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Romano Video Partner Out Of Trump Administration After CNN Discovers Trail of Hate Speech.

They called themselves the Whiskey Patriots. Their misbegotten videos of Republican chairman J.R. Romano and his friend Carl Higbie are gone from the internet, but some evidence of their joint venture lives on. The Whiskey Patriots video project always seemed like a bad idea. CNN’s investigation of Higbie pronouncements caused noxious Republican Higbie to leave his job in the Trump administrations. It has to be bad when something you’ve said is deemed offensive by those people.

Before he joined the Trump administration as a minor spokesman, Higbie had been on the Lumaj campaign payroll at $3,000 a month.


January 19, 2018   3:35 pm   Comments Off on Romano Video Partner Out Of Trump Administration After CNN Discovers Trail of Hate Speech.

Arulampalam Running for Treasurer.

Exploring no more. Hartford lobbyist and lawyer Arunan Arulampalam is seeking the Democratic nomination for state treasurer. Arulampalam joins the parade of candidates who have chosen to seek a statewide office in their first foray into elective politics.

With an assist from his father-in-law, utility executive Greg Butler, and the lobbying community, Arulampalam’s exploratory committee raised $41,126.00 in campaign funds in the fourth quarter of 2017.

He will face former Hartford city council leader Shawn Wooden in what is likely to be an early test of strength and airing of grievances when Hartford Democrats select their delegates to the May nominating convention.

January 18, 2018   5:08 pm   No Comments

A Herbst Gets Dan Drewed in Trumbull.

Some headwinds in Trumbull Tuesday night for Dan Drew Tim Herbst. The Republican gubernatorial hopeful’s potty mouthed mother went down to emphatic defeat in the local town committee election. The matriarch of the famously litigious clan was one of just two hopefuls who failed to win a seat on the local party organization committee. Herbst’s father was able to claim a seat.

The local ruckus came the week after candidate Herbst posted an anemic $21,000 in fourth quarter fundraising, leaving the former first selectman lagging behind rivals with less experience in raising money for a statewide race.

January 18, 2018   4:31 pm   Comments Off on A Herbst Gets Dan Drewed in Trumbull.

Mike Handler’s Westport Adventure. Candidate Declares He Voted for Bloomberg in 2016.

New Canaan Republican Mike Handler, like the rest of the herd, is visiting town committees around the state. One never knows what local members will ask. On Wednesday, Handler was asked who he voted for in the 2016 presidential election. He wrote in Michael Bloomberg, the former three-term mayor of New York. who for some of those 12 years was a Republican.

Good for Handler on his candor–and his choice not to sully his ballot by voting for the loathsome demagogue.

Handler had a rougher time when Westport Republican and former state senator John McKinney confronted the candidate with his voting record. Handler, McKinney discovered, did not vote in the 2010 and 2014 Republican primaries. The 2014 contest was of particular interest to McKinney, since that’s the one in which he faced Tom Foley for the party’s nomination for governor. Foley won the primary and proceeded to throw away the election in his November defeat to unpopular incumbent Dannel P. Malloy.

January 18, 2018   10:35 am   Comments Off on Mike Handler’s Westport Adventure. Candidate Declares He Voted for Bloomberg in 2016.

Democracy Upheld. Court Takeover of Public Schools Fails.

Connecticut’s high court affirmed elected officials’ control over public education policy Wednesday. The 4-3 decision overturns a  2016 Superior Court decision that sought to establish judicial oversight of public education. The 2016 decision also took unsettling aim at the state’s funding of special education, threatening to bar children in need from the state’s schools. Those children are safe from the decision’s chilling animosity.

January 17, 2018   4:42 pm   Comments Off on Democracy Upheld. Court Takeover of Public Schools Fails.

This Day: Education Funding Decision Expected to be Released at 3 p.m.

Watch for the Supreme Court to release its decision this afternoon on the interminable challenge to the state’s education funding formula and the power of the people and their elected representatives to determine public education policy in Connecticut.

January 17, 2018   1:26 pm   Comments Off on This Day: Education Funding Decision Expected to be Released at 3 p.m.

Ned Lamont Launches Second Bid for Governor.

Ned Lamont returns. The Greenwich millionaire will seek the Democratic nomination for governor. Lamont began his campaign Wednesday with the release of a 2-minute video in which he stakes his claim to the left-wing Democratic primary voters.

Lamont denounces the state’s leadership of the past 30 or 40 years for letting down its residents. His first priority will be a $15 an hour minimum wage. He also declares we need women in leadership positions across state government (just not as governor this time).

Lamont will continue a tour of diners that looks like it began while filming the launch video.

This is Lamont’s third statewide campaign. His first was a memorable challenge to then-incumbent Joseph Lieberman for the 2006 Democratic nomination for U.S. senator. Lamont, running against American involvement to the war in Iraq, won a primary victory that made news around the world. Lieberman continued the fight as an independent candidate and scored a decisive win against Lamont that November. In 2010, Lamont suffered a landslide defeat when he lost to endorsed Democrat Dannel P. Malloy in the Democratic primary for governor. Malloy is by implication one those leaders Lamont believes has let down the state.

With his willingness to spend part of his fortune, Lamont will have a financial advantage in preparing for the May nominating convention and the inevitable August primary. He has not, however, been a familiar figure among party activists to the same degree as chief rival Susan Bysiewicz.

January 17, 2018   9:09 am   No Comments

There’s One Born Every Minute.

Bob Stefanowski, who has so far contributed $350,000 to his campaign, paid economist Arthur Laffer $75,000 to create and then explain the Republican’s plan to eliminate Connecticut’s corporate, estate and income taxes. Stefanowski, of Madison, rolled out the plan in five locations and was accompanied on his tour by Laffer. According to the latest Bob for Governor campaign finance report, Stefanowski paid Laffer $50,000 for the plan and $5,000 for each appearance.

Stefanowski has paid Tom Scott’s Liberty Strategies $20,000 for consulting services.

January 11, 2018   4:09 pm   Comments Off on There’s One Born Every Minute.

David Stemerman Hires Some Talent. Davis to Create Media, Public Opinion Strategies to Conduct Polling.

Republican gubernatorial hopeful David Stemerman has hired some notable experienced Republican campaign operators, according to his campaign finance report. The Greenwich Republican’s first bid for public office will be assisted by “mad genius” admeister Fred Davis, who works out of Hollywood. Polling will be conducted by Public Opinion Strategies, a Washington firm with decades of Connecticut experience.

Stemerman paid Connecticut Republican consultant Ben Proto $12,500.00 on December 29th, which may cause Stemerman rivals to breathe a sigh of relief.



January 11, 2018   12:36 pm   Comments Off on David Stemerman Hires Some Talent. Davis to Create Media, Public Opinion Strategies to Conduct Polling.

Middletown Democrats Inflict Humiliating Defeat on Drew.

Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Dan Drew’s candidacy was in doubt Tuesday night after his hometown Democrats swept his supporters from Middletown’s Democratic town committee. It was a stinging defeat for the mayor who has hoped to become governor from a loyal base in Middletown.

By a lopsided vote of 118-41, Drew’s allies suffered a decisive defeat at the local caucus. With their victory, the anti-Drew forces have gained control of the selection of delegates to the state Democratic convention. Drew will be shut out in his hometown.

A brutal night at home for Drew, who will now have to consider his position.

January 9, 2018   9:32 pm   No Comments