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Monday roundup

by: ctblogger

Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 08:41:14 AM EST

Reading material while we deal with another storm.
  • Well done Joe!
    You don't have to get all snooty, Mr. Kushner, just admit you were wrong and do something to fix it. Maybe a small onscreen note when the DVD comes out.

    Tony Kushner is the Oscar-nominated screenwriter who wrote the script for the historical drama "Lincoln." It's a great movie. If you get a chance to see it, do so. But Mr. Kushner made a noteworthy mistake when it came to depicting the votes of the Connecticut congressional delegation in the film. Called out on it, Mr. Kushner could not leave things at admitting he got it wrong, he tried to defend getting wrong as OK and took shots at the guy who brought up the error, eastern Connecticut's own Second District Congressman Joe Courtney.

    The film revolves around President Abraham Lincoln's effort to convince Congress to pass the 13th Amendment to the Constitution abolishing slavery before the end of the Civil War, fearing the validity of his Emancipation Proclamation would not extend beyond the war.

    At issue is the film's depiction of two House members from Connecticut voting against the amendment. In fact, all four congressmen from Connecticut - including Augustus Brandegee of New London - voted in favor of the amendment.

    "Placing the State of Connecticut on the wrong side of the historic and divisive fight over slavery is a distortion of easily verifiable facts and an inaccuracy that should be acknowledged, and if possible, corrected before 'Lincoln' is released on DVD," wrote Rep. Courtney in a Feb. 5 letter to director Steven Speilberg.

    That was well done, Rep. Courtney.

  • Tim O'Brien announces reelection bid for mayor of New Britain.
    Touting the city's ongoing consolidation efforts, anti-blight initiatives and his no tax hike pledge, Democratic Mayor Timothy O'Brien officially announced his intentions to run for a second term Thursday evening.

    The mayor, who made the announcement in front of more than 100 supporters at the Pride of Connecticut Lodge of Elks on Elm Street, said the city has made a lot of progress in the one year he has been at the helm.

    "We had the vision when we took the reins to put things in the right direction," O'Brien told the assembled crowd during a 10-minute off-the-cuff speech, which was interrupted several times with applause.

  • "The Moses of my people" should be proud.
    A bill now before the General Assembly, inspired by former state Sen. Ernie Newton's latest arrest on campaign fraud charges, seeks to prevent candidates convicted of political corruption from receiving public campaign money.

    "I don't believe you should be able to snooker the state after you stole money from the state," said state Sen. Edward Meyer, D-Branford, and sponsor of the so-called "Newton" bill.

    Newton was convicted in 2005 for corruption during his 18 years as a senator from Bridgeport.

    He was arrested again last month and charged with fraud after allegedly obtaining $80,550 in public campaign funds for an unsuccessful attempt last year to regain his old Senate seat.

    "What this bill is saying is if you are convicted of a crime against the state, you should not get a financial benefit from the state. Up to $85,000 in campaign financing is a major benefit," Meyer said, referring to funding available through the state Citizens' Election Program.

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