Open Forum

It’s Monday. There is just one shopping day left before the end of the fiscal year!

The SEEC has asked the Chief State’s Attorney’s office to investigate the case of David Larkin, who was the campaign treasurer of Sen. John Fonfara’s (D-Hartford). He is accused of stealing campaign funds in 2006.

Budget talks were ongoing yesterday, with some kind of update expected today.

The Courant ran an interesting article about Dodd and Ted Kennedy on Sunday.

Many longtime state employees will be leaving by this Wednesday as part of the retirement incentive program. The Day has interviews with some of them. Over 3,400 workers took early retirement.

Democrat Thomas Bowen will announce his run for mayor of Newington today. He’ll be running against incumbent Republican Jeff Wright.

Small-town probate districts will likely be folded into larger districts next year.

What else is going on?

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8 responses to “Open Forum

  1. I highly doubt that David Larkin stole money from Senator Fonfara’s campaign.

  2. http://blogs.cqpolitics.com/eyeon2010/2009/06/-schiff.html

    “Investor and financial commentator Peter Schiff is doing polling in Connecticut to gauge support for a potential Republican Senate run. Schiff has signed on prominent Republican polling firm Wilton Research Strategies to survey the state, his brother and spokesman Andrew Schiff told CQ Politics.”

    “We’re leaning towards a run,” he said, however, “Peter doesn’t want to spend a lot of time and money if there’s really no chance.”

  3. What else is going on?

    CNN.com is reporting a victory at the Supreme Court for the New Haven firefighters’ in their discrimination case against the city.

  4. AndersonScooper

    Yeah! Let’s look forward to a NHFD were all the top brass are once again white!

    Someone tell me where it’s been proven that a better test score makes you into a better leader.

  5. Yeah! Let’s look forward to a NHFD were all the top brass are once again white!

    Someone tell me where it’s been proven that a better test score makes you into a better leader.

    Ed, the City of New Haven broke the law. That’s what this is about. Title VII encourages municipalities to create objective testing standards and criteria, and New Haven did just that — but when its attorney didn’t like the results, the City fabricated a story that the test had a disparate impact on minorities, and deprived several of its firefighters of their rights under Title VII. Frankly, they’re lucky that the Court didn’t consider their constitutional claims, because the City would have gotten whacked there, too.

    Read the opinion in the case. Go ahead. You might learn something. The City couldn’t have created a more objective, impartial, nonbiased test if it had tried. Here’s how the test was created — the City’s contractor:

    – analyzed the lieutenant and captain jobs and identified the tasks, knowledge, skills, and abilities that are essential for those positions.
    – interviewed incumbent captains and lieutenants and their supervisors.
    – rode with and observed other on-duty officers.
    – wrote job-analysis questionnaires and administered them to most of the incumbent battalion chiefs, captains, and lieutenants in the Department.
    oversampled minority firefighters to ensure that the results would not unintentionally favor white candidates.
    – hired assessors from outside Connecticut (at the City’s insistence) to deliver the oral examination, sixty-six percent of which were minorities.
    – submitted the written and oral exams to the City for its approval (which it granted).

    This wasn’t just a case where the test was a meaningless exercise, either. As a retired black firefighter from the Department of Homeland Security noted, candidates “should know that material,” and he even said that New Haven’s test was easy because the study materials told you where the answers to the questions were located. In short, anyone who wanted to pass that test could do so, regardless of his or her race or ethnic background.

    Your city broke the law, Ed. It’s plain and simple. What would you have done if the test was administered and all of the top scorers were minorities, and all of the bottom scorers were white? What would you have said then?

  6. Someone tell me where it’s been proven that a better test score makes you into a better leader.

    It’s a union rule Anderson, civil service exams ‘an all. You should know that!

  7. Yeah! Let’s look forward to a NHFD were all the top brass are once again white!

    Ed, as I mentioned in my prior (moderated) post, the test that New Haven approved could not have been more objective, and yet DeStefano and his attorney broke the law because Rev. Boise Kimber told him to do so. There’s only one person who’s playing racial politics (well, besides you), and that’s your favorite mayor.

  8. American Airlines is moving its call center to NC. One less business to tax.

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