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July 5, 2013

Happy Independence Day

by Staff Report | July 5, 2013 1:02am

Happy July 4th.

CTNewsJunkie will be taking Thursday and Friday off to enjoy our friends and family and unwind a little from the hectic legislative session. That means there will be no Morning Coffee & Politics or Friday Night Fix from Thursday through Monday. We’re going to rest for the next few days. Our email will resume on Tuesday morning, July 9.

May 7, 2013

Issue 418 | Morning Coffee & Politics: Questions Raised Over Early Voting Pilot

by Morning Coffee and Politics | May 7, 2013 11:29am

Today’s MC&P was served up by Christine Stuart 

WHAT TO WATCH  

Constitutional Concerns
Raised Over Early
Voting Pilot Program

Despite constitutional concerns, lawmakers advanced a bill Monday that establishes a pilot program for municipalities to test early voting in this year’s municipal elections. New Haven wants to pilot the option in November. Read more

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Insurance Regulators
Still Waiting On Rates

Connecticut insurance regulators are still waiting - one week after a suggested deadline - for insurers to file proposed rates on health plans they intend to sell on the state’s public exchange later this year. Read more

911 Is No Joke
That’s what Americans for Prosperity want you to think. The group teamed up with Tim Stewart, the former Republican Mayor of New Britain, to beat back a proposal pitched by Democratic Mayor Tim O’Brien back in 2012. AFP, an organization founded by the Koch Brothers, bought time with local Comcast subscribers to air the ad. There’s legislation pending that would make it against the law to charge anyone a user fee or service charge for making, in good faith, any 9-1-1 calls for emergency services. The proposal doesn’t prohibit assessing anyone for costs they incur in providing such services. View the ad here

Senate OKs
Online Sales
Tax Legislation

The Senate has passed a bill that could end tax-free shopping on the Internet for many shoppers. The Senate voted 69 to 27 Monday to pass the bill, sending it to the House where it faces opposition from some lawmakers who regard it as a tax increase. Read more

TODAY

LOB Activities, Meetings & Events
Committee Meetings
APPROPS, COMMERCE, HOUSING & PUBLIC HEALTH COMMITTEES will meet at 10 a.m. in Room 2E.  View the agenda here

EXE. & LEGISLATIVE NOMS COMMITTEE will meet at 10 a.m. in Room 1A. View the agenda here 

JUDICIARY COMMITTEE will meet at 10 a.m. in Room 2C. View agenda here

PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE will meet at 10:30 a.m. in Room 2D. View agenda here

LABOR COMMITTEE will meet at 11 a.m. in Room 2B. View agenda here

HOUSE will gavel in at noon.
 
Other Events & Meetings
LT. GOV: HEALTH CABINET meets at 8:30 a.m. in Capitol Room 310

SAVE OUR SERVICES PANEL
participants will gather at 11 a.m. in the Old Judiciary Room to discuss the proposed state budget cuts and the impact they will have on residents living with developmental disabilities.

NATIONAL DRINKING WATER WEEK will meet at 10 a.m. in the LOB Concourse.

ASTHMA COALITION will have an informational display in the LOB Concourse in honor of Asthma Day 2013.

CREAM & SUGAR

Hartford Mayor Digs Caviar
An audit of the City of Hartford’s credit cards found that Mayor Pedro Segarra, his Chief of Staff Jared Kupiec, and several guests dined at Max Downtown’s on New Year’s Eve. The tab, which went on Kupiec’s city credit card, included a spoonful of caviar. Read more from the Courant and check out the itemized tab that WFSB’s Len Besthoff uploaded here

Finch & State
Duke It Out
Over $3.3M

Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch’s administration is negotiating feverishly in Hartford to shrink a state-mandated $3.3 million spike in education spending that the mayor inexplicably left out of his proposed budget. Oops. Read more


Mayors Against Gun Violence Keep Pressure On
New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte with some new ads. Watch them here

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GOVERNOR’S DAY
At 10 a.m., Gov. Malloy will participate in the New Haven Police Department’s regularly scheduled CompStat meeting at the New Haven Police Station, 1 Union Ave., New Haven.

At 7 p.m., Gov. Malloy will give remarks at the 68th annual Stamford Citizen of the Year dinner, where Jami Sherwood will be inducted as this year’s recipient. The event is held at the Italian Center of Stamford; 1620 Newfield Avenue, Stamford.

CONGRESSIONAL BUZZ
Murphy Offers Internet Hope
The U.S. Senator who doesn’t have to run again for five years believes the Internet may help level the fundraising playfield. Paul Bass of the New Haven Independent caught up with U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy in New Haven on Monday where he talked about overcoming Linda McMahon’s millions. Read more

YESTERDAY
CT Lags In Kids’
Mental Health
Screenings

Selenia Velez remembers the near-daily phone calls from the pre-school, alerting her that her 2-year-old son had acted out aggressively and needed to be picked up immediately. Read more

Finance Passes
On Tax Credit

The Finance, Revenue, and Bonding Committee killed a bill Monday that would have created a new personal income tax credit for premiums paid on long-term care insurance policies. Read more

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SHOUT OUT
A “shout out” to Shannon Magnaldi of Fairfield who won first place in U.S. Rep. Jim Himes’ 4th District Art Competition. Her piece is in the upper left corner of the photo

Also a “shout out” to Bethel High senior Tori Bonagura, who received first place in U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty’s 5th District Art Competition for her entry, “Twiggy.” Photo here

Also, birthday wishes go out to Peggy Buchanan of the AFL-CIO and Sarah Aziz of North Haven.

And Congrats to Roy Occhiogrosso and Meagan Cowell on their engagement!

