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Carly Fiorina Urges GOP Unity, Yet Won’t Speak Trump’s Name

STAMFORD – Carly Fiorina seemed to endorse Donald J. Trump, if only by inference Tuesday night. She never allowed herself to say his name, yet vowed to do everything “to make sure that Hillary Clinton is not our next president.”

Presumably, “everything” includes entering a polling place to cast a vote for Trump, even if he is, at least for the moment, the Nominee Who Cannot Be Named, right?

Fiorina, 61, who lingered to chat with well-wishers after her speech at the Connecticut Republicans’ annual fundraiser, the Prescott S. Bush Awards Dinner, just smiled when a reporter interrupted with that question.

“I’m sorry, I’m meeting with voters right now,” Fiorina said, keeping her gaze directed at the Republicans who wanted to shake her hand and pose for pictures. “Sorry, you heard the speech. That’s all there is.”

Fiorina stopped only when the question was repeated.

“We’re not doing interviews,” she said. “You heard the speech. That’s what you got.”

It was good enough for her audience. Her vow to do anything to deny Clinton the White House was rewarded with hearty cheers and a standing ovation, as was a call for unity. Republicans shrugged off the refusal by Fiorina, who has said she is “horrified” by Trump, to explicitly endorse him.

“She gave an endorsement to Trump without mentioning him by name,” said Senate Minority Leader Len Fasano, R-North Haven.

“That’s what I thought,” said Sen. Toni Boucher, R-Wilton.

Carly Fiorina.

Carly Fiorina

Linda McMahon, the two-time U.S. Senate nominee and major GOP donor who will be a Trump delegate in Cleveland, said Fiorina told her before the speech she intends to campaign for down-ballot Republicans. A willingness to campaign for Trump didn’t come up.

“She and I didn’t really talk politics in that way,” McMahon said.

It’s been a tough month for the 61-year-old Fiorina, the former Hewlett-Packard chief executive who lost a U.S. Senate race in California to Barbara Boxer. On May 2, she fell off a stage while introducing Ted Cruz in Indiana. A day later, she fell off political radar screens, her brief time as Cruz’s running mate ended by Trump’s smashing win in Indiana.

Before Cruz dropped out, the Connecticut GOP faced the unnerving prospect of a keynote speech by a woman intent on telling them they erred by voting for Trump by a landslide in the April 26 primary.

Fiorina offered wan praise for Trump at the outset of her 30-minute speech.

“Our nominee has raised Twitter to an art form. Let’s face it,” she said.

Fiorina said she never mastered how to pack a punch into its 140-character form, but she read that potential Hilliary slogans were trending. She offered a few.

“ ‘It’s my turn, dammit.’ ‘Four out of 10 people find me tolerable.’ And my personal favorite: ‘Experience you cannot trust,’ ” she said.

Fiorina quickly dropped the jokes and delivered a scathing appraisal of the candidate who would be the first female president, a fact that does not seem to be exciting the Democratic base, male or female.

“So, now they are beginning to continuously remind people abot the historic nature of her candidacy, that she is a woman and therefore women must vote for her,” Fiorina said. “So, Mrs. Clinton, I have news for you. I am a woman, and I am not voting for you.”

The crowd whooped and applauded.

Fiorina said Clinton’s gender was no basis for other women to support her for president.

“Feminism is what each and every woman has an opportunity for to live the life she chooses and to use all of her God-given gifts,” she said. “That is feminism, and as a feminist I will do everything in my power between now and November to make sure that Hillary Clinton is not our next president.”

The crowd stood and cheered louder. Their speaker would not say the name of their nominee. She would not promise to vote for him. She would not urge others to vote for him. Maybe she would one day before November.

For now, it was enough that they knew what she meant.

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North End Golf Course Receives Award

HARTFORD — Hartford’s Keney Park Golf Course was recently awarded “Renovation of the Year 2016” by Golf Inc. magazine.

The award brings national attention to this historic and newly restored 18-hole course that is already proving to be a destination of choice for golfers throughout Hartford and the Greater Hartford Region, city officials said.

The 18-hole, par 70 golf course occupies 6,014 yards of Hartford’s historic 700-acre Keney Park, located in the city’s North End.

In 2013, the City closed the course after a contractor that had been operating it since 2009 allowed the course to deteriorate, failing to make required capital improvements. The contractor also cut down hundreds of trees without proper permission.

On May 1, 2016, Keney Park Golf Course officially re-opened to the public for the first time in three years. Currently, the course is open from 6:00 am to 6:30 pm, seven days a week.

