A state Superior Court judge Tuesday signed a warrant for the arrest of state Rep. Christina Ayala, D-Bridgeport, according to a law enforcement source.
The warrant was sought by the Office of the Chief State's Attorney and comes almost a year after the State Elections Enforcement Commission recommended Ayala and her mother, Democratic Registrar of Voters Santa Ayala, be criminally prosecuted for election fraud.
The source said Christina Ayala, 31, who was elected in 2012 but lost a primary this summer in her bid for re-election, is being charged with voting fraud violations and with tampering or fabricating physical evidence.
The vast majority of people support the education reform movement in Connecticut and stricter evaluations of teachers, according to a poll taken for a charter reform group.
The majority of the 600 likely voters polled on their views of education reform by the Beneson Strategy Group were older, white, solidly middle class - earning between $60,000 and $150,000 - with older children.
They were surveyed between Sept. 2-4 for ConnCan, which has been heavily involved in legislation suporting charter school alternatives and tying tenure to student outcomes.
The 50th anniversary of Lyndon Johnson's "War on Poverty" was five months ago, but it wasn't until last week that the U.S. Census released data confirming little progress has been made.
U.S. Census data found that poverty in Connecticut, which was around 9.6 percent in 1959, climbed to about 10.7 percent in 2013. That's the same place is was in 2012. The biggest increase in poverty was between 2003 and 2009 when it jumped from 8.1 percent to 9.4 percent.
Connecticut Voices for Children pointed out that one in seven Connecticut children or 14.3 percent lived in poverty in 2013, a rate unchanged from 2012, but a substantial increase from a decade earlier when it was 10.8 percent.
Childhood poverty in major Connecticut cities ranged from 6.9 percent in Norwalk to 47.6 percent in Hartford. Wade Gibson, director the fiscal policy center at Connecticut Voices, put the poverty rate in context, comparing the poverty threshold of $23,834 for a family of four to the state median income of $67,098.
"Low income Connecticut families have been hardest hit by the recession," Gibson said. "We can support these families, and improve outcomes for children, through continued support for programs such as the state Earned Income Tax Credit."
I only hope this article shows up on his Google searches and it ruins his day. Please repost this article everywhere so it will further embarrass/anger/humiliate him.
Republican gubernatorial candidate and perpetual bridesmaid but never the bride Tom Foley has a slight lead over Gov. Dan Malloy, based on the most recent Q-poll.
Here's why I think he's a dick. Not all the reasons, but a major one. From DailyKos.com:
Four years into [Foley's] tenure [at a Pennsylvania factory], unionized workers at the manufacturing company refused his labor agreement and voted to strike - which they did, for 24 hours a day, for two and a half years.
"Because of Tom Foley ... people were destroyed - and it's because Tom Foley wanted to profit," said Julie Kushner, the director of United Auto Workers Region 9, who held a press conference in Higganum Thursday along with other union leaders to call attention to the strike. According to news reports at the time, Foley received nearly $40 million as the largest shareholder when the company was sold in 2007.
"People don't do that in a haphazard way," Kushner said, referring to the length of the strike.
The strike was not resolved through labor negotiations; rather, Foley began hiring replacement employees who were not, as the striking workers were, demanding a 50-cent increase in hourly wages.
Fifty fucking cents! That's what Foley decided was worthy of dumping the factory and destroying people's livelihoods.
Of course, his $40,000,000 payday for doing so may have been a strong incentive!
What a dick!
Hey, let's be honest here. I might be capable of being as much of a dick as Tom Foley if someone was waving a $40 million check in my face.
I don't know...
But I'm not running for governor...
Anyway, it will make me feel good when Foley's campaign will spend some money on another failed bid for governor. Even if it is publicly financed this time around. At least some of it (but not all, based on his practices of hiring out of state media people) will make its way into our local economy.
At least he's gracing us with that.
And let's not forget that his multi-million dollar mega-yacht was named Odalisque, the Turkish word for a female slave in a harem.
What a dick!
You need more proof he's a dick? Listen to him yakking it up with former Congressman Rob Simmons back in 2010. You'll see what really matters to this guy...
How could John Rowland tempt fate again, a decade after his crooked dealings with state contractors sent him tumbling from the governor's office into federal prison?