10 a.m. APP, Commerce, Housing & Public Health Public Hearing re CDBG-DR, Followed by Committee Meetings LOB Room 2E

10 a.m. CANCELLED: Speaker Sharkey: M.O.R.E. Mandates Sub-committee Meeting LOB Room 1C

10 a.m. Sen. Gerratana: Save Our Services Forum CAP Old Judiciary Room

10 a.m. Executive and Legislative Nominations: Public Hearing Followed by Committee Meeting. LOB Room 1A

10 a.m. Central CT Health District, Region II Asthma Coalition & CT Asthma Advisory Board: World Asthma Day 2013 LOB Concourse

10 a.m. Judiciary Committee Meeting LOB Room 2C

10:30 a.m. Public Safety & Security Committee Meeting LOB Room 2D

11 a.m. Labor and Public Employees Committee Meeting LOB Room 2B

12 P.M. HOUSE SESSION CAP House Chambers

4:30 p.m.CT Water Works Association: Celebrate “Drinking Water Week” LOB First Floor Atrium

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May 6, 2013

Issue 417 | Morning Coffee & Politics: Lawmakers Alarmed By Firearm Paperwork Backlogs

by Morning Coffee and Politics | May 6, 2013 5:30am

Today’s MC&P was served up by Melissa Ozols 

WHAT TO WATCH  

Lawmakers ‘Alarmed’
By Firearm Paperwork
Backlogs

Law enforcement officials have requested more funding to handle a growing backlog of paperwork for firearm purchases and transfers-of-ownership. State police gave lawmakers a sense of the growing pile last week, telling lawmakers the backlog had grown from about 1,000 transfer applications in December to around 62,000 today. Yup. The number is 62,000 and doesn’t include the other paperwork like fingerprints and pistol permits. Read more

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CT Gunmaker Wooed By Texas
Many of Connecticut’s gun manufacturers were in Texas for the NRA Convention over the weekend. At least one company, Stag Arms, met with Gov. Rick Perry. The Courant has more

See You Soon
As many of you may know, I’m expecting my first child and will be taking a bit of time away from Morning Coffee & Politics. Don’t worry Morning Coffee & Politics will still arrive in your inbox! I leave you in the very capable hands of Audrey Honig Geragosian until my return.

TODAY

U.S. SEN. BLUMENTHAL will join Mayor Finch, immigrant families and advocates for a discussion on the need for federal immigration reform at 10 a.m. at the Brazilian Immigrant Center at St. John Episcopal Church, 768 Fairfield Ave., Bridgeport.

LOB Activities, Meetings & Events
 
 
Committee Meetings
PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE will meet at noon in Room 2B. View the agenda here

FINANCE COMMITTEE will meet at 1 p.m. in Room 2E. View the agenda here

GAE COMMITTEE will meet at 1 p.m. in Room 2A. View the agenda here
 
Other Events & Meetings
GREATER NEW HAVEN OIC will host its Annual OIC Day at the Capitol starting at 9 a.m. in Old Judiciary.

Mark Your Calendar
U.S. REP. LARSON will host a Congressional Gun Violence Prevention Task Force “field hearing” on May 10 at the Hartford Public High School Law & Government Academy at 10 a.m. More information

STATE GOP will hold its 35th Annual Prescott Bush Awards Dinner on May 20 at the Stamford Hilton Hotel with Gov. Scott Walker serving as the keynote speaker. For more information or to purchase tickets

CREAM & SUGAR

John Rowland Is Free To Tell It Like It Is
The Norwich Bulletin’s Ray Hackett applauds former Gov. John Rowland on his honesty and candor and offers a plug for Rowland’s current radio talk show after being a guest on Wednesday. Read more

Canadian Hydropower: Is It Good for Connecticut?
The CT Post takes a closer look at Quebec’s hydropower along with the opposing views of DEEP and environmental groups on the issue. Read more

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GOVERNOR’S DAY
At 9 a.m., Gov. Malloy will be on WNPR’s “Where We Live” with John Dankosky. Have a question for the governor? Call 860.275.7266

CONGRESSIONAL BUZZ
Labriola Attacks Esty’s Campaign Donation
GOP State Party Chair Jerry Labriola has turned his attention to U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty and campaign contributions from energy companies. Check out his full statement here

State Democratic Party Executive Director Jonathan Harris fired back at the criticisms. Read more

Check out the piece by the Courant’s Jon Lender on the issue here.

LAST WEEK
Charter School Advocates Rally Against Education Cuts


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SHOUT OUT
A “shout out” goes to U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney on receiving the Friends of Children’s Mental Health Award from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP).

Also, belated birthday wishes go out to Malloy Staffer Liz Donahue (it was Saturday)!

7:30 a.m. House of Good Hope: Hartford House of Prayer Bible Reading Marathon, CAP, Grounds East   

9 a.m. Greater New Haven OIC: Annual OIC Day at the Capitol, CAP, Old Judiciary Room
   
10 a.m. Asian Pacific American Affairs Commission Re: Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, LOB, Concourse
   
12 p.m. Planning & Development Committee Meeting, LOB, Room 2B
   
1 p.m. Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee Meeting, LOB, Room 2E
   
1 p.m. Government Administration and Elections Committee Meeting, LOB, Room 2A   

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May 2, 2013

Issue 416 | Morning Coffee & Politics: Controversial Energy Bill Passes Senate

by Morning Coffee and Politics | May 2, 2013 5:30am

Today’s MC&P was served up by Melissa Ozols 

WHAT TO WATCH  

Senate Passes Renewable Energy Bill
The State Senate passed a renewable energy bill that will allow Canadian hydro electric power to count toward the state’s renewable energy goals. A number of senators had to recuse themselves because they work for companies with a stake in the debate. The bill still needs House approval and the governor’s signature, but there’s talk that the House may try to take up the bill during today’s session. Read more

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McKinney: Malloy’s DC Trip
Violated Ethics Regulations

Senate Minority Leader John McKinney lashed out at Gov. Malloy over his trip to D.C. on People Magazine’s dime. “This thing smells,” McKinney, a potential GOP candidate for governor, said in describing the trip. Read more

Labriola Takes
Inquiry Request
to Chief State’s Attorney

Connecticut GOP Chair Jerry Labriola added the Chief State’s Attorney to the list of people he thinks should be looking into DEEP Commissioner Esty sharing information with energy investors. Read more

Budget Numbers
Offer Mixed Bag

Comptroller Kevin Lembo agreed with OPM and OFA’s surplus number of $150 million in a letter to the governor yesterday, but he also offered the same grim picture of the budget going forward. Read more

TODAY

QUINNIPIAC UNIVERSITY POLLING INSTITUTE will release the results of a national poll on the possible Democratic contenders for the 2016 presidential election on its website at 6 a.m.

