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    According to the latest Quinnipiac Poll, our Governor's approval rating is at 31%. The Legislature's approval rating is 29%.

    The poll has a sampling margin of error of plus or minus 3%.

    Makes me wonder, what is the approval rating for Gov. Davis in California?

    Well, maybe if they got their heads out of their rear-ends and started doing a better job...
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    The last I heard on the soon to be former Governor Davis was somewhere in the low to mid 20% range.

    I don't know how I feel about recalls (I don't live in Cali) but maybe, just maybe, it will help to smack the useless idiots, er, ah, our elected representatives into doing what is right for us, not for themselves.

    I live in Mass. and the new Gov is trying to do a lot of reformation but is butting heads with the useless, established adn close minded legislature. They seem to forget what they are there for, and we just seem to keep electing the same useless bums.
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    I think it's called Hubris.

    Had Gov. Rowland bowed out after two terms, he would've remained a fairly well respected politician in the state.

    The corruption scandals, some of which are coming very close to him, and the state budget problems could be seen coming. He's not going to have an easy third & last term!

    OTOH, I think think Moria Lyons (Speaker of House) and the other state legislative leadership are a bunch of incompentent bufoons. Gee, how do I really feel? Um, if you gave them Thomas Jefferson as an aide they still couldn't write a good piece of legislation, and if you gave them a caucus to lead out of the inside of a wet paper bag and gave them all knives, they'd stab each to death bumbling around before figuring out how to get out of the bag.

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    Rowland Will Resign
    9:57 AM EDT,June 21, 2004
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    Connecticut Gov. John G. Rowland will announce his resignation tonight, according to sources, ending months of speculation and weeks of legislative hearings by the bipartisan House Select Committee.

    The governor is planning to announce his resignation on a live television address to the state at 6 p.m., an administration source and another source familiar with the situation told the AP and The Courant. The governor's plans to resign were first reported this morning by WTNH-TV, Channel 8.


    If I heard right on the news on Friday, 9 of the 12 *defense* witnesses Rowland was planning to call for his impeachment hearing...were planning to plead to the 5th!
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    I can't wait for that jackass to get out of office! Even though I'm Republican, I've always voted against him.


    Hopefully Rell will be good for the fire service...she's helped us out before and her husband's a volunteer...
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    HOT TUB JOHNNY!

    Well , I think we can all guess who will win the WPLR Chaz & AJ "Loser of The Week" contest on Friday morning. I can't wait to hear that on the way to work.

    I don't really know much about Rell but it won't take much to do better than the jackass we have for another 5 hours.
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    Actually we have to deal with him for another 9 days...leaving office as of July 1st
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    Crap.
    Even the burger-flippers at McDonald's probably have some McWackers.

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    Just announced during his press conference that he's stepping down at noon on July 1st.

    So where's the party at 12:01?
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    Yea, I was just watching that. I was out mowing the lawn and I almost forgot about it. I didn't want to miss that sharade. I don't know what that speech had to do with anything. But at this point, he just needs to get out so life can return to normal.
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    Connecticut governor distances herself from Rowland

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    HARTFORD, Conn. - After being sworn in as Connecticut's 87th governor, M. Jodi Rell wasted no time distancing herself from her disgraced former running mate, John G. Rowland.

    Rell signed an executive order - the first of her fledgling administration - that aims to toughen state ethics laws for those who work for the governor and in the executive branch.

    "Let the message be clear: From this day forward, if you are entrusted with public office, you will uphold the highest standards of public integrity and ethical principles," Rell said in her inaugural address Thursday.

    It was a clear indication that Rell wants to take state government in a sharply different direction than Rowland, who resigned amid a federal corruption investigation and possible impeachment. Rowland had come under fire for accepting gifts from state contractors, friends and politically appointed employees.

    According to Rell's executive order, state employees who oversee, review and award state contracts will have to file a personal financial statement with the state Ethics Commission within 30 days. That information could include investments and loans.

    Her order requires state contractors to disclose any political contributions they've made to candidates for statewide office or the legislature.

    Rell, 58, also let state employees know that she plans to bring change to Connecticut government.

    "We now have a historic opportunity to restore public trust and confidence in our state government," she wrote in an e-mail sent to all executive branch employees.

    "Working together, we can prove that state government is important, that we can manage our government with the highest standards of ethics and integrity and that we can efficiently deliver programs and services that people want and need," she said, thanking state employees for their dedication over the years.

