffers. She has an Irish, Jewish, Afro-Portuguese and West Indian  background. Her reach into many communities made Adams a target for several political operatives, who 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 and lengthy investigation. Investigators wanted the television series, Scandal, off the air because it disrupted Adams and her family.

The Plot Thickens

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. 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.” That’s because 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.

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 Hartford, 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 Adams from covering the White House, sources said. Local residents, who wanted to remain anonymous said they were duped. To date, there are no public arrests, no fixing of the racist political structure and in Connecticut and no money to complete this important project about health reform and how Obamacare was implemented. The project began with the Connecticut Health Foundation’s plan to look at health disparities. It was organized by CHF’s President and CEO Patricia Baker and its Communication Director Maryland Grier. Public Health Commissioner of Health Jewel Mullen was also a part of the project that began before the 2014 election. After a failure to communicate,  the project became a tool to carry out a hate crime.  And a three-year project, which began with Murphy in the 5th Congressional district, was designed to steal Adams’s beauty, money, home and other 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.  Investigators–some of whom were part of the Secretary of State Hilary Clinton’s 2012 Global Diaspora Forum,  stayed in her life for an unusual length of time to discover 17 characters and at least 50 scenes from the television series: Scandal. The Global Diaspora Forum was an annual celebration of America’s diaspora communities.

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 an Afro Latino from the West Indies. And her Irish ancestors are allegedly linked to Queen Elizabeth I.

Adams is also the Harriet Algier for the 21st Century, White House staffers said. That’s why locals and others wanted Adams to run for elected office.

Check back for updates for a list of suspects and arrests for this hate crime that emerged after the 2012 GDF at the State Department in Washington, D.C.


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

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Hartford Unveils Journalism and Media Academy Chappelle Incident Shatters Silence on Connecticut Racism



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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.

Jonathan Reich Files Court Corruption Charges against State Attorney Thomas J. O’Brien

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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