Tuesday, February 28, 2017

ENOUGH ALREADY!

TODAY is Tuesday — Special Election Day in Connecticut. Please vote to send me to our state Senate so I can work as hard for you, your family and friends as I have for me and mine. Thank you!

ELECTION DAY RADIO INTERVIEW with VINNIE PENN at WELI

If you live in Connecticut, chances are good that I don't need to tell you who Vinnie Penn is or the Vinnie Penn Project. I was honored when they reached out yesterday asking me to call in on this historic Special Election Day. Follow the link below to listen to this mornings interview (Tuesday, 7:00am on the 28th of February 2017).

RADIO SHOW LINK >> http://960weli.iheart.com/media/play/27679277/

Thursday, February 23, 2017

ANCESTRY.COM FOUNDER ENDORSES DAN LYNCH

Hundreds of millions of families around the globe now use Ancestry.com to research their family history and connect with their ancestral roots. In the 1990s, when Ancestry was beginning the transition from their origins as a respected publisher of printed books and magazines, Dan Lynch was hired as the first vice president of business development. His recognized expertise in both technology and genealogy, combined with his high-profile relationship management experience in the computer industry helped jumpstart what has been a tremendous growth story among Internet-based companies. Ancestry is now a brand name recognized around the world and has touched households in virtually every country. Dan is proud to present a short video from Ancestry.com Founder Paul Allen, endorsing Dan's candidacy for Connecticut State Senate.


Wednesday, February 22, 2017

HEY SEYMOUR . . .

Well, not just Seymour, but also Bethlehem, Bridgewater, Middlebury, Oxford, Roxbury, Southbury, Washington, Watertown, and Woodbury. There's an important Special Election on Feb. 28th, be sure your voice is heard. Vote for Dan Lynch, the Unaffiliated Petitioning Candidate who is working to EARN the seat, not trying to buy it.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

DAN LYNCH LIVE INTERVIEW ON WATR RADIO

WATR Talk of the Town host Steve Noxon interviewed State Senate Unaffiliated Petitioning Candidate Dan Lynch earlier today . . . view details and listen to a recording of the live broadcast

Friday, February 17, 2017

HEY SOUTHBURY & OXFORD . . . Please Share!

CCDL Capitol News Briefing re: Proposed Pistol Permit Fee Increase

Not only did the recent budget plan by Governor Dannel Malloy add insult to injury by targeting the tens-of-thousands of law-abiding gun owners in Connecticut, but it also demonstrated a clear lack of understanding regarding fundamental constitutional rights. The Connecticut Citizens Defense League ("CCDL") has taken quick action and is fighting back, with support from legislators and the NRA.


The proposal to increase permit renewal fees from $70 to $300 unfairly targets permit holders in an attempt to raise nearly $30 million from a targeted class of citizens. This discriminatory plan is just the latest in a years-long effort to strip law-abiding citizens of a fundamental constitutional right.

While I wasn't able to attend the Capitol News Briefing today, I did give public testimony this past Tuesday, noting that our Governor is following in the footsteps of our lawmakers and courts from the late 1960s, until the Supreme Court of the United States struck down Connecticut Supreme Court caselaw in the matter of Boddie v. Connecticut, 401 U.S. 371 (1971). While it may seem to be an unrelated issue, in my view, the underlying issue of access to a fundamental right is all-too-similar. By planning for an unreasonable price increase, the fundamental right in the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution, "...the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed" . . . is just that, infringed. It will be placed beyond the reach of those on fixed incomes or single parents or those who have children in college.

I'll be watching this issue closely as it unfolds, but in my opinion, it's unlikely it will advance much further given the well organized opposition.

WORDS OF SUPPORT FROM BOB SIMMS

Humbled that such a great guy, former New York Giant and Pittsburgh Steeler, die-hard Greenwich Republican and good friend would show his support for me like this . . . thanks Bob! #LynchForSenate


In one of the more shameful opinions to be released by the Connecticut Supreme Court, the years-long matter of Greenwich business man and former NFL football player Bob Simms. Origins of the legal controversy are in Connecticut family court. A modification in a decades old divorce judgment modified support obligations. When Simms later learned that trial and appellate counsel had knowingly concealed the existence of a significant inheritance, he pursued legal action against opposing counsel.