CT CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION will discuss the economy, jobs, and other legislative initiatives at an event sponsored by the MetroHartford Alliance and local chambers at the Society Room, 31 Pratt St., Hartford. The event begins at 7:30 a.m. and the delegation is slated to speak at 8:40 a.m.

LOB Activities, Meetings & Events
Session
HOUSE will begin at 11:30 a.m. 

Press Conferences 
FAMILIES FOR EXCELLENT SCHOOLS will hold a rally in support of charter funding at 5:30 p.m. on the Capitol’s North Grounds. 
 
Committee Meetings
EXEC. & LEG. NOMS COMMITTEE will hold a public hearing followed by a committee meeting starting at 10 a.m. in Room 1A. View the agenda here

HUMAN SERVICES COMMITTEE will meet at 10 a.m. outside the House Chamber. View the agenda here

Other Events & Meetings
HOUSE OF GOOD HOPE will host a Hartford House of Prayer Bible Reading Marathon starting at 8 a.m. on the Capitol’s East Grounds.  

COMCAST
will host its Leaders & Achievers Scholarship Ceremony at 8:30 a.m. in Room 310.

RACIAL PROFILING PROHIBITION PROJECT FULL ADVISORY BOARD will meet at 10 a.m. in Room 1C.
 
FINANCE ADVISORY COMMITTEE will meet at 1 p.m. in Room 1E.

APAAC will hold a leadership meeting at 5 p.m. in Room 1C.

CANCELLED: M.O.R.E. Mandates Subcommittee meeting

Receptions
COMMUNICATIONS WORKERS OF AMERICA LOCAL 1298 will hold a luncheon at 1 p.m. in Room 310.

CT-N will be covering the House Session live.

CREAM & SUGAR

Hanging Shad: GOP
shut out of state
budget negotiations

Patrick Scully writes that Republicans will not be involved with upcoming budget negotiations between legislative leaders and the governor. Read more

Plethora of good candidates
seek to replace John DeStefano

The Courant opines about the many talented candidates seeking New Haven’s top post. Read more

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GOVERNOR’S DAY
At 8:30 a.m. (ish) Gov. Malloy will keynote the Greater Southington Chamber of Commerce breakfast at Testa’s Banquet Facility, 26 South Center St., Southington. The event begins at 8 a.m.

At 9:30 a.m., he will participate in a news conference on autism services at the Hospital for Special Care, 2150 Corbin Ave., New Britain.

At 5:30 p.m., he will attend the education reform rally on the state Capitol’s North Steps.

At 7:30 p.m., he will participate in the grand opening ceremony of Mill River Park, 1010 Washington Blvd., Stamford.

YESTERDAY
Laborers Protest Lack
of Local Construction Jobs

Frustrated by the lack of response they’ve received from legislative Democrats and Gov. Malloy, members of the Connecticut Laborers’ District Council stood outside the state Capitol on Tuesday and Wednesday calling for “jobs not lip service.” Read more

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SHOUT OUT
Happy birthday to former state Rep. and Government Affairs & Outreach Manager at Access Health CT Kathy Tallarita-Lombardi!

8 a.m. House of Good Hope: Hartford House of Prayer Bible Reading Marathon, CAP, Grounds East   

8:30 a.m. Comcast: Leaders & Achievers Scholarship Ceremony, CAP, Room 310   

10 a.m. Asian Pacific American Affairs Commission Re: Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, LOB, Concourse
   
10 a.m. Rep. Gerald Fox: Racial Profiling Prohibition Project Full Advisory Board, LOB, Room 1C
   
10 a.m. Executive and Legislative Nominations: Public Hearing followed by Committee Meeting, LOB, Room 1A   

10 a.m. Human Services Committee Meeting, CAP, Outside House Chamber
   
11:30 a.m. HOUSE SESSION, CAP, House Chambers
   
1 p.m. Office of Policy & Management: Finance Advisory Committee Meeting, LOB, Room 1E   

1 p.m. CANCELLED: Speaker Sharkey: M.O.R.E. Mandates Sub-committee Meeting, LOB, Room 1C   

1 p.m. Communications Workers of America Local 1298 Luncheon, CAP, Room 310
   
5 p.m. APAAC: Leadership Meeting, LOB, Room 1C   

5:30 p.m. Families for Excellent Schools: Parent Rally in Support of Charter Funding, CAP, Grounds North   

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May 1, 2013

Issue 415 | Morning Coffee & Politics: Budget Analysts Predict $488M Drop In Revenue

by Morning Coffee and Politics | May 1, 2013 5:30am

Today’s MC&P was served up by Melissa Ozols 

WHAT TO WATCH  

Budget Analysts
Predict $488M
Drop In Revenue

More budget numbers to pour over! This time from the governor’s budget office and the legislature’s OFA. Both offices report a drop in revenue of $259 million in 2014 and $229.4 million in 2015, but a $150.1 million surplus for the current fiscal year. Surplus now, deficits later. The state budget just got messier. Read more

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Spending Cap
Could Come
Down To 1 Vote

The Senate’s 22 Democrats all need to vote for the spending cap legislation in order for it to pass, but one Senator, Joan Hartley, voted against the bill in committee. If the bill doesn’t pass, the budget voted out of the Approps Committee will exceed the cap. Read more

ICYMI: U.S. Attorney Fein To Resign
Only three years into his four year term and U.S. Attorney David Fein is resigning effect May 13. The Courant has more

TODAY

U.S. REP. LARSON and Mayor Segarra will participate in a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new All Waste, USA Hauling public access compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station at 10 a.m. at Clean Energy All Waste/USA Hauling CNG Station, 35 Maxim Road, Hartford.

