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Malloy must come clean on his attempt to end collective bargaining rights

by: ctblogger

Wed Oct 22, 2014 at 09:59:58 AM EDT

As someone who is disgusted with the stream of lies from the uniuon leadership and Gov Malloy on this issue, I hope the media will start asking questions about this subject -ctblogger

In defense of its endorsement of Governor Dannel "Dan" Malloy, the Connecticut Education Association is using its EXAMINE THE FACTS campaign to tell teachers that Malloy, "Supports teachers' rights to collectively bargain and negotiate contracts, benefits, and working conditions."

At the same time, most of Connecticut's other unions are trying to persuade their members that if elected, Republican Tom Foley will follow Wisconsin's right-wing, anti-union governor and destroy collective bargaining altogether.

But the fact remains that Governor Malloy is the only Democratic governor in the nation to propose unilaterally eliminating collective bargaining rights for a group of public employees.

In Malloy's case, as part of his corporate education reform industry initiative, he proposed repealing collectively bargaining rights for public school teachers working in the poorest schools.

Had the Connecticut General Assembly not stripped Malloy's anti-union provisions, 1,000 - 1,500 public school teachers, in up to 25 schools across Connecticut, would have lost their rights to collective bargain.

In response to Malloy's proposal, the CEA wrote to its members on March 14, 2012 telling them that Malloy's Education Bill would have "real and dramatic consequences for teachers."

Leading the list of negative impacts, the CEA leadership explained that,

"The bill would take away collective bargaining rights from teachers in the lowest performing schools...."

The CEA letter went on to urge teachers to contact their legislators and tell them to "Fix the governor's bill" and "Restore collective bargaining rights."

With less than two weeks to go until Election Day, Governor Malloy has an obligation to come clean about his position on collective bargaining.

Malloy claims that he supports collective bargaining rights, the leaders of Connecticut's unions are telling their members that Malloy supports collective bargaining rights...but it is worth repeating, yet again, that Dannel Malloy is the only Democratic governor in the nation to propose repealing collective bargaining rights for unionized public employees.

To earn the votes of Connecticut's teachers and other union members, Malloy needs to stand up, explain why he produced such an anti-union proposal and renounce his 2012 effort to repeal collective bargaining rights.

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Q POLL/CT-GOV: Malloy 43, Foley 42, Visconti 9

by: ctblogger

Wed Oct 22, 2014 at 08:45:25 AM EDT

Video via CT News Junkie

This poll confirms the obvious, this election has come down to a race betwen the lesser of two evils.

Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy is locked in a repeat of the 2010 down-to-the-wire governor's race as he holds 43 percent of likely voters to Republican challenger Tom Foley's 42 percent, with 9 percent for independent candidate Joe Visconti, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

This compares to a 43 - 43 percent dead heat among likely voters in an October 8 survey by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University.

With Visconti out of the race, it's a 45 - 45 percent tie today.

The gender gap is wide in the three-way race as Gov. Malloy leads Foley 51 - 32 percent among women, with 9 percent for Visconti, while Foley leads Malloy 53 - 34 percent among men, with 9 percent for Visconti.

Independent voters are divided with 38 percent for Foley, 36 percent for Malloy and 16 percent for Visconti. Malloy tops Foley among Democrats, 81 - 11 percent, with 4 percent for Visconti. Foley beats Malloy 85 - 6 percent among Republicans, with 6 percent for Visconti.

With 13 days until the election, 81 percent of Connecticut likely voters who name a candidate say their mind is made up, while 18 percent say they might change their mind. Their minds are made up, say 86 percent of Malloy voters and 84 percent of Foley backers, while 49 percent of Visconti supporters say they might change their mind.

"The race for Connecticut governor looks very much like it will go down to the wire - again," said Douglas Schwartz, PhD, director of the Quinnipiac University poll.

"Republican Tom Foley has to be concerned that this is the first likely voter poll in which Gov. Dannel Malloy has a numerical edge, even though it's razor-thin."

