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Monday morning roundup

by: ctblogger

Mon Mar 26, 2012 at 08:30:26 AM EDT

Here's some reading material before today's important Education committee meeting.
  • Whoops!
    On the eve of a key legislative committee's vote on Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's education reform bill, the state's largest teachers union inadvertently sent an email to lawmakers and others outside its organization tipping its hand regarding negotiation tactics.

    The Connecticut Education Association email chiding one of its employees for publicly disagreeing with their position says "No deal is always better than a bad one." The email goes onto say that the second largest teachers union AFT Connecticut "is playing you off against us, to get a deal," and asks the employee to run all policy decisions past CEA leadership first.

    "I inadvertently sent an internal email today to an external listserv," Mary Loftus Levine, CEA's executive director, said in an emailed statement Sunday. "The March 25 email was an internal communication among the CEA President, the Executive Director, and an employee. It was not directed at CEA members. CEA members are tremendous advocates for public education and have communicated their concerns about SB 24 openly, freely, and consistently."

  • Bad move...
    eginning Thursday, The Bulletin will charge nonprint subscribers for full digital access to its website, NorwichBulletin.com.
    The move comes a decade after the newspaper's website launched and reflects the growth of the newspaper's digital offerings over the years.
    "We feel our editorial and advertising content is incredibly valuable to our readers in print and digital," Bulletin Publisher Paul Provost said. "This is a natural progression in the evolution of the digital age as it pertains to newspapers like The Bulletin."

  • WHAA!!!! No one is paying attention to me!
    The Stand Up for Religious Freedom Rally yesterday drew 615 people in Hartford and another 200 in New Haven. That is over 800 Connecticut citizens who understand that the federal mandate requiring religious institutions to provide abortion-inducing drugs is a threat to the First Amendment, 800 of your fellow state residents who cared enough to take time out of their busy weekday to stand up for freedom.

    And you would never know about it if you read this morning's newspapers.

    There is absolutely no coverage of either rally in the print edition of today's Hartford Courant or Waterbury Republican-American.

    FIC contacted Hartford media prior to the rally and they told us that they did receive our press release, but that the busy season at the state Capitol made it difficult for them to cover our rally.

    600 people...whatever.

  • Jennifer Just: Poet laureate

  • Gombossy: "Elderly Struggling With Huge Long Term Care Insurance Premium Hikes"
    Florence Egan has been paying $1,400.80 annually for 17 years to provide long term care insurance coverage for nursing home expenses or assisted living with the promise that her premiums would never increase.

    In December her premiums jumped by 39 percent.
    Welcome to the world of Long Term Care Insurance, one of the more complicated and least understood insurance policies ever sold. Even some accountants have trouble figuring out whether they are worth the money and who, if anyone should buy them. An even tougher decision is whether one should continue paying the premiums as they continue to rise.

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The sins of FIC and NOM (0.00 / 0)
Buzzfeed has posted "confidential" NOM documents which strategize how to manipulate African-Americans and Hispanics politically in the anti-marriage equity hate campaign.  http://www.buzzfeed.com/buzzfe...

"Find, equip, energize and connect African American spokespeople for marriage, develop a media campaign around their objections to gay marriage as a civil right; provoke the gay marriage base into responding by denouncing these spokesmen and women as bigots," advises the document, which is a road map to the successful campaign against same-sex marriage in California.

"The Latino vote in America is a key swing vote, and will be so even more so in the future, both because of demographic growth and inherent uncertainty: Will the process of assimilation to the dominant Anglo culture lead Hispanics to abandon traditional family values?" the document asks. "We must interrupt this process of assimilation by making support for marriage a key badge of Latino identity - a symbol of resistance to inappropriate assimilation."

We need to assume that Wolfgang is following his mentor's sleazeball tactics.

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