    Rowland had been at loggerheads with many unionized state workers and most recently ordered thousands of layoffs.

    Rell has already also appointed a new legal counsel, chief of staff and spokesman. On Friday, she met briefly with about 25 commissioners who oversee state agencies such as environmental protection and corrections and asked each one to submit their resignations.

    The officials' resignations take effect on Aug. 1, unless Rell decides to keep some of them on her team. Several commissioners who have come under fire for various reasons are expected to be ousted.

    Rowland, 47, once a rising star in the Republican Party, announced his resignation last week. In his final days in office he had largely disappeared from public view, spending much of his time moving from the executive residence in Hartford to a home in West Hartford.

    He has not said what he plans to do next.

    Many who attended Thursday's inaugural - a pared-down, somber version of the traditional ceremonies - said they personally felt sad for Rowland and his family. But they are relieved the corruption cloud that has dogged the nearly three-term governor has lifted.

    "It's something that's never happened in the history of our state. That's behind us now and we look forward now to a new era," said former Lt. Gov. Joseph Fauliso, a Democrat who served until 1991.

    Democrats and Republicans alike praised Rell for setting a new tone and pledged to work with her.

    "We want to help her in any way we can. The people of this state really do want some bipartisanship. They want people working together," said U.S. Sen. Christopher Dodd, D-Conn.

    Newly minted Lt. Gov. Kevin Sullivan, a Democrat from West Hartford and the former Senate president pro tem, said he will cooperate with Rell despite their political party differences.

    "Today we have a new leader in Connecticut. It is her time," Sullivan said. "And Governor Rell has already made a brand new start. It is our time to give her our support. And I pledge to do just that."
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    Not really... Connecticut is home to alot of corrupt politician. It's also bad to live in Connecticut because of the extremly high taxes and extremly high cost of living.
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    Not really... Connecticut is home to alot of corrupt politician. It's also bad to live in Connecticut because of the extremly high taxes and extremly high cost of living.

    Blah Blah Blah, Cry Cry Cry

    You forgot to mention your thought that you can't find a job unless you are older than 31 or some BS like that...which is news to me...
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    Blah Blah Blah, Cry Cry Cry

    You forgot to mention your thought that you can't find a job unless you are older than 31 or some BS like that...which is news to me...
    Oh yea, don't forget the mass exodus of young people leaving Connecticut. The fact that connecticut is only for people who are over 31. Connecticut is not really a state for young people. The job market here is not the greatest and not the hottest. It's also home to the high taxes, High mill rates and high cost of living.
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    What type of job are you looking for? If you cannot find a job, maybe you should find a different career.

    I'll be offline for a while, I have to go alert everyone that I know under 31 that we better leave...we better leave our careers behind...buy a clue...
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    Originally posted by Adze39
    What type of job are you looking for? If you cannot find a job, maybe you should find a different career.

    I'll be offline for a while, I have to go alert everyone that I know under 31 that we better leave...we better leave our careers behind...buy a clue...
    It's true, if you look at town's Like New Britain, bridgeport, Hartford, waterbury and New Haven. It seems that town's like those can't attract people to live in. The tax rates in these towns are soo badt that people under 31 are leaving Connecticut in droves. Heck look at boston, why do people move and stay in boston.
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    Originally posted by rescueranger21


    It's true, if you look at town's Like New Britain, bridgeport, Hartford, waterbury and New Haven. It seems that town's like those can't attract people to live in. The tax rates in these towns are soo badt that people under 31 are leaving Connecticut in droves. Heck look at boston, why do people move and stay in boston.
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    Because you do not live in Boston?
    Ahh your wrong capt. I think people under 31 just want to be real "jakes" and are getting thier one year of residency out of the way before the Boot!.

    Heck look at boston, why do people move and stay in boston.
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    Originally posted by rescueranger21
    if you look at town's Like New Britain, bridgeport, Hartford, waterbury and New Haven. It seems that town's like those can't attract people to live in.
    So, because no one wants to live in the cities, that means that everyone is leaving...okay...that's why all the suburbs around those cities are growing in population. Yes, people are leaving the cities...but that is because they are moving to the suburbs. CT's overall population increased in 2003 from the census of 2000...sure looks like people are moving away...
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    hey Adze39,

    Name me one town in the state of Connecticut that has seen an increase of population from urban to suburban. Of course, everyone is leaving the cities. Wouldn't you want to live in a plauged, depressing cities, like New Britain, Hartford, Waterbury, New Haven and Bridgeport, I don't think so. The problem with connecticut is that the taxes are too high. The cost of living is too high. They tax you on everything including gas. Their's nothing for anyone under 31 to do. Connecticut is the most conservative state in the nation and the most corrupt state in the nation. The problem with connecticut is that the job market in connecticut went south when lowell wicker came into office and it continued with john rowland. The only problem with connecticut is that, it's corrupted with crooked politions and crooked corporations.

