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Mary Ann West
Mary Ann West is a writer located in Westport CT. A single parent, West is deeply committed to issues of health, education, child poverty, food insecurity, and homelessness.

She has written countless postings about politics, poverty and social justice, including the "$3 A Day Food-Stamp Diet" and regularly appeared on the Cable program "The Exchange."

She is a contributor to Huffington Post and can be contacted at mwestwrites(at) West's current projects include a cookbook/ website/ TV show concept.

Entries by Mary Ann West

This Is Holiday Season; Share Your Ancestors' Struggles With the Family

(1) Comments | Posted November 25, 2015 | 4:31 PM

Perhaps your tradition has been to share what you have gratitude for, be it individual or part of a bigger picture. How about switching it up and talk about the heritage of your past. No matter if you hail from Indigenous Native Americans or immigrants recent or from long ago;...

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Sandy Hook to DC: 26 Cyclists, 400 Miles, 3 ½ Days of Inspiration

(16) Comments | Posted March 13, 2013 | 12:53 PM

On Tuesday, March 12 at 1 pm on the steps of the U.S. Capital, the Connecticut Legislative delegation welcomed common sense gun control advocates, TEAM 26: the 25 cyclists and honorary team member #26 Chris McDonnell, riding in memory for his daughter Grace. Each of the 26 invited cycling enthusiasts...

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This Senate Seat Was Not for Sale

(10) Comments | Posted November 6, 2012 | 8:00 PM

Bridgeport, Conn. -- While attending the return watch party for (CT-D 4th) Congressman Jim Himes, the crowd is huddled around several TVs with cheers when one of their candidates at a local level wins. Especially when it was announced Connecticut went to President Obama and Congressman Chris Murphy

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John McCain, Linda McMahon and Miss Connecticut

(0) Comments | Posted October 1, 2012 | 11:16 PM

Norwalk, CT: The heated election cycle brings out the big hitters of their respective parties out to stump for their down ticket candidates. Connecticut, that teeny but wealthy state lodged between New York and Rhode Island, gets more than its share of national attention and with less than 40 days...

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Connecticut Ticking Down to the November Election

(16) Comments | Posted August 19, 2012 | 12:20 PM

Although the outcome of the Connecticut primary elections normally draws a yawn, it was not surprising that both party-endorsed favorites won the nod for the soon to be retiring U.S. Senator Joseph Lieberman's seat. Republican Linda McMahon bested former Congressman (R-CT 4) Christopher Shays by a wide margin just as...

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Tall Ships and OpSail 2012: Maritime History in Real Time

(10) Comments | Posted June 18, 2012 | 11:24 AM

There's nothing more impressive than the majesty of a fleet of historical private and public Tall Ships with their sails unfurled, ships from the U.S. Navy, Coast Guard and international Navy vessels converging together for the Parade of Sail into the harbor.

In the United States, OpSail...

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From Inevitable to Questionable: Connecticut's Newest Congressional Conflagration

(8) Comments | Posted June 5, 2012 | 6:18 PM

Part musical chairs, part jockeying for positions as the Connecticut local and state conventions took place earlier in May, party loyalists on both sides voted their support for senate, congressional and local candidates in the upcoming election. Now there is intrigue and a FBI investigation into one of Connecticut's congressional...

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Field of Flags: Lives Lost, Honored, Remembered

(0) Comments | Posted July 4, 2011 | 1:32 PM

Field of Flags: Lives Lost, Honored, Remembered

From a field above the Pacific bluff in Malibu, California to a churchyard on Chebeague Island, Maine and places in between: American flags placed in columns and rows, each representing an American life lost, in silent remembrance to the men and women who...

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Sharpton's Rally for Equal Education for All

(10) Comments | Posted June 7, 2011 | 2:04 PM

RALLY DATE: Tonight: Tuesday, June 7th ~ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Get there early as Reverend Sharpton will be speaking at exactly 6:15 PM

Site: Brookside Elementary School
82 Highland Avenue, Norwalk, CT
for map:

Site of the rally is the Norwalk, Conn....

