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Job Opening: Hampshire College is Looking for a President.

Some news you can use from Daily Ructions. The Pioneer Valley’s Hampshire College has begun to search for a new president. Hampshire has been having a bit of a hard time lately. Declining to fly the American flag late last year earned the school some intense and unhappy attention.

It’s looking for a conciliator and someone with “strong financial management experience and skills.”

Reminding us of the complexity of the liberal arts, the search committee promises both transparency and confidentiality. “We are committed to being fully transparent in the process of conducting the search, and at the same time we will maintain absolute confidentiality about all candidates until disclosure is appropriate and individual permission has been given,” according to its website.


July 27, 2017   12:23 pm   Comments Off on Job Opening: Hampshire College is Looking for a President.

Veterans Commissioner Sean Connolly Expected to Enter Crowded Democratic Field for Governor.

Hebron Democrat Sean Connolly is expected to seek the Democratic nomination for governor. The state veterans affairs commissioner has served in the Malloy administration since 2015.

Today is Connolly’s 43rd birthday. His wife gave him a lawnmower to celebrate. He will not be home much to use it if he mounts a serious bid for high office.

July 26, 2017   2:17 pm   Comments Off on Veterans Commissioner Sean Connolly Expected to Enter Crowded Democratic Field for Governor.

Help Arrives: State Government Leadership Foundation Begins Ad Blitz Opposing Union Deal.

A Daily Ructions Exclusive.

Announcement joined with action. The State Government Leadership Foundation is running an ad opposing the ruinous deal between Governor Dannel P. Malloy and state public employee unions. Link included.


JULY 26, 2017


State Government Leadership Foundation: “Everyone Agrees, Governor Malloy’s Backroom Deal with Big Government Unions Is Bad for Connecticut” 

WASHINGTON, D.C.– Today, the State Government Leadership Foundation (SGLF) announced that it has released an ad to run statewide in Connecticut to educate residents on the sober reality of the backroom deal struck by Governor Dan Malloy and big government union leaders.

“Connecticut is already one of the country’s highest taxed states and these high tax rates are forcing many families and jobs out of the state,” said Matt Walter, SGLF Executive Director. “Legislators from both political parties are concerned that Governor Malloy’s agreement doesn’t go far enough to save the state money and will ultimately lead to even higher taxes which will further cripple Connecticut’s economy.”

“The current budget crisis underscores what people in Connecticut already know, the state is on the wrong track,” said Walter. “The agreement between Governor Malloy and government union bosses just maintains the status quo for Connecticut and kicks the can down the road, tying the hands of policymakers for at least the next ten years.”

The ad will run statewide on television and through digital channels.

You can watch the ad here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5NiP8mNiDh0&feature=youtu.be

SGLF is a 501 (c)(4) social welfare organization and a strategic partner to the Republican State Leadership Committee (RSLC)—home to the Republican Lieutenant Governors Association, Republican Legislative Campaign Committee and the Republican Secretaries of State Committee.

SGLF promotes innovative reforms advocated by conservative, elected leaders and defends them when the special interest proponents of the status quo attack them. SGLF is dedicated to educating policymakers and the public about the benefits of smaller government, lower taxes, balanced budgets and efficient governing.

July 26, 2017   2:03 pm   Comments Off on Help Arrives: State Government Leadership Foundation Begins Ad Blitz Opposing Union Deal.

News from Vichy: CBIA is MIA on Critical Vote.

In this critical hour, the Connecticut Business and Industry Association (CBIA) cannot find its voice. You need do no more than read this astounding interview with the head of CBIA to realize a summer soldier is heading the state’s largest business organization. It is indeed more insurance agency than advocate for the state’s besieged job creators.

Where is the clarion call to defeat the ruinous labor deals that the House passed yesterday and the Senate takes up in six days? Do they not understand the stakes? Members need to prod CBIA’s lavishly paid leaders into action. Ask them this: If these misbegotten agreements pass, how will state government be able to cope with the inevitable national recession?

CBIA knows how to influence events. After all, there probably would be no state income tax punishing working families without CBIA’s dramatic support for it 26 years ago. Time to get to work undoing the enduring damage.

July 25, 2017   2:09 pm   Comments Off on News from Vichy: CBIA is MIA on Critical Vote.

Malloy Administration Struggles with Facts and Details of Senate Republican Budget.

