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  • Obama To Connecticut … Ummm No!

    04/28/2010 11:47:13 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 17 replies · 696+ views ^ | April 28, 2010 | Jim Vicevich
    Last month the Connecticut shoreline was battered by rain and wind that caused serious flooding and damage to homes and business reportedly totaling more than $10 million. Governor Rell had asked for federal assistance to help individual homeowners and businesses hit hard by the storms. Yesterday she learned her request has been denied … by Mr Hope and Change himself … Obama.
  • Gadsden Flag Will Not Be Allowed To Fly Over State Capitol! (Connecticut)

    04/08/2010 12:44:08 PM PDT · by Man50D · 31 replies · 1,365+ views
    Tea Party activists won't be permitted to fly the Gadsden Flag over the state Capitol after all. State Capitol police today reversed an earlier decision to allow the bright yellow "Don't Tread On Me" banner to flutter from the highly visible flagpole after learning that activists had planned a political rally following the flag-raising ceremony. But Tea Party activists said today they plan to go ahead with the flag-raising – they plan to bring their own flagpole. "It went from being a flag-raising ceremony to a political event,'' Acting Capitol police Chief Walter Lee said. "They are using it as...
  • Rell Will Not Seek Re-Election [CT GOP Governor]

    11/09/2009 4:56:39 PM PST · by Alter Kaker · 93 replies · 3,447+ views
    Hartford Courant ^ | November 9, 2009 | JON LENDER and CHRISTOPHER KEATING
    Gov. M. Jodi Rell announced Monday at 5 p.m. that she will not seek re-election as governor in 2010. "After much soul-searching, and discussion with my family, I have decided not to seek re-election next year," Rell said in her Capitol office during a hastily called press conference with her family standing by. She said it has been "an honor" to serve. She cited accomplishments including ethics and campaign finance reform, noting that in 2004 she "came in at a troubling time in our state's history." That was a reference to her ascension from lieutenant governor on July 1, 2004,...
  • Rell To Allow Budget To Become Law (GOP Gov. will NOT Veto!)

    09/01/2009 10:40:44 PM PDT · by campaignPete R-CT · 11 replies · 634+ views
    WFSB ^ | September 1, 2009
    HARTFORD, Conn. -- Gov. Jodi Rell said she will use her line-item veto power to comb through a budget approved by the General Assembly early Tuesday morning. The bill passed the Democrat-controlled House on a 103-45 vote at about midnight. All House Republicans voted in opposition of the bill, joined by nine Democrats. The Democrat-controlled Senate passed it 22-13 early after 2 a.m. Tuesday, with one Democrat voting with the opposing GOP. Rell said she will not sign the budget because she doesn't agree with it, but that she will not veto it. She said the budget would take effect...
  • Historic Day For Legislature As Seven Vetoes Are Overridden (CT legislature vs. Rell)

    07/21/2009 8:59:24 AM PDT · by raybbr · 20 replies · 618+ views ^ | July 21, 2009 | By CHRISTOPHER KEATING
    In a historic day at the state Capitol, the Democratic-controlled legislature overrode seven vetoes by Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell and took the first step toward establishing universal health care coverage in Connecticut. The number of overrides tied the seven made in 1992 during the administration of Gov. Lowell P. Weicker — the most since Republican Gov. Thomas Meskill was overridden nine times in 1974. . But Rell won a victory in the most dramatic moment of the day as the controversial health care "pooling" bill failed by one vote in the state Senate when Democratic Sen. Joan Hartley of...
  • (CT) Senate Votes To Remove Rell's Power Over U.S. Senate Vacancy

    05/29/2009 6:09:58 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 22 replies · 1,228+ views
    Capitol Watch ^ | May 29, 2009 | Christopher Keating
    In another controversial bill, the Senate Democrats voted early Friday morning to remove Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell's power to appoint a U.S. Senator in case of a vacancy. Instead, there would be a special election if one of the two U.S. Senators - currently Christopher J. Dodd and Joseph I. Lieberman - stepped down from office before the six-year term ended. The Senate voted, 21 to 12, on strict party lines with three members absent at about 2:10 a.m. Friday on the underlying amendment regarding the vacancy. The bill would apply to whomever is in the gubernatorial chair. But...
  • Conn. House and Senate Pass Gay Marriage Bill; Rell Will Sign It

