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HPD Union President: “Do Not Forget to Put in for Overtime/Comp Time.”

Here’s a searing light on the intractable challenge of getting Hartford’s operating costs under control. The mayor, Luke Bronin, is holding meetings with employees to assist them in understanding what Hartford faces at its appointment with critical decisions this spring. Members of the Hartford Police Department are urged to attend one for them by their chief and the head of the police union.

The meeting is this afternoon. The president of the police union adds a sentence that reveals the wrenching ordeal ahead: “All off-duty personnel who attend, please do not forget to put in for overtime/comp time.”

 

May 25, 2017   11:53 am   Comments Off on HPD Union President: “Do Not Forget to Put in for Overtime/Comp Time.”

Authoritarian Instinct: Herbst Loses His Way With Citizen’s Alert.

Trumbull First Selectman Tim Herbst reminds us once more that he cannot control his authoritarian instinct. The easily excitable Republican used Trumbull’s Citizen Alert notification program to blast a flyer local Democrats distributed to 1,000 homes in the Fairfield County suburb.

The handout seems like normal political discourse in a free society. Not to the thin-skinned candidate gubernatorial hopeful. He recorded a message decrying criticism of a proposal to sell some town-owned properties by engaging the municipal system that alerts locals to emergencies such as approaching severe weather. The Trumbull Times has the story and a helpful reproduction of the handout opposing Herbst’s proposal. 

The local issue raises the persistent question of Herbst’s ugly personality. Republican donors and delegates who want eight more years of nasty in the state’s top office have found their candidate in Herbst.

May 23, 2017   3:25 pm   Comments Off on Authoritarian Instinct: Herbst Loses His Way With Citizen’s Alert.

Katz’s Broadband Office Disdains Communications Workers in Favor of Australian Conglomerate.

In its ardent pursuit of Australian conglomerate Macquarie for municipal fiber network deals, consumer counsel and broadband boss Elin Katz and her people have been disdainful of Communications Workers of America leaders in Connecticut.

As Katz’s chief broadband subordinate William Vallee wrote in one of many cloying messages to his boss, “Yo da Hammah.”

May 14, 2017   4:52 pm   Comments Off on Katz’s Broadband Office Disdains Communications Workers in Favor of Australian Conglomerate.

OCC Elin Katz on Communications Workers Who Opposed Her Corporate Favorite.

Utilities consumer counsel Elin Swanson Katz has spent much of her term diverted by her scheme to put strapped municipal governments into the speculative internet service provider business. Her determination caused her to lose her way and compromise her office. Katz has been a relentless booster of Australian financial company Macquarie Capital. Katz has been Macquarie’s biggest booster in Connecticut, especially in a potentially disastrous deal for gigabyte service in New Haven. At the same time, Katz is supposed to be a conflicts-free watchdog of the Macquarie conglomerate’s water division, Aquarion.

Katz’s nomination for a second term is double-starred on the House calendar and no one seems to have taken a look at the vast haul of Katz emails that highlight her persistent conflict. Click to enlarge the one above in which Katz sets out her dismay that Communications Workers of America leader Bill Henderson and his members want to keep their good jobs–in the private sector.

May 13, 2017   7:53 pm   No Comments

Candidate School: No Mother Emails This Weekend.

We know you love your mother and your mother loves you. There’s nothing like a mother’s love. We know. Maybe you are a good mother. Your wife may be a great mother–second only to your dear ma. Your mother was wise, kind and wonderful. You are very lucky in the mother fate gave you. Candidates, please, lay off Mother’s Day and your mums as fundraising tools. Give your mater a break, and the rest of us, too. Save the cloying desperation for next year when you’ve realized just how hard it is to get to that $250,000 or are struggling with the reduced requirements of an under ticket candidacy.

May 12, 2017   2:24 pm   Comments Off on Candidate School: No Mother Emails This Weekend.

How a Bill Becomes Law: Dominion Hands $10,000 to Duff for a Local Favorite.

