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The Warren Commission report on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy was released ten months and two days after he was killed in Dallas on November 22, 2013. It is ten months and seven days since Adam Lanza killed 20 children and six adults at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Still no report and not even a completion date on the horizon from state law enforcement officials.
October 21, 2013 Comments Off
WNPR’s Jeff Cohen reports that Connecticut’s insurance has filed an 11-count complaint against the politically connected Hybrid Insurance Group. The matter arises out of a missing $670,000 that City Treasurer Adam Cloud wired to Hybrid last summer. The money was ostensibly intended to pay city insurance premiums.
Earl O’Garro, head of Hybrid, received state assistance last year to move his business from Windsor to 30 Lewis Street in Hartford, a building associated with the Cloud family. Adam Cloud acknowledged in a carefully worded letter to The Hartford Courant an ownership interest in the building. Chris Cloud, Adam Cloud’s brother, has been a lobbyist for Hybrid. Insurance professionals, and there are plenty in Hartford, have expressed surprise that an insurance agency would require the services of a lobbyist.
Chris Cloud’s lobbying firm anticipated receiving $32,055.00 from Hybrid between July 1st and December 31st last year, according to documents files with the Office of State Ethics.
October 18, 2013 Comments Off
Republican Tom Foley unleashed a barrage of serious claims of unethical and criminal behavior in the Malloy administration in an interview on “Face the State” with Dennis House. The interview was taped Thursday and aired Sunday morning. It should soon be available on the WFSB website.
Foley provided a curious preface to his allegations, stating that he’s not a news organization but everything he was about to say had been provided to him by at least two sources. Foley also claimed that the perception of truth is as important as truth itself. These were odd standards for someone who hopes to be governor.
Foley claims that Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Daniel Esty was paying Malloy as a consultant during the 2010 gubernatorial campaign. This would be a devastating piece of undisclosed news if true. Foley needs to provide some evidence. The other claims were of the administration helping its political allies with contracts and muscle. Foley will need to roll out more if he’s not to sustain fatal damage to his nascent campaign.
More as developments warrant.
September 15, 2013 Comments Off
Lobbyist Asks Colleagues to Say “Thank You” to Harp with Campaign Contribution. Time to “Return the Favor”.
There was a time when lefty lobbyist Betty Gallo fought the influence of special interests in political campaigns. No more. The familiar figure sent an email to other lobbyists say “thank you” to Democratic state Senator Toni Harp by contributing to her campaign for mayor of New Haven.
Gallo, who notes Harp is in a “difficult primary in August (sic).” writes, “We all owe so much to the “Tonis”. Sen. Harp has been there protecting programs that we all support and people we care about. Now is the time for us to return the favor and help Toni when she needs it.” The “Tonis” is a reference to Harp and state Representative Toni Walker, also of New Haven, the co-chairs of the legislatures appropriations committee.
The list of “reform efforts” Gallo mentions in the urgent letter does not include campaign finance. That would have been a little awkward.
The missive notes that Harp’s primary primary opponent has raised more money than the longtime senator, whose campaign has been marked by errors and missteps. Gallo does not mention Harp rival Henry Fernandez but says, “Her major opponent has raised significant funds for this election. Toni needs to at least match his fundraising.” Time to repay all those favors with a thank you that’s made of the green stuff that folds. The reforming spirit has ebbed and subtlety taken a powder.
August 2, 2013 Comments Off
The Pope took his leave last week, leaving many of the flock bewildered. Bishop Fulton J. Sheen, a popular broadcasting phenomenon at the dawn of the television age, would have explained it all on his weekly show.
He was a singular presence in America.
March 3, 2013 Comments Off
Virginia Postrel explains it.
The Telegraph reminds us that it remains the Steve Jobs of obituaries–the best.
The marvelous Rob Long on The Right Kind of Tyrant.
October 6, 2011 Comments Off
Governor Dannel P. Malloy and energy and environment commissioner Daniel Esty don’t agree on the fundamentals of Esty’s authority of his powerful position. The Courant reported yesterday that Esty received a $7,500 speaking fee from Connecticut utility United Illuminating in 2009. Esty’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection regulates UI.
Malloy today waved away questions about the conflict between Esty’s relationship with UI and his new role as a regulator. The Courant reports that Malloy said “that Esty ‘doesn’t really’ have direct oversight” over UI. Esty, appearing at the same event in Hartford, appears to take a different view. The Cheshire Democrat says he will be judged “by what I do with electric rates.” That suggests that the bumptious Esty thinks he is invested with direct power over the companies who comprise the utility industry in Connecticut, including UI.
Esty’s clumsiness in the public arena will continue to draw attention.
October 5, 2011 Comments Off
Third District Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro has hollered. The veteran congresswoman participated by phone in her first storm management conference Tuesday afternoon with Governor Dannel P. Malloy’s team of top officials monitoring and directing storm recovery operations.
Sounding vexed, DeLauro hijacked the meeting to talk about issues that had been addressed by the group at other storm confabs. Daily Ructions has learned that a senior official was implored and deputized to intervene to restore productivity to the meeting.
DeLauro, sources report, is on vacation in a distant locale eating unlabeled food while the district she has represented for 11 terms continues to struggle.
August 31, 2011 Comments Off
State Senator Edith Prague (D-Columbia) can be a nasty piece of work. The veteran legislator lives in a world of saints and sinners. Now and then she succumbs to an outbreak of empathy. She went off script and leaped into the headlines with her comments about nailing the fiend Joshua Komisarjevky by his John Thomas to a Main Street tree. It may have been devoid of subtlety and too vivid for these times, but she is correct that she had the right to say it. Komisarjevsky’s defenders, she agrees, also have the right to criticize her. The lady has no trouble defending herself.
A relentless partisan bruiser, Prague did not incite or threaten. In some ways, it was her version of a softer moment as she joined with Dr. William Petit in opposing the repeal of the death penalty. Prague merely expressed an aspiration that was not, one suspects, exclusively hers.
May 12, 2011 9 Comments
Well-known Litchfield Democrat Audrey Blondin contacted Daily Ructions today to say that she’s considering a run in the 5th congressional district. The cell towers and coffee shops of western Connecticut will be groaning with political chatter this weekend.
Blondin served on the Litchfield Board of Selectman from 1993-2003. She’s a member of the Democratic State Central Committee and practices law in Torrington. She made a brief bid for secretary of the state in 2005 while Susan Bysiewicz undertook a quixotic and dreary run for governor before retreating back to her office, causing Blondin and others to abandon their plans. In that cycle, Blondin came close to becoming John DeStefano’s running-mate, but lost that insider contest to West Hartford’s Scott Slifka.
You can read her resume here. She’s done good works in Nicaragua. Her resume suggests she’s far more PC than Mac. Nevertheless, she has many friends in 5th district Democratic circles. She would benefit from a reapportionment plan that puts all of Torrington into the district.
January 21, 2011 1 Comment