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A couple of bills that will make job creation even harder in Connecticut

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’Tis the season for TV commercials from the many special interests telling us why we should favor this bill or shun that one.
Unions representing teachers have been especially active in fighting proposed reforms aimed at retaining the best teachers without regard for seniority.
But my favorite commercial is the one with the waitress proudly saying she doesn’t serve flu with her lunches because her boss pays her to stay home when she’s sick.

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Republicans really need somebody now

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In a monologue two weeks ago, Jay Leno said, “Donald Trump says he’s President Obama’s worst nightmare. No, having to make a decision is President Obama’s worst nightmare.”
The joke sounds ridiculous now but it worked then. A firefight in a Pakistani terrorist hideout changed what was a widely held view of a president into a bad joke overnight.
But a triumph, even one as great as getting Osama bin Laden, can quickly fade in the rush of events in an election year. Ask the first President Bush.

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Remember where you were ... ?

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It was a good day for America, said President Obama, as he announced that Osama bin Laden had been finally brought to justice. So good, that years from now, people will say they remember where they were when they first heard the news.
Having been around for a while, I can quickly recall where I was on several great, historic days, not all of them good days for America. Think about how many “I remember where I was” events in your lifetime and you’ll see what I mean.

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Presidential run or circus act

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If you believe Donald Trump is the most embarrassing candidate for president the Republican Party has ever had, you haven’t met Roy Moore, who recently joined Trump, Michele Bachmann, Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum and others in the cast of hopefuls being assembled for the Iowa caucuses.
And who is Roy Moore, you might reasonably ask. For starters, he is even less presidential than Trump, and that is no small achievement.

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To Kemba Walker: on the merits of reading a good book as well as playing basketball

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Kemba Walker’s play this season was truly remarkable, as was his admission that he read his first book this year, his last at the University of Connecticut.
Remarkable too, and more than a little sad, is that so few — hardly a fan and only one or two reporters — seemed to notice or care.
The thinking seems to be, “He’s going to earn about $2 million next year, so why be concerned with his reading habits?”

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NRA’s faulty marketing

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The NRA wants me. There must be some mistake.
Actually, there’s more than one mistake in the letter the National Rifle Association sent the other day, inviting me to become a member for $25, a $10 saving if I act now. If I joined and signed “the enclosed National Petition to Protect Our Right to Keep and Bear Arms,” I’d also get a free duffel bag, embossed in gold with the initials NRA.
The letter to me is billed as a “Connecticut Gun Owner Priority Communication,” but I am not now and never have been a Connecticut gun owner or a gun owner anywhere else.

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Ugh. Pols following Bieber?

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With the election 20 months away, predicting is perilous, but it’s still a pretty good bet that the next senator from Connecticut will be Congressman Chris Murphy.
Just weeks after announcing he’s running for what’s nearly a lifetime job in this state — Chris Dodd did 30 years, Joe Lieberman will have put in 24 — Murphy has won the endorsement of just about every Democrat who counts, except the governor, who’s presumably too busy for such frivolity.

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Scrambling for a piece of the budget pie

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Giving public employees the right to bargain collectively isn’t a very old idea or a very good one, but it’s not something you take back, certainly not in Connecticut.
In fact, Connecticut Democrats and a few Republicans in the Legislature are making some ill-timed noise about expanding public employee bargaining.

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Blumenthal speaks

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I see Sen. Blumenthal made his maiden speech the other day to remind us he’s still fighting for us. Don’t you wish he’d stop with the fighting?
Blumenthal started fighting for us in his Senate campaign when his opponent’s reluctance to speak to real issues let him get away with it, but he’s continued to use that very tired refrain as a senator.

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A cluttered field

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The field of Republican candidates for president is “cluttered with careless, delusional, egomaniacal, spotlight-chasing candidates to whom the sensible American majority would never entrust a lemonade stand, much less nuclear weapons.”

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