Sunday, January 07, 2007

Sunday Open Forum

Bridgeport Mayor John M. Fabrizi filed for re-election. Also it was unusually warm yesterday. I hope you had a chance to enjoy it.

What else is going on?


Anonymous said...

Fabrizi won't be satisfied until he 'officially' joins the ranks of the other Birdgeport pols gathering dust in Fort Dix Federal Penetentiary.

FatGuyinMiddleSeat said...

Read between the lines.

He's just keeping the seat warm for Joe Ganim, whom Bridgeporters will delightfully restore to Office upon his release from federal housing.

Fabrizi is Marion Berry without the surveillance tape.

Anonymous said...

Last I heard Mike Goman was a town committe member of simsbury R's. So much for the local control republicans us eto espouse when convenient ROB VARNON
Connecticut Post Online
Article Last Updated:01/06/2007 07:15:25 AM EST

HARTFORD — We will experience a tortoiselike economy — slow and steady — according to a bevy of economists who delivered their forecasts Friday at an annual business convention.
"So far, so good," said Cathy E Minehan, president and chief executive officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. Minehan said it appears the United States has successfully gone from a fast-paced growth period to a more moderate one without falling into a recession. She was one of the keynote speakers at the Connecticut Business & Industry Association's economic summit.

Lawmakers also attended and served on a few panels, where they said health-care reform and energy policy will be important topics during the legislative session.

While the overall economy looks strong, Minehan said, "Inflation has been and remains a challenge," as central bankers continue to be concerned higher prices could reduce consumer spending.

Todd Martin, an economic consultant to Bridgeport-based People's Bank, said there were no real surprises at the forum, as most experts appeared to be in agreement over the national and international trends of slow job growth.

Martin was one of the more than 400 who attended the conference.

But while the economy looks strong, economists said, there are trouble spots that could tip it into a recession.

"Energy is a wild card. Housing is a wild card and how we get along with each other," said Delos Smith, principal of Delos Smith & Associates. Smith, a former business analyst with The Conference Board of New York, was one of the panelists of the event's featured economic discussion.

Smith is often invited to speak at the conference, where he generally discusses larger issues, including the role of culture in the global economy. On Friday, he said technological advancements are bringing people worldwide closer together but without much change in culture. This could be troublesome, especially for America, which is very dependent on foreign oil, he said.

Panelists Rae Rosen, senior economist and assistant vice president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, and Nick Perna, economic adviser to Webster Financial Corp., reiterated observations from previous summits.

Rosen urged the state to upgrade its infrastructure — something the economist has said a mature economy must do if it wants to continue to grow and be relevant in a modern world.

Perna asked people to think regionally when it comes to government services. It doesn't make economic sense for municipalities to deliver education and other services, Perna said, because towns are too small and can't create economies of scale to make those services affordable. Perna also floated his Northeast Congressional Cooperative plan. He said senators and congressmen from the Northeast should form a political block to counteract the shift of power to the West and South. He pointed out the nine Northeast states have 18 senators and 83 seats in Congress.

R. Michael Goman, president and chief executive officer of Konover Development Corp., was also looking for some fundamental changes in state government. Konover, another keynote speaker, said there are too many land-use boards and that the state should consolidate them and streamline the process. He said the state needs to create a land-use court to speed disputes, which can cost companies millions and drag on for years, while Connecticut looses out on tax revenues and jobs.

"I think we would be horrified by what we've lost," Goman said. "Somewhere, the message 'Growth is good' has been lost." Rob Varnon, who covers business, can be reached at 330-6216.

MikeCT said...

Chris Murphy gives a video tour of his new office to the Record-Journal, which also covers his first week. To his credit, he calls for public financing of campaigns:

"The gift ban and the travel ban doesn't solve the problem," Murphy said during an interview in his capital office, "but it is an important brick in the wall that will ultimately separate legislation from special interests. I don't believe you can truly end the temptation to become corrupted until you get private money out of politics. I hope there'll be a longer-term conversation in Washington about the potential for Connecticut-style campaign finance reform in Washington."
While Murphy acknowledged such changes would be difficult or costly to implement on the federal level, he called them part of the price of democracy. "Do you want to pay a little bit up front," he asked, "or a lot in the backdoor in giveaways and pork-barrel projects for the people who fund campaigns?"

Rep. Art Feltman is challenging Hartford Mayor Eddie Perez.

The insurance industry has a "plan" for the uninsured that calls for — surprise! — reducing benefits, creating new state subsidies for the industry, and mandating that residents over a certain income level buy their products. What a bargain for us!
Critics may view the council's game plan as a way to boost insurers' membership and profits while putting the financial onus on the state, taxpayers, employers, workers and Medicaid members.

Global warming comes to Connecticut. Rent or buy this excellent DVD if you haven't seen it yet.

First Rell gives her critics the finger, then she puts them in jail.

Anonymous said...