You’re right to feel uncomfortable. Dominion Resources is pushing hard to win approval of legislation to broaden its access to energy markets in the complicated and regulated world of energy generation. On May 1st, the chief lobbyist for Dominion made his way to Norwalk to present a $10,000 check to state Senator Bob Duff (D-Norwalk) for his hometown’s Maritime Aquarium. Duff was delighted, as you can see in this Facebook post. Dominion lobbyist Kevin Hennessey is doing the handover. Not very subtle. And that’s how a bill’s chances of becoming a law get better and better.

They usually aren’t so bold, but social media has changed many ways business is done.

UPDATE: A Dominion representative adds that the company has made an annual contribution to Maritime Aquarium several times in recent years.

 

May 9, 2017   4:44 pm   Comments Off on How a Bill Becomes Law: Dominion Hands $10,000 to Duff for a Local Favorite.

Doyle on Boyle: Unhappy Union Leader Explains Letter Opposing Boyle Reappointment.

Yesterday’s email from union leader John Doyle explaining the prosecutors’ union’s opposition to the reappointment of Leonard Boyle as Deputy Chief State’s Attorney.

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May 9, 2017   12:11 pm   Comments Off on Doyle on Boyle: Unhappy Union Leader Explains Letter Opposing Boyle Reappointment.

Letters Seeking Emergency Meeting of Prosecutors.

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May 9, 2017   11:55 am   Comments Off on Letters Seeking Emergency Meeting of Prosecutors.

Prosecutors Mount Fightback Over Union Opposition to Boyle.

Frontline state prosecutors want an emergency union meeting to express their dismay at their union leaders’ secret opposition to the reappointment of Deputy Chief State’s Attorney Leonard Boyle. The rank and file were surprised by a Courant story revealing union leaders have written to the Criminal Justice Commission opposing Boyle’s reappointment over his handling of an investigation of several prosecutors and the proliferation of non-dues paying, per diem prosecutors.

Prosecutors know something about getting their hackles up. On Monday the emails and recriminations were filling cyberspace. Angry prosecutors are using union rules to force an emergency meeting of the bargaining unit. Boyle is popular with many of the troops.

Union leaders blundered if they thought they would get a serious hearing of their complaints at the Criminal Justice Commission. The commission is chaired by relentless inside operator and Supreme Court justice Richard Palmer, a longtime Boyle friend. Palmer and Boyle are so close they joined together during the Rell administration to woo favors from chief of staff Lisa Moody at evening social gatherings at local watering holes. Thus judges were made and promoted. Boyle and Palmer have been through the fires together.

May 8, 2017   6:42 pm   Comments Off on Prosecutors Mount Fightback Over Union Opposition to Boyle.

Connecticut Republicans Butler and Klarides Together in DC.

Greg Butler, Democratic Governor Dannel Malloy’s favorite Republican, and Themis Klarides, Democratic Speaker Joseph Aresimowicz’s favorite Republican, attended April 29th’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner.  Butler and Klarides are pictured together above at the table of right-wing news service Newsmax.

Butler is Executive Vice President and General Counsel at Eversource, one of Connecticut’s biggest state contractors. Eversource continues to sustain the largest contingent of lobbyists at the legislature. Eversource came in for some unflattering scrutiny in March when 60 Minutes highlighted the utility’s practice of firing American workers and replace them with less expensive visa holders.

Klarides is House Minority Leader in the state’s lower chamber.

Butler and Klarides have each been mentioned as a potential candidate for the 2018 Republican nomination for governor, Klarides mostly in a Newsmax puff piece. Butler and Klarides are closely associated with Republican campaign consultant Liz Kurantowicz. Butler served on Malloy’s transition team at the dawn of the Stamford Democrat’s first catastrophic term.

Don’t expect Butler and Klarides to run against each other. An alliance between the two, however, is a possibility.

May 6, 2017   4:29 pm   Comments Off on Connecticut Republicans Butler and Klarides Together in DC.