Category: elections

In Your Neighborhood: West End

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By , November 7, 2015 6:13 am

This week we took a walk or two around Hartford’s West End neighborhood. It’s truly a terrifying place to be. Continue reading 'In Your Neighborhood: West End'»

Parties Without Borders

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By , November 5, 2015 5:55 pm

Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman at Real Art Ways

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A (Nearly) Clean Slate

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By , November 4, 2015 1:09 am

Sara and Luke Bronin

On Tuesday, Hartford voters selected a new mayor, Luke Bronin, and a number of other new faces to City Hall. Continue reading 'A (Nearly) Clean Slate'»

Democracy in Hartford

By , November 3, 2015 5:00 pm

Even with all the extra attention given to the Hartford Registrar(s) of Voters, even with the election monitor, voting has not gone smoothly this Election Day:

  • Reports of issues with machines at several polling places. Low battery before 7 a.m. at one; same issue by 8 a.m. at the Hartford Public Library polls (Downtown). Reports that the United Methodist (West End) polling place would be counting ballots by hand.
  • City Council candidate Nyesha McCauley’s supporters at Annie Fisher School (Blue Hills) spotted standing in the travel lanes on Plainfield Street, holding signs.
  • Reports of a moderator at Grace Lutheran Church (Asylum Hill) telling residents to “vote Row A”
  • Voter at United Methodist (West End) told she is not allowed to view the number on machine that indicates which number voter she is for the day. Explanation given: new policy this year. Her husband voted fifteen minutes later at same location and was able to view the number with no interference.

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Talk to Us Tuesday

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By , November 1, 2015 7:47 am

The idea of democracy is great. Seeing it in action, that’s something else.

Let us know about your experience voting in Hartford on Tuesday.

How does it compare to previous attempts to vote? Any snags in the process? If you vote by writing in the name of  a candidate (who has registered), did that vote get counted?

Let us know: realhartfordATgmailDOTcom.


In Your Neighborhood: Blue Hills

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By , October 31, 2015 2:57 pm



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November 2015 Events

By , October 29, 2015 6:13 am

November 1

Photo courtesy of Trinity College // “The Red Chador: What is it you fear? Performances from Paris to Hartford” opens November 3, 2015

  • Jimmy & Lorraine at the Carriage House Theater, 360 Farmington Avenue. $25. 2 p.m. They say: “Jimmy and Lorraine, a new play written by New York-based playwright Talvin Wilks and directed by HartBeat Ensemble member Brian Jennings, is a meditation on the American political climate of the late 50’s and early 60’s through the lens of two significant artists of the time, James Baldwin and Lorraine Hansberry. Together, the lives of these two social activists give a profound perspective on the quandary of the artist in the political struggle and challenges of a radical life.”
  • Infinity Bistro hosts a free open mic every Sunday. It’s free to perform or to just listen to the music. Sign up for performers begins at 6:30; music starts at 7:30 p.m.

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Voter Prep

By , October 27, 2015 6:57 am

The Secretary of the State, Denise Merrill, has made available for viewing the ballots for all Connecticut towns and cities holding elections next week.

Rather than rely on rumors and misinformation about who is on the ballot and how many votes may be cast, take a look for yourself.

Hartford Ballot Nov 2015

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Bronin Wins Primary, Segarra Concedes

By , September 17, 2015 8:20 am

Photo by Christopher Brown

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Family and Zoning in the R-8

By , September 14, 2015 12:03 pm

It appears that Mayor Segarra may have something in common with the residents of 68 Scarborough.

Pedro Segarra and his spouse, Charlie Ortiz, live in a home on Prospect Avenue within the R-8 zone. This is the same zone where it is not permitted for more than two unrelated individuals to live together. In terms of regulations, this is the strictest zone in Hartford.

While the family at 68 Scarborough has been fighting its legal battle publicly, garnering international attention, Mayor Segarra has been quiet on the matter, saying little as the Scarborough Street family has been sued by the City of Hartford. Continue reading 'Family and Zoning in the R-8'»

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