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Juvenile Mayor of New Britain desecrates shooting victim's memory

by: ctblogger

Fri Aug 22, 2014 at 14:30:50 PM EDT

My God, does this moron have any shame?

Well, New Britain's juvenile Mayor Erin "party girl" Stewart has placed her foot in her mouth again...and this time she's gone too far.

The New Britain Herald reported on the tragic story of Corey Washington, a 19 year old resident who was shot in front of his home Monday night.

NEW BRITAIN - The mother of a 19-year-old gunned down in front of his Roberts Street home begged the dozens of mourners who showed up at the address Tuesday night to come forward with information on his killing.

Mishael Stephens was holding her son Corey Washington as he lay bleeding when officers arrived Monday night, responding to a report of gunfire and a man down in front of 62 Roberts St.

Washington, who was known by friends and family as "CJ" died a short while later.


Neighbors said Washington was a good and respectful kid who would watch his younger siblings when his mother was at work. Friends and family said they have no idea why anyone would shoot him in front of his own home.

"He had an amazing smile," said Kiaja Blake who has known Washington for about seven years. "He was always joyful, in fact I don't think I've ever seen him upset. He was a pleasure to be around."

He had a big heart and was a sweet guy, his mother said. "Each and every one of y'all have your own about him, a good story," she said as she was surrounded by somber faces who had brought candles and white balloons to the location where he was fatally shot.

"There is too much senseless killing," his grandmother added as she watched her daughter hug his friends. "It's got to stop. Where are these kids getting the guns?"

Although Washington was described his family and friends as "always joyful, in fact I don't think I've ever seen him upset. He was a pleasure to be around," here's what the insensitive mayor had to say about the tragedy on Facebook account.

Before Washington's body can be laid to rest, Mayor Stewart decides to add salt to the wound by blaming the victim for his death...un-fucking-nreal! I guess even the idiotic Stewart knew she crossed a line since she later deleted her comment hoping no one archived her remark.

Disgusting, simply disgusting!

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Malloy misleads teachers, parents, public school advocates and taxpayers - again!

by: ctblogger

Fri Aug 22, 2014 at 10:18:17 AM EDT

Cross post from Jon Pelto's Wait What?

Governor Dannel "Dan" Malloy and his Commissioner of Education, Stefan Pryor, just issued a press release that began with the following:

HARTFORD, CT) - Governor Dannel P. Malloy, joined by Commissioner of Education Stefan Pryor, today hat Alliance Districts are set to receive a total of $132,901,813 in additional funding for the 2014-15 academic year to help implement academic improvement plans.  To date, 28 of 30 Alliance District Year Three plan amendments have been approved, with the final approvals expected in the coming weeks.

In typical fashion, the Governor and Commissioner of Education have used their announcement as a way to further mislead Connecticut's teachers, parents, public school advocates and taxpayers.

Malloy claims that his "initiative" is providing Connecticut's 30 most struggling school districts with another $132 million in state aid, but the truth is that this year's increase is only about $45 million and that in order to get those funds, school districts were required to accept a series of new mandates and programs aimed at further implementing Malloy's corporate education reform agenda and diverting scarce public dollars to private companies.

For example, some of the new money is being used to pay for pet projects such as Achievement First, Inc.'s "Residency Program for School Leadership."

As Connecticut has come to know, Achievement First, Inc. is the charter school management company co-founded by Malloy's Commissioner of Education, Stefan Pryor.

And thanks to Malloy and Pryor, Achievement First, Inc. has received more new funding than any other charter school operator in Connecticut.

While most school districts in Connecticut have effectively been flat funded, Achievement First, Inc. has benefited from a massive increase in per pupil funding, more charter school seats, and additional resources from various grants that were once reserved for Connecticut's real public schools.

And if that windfall wasn't enough, hidden inside this so-called "new" money for Connecticut's poorer school districts is yet another special deal for Achievement First, Inc.

Note that in today's press release, Malloy and Stefan Pryor brag about how 28 or the 30 "Alliance District Year Three Plans" have been approved.

What Malloy and Pryor don't explain is that in order to get approved, towns were required to include certain education reform initiatives, including forcing Connecticut's largest school districts to participate in Achievement First, Inc.'s "Residency Program for School Leadership."

As part of the program, Connecticut taxpayers will not only pay Achievement First, Inc., for their "services," but Connecticut school teachers, paid for by Connecticut taxpayer funds, will be sent to teach in Achievement First schools.  This means that in addition to paying the charter school chain $11,500 per student, paying for all of their transportation costs and all of their special education costs, Achievement First, Inc. will be will be further subsidized thanks to having taxpayer-funded public school teachers working in their privately-run charter schools.

