morning coffee & politics  

JAN. 15, 2013

Today's MC&P was served up by Melissa Ozols 


Gov To Announce New Chief Legal Counsel
Later today Gov. Dannel Malloy will appoint U.S. Treasury Department Deputy Assistant Secretary Luke Bronin to chief legal counsel, according to sources. Bronin, will replace Andrew McDonald, who was nominated to the Supreme Court. The Yale Law School graduate worked on Malloy's 2006 campaign as the deputy campaign manager. The Rhodes Scholar also earned a coveted spot in the NY Times' vow section for his 2007 marriage to another Rhodes Scholar.

* * *

State Owes Feds $1.7M
State auditors wrote Gov. Dannel P. Malloy Monday to tell him they discovered that the state overbilled $3.4 million in Medicaid claims to the federal government. That means the feds have a $1.7 million credit with the state. Read more

McDonald Nomination Hearing Stays On Script
Former state Sen. Andrew McDonald sat before the committee he once chaired to answer questions about his nomination to the state Supreme Court bench. The committee must have liked what they heard because they voted 41 to 2 in favor. Sen. Michael McLachlan and Rep. Al Adinolfi were the two "no" votes. Read more

Sandy Hook Parent: 'I Do Not
Want There To Be A Next Time'

Friends and family of some of the Sandy Hook victims formed the group Sandy Hook Promise and held a press conference calling for a national conversation on mental health, school security, and guns. The group has yet to advocate specific positions. Read more

Cost of Transparency: $0
Comptroller Kevin Lembo increased government transparency Monday by launching Open Connecticut. The site allows for taxpayers to track how money is spent and it cost the taxpayers nothing. Read more


GUN VIOLENCE SURVIVORS, corporate watchdogs, consumer advocates, and concerned citizens and parents will gather to protest and deliver a petition urging Walmart to "stop selling assault weapons and munitions" at 11 a.m. at Walmart, 67 Newtown Road, Danbury.

LOB Activities, Meetings & Events
Press Conferences 
WILLIAMS, LOONEY, SHARKEY, ARESIMOWICZ, McKINNEY & CAFERO will hold a press conference to announce the creation of a bipartisan task force on gun violence prevention & children's safety at 11 a.m. in Room 2B.

COMMISSION ON EQUITY will hold a briefing at 9 a.m. in Room 1B.

CHILDREN'S RBA REPORT CARD WORKING GROUP will meet at 10 a.m. in Room 1E.

HUMAN SERVICES COMMITTEE will meet at 11 a.m. in Room 2A. View the agenda here 
COMMERCE COMMITTEE will meet at 11 a.m. in Room 1D. View the agenda here.

HOUSING COMMITTEE will meet at 11:30 a.m. in Room 1C. View the agenda here.

EXEC. & LEG. NOMINATIONS COMMITTEE will meet at noon in Room 1A. View the agenda here

LEGISLATIVE MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE will meet at 12:30 p.m. in Room 1E. View the agenda here

CHRO SPECIAL COMMISSION will meet at 1 p.m. in Room 2B.

LEGISLATORS FOR ANIMAL ADVOCACY will meet at 2 p.m. in Room 1B.  

CT-N will be covering the legislative leaders' press conference live.

Mark Your Calendar 

THE OLD STATE HOUSE will host its next installment of "Conversations at Connecticut's Old State House" on Jan. 16 at noon. The conversation entitled Myths and Legends of the Emancipation Proclamation will feature author Dr. Matthew Warshauer followed by a panel discussion moderated by CT-N's Diane Smith. More information


'Does the State Legislature Need
More Than 100 Extra-Paid Leaders?'

Former state Rep. Astrid Hanzalek, who served from 1971 to 1981, penned an op-ed for the Courant on the topic of legislative leadership posts. "We should ask ourselves - whether House or Senate - if leadership bonuses are a way to increase legislators' income without asking the public to increase their salaries," Hanzalek writes. Read more

The governor has not released any public events, but the announcement of his new chief legal counsel is expected later today.