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Letter: Gov. Malloy and Hartford’s Stadium


letterstohartfordguardianDear Governor Malloy:
We are writing to urge you not to use state taxpayer dollars to bail out Hartford’s Dunkin Donuts Stadium.
As a result of construction of the stadium exceeding the agreed upon deadline, we understand that costs are now likely to increase for the project. We are also aware of comments from the Hartford Stadium Authority indicating that they will not go back to the city to seek the needed added capital. That needed capital should not come from the state and our already overburdened taxpayers.
We want to remind you of multiple statements from you and your administration that promised the state would not get involved in this project which taxpayers and the lawmakers who represent them at the Capitol never had a say in authorizing. That commitment will be broken if you sign the state budget passed by Democrats that allows taxpayer dollars through the admissions tax to go towards stadium construction debt service. That commitment will also be broken a second time if any additional aid is given to Hartford for this project’s new costs due to missing its deadline.
We fully understand the predicament Hartford is in and truly empathize with the people of Hartford who have serious concerns about the Yard Goats’ stadium project and the burden it places on the city. But the state is in no position to hand out any additional funds. Democrats just passed a budget that slashes from core social services, cuts state education funds, and hurts some of the most vulnerable populations in this state. Yet at the same time their budget gives up $400,000 annually in taxpayer dollars to go towards the Hartford stadium. It is not right that at a time when support for the poor, sick and elderly is being cut, a project that had zero taxpayer support is profiting.
No state taxpayer dollars should go towards the delayed stadium.
                                                                             Senate Republican Caucus Chair Len Fasano, et al

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Bronin’s Fast and Furious Approach to Hartford Welcomed

There will be more layoffs of city employees, according to Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin.

It’s welcomed news. Here’s why.

The city is bloated with employees who forgot that they are employed to serve the public. They have duplicated services, established departments for family and cronies, and they have caused anger from people who work, play and live in the city. The money saved by firing these deadbeats in city hall and its quasi-public agencies can be used to support necessary social services to Hartford residents.

editorialbannerthumbThe money could also be used to improve quality of life and better services for its residents and workers.

Bronin sat down with The Hartford Guardian to briefly discuss those and other plans to tackle the $48 million deficit, aggreived citizens and other stakeholders, who are expectant of the Rhodes Scholar and lawyer–a possible antidote for the anti-intellectualism in Hartford.

Hartford, founded in 1637, is the state’s capitol and the seat of government. Yet Bronin is already facing mild resentment from long-time gadflies for his “to heavy and too fast” approach to the 2016-2017 budget. He has been having at least one town hall meeting per month to hear his constituents. His aim is to present himself as a “true and honest” leader ready to implement necessary changes to help the city rise.

Yet, at a recent public hearing some residents were already calling for him to go. This is quite odd.

Whatever the grievance, Bronin has to be given at least a year and six months to show what he can do to get rid of the malaise left by previous administrations.

Until all the facts are in from the peanut gallery, we will reserve judgment.


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State Senate Endorsements Tonight At Testo’s

By Lennie Grimaldi
BRIDGEPORT —  More than 100 combined Democratic delegates will gather at Testo’s Restaurant tonight to endorse candidates in two State Senate districts.


Sources said City Council President Tom McCarthy is poised for the endorsement against freshman incumbent Marilyn Moore who needs 15 percent of delegate support to qualify for an Aug. 9 primary. If she fails to secure 15 percent she can petition onto the ballot. Connecticut’s 22nd District includes the north and western portions of Bridgeport, all of Trumbull and a piece of Monroe.

The closer endorsement battle is the contest between incumbent Ed Gomes and school board chair Dennis Bradley in the 23rd Senate District that covers two thirds of Bridgeport and a slice of western Stratford.

After tonight the candidates will focus on cementing $15,000 in small donations to receive a larger pot of money under Connecticut’s Citizens Election Program of publicly funded races. Moore, Gomes and Bradley have a head start in that area. McCarthy has his first big fundraiser Tuesday night at Vazzy’s 19th Hole at the Fairchild Wheeler municipal golf course.

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New Haven Students Hold Feminine Products Drive

NEW HAVEN — A group of Kiyama Movement students at James Hillhouse High School have come up with a new approach for respecting womanhood.

They’re raising funds and awareness about feminine products.

“The Kiyama students read an article which stated that 86 percent of women report that they’ve started their period unexpectedly in public without the supplies they need,” said criminal defense lawyer Michael Jefferson, the founder of the movement. “This campaign is designed to promote the need for freely accessible tampons and pads in restrooms outside the home, including schools.”