How did he not learn his lesson? Why didn't he make the best of the golden opportunities he was given - in the form of a high-paying job as economic development czar set up by his hometown Waterbury pals, and a radio gig as a WTIC-AM talk-show host - after he completed a 10-month sentence that, itself, was considered by many to be a gift from a lenient judge?
One in seven children in Connecticut is living below the federal poverty level, according to data released by the U.S. Census Bureau through the American Community Survey (ACS).
The rate, while unchanged from 2012, is significantly higher than a decade earlier, said Wade Gibson, director of fiscal policy at Connecticut Voices for Children.
"The big takeaway from this information is that the state (Connecticut) set a goal in 2004 back when child poverty was one in nine and they said they wanted to cut it in half, but now in 2014, child poverty is much higher has gone from around 10 percent to 14 percent," Gibson said. "So, we're not moving in the right direction."
In closing arguments, prosecutors said former governor John G. Rowland entered into a conspiracy to hide his involvement in congressional campaigns because he could not sell his "most valuable" political assets in public based on his prior felony conviction.
Jurors have listened to weeks of testimony regarding allegations that Rowland conspired to perform political work for two congressional campaigns while keeping the payments hidden from election regulators.
The trial was poised to be handed over to the jury Thursday with lawyers from both sides making their closing statements. U.S. Attorney Chris Mattei told the jury that the conspiracy was born of the former governor's desire to make use of his political expertise.
But that expertise was overshadowed by the negative baggage Rowland carried from his 2004 corruption conviction, which saw him resign from office before being sentenced to a year and a day in federal prison.
"Mr. Rowland couldn't sell his most valuable assets on the open market, but if he could keep it hidden, maybe then he could," Mattei told the jury.
Instead, Mattei said Rowland drafted a rejected proposal to work for 2010 congressional candidate Mark Greenberg and be paid as a consultant for Greenberg's nonprofit animal shelter. Later, Mattei said, Rowland entered a contract to work on 2012 candidate Lisa Wilson-Foley's campaign and sought to be paid by a lawyer for her husband, Brian Foley, who owned a chain of nursing homes called Apple Rehab.
"Ask yourself, what was Mr. Rowland selling? Was he selling his business consulting expertise? Was he selling his devotion to an animal center? Or was he selling the thing that was most valuable - his political expertise?" Mattei told the jury.
Mattei called the whole arrangement "a sham." Over more than an hour, Mattei presented a slideshow with snippets of the evidence against Rowland. He reminded the jury of what the government contends was a trend by the former governor to make offers to candidates who were political newcomers, but who also were independently wealthy. He pointed to the contract Rowland pitched to Greenberg.
"Who is going to pay somebody $35,000 a month to raise money for an animal shelter? Please . . . " he said.
He showed the jury a slide comparing the 22 emails Rowland had sent to Wilson-Foley prior to his contract with her husband's company with 321 emails he sent the candidate in the six months after the contract.
"Look at that. That says it all," Mattei said. "What's the one thing that happened? The money tap got turned on. That's what happened."
As noted earlier this week in Wait, What? post entitled, Three cheers for campaign finance corruption in Connecticut!, Governor Dannel "Dan" Malloy and his campaign operation has collected at least $3.5 million for his campaign by directing large campaign contributors to make donations to the Democratic State Central Committees "federal" account. Much of the money has come from state contractors, lobbyists, political action committees and the wealthy.
Under Connecticut's landmark campaign finance reform law that passed in 2005, following former governor John Rowland's conviction, Malloy's fundraising scheme would have been illegal.
But thanks to changes in the law that were proposed by Malloy and approved by the Democrats in the Connecticut General Assembly in 2013, the Connecticut State Elections Enforcement Commission ruled yesterday that Malloy's tactics are an "offensive" violation of the law's "spirit and intent," but not illegal.
Details of Malloy's close call with the law can be found in the Hartford Courant's Panel Condemns NU Exec's Pro-Malloy Solicitation As 'Offensive' - But Finds No Violation and the CT NewsJunkie's Election Regulators Call NU Solicitation 'Egregious'.
As CTNewsJunkie explains,
The State Elections Enforcement Commission dismissed a complaint against Northeast Utilities CEO Thomas May Tuesday, but not before offering some harsh criticism of the solicitation the state contractor sent last September to his employees.