AARP will host a Teletown Hall on telecom legislation that could affect AT&T landline service at 10 a.m. Interested in participating? Contact Jennifer Millea at 860-548-3164 for the call in information.

CT AFL-CIO will host a May Day March & Rally for Workers’ Rights and Immigrant Rights will begin at 5:30 p.m. with speeches on the New Haven Green (between College & Elm Street). The group will then march to the Amistad Statue at 165 Church Street at 6:30 p.m. followed by more speeches at 7 p.m. The governor is scheduled to attend.

LOB Activities, Meetings & Events
Session
SENATE plans to gavel in at 11 a.m.
 
HOUSE will begin at 11:30 a.m.

Press Conferences 
GOV. MALLOY & REP. ARESIMOWICZ will join with other lawmakers to discuss the impact of golf on the state’s economy at 11 a.m. in the Hall of the Flags.  
CLERGY FOR MINIMUM WAGE will hold a rally at noon on the Capitol’s North Grounds.

Committee Meetings
INSURANCE COMMITTEE will meet at 9:45 a.m. in Room 2D. View the agenda here 
 
PUBLIC HEALTH COMMITTEE will meet at 10 a.m. in Room 1D. View the agenda here

JUDICIARY COMMITTEE will meet at 10 a.m. in Room 1E. View the agenda here

FINANCE COMMITTEE will meet at 10 a.m. in Room 2E. View the agenda here

ENVIRONMENT COMMITTEE will meet at 10:30 a.m. in Room 1C. View the agenda here

Other Events & Meetings
CT STATE GOLF ASSOC. DAY AT THE CAPITOL participants will gather in the Capitol’s North Lobby starting at 7:30 a.m.

CT YOUTH SERVICES ASSOC. will host Youth Service Bureau Day at the Capitol at 10 a.m. in Room 310.

CT COUNCIL OF FAMILY SERVICE AGENCIES will recognize Sen. Bye as the Family Legislator of the Year at 4 p.m. in Old Judiciary.

AFRICAN AMERICAN AFFAIRS COMMISSION will meet at 5:30 p.m. in Room 1B.

ASIAN PACIFIC AMERICAN AFFAIRS COMMISSION will recognize Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month in the LOB Concourse.

CT VENDING ASSOC. will host Healthy Foods Lobby Day in the LOB Concourse.

Receptions
CT COALITION AGAINST CHILDHOOD OBESITY will host an event at 9 a.m. in the LOB Dining Room.

RENEWABLE ENERGY NEW ENGLAND will host a dessert reception at 2:30 p.m. in Room 310.

CREAM & SUGAR

Malloy Attends
WHCD On People
Magazine’s Dime

The governor was laughing it up at the White House Correspondents Dinner over the weekend. The trip wasn’t billed to taxpayers, instead People’s Magazine footed the bill. Malloy told News 8 that he used the trip to pitch Connecticut as the place for digital media. Read more

‘Connecticut
needs a stronger
Republican Party’

Peter Lumaj took to Examiner.com to call for a stronger, more conservative Connecticut GOP. Read more

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GOVERNOR’S DAY
At 9 a.m. (ish) Gov. Malloy will give the welcoming remarks at CREC’s “School Safety: It’s Everybody’s Business” conference at the Connecticut Convention Center, 100 Columbus Blvd, Hartford. The event begins at 8:45 a.m.

At 11 a.m., the governor will give remarks at the CT State Golf Association’s press conference in the Hall of the Flags.

At noon, Malloy will speak at a coalition of clergy’s minimum wage rally on the Capitol’s North Grounds.

At 2:30 p.m., Gov. Malloy will hold a press conference to make an economic development announcement at Matrix Corporate Center, 39 Old Ridgebury Road, Danbury.

At 5:45 p.m., Malloy will give remarks at the CT AFL-CIO’s May Day march and rally on the New Haven Green between College & Elm Streets.

At 7:40 p.m. (ish) the governor will address the Connecticut Bar Foundation’s 60th Anniversary Celebration at the Hartford Club, 46 Prospect Street, Hartford. The event begins at 6 p.m.
 
CONGRESSIONAL BUZZ
NRCC Courts Female
Vote In Latest Attack Ad

The NRCC is targeting Congresswoman Esty and a 20 other House Democrats over legislation to allow employers to offer comp time as an alternative to paying overtime. They are billing this as “freedom for working moms.” Read more

YESTERDAY
Jackson Lab Launches
‘Cancer Avatar’ Project

Jackson Laboratory scientists announced Tuesday that they will use mice as clinical stand-ins or “avatars” for human patients with cancerous tumors to help test and create genetically-tailored cancer treatments. Read more

Seventh Person
Pleads Guilty In
Campaign Conspiracy

There’s only one case left to adjudicate in the investigation into illegal campaign contributions to former House Speaker Chris Donovan’s failed congressional campaign. George Tirado, 36, a co-owner of the Waterbury smoke shop at the center of the conspiracy, entered a guilty plea two weeks ago, leaving just Campaign Finance Director Robert Braddock Jr. to stand trial. Read more

Esty Returns
NU Donations

A day after her husband was criticized for holding a conference call that included investment bankers with an interest in Northeast Utilities, the National Republican Congressional Committee called upon U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty to return $3,500 in campaign contributions from Northeast Utility executives and lobbyists. Read more

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drop us a line for the address!


Business Manager Doug Hardy also is available to talk about our recently revamped advertising options (and what an amazing audience we’ve built over the past six years) to see if it’s something that may fit your advertising needs. We also have other unique partnership opportunities through the nonprofit Online Journalism Project, for which we have been serving as a capitol news bureau since we launched in 2005. If you would like to support excellent journalism, drop us a line or give us a call at 860-543-9453.

