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  • The latest from #DNC2012 in Charlotte.

    PRESS RELEASE

    Today the Democratic National Committee announced that it has posted online the 2012 Democratic Party Platform, which will be officially adopted by the Delegates to the Convention tomorrow, Tuesday, September 4.  The Party Platform articulates clearly President Obama's vision for moving our country forward by restoring economic security and building an economy that is built to last.

    The Democratic Party Platform reflects President Obama's vision for the future. Meanwhile, the Republican Party, led by Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan, approved a platform that supports the same top-down economic policies that hurt the middle class and embraces extreme positions on issues and policies from Medicare to immigration to women's health.

    In July, the Platform Drafting Committee, chaired by former Governor Ted Strickland, met in Minneapolis to receive input from the public and to write the first draft of the Platform. Then on August 11, members of the Platform Committee, chaired by Mayor Cory Booker and retired Lt. Gen. Claudia Kennedy, met in Detroit. At the Platform Committee Meeting in Detroit, committee members submitted amendments to the draft Platform before unanimously approving the draft and sending it to Charlotte for the vote by delegates tomorrow.

    You can read the Democratic Platform HERE.

  • MOODY: "Is country better off? 'Hell yeah!' Malloy says"

    As Rick Dunham and others have pointed out this week, there's been no shortage of Democrats struggling with a fairly simple question: Is America better off than it was four years ago?

    Count Gov. Dannel Malloy as at least one Democrat gathering in Charlotte this week for the party's convention who thinks it's an easy question to answer.

    Asked the question during an appearance Tuesday on MSNBC's "Morning Joe," Malloy gave a pretty emphatic response.

    "Hell yeah!" he said.

    Malloy, who will speak at the convention Wednesday, proceeded to rip Republicans as an out-of-touch group that spent the entirety of last week's convention in Tampa (Malloy called it the "Tea Party convention") rehashing old, failed policies.

    "They spent three days telling you that lowering taxes on very wealthy pepple in the country will actually make the country better," he said. "It's not true."

    Malloy said he's confident Democrats this week can make the case for Obama, who polls show is in a virtual dead heat with GOP nominee Mitt Romney just over two months from Election Day.

    "This is our chance to make it very clear why our candidate is very different from Mitt Romney, why we have a better vision and why quite frankly, the United States  is in a far better place today than it was four years ago," he said.

  • KOS (Elections Morning Digest) moves CT-SEN race from Lean D to Toss up

    CT-Sen (Lean D to Tossup): Despite her disastrous 2010 run for Senate, Republican Linda McMahon has managed to give herself a makeover as far as Connecticut voters are concerned, thanks to her virtually bottomless wealth. She's also started hammering Democrat Chris Murphy hard on the airwaves (including expensive NYC broadcast TV), driving up his negatives. That's led to a round of recent polling, undisputed by the Murphy campaign, which has show the race to be neck-and-neck. Murphy's allies, including the DSCC, will spend here if they have to, and the Nutmeg State may yet return to form, so there's a very good chance this won't be the last time we change our rating on this race. In the meantime, though, we're slotting this race into a more competitive category.

  • CTNJ: "Former Lawmaker Dismisses Leaked Letter On Education Debate"

    A former lawmaker and candidate for state Senate says parents got stuck in the middle of a debate between teacher union advocates and education reform advocates earlier this year as debate on Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's education reforms efforts were just getting started.

    Jason Bartlett, a former Bethel lawmaker who advocated for legislation in 2010 which would give parents a say at how to reconstitute a failing school, dismissed allegations made in a leaked letter published online last week by the "Progressive Change Campaign Committee."

    The letter from StudentsFirst General Counsel Angella Dickens is addressed to Gwen Samuel, president of the Connecticut Parents Union, Bartlett, and two other parents. It alleges that it "underscored to Ms. Samuel that we are unable, as a matter of policy, to provide direct financial support," to her organization. StudentsFirst spent more than $670,000 in Connecticut on advertising during the legislative session.

  • Politicians on parade
  • COURANT: "One Proposal For Amtrak Bullet Train Route: Under Long Island Sound"

    As Amtrak studies how to bring bullet trains to its frantically busy Northeast Corridor, one design team is suggesting a radically new route requiring a roughly 18-mile-long tunnel beneath Long Island Sound.

    Trains speeding from Washington to Boston would run through the heart of Long Island, cross into Connecticut through a tunnel emerging in Milford, head to Hartford and then race east toward Worcester on new tracks running alongside I-84.

    The segment between Manhattan and Hartford would cost about $20 billion, according to the University of Pennsylvania's high-speed rail design studio, which first put forward the idea in 2010. Overall, the full 450-mile route from Washington to Boston would cost about $100 billion, PennDesign said.

    Amtrak is focusing on its own "NextGen High-Speed Rail" map for the corridor, a proposal that would skip the Long Island section and cost an estimated $151 billion. But PennDesign's plan isn't off the table.

    Advocates of bullet trains in the Northeast acknowledge that a project of such magnitude, regardless of the routing or specific details, would require enormous private investment.

    PennDesign's proposal includes a series of public-private financing scenarios, while Amtrak's own proposal doesn't address revenue sources. Last month, Amtrak President Joseph Boardman told The New York Times: "We can worry about where the money is coming from, but we need to have a plan in place so when it does, we're ready."

  • CT Blue nails it.

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