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  • Tied again!

    The candidates seeking the Democratic nomination in the 5th Assembly District are back to being tied Monday after a recount of all three polling places in Windsor.

    Judge A. Susan Peck ordered the unprecedented second recount of the Windsor polling places and Hartford's absentee ballots on Friday. Hartford will count the absentee ballots at 2 p.m. Tuesday.

    The race was moved back to a tie Monday when election officials in Windsor found the alleged missing ballot for Brandon McGee stuck to another ballot in the stack. There also were three absentee ballots cast for which election officials failed to cross off the name of the voters on a master list. Those votes were counted, but it's unclear how the judge will handle them since it's a violation of election regulations. It's possible those votes could be thrown out.

    There also is one uncounted, sealed ballot in Windsor from a voter who died between the time they voted and the Aug. 14 primary. That vote hasn't been counted.

  • Looks like some people think their above the law (press release):

    The Obsitnik and Roraback campaigns are making solicitations for a September 18 fundraising event, failing to properly note who paid for solicitation materials, or who will get the funds from the event.  

    "Campaign finance laws are intended let voters know where the money is going, and to keep everyone operating within the same legal framework.  Both Roraback and Obsitnik are violating the law," said Connecticut Democratic Party Chairwoman Nancy DiNardo.  "That is unacceptable for candidates seeking to make federal law."

    Federal election law stipulates a joint fundraising notice must be included with every solicitation for contributions.   Obsitnik and Roraback should have formed a joint committee to solicit contributions for this fundraiser.  Additionally, individual campaigns are not allowed to coordinate regarding the logistics of an event, the vendors used, and the distribution of proceeds from the event.  Obsitnik and Roraback are holding an event on the same date, at the same time, at the same location, and with the same speakers - again violating the law.  

    "This is just another symptom of Obsitnik's desperate attempts to look like a legitimate candidate.  Obsitnik already has a record of padding his meager fundraising report.  Now, he is failing to comply with campaign finance law.  For a candidate who rarely bothers to vote in elections, a lack of concern for campaign finance requirements isn't too far off."

    "Roraback may be eager to join his fellow Republican candidates in raising money for their shared cause - ending Medicare as we know it to pay for tax breaks for millionaires, but as a sitting member of Connecticut's state Senate, Andrew Roraback should know better."

  • WWE continues to hide their past from voters.

    WWE videos simulating sex, one between a couple on stage in a wrestling rink, and another where a man partially undresses a "corpse" before climbing into the casket, were posted for several hours Monday by the Connecticut Democratic Party after the wrestling giant had scrubbed a group of racy videoa from YouTube last week.

    The Democrats earlier in the day said they felt they were protected by the fair use exception under copyright law when they put up copies of the material through Vimeo.

    "We thought it was important to inform voters about her qualifications," said Elizabeth Larkin, communications person for the party, referring to Republican U.S. Senate candidate Linda McMahon, who was chief executive office of the wrestling giant when the lewd skits were performed.

  • Vindicated!

    A judge threw out an "interfering" charge against a woman arrested for refusing to hand over her cellphone to a sergeant she recorded stomping an out-of-control club-goer-setting the stage for a possible lawsuit against the city.

    Judge Maureen Keegan took the action Thursday in state Superior Court on Elm Street.

    She dismissed the interfering charge against Jennifer Gondola, the 36-year-old Ansonia woman who encountered Sgt. Chris Rubino in the Temple Street courtyard outside the Pulse nightclub in the early hours of June 2. The case sparked an internal police investigation and a possible rethinking of the police department's policy on the rights of citizens recording the actions of cops.

    "This should have happened the first time we came to court. There was never any merit to it," Gondola's attorney, Diane Polan, said after Keegan's dismissal Thursday. It was her fourth court appearance in the case.

    Polan said she's now considering filing a civil suit against the City of New Haven over Gondola's June 2 arrest.

  • Ha ha!!!!

    The ink runneth dry for Lee Whitnum.

    A petition drive by Whitnum to run for U.S. Senate has come up short by 1,289 signatures, the Secretary of the State's office announced Monday.

    Whitnum needed the names of 7,500 registered voters to get onto the ballot.

    "So she didn't make it," James Spallone, the deputy secretary of the state, told Hearst Connecticut Newspapers in a telephone interview.

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