Senate Republicans have responded with a searing retort to Malloy administration criticisms of their budget. Senate Democrats and House Democrats and Republicans have struggled to create budget proposals that have been reviewed and costed by the Office of Fiscal Analysis. The herd of candidates hoping to become the state’s next governor have had little to say about the budget impasse. Here’s the Senate Republican reply to Malloy budget enforcer Benjamin Barnes.

Fasano Response to Secretary Barnes’ Criticism of Senate Republican Labor Savings Plan


HartfordSenate Republican President Pro Tempore Len Fasano (R-North Haven) released the following statement in response to Office of Policy and Management Secretary Ben Barnes’ criticism of the Senate Republican alternative state employee concessions plan which could be achieved legislatively.


“It’s clear that the governor’s administration is repeating union talking points to protect their negotiated deal. These are self-serving statements meant to detract from the reality that Senate Republicans have a viable alternative that will put state employee benefits more in line with the benefits union employees outside of state government receive today. I understand that the administration is extraordinarily nervous that Senate Republicans have come up with a legal, realistic, measured plan which saves more money than the governor’s deal which took over a year to negotiate. I understand the purpose of Secretary Barnes’ statement. Unfortunately, the statement is inaccurate and self-serving,” said Fasano. Details below.

Governor’s Claim: The Senate Republican requires that employees in 2022 be converted to a pension system that is worth less than the contributions required of employees.

Reality: The Senate Republican proposal is based on the standards in other states. Our proposal would increase state employee pension contributions to 6 percent which is still below the national average of 6.6 percent.

Governor’s Claim: It depends on reducing pensions that were already earned and slamming retirees into a new health plan, subjecting the state to class-action litigation not unlike SEBAC v. Rowland which resulted in more than $100 million in costs to taxpayers.

Reality: It is completely inaccurate to compare any part of the Senate Republican proposal to SEBAC v. Rowland. In that case, the state was wrong in its actions because it tried to change benefits for union-employees only. The Senate Republican proposal would implement changes that apply equally to union and non-union state employees, so there is no basis to compare this plan to what happened under Gov. Rowland. In addition, the Medicare changes referenced above are the same changes that are included in the governor’s deal that state employee unions supported and which the SEBAC coalition described to their members as not changing benefits, but simply changing the vehicle by which plan benefits would be delivered.

Governor’s Claim: The plan does nothing to fix the cost of current state employee benefits, deferring all real benefit changes until 5 years in the future.

Reality: The only reason we cannot implement certain changes right away is because the governor extended the current state employee health and pension benefits until 2022. The Senate Republican plan honors the current SEBAC agreement by not enacting changes to state employee health and pension benefits until the agreement expires. Our proposal still manages to achieve significant savings above the governor’s deal in both the short term and long term, saving $1.9 billion over the next two years. It does all this while respecting and upholding the contracts in place today.

Governor’s Claim: Indeed, only a SEBAC agreement can deliver more than $350 million in employee and retiree healthcare savings right now when we need them.

Reality: The Senate Republican labor savings proposal can legally achieve $836.9 million in labor savings in fiscal year 2018 and $1.08 billion in labor savings in fiscal year 2019. This is $340 million more in savings than the SEBAC negotiated union deal. In addition, the Senate Republican savings plan rolls out to significantly more savings than the governor’s deal totaling billions in future years.

July 19, 2017   3:44 pm   Comments Off on Malloy Administration Struggles with Facts and Details of Senate Republican Budget.

S&P: Hartford Bonds are Junk.

Standard & Poors has declared Hartford’s bonds junk. The story, which you can read here, is linked on Drudge.

Read the whole thing, but here’s a chilling excerpt:

“And yet, while Illinois squirms in the agony of the unknown, another municipality that as recently as a month ago was rumored to be looking at a bankruptcy filing, the state capital of Connecticut, Hartford, no longer has to dread the unknown: on Tuesday afternoon, S&P pulled off the band-aid, and downgraded the city’s bond rating by two notches to BB from BBB-, also known as junk, citing ‘growing liquidity pressures’ and ‘weaker market access prospects’, while keeping the city’s General Obligation bonds on Creditwatch negative meaning more downgrades are likely imminent.”

Curiously, nowhere does the analysis say that spending tens of millions of public fund to bring a professional hockey team to Hartford would help solve the city’s many troubles.

July 11, 2017   9:31 pm   Comments Off on S&P: Hartford Bonds are Junk.

“New Generation of Democratic Leaders” Prepares for September Primary.