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'Stealing Education' Case Round II: Petition to Drop Case, Mom Still Homeless

(5) Comments | Posted May 12, 2011 | 11:56 AM

In what has become a national case with federal protection implications homeless mother, Tanya McDowell, returned to the Norwalk, Conn. State Superior Court for her pretrial hearing regarding her "stealing education" case. This incident escalated into a charge of $15,000 and first-degree larceny -- a felony that could...

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Homeless School Theft Case: No Winners Here

(4) Comments | Posted April 28, 2011 | 6:01 PM

I smell a "made for TV" movie coming soon.

With local taxes rising, municipalities are looking everywhere to make cuts to trim their budgets, and that includes the Norwalk, CT school system. Actually, many school systems employ the means to weed those non-residents out of their systems, but seldom does...

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"Mr. Sensitivity" Speaker of The House John Boehner at CT GOP Fundraiser

(2) Comments | Posted April 13, 2011 | 12:55 PM

Appearance at GOP fundraiser is less than 24 hours after holding up the country.

Stamford, CT -- On the heels of helping to avert the looming budget disaster, the 3rd most powerful man in government, US Representative (R-OH) John Boehner, traveled to the gold coast of Connecticut as the headline...

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Connecticut Experiences Déjà vu

(0) Comments | Posted January 19, 2011 | 4:00 PM

In what will be no more than a quick picture and sound bite on the national news coverage, ending speculation of will he or won't he, the four term Connecticut Senator Joseph Lieberman flanked by his wife Hadassah, their children, their spouses and grandchildren announced that he would...

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Did Your Vote Count?

(0) Comments | Posted December 2, 2010 | 1:46 PM

Think back to this past Election Day -- you went to the polls, checked in, received a ballot, voted and placed your ballot in the scanner -- bam: you're done. Did your vote count or not? Recounts usually begin when the margin is too close, in Connecticut the magic number...

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Too Few Ballots for Too Many Voters

(2) Comments | Posted November 2, 2010 | 11:52 PM

Bridgeport, CT -- With skirmishes and scrambles, CT-4 (D) Congressman Jim Himes was re-elected after a bruising campaign against State Senator Dan Debicella. The 4th district was one of those have-to-win-it back seats since it was previously the last republican held stronghold in New England after Himes won it in...

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Your Dog Wants You to Vote

(7) Comments | Posted November 2, 2010 | 1:59 PM

Your dog wants you to go out and vote for his or her best interests, especially if you happen to live in Missouri, which has a ballot measure on Election Day: Proposition B. Voting yes to Prop. B would establish state minimum living standards for dogs used in...

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Do Blurred Lines Between WWE and Linda McMahon Cause Confusion?

(4) Comments | Posted October 29, 2010 | 9:15 AM

Connecticut U.S. Senate candidate Linda McMahon touts her business acumen as the compelling reason voters should put her in office over the 20 year public service career of CT Attorney General, Richard Blumenthal.

Linda McMahon did resign in 2009 as CEO of World Wrestling...

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Standing In Solidarity Against Islamophobia

(44) Comments | Posted August 30, 2010 | 12:19 PM

Stamford, CT: "Look around and see the many faces of God," welcomed Senior Pastor, Reverend Cari Jackson of the First Congregational Church before a diversely gathered crowd of nearly 200 people from a multitude of religious faiths and walks of life attending as individuals and becoming one as...

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Ca-Ching: Puppy Mill Sales Continue to Ring

(10) Comments | Posted July 30, 2010 | 3:47 PM

In an exclusive interview with Wayne Pacelle, president of Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), Pacelle spoke of the most current Office of the Inspector General's (OIG) scathing report on the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Inspections of Problematic Dealers (Puppy Mills), the Durbin-Vitter PUPS...

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Mud Pit Theatrics in a Blue State: Blumenthal vs. McMahon

(1) Comments | Posted May 24, 2010 | 11:02 AM

HARTFORD -- It was a forgone conclusion that both Connecticut's attorney general, Democrat Richard Blumenthal and former WWE President, Republican Linda McMahon would win their respective Connecticut nominations for the US Senate, a race that got far more interesting after the January announcement of Senator Chris Dodd's retirement. The gloves...

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