"As expected, Democrats and Republicans are coming home with both Malloy and Foley winning at least 80 percent of their bases, but the independent voters are really up for grabs, with independent Joe Visconti now taking 16 percent of the independent vote," Dr. Schwartz added.

"The gender gap is now a huge 38 points, with men going to Foley by 19 points and women for Malloy by 19 points.

Connecticut likely voters give both major party candidates negative favorability ratings:
Malloy gets a negative 42 - 50 percent favorability, virtually unchanged from October 8;
Foley gets a negative 40 - 46 percent favorability, down from his split 41 - 39 percent score two weeks ago;
80 percent of voters still don't know enough about Visconti to form an opinion, compared to an 86 percent "don't know enough" rating two weeks ago.
"The other bad news for Tom Foley is that his favorability rating continues to tumble," Schwartz said. "For the first time, more voters have a negative view of him than a positive view. The more voters get to know him, the less they like him.

"The good news for Foley is that Malloy's favorability is actually slightly worse.

"The Connecticut race recently was rated the most negative in the nation, and voters are giving a thumbs down to both major party candidates. With voters not liking either candidate very much, some voters could just choose the lesser of two evils. The dislike of Malloy and Foley helps explain why independent candidate Joe Visconti is holding onto 9 percent, at least for now."

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While Malloy stays the course on the Common Core, Cuomo distances himself from it

by: ctblogger

Tue Oct 21, 2014 at 10:29:15 AM EDT

Cross post from Jon Pelto's Wait What?

According to Truth in American Education (TAE), a national, non-partisan group of concerned parents and citizens, "Andrew Cuomo Says He'll Delay Using Common Core Scores for Five Years.

Like Governor Dannel "Dan" Malloy, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has been a long-time, out-spoken proponent of the Common Core and the Corporate Education Reform Industry.  However, faced with mounting opposition to the Common Core and its associated Common Core Standardized Testing Scheme, Cuomo is changing his position and has even begun to run campaign television ads distancing himself from the Common Core.

The new Cuomo anti-Common Core ad can be seen here.

Truth in Education reports,

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said in a campaign ad yesterday that he will delay using Common Core assessment scores for five years and then only if New York children are ready.


The Stop Common Core Ballot Line delivered over 62,000 signatures.  Over 30,000 students opted-out of Common Core assessments last spring including Cuomo's Republican challenger, Rob Astorino's children.

The TAE article also pointed to a July 2014 Siena College Poll that reported that 49% of New Yorkers want Common Core implementation stopped, while only 39% want to see the standards implemented.

The Siena College Poll also revealed that opposition to the Common Core was across the entire political spectrum noting, "More moderates, conservatives, union households, non-union households, men, women, suburbanites, upstaters, whites, Catholics, and members of all age groups want to see the Common Core stopped."

But here in Connecticut, Governor Malloy and his Commissioner of Education, Stefan Pryor, have remained dedicated to the implementation of the Common Core and its related Common Core SBAC Standardized Test.

Earlier this year, State Education Commissioner Stefan Pryor told the New Haven Register's editorial board that postponing implementation of the Common Core would be "ill conceived" and would be a step backward.

And Malloy himself has said that it is too late to turn back on the Common Core and his corporate education reform industry agenda.

Malloy recently old the Waterbury Republican-American Newspaper, "What we've done needs to continue to be implemented and rolled out" and the editorial board of the Day newspaper of New London spoke with Malloy and wrote, "The governor assured us he will stay the course on education reform if re-elected."

The Hartford Courant has also reported that following another meeting, "the governor emphasized that he is not backing off his support for the teacher evaluation system or the Common Core. It's 'not that either one isn't the right thing to do," Malloy said."

As appalling as Malloy and Pryor's support has been, even worse is the fact that Malloy and his Commissioner of Education have spent countless hours engaged in a campaign to mislead parents into thinking that they do not have the right to opt-out their children from the Common Core Smarter Balanced Assessment Test.