The trial court, after acknowledging the validity of the plaintiff's claims, ruled that the attorneys were protected by immunity. Both the Appellate Court and Supreme Court upheld that lower court decision. Even though federal case law dictates that "zealous advocacy" is subordinate to "candor to the tribunal," our state chose to protect the bar, blocking Mr. Simms from any recovery. Grievances subsequently filed by Simms with the Statewide Grievance Committee were dismissed, even though the court record itself contained acknowledgements of the misconduct. These are among the items that scores of families have complained about in recent years, but few in our legislature have shown meaningful interest in fixing.

Read the Connecticut Supreme Court opinion >> Simms v. Seaman, 308 Conn. 523 (2013)

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

LEAN ON ME - BILL WITHERS

I just received a text message from my younger daughter, offering me some words of encouragement from her vantage point in Columbia, South Carolina (Junior year at U of SC). She and I exchange links to songs on occasion, and her message reminded me of a long-time favorite from Bill Withers. I was just 10 when this song was released in 1972, but I'm now reminded that his lyrics are about ADVOCACY, about the need to lean on others at times in our lives.

As I run for State Senate for the surrounding towns that our state calls "District 32," I'll make the same offer that Bill Withers did years ago . . . lean on me . . . it would be my honor. Give the song a listen, it's just over 4 minutes long, keep doing your thing, but listen to the words. We could all use this reminder on occasion.

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Saturday, February 11, 2017

LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS TO HOST DEBATE

UNAFFILIATED CANDIDATE CHALLENGES OPPONENTS TO OPEN DEBATE


     SOUTHBURY, CT (February 12, 2017) – The 32nd District State Senate race, set for a February 28th Special Election, just got a bit more interesting for voters in this 10-town district that represents 275 square miles west of Waterbury, stretching from Bethlehem and Washington in the north to Oxford and Seymour in the south.

     Petitioning candidate, Daniel M. Lynch of Middlebury, challenged his party-endorsed opponents to an open debate on the issues for which they’ll be tasked with serving as advocates in Hartford if elected. The League of Women Voters of Connecticut, and long-time debate moderator Jara Burnett of Greenwich, have agreed to host the event. A tentative date is set for Thursday evening, February 23rd, from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Southbury Town Hall. The debate format will be a moderated, timed question and answer format, with questions from the audience in writing.

     Lynch, an unaffiliated voter and technology marketing consultant to the genealogy industry, secured a position on the ballot last month by collecting signatures from voters in the district. He needed 502 signatures, but collected more than 620 in just five days.

     “The nature and timing of former Senator Kane’s resignation was shameful,” noted 54-year-old Lynch, a native of Waterbury’s Town Plot neighborhood. “The people and businesses of our district have gone nearly six weeks with absolutely no voice in our state senate, simultaneous with our Governor announcing cuts in aid to municipalities and other programs that, if implemented, could have a crippling impact on the progress that so many towns have made in recent years to responsibly manage local finances.”

     As an unaffiliated candidate, Lynch is certainly the most representative of area constituents – of the more than 67,400 registered voters, 44% are unaffiliated like Lynch. Republicans represent just 29% and Democrats fewer than 26%. The remaining 1.5% are comprised of minor party affiliates (Green Party, Independent Party, Libertarian Party, and Working Family Party).

     Dan is the only candidate to confirm his participation in this open public debate. The event will be broadcast live on YouTube, Facebook, Periscope and possibly elsewhere, filmed by Harwinton-based American News and Information Services. It will be available for on-demand viewing and likely rebroadcast on one or more public access cable channels prior to the February 28th Special Election. Connecticut’s 32nd Senatorial District is made up of parts of Middlebury and Seymour, as well as the entirety of the towns of Bethlehem, Bridgewater, Oxford, Roxbury, Southbury, Washington, Watertown, and Woodbury.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

GOVERNOR'S FY 2018-2019 BUDGET ADDRESS

I received a few calls and emails today, and one lone text message, from residents in the 32nd District asking how Governor Malloy's budget address on Feb. 8th will impact our towns. Various media outlets have already put their spin on things and while I have some thoughts, I thought you may find it helpful to watch the 28-minute address for yourself.


