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September 20, 2018

Archives for October 2017

Mea Culpa

“For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple, and wrong.” –HL Mencken. Few things in this world pose more complexity than dealing with a budget in Connecticut.  As is often the case, many of us will get the initial reaction wrong.  There is nothing simple to a document as long as

She Doth Protest Too Much

I love municipal politics.  Those who detest the way President Donald Trump conducts himself obviously haven’t paid attention to their local races for mayors, school boards or even dog catcher.  These epic struggles can and often do get nasty in a way that would make the sitting president blush.  Stolen yard signs are typically the

Doug Dubitsky – A Representative of the People

People have a very low opinion of their representatives in government.   One need not bore you with statistics to show this lack of faith in elected representatives.  A major reason for this is the electorate does not feel like their voices are being heard.  Nowhere is this more prevalent than in Connecticut.  After tax increase

Risks in Supporting a New Budget Agreement

Most of us who are of a certain age were raised to not discuss three things with strangers.  Religion, how much we make and politics.  This was so we were considered polite when meeting new people.  Things have certainly changed.  You can blame it on social media, millennials or even Donald Trump.  In the case

Not a Profile in Courage

Look at the accompanying photograph.  The old saying goes “a picture is worth a thousand words.”  In this case, add millions of new tax dollars to that statement and you get a snapshot of what happened during the bipartisan budget negotiations.  Based on body language alone, if Detectives Briscoe and Green (Law and Order reference)

If I were a betting man…

Although scant on details, the body language during the post budget negotiation press conference paints a grim picture for the GOP leadership.  Speaker Joe Aresimowicz was absolutely giddy Rep. Matt Lesser was also ecstatic and mentioned that Hartford will be pleased with the negotiated deal.  But Sen. Len Fasano and Rep. Klarides were so stone

Reps Conley and Del la Cruz Transmitting Malloy Disease

  What’s worse than being a weak, first term state representative? Being a weak, first term state representative that has tied their fortunes to a governor that is less popular than a a deer tick.  State Representatives Christine Conley (D- Groton, Ledyard) and Joe Del la Cruz (D- Groton, New London) issued identical statements (found

Moody’s to Malloy: Sit down Dannel

No one in Connecticut politics became more irrelevant than Governor Dannel Malloy did yesterday.   Suffering a smack down by Moody’s Investor Service and his feeble attempt at relevancy by proposing a fourth budget (one outright rejected by BOTH parties) the weakened chief executive was not just lame, but had his feathers plucked as well.