 

SHOUT OUT
Happy birthday to Democratic State Party Chair Nancy DiNardo!

7:30 a.m. Rep. Berger & Rep. Aresimowicz: CT State Golf Association Day at the Capitol, CAP, Lobby-North   

8 a.m. CT Vending Association: Healthy Foods Lobby Day, LOB, Concourse   

9 a.m. CT Coalition Against Childhood Obesity, LOB, Executive Dining Room   
9:45 a.m. Insurance and Real Estate Committee Meeting, LOB, Room 2D
   
10 a.m. Public Health Committee Meeting, LOB, Room 1D
   
10 a.m. Judiciary Committee Meeting, LOB, Room 1E   

10 a.m. Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee Meeting, LOB, Room 2E   

10 a.m. Asian Pacific American Affairs Commission Re: Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, LOB, Concourse
   
10 a.m. CT Youth Services Association: Youth Service Bureau Day @ the Capitol, CAP, Room 310   

10:30 a.m. Environment Committee, LOB, Room 1C
   
11 a.m. Rep. Berger & Rep. Aresimowicz: CT State Golf Association Day at the Capitol, CAP, Hall of Flags   

11 a.m. SENATE SESSION, CAP, Senate Chambers
   
11:30 a.m. HOUSE SESSION, CAP, House Chambers   

12 p.m. Rep. Tercyak: Clergy for Minimum Wage Rally, CAP, Grounds North
   
2:30 p.m. RENEW: Renewable Energy New England Dessert Reception, CAP, Room 310   

4 p.m. CT Council of Family Service Agencies: Family Legislator of the Year, Sen. Beth Bye, CAP, Old Judiciary Room   

5:30 p.m. African American Affairs Commission: Monthly Commission Meeting, LOB, Room 1B   

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Issue 414 | Morning Coffee & Politics: Make Your Voice Heard - Vote On Driver’s License Issue

by Morning Coffee and Politics | May 1, 2013 5:30am

Today’s MC&P was served up by Melissa Ozols 

WHAT TO WATCH  

Budget Analysts
Predict $488M
Drop In Revenue

More budget numbers to pour over! This time from the governor’s budget office and the legislature’s OFA. Both offices report a drop in revenue of $259 million in 2014 and $229.4 million in 2015, but a $150.1 million surplus for the current fiscal year. Surplus now, deficits later. The state budget just got messier. Read more

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Spending Cap
Could Come
Down To 1 Vote

The Senate’s 22 Democrats all need to vote for the spending cap legislation in order for it to pass, but one Senator, Joan Hartley, voted against the bill in committee. If the bill doesn’t pass, the budget voted out of the Approps Committee will exceed the cap. Read more

ICYMI: U.S. Attorney Fein To Resign
Only three years into his four year term and U.S. Attorney David Fein is resigning effect May 13. The Courant has more

TODAY

U.S. REP. LARSON and Mayor Segarra will participate in a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new All Waste, USA Hauling public access compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station at 10 a.m. at Clean Energy All Waste/USA Hauling CNG Station, 35 Maxim Road, Hartford.

AARP will host a Teletown Hall on telecom legislation that could affect AT&T landline service at 10 a.m. Interested in participating? Contact Jennifer Millea at 860-548-3164 for the call in information.

CT AFL-CIO will host a May Day March & Rally for Workers’ Rights and Immigrant Rights will begin at 5:30 p.m. with speeches on the New Haven Green (between College & Elm Street). The group will then march to the Amistad Statue at 165 Church Street at 6:30 p.m. followed by more speeches at 7 p.m. The governor is scheduled to attend.

LOB Activities, Meetings & Events
Session
SENATE plans to gavel in at 11 a.m.
 
HOUSE will begin at 11:30 a.m.

Press Conferences 
GOV. MALLOY & REP. ARESIMOWICZ will join with other lawmakers to discuss the impact of golf on the state’s economy at 11 a.m. in the Hall of the Flags.  
CLERGY FOR MINIMUM WAGE will hold a rally at noon on the Capitol’s North Grounds.

Committee Meetings
INSURANCE COMMITTEE will meet at 9:45 a.m. in Room 2D. View the agenda here 
 
PUBLIC HEALTH COMMITTEE will meet at 10 a.m. in Room 1D. View the agenda here

JUDICIARY COMMITTEE will meet at 10 a.m. in Room 1E. View the agenda here

FINANCE COMMITTEE will meet at 10 a.m. in Room 2E. View the agenda here

ENVIRONMENT COMMITTEE will meet at 10:30 a.m. in Room 1C. View the agenda here

Other Events & Meetings
CT STATE GOLF ASSOC. DAY AT THE CAPITOL participants will gather in the Capitol’s North Lobby starting at 7:30 a.m.

CT YOUTH SERVICES ASSOC. will host Youth Service Bureau Day at the Capitol at 10 a.m. in Room 310.

CT COUNCIL OF FAMILY SERVICE AGENCIES will recognize Sen. Bye as the Family Legislator of the Year at 4 p.m. in Old Judiciary.

AFRICAN AMERICAN AFFAIRS COMMISSION will meet at 5:30 p.m. in Room 1B.

ASIAN PACIFIC AMERICAN AFFAIRS COMMISSION will recognize Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month in the LOB Concourse.

CT VENDING ASSOC. will host Healthy Foods Lobby Day in the LOB Concourse.

Receptions
CT COALITION AGAINST CHILDHOOD OBESITY will host an event at 9 a.m. in the LOB Dining Room.

RENEWABLE ENERGY NEW ENGLAND will host a dessert reception at 2:30 p.m. in Room 310.