Achievement First, Inc. calls their "Residency Program" a "unique opportunity."

There is no doubt about that, it is a unique opportunity for Achievement First to get more of our public funds.

When more and more questions are being raised about the lack of oversight of Connecticut's charter schools, Governor Malloy and Commissioner Pryor are diverting record amounts of public money to charter schools.

While Malloy claims he is investing another $132 million into Connecticut's poorest schools, the truth is that Connecticut taxpayers are being forced to waste even more money on Malloy's failed education reform policies.

All this while our public school students continue to be left without the support they need and deserve.

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CT GOV: Rasmussen: Foley 45, Malloy 38

by: ctblogger

Thu Aug 21, 2014 at 17:56:58 PM EDT

Although Rasmussen is probably the most right leaning pollster out there, this isn't good news for the Malloy camp.

Incumbent Democrat Dan Malloy is trailing Republican challenger Thomas Foley by seven points in Rasmussen Reports' first look at their gubernatorial rematch.

Foley picks up 45% of the vote to Malloy's 38% in a new statewide telephone survey of Likely Connecticut Voters. Seven percent (7%) prefer some other candidate in the race, and 10% are undecided.

Click here for the crosstabs...
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Thursday roundup

by: ctblogger

Thu Aug 21, 2014 at 09:41:14 AM EDT

The latest:

  • Lost oppurtuninty for Jon Pelto?
    A week after locking up the GOP nomination for governor, Foley earned the Independent Party endorsement, beating out Trinity College professor John Mertens during a Tuesday night caucus in Watertown.

    There are 15,000 registered Independents in Connecticut, a group that could loom large in a race that was decided by 6,400 votes in 2010.

  • More problems for Foley.
    A Greenwich supporter of Tom Foley agreed on Tuesday to pay a $12,000 civil fine in connection with eight so-called straw contributions he admittedly made to the Republican gubernatorial candidate in March.

    Brian Lippey, a retired investor who lives on Havemeyer Place, has 15 days to pay the penalty, one of the largest ever ordered by the State Elections Enforcement Commission. On Tuesday in Hartford, the commission reviewed the case in a closed-door executive session, then convened briefly to accept the terms of the deal.

    Further details were unavailable, pending the conclusion of the settlement. But according to SEEC records, Lippey made a credit card payment of $100 to Foley's campaign on March 21. In all, there were 10 credit card contributions of $100 that day, according to the SEEC records.

    Straw donors are people who agree to pay the campaign contributions of others, in violation of state election law that limits individual contributions to $100 for those participating in the state's voluntary public financing system.

  • ALS hypocrisy from Congressman Jim Himes?
    Some of the very lawmakers who have taken the Ice Bucket Challenge to raise awareness and money for ALS research voted for legislation that defunded ALS research.

    These contradictory decisions don't necessarily make the lawmakers hypocrites. Many of them reluctantly cast that vote, and others are fine with funding ALS research so long as the funding comes from private sources and not federal taxes. But the contradiction does expose the curious ways in which government officials often end up dealing with problems they created.

    The funding cuts, in this case, were caused by the passage of the Budget Control Act of 2011 -- otherwise known as the bill to save the United States government from default. As a condition of getting congressional Republicans to sign off on the debt ceiling hike, the Obama White House and Congressional Democrats agreed to budget cuts and future budget cuts that would be delivered via sequestration, an across-the-board cleaver that cut certain agencies' budgets by roughly 5 percent.

    The National Institutes of Health was one of those agencies. It was forced to slash an estimated $1.55 billion from its programs. Among those was the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. In Fiscal Year 2013, the NINDS budget was $1.53 billion, a $92 million decrease from FY 2012. For ALS-specific research, funding went from $44 million to $39 million.

    Some of this was restored by a budget deal negotiated and signed into law in 2014. NINDS funding went up to $1.587 billion, roughly $35 million short of where it stood prior to sequestration. ALS-specific research, meanwhile, went up $1 million, leaving it $4 million short of pre-sequestration levels.


    Members of Congress could have fixed that shortcoming with a supplemental funding bill. Instead, many chose to dump ice water on their heads. Those who took the challenge but also supported the bill that led to sequestration include:

    John Barrow (D-Ga.)
    Timothy Bishop (D-N.Y.)
    Robert Brady (D-Penn.)
    John Carney (D-Del.)
    David Cicilline (D-R.I.)
    Michael Grimm (R-N.Y.)
    Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.)
    Joe Kennedy (D-Mass)
    Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.)
    Jim Langevin (D-R.I.)
    Frank LoBiondo (R-N.J.)
    Jim Himes (D-Conn.)