You may also find it informative to hear from the leaders of our two major political parties as to how they view the initial plans as set forth by our Democratic Governor.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

WHAT DO YOU THINK?

On Feb. 28th, CT will hold Special Elections for 2 open State Senate seats. What do YOU want to see in a State Senator? Please be candid . . . I've had some great dialog with many in person, but the snow may keep many inside tomorrow, so I'm reaching out here (and on Facebook).

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

LYNCH FILES TESTIMONY IN OPPOSITION TO HB-6200

Dan took time out from his 32nd District State Senate campaigning efforts to write to leaders and members of our Joint Committee on Judiciary in OPPOSITION to H.B. 6200, AN ACT CONCERNING THE PRESENTATION OF A CARRY PERMIT, proposed by Representatives Simmons (144th), Tong (147th) and Fox (148th). Rep. Tong is also co-chair of the Committee.

Over the last decade, Dan has studied extensively and met with experts in various aspects of constitutional law. While his personal advocacy efforts thus far have focused on Amendments I, IV, V, and XIV of our Federal Constitution, he is a strong supporter of all constitutional rights and opposes government interference and/or legislation which seeks to infringe upon these rights.

Watertown's Bagley Heads to State Geography Bee!

Watertown and other area residents will be represented proudly in Hartford very soon, but I'm not talking about the Special Election. I'm referring instead to the great showing by Lance Bagley, 11, a Swift Middle School 6th grader who won the district Geography Bee, beating out all other 6th, 7th, and 8th graders. Lance now heads to the Connecticut State Bee to be held on Friday, March 31, 2017.

The champion from each state will qualify to compete in the National Geographic Bee Championship to be held at the National Geographic Society headquarters in Washington, D.C., May 15-17, 2017.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Record Volume of Emails Following Petitioning Process

While the feedback I've received during this run for State Senate has been amazing, I must admit to being a bit surprised by the volume of email I've received, mostly from people I've never met.

Today, I received 4,629 emails! Yes, you read that correctly. My heart skipped a few beats as I saw them streaming into my inbox. At the same time, I was on the phone with a woman who called for guidance on an issue relating to disability discrimination she has experienced in trying to access the services, programs and activities of our state courts. If I'm a bit slow to respond, please forgive me. I don't have a legislative aid, a campaign committee, or advisors . . . it's just me and a few trusted and very smart friends. Oh, and the nearly 68,000 voters of the 32nd District!

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Senate Campaign Efforts Falling Into Place

When things click into place as they have since I declared my candidacy on Tuesday, the 17th of January, it is such a supportive feeling that this is all meant to be. That's not to say I've not hit a few speed bumps or potholes along the way, because I have, yet I've been able to navigate these obstacles with the help of far too many people to name here. 

The first few pieces of printed campaign material are now complete. As I shared on Facebook earlier today, I'm so thankful for decades of experience in product marketing because much of this activity is just 'muscle memory.' My mind and body not even having to think about things, just do what I've been doing for many years . . . only in this case, the 'product' is me and my own experience.

Here's just one image of the front side of a 5-inch by 7-inch postcard. This and other items can be previewed at a page dedicated to campaign marketing material.


Saw My Shadow

Well, today is Groundhog Day! I saw my shadow when I stepped outside, so that means 26 more days of campaigning until the Special Election for Connecticut State Senate, 32nd District.

Oh, and I'd also like to wish a Happy Birthday to my God Daughter Stephanie!!

Lastly, on this day in local history, it was on the 2nd of February in 1902 that the City of Waterbury was destroyed by fire. Read all about it at my web site GreaterWaterbury.com.