The fundraising effort will run until June 2.

Kiyama means “resurrection” and “Judgment Day” in Swahili and is dedicated to promoting self-improvement among African-American males of all ages.


Photo Courtesy of New Haven Register: Peter Hvizdak 

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CT Lawmakers, Advocates Open to New Puerto Rico bill

WASHINGTON —  A rare compromise between the White House and House Republicans on how to help Puerto Rico has received cautious acceptance from Connecticut lawmakers and advocates who had rejected previous congressional efforts to help an island mired in a severe financial crisis.

“This is not a perfect bill, and I have reservations about the inclusion of extraneous provisions like delaying overtime protections for Puerto Rico’s workers,” said Rep. John Larson, D-1st District. “At the same time, we cannot allow the perfect to become the enemy of the good. This is a tough but necessary compromise at a time when Puerto Rico truly needs our help.”

The Puerto Rico bill, however, caused a new clash between the Democratic presidential hopefuls.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said she has “serious concerns” about parts of the plan, but she believes Congress should pass it quickly.

“Otherwise, without any means of addressing this crisis, too many Puerto Ricans will continue to suffer,” she said,

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, meanwhile, came out Friday in strong opposition to the proposal, saying it would give the U.S. government too much authority over Puerto Rico’s affairs.

“We must stop treating Puerto Rico like a colony and start treating the American citizens of Puerto Rico with the respect and dignity that they deserve,” Sanders said.

The compromise bill would allow the island to write down its debt in a process similar to a bankruptcy, while forcing Puerto Rico’s government to submit financial statements and budget blueprints to a federal oversight board.

That oversight board had been a flashpoint in earlier House GOP attempts to draft Puerto Rico legislation.

Under the new bill, the board would have seven members, appointed by the president from recommendations by members of the U.S. House and Senate. The panel would have the authority to enforce balanced budgets and reforms if Puerto Rico’s government fails to do so. At least one of the seven members would be a resident of Puerto Rico.

In previous drafts of the bill, the majority of those on the oversight board would have been Republican nominees, but changing that and other tweaks to the bill opened the door to Democratic backing – and support on the island.

Some Democrats, including Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn,, are hoping to make further changes to the “Puerto Rico Oversight, Management, and Economic Stability (PROMESA) Act as the legislation makes its way through Congress.

“I am encouraged that this legislation puts us one step closer to providing Puerto Rico with a fair and workable path out of its current situation — an ongoing catastrophe that Congress cannot tolerate in any part of the United States,” Blumenthal said. “I am especially heartened that it walks back some of the poison-pill proposals that have been discussed in the past.”

The bill would not cost the U.S. govenrment any money, but it may face opposition in the House from conservatives Republicans, and its fate in the Senate is unknown.

The PROMESA Act aims to reduce a debt burden that currently eats up about a third of Puerto Rico’s revenues and to avoid courtroom battles among creditors and the island’s government that could hurt future investment in Puerto Rico.

Puerto Rico has defaulted on a $422 million debt payment this month. It faces payments totaling $2 billion on July 1 that island officials say can’t be paid.

Blumenthal sponsored a bill that would allow Puerto Rico to declare federal bankruptcy, a protection current law doesn’t allow.

Puerto Rico is also disadvantaged in that it can’t seek aid from international lenders because it it not an independent country.

Blumenthal said he has made clear “from the beginning of this process that a solution must provide Puerto Rico with a mechanism for debt restructuring.”

“I have also been clear that any solution must respect the Puerto Rican government’s accountability to its people. In the coming days I will be speaking with experts on and off Puerto Rico to ensure that this legislation fits those criteria,” he said.

The National Council of La Raza, the nation’s largest Latino advocacy group, said it is “cautiously encouraged by developments in the House of Representatives to provide relief to Puerto Rico’s financial and humanitarian crisis.”

“Having been in San Juan…and seeing what is needed, and possible, it would have been unconscionable for our elected leaders to continue to stand by while 3.5 million American families and children suffer the consequences of a debt crisis that was not of their own making,” said NCLR President Janet Murguía.

Puerto Rico’s financial crisis has resulted in an outmigration of island residents to the U.S. mainland. Florida has been the most popular destination, but many have also relocated to Connecticut, where more than 7 percent of the population is of Puerto Rican descent, the highest concentration of islanders per capita in the nation.

The Hispanic Federation, an advocacy groups with offices in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, called the bill “far from perfect.” But the federation said some of the “most egregious” provisions in earlier drafts of the bill had been changed, including the one concerning the oversight board.

