May 3, 2013
by Morning Coffee and Politics | May 3, 2013 3:00pm
To Pay Retirees
Republican House Minority Leader Lawrence Cafero is sounding the alarm bells over State Treasurer Denise Nappier’s planned sale of $427.8 million in pension investments to meet this year’s obligations to retired state employees and teachers. In a statement Friday, Nappier countered that the sale of these pension assets to pay benefits is not news. Read more
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Charter School Advocates
Rally Against Cuts
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy joined charter school advocates Thursday at the state Capitol to rally against $47.1 million in cuts proposed by the Democrat-controlled Appropriations Committee earlier this month. Read more
Malloy: ‘In retrospect, ya know…
probably shouldn’t have done it.’
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has spent the past 48 hours trying to put to bed the controversy over his decision to let People magazine pay for his trip to the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. It’s an awkward position for the Democrat, who would rather be talking about public policy than a glitzy D.C. event. Read more about the saga here and here
Bill Moves Forward
The Senate passed the controversial renewable energy bill on Wednesday, but it faces some hurdles in the House. Lawmakers siding with environmentalists are lining up to offer an amendment that would force the Senate to debate the bill again. It’s still unclear if that’s the path lawmakers in the House will take. Read more about the Senate debate here.
ICYMI: Mayors, Immigrants
Rally For Driver’s Licenses
Jose Sanchez and other undocumented immigrants visited the state Capitol on Monday to pose a late-session question for legislators: While the state awaits federal action on immigration reform, what should be done now about immigrants who are driving without licenses? Read more from the New Haven Independent.
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And The Congresswoman
Two for the price of one” was the mantra of candidate Bill Clinton on the presidential campaign trail some 20 years ago. But as Clinton later discovered, the partnership with his brainy lawyer wife Hillary turned into a liability when the Whitewater scandal threatened to drag down his presidency. Thankfully, Connecticut’s own premier power couple, Daniel and Elizabeth Esty, aren’t the target of a criminal investigation, but the ubiquitous pair has always made some observers uncomfortable. Read more from contributing columnist Terry Cowgill
No More Excuses for Sexual Assault
The stories keep getting worse out of Torrington. A 2011 incident surfaced in Litchfield Superior Court this week in which three boys - two of whom were affiliated football team at the time - are charged with the gang-rape of an intoxicated 13-year-old girl. Read more from contributing columnist Susan Bigelow
A Woman Without A Party
At 18, I was a registered Republican. At 36, I became a Democrat. And now, as a woman of a certain age, Democratic Gov. Dannel Malloy, state Education Commissioner Stefan Pryor, Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch, Attorney General George Jepsen, and their BFF Arne Duncan, have persuaded me to join the fastest growing voter group in both Connecticut and the country - the Unaffiliated. Read more from contributing columnist Sarah Darer Littman
PODCASTS & BROADCASTS
Where We Live | Diplomacy in Syria
Ryan Crocker is a former U.S. Ambassador in the Middle East and is currently a Senior Fellow at Yale. Speaking on WNPR’s “Where We Live,” he described the conflict as “the problem from hell.” Crocker added that “whatever we do has to make the situation better, not worse.” Listen here. Where We Live airs daily on WNPR at 9 a.m. and is rebroadcast at 7 p.m.
Face the State With Dennis House
U.S. Rep. Jim Himes discusses sequester, immigration, and Linda McMahon. In another segment, Quinnipiac University Law Professor William Dunlap and Sen. Joseph Markley debate the legality of the new gun control laws. This week’s flashback goes back to 1998 when a raise for the governor was being discussed and Dennis House was interviewing Oprah Winfrey. Read more on House’s blog here but be sure to watch the show on WFSB-3. Face the State is taped on Thursdays and airs Sundays at 11 a.m.
The Colin McEnroe Show: Psychology of Beards
Confusing news for bearded men: A new study from the journal Evolution of Human Behavior says that men are their most attractive with a 10-day stubble rather than being clean-shaven or fully bearded. Beards are confusing. You have to have one to be a wizard in Middle Earth. You can’t have one and be president in 2013. Listen here. The Colin McEnroe Show airs daily on WNPR at 1 p.m.
The Real Story With Laurie Perez & Al Terzi
Republican Catherine Marx and Democrat Matt Hennessy offer their take on the controversy over Gov. Malloy’s trip (paid for by “People” magazine) to Washington last weekend for the White House Correspondent’s Dinner. In another segment, Monte Frank, from the Newtown Action Alliance, talks about the backlash being felt by Senators who voted against expanded background checks and other gun control measures last month. He says he’s very optimistic that a similar bill, now moving through the House, will pass. Also Nathan Grube, tournament director for the Travelers Championship, discusses golf’s estimated $1B impact on the state’s economy.. Watch the show here. The Real Story is taped Thursdays and airs Sunday at 10 a.m. followed by CTCapitolReport at 10:30 a.m.
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McKinney: Malloy’s DC Trip Violated EthicsSenate Minority Leader John McKinney said Wednesday that Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s trip to the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, paid for by People Magazine, violated the state’s ethics laws. Malloy has since paid for the trip with a personal check in an attempt to end what he described as a “distraction.” Read more
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