    04/22/2009 8:58:26 PM PDT · by campaignPete R-CT · 118 replies · 5,386+ views
    Hartford Courant ^ | April 22, 2009 | Christopher Keating
    The state House of Representatives passed the gay marriage bill late Wednesday night - codifying the State Supreme Court's controversial decision that legalized gay marriage in Connecticut. The House voted, 100 to 44, several hours after the state Senate had voted, 28 to 7, to approve the codification. Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell says she will sign the bill into law. The bill was supported on the House and Senate floors by the two co-chairmen of the legislature's judiciary committee - Rep. Michael P. Lawlor of East Haven in the House and Sen. Andrew McDonald of Stamford in the Senate.
  • Dems Want a "Clear Picture" of Budget Deficit

    03/28/2009 9:30:42 PM PDT · by merchvent · 2 replies · 468+ views
    Ct Public broadcasting network ^ | 2/19/2009 | marie kuhn
    "We have to move beyond the gamesmanship over 'is the budget deficit increase real or not?'" said Williams. "We know it's real.
  • Rell foresees cuts in spending [In TV address, Gov. pledges to slash spending, not raise taxes]

    02/03/2009 3:35:31 AM PST · by XR7 · 11 replies · 609+ views
    Yale Daily News ^ | 2/3/09 | Zake Miller
    In the face of a worsening financial crisis, Connecticut Gov. M. Jodi Rell warned residents on Monday about the implications of the state’s growing budget deficit, pledging that instead of raising taxes to balance the state’s budget, she will slash government spending. In an unprecedented television address, the governor said the coming months will test the resilience of Connecticut residents, forcing everyone — including New Haven residents and local officials — to make difficult choices. “To be sure, there will be times of trial and tears in the weeks and months ahead,” Rell said, warning that “some of the cuts...
  • Panel Rejects I-95 Plan [Gov Rell CT radar cameras]

    03/07/2008 3:08:10 PM PST · by Daffynition · 15 replies · 534+ views
    Hartford Courant ^ | March 7 2008 | CHRISTOPHER KEATING And TRACY GORDON FOX
    In a high-profile defeat for Gov. M. Jodi Rell, a key legislative committee on Thursday rejected her plan to install radar cameras to ticket speeders on a dangerous stretch of I-95. Invoking fears of Big Brother, lawmakers shot down Rell's plans for a pilot program in southeastern Connecticut by a 13-9 vote. The Democratic committee co-chairmen were split on an issue that came down to an unusual philosophical discussion over the rights of drivers and the power of government. The majority on the committee said the public's right to privacy outweighs the risks to public safety from speeding. They said...
  • HUSKY's flaws growing obvious (Creeping Socialism)

    12/08/2007 8:49:28 AM PST · by Graybeard58 · 7 replies · 159+ views
    Waterbury Republican-American ^ | December 7, 2007 | Editorial
    In 1998, then-Gov. John G. Rowland boosted his re-election prospects by creating the Healthcare for UninSured Kids and Youth program. HUSKY was intended to provide no more than 90,000 impoverished children with the same access to medical care as state employees. But the issue was never about access, but who pays; ultimately, this "conservative Republican" chose the government solution. At HUSKY's inception, 6.7 percent of Connecticut's children were uninsured. Today, HUSKY enrollment is a robust 323,000, even though the services it provides have never come close to matching the political rhetoric. And despite the infusion of hundreds of millions in...
  • Subprime crisis: mixed messages

    11/18/2007 2:11:51 PM PST · by Graybeard58 · 16 replies · 75+ views
    Waterbury Republican-American ^ | November 18, 2007 | Editorial
    In 1998, the U.S. Conference of Mayors blamed "redlining" for the "homeownership gap" in major cities. Though never documented, that was a common complaint for decades. In reality, the gap had less to do with discrimination than low demand for urban housing and banks' reluctance to lend money to people who can't repay. Still, it wasn't long before lenders cowed by political correctness began lowering their underwriting standards and issuing variable-rate mortgages to high-risk borrowers. The Department of Treasury says 21 percent of all mortgages written from 2004-06 were so-called subprime, up from 9 percent from 1996-2004. And naturally, it...
  • Becoming Hollywood East (Connecticut welcomes actors - BARF alert)

