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by: ctblogger

Thu Aug 14, 2014 at 09:27:09 AM EDT

  • Malloy and Dems throw out the red meat at last night's JJB.
    Gov. Dannel P. Malloy laid into his newly anointed Republican opponent Wednesday night before an audience of about 1,000 Democrats at the party's annual Jefferson Jackson Bailey fundraising dinner.


    During his 19-minute speech, Malloy said Foley had spent the last three years rooting for Connecticut's failure.

    "Tom Foley was standing on the sidelines, hoping for rain on a sunny day, wishing that Connecticut would not move forward, hoping that people don't notice that we're making progress and that we're on the road to recovery. He was in the cheap seats, saying cheap things while we were working hard - and that's unacceptable," Malloy said.

  • CT Mirror profiles "Landslide" Joe Courtney.
    Washington - Rep. Joe Courtney, D-2nd District, came into office on the slimmest of victories, a surplus of just 83 votes that earned him the jocular nickname "Landslide Joe" among his colleagues.

    This year, as he seeks re-election for a fifth term in Congress, Courtney hopes the nickname is no joke.

    Since that 2006 race where he narrowly defeated former Republican Rep. Rob Simmons, Courtney, 61, has won strong support in an economically challenged district. He has done it mostly by doing some of the things Simmons did, like standing up for the Naval Submarine Base New London and pressing for contracts for Electric Boat, which builds the Navy's nuclear subs.


    Courtney said he is seeking re-election because he believes he can still get things done in what many consider a "do-nothing Congress."

    "Despite the polarized, dysfunctional track record as a whole, I feel there are some real accomplishments I can make for the people in the district," he said.

  • Jon Pelto takes another swipe at Dan Malloy's rhetoric.
    In a recent interview with the CT Mirror, Governor Dannel "Dan" Malloy said,

    "We really don't have a deficit."

    However, if the truth be told, according to the non-partisan Office of Fiscal Analysis, the State of Connecticut continues to face a monumental fiscal crisis.  In fact, here are the projections from the experts for the fiscal years following this November's election;

    Fiscal Year 2016:  A $1.4 billion Connecticut state budget deficit

    Fiscal Year 2017:  A $1.6 billion Connecticut state budget deficit

    Fiscal Year 2018:  A $1.8 billion Connecticut state budget deficit

    Malloy says the Office of Fiscal Analysis is wrong, although he uses their numbers when he complains that he inherited a $3.7 billion state budget deficit from former Governor Rell.

    The most recent campaign pitch from Malloy is that he wants to be judged on his record.

    And the fact is his record is extremely clear.

    As a result of Malloy's unfair tax package that coddled the rich and disproportionately hit the middle class, along with his constant use of budget gimmicks, the candidate who wins this year's gubernatorial election will have to deal with a situation in which Connecticut will be at least $4.8 billion short of what would be needed to balance the state budget over the next three years.

    Meanwhile, the cornerstone of Malloy's campaign is his claim that he won't propose or accept any tax increases during the next four years, he won't need to renege on his deal with the state employee unions nor will he have to ask for further concessions from state employees and he won't cut vital services here in Connecticut.

    Is Malloy intentionally misleading voters?

    Is he straight out lying?

  • In his Bridgeport post-primary analysis, Grimaldi had this to say regarding the city's childish State Rep. Christina Ayala.
    Where the mayor lost an ally in Musto, he gained in other areas legislatively. The man he put in charge of eradicating blight in the city, Chris Rosario won convincingly over State House incumbent Christina Ayala whose personal missteps provided Rosario with an opening to replace her. The real surprise of the race wasn't Ayala's loss, but that she finished a distant third behind city fire commissioner Dennis Bradley who campaigned hard.

    Ayala now has more free time to deal with her long list of legal problems...good riddance!

  • Common sense prevails over New Britain juvenile Mayor Erin "Party Girl" Stewart's short-sighted attempt to sell city owned land and water assets.
    A divided Common Council voted down a plan sell Southington the Patton Brook Well, a half-acre of land at Tanglewood Drive in Southington for $1.3 million.

    The vote was 8-7 against the sale. Eight Democrats voted against the plan. The only Democrat to join the six members of the Republican caucus in voting for the sale was Tonilynn Collins.

    Voting in the majority was Democratic Alderman Dave DeFronzo who told the council, "The city should be trying to preserve all the water assets we have. The city should not be selling parts of its Water Department.