It is worth repeating that while Governor Malloy and Commission Pryor claim that federal and state laws trump parental rights when it comes to taking the Common Core Standardized Tests, there are no federal or state laws that prohibit parents from opting their children out of the Common Core Tests nor is there any law that allows schools to punish parents or students for opting out of the tests.

Rather than protecting the rights of parents, Malloy's Commissioner of Education sent out a memo to Connecticut's school superintendents explaining how they should go about misleading, scaring and lying to Connecticut parents in an immoral effort to stop parents from opting-out their children.

Even if Cuomo's "conversion" on the Common Core is nothing more than political self-preservation, it is certainly an interesting development that even New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has come to recognize that parroting the Common Core and Corporate Education Reform Industry rhetoric is not the right thing to do.

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Oh the hypocrisy!

by: ctblogger

Mon Oct 20, 2014 at 14:11:26 PM EDT

From the political party that whined about Connecticut Democratic Party wanting to spend money from its federal candidate account on state races comes this gem.


The GOP and its candidates across the state have launched a series of candidate mailers that the State Elections Enforcement Commission (SEEC) has found illegal in a new advisory opinion. The decision rules on CEP candidates and "expenditures for communications that refer to-and oppose or feature in a negative light-other candidates who are not their direct opponents."

Last week, mail pieces dropped across Connecticut criticizing Governor Malloy. The pieces, sent by the GOP through individual accounts of Citizens Election Program legislative candidates, said virtually nothing about the Republican candidates themselves, or their opponents. Instead, they were citizen-funded attack pieces, from the CT GOP and its legislative candidates, against Governor Malloy directly.

The GOP had known the public was awaiting a ruling from SEEC on communications from CEP candidates on non-opponents. Yet, the pieces dropped in mailboxes across the state last week anyway.

Now, SEEC has ruled the Republican mailers illegal, saying:

"...when a CEP candidate makes a communication that is not directly related to the candidate's own race and that also promotes the defeat of or attacks a candidate that is not opponent direct opponent of the candidate sponsoring the communication, but is in a different race, then the cost of that communication must be properly allocated."

That means the GOP must immediately halt the production and distribution of these illegal attack mail pieces.

"These mail pieces distort the facts, revise history, and root for Connecticut to fail. Now, we've found out they're illegal. The GOP and Republicans across the state must immediately stop sending these attack pieces, which are paid for with public funds but say almost nothing about candidates' individual races," said Devon Puglia, Democratic Party spokesman.

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Rasmussen Reports/CT GOV: Foley 50, Malloy 43

by: ctblogger

Sun Oct 19, 2014 at 10:28:03 AM EDT

Another day, another poll...from the right-leaning Rasmussen Reports...
Republican challenger Tom Foley still leads Democratic incumbent Dan Malloy in their Connecticut gubernatorial rematch as voters continue to grumble about the job Malloy has done over the past four years.

Foley now picks up 50% of the vote to Malloy's 43% in a new statewide telephone survey of Likely Connecticut Voters. Two percent (2%) prefer some other candidate in the race, and four percent (4%) are undecided.

Survey wording...

Connecticut Survey of 980 Likely Voters

Conducted October 14-16, 2014

By Rasmussen Reports

1* If the election for governor of Connecticut was held today, would you vote for Republican Thomas Foley or Democrat Dan Malloy?

2* I'm going to read you a short list of people in the news. For each, please let me know if you have a very favorable, somewhat favorable, somewhat unfavorable, or very unfavorable impression. If you've never heard of that person, just let me know.

Thomas Foley

Dan Malloy

Richard Blumenthal

Christopher Murphy

4* Do you have a very favorable, somewhat favorable, somewhat unfavorable or very unfavorable impression of the new health care law?

5* Is your state better off than it was four years ago?

6* Is the budget situation in your state better than it was a year ago or worse than it was a year ago? Or has it remained about the same?