    08/17/2007 3:25:37 PM PDT · by LurkedLongEnough · 10 replies · 711+ views
    The News-Times (Danbury, CT) ^ | August 17, 2007 | Dirk Perrefort
    Rell backs incentives to boost state's film industry Gov. M. Jodi Rell talks with John Travolta at Putnam Park in Redding on Thursday. Rell traveled to the film set of Disney Films "Old Dogs", starring Travolta and Robin Williams, to sign into law an expansion of film tax credits. REDDING -- Gov. M. Jodi Rell was joined by actor John Travolta on Thursday as she signed into law incentives to help promote the burgeoning film industry in the state. "Connecticut already has one of the best programs in the country to draw movie production to our state, and this...
  • Rell vetoes tuition reduction for children of illegal immigrants

    06/28/2007 6:09:06 AM PDT · by Blue Turtle · 10 replies · 430+ views
    HARTFORD - Gov. M. Jodi Rell on Tuesday vetoed a bill that would have reduced tuition at state colleges and universities for children of illegal immigrants. The Republican governor wrote in her veto message that while she sympathizes with the needs of children brought illegally to this country by their parents, Connecticut should not encourage illegal immigration.
  • Connecticut Budget Busted! Holy Fiscally Conservative Hypocrisy, Batman! What Now?

    02/11/2007 8:02:01 AM PST · by CTposterBoy · 8 replies · 1,012+ views
    Radiofree West Hartford ^ | February 11, 2007 | Doug Wrenn
    I told you so. For all you “pink dog” Republicans who thought she walked on water and voted accordingly for “Princess Pollyanna” and got suckered in by her cutesy little schoolgirl, milk-and-cookies demeanor, you got exactly what you deserved. The big, bad wolf just took off the little pretty sheep costume. I tried to tell you she was nothing more than a venomous snake with a maternal smile but apparently, few heeded my advice, as she was coronated instead of elected. I have more respect and trust for a far left wing Democrat than any of these pusillanimous so-called “moderate”...
  • Rell's Plan To Tax, Spend Wows Democrats, Jars GOP (CT)

    02/07/2007 10:20:32 PM PST · by nutmeg · 23 replies · 588+ views
    The Hartford Courant ^ | February 8, 2007 | CHRISTOPHER KEATING, Capitol Bureau Chief
    Words like "historic" and "brilliant" flew around the state Capitol Wednesday as legislators struggled to absorb details of Gov. M. Jodi Rell's two-year, $35.8 billion budget plan, which includes proposals for record-setting increases in education spending. The question was, were Democrats or members of her own party more taken aback? "I have to take a pill," Sen. William Nickerson said to a Greenwich Republican colleague after the governor's speech. Rell called Wednesday for education spending that would break the state-mandated spending cap and lead to a 10 percent increase in the state income tax. In doing so, she co-opted traditional...
  • A Gay Old Song Replayed Under The Big Tarnished Dome

    02/05/2007 7:48:50 PM PST · by CTposterBoy · 1 replies · 347+ views
    Radiofree West Hartford ^ | February 03, 2007 | By Doug Wrenn
    So far, 2007 is only about a month old and I’m not impressed. The New England Patriots were needlessly knocked out of Super Bowl contention and denied a rematch with their old Super Bowl adversary, the Chicago Bears of 20 years before, and gays and their liberal minions are back ranting in the Capitol for this new session like Robins chirping in a new Spring. Out with the Patriots and in with the gays. I remember when I was a kid, I liked to hang off the side of my bed upside down. Now, decades later, I am sitting upright...
  • It Depends On What The Meaning Of “Ethics” Is