  • Only in Bridgeport...
    Although his Democratic primary loss for a General Assembly seat may have ended his political career last week, Ernest Newton's relationship with the State Elections Enforcement Commission remains active.

    The SEEC voted on Tuesday to issue investigative subpoenas to eight employees of a Bridgeport scrap-metal processor who may have been in involved in a straw-contribution scheme involving $800 in cash that was funneled into Newton's failed 2012 effort to regain a state Senate seat.

    The case involves drivers, office workers and other employees at P.C. Metals Inc., of 270 Central Avenue. SEEC investigators want to know where the employees got the $100 each to contribute to Newtown.

    Straw donors are people who agree to pay the campaign contributions of others, in violation of state election law that limits individual contributions to $100 for those participating in the state's voluntary public financing system.

    The money in question was given to Newton's Senate campaign in February 2012. Newton, who served a federal sentence for extortion and misuse of campaign funds, is currently facing a trial in state Superior Court over larceny charges involving $500 in questioned contributions that brought him over the threshold for public financing in 2012.

    Newtown, who lost a House of Representatives primary last week to Andre Baker, did not return a request for comment on Tuesday.

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Fuzzy memory

by: ctblogger

Wed Aug 20, 2014 at 11:15:56 AM EDT

Foley, March 2013:

While testifying before the committee, Tom Foley, the 2010 Republican gubernatorial candidate who lost to Malloy by a narrow margin, said he would have won if not for cross-endorsements.

"If Gov. Malloy was not allowed to be listed by the Working Families Party, I would have won the election. If the votes were to stay the same otherwise," he said.


"I think the Independent Party has a new rule and they will automatically endorse the Republican candidate and I suspect that's what this is all about," he said.

Foley, August 2014:
Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy was cross-endorsed by the Working Families Party and will also appear twice on the ballot in November.

"If Gov. Malloy was not allowed to be listed by the Working Families Party, I would have won the election," Foley testified at a legislative hearing in 2013. Foley lost in 2010 by 6,404 votes. That year, the Independent Party endorsed Chester First Selectman Thomas Marsh, who received more than 17,000 votes.

After winning the endorsement with 24 votes Tuesday, Foley said he doesn't recall making that statement and doesn't believe the statement.

"I've never felt that way," Foley said.

I don't know what's funnier, Foley's fuzzy memory, or the fact that the GOP choice for governor barely won the endorsement against a self-absorbed clown whose claim to fame was ruining the CT for LIEberman Party for his own short-sighted interest.

I liked Foley better when he refused to provide any details on how he would fix things in the state if elected governor...although he's been running for the position for four years!

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"Generally Accurate"

by: ctblogger

Tue Aug 19, 2014 at 09:24:53 AM EDT

The Courant did a fact check on the claims in Dan Malloy's latest attack ad on Tom Foley...and the newspaper claims that the ad is accurate.

The ad asserts that Foley "bankrupted the Bibb Co., costing hundreds their jobs" and that "Foley and his company made $20 million."

Here's the history: Foley's investment firm took over the troubled Bibb Co. in 1985, and Foley had taken personal charge of the company by 1996, when the decision was made to seek bankruptcy protection. It's rough language to say that Foley "bankrupted" the business, and Foley has argued that it was the changing economics of the textile industry that made bankruptcy unavoidable. But it's not inaccurate to attribute the bankruptcy to Foley.

The ad continues with the line, "costing hundreds of jobs," which gives the impression that the bankruptcy action led to those job losses. But the ad's support for the claim is an article in a home-furnishing's trade newspaper that came out a year before the bankruptcy filing. That publication notes that after Foley stepped in as CEO of the Bibb Co. in 1994, he embarked on a cost-cutting plan that included eliminating about 500 of the company's 6,000 employees. But that occurred pre-bankruptcy.

As a result, the ad gets it's timing wrong, but the key element of the claim - that Foley made decisions that led to a reduction in the company's workforce - is supported (and in fact defended by Foley, who has said he was trying to save the failing plant). In addition, there is evidence that workers - possibly hundreds - lost their jobs in a post-bankruptcy spinoff.

Lastly, the ad asserts that "Foley and his company" made $20 million from Bibb. Foley's management company did in fact collect as much as $4 million a year from Bibb, and Foley has not disputed the $20 million figure, although he has said he personally received only about 20 percent of that money and that the fees supported a large number of employees who provided management services.

But the ad's main assertion - that Foley and his company received the money - is fair, and doesn't repeat false assertions made in ads four years ago that Foley personally pocketed $20 million.

This commercial from Malloy has a lack of clarity about the timing of job losses at the Bibb Co. two decades ago. But in matters of substance, the spot overall is fair in its presentation of contemporary events in Sprague and past events in Georgia. As such, we rate this ad Generally Accurate.

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