CREAM & SUGAR

Malloy Attends
WHCD On People
Magazine’s Dime

The governor was laughing it up at the White House Correspondents Dinner over the weekend. The trip wasn’t billed to taxpayers, instead People’s Magazine footed the bill. Malloy told News 8 that he used the trip to pitch Connecticut as the place for digital media. Read more

‘Connecticut
needs a stronger
Republican Party’

Peter Lumaj took to Examiner.com to call for a stronger, more conservative Connecticut GOP. Read more

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GOVERNOR’S DAY
At 9 a.m. (ish) Gov. Malloy will give the welcoming remarks at CREC’s “School Safety: It’s Everybody’s Business” conference at the Connecticut Convention Center, 100 Columbus Blvd, Hartford. The event begins at 8:45 a.m.

At 11 a.m., the governor will give remarks at the CT State Golf Association’s press conference in the Hall of the Flags.

At noon, Malloy will speak at a coalition of clergy’s minimum wage rally on the Capitol’s North Grounds.

At 2:30 p.m., Gov. Malloy will hold a press conference to make an economic development announcement at Matrix Corporate Center, 39 Old Ridgebury Road, Danbury.

At 5:45 p.m., Malloy will give remarks at the CT AFL-CIO’s May Day march and rally on the New Haven Green between College & Elm Streets.

At 7:40 p.m. (ish) the governor will address the Connecticut Bar Foundation’s 60th Anniversary Celebration at the Hartford Club, 46 Prospect Street, Hartford. The event begins at 6 p.m.
 
CONGRESSIONAL BUZZ
NRCC Courts Female
Vote In Latest Attack Ad

The NRCC is targeting Congresswoman Esty and a 20 other House Democrats over legislation to allow employers to offer comp time as an alternative to paying overtime. They are billing this as “freedom for working moms.” Read more

YESTERDAY
Jackson Lab Launches
‘Cancer Avatar’ Project

Jackson Laboratory scientists announced Tuesday that they will use mice as clinical stand-ins or “avatars” for human patients with cancerous tumors to help test and create genetically-tailored cancer treatments. Read more

Seventh Person
Pleads Guilty In
Campaign Conspiracy

There’s only one case left to adjudicate in the investigation into illegal campaign contributions to former House Speaker Chris Donovan’s failed congressional campaign. George Tirado, 36, a co-owner of the Waterbury smoke shop at the center of the conspiracy, entered a guilty plea two weeks ago, leaving just Campaign Finance Director Robert Braddock Jr. to stand trial. Read more

Esty Returns
NU Donations

A day after her husband was criticized for holding a conference call that included investment bankers with an interest in Northeast Utilities, the National Republican Congressional Committee called upon U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty to return $3,500 in campaign contributions from Northeast Utility executives and lobbyists. Read more

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SHOUT OUT
Happy birthday to Democratic State Party Chair Nancy DiNardo!

7:30 a.m. Rep. Berger & Rep. Aresimowicz: CT State Golf Association Day at the Capitol, CAP, Lobby-North   

8 a.m. CT Vending Association: Healthy Foods Lobby Day, LOB, Concourse   

9 a.m. CT Coalition Against Childhood Obesity, LOB, Executive Dining Room   
9:45 a.m. Insurance and Real Estate Committee Meeting, LOB, Room 2D
   
10 a.m. Public Health Committee Meeting, LOB, Room 1D
   
10 a.m. Judiciary Committee Meeting, LOB, Room 1E   

10 a.m. Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee Meeting, LOB, Room 2E   

10 a.m. Asian Pacific American Affairs Commission Re: Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, LOB, Concourse
   
10 a.m. CT Youth Services Association: Youth Service Bureau Day @ the Capitol, CAP, Room 310   

10:30 a.m. Environment Committee, LOB, Room 1C
   
11 a.m. Rep. Berger & Rep. Aresimowicz: CT State Golf Association Day at the Capitol, CAP, Hall of Flags   

11 a.m. SENATE SESSION, CAP, Senate Chambers
   
11:30 a.m. HOUSE SESSION, CAP, House Chambers   

12 p.m. Rep. Tercyak: Clergy for Minimum Wage Rally, CAP, Grounds North
   
2:30 p.m. RENEW: Renewable Energy New England Dessert Reception, CAP, Room 310   

4 p.m. CT Council of Family Service Agencies: Family Legislator of the Year, Sen. Beth Bye, CAP, Old Judiciary Room   

5:30 p.m. African American Affairs Commission: Monthly Commission Meeting, LOB, Room 1B   

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April 29, 2013

Issue 413 | Morning Coffee & Politics: Malloy Administration Advocates Fiscal Constraint

by Morning Coffee and Politics | April 29, 2013 5:30am

Today’s MC&P was served up by Melissa Ozols 

WHAT TO WATCH  

Malloy Administration
Advocates Fiscal Constraint

Spending ideas for the surplus? Not so fast, says the administration. In a letter to legislative leaders, OPM Secretary Barnes asked that any surplus be put into the state’s Rainy Day Fund. But some legislators already have other plans. Read more

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Budget Showdown
With Eyes On 2014

If the budget wasn’t complex enough already, things are going to get interesting in the weeks ahead. Why? Because not only does the GOP think Gov. Malloy is vulnerable in 2014, but the Senate Minority Leader might be competing with the House Minority Leader for the spot. Read more

CCAG, Common Cause
File FOI Request with DEEP

CCAG is none too pleased with DEEP Commissioner Daniel Esty’s call with utility investors last week. CCAG’s Tom Swan has FOI’ed all of Esty’s communications. Read more

Holder-Winfield
Weighing His Options

State Rep. Gary Holder-Winfield’s campaign remained in full swing through the weekend with canvasses and meetings, but based on what he hears he may call it quits. Don’t expect an announcement this morning though. Read more

Special Election Set for June 11
The special election to fill state Rep. Bryan Hurlburt’s seat is set for June 11. No rest for the weary staff after session ends. Read more

TODAY

REP. FLEXER will join with local small businesses and the Better Choices for Connecticut Coalition to call for fair taxation of businesses and to close corporate loopholes at 11 a.m. at Bousquet’s Appliances and TV, 16 Furnace St., Danielson.

