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Malloy, Foley Square Off in First Debate

by Categorized: 2014 Election, Gov. Dannel Malloy, Gun control, New Haven, Republicans, taxes, Tom Foley Date:

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Republican business executive Tom Foley squared off Wednesday night in their first debate in 2014 with some lively exchanges.

The first question by moderator Ray Hackett involved whether the candidates believe the other was untruthful or unethical.

“The governor is the single most important person having an impact on people’s lives in Connecticut,” Foley responded. “I’ve talked about Malloy Math” on statistics offered by Malloy.

The numbers cited by Malloy on various occasions show “a lack of truthfulness that discredits a leader,” Foley said.

“I don’t recall the governor saying I didn’t tell the truth,” Foley said.

Malloy responded that there were only three people on the stage, and “only one of us has violated the law in Connecticut related to elections.”

“I don’t think you told the truth about Bibb,” Malloy said to Foley regarding the now well-known company that Foley operated and that has been the subject of numerous television commercials.

On the second question on crime, Malloy cited statewide statistics.

“Crime is down – 45-year low,” Malloy said. “I’m proud of that. I’m proud of making cities safer. … It’s not a matter of convenience or inconvenience. It’s a matter of public safety.”

But Foley countered, “In fact, I don’t think we are safer based on the bill that he passed.” He was referring to Malloy’s signature on a gun-control bill that was passed in 2013.

After Foley said that they had talked about guns, Malloy responded, “Tom and I haven’t had a conversation about this issue, ever” on guns.

“To say I’m not telling the truth is ridiculous,” Foley responded, saying that he essentially talks to Malloy through the press and does not have to speak face to face to get his points across on specific issues.

“If a repeal comes to me, I will never sign a repeal,” Malloy said of the gun-control law, adding that it has “led to lower crime.”

“First of all, governor, this is where you’re twisting the truth again,” Foley said, referring to what Foley had said about a potential repeal of the gun-control bill. “You’re twisting the truth again.”

“You should tell us about all of the litmus tests that you would have,” Malloy said. “That answer that you just gave? That was a career politician answer you gave.”

Concerning crime, Foley said, “Violent crime rates have gone down all over the country. … For the governor to go around saying that crime is low insults those communities” in the state’s largest cities.

“The governor says everything is fine with crime. I don’t agree,” Foley said, adding that three Connecticut cities rank in the top six nationally for the most crime.

“I don’t say everything is fine with crime,” Malloy responded. “It’s never dropping fast enough.” Continue reading

Holder-Winfield With a Big Win

by Categorized: Gun control, New Haven Date:

State Rep. Gary Holder-Winfield is moving to the legislature\’s upper chamber.

The New Haven Democrat handily won election to the state Senate Tuesday, beating Republican Steven Mullins of West Haven in the 10th District.


\”I\’m very pleased with the results,\’\’ Senate Majority Leader Martin Looney said shortly after the votes were tallied. According to unofficial numbers, Holder-Winfield took 77 percent of the vote, Looney said.

\”Gary will be a strong and able voice for urban Connecticut,\’\’ added Looney, a fellow New Haven Democrat. \”He does have big shoes to fill.\”

Holder-Winfield will fill the vacancy created when then-state Sen. Toni Harp was elected New Haven mayor. Holder-Winfield was initially a candidate for mayor, but when Harp got into the race, he got out.

Nancy DiNardo, chairwoman of the Connecticut Democratic party, called Holder-Winfield a \”dedicated, smart public servant\” and noted his commitment to social justice issues.

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Hartford, New Haven Among Top Cities for LGBT Equality

by Categorized: Gay Rights, Hartford, New Haven Date:

Hartford and New Haven were among the top cities for LGBT people to live and work.

That\’s according to a new report by the Human Rights Campaign, the nation\’s largest gay civil rights group.

HRC\’s Municipal Equality Index looked at a number of criteria when determining a city\’s rating. New Haven achieved a perfect 100 percent score, based on its non-discrimination laws, relationship with the LGBT community and the strength of municipal services (it has both a human rights commission and a LGBT liaison in the mayor\’s office.)

Hartford earned a 92 percent score, though the city was awarded seven \”bonus points\” for its openly gay municipal leaders (including Mayor Pedro Segarra) and the services it provides to vulnerable parts of the LGBT community.

Hartford\’s weak point was law-enforcement, according to the survey. The city lost points because the police department does not have an LGBT liaison or task force.

Still, both Hartford and New Haven outpolled the two other Connecticut municipalities on the list: Bridgeport and Storrs (Mansfield.) Bridgeport received a score of 61, and Storrs received a 58.

h/t Meghan Freed and the Connecticut LGBT Law Project

Arrrgh! Pirates At New Haven Mayoral Debate

by Categorized: New Haven Date:

A couple of pirates showed up at the New Haven mayoral debate Tuesday night between state Sen. Toni Harp and Justin Elicker … perhaps to remind people about a particular candidate whose family hasn\’t paid all their taxes?

Harp is the Democratic nominee while Elicker is a petitioning candidate in the Nov. 5 election. Harp\’s late husband\’s business owes the state $1.1 million in sales taxes.

Chris Keating has more.

Confirmed: State Will Buy, Operate New Haven Open

by Categorized: Gov. Dannel Malloy, New Haven Date:

A renamed tennis tournament will be sponsored and run by the state of Connecticut. Initially, the state will be paying hundreds of thousands of dollars.

A source said Thursday that the tournament was on the verge of moving out of state before the Malloy administration stepped in to keep the tennis in New Haven.

The move will certainly bolster Gov. Malloy\’s political base in New Haven, a city that helped put him over the top in 2010. Earlier this week, the Malloy administration rescued state Head Start programs in Bridgeport at a cost of $800,000.

A press call with the Capitol Region Development Authority is scheduled for this afternoon.