    02/05/2007 7:38:15 PM PST · by CTposterBoy · 1 replies · 307+ views
    Radiofree West Hartford ^ | February 06, 2007 | Doug Wrenn
    When asked, outgoing Public Safety Commissioner Leonard Boyle said that his decision to leave was in the works for a while and had nothing to do with Gov. Rell’s appointment of the very troubled Linda Yelmini to be Deputy Commissioner of the very troubled Internal Affairs Unit for the very troubled Connecticut State Police. Maybe so, but it was a worthwhile question that needed to be asked anyway. Now there are a few other worthwhile questions that need to be asked and answered. A recent report showed abysmal performance by the Internal Affairs Unit in handling many outlandish cases involving...
  • Could Rell be enlisted to beat Lamont? (Vanity)

    08/07/2006 1:15:28 PM PDT · by Uncledave · 23 replies · 461+ views
    Hi fellow nutmeggers, I didn't see this discussed anywhere and wanted to get others' take on it. Rell is a very popular governor and is certain to win reelection. If Lamont wins the dem primary in the general election, weather or not Joe runs as an indy, I think Rell could win the senate seat. I've no reason to think Rell is interested in going to DC, but the opportunity is there. If indeed she had the inclination to run, she certainly wouldn't announce it until after the dem primary and Joe's intentions were clearer. I know in late May...
  • Venezuela Oil Offer Puts Heat On Gov. Rell (Connecticut)

    02/23/2006 11:40:57 PM PST · by nutmeg · 13 replies · 569+ views
    The Hartford Courant - ^ | February 23, 2006 | MARK PAZNIOKAS, Courant Staff Writer
    Should Gov. M. Jodi Rell accept deeply discounted heating oil for Connecticut's poor if it comes - via a gubernatorial rival - from the government of Venezuela's socialist president, Hugo Chavez? It is a delicate question that Rell soon must answer thanks to a deal arranged by one of her Democratic opponents, New Haven Mayor John DeStefano Jr. DeStefano, whose administration has worked on the deal since December, said Wednesday that Rell shouldn't hesitate, even if Chavez is a harsh critic of the Bush administration. "She's clearly more concerned about George Bush's politics than about the needs of families in...
  • Governor Rell unhurt in car crash (Connecticut)

    02/21/2006 10:41:56 PM PST · by nutmeg · 11 replies · 330+ views
    WTNH - Channel 8 News / ^ | Feb. 21, 2006 Updated 6:20 PM | Erin Cox, WTNH
    Gov. Jodi Rell (Brookfield-WTNH, Feb. 21, 2006 Updated 6:20 PM) _ A vehicle transporting Gov. Jodi Rell was involved in a crash this morning with a teen-aged driver, but there were no injuries, police said. Governor Rell recalls the accident, "As we were almost at the end of the road, I actually looked up to see a car drifting over to see a car drifting over into our lane and I said, 'Oh!' (gasp) and the young man who was driving the car said, 'Oh' at the same time with me. We moved over to the side, almost onto the...
  • Rell Has Commanding Lead Over Potential Democratic Opponents (CT)

    01/12/2006 9:50:16 PM PST · by LdSentinal · 12 replies · 369+ views
    The Day ^ | 1/12/06 | Ted Mann
    Governor's approval rating is 78 percent Hartford - Gov. M. Jodi Rell maintains her commanding lead over potential Democratic opponents John DeStefano and Dan Malloy in a new poll released this morning by Quinnipiac University. Rell's approval rating remains "sky high," Poll Director Douglas Schwartz said, with 78 percent of those surveyed saying they approve of the job she is doing as governor. That is virtually unchanged since July, when 79 percent of voters said they approved of the governor's performance. In a match-up with DeStefano, the mayor of New Haven, Rell would win, 64 percent to 21 percent. She...
  • Connecticut Governor: Rell in Command

    01/01/2006 10:38:22 PM PST · by LdSentinal · 3 replies · 456+ views
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | 12/31/05 | Scot Rasmussen
    December 31, 2005--The only bad news for Connecticut Governor Jodi Rell in the latest Rasmussen Reports poll is that the election is eleven months away. Eighty-seven percent (87%) of Connecticut voters have a favorable opinion of Rell; 81% Approve of the way she's doing her job; and, she leads two potential challengers by more than 40 points each. Rell leads Stamford Mayor Dan Malloy by a margin of 65% to 21%. She leads New Haven Mayor John DeStefano 65% to 19%. Connecticut Governor: Rell in Command Survey of 500 Likely Voters December 13, 2005 Election 2006 Jodi Rell (R) 65%...
  • Judge Grants Injunction To Block Bradley Base Realignment (CT)