Bloomfield Democrats do have a taste for a local primary. This year six Democrats will challenge the Democratic incumbents on the Town Council in a September primary.

The challenge slate is comprised of these eager locals:

-Suzette D. Brown: ordained minister, parent of Bloomfield High School student

-Kevin Gough: actuary, environmentalist, long-time town activist

-Rickford Kirton: accountant, Bloomfield Middle School PTO president, parent of two Bloomfield school students

-David Mann: urban planner, landscape contractor, member of Bloomfield Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Commission

-Jennifer Marshall-Nealy: Bloomfield Ethics Commission Alternate, grandparent of Bloomfield school student

-Kenneth McClary: public policy analyst, Democratic Party activist

The challenge slate pledges to bring economic development, fiscal responsibility, and transparency to Bloomfield’s local government.

The challengers will meet the public and the press Friday, July 14, 6 PM at Naatiya South Indian Restaurant located at 8 Mountain Ave. – Bloomfield Mini Mall.

July 11, 2017   3:33 pm   Comments Off on “New Generation of Democratic Leaders” Prepares for September Primary.

Drew to Convert to Campaign for Governor as Burn Rate Accelerates. Middletown Democrat Has $26k on Hand.

Democrat Dan Drew will become a candidate for governor this week. The Middletown Democrat released this announcement Tuesday:

I wanted you to be the first to know that I’ll be making a major campaign announcement tomorrow.

After six months of speaking with residents across the state, I’ve come to a decision about running for Governor of Connecticut.

Please join me at Harbor Park in Middletown at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday to hear about my vision for Connecticut and how our progressive values will provide the solutions we need. 

It’s time to believe in Connecticut again.

Thank you for all your support,


P.S. – If you can’t make it in person but still want to watch, we will be streaming the announcement on Facebook Live. Just visit my Facebook page to watch! 

Drew ends his exploratory committee for statewide office and begins his formal campaign for governor with just $26,000.00 left in his coffers from the $175,000.00 he’s raised.  Drew, according to his campaign finance report, has $3,000.00 in debts. With his declaration of candidacy, Drew will be limited to accepting maximum contributions of $100.

If another Democratic campaign is to be believed, Drew will need to up his game in the contest ahead. Rival Chris Mattei’s campaign told supporters in a crowing email from paid staffer Maryli Secrest that Mattei “has been out-hustling everyone else in this race.” That will come as a surprise to the others bumping into to each other as they elbow their way into small events around the state. Watch for congenialuty to take some hits as the campaign proceeds.


July 11, 2017   1:31 pm   Comments Off on Drew to Convert to Campaign for Governor as Burn Rate Accelerates. Middletown Democrat Has $26k on Hand.

Mattei Contributors Paid Speeding Ticket.

Politicos of all sorts are pouring over the niagara of campaign finance reports filed today. One expenditure has citizens of the permanent government in the Capitol Village tittering. The Mattei exploratory campaign report includes payment of $94.02 for a speeding ticket. It strikes observers as a personal rather than a campaign expense. The sort of thing a prosecutor might have rebuked, say, John Rowland or Chris Donovan for doing.

The Hartford Democrat’s number enjoyed a strategic release. The report was filed today, along with many others. It features many contributions above $100 that will not count in the tough slog to $250,000. It includes a tranche of contributions from the Republic of Cambridge among its many out-of-state givers.

Perusing a variety–by no means all–of the reports filed in the last few days gives rise to a general inquiry. When will we see a campaign that provides health insurance coverage for the workers?

July 10, 2017   10:32 pm   Comments Off on Mattei Contributors Paid Speeding Ticket.

Lauretti Posts Record Number. All Qualifying Contributions.

A record $145,000.00. That’s what Shelton Mayor Mark Lauretti will report today in contributions to his second gubernatorial campaign. All funds qualify for the state’s generous public campaign financing scheme, Lauretti told Daily Ructions this afternoon.

The long-serving Republican mayor said he had received contributions from 1,500 donors from the around the state, with donors concentrated in the New Haven, Bridgeport, Waterbury, Hartford, and, of course, Shelton areas.

Lauretti also got off to a fast start in his 2014 gubernatorial campaign, but he had trouble winning commitments from delegates. He did not qualify for the party primary, switched to the contest for lieutenant governor and failed to collect the signatures he needed to win a place on the primary ballot.

July 10, 2017   3:02 pm   Comments Off on Lauretti Posts Record Number. All Qualifying Contributions.