The Connecticut Republican party, whose financial woes generated headlines just a few months ago, is reporting a banner first quarter.
A party spokesman said the GOP raised a record-breaking total of $391,019 in the first three months of 2014, according to its combined state and federal campaign finance filings.
That brings the party\’s cash on hand to about $268,000, a party spokesman said. And that\’s before the biggest Republican party fundraiser of the year, the annual Prescott Bush dinner, which will be held next week.
The Connecticut GOP released a statement from Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee, praising state party Chairman Jerry Labriola Jr. and his staff.
\”Their record-breaking fundraising success has been nothing short of impressive and has far exceeded anyone\’s expectations,\’\’ Priebus said in the statement. \”Voters know the only way to restore fiscal sanity to Connecticut is by getting rid of Dan Malloy and his failed economic policies — and that\’s a cause they\’re willing to invest in. CTGOP is now in a position to field a strong get-out-the-vote operation to retire Dan Malloy and elect Republicans across the state. I look forward to our continued partnership with the Connecticut GOP as we work together to make gains in November.”
The Connecticut Republican party has perennially lagged far behind its Democratic counterparts. Late last year, the state GOP\’s money woes were so acute that Labriola decided to forgo a salary for one, two-week pay period. He said at the time that the lost salary, about $2,000, represents his donation to the party.
Forget basketball: The Republican Governors Association has its own version of March Madness.
Instead of college basketball teams, the RGA bracket is filled with Democratic governors. The RGA says its online competition will allow participants to \”learn about the destructive policies and failed leadership of Democrat governors and candidates, and choose through a series of head-to-head matchups the Democrat that is inspiring the most Blue State Madness in 2014.\”
For the record, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy faces off against Washington state\’s Jay Inslee in Round One.
A think tank founded by Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Foley offered multiple solutions Friday in a detailed report that tacked the urban problems of jobs, crime, housing, and public education.
The Connecticut Policy Institute issued the report that called for expanding the use of urban enterprise zones to attract businesses, upgrading either Sikorsky or Tweed New Haven airports to create jobs in the cities, and requiring a reading exam before third-graders can be promoted to the fourth grade.
Foley attended the nearly one-hour presentation at the state Capitol complex, but the institute\’s executive director, Yale Law School graduate Ben Zimmer, said that Foley had nothing to do with the writing of the 100-page report.
James Hallinan, a spokesman for the state Democratic Party, declined to comment on any of the solutions mentioned in the report, saying that he had not had time to read it.
\”This is purely political, and I think he made that clear,\’\' said Hallinan, who attended the press conference.
Foley\’s spokesman, Christopher Cooper, responded, \”I don\’t think James Hallinan knows a policy from a petunia, but he does know propaganda, and you all heard that today.\’\’ Continue reading
LInda McMahon said she planned to stay involved in politics despite losing a pair of U.S. Senate races and it looks like she means it.
McMahon is on the agenda for the Northeast Republican Leadership Conference scheduled for March 14 and 15 in Nashua, N.H.
\”Don’t miss the opportunity to join hundreds of activists, operatives, and party leaders at this electrifying two-day conference,\’\’ the website for the conference says. \”High profile speakers and notable panelists will present their vision of the future of the Republican Party and stir up a conversation about how to ensure Republican ideals can compete in every corner of our great country.\”
The list of attendees reads like a who\’s who of boldfaced Republican names: Bobby Jindal, Scott Brown and Kelly Ayotte are among the headliners.
McMahon is scheduled to host a cocktail reception on the first night of the conference. The special guest at the keynote dinner that night will be Jindal, who is fresh off his dust-up in front of the White House with Gov. Malloy.
The state Capitol was abuzz Thursday regarding interviews by at least four FBI agents of Republican legislators who used the same Florida firm for advertising in their political campaigns.
The FBI investigation is focused on Direct Mail Systems of Clearwater, Florida, which is well known in the Republican world for its expertise in direct mail for campaigns, sources said. Through the years, Republican candidates at all levels have spent more than $500,000 with the firm, which has prompted some lawmakers to question why the money was not spent on Connecticut companies. Continue reading
Following his address to the Council of Small Towns in Cromwell this afternoon, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy was asked by a reporter why he does not intend to announce his reelection plans until after the legislative session ends.
\”My intention is to be governor of the state of Connecticut,\’\’ Malloy said. \”It looks like the Republicans have a donnybrook on their hands. Let them have some fun for a while and I\’m going to try to be governor and work with the legislature to keep Connecticut moving forward.\”
The money quote from last night\’s GOP debate comes from Joe Visconti, who, with these comments, showed why he will struggle to attract mainstream support:
Visconti said if he had been at Sandy Hook Elementary School, \”the outcome would have been much different.\”
Later in the debate he said he would not give more money to the state police until they stopped \”confiscating guns.\”
Read Jenny Wilson\’s full account.
We\’ve all seen those Preserve the Sound Connecticut license plates: a portion of the fee for the plate goes to the Long Island Sound Fund to pay for projects that help the Sound.
Now some Republican lawmakers have a new idea: Save the State plates. The idea is similar–except instead of benefitting Long Island Sound, the money raised through the sale of the plates would be used to pay down long-term state debt.
\”This is by far one of my favorite bills so far this session,\’\’ Rep. Melissa Hoy Ziobron, R-East Haddam, tweeted Thursday morning. \”I cannot wait to fill out my co-sponsor form.\”
The measure, proposed by Sen. Craig Miner of Litchfield and Rep. Vincent Candelora of North Branford, would assess a fee of $55, which is, conveniently enough, the exact amount of the rebate that Gov. Dannel P. Malloy proposes for taxpayers.
Even more convenient, the bill would allow state residents to pay the license plate fee \”by directing a portion of any tax rebate offered by the state in an amount of fifty-five dollars or greater for single filers into such account.\”
Republicans have been highly critical of Malloy\’s rebate plan, which proposes using a portion of the state\’s projected budget surplus to provide $55 tax rebate checks to residents and putting the rest toward emergency reserves and pension obligations.
The Brookfield Republican Town Committee will hold a two-hour debate this Sunday, Feb. 16 at 5 p.m. for the candidates running for governor.
All Republican candidates, including state Sen. Toni Boucher, Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton, Greenwich businessman Tom Foley, Shelton Mayor Mark Lauretti, state Sen. John McKinney and West Hartford Tea Party activist Joe Visconti have been invited.
The debate takes place in the Brookfield High School auditorium, located at 45 Longmeadow Hill Road.
Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton, a longshot Republican candidate for governor, shows why he could be the surprise challenger this year. Unlike many candidates, he connects. Here, he cancels school via Vine, a social media app. Not bad, Mr. Mayor, even with the dorky shovel. Click on the image if you want to turn on the sound.