The Government Administration and Elections Committee met Monday to hear arguments from elected officials and electoral law advocates on a bill that would elect the President of the United States by national popular vote.
The national popular vote law has already been enacted by 10 other jurisdictions, including neighboring states Massachusetts, Vermont and Rhode Island.
Democratic Representative James Albis opened testimony to address the controversial bill’s bottom line. ”Presidential candidates do not face a national electorate, instead a handful of voters in just eight states,” Albis said of the current electoral college system.
“Fundamentally this bill is about equality,” he said. Continue reading
Saying that he’s leading effort to help students drowning in college debt, U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal announced Tuesday that he was writing college presidents to ask for their help.
Blumenthal, in a letter released by his office, told college presidents he wants to give students a “refinancing option” so they can find lower rates, much like homeowners do. He said he was also “developing an initiative to reduce student loan principal for borrowers who pursue teaching, policing, health care service and similar professions.”
Blumenthal said he would be convening a series of meetings with college leaders to discuss his ideas further.
In an email to staff today, UConn President Susan Herbst said that Hillary Clinton will be visiting campus this spring:
… on April 23, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Former Secretary of State and Former U.S. Senator from New York will deliver remarks and participate in a question-and-answer session at the Jorgensen for this year’s Edmund Fusco Contemporary Issues Forum.
Clinton’s remarks, which will be followed by a Q and A session, will be held at the Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts on UConn’s Storrs campus on April 23 at 7:30 p.m. This event will mark the first time Secretary Clinton has visited UConn.
A poll released Monday by Quinnipiac University finds that Clinton has surged ahead of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie in the wake of the scandal over traffic jams at the George Washington Bridge. The pollster reports:
In the wake of “Bridgegate,” the George Washington Bridge traffic scandal, several measures of New Jersey Gov. Christopher Christie’s 2016 presidential prospects are down, as he trails former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton 46 – 38 percent, according to a Quinnipiac University national poll released today.
This compares to the results of a December 11 survey by the independent Quinnipiac University showing Gov. Christie at 42 percent and Secretary Clinton at 41 percent. The December results were almost identical to those of a November 13 survey.
Clinton will speak as part of the 2014 Edmund Fusco Contemporary Issues Forum, a program designed to bring young schoolars and leaders to campus. She is being paid by the UConn Foundation, through a gift from the Fusco Family. The financial arrangements are private. The New York Times has reported that Clinton earns $200,000 per speech.
Who said the Democrats don’t have their A Game when it comes to raising outrageous sums of political cash?
Democratic leaders, including Gov. Deval Patrick of Massachusetts, Gov. Peter Shumlin of Vermont and Gov. Jack Markell of Delaware will kick-off a two-day meeting with insiders and wealthy supporters at a reception at the Wadsworth this evening.
It’s the first of series of fundraising events sponsored by the Democrats. Upcoming gatherings include a ski weekend in Montana and parties at the Kentucky Derby and Preakness stakes next year.
Paz has a good breakdown of the panel discussions in Hartford, and what corporations are on board.
While the governor’s staff and the state Democratic party are keeping the wraps on a fundraising trip to California this weekend, another upcoming event illustrates the increasingly prominent role Gov. Malloy is playing in raising cash for the party.
On Dec. 3 and 4, Malloy and Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin will host a “winter policy conference” in Hartford co-sponsored by the Democratic Governor’s Association and the Center for Innovative Policy. The Democrats are looking for “platinum, gold and silver sponsors” who will be given additional access to party meetings and top elected officials, according to the Democratic Governors Association website.
For $100,000, a donor can become a “platinum sponsor,” a distinction that provides “access to rooms in the DGA room block at the conference host hotel” as well as the chance to participate in policy discussions and “preferred seating.” “Gold” sponsorships are available for $50,000, while $25,000 will get you a “silver” sponsorship.
Where is all this money going? Roll Call reports that the Democratic Governors Association has given $5.7 million this year to the candidacy of Terry McAuliffe, who is running a strong race for governor of Virginia.
Americans don’t think much of the far right has done to the Republican Party. They don’t think much of Congress, Democrats included. Who’s up, slightly? President Obama. Go ahead, blame the pollsters, but these numbers are startling.
Take a look at some of the results from the Wall Street Journal-NBC Poll:
And finally, six in 10 voters surveyed said toss them all:
Democrat Terry McAuliffe is pulling away in the Virginia governor’s race because he’s promising to work with Republicans and Democrats. Six out of 10 Viriginia voters oppose the federal shutdown.
The radio host has a worth-reading blog post about what his party is doing in Washington:
This will end as a lose-lose for the Republicans in Congress, at some point they will vote to reopen government, the conservatives across the country will be mad they gave in, Obamacare will be untouched, there will be some permanent scars and hard feelings within the Republicans in the Congress and they will get blamed for government disruption. A lot of us may be glad this all happened , but I never understood the long term strategy for Republicans, bottom line… I don’t think we can change the minds of these folks in Congress time for all of them to go….we need term limits now more than ever!!
A Q-Poll out Wednesday morning shows that Hillary Clinton destroys all the Democratic competition for the White House in 2016:
Hillary also is doing pretty well against the leading Republican contender:
Public Policy Polling is out with a survey that suggests that Democrats may want this shutdown mess to last a little longer:
Similar to a Quinnipiac poll released this morning, we find Democrats improving their position on the generic Congressional ballot in the wake of all the controversy about the government shutdown. Democrats lead 45/40 on it, up from a 43/42 spread in July. Two things have caused that shift- Republicans had a 39/27 advantage with independents over the summer but have blown that and now there’s a tie with them at 34% each. Republicans have also become less supportive of their own party, going from an 82/10 intention to vote GOP to 78/13. That shift has come largely among moderate Republicans who supported their own party 72/17 in July but now do so by only a 59/22 spread.
Approval numbers for Barack Obama and the Democrats and Republicans in Congress come out about how you would expect. Obama’s approval rating is on negative ground at 45/51, as we’ve found in our polling for months now. Congressional Democrats are unpopular at a 39/57 approval, but Congressional Republicans are far worse off at 23/69.