    Said Democrat Manny Sanchez, prior to the vote, "I'm not in favor of selling any city resources. I understand we are facing deficits, but selling the well or any other resources to Southington or any other town should not be part of our financial salvation plan."

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Primary Day

by: ctblogger

Tue Aug 12, 2014 at 09:02:05 AM EDT

UPDATE 9:47 The Dan Malloy/Nancy Wyman campaign released the following:

Hartford, CT--- Governor Malloy's campaign senior advisor, Mark Bergman, released the following statement upon the results of the Republican primary.

"Elections are about choices, and the choice facing the people of Connecticut couldn't be more clear: do we want to continue the progress that's been made over the past three and a half years, or hire someone who will stop this progress dead in its tracks, make a sharp u-turn, and take us right back to the failed policies that drove us into the ditch Dan Malloy and Nancy Wyman have been digging us out of?

"No one is declaring victory yet. Both Governor Malloy and Lt. Governor Wyman know that we still have work to do to make sure our schools are world-class, our transportation and infrastructure are built for the 21st century, and we make Connecticut more affordable to live, work, and raise a family here.

But, Tom Foley would take Connecticut's progress and shift it into reverse. He has spent his career making millions while destroying jobs. This is the same Tom Foley who in July told workers in Eastern Connecticut that it was their fault their factory closed. And, instead of telling Connecticut what he would do, he's spent the last three years chirping from the cheap seats, rooting for Connecticut to fail, and avoiding specifics, tough questions and details. He knows Connecticut won't buy his reckless agenda, so he's hiding the fact that he could cut education funding, repeal paid sick leave, renege on the UTC deal jeopardizing 75,000 Connecticut jobs, eliminate aid to cities and towns - driving up property taxes -- and undo Connecticut's smart, strict gun law.

The choice for Connecticut will be clear in November---continue our steady progress under Governor Malloy or risk it with Tom Foley, a reckless choice that we can't afford."

UPDATE 9:45: The CT Democratic Party Chairwoman Nancy DiNArdo released the follwing statement regarding tonight's low turnout snoozefest.

"With extraordinarily low turnout, today Republicans showed their lack of enthusiasm for the candidates running. For the few Republicans who did show up, they selected Tom Foley, who has run a campaign avoiding the tough questions and totally devoid of specifics and details.

"Elections are about the future -- and in November, voters will have a very clear choice. We can keep moving forward, or we can roll back the clock."

"During this campaign, Tom Foley has been investigated for irregularities in campaign spending. He has shamefully blamed workers for losing their jobs in Sprague. He called our smart gun law 'inconvenient'. And he still refuses to detail any policy specifics -- on any issue.

"Over the past three years Governor Malloy and Lt. Governor Wyman have made the tough choices. Through steady leadership, they've delivered progress -- more than 55,000 private sector jobs created, hundreds of millions in additional dollars for our schools, one of the best implementations of the Affordable Care Act in the nation, major drops in crime, and the smartest gun law in the country.

"Tom Foley won't just halt that progress -- he will take Connecticut backwards. As someone who lined his pockets while laying off droves of honest, hard-working, middle-class employees at Bibb, he will no doubt roll back the clock for working families and women, from healthcare to schools -- and ultimately, Connecticut's future."

UPDATE: Results are coming SLOWLY. Click here for results (via CT Mirror).


For most Democrats in the state, this is a day where we sit back, pull out the popcorn, and watch the GOP eat their own (although there are several local Democratic primaries of interest).


Polls close at 8PM!  

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Sexism and White Supremacy raise their ugly heads in Northeast Connecticut...

by: ctblogger

Mon Aug 11, 2014 at 15:59:53 PM EDT

Cross post with permission of DailyKos member PaganVoter

Some of you have gotten wind of the story by FiredUpInCA's diary about the white supremacist husband of a local CT probate judge candidate.  My diary expands a bit more information about that story.

Sexism and White Supremacy raise their ugly heads in Northeast Connecticut Judge of Probate Primary election

FYI: Connecticut's 27th Probate Court District is composed of the towns of Canterbury, Killingly, Plainfield, and Sterling, which are in Northeast CT.

After the May 21st Judge of Probate convention, the Norwich Bulletin informed Andrea Truppa, the endorsed Democrat for Probate Judge for the 27th Probate Court District, that they had no plans on covering that District's probate judge's Primary election race.  To me, this was a professional abdication of responsibility by the Norwich Bulletin to educate voters in that district about this race.