"The next gubernatorial election is upon us, and I am asking each of you to join me in financially supporting Connecticut's Governor Dannel P. Malloy," May wrote in his Sept. 27, 2013 email to company managers. The email, which was sent from May's private gmail account, suggested that donations be made to the Connecticut Democratic State Central's federal account.
State election law prohibits state contractors from contributing to state party accounts or the campaigns of statewide candidates. Even though the email solicitation mentioned Malloy's accomplishments at length, the commission was unable to find that May violated state election law because the money went to the party's federal account.
"The Commission does conclude that the content of the solicitation by Mr. May is both offensive and disturbing and violates the spirit and intent of the Connecticut state contractor ban," the 5-0 decision to dismiss the complaint reads.
The Hartford Courant adds,
If May had asked his people to donate to the Democratic Party's account for state political operations, or directly to Malloy or any other candidate for state office, it would have violated the statutory ban on contractors giving money to state campaigns, the commission said.
However, "[b]ecause the contributions...were deposited into the [Democratic Party's] federal account which is generally outside the Commission's jurisdiction, and not to a state [party] committee," the commission "lacks the authority...to sanction the conduct," the commission said in its decision.
The underlying problem with the State Elections Enforcement Commission decision is that everyone associated with the Malloy ploy knew exactly what was going on.
The Hartford Courant quotes an SEEC Commissioner as saying,
"To direct money that on its face was being raised for the support of a statewide candidate" - Malloy - "and deposit that money into a federal account, is an abuse not only of what that federal account is intended for, but clearly seems to be an effort to bypass the workings of the Connecticut finance law," commission member Stephen T. Penny said.
Twice in the past month, the commission put off a decision in the case after deliberating it behind closed doors. "At first blush the conduct of [May] appeared to be an egregious violation...but after a careful review of state law, we were unable to find any specific violations," Penny said.
In a blistering attack on the State Elections Enforcement Commission's ruling, State Senate Minority Leader John McKinney issued a statement saying,
"Clearly, NU's CEO violated the spirit of our clean election law - a law which was once a model for the country. That historic legislation has become a mockery. Gov. Malloy now has a choice to make. He can keep the money he received from NU officials, or he can return it. If he keeps the money, he will place a cloud on our campaign finance system. If he returns it, he will restore some integrity to the system."
But of course, the likelihood of Malloy returning the ill-gotten campaign funds is zero because on top of the $50,000 he collected from NU are millions of dollars more from other state contractors, as well as, individuals and companies that have benefited from Malloy's corporate welfare program.
While Connecticut's landmark campaign finance reform legislation was rigged to keep 3rd party candidates out of the system, it did do an outstanding job limiting the influence of corporate, lobbyist and special interest funds.
That was before Malloy, with the help of the Democratic members of the Connecticut General Assembly, made a mockery of the law adding a series of loopholes designed to allow Malloy to use public and special interest funds to pay for his campaign.
Now, not only are Connecticut taxpayers giving Malloy (and Foley) $6.2 million each, but Malloy and his political operation are inappropriately, but not illegally, taking millions of dollars from those doing business with the state or benefiting directly from Malloy's state spending strategies.
Unless Connecticut changes direction in what has been packaged and sold as "education reform," its achievement gap, the largest in the nation, will be exacerbated.
All of Connecticut's children are harmed by the narrow and inappropriate content of the Common Core Standards and by the amount of instructional time lost to preparing for and taking standardized tests to measure acquisition of that content.
Op-ed submit bugConnecticut children of color,already hurt by poverty and racism, however, suffer the most. Current "education reform" will further marginalize them as Jim Crow laws of the past marginalized African Americans in southern states.
The Connecticut Democratic Party called a digital ad criticizing Gov. Dannel P. Malloy put out by his gubernatorial opponent "out of bounds" and asked that it be taken down.
The ad used an image of Malloy that accompanies stories on a prayer vigil the day 20 children and six educators were killed by a gunman at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown Dec. 14, 2012.
"Although Tom Foley has said he would sign a repeal of our smart gun law and says he has never met with Newtown families, his latest attack ad is downright out of bounds and he needs to apologize for it," Devon Puglia, spokesman for the party, said in a statement.