The federation said the legislation allows Puerto Rico to restructure its debt and includes a moratorium on litigation by bond holders against the island, which it called “an important reform that will empower the commonwealth during negotiations.”

Still, the federation said it is concerned the bill would have the power to block laws, regulation and contracts approved by Puerto Rico’s legislature. It also said it is “troubled” by provisions that would allow the lowering of the minimum wage for some Puerto Rican workers and overtime pay reductions.

The PROMESA Act gives Puerto Rico’s governor the authority to designate a time period in which employers could pay newly employed workers below the federal minimum wage – currently $7.25 an hour – if those workers are under 25 years old.

“But the fact remains that this version of PROMESA is the best chance we have now to get federal relief for the people of Puerto Rico,” the federation said.

Courtesy of CTMirror

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Hartford Neighborhood Receives Funds

By Maria Fernandez | Staff Writer

HARTFORD — The State Bond Commission is expected to approve the funding for streetscape improvements along Farmington Avenue at its meeting Friday.

The news comes after many Asylum Hill residents have been working for several years on the  $15 million streetscape project that will allow the end point of the project to be extended from the corner of Farmington Avenue and Sherman Street to the corner of Farmington Avenue and Prospect Avenue at the Hartford-West Hartford border.

“This is a great investment in the City of Hartford, and I know it’s something that’s important to the people in my district especially. Extending this project through the rest of Farmington Avenue up to the Hartford-West Hartford border has been a priority of mine since its inception,” Rep. Matt Ritter (D-Hartford) said. “Farmington Avenue is both a community hub and an engine for economic development in Hartford, and these improvements will highlight all that it has to offer.”

“I want to thank Representative Ritter for his hard work in securing these funds for Farmington Avenue,” Mayor Luke Bronin said. “Investing in our commercial corridors is an important way to support our small businesses, promote economic development and improve quality of life in our neighborhoods.”

City Officials said the streetscape project aims to make Farmington Avenue more pedestrian friendly, provide better street lighting, and create more on-street parking in order to better serve both residents of the neighborhood and those who work in or visit attractions in the area.

Farmington Avenue is known for large businesses such as Aetna, museums such as the Mark Twain House, historic churches, a theater company, and numerous restaurants.

The extended project will include a stretch of Farmington Avenue that is home to many popular locally-owned restaurants and businesses.


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Gonzalez Praises Law to Protect the Abused

Dear Editor:

The House of Representatives last week passed a bill that would protect victims of domestic violence by prohibiting the possession of firearms for anyone who becomes subject to temporary restraining order.

Studies show that the days following the issuance of a temporary restraining order are the most dangerous for a victim of domestic violence.

In fact, women in abusive relations are five times more likely to be killed if their abuser has access to a firearm. This legislation aims to protect women during this time period. At least twenty other stats I have passed similar legislation and it’s time for Connecticut to do the same. As legislators, we have a duty to do everything we can to keep people safe.

I am proud to have supported this important, common sense legislation that will protect those in abusive relationships.

The bill will now be sent to the Senate for a vote. Please feel free to contact me at the Capitol at 1-800-842-8267.

Si necesita esta communicacion en espanol, por favor envieme el pedido por correor electronico. Gracias.


Minnie Gonzalez,

House Representative, District Third District




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Veteran Affairs Appoints New Commissioner

ROCKY HILL  — Connecticut Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Sean M. Connolly joined Department of Labor Commissioner Scott D. Jackson and Joseph Carbone, President and CEO of The WorkPlace, to kick-off a Veterans employment training program offered through the Platform to Employment initiative on May 5, 2016.

Veterans residing at the DVA Campus in Rocky Hill and Veterans from the community will attend the five-week training program at the DVA Campus which assists long-term unemployed persons to build the skills they need to compete in the marketplace.

“We are very excited to have the opportunity to work with Platform to Employment and host the current cohort here at the DVA Campus. When great organizations collaborate and come together, incredible things happen and this is a big win for our Veterans” stated Commissioner Connolly.

Commissioner Jackson said, “Platform to Employment has been very successful in getting people back to work, and bringing this program to our Veterans offers additional opportunities to connect employers with a great pool of potential employees. Veterans bring many skills to the workplace, including leadership and commitment, and this program will help ensure employers recognize these abilities.”

Joseph Carbone said, “We are proud to deliver Platform to Employment, supporting a state where every Veteran has a chance to succeed in the workforce. Platform to Employment is committed to making that vision a reality by helping put veterans back to work in good jobs and pave the way to a brighter and more secure future.”

For more information about Platform to Employment, follow the link:


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