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

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

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