7* Which candidate for Connecticut governor do you trust more to deal with government spending?

8* Which candidate for governor do you trust more to deal with taxes?

9* Which candidate for governor do you trust more on social issues?

10* Which candidate for governor do you trust more when it comes to dealing with government ethics and corruption?

11* Sometimes, unexpected things come up that prevent people from voting on Election Day.  Are you certain that you will vote in this year's elections, or is it possible that something could come up that would prevent you from voting?

12* How would you rate the job Barack Obama has been doing as president?

13* How would you rate the job Dan Malloy has been doing as governor?

NOTE: Margin of Sampling Error, +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence

Oddly enough, the poll didn't include Joe Visconti's post-debate impact on the race...

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Malloy's "Final Destruction" of Connecticut's Campaign Finance Reform Law

by: ctblogger

Thu Oct 16, 2014 at 09:41:34 AM EDT

Cross post from Jon Pelto's Wait What?

Governor Dannel "Dan" Malloy's has finally succeeded in his effort to utterly destroy Connecticut's Campaign Finance Reform Law.

In stark contrast to Malloy's action this year, the Democratic Party has long claimed that eliminating the inappropriate influence of tainted political donations has been one of the its most important values.  Over the years, unions and progressive organizations have made campaign finance reform a cornerstone of their political agenda.

But in just one term in office, Governor Malloy and his political operatives have managed to undermine and now destroy Connecticut's landmark campaign finance reform law of 2005.

Following the downfall of Governor Rowland, Connecticut adopted a nationally-recognized campaign finance reform law that provided political candidates with public funds, as long as they refused to take any additional money from political action committees, companies or individuals that do business with the state, large donors or any other special interests.

In his earlier campaigns, Malloy claimed to be a champion for campaign finance reform, but as a direct result of loopholes proposed by Governor Malloy and approved by the Democrats in the Connecticut General Assembly, Malloy has left the spirit and the letter of Connecticut's campaign finance law in shambles.

Not only has Malloy taken the $6.2 million in public funds for his re-election campaign this year, but he has also inappropriately tapped into nearly $4 million in tainted money that has been laundered through the Democratic State Central Committee and another $3.5 million that has been funneled through a political action committee associated with Malloy's campaign.

Malloy's final blow to Connecticut's commitment to "clean elections" came with the news that the Connecticut Democratic Party has sent out a "mass mailing to promote Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's re-election with money raised for federal congressional campaigns - even though state regulators have denounced the plan and the Federal Election Commission hasn't yet said whether it's legal."

The details surrounding the Malloy campaign's latest maneuver can be found at CTNewsJunkie Democratic Party Goes Forward With Malloy Mailer and the Hartford Courant at Democrats Send Controversial Pro-Malloy Mailing Without Waiting For Feds' Opinion

What is particularly revolting about Malloy's action it that it allows him to use money that comes directly from people who have state contracts or who have benefited from Malloy's corporate welfare program.  By using money from the Democratic State Central Committee's "federal account," Malloy is also utilizing funds that came from Federal Political Action Committees, a source of money that we never allowed even in the Rowland and pre-Rowland era of pay to play politics.

Malloy's attitude is either that the law simply doesn't apply to him or that "the end justifies the means," no matter how immoral those political actions may be.

As Jon Lender notes in his article,

The SEEC [State Election Enforcement Commission] sent a 10-page letter Tuesday to the FEC saying the Democrats' mailing would undermine state clean-election laws passed after the 2004 corruption scandal surrounding then-governor Rowland. Those clean-election laws included a ban on state contractors' money in election campaigns, which was supposed to keep special-interest money out of state elections

But rather than do the right thing, Malloy and the Democrats sent out their mailing using money from state contractors and other organizations that were banned as a result of Connecticut's campaign finance reform legislation.

Dannel Malloy has turned Connecticut's once prominent position on campaign finance reform into a joke.  Proponents of clean elections, including Democrats, union members and progressives should be ashamed by Malloy's actions.

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