LOB Activities, Meetings & Events
Press Conferences
GOV. MALLOY, UConn & transportation officials will hold a press conference to announce a new initiative that will improve and modernize the way automotive crash information is collected and processed at 11 a.m. in Room 310.

SEN. MAYNARD will hold a press conference on Congregations Organized for a New CT Safer Driving Campaign at 11:30 a.m. in Old Judiciary.
 
Committee Meetings
EDUCATION COMMITTEE will meet at 10 a.m. in Room 1E. View the agenda here 
 
GAE COMMITTEE will meet at 11 a.m. in Room 2B. View the agenda here

PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE will meet at noon in Room 2A. View the agenda here 

CREAM & SUGAR

Malloy Attends
White House
Correspondents’ Dinner

He didn’t tell us ahead of time, but we spotted Gov. Malloy laughing it up on C-SPAN’s coverage of the White House Correspondent’s Dinner. Malloy hobnobbed with celebrities, reporters, and politicos at the event that took place Saturday night. You can see him laughing at the joke about Buzzfeed around the 8:24 mark. Malloy was not the only governor to be spied by C-SPAN: New Jersey’s Gov. Chris Christy was also in the crowd. Check out the president’s speech here and see if you can spot the governor

Legislate Utility Service, Not Profits
The Norwich Bulletin’s Ray Hackett says “no” to the state’s plan to sell your electric service. He’s also not happy about AT&T’s efforts to have its phone service deregulated. Read more

Cafero On ‘Face the State’
House Minority Leader Larry Cafero joined Dennis House on “Face the State” over the weekend. Cafero plans to wait until the end of session (and spring) before making any decisions on a run for governor. He did however spend some time discussing the change in the political landscape since 2010, and took a few jabs at Tom Foley and the governor. He also defended his job at Brown Rudnick. View the footage here

Reporter Chris Keating and Republican blogger William Landers offered their take on the Cafero interview and the Republican gubernatorial field. Neither had anything Earth shattering to share, but Keating is expecting a crowded Republican primary field. View the interviews here

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GOVERNOR’S DAY
At 11 a.m., Gov. Malloy will join with UConn and transportation officials for a press conference on a new transportation initiative that will improve and modernize the way automotive crash information is collected and processed in Old Appropriations.

CONGRESSIONAL BUZZ
What’s Next for Gun Control?
Connecticut’s two Senators visited the state Capitol on Friday to discuss the future of federal gun control legislation. Both remain optimistic that another vote will happen before the end of the year. Read more

LAST WEEK
Malloy, Sharkey Actively Pursue Minimum Wage Hike

Malloy Backs Minimum Wage Hike

Mass. Lawmaker Takes A Stand Against CT Generation Tax

 

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SHOUT OUT
Happy birthday to state Rep. Matt Lesser!

Belated birthdays wishes go out to state Rep. Theresa Conroy, CCADV Exec. Dir. Karen Jarmoc and lobbyist Jim Leahy!

Also Sen. Rob Kane’s birthday is Tuesday. We mistakenly reported that it happened this weekend. He tweeted to correct us.

10 a.m. Education Committee Meeting, LOB, Room 1E
    
11 a.m. UConn: Press Conference Re: The CT Transportation Safety Research Center, CAP, Room 310    

11 a.m. Government Administration and Elections committee meeting, LOB, Room 2B
    
11:30 a.m. Sen. Maynard Press Conference Re: Congregations Organized for a New CT Safer Driving Campaign, CAP, Old Judiciary Room    

12 p.m. Planning & Development Committee Meeting, LOB, Room 2A    

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September 10, 2012

Issue 291 | Morning Coffee & Politics: Plum Gig For Familiar Face

by Morning Coffee and Politics | September 10, 2012 5:30am

Today’s MC&P was served up by Melissa Ozols   

WHAT TO WATCH  

Plum Gig For a Familiar Face
Chris Donovan’s failed bid for congress left many members of his staff jobless, including his former campaign spokesman Gabe Rosenberg. Lucky for Rosenberg presumed House Speaker Brendan Sharkey was able to provide a soft landing with a $100,000 a year gig. Read more

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No Crocodile Tears
U.S. Rep. Chris Murphy may have been on the hot seat explaining his missed mortgage payments and a brush with foreclosure, but that didn’t mean he couldn’t have a sense of humor about it. Read more
 
State Official On Paid Leave
The Courant is reporting that “high ranking state insurance Department official,” Barbara Spear, is on paid leave for allegations of ‘“harassment, bullying, and intimidation.”’ Spear has collected $2,300 a week since she went on leave Aug. 10. Read more 

State Supreme Court to Hear Ballot Line Case
The state Supreme Court this week will take up the issue of which party gets the top line on the ballot on Nov. 6. The Republican Party sued Secretary of the State Denise Merrill when they decided their party should remain on Row A. Oral arguments are Wednesday. Will ballot placement really have an impact? Read more 

WFP Wants to Raise Profile
The Working Families Party is looking to take the role of offering an alternative to the Democrats, particularly in party dominant cities like Bridgeport. Will a stronger WFP split the Democratic vote and help elect more Republicans? Read more 

Lovallo Taking On Dudchik
Conservative radio host Dan Lovallo is taking on the CT Capitol Report with his own political aggregation site, ctpolitix.com. Check out the site here.  

TODAY

OLD STATE HOUSE & HYPE will play host to another event in their “Barstools to Ballots” series with a panel discussion called “Back to the Future of Transportation: How will we get around Hartford?” The discussion will be moderated by CTNewsJunkie’s Christine Stuart starting at 5:30 p.m. at the Old State House. There is a small fee, but attendees will get to nosh on appetizers provided by Salute. Sorry, no Deloreans or flux capacitors. More information

Campaign Trail Happenings

46 & 47 DISTRICT HOUSE CANDIDATES will participate in a forum organized by The Day starting at 7 p.m. at the Otis Library, 261 Main Street, Norwich.