FYI: Andrea Truppa won 10 out of 16 delegates to win the May 21st probate judge convention endorsement.  3 towns - Killingly, Canterbury, and Sterling -- voted unanimously for Andrea.  Plainfield voted all with her opponent Anna Zubkova.

In his July 27, 2014 op ed, Bulletin columnist, Ray Hackett, labeled this race a "beauty contest based on personality" and the probate judgeship as a "Miss Congeniality" prize awarded to the candidate, who would be considered by ill-informed voters to be the most "kind, caring and compassionate."

Hey, Ray!  The voters will be ill-informed largely because of your newspaper's decision not to cover this race as professional journalists.

There's more below the fold...

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Kos changes CT-GOV race from lean D to toss up

by: ctblogger

Mon Aug 11, 2014 at 14:54:10 PM EDT

Kos comes out and says something most MLN readers have been saying for some time...Malloy has a REAL good chance in losing the election...and for the most part, he only has himself to blame.

• CT-Gov (Lean D to Tossup): It's felt like Democratic Gov. Dan Malloy has been in trouble for a long time, but the paucity of polling in Connecticut made us reluctant to pull the trigger on "Tossup." But now we have a bit more data, including a Democratic internal that had the race tied at 46. What's more, Malloy risks losing votes on his left flank to Democrat-turned-independent Jonathan Pelto, a former state legislator who's trying to capitalize on anger among union members toward Malloy. Wealthy Republican frontrunner Tom Foley also has a lot of money at his disposal, Malloy is definitely in peril.
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Malloy's PR operation for Free Park Admission Weekend

by: ctblogger

Mon Aug 11, 2014 at 08:35:01 AM EDT

Cross post from Jon Pelto's Wait What?

File this one under - "How The Connecticut Budget Process Really Works."

A couple of weeks ago, with Election Day in sight, Governor Dannel "Dan" Malloy kicked off a public relations campaign to promote the State's Free Park Admission Weekend.

Malloy told the media,

"To encourage everyone to visit a state park this Centennial year, we are waiving fees at our parks this Saturday and Sunday...We will not charge the usual parking fees, and we will not collect admission fees at state park museums."

While the free weekend program saved Connecticut residents $120,000 in parking and admission fees, what went unnoticed was how the Malloy administration paid for the associated free weekend marketing program.

It turns out that Section 14 of this year's State Budget bill quietly moved $40,000 from Connecticut's Emergency Spill Response program to pay for the "marketing costs for free park admission weekend."

Connecticut's Emergency Spill Response Program includes the Emergency Response Unit which, "responds 24 hours per day to emergencies that result from accidental and deliberate discharges and uncontrolled releases of chemicals, hazardous wastes, petroleum products and other hazardous materials."

Considering the budget bill passed the Connecticut State Senate on May 3, 2014 at 12:04 a.m. we're left to wonder whether legislators didn't know transfer of funds was part of the budget or simply didn't care?

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CT-GOV: Gravis Marketing: Malloy 38, Foley 46 ; Malloy 38, McKinney 45

by: ctblogger

Sun Aug 10, 2014 at 13:10:46 PM EDT

Another day, another poll released on the race for governor. Although the poll released Friday by Gravis Marketing is an internet panel (and there is a good deal of debate regarding the reliability of internet based polling), this news is not good for Dan Malloy.
Gravis Marketing, a nonpartisan research firm based in Winter Springs, Fla. conducted a random survey of 440 registered voters in Connecticut regarding potential candidates for both Federal and State elections between the dates of August 4th - August 7th, 2014.

The poll was completed using Gravis Marketing Internet Panels combined with traditional telephone responses. The results of this poll were weighted 20% via Gravis Internet Panels & 80% through telephone.  The poll carries a margin of error of ± 5%.

The Gravis Marketing poll began asking currently registered voters in Connecticut 'How likely are you to vote in the General Election on November 4th, 2014′. Among all 440 registered voters polled, 67% indicated that they were 'very likely' to vote, 26% stated they were 'likely' to vote while 7% stated they were 'somewhat likely'.


Focusing on state-wide elections to be held during the General Election on Nov. 4th, 2014, registered voters were asked "If the election for Governor were held today and the candidates were Republican Tom Foley and Democrat Dan Malloy, whom would you vote for?" Republican Tom Foley received the majority of support, registering 46% of the polled segment, Democrat Dan Malloy received 38% and 16% of those polled were 'Unsure'. When asked to choose between Republican John McKinney and Democrat Malloy, 46% favored McKinney, 38% continued to support Malloy, while 17% were 'Unsure'.

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