Friday, August 31, 2012

Shays for governor? It's possible

When asked if he was planning to run for governor against Dannel Malloy, former U.S. Rep. Chris Shays didn't say yes.

But he didn't say no, either.

What he said was, "I'm not ruling out anything."

Shays, who just finished up an unsuccessful primary bid for U.S. Senate, was on his way back from the Republican Convention in Tampa, Fla., where, reportedly, potential Republican gubernatorial candidates were overflowing.

As Hearst's Neil Vigdor reported, Norwalk's state Rep. Larry Cafero, Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton and Fairfield state Sen. John McKinney may all be weighing a run for governor, with former Malloy opponent Tom Foley actually admitting it.

The others are in Shays' boat — not saying yes, but not saying no.

Shays lost against McMahon and then hightailed it down to Tampa for the convention, so he's still figuring out what he wants to do. A run for governor may be in the cards, but it's not his only option.

"Whatever I do, it's going to be constructive and meaningful," he said.

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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Gateway College opening gets a little blue

At the grand opening for Gateway Community College's downtown campus the speeches got a little, well, inappropriate. We make no editorial comment on this whatsoever.
First, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy slipped up a bit (though he recovered well), when talking about Sen. Martin Looney.
Then, not to be outdone, New Haven Mayor John DeStefano gave some advice to students on proper comportment.

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Most prisoners call Hartford, New Haven home

According to the state's Office of Legislative Research, more prisoners come from Hartford than any where else in the state, with New Haven coming in second.

The OLR recently released a backgrounder on the hometowns of prison inmates. The top five cities (with the number of inmates who call it home in parentheses) are: Hartford (2,245), New Haven (1,841), Bridgeport (1,771), Waterbury (1,471), and New Britain (754).

The towns from which the fewest prisoners come are (perhaps not surprisingly) New Canaan, Sherman and Union. No current inmates hail from those towns.

The report also notes that "802 inmates reported an out-of-state address as their residence and DOC reported 16 inmates with an unknown or unrecorded address."

Town of Residence of Inmates

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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Blumenthal is Washington's 7th richest lawmaker

The Hill put out it's list of the 50 richest lawmakers in Washington, and Connecticut's own Richard Blumenthal made it on the list, with $80.1 million.
Of note is the first line of reportage: "Blumenthal’s minimum net worth skyrocketed by nearly $25 million last year when compared to his wealth in 2010."
That's the year Blumenthal took office as senator. Here's why, according to The Hill:

The former Connecticut state attorney general saw his fortune increase partially because several of his assets went up in value. A JPMorgan checking account, jointly owned by Blumenthal and his wife, went from being worth at least $50,000 in 2010 to $1 million last year. Further, several properties in care of Malkin Holdings — including many commercial office buildings in New York City — went up in value in 2011, and are newly estimated to be worth at least $1 million each.
Blumenthal came in seventh, behind Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas), Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.), Rep., Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.), Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) and Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.)

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