    09/07/2005 8:44:38 PM PDT · by nutmeg · 16 replies · 324+ views
    WVIT - Channel 30 NBC News ^ | 4:56 pm EDT September 7, 2005 | WVIT - Channel 30 NBC News
    HARTFORD, Conn. -- A federal judge on Wednesday granted the state's request to block the federal base commission's recommendation to realign the Bradley Air National Guard Base. U.S. District Judge Alfred V. Covello granted a temporary injunction to prevent the commission from including the Bradley realignment in its recommendation to President George W. Bush. "The court is of the opinion that the governor of Connecticut would suffer significant hardship if consideration were to be withheld, as once the recommendation is submitted to the president, the governor's claim that her authority has been abrogated ... is not subject to judicial review,"...
  • WSJ: Leaving Connecticut Behind - If the state wins their No Child Left Behind suit, students lose.

    08/23/2005 5:45:00 AM PDT · by OESY · 18 replies · 753+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | August 23, 2005 | Editorial (full text)
    As if we needed another frivolous lawsuit, yesterday Connecticut became the first state to sue the feds over funding for No Child Left Behind. That education reform, which passed with bipartisan majorities in 2001, provided the largest increase in education spending in the nation's history. But never mind. According to state Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, who filed the suit, it's an "unfunded mandate." In fact, the money complaint is a red herring used by Mr. Blumenthal, Republican Governor M. Jodi Rell and others to avoid the real issues of accountability and transparency. In return for federal funds, No Child Left...
  • Homeowners Ask Court To Reconsider Its Decision On Eminent Domain

    07/19/2005 6:58:12 AM PDT · by camle · 9 replies · 856+ views
    New London (CT) Day ^ | 19-jul-05 | Kate Moran _NL Day
    By KATE MORAN Day Staff Writer, New London Published on 7/19/2005 New London — However improbable their chance for success, attorneys at the Institute for Justice asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday to reconsider the decision in the Kelo v. New London case that allows the city to take private property in the Fort Trumbull neighborhood to make way for a huge new development. In the three weeks since the court handed down its decision, the Institute for Justice has pressed local and state leaders to conserve the dozen houses and single apartment building the city has planned to...
  • WSJ: Connecticut Tea Party -- The Kelo Effect: A moratorium on takings of private property

    07/19/2005 5:52:38 AM PDT · by OESY · 19 replies · 1,278+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | July 19, 2005 | Editorial (full text)
    Homeowners in New London, Connecticut got a temporary reprieve last week when state legislators declared a moratorium on takings of private property while they consider how to revise the law on eminent domain. The state assembly could meet in special session as early as this month. Call it the Kelo effect. A few weeks after the Supreme Court's ruling in Kelo v. New London that local governments have more or less unlimited power to seize private property, Connecticuters aren't the only citizens who want to make sure they can't be evicted from homes and businesses in order to make way...
  • [Gov.] Rell's Plan Widely Hailed [Public Campaign Financing in CT]

    06/03/2005 12:00:14 PM PDT · by BlackRazor · 15 replies · 423+ views
    Hartford Courant ^ | 6/3/05 | MARK PAZNIOKAS
    Rell's Plan Widely Hailed Senate GOP Joins Chorus For Public Campaign Financing By MARK PAZNIOKAS Courant Staff Writer June 3 2005 Gov. M. Jodi Rell's surprise call for the public financing of campaigns set the state Capitol abuzz Thursday morning. By nightfall, it was riding a bandwagon. The Senate's Republican minority set aside its longstanding opposition to public financing, albeit grudgingly, and pledged unanimous support, a gesture as startling as Rell's proposal. Initially wary, the leaders of House Democratic majority decided to embrace the Republican governor's turnabout as genuine and pledged to work with her. "We are not dismissing this....
  • Bringing Fairness to Drug Sentencing

    06/01/2005 10:58:56 PM PDT · by neverdem · 23 replies · 540+ views
    NY Times ^ | June 2, 2005 | Masthead Editorial
    Congress spawned a national trend toward discriminatory sentencing when it drew a false distinction between powdered cocaine and crack cocaine for law enforcement purposes during the 1980's. Crack is simply powdered cocaine cooked in baking soda. The theory at the time - that it was more addictive and generated more violence than powder - was later proved false. By then, however, Congress had made crack the only drug that mandates a sentence for a first offense and fixed high sentences for people caught with relatively small quantities. This mistake has resulted in a racially biased sentencing policy, since crack users...
  • WSJ: Charter School Laboratory -- A case of discrimination against 'public school' choice.

