Reps and Dems
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#1 May 28, 2014
What a surprise that a democrat senator would endorse a Republican for Governor of Connecticut. Actually these two are the picture of working across the aisle to come to a common agreement that is best for them. They both came in as State Reps about 20 years ago and the comaraderie has never stopped. When blumenthal became A.G. he called himself "The Environmental A.G." and had a stack of suits handed to him by the DEP to clean up dumping sites across the state. With mckinney as head of the State Environmental Committee they worked hand in hand to bury and illegally dismiss all the suits including the famous "Mount Trshmore". Not a dime come out of the state, City or crooked cappoziellos who did the dumping. With russell cappoziellos daughter as an intern for mckinney in the State Enviro Committee, the bribe money had an easy time making its' way to both politicians. It is such a workable relationship across the aisle that ginny mckinney even hired a woman living in one of the houses surrounded by landfill to work for her as a Real Estate Agent for her Prudential office. What great support!
#2 May 28, 2014
There has been quite a lot of circumstances that have benefitted these two from their constant work across the aisle. Take when John Rowland was still Gov. of Ct., quite awhile ago, rich history here. He signed many waivers to dump illegal toxic chemicals here in Ct. I'm sure these were prepared by blumenthal, the then "Environmental" A.G. He would have to prpare these waivers to make them legal and to protect the state. Perc, a cleaning fluid, was then dumped, en masse, in the Apple Blossom section of Newtown. The cooperation between state and local authorities was amazing at how smootly everyone was saved and paid off. Mark Cooper of Newtown Health appeared one day as a saviour to test the drinking wells of the locals. Nobody had to even ask him. Shocked at the high levels of such poisons the trusted politicians jumped into action and called upon others. Nobody had or ever did mention this to the state Health Lab, they were self starters! McKinney appropriated a million $$ from the state, Rep. Julia Wasserman ,(possibly Debbie Wasserman Schultz mother?),appropriated a million $$ from the town and they gave the residents free water and a street re-pave. Capt. Kehoe must be honored for his part for not doing any investigating and leaving this as an "open" case, always to be a mystery.
Since: May 12
#3 May 28, 2014
Republicans are criminals ...John Rowland
#7 May 30, 2014
This daring duo of democracy have worked together on many issues. Mckinney as head of Appropriations and blumenthal with the contracts to disperse the funds, what a team! The creative pen of blumenthal created the Naugatuck Valley Development Commission, or NVDC. A quiet off the charts state house for clearing road contracts. Mckinney got the 252 million $$, blumenthal approved the contracts with no bid and even then Gov. Rowland Okayed it. The road contractors were so happy they did some small favors for Rowland around his house but the Feds called that Bribery so he went to jail. Fall Guy, took a shot for the team because nobody even mentioned the 252 million $$ in no-bid contracts and the money dissappeared. Where did it go? Finland? Shouldn't it have come back by now? Seems this was first in a series if "The Disappearing Money Trick" that mckinney and blumenthal were to become so good at!
#13 Jun 3, 2014
Undaunted by the close call of being caught in their plot, they decided to share the wealth of the Connecticut State Coffers with a close friend, Atty, david golub of Greenwich, blumenthals ex law partner, here's the interview....AG Power Grab
Out of control in Connecticut.
By John R. Lott Jr.
he last decade has seen state attorney generals use the power of the courts to shape public policy in unprecedented ways. Among the most aggressive in litigation ranging from tobacco to guns has been Connecticut's Richard Blumenthal, though for Blumenthal this was just the warm up. Even if the ideas that he is now advancing fail in Connecticut, they provide a dire warning of what other state attorneys general may soon start trying.
In just 12 years, his office has ballooned in size, more than doubling its budget from $13 million to almost $27 million and increasing the number of cases completed by 65 percent. Yet, despite this growth, Blumenthal has gone so far into actions previously reserved for other parts of the government that he often neglects the real duties of his job.
On August 9, the Connecticut supreme court checked Blumenthal for overstepping his authority. The court unanimously ruled that Blumenthal's jurisdiction is largely limited by state statute to representing state agencies and officials in lawsuits brought by or against them, although the attorney general had claimed broader powers.
Unsatisfied with his traditional role, Blumenthal had gone after the administrator of an academy accused of mishandling state funds. The court noted that it was up to the Connecticut commissioner of education, not Blumenthal alone, to bring the case.
Blumenthal has received harsh words before. For instance, last December, New York state's highest court found that Blumenthal's office was "mishandling" and making "missteps" in a paternity case. The Connecticut Law Tribune reported that "the direct criticism by the court raised eyebrows in Albany .…"
The state supreme court pointed out in its decision two weeks ago that the attorney general's office had been established in 1897 because of the inefficiencies in having "each state agency and department [retain] its own legal counsel." But in July, the Connecticut Law Tribune reported that because his staff was so busy, the attorneys in Blumenthal's office "will no longer serve as counsel to state boards or as counsel to agency staffs .…
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