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Issue 289 | Morning Coffee & Politics: 911 Tapes Released

by Morning Coffee and Politics | Sep 5, 2012 5:30am
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Today’s MC&P was served up by Melissa Ozols   

WHAT TO WATCH  

Ayala 9-1-1 Tapes Released 
The CT Post has obtained a copy of the released 9-1-1 tapes from the bystander who stopped Democrat Christina Ayala, a candidate for state representative in Bridgeport, after her hit-and-run just 24 hours after winning the primary. Read more

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Budget Balancing Act Will Be Tricky in 2013 
Comptroller Kevin Lembo certified a $143.6 million deficit for fiscal year 2012. It is still early in fiscal year 2013, but Lembo used his monthly letter to the governor to advise caution and make some suggestions for what the state will have to do to end the current fiscal year in the black. Read more 
 
Connecticut Successfully Woos Fiber Optics Co.  
The fiber optics company, Nufern, was courted by Connecticut, Maryland and Canada. The Bradley Airport Development Zone tax rebates kept the company in Connecticut, where the company will expand their building by 30,000 square feet. Read more 
 

DEMOCRAT CONVENTION TIDBITS
DeLauro Talks Equality for Women
U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro shared the stage with several of her female colleagues to talk about issues important to women including the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. Read more

DiNardo Mixes in Humor for Roll Call Rehearsal
While the state’s Republican’s used their time to tout Linda McMahon’s candidacy during roll call, Democratic Party Chair Nancy DiNardo reminded fellow delegates during a roll call rehearsal Tuesday that Connecticut is home to the first constitution and those little blue pills.

‘Yes, just not on stage smile
The response offered by U.S. Rep. Jim Himes when asked on Twitter “are you speaking at all during #DNC2012”

Union Boss Boycotts Breakfast
Communication Workers of America Local 1298 President Bill Henderson boycotted the Connecticut delegation’s breakfast on the first official day of the convention. The reason? The breakfast was sponsored by AT&T. While delegates fueled up for the day, Henderson handed out information and stickers. Several other union leaders also chose to pass on the food. Read more

TODAY

AG COMMISSIONER REVICZKY will celebrate the fourth annual New England Apple Day with a visit to Belltown Hill Orchards, 483 Matson Hill Road, South Glastonbury at 11:30 a.m. At noon Reviczky will read the governor’s proclamation.

SECURITY OFFICERS will hold a rally to demand back pay at 5 p.m. at the Capitol Avenue Complex, 410-472 Capitol Ave., Hartford.

Campaign Trail Happenings

McMAHON will begin a three-day, statewide tour to promote the state’s defense industry with stops at manufacturers, component suppliers, and military installations. Today’s stops include:
  • 6 a.m. - Electric Boat, 75 Eastern Point Road, Groton
  • 10:30 a.m. - KMK Construction, 1057 Poquonnock Road, Groton
  • 1 p.m. - LBI Fiberglass, 973 North Road, Groton
  • 2 p.m. - All Quality Spares, 3 East Bishop Street, Waterford
  • 3:30 p.m. - Starlift Equipment, 829 First Avenue, West Haven


MALLOY & LARSON will address the Democratic National Convention tonight. Larson at 5 p.m. (ish) and Malloy at 6:45 p.m. (ish)

LOB Activities, Meetings & Events

Despite many Democrats attending their national convention, the LOB is going to be abuzz with activity today.

BOARD OF EXAMINERS FOR NURSING will meet at 8 a.m. in Room 1A.

AUDITORS OF PUBLIC ACCOUNTS will hold a training at 8 a.m. in Room 1B.

STATE BOARD OF ED COMMITTEE will meet at 8:30 a.m. in Room 2600.

STATE BOARD OF ED will meet at 8:30 a.m. in Room 1D. View the agenda here

GOV’S BUSINESS TAX TASK FORCE will meet at 9 a.m. in Room 2D.

CT ASSOC. OF REGIONAL PLANNING ORGANIZATIONS will meet at 9 a.m. in Room 2A.

CT FATHERHOOD ADVISORY COUNCIL will meet at 9:30 a.m. in Room 2E. Registration will be in the second floor atrium.

ADVISORY COMMISSION ON INTERGOVERNMENTAL RELATIONS will meet at 10 a.m. in Room 2A.

SENTENCING COMMISSION’S LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE will meet at 10 a.m. in Room 2B.

JUDICIAL REVIEW COUNCIL will meet and hold a public hearing starting at 10 a.m. in Rom 1E.

ALCOHOLIC LIQUOR TAXES SUBCOMMITTEE will meet at 11 a.m. in Room 1C.

ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON PATIENT PRIVACY & SECURITY will meet at 1:30 p.m. in Room 1B.

