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Radio Station to Host Last Gov. Debate


HARTFORD — Connoisseur Media’s 1029 DRC, 991 PLR and 95.9 the FOX morning show  “Chaz and AJ In The Morning,” will host the last Connecticut Gubernatorial debate less than 24 hours before the polls open in this dead heat race.

The debate, which will feature incumbent Democratic Gov. Dannel Malloy and his Republican challenger Tom Foley, will take place live in studio and broadcast over the 3 signals on Nov. 3rd at 8:30am. Both Malloy and Foley will take questions from Chaz and AJ and listeners of the show.

thehartfordguardian_10th_anniversary_458x60_01“With the amount of undecided voters in a race that is a dead heat, this an incredibly important debate,” co-host Chaz says.  “It’s the very last impression voters will get of the candidates right before they pull the lever.”

“Chaz and Aj are the only show of this type in Connecticut,” says Connoisseur Media Connecticut Operations Manager Keith Dakin. “Governor debate one minute…shock collar trivia the next.”

The debate will be heard throughout the state on three of Connoisseur Media’s Connecticut FM stations.  WPLR 99.1 is a 50,000 watt FM Mainstream Rock Station licensed to New Haven, CT.   WFOX 95.9 is a 3,000 watt FM Classic Rock Station licensed to Stamford/Norwalk, CT.   WDRC 102.9 is a 50,000 watt FM Classic Hits Station licensed to Hartford, CT.

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Letter: Tom Foley’s Bold-Face Lie


Dear Editor:

Tom Foley made several inaccurate statements in  recent gubernatorial debate  regarding home care workers and consumers. 

The collective bargaining agreement explicitly states that there will be no harm to consumer budgets and services. Both the public act and collective bargaining agreement state that no consumers shall suffer a reduction in services as a result of collective bargaining.

“Such a misrepresentation by Tom Foley is completely irresponsible.  It is a bold face lie to state that consumers are negatively affected because home care workers won the right to collectively bargain. It is explicitly stated in the public act and the collective bargaining agreement that consumers will not be negatively affected.  By allowing home care workers in Connecticut to collectively bargain we are starting to create a better paid and more stable workforce.  The people of Connecticut deserve the truth from their elected officials and Tom Foley made it clear in today’s debate he is incapable of that.  Both consumers and caregivers are benefited from the actions Governor Malloy and the state legislature took.  Governor Malloy  has helped Connecticut build a stronger workforce to care for the disabled and elderly,” spokesperson Jennifer Schneider said.

“Without my personal caregiver I wouldn’t be able to survive,” Margie Santana a Hartford consumer suffering from multiple sclerosis said.  “Tom Foley is out of touch with what people with disabilities in Connecticut need.  In no way have I been negatively impacted because my home care worker was able to collectively bargain.  Those of us suffering from disabilities  known that Governor Malloy has our best interest and has worked hard to help us have better care.”

The quality of home care that consumers receive can be affected by high turnover of caregivers. Turnover for home care workers ranges from 44 to 65 percent per year.[i]  This high turnover is primarily due to low pay and little to no benefits.

The annual turnover rate of the workforce fell 17 percent and the “bad turnover” rate fell by 30 percent after workers in San Francisco negotiated raises and better benefits, according to a study by the Center for Labor Education and Research at the University of California, Berkeley.[ii]

 

Jennifer Schneider

Communications Director

SEIU 1199, New England

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Quinnipiac Poll Shows Foley Leading Malloy in Gubernatorial Race


HARTFORD — Eight weeks before the gubernatorial election, Connecticut voters are thinking Republican candidate Tom Foley would do a better job than Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy.
That’s according to a Quinnipiac University Poll released on Wednesday. The poll shows Foley leading with 46 points to Malloy’s 40– when asked who would do a better job at handling the economy/jobs.
Hartford-VotersFoley leads 82 to 9 percent among Republicans and 48 to 35 percent among independent voters, while Malloy takes Democrats 77 to 10 percent, the poll finds.
However, Malloy has a 45 to 38 percent lead with women. And Foley has a 54 to 35 percent lead among men.
But it’s too early to call this race, said Douglas Schwartz, PhD, director of the Quinnipiac University poll.
“In our first likely voter poll, Tom Foley has the edge but Gov. Dannel Malloy is certainly within striking distance,” Schwartz said. “Foley has a double-digit lead among the key swing group, independent voters. With eight weeks until Election Day, there are 6 percent undecided and another 30 percent who say they could change their mind.”
Schwartz added that Malloy’s difficulty is that he has a high negative favorability rating, 53 percent as opposed to Foley’s negative favorability rating of 33 percent.