DeLauro Pushing Tax Credits
for Turning In Assault Weapons

U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro is proposing legislation entitled "Support Assault Firearm Elimination and Reduction for our (SAFER) Street Act" that will offer a tax credit for turning in an assault weapon to local or state police. WFSB has more

Esty Meets With Biden
U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty was invited to the meeting with Vice President Joe Biden to discuss efforts to reduce gun violence as part of a newly created task force. Esty offered several suggestions and felt the meeting was "productive." Courant's Capitol Watch has more

Holder-Winfield: Crime Verdict Not In Yet
A one-year 50 percent drop in homicides doesn't mean New Haven has solved its crime problem, Gary Holder-WInfield said at a mayoral campaign event. Read more

Malloy Offers VP Biden Some
Suggestions On Violence Prevention

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy told Vice President Joe Biden that Connecticut may have some of the strongest gun control laws in the country, but "our laws are not enough; gun control must be addressed nationally." Read more

Do You Love CTNewsJunkie? 

You've thought about it, but you haven't acted. Now is the time. CTNewsJunkie needs your help to continue bringing you the political and public policy news you need on a daily basis. Be the envy of your office!We're well on our way to reaching our fundraising goals, but we're still short for 2013. For $60 a year - only $5 a month - you get top-notch reporting when you need it. Of course, we would love it if you could donate more. For a $120 donation, you will receive two CTNewsJunkie coffee mugs that go great with the Morning Coffee & Politics email compiled by the incomparable Melissa Ozols. If you'd like to snail mail a check, drop us a line for the address!

Business Manager Doug Hardy also is available to talk about our recently revamped advertising options (and what an amazing audience we've built over the past six years) to see if it's something that may fit your advertising needs. We also have other unique partnership opportunities through the nonprofit Online Journalism Project, for which we have been serving as a capitol news bureau since we launched in 2005. If you would like to support excellent journalism, drop us a line or give us a call at 860-543-9453.


A "shout out" goes to United Illuminating on receiving the Edison Electric Institute's Emergency Response Award for Recovery.

Also belated birthday wishes to WNPR's Patrick Skahill. He turned 29.
9 a.m. Sen. Harp: Commission on Equity Briefing, LOB Room 1B    

9 a.m. Connecticut Chinese Culture Association, Inc. Informational Display Re: Shen Yun 2013, LOB, Concourse
10 a.m. Rep. Urban and Sen. Bartolomeo: Children's RBA Report Card Working Group Meeting, LOB, Room 1E

11 a.m. Human Services Committee Organizational Meeting, LOB, Room 2A    

11 a.m. Commerce Committee Organizational Meeting, LOB, Room 1D
11 a.m. Sen. Williams, Speaker Sharkey, Sen. McKinney, Rep. Cafero: Press Conference, LOB, Room 2B    

11:30 a.m. Housing Committee Organizational Meeting, LOB, Room 1C
12 p.m. Executive & Legislative Nominations Committee Organizational Meeting, LOB, Room 1A
12:30 p.m. Joint Committee on Legislative Management Organizational Meeting, LOB, Room 1E    

1 p.m. Rep. Hewett: CHRO Special Commission Meeting, LOB, Room 2B    

2 p.m. Rep. Camillo and the Legislators for Animal Advocacy, LOB, Room 1B    

Facebook logo

A Connecticut Law Blog 

Al's Morning Meeting
Alternative Mainstream
The Bristol Press

Bristol Today 

The Colin McEnroe Show 




CBIA: Inside the Capitol 

Connecticut Bob
The Cool Justice Blog
CT Employees Rights Blog
CT Capitol Report
Capitol Watch
CT Mirror
CT Politix
CT Talking
CT Political Reporter
Election Volunteers
The Governors Journal
The Hanging Shad
Hat City Blog
Healthcare Advocate

Hometown Today News 

Hot Dogma! The Belief Blog 

Independent Media Network 

Jonathan Kantrowitz Blog




No More Absolutes
Media Attache

Middletown Eye 

My Left Nutmeg
The New Britain Herald
NB Politicus


New Haven Independent 
Old Saybrook Now
Only In Bridgeport

On The Horn 

Opining Quill 

Orient Lodge
People of Faith CT
Police Chief Daryl Roberts
Ron Winter Books
Sad City Hartford
Suburban Adventure
The 40 Year Plan
The Airport News
The Brooks File
The Laurel - Duby McDowell
Talking Transportation
Urban Compass
Valley Independent Sentinel

Wait, What? 

Where We Blog
Where We Live

The Wolcott Whisper 

Your Public Media 

To list your blog in our
email blasts and on our site,
respond to this email (and
don't forget to include
your URL)

You can sign up

for Morning Coffee &

Politics here, where you

also can update your

CTNewsJunkie profile

to receive only MCP

or both MCP and our

Friday Night Fix!

weekly email blast.