Art Feltman stiffed my clients on a fuel oil adjustment on a closing in 1995. If he's Mayor of Hartford, vendors beware

MikeCT said...

Even Republican Kevin Rennie can't put up with Grandma Lightweight:

At a moment when her triumphant re-election should have propelled Rell to offer a confident plan for the way ahead that reflected a deep knowledge of public policy, she gave an empty, gormless address to the state that insulted the public's intelligence.

Rell may enjoy a heaping helping of platitudes, but the rest of us would like some indication of what she believes and wants to accomplish. She gave not even a hint of it in her eight-minute address. Blithe incuriosity will be Rell's undoing.

Rell ought to be embarrassed by the vacuous rhetoric she delivered at her inauguration. Her allergy to specifics reveals contempt for the public and the debate it expects from its leaders.

Anonymous said...

Shelton will be the talk of the State this year.

Genghis Conn said...

Okay, Anonymous 10:04, I give:

What the heck is going on in Shelton that's so exciting?

Anonymous said...

yeah 10:04, enough with the hints, make with the details or shut your piehole.

Anonymous said...

Yeah come on I wanna know what is going on in Shelton.

Anonymous said...

Nothing is going on in Shelton...this is Chris Jones posting his imaginary thought that Mark Lauretti is going to get in some king of trouble.

Give it up Chris-- stop spreading rumors.

bluecoat said...

A nice day, that belies work ahead is CT Post capitol reporter KEN DIXON's take on Rell's innaugural and the day in general - no mention of the alleged threat on granny Rell though.

But the big news is Fairfield residents fight Walgreens by ANDREW BROPHY at the CT Post and his editor MICHAEL J. DALY's nostalgic take on it ::Dots, dashes can obscure heart of an issue What both of them leave out is that just a few months ago the state gave Walgreens about $5million in incentives to set up a distribution center in Windsor so that they could double the number of stores in the New England region - and one thing for sure is that this is exactly the knd of eceonmic growth CT neeeds: more drug stores!!!!. Daly also leaves out that the Stamford based property owner that everybody is pissed off at was once the opertator of Gran Central markets - an IGA chain that had stores in Stamford, Ridgefield and a few other places that have gone the way of the big supermarkets courtesy of the very policies the CT Post constantly cheerleads. The landlord is just trying to make an honest buck given what he's been dealt by the policies of the government. And I am no fan of the land abuse attroney - in this case he stuck to the law but more often that not he's a big gasbag that dazzles the political dummies on the fairfield land abuse boards, charges his clients a big fee and then contributes heavily to First Selectman Flatto who double talks his way on most everything. Just a little local politics!!!!

bluecoat said...

And on a more serious note in our state which treats 16 and 17 year olds as adults - and even younger kids can be charged as adults based on the discretion of the non-accountable prosecutor - we have prosecutors who report to one of the goofyiest setups i have ever seen - a criminal justice commision that includes two state judges. I learned that the setup came about in a Constitutional ammendment back in 1984. If we had a better setup this wouldn't be happening at taxpayer expense:Prosecutors must testify; justice refuses to quash subpoenas in death penalty case
By: Heather Nann Collins, Journal Inquirer
reorganizing our government - and this isn't the only palce - could lower our taxes and make thiongs better too.

bluecoat said...

Thsi proposal form the business sector in CT on health insurance os long overdue but a refreshing practical welcome based in facts and reality instead of the normal rhetoric we gaet form the two parties in the LOB from my view pointBusiness Plan For Health Care
Group Suggests Reforms To Help Uninsured
January 7, 2007
By DIANE LEVICK, Courant Staff Writer

GACIV said...

Could this have been why Ken Krayeske had his picture circulated?

ctkeith said...


Did you find one thing in Laura that was a threat worthy of denying anyone their first amendment rights or Arresting and jailing someone?

If our "intelligence" people in CT consider embarassing a politician to be worthy of arrest they better put a muzzle on 95% of the idiots we elected.

GACIV said...

I am in no way endorsing what happened. After following this story for three days, today was the first time I came across the gentleman's website.

ctkeith said...


I've been lucky enough to have known Ken for about 18 nomths now and have read his blog regularly.I was also lucky enough to have been on his email list and recieved his dispatches from Syria when he was on assignment there for a story.

I don't always agree with Ken but I have found his passion,exuberance and his empathetic style of reporting and thinking refreshing.

Any intelligence officer with an ounce of intelligence who did 10 minutes of investigation would never have considered him a threat to Rell or any other politician or even a flea.

Anonymous said...

maybe the whole guerilla theatre shtick doesn't work for law enforcement types

There's a fine line between "exuberant" and "crazed"

Civilization requires civility

ALittleBitDramatic said...

Does anyone else think it's kinda pathetic that CT House Dems doesn't have webpages for their new members up yet?

jackspar said...

I am really sorry to say this. I can't catch up with you guys and I really don't know what's going on here ?


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