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Early Quinnipiac Poll Shows Malloy and Foley in Tight 2014 Race for Governor


By Eugene Joh, Staff Writer

HARTFORD —  A slight majority of voters approve of the way Gov. Dan Malloy (D) is currently handling his job, but do not think he deserves reelection, according to a recent Quinnipiac University poll. The study, conducted between May 1 and 6, surveyed 1,668 registered voters in the state.

tomfoley concedesThe poll shows that 48 percent of respondents said that they approve of Malloy’s performance, against 46 percent who said they disapproved. When asked about whether or not Malloy deserved a second term, however, only 44 percent were in favor of his reelection. And 48 percent were against putting him back in office.

The news comes at a troubling time for Malloy, who looks to gain ground against familiar foe Tom Foley (R) in the 2014 gubernatorial race in November. Last week’s poll numbers also indicated that Malloy and Foley are deadlocked at 43 percent each heading into the most intense months of the campaign trail.

Four years ago, Malloy narrowly defeated Foley in the gubernatorial race by a margin of less than 1 percent, edging the race with about 6,500 more votes than his opponent. Early indications are that this year may provide a similarly close contest.

“It’s déjà vu all over again,” Douglas Schwartz, the director of the poll, said in a statement. “…Malloy and Foley remain locked in a dead heat,” he said.

Opinions of Malloy as an individual were almost even among those surveyed, with 46 percent saying their opinion is favorable and 45 percent saying it is unfavorable. Foley holds a better ratio with 36 percent favorable to 23 percent unfavorable, but the largest majority, 39 percent, said they haven’t heard enough about him, something that will likely change in the coming months.

The poll indicates a 35-53 majority disapprove of Malloy’s handling of the state budget, to go along with a 32-61 mark for taxes and a 38-55 mark for jobs and the economy. 45 percent of respondents who disapproved of Malloy in the poll said their main reason for disapproval was the budget, taxes, or jobs/economy. Conversely, just 14 percent of respondents who approved of Malloy said the main reason for their approval had to do with those three issues.

“Economic issues are dragging Gov. Malloy down,” Schwartz said. “A bright spot for Malloy is that voters think he has strong leadership qualities and is honest and trustworthy.”

The only decisive section of the poll for Malloy was when respondents were asked about his character. A 59-36 majority in the poll said that Malloy has strong leadership skills, while a 57-33 majority said they believe he is honest and trustworthy.

The poll indicates that Foley is the clear frontrunner in the Republican Party, holding a 39-9 advantage over his next closest competitor Mark Boughton. Leading up to primaries, Foley and Malloy seem poised for a sequel to their dramatic 2010 race for governor, with public opinion looking to be as indecisive as ever.

Tom Foley conceding his defeat in the 2008 gubernatorial election. Quinnipiac Poll shows it’s déjà vu.

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Scott Brown To Stump For Tom Foley


GLASTONBURY — Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown, the Republican who snatched former Sen. Edward Kennedy’s seat from the Democrats, is coming to Connecticut to stump for gubernatorial candidate Tom Foley.

Foley’s campaign announced today that Brown will visit the Riverfront Community Center on Welles Street in Glastonbury tomorrow at 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

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Tom Foley Vows To Be Education Governor


HARTFORD — Republican Tom Foley today says he wants to be the the education governor.

Foley made his bid today at the  Achievement First Academy in Hartford, a district with the distinction of fighting the stigma of  low academic achievement  scores on national tests.

Tom Foley chats with audience members after a Hartford press conference

Every two years the U.S. Department of Education conducts the National Assessment of Educational Progress, which test student achievement across the nation for 4th and 8th grade students in reading and mathematics.
The most recent NAEP results from 2009 show neighboring states, including Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Hampshire and Vermont, are outperforming Connecticut in student achievement.
The 2009 NAEP also confirms that Connecticut has the unfortunate distinction of having the largest achievement gap of all 50 states. The large achievement gap is confirmed by the results of the state’s annual assessments given to students in grades 3 through 8 and in grade 10.

The Republican nominee unveiled his education plan to tackle underperformance. Plans include modifying how money is allocated in school districts, give parents more public school option for charter or magnet schools and appoint “reform minded” people to the Board of Education, he says in a statement to the press.

Democratic Candidate for Governor Dannel Malloy criticized Foley’s plan, saying it has “real deficiencies.”

” There’s nothing on early childhood education, very little on parental involvement, and not a word about higher education,” Malloy says in a press release. “To put forward an education ‘plan’ and not address the needs of young children, as well as high school graduates and adults seeking access to higher education, demonstrates a fundamental lack of understanding that education is a lifelong process.”

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