    05/31/2005 5:38:53 AM PDT · by OESY · 5 replies · 419+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | May 31, 2005 | Editorial
    Opponents of education vouchers like to say they prefer "public school choice" known as charters. But even that claim often turns out to be an illusion under pressure from teachers unions. Consider what's happening in Connecticut, where Republican Governor M. Jodi Rell is resisting charter expansion despite their notable success in the state. Charter schools -- which are free from many of the union work-rule constraints imposed on regular public schools -- have been allowed in Connecticut since 1997, and there are now 14 of them.... If charter middle schools were treated as a single school district, it would lead...
  • On Gay Marriage: Right And Wrong Have No Compromise

    03/14/2005 8:59:37 PM PST · by DaveDay · 3 replies · 473+ views
    Radiofree West Hartford ^ | March 14, 2005 | Doug Wrenn
    The sage old adage reminds us that the two things we don't ever want to view being made is sausage and legislation. The older I get, the more I see why this is true. While watching portions of the taped public hearing on CT-N of the contentious gay marriage issue, I heard Chairman Mike Lawlor (Who previously referred to members of the Family Institute Of Connecticut as "Out of Town Extremists" on a recent WTNH Channel 8 news interview), asked the question, of (I believe) FIC Executive Director Brian Brown, if civil unions would be an adequate compromise to resolve...
  • Gov. Rell, Please......... STOP DIGGING!!!!

    02/13/2005 5:23:09 PM PST · by CTgopGUY · 8 replies · 447+ views
    Radiofree West Hartford ^ | February 14, 2005 | Doug Wrenn
    The sage political cliche reminds us that, "When in a hole, stop digging." Apparently, our ("Republican"-?) Governor, Jodi Rell has either not yet heard that one or does not subscribe to it. Meanwhile, she is still digging! Will someone please take the shovel away from this woman? As articulated in her recent so called "budget" address, the guv has made some spending cuts, she has also proposed spending increases, the tally of which tip the scales toward a 3.9% (or 700 million dollar) larger budget, a jump from 14.6 billion (of our) dollars to 15.27 billion. Bear in mind, this...
  • Rell Approval Rating Soars to New Heights

    11/26/2004 6:07:56 PM PST · by Bonaventure · 12 replies · 933+ views
    WFSB TV ^ | November 23, 2004 | Associated Press
    HARTFORD (AP) -- Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell's popularity is at a new high with Connecticut voters, making her a formidable gubernatorial candidate in 2006, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Tuesday. The poll of 1,774 registered voters gives Rell an 80 percent approval rating, nearly the highest of any governor ever surveyed by the university. Only New York Gov. George Pataki was rated higher at 81 percent, in a poll a few weeks after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Former Gov. John G. Rowland's highest approval rating was 78 percent, also in the weeks following the attacks....
  • Rell sworn in as 87th Connecticut governor

    07/01/2004 11:09:39 AM PDT · by GiveEmDubya · 3 replies · 263+ views
    WTNH New Haven, CT ^ | July 1, 2004 | AP/WTNH-New Haven
    (Hartford-AP/WTNH, July 1, 2004 Updated 12:38 PM ) _ M. Jodi Rell has been sworn in as the new governor of Connecticut. She took the oath of office at 12:09 p.m. with her family at her side. Rell, a 58-year-old a Republican, takes over from Governor Rowland, whose resignation amid a corruption scandal. "The time to heal has begun," Gov. Rell told the crowd. "Today we begin to restore faith honor and integrity to our government." "It is not a position I sought through the normal course of electoral politics, but little has seemed normal over the past several months,"...