LOB Activities, Meetings & Events

COUNCIL ON MEDICAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM OVERSIGHT’S Women’s Health Committee will meet at 9:30 a.m. in Room 1A.

STATEWIDE SUICIDE ADVISORY BOARD will hold a press conference as part of National Suicide Prevention Week at 10 a.m. in Old Judiciary.

COMMISSION FOR EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY will meet at 1 p.m. in Room 1C.

ASIAN PACIFIC AMERICAN AFFAIRS COMMISSION will meet at 6 p.m. in Room 2600.

CANCELED: Quantity & Volume Discounts Subcommittee, Existing Alcoholic Liquor Permit Restrictions Subcommittee and the Long Term Care Advisory Council meetings.

CREAM & SUGAR

Check Out Our DNC Photos!
Hats of the DNC My husband, Lon Seidman, went down to Charlotte with a lot of cameras I didn’t know he owned. Check out some of the pictures he took of the event and some of the Connecticut delegates here.

And be sure not to miss his photo collection of the creative headware spotted on the convention floor here.

Wyman & Boucher On ‘Face the State’
Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman and state Sen. Toni Boucher were guests on “Face the State.” The two were followed by an all-woman panel featuring Susan Campbell, Shelly Sindland, and Sonya Dean. Read more

GOP’s Labriola On ‘The Real Story’
Connecticut Republican Party Chairman Jerry Labriola appeared on “The Real Story” offering a rebuttal to the Democratic National Convention. View the interview here

Gov. Malloy Talks Tech In Charlotte
Gov. Dannel Malloy talked tech in Charlotte last week on a panel discussion hosted by Bloomberg TV and Google. Malloy was joined by Sen. Mark Begich, D-Alaska, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-Rhode Island, and Austan Goolsbee, a former chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers and now a business professor at the University of Chicago. Read more and watch the panel here

‘Revolutionary’ Campaign’s Next Ad Shoot
The Cornwall Bridge and a group of bicyclists will be included in the state’s latest “Still Revolutionary” ad campaign. The 32 crew members and five Connecticut actors spent three days filming the 30-second spot. The ad will begin running Sept. 17 in a $1.5 million buy. Read more

Report: CT Not A Tax Friendly State For Retirees
Kiplinger’s retirement tax map says that Connecticut is not a tax-friendly state for retirees, calling the state a “tax nightmare.” The article points to real-estate taxes that are currently the second highest in the nation. Read more

GOVERNOR’S DAY
Gov. Malloy is on his way to China with maple syrup in hand. Read more

FEDERAL CAMPAIGN TRAIL
Politicos Spent the Weekend Politicking
Wondering where your favorite politico spent the weekend? Just check out their twitter feeds. Many were happy to share the “great times” they had at various fairs, festivals, and picnics. Chris Murphy and Richard Blumenthal joined the festivities at the Greenwich Democrat’s annual picnic. Read more

‘Blue State’ GOP Candidates Downplay Party
Watch any of Linda McMahon’s many commercials and notice something missing? The mention of her party. She is not the only candidate leaving her party affiliation out of television ads. Read more

McMahon Ups Charitable Donations
The Greenwich Time took a look at Linda McMahon’s charitable contributions and noticed they dramatically increased in 2011 while she readied her 2012 senate campaign. Read more

Sides Sparring Over Murphy’s Mortgage
The McMahon camp is trying to spin Chris Murphy’s 2007 mortgage woes as a “sweetheart mortgage deal,” while the Hartford Courant editorial sees otherwise, saying, “there is no evidence that Mr. Murphy received preferential treatment.” Read more

‘Students for Murphy’ Launches
The Murphy camp has added another group of supporters with the launch of “Students for Murphy.” Check out the group’s site here

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LAST WEEK
Murphy Pokes Fun At Missed Mortgage Payments

Call Him Surrogate General 

 

Larson’s Remarks At Democratic National Convention 

 

Malloy’s Remarks At The Democratic National Convention 

 

Security Guards Get Peanuts From Fake CEO 

 

With Alcohol Consumption Down, Will Sunday Sales Take A Hit? 

 

Register Files For Bankruptcy Again 

 

Echo From Floor As DeLauro Calls For Pay Equity 

 

 Budget Balancing Act Will Be Tricky In 2013 

 

Rell Returns For Roraback 

 

Murphy SOS Goes Out In Charlotte 

 

Connecticut Readies Its Healthcare Exchange 

 

Former Lawmaker Dismisses Leaked Letter On Education Debate 

 

OP-ED | Why I Still Like Murphy To Win  

 

SHOUT OUT
A “shout out” to Gov. Malloy on being named the National Governor’s Association’s Education and Workforce Committee Chair.

A “shout out” also goes out to the CT Coalition Against Domestic Violence’s new Communication and Policy Specialist, Liza Andrews.


9:30 a.m. Council on Medical Assistance Program Oversight: Women’s Health Committee Meeting, LOB, Room 1A

10 a.m. Statewide Suicide Advisory Board: Suicide Prevention Awareness Campaign & Press Conference, CAP, Old Judiciary Room

10 a.m. Quantity and Volume Discounts Subcommittee Meeting - CANCELLED, LOB, Room 1B

1 p.m. Existing Alcoholic Liquor Permit Restrictions Subcommittee Meeting - CANCELLED, LOB, Room 1B

1 p.m. Connecticut State Library: Commission for Educational Technology Meeting, LOB, Room 1C

1 p.m. CANCELLED: Commission on Aging: Long Term Care Advisory Council Meeting, LOB, Room 2A

6 p.m. Asian Pacific American Affairs Commission: Commission Meeting, LOB, Room 2600

September 7, 2012

CTNJ 230: your Friday Night Fix! Got Jokes?

by your Friday Night Fix | September 7, 2012 4:12pm

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September 6, 2012

Issue 290 | Morning Coffee & Politics: Malloy Gives 3 Reasons To Vote Obama

by Morning Coffee and Politics | September 6, 2012 5:30am

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