25 July 2011

Around The Connecticut Blogs

Luther Weeks questions whether Tom Friedman's internet nominating convention will be an open process:

No mention of any transparency in the development, testing, and operation of the actual system. Rather than quoting independent technical experts, we see the system pronounced safe by the architect.

Daniela Altimari looks at the Malloy veto of the Oxford Airport economic development plan and a possible new plan:

"So, let me get this straight: When this bill was a Republican idea that passed nearly unanimously in the legislature, it was bad, and now that it is the governor's idea, it's good?'' Kane said in an email. "Well, it's good to see the governor has finally come around. It has become clear that Governor Malloy is flying by the seat of his pants when it comes to economic development policy.

Jon Pelto discusses a variety of problems surrounding the latest recipient of CT's tax credit and grant munificence:

Vaccaro and TicketNetwork...sued Bushnell CEO David Fay for remarks he made at a legislative hearing about TicketNework and other ticket resellers.

The CTNewsjunkie reporter also raised questions about a lawsuit filed by a former TicketNetwork employee against Vaccaro and the company for alleged, repeated sexually harassment she had received from Vaccaro between July and December of 2009. The employee claimed she was then fired when she complained.

Commissioner Smith said she wasn’t aware of the sexual harassment lawsuit...

As if that wasn’t enough to raise serious questions, a simple internet search would also have revealed that TicketNetwork is facing a class action case in New York for violating New York’s Arts and Cultural Affairs Law.

And closer to home, it turns out that when TicketNetwork was trying to gain approval for a “controversial 2,000-seat outdoor concert venue”, the company demanded that the Journal Inquirer remove the Vernon reporter covering the story because, according to them, she was “biased”.

Norm Pattis isn't happy with the SEBAC re-vote:

SEBAC has already thrown fair-play to the dogs. Why need feed SEBAC to the wolves?

Who would have thought that the first Democratic governor in many years would become a union-buster's best friend? Let's see what the vote is next time around. A victory for Malloy will signal that labor is all but dead in Connecticut.

Jonathan Kantrowitz (me) waxes philisophical:

The President Has To Do What The President Has To Do

As dismayed as I am about President Obama’s willingness to sell out Democratic ideals in his efforts to work out a deal and avert default, I have to acknowledge that he is President of the United States, not of the Democratic party. As such, he has a greater responsibility to the country than to his party. Moreover, it’s clearly in his personal best interest in his quest for re-election to appear to be bending over backwards to accommodate the completely irresponsible demands of the majority Republicans in the house of Representatives.

We can hardly expect him to sacrifice his own re-election, and the best interests of the country as a whole simply to focus on Democratic ideals, as important and noble as they are. So if we have to cut Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and a host of other vital programs, and provide continuing low taxes, tax credits, tax loopholes and the like to mega-corporations and billionaires, and that is the price of avoiding financial catastrophe, so be it.

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