MINIMUM PRICING & PRICE POSTING SUBCOMMITTEE will meet at 2 p.m. in Room 1C.

CT STATE BOARD OF ED COMMITTEE will meet at 2 p.m. in Room 2600.

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

CREAM & SUGAR

Malloy On ‘Morning Joe’
Gov. Dannel Malloy appeared with UConn hats to hand out to Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough, hosts of MSNBC’s Morning Joe. Malloy used the time to talk about his upcoming speech, to stump for President Obama, to plug Chris Murphy’s campaign, and to take a few swipes at Republicans. Mika and Joe’s love for Malloy includes an ask for him to co-host one morning. View the clip here

Malloy’s Popular in Charlotte
Gov. Malloy is in demand and seems to be enjoying his booked schedule while in Charlotte with stops at fellow delegates’ breakfasts and morning political shows. Malloy told the CT Post, “I’m booked like a dentist.” Maybe a bad analogy. Hopefully people are more excited to see him than their dentist. Read more

DMV Kicks Off Truck Safety Crackdown
The DMV announced that September is the month it will crackdown on “unsafe trucks and their drivers throughout the state.” The extra patrols in “high-crash” zones will be paid for with federal dollars. Read more

GOVERNOR’S DAY
At 7 a.m., Gov. Malloy will appear on CNN’s Starting Point with Soledad O’Brien.

At 6:45 p.m. (ish) Malloy will take the stage at the National Convention.

FEDERAL CAMPAIGN TRAIL
Murphy SOS Goes Out In Charlotte
In a race that is closer then he would like, Chris Murphy spent his limited time in Charlotte sending out an S.O.S. The main message - send your checks! Even DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz joined the call to elect Murphy to the U.S. Senate. Read more

Another McMahon Ad Hits the Airwaves
Linda McMahon has unveiled another new ad, this one is entitled “Defense” and takes a swipe at her opponent Chris Murphy. The Murphy camp was quick to respond to the attacks. View the ad here

McMahon Set to Appear on Ballot Twice
The CT Post is reporting that Linda McMahon was able to receive the endorsement of “the rival factions” of the Independent Party of Connecticut. Read more

Rell Returns For Roraback
Former Gov. M. Jodi Rell came out of “hiding” since leaving office to endorse Andrew Roraback for Congress. Rell was not forthcoming on support for U.S. Senate candidate Linda McMahon or with comments on the current governor. Rell told reporters, “I’m not here to discuss Linda today either.” Perhaps she’ll do that later. Read more

Register Citizen | Roraback ‘too moderate’ to be effective? Give us a break
The Register Citizen used a recent editorial to take issue with the argument that Andrew Roraback is too moderate. Read more

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YESTERDAY
Connecticut Readies Its Healthcare Exchange
Connecticut is one of a handful of states which have embraced the concept of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and are in the process of setting up its Insurance Exchange. Read more

Former Lawmaker Dismisses Leaked Letter On Education Debate
A former lawmaker and candidate for state Senate says parents got stuck in the middle of a debate between teacher union advocates and education reform advocates earlier this year as debate on Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s education reforms efforts were just getting started. Read more

SHOUT OUT
A “shout out” goes out to the newly appointed State Child Advocate, Jamey Bell of Bloomfield.

Happy birthday to former state Rep. Joan Lewis of Coventry!


8 a.m. Dept. of Public Health: Board of Examiners for Nursing Monthly Meeting, LOB, Room 1A

8 a.m. Auditors of Public Accounts: Training, LOB, Room 1B

8:30 a.m. CT State Board of Education: Committee Meeting, LOB, Room 2600

8:30 a.m. CT State Board of Education: Monthly Meeting, LOB, Room 1D

9 a.m. Governor’s Business Tax Task Force Meeting, LOB, Room 2D

9 a.m. Sen. Cassano: CT Association of Regional Planning Organizations, LOB, Room 2A

9:30 a.m. CT Department of Social Services: CT Fatherhood Advisory Council Meeting, LOB, Room 2E

9:30 a.m. CT Department of Social Services: CT Fatherhood Advisory Council Registration, LOB, Second Floor Atrium

10 a.m. Sen. Cassano: Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations, LOB, Room 2A

10 a.m. Rep. Fox: Sentencing Commission’s Legislative Committee, LOB, Room 2B

10 a.m. Governmental Accountability: Judicial Review Council Monthly Meeting & Public Hearing, LOB, Room 1E

11 a.m. Alcoholic Liquor Taxes Subcommittee Meeting, LOB, Room 1C

1:30 p.m. Department of Public Health: Advisory Committee on Patient Privacy & Security Meeting, LOB, Room 1B

2 p.m. Minimum Pricing and Price Posting Subcommittee Meeting, LOB, Room 1C

2 p.m. CT State Board of Education: Committee Meeting, LOB, Room 2600

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

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