Monday roundup

Here's some reading material for the start of the week.

  • Bigelow gives his thoughts regarding the warning signs on the 5th CD (a.k.a. the "unity" around Elizabeth Esty).

    Roraback may be benefiting from a divided Democratic Party in the aftermath of a bitter primary and from the goodwill he's earned in his part of the state. Esty is still largely unknown, and this is likely hurting her right now. This is also a district with a strong conservative pedigree, no matter the margin of Murphy's wins here. This is the district that gave landslides to Nancy Johnson, after all, and the only Connecticut county to support George W. Bush in 2004 was Litchfield.  As for Obama, his position is probably secure here, but large parts of the coalition that elected him by a wide margin in 2008 have slipped away. It helps that one of Romney's more convincing personas is that of a New England Republican.

  • PELTO: "Chicago Teachers Go On Strike...On behalf of all Public Education!"

    For the first time in twenty-five years, school teachers in Chicago are going on strike.

    President Obama's confidant and former chief of staff, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, set up this strike over two key issues - merit pay and evaluation.

    700,000 students out of school, 30,000 teachers and support staff on the picket-line because Emanual, a Democrat, wants to introduce even more "education reform," and this after Paul Vallas and Arne Duncan spent years privatizing and undermining Chicago's public school system.

    The spin from Mayor Emanual, like the spin from ConnCAN and the Connecticut "education reformers" is "we're just trying to help the children."

    In fact, the mayor said, "The kids in Chicago belong in the classroom...Our kids do not deserve this."

    Oh how right Emanual is.

    The Democratic Party has taken a sad and self-destructive turn.

    Here in Connecticut a Democratic Governor introduces the most anti-union, anti-teacher "education reform" bill in the nation and in Chicago, a Democratic Mayor forces a strike and confrontation with its teacher union.

    Debate within the party on key issues is not only understandable, but appropriate.

    Seeking to destroy a key partner in the Party is never the right thing to do.

  • Linda McSham attempts to keep their smear campaign in the headlines.

    Unhappy with how the media is covering Chris Murphy's brush with foreclosure and failure to pay his property taxes and rent, Linda McMahon brought her story to the Office of Congressional Ethics Sunday.

    McMahon is the Republican running against Murphy in the U.S. Senate race. The two are locked in a "too-close-to-call" race for the seat being vacated by U.S. Sen. Joseph Lieberman.

    The complaint filed by McMahon's campaign manager Corry Bliss alleges that Murphy received preferential treatment from Webster Bank when they agreed to give him a 4.9 percent interest rate on a $43,000 home equity line of credit in 2008. Bliss noted that the interest rate was extended to Murphy after he defaulted on his 2007 mortgage, which was sold by Webster to Chase Home Finance. Bliss also noted that it was after he had a tax lien placed on his home in 2005 for failing to pay his property taxes.


    But the complaint, which was given by the McMahon campaign to Politico earlier Sunday afternoon, may be more of a publicity stunt since the Office of Congressional Ethics can't forward the complaint to the Office of House Ethics 60-days before an election.

  • Look who landed a new gig.
  • Wednesday...

    The state Supreme Court, moving swiftly, will hear oral arguments Wednesday on whether Republicans should replace Democrats at the top of the ballot in November.

    In a lawsuit filed only one month ago, the state Republican Party argued that it should receive the top ballot line after the complicated results of the 2010 gubernatorial election.

    The high court's ruling will have a direct impact in November, when much of Connecticut's political world is up for election: a U.S. Senate seat, all five Congressional offices, 151 seats in the state House of Representative seats, and 36 in the state Senate.

    The matter will be determined by the seven justices, who have been nominated by governors and approved by the legislature through the years.

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