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  • It's official, Steve Obsitnik's (a.k.a. the Republican who is challenging Jim Himes that NO ONE knows) Communications Director is a moron.

    Anyway, this entire topic came up because of a kind of weird Twitter exchange between Rosenbaum and Jim Himes yesterday, which was September 11th. Jim posted someone about remembrance of the day, which drew a bit of a nasty retort from Rosembaum:

    The guy attacked the Congressman over his 9/11 statement. Jesus! With roughly two months to go before the election, isn't it possible for a campaign to take one single day off from partisan hackery?

    Although, two years ago I remember the Tea Party rally held in Bridgeport, and one of the stars of partisan hackery, Ms. Ann Coulter, stood in the rain and used the national day of remembrance to lead a hate-fest directed at the president, complete with signs comparing Obama to Hitler.

    So yeah, I guess it might be asking too much to expect some Republicans to show a little respect on 9/11.

  • SHOCKER: Linda McSham is dishonest.

    An American University lecturer and author of "Why Congress Matters"  is demanding that Linda McMahon's campaign cease from using her comments in a mailer that she says egregiously takes them out of context.

    Hearst Connecticut Newspapers quoted Ilona Nickels, a former resident scholar for C-SPAN, in an Aug. 22 fact check story on the claims in McMahon's television ads that Democrat Chris Murphy missed nearly 80 percent of committee hearings during the 110th Congress.

    An analysis of the Congressional Record proved to be consistent with the attendance figures reported by McMahon's campaign.

    "On the face of it, it doesn't look good. That's a lot of hearings to miss," Nickels told the newspaper.

    Nickels cautioned that the voters of Connecticut shouldn't rush to judgment on Murphy's work ethic based on one legislative session, however.

    And here's the quote that Nickels says McMahon's campaign twisted:

    "Every failure to attend can't be chalked up to, he's a lazy SOB. He doesn't want to do his work. He's a slacker," Nickels said. "Members are overtaxed."

    A mailer sent out by the McMahon campaign shows a photograph of Murphy with the quote, "He's a slacker," which it attributed to the Connecticut Post, a Hearst newspaper.

    Nickels only learned of the mailer, which does not mention her by name, from an e-mail she received this week from someone who received McMahon's campaign literature.

    Soon thereafter, she fired off an email to McMahon's campaign manager Corry Bliss with the subject line "misuse of my words" that was obtained by Hearst Connecticut Newspapers.

    Here's an excerpt:

    "Mr. Bliss: please cease and desist using my words in such a blatant out of context and dishonest manner.

    I have spent 30 years building a career as a non-partisan independent analyst and scholar and you have harmed that profile.

    I don't know either candidate in your race; I have no vested interest whatsoever in the outcome. But I do have a vested interest in preserving my academic reputation."

  • Former employees of The Journal Inquirer continue to take the newspaper to the woodshed online over it's latest bankruptcy filing.

    John Paton and his cronies ran the papers into the ground in their effort to "modernize" the company. They were killing off print and and they openly admitted it. They cut jobs with abandon, set unrealistic individual production goals and local benchmarks, attempted to clone community engagement efforts everywhere without regard to local demographics or values, and - as the other employee stated - constantly spewed the company line about how great Digital First is and how we all need to get on board. (Aside: I'm 30, very active on social media, and grasp the concept of live online updates, but clearly Digital First did not provide the solution to the company's problems.)

    Then, this week, Paton blamed the continuing budget problems on pensions - on the very employees doing the work in the field every day - the very employees who hear complaints in the community about how "this used to be such a great newspaper - it's so thin now, there's nothing worth reading in it - the online version is so buried under popups and other glitzy ads that you can't even find the news anymore and it's just not worth bothering." This, we heard in the community.

    In the office, our technology was so slow and awful we couldn't perform basic functions - including loading those very same clunky news pages so we could update the copy with breaking news and information. We watched as the company poured what could have been salary money into remodeling or relocating offices. One property that had been moved out of downtown was relocated back into the downtown. Another property, which was too far for anyone to walk to, was remodeled to make room for community media labs and community engagement efforts.

    He lays the blame on pensions? Give me a break. Without employees, you have no product - but, oh, wait: Perhaps that's why we all were forced to help our local JRC property recruit 500 free community bloggers last year. So Paton wouldn't have to pay anymore employees. Way to value the people, Paton. Way to reward them for trying so hard to support your goals.

  • Somewhere in Connecticut Ken Krayeske is doing a happy dance.

    Jim Calhoun sat in the front row of a near-empty Gampel Pavilion on Wednesday and he watched Kemba Walker, now in the NBA, push the ball up and down the court with the current UConn men's basketball players. Calhoun's legs were crossed, he was smiling.

    "Life is full of tough decisions," Calhoun said when asked about his possible retirement. "We're having the discussions we need to have about moving forward ..."

    Then, picking up the crutch he needs to get around with his fractured hip, he walked out to his car and drove off. It was hard to imagine it ending this way, that this would be the last time that Calhoun, 70, walked off the court at UConn as head coach, but he had at last made that tough decision, even though he was not ready to say so publicly. That will come at a press conference Thursday at 2 p.m. at which Calhoun will announce his retirement after 40 seasons (26 at UConn), and Kevin Ollie, who played for Calhoun in the early to mid '90s, will be named his successor.

  • Only in Shelton.

    The City of Shelton says former finance director Sharon Scanlon took "at least" $348,616 in public money in part by depositing city checks into her personal accounts without authority.

    The information comes from 25 pages of documents a city lawyer filed last week at Superior Court in Milford.

    The documents say the city is about to commence a lawsuit against Scanlon and asks a judge to attach her Crescent Drive home to the case to secure the $348,616 she allegedly took.

    A hearing on the matter has been scheduled for Sept. 24 at Superior Court in Milford.

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