    Also, what do everyone think of Gov M. Jodi Rell and her husband who is a vol Firefighter in brookfeild, CT?
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    Because you do not live in Boston?
    hey CaptainGonzo,

    R u Crazy? Why would i want to live in Boston red sOx turf where they are losing soo badly and their pitching staff sux's. Connecticut is New York Yankees Turff and it will always be Yankee's turf.

    Oh and one more thing, GO YANKEES, BEAT RED SOX'S
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    Originally posted by rescueranger21
    hey Adze39,

    Name me one town in the state of Connecticut that has seen an increase of population
    Canton, Avon, Simsbury, Bloomfield, Windsor Locks, East Windsor, Ellington...shall I go on?


    CT towns growing faster than cities

    Connecticut's population grew slightly last year, with the greatest increases in outer-ring suburbs and towns with fewer than 10,000 people, the U.S. Census estimated Thursday.

    The state population grew almost three-quarters of a percent, to an estimated 3,483,372 people in 2003, the census said.

    Growth was greatest in Canton, where the population grew almost 4 percent in one year to 9,400 people, the census estimated. The small towns of Hampton, Oxford, Scotland and Ellington grew nearly 3 percent.

    This was no news to Jim Barraclough, florist manager at Hinman's in Canton, a garden and flower shop that has been located along the ever-busier Route 44 since 1975.

    "We've seen more people in here that I don't know," Barraclough said.

    The neighboring town of Avon grew 2.3 percent over the year, and Simsbury grew more than a third of 1 percent.

    The census uses many statistics, including housing figures, to estimate population changes since the head-count census in 2000. Any place where a lot of new homes are going up is likely to be a place of population growth, especially where land is cheaper than in the inner-ring suburbs.

    State housing figures show that Canton and Hampton were the second and third-fastest growing communities in the state from 1993 to 2003, said Jolie Sun, a research analyst with the Department of Economic and Community Development.

    The fastest-growing town is Vernon, Sun said, with a 24.8 percent increase in housing.

    Connecticut's cities also grew, although much more slowly than most towns.

    New Haven's population increased about one quarter of 1 percent to 124,512, which would put the Elm City ahead of Hartford as Connecticut's second-largest city. Hartford's growth was six-tenths of 1 percent, to 124,387 people. The state's largest city remained Bridgeport, with an estimated 139,664 people - an increase of about 61 people since 2002.

    Danbury is the state's seventh-largest city, but it had the biggest growth of any city - about four-fifths of 1 percent, to 77,353 people. Stamford grew four-tenths of 1 percent to 120,107, followed by Waterbury at 108,130 and Norwalk at 84,170 people - increases of about a third of 1 percent.


    The census continued to show a decline in New London's population from 2002 to 2003, a little more than a tenth of 1 percent, to 26,201.

    New London area leaders dispute the census estimates, since they were based on the 2000 census, before the Mohegan Sun casino expansion opened, said Deborah Donovan, marketing director for the Southeastern Connecticut Enterprise Region.

    New London is projecting population growth, especially among casino workers and Hispanics.

    Many new apartments have opened downtown in the past year, Donovan said.

    Tolland, Windham and Middlesex Counties each grew more than 1 percent, and the state's most populous county, Fairfield, grew slowest, at half a percent, the census said.

    Hartford County saw a 0.59 percent increase, while New Haven, New London and Litchfield Counties each grew at about three-quarters of 1 percent.

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    Hey...look at that! Bridgeport, Waterbury, Hartford, New Haven...all cities you named...all had increases in population!!!
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    Originally posted by rescueranger21


    hey CaptainGonzo,

    R u Crazy? Why would i want to live in Boston red sOx turf where they are losing soo badly and their pitching staff sux's. Connecticut is New York Yankees Turff and it will always be Yankee's turf.

    Oh and one more thing, GO YANKEES, BEAT RED SOX'S

    Actually, CT is the battle ground of the Yankees/Red Sox. $@(& the Yankees!
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    Originally posted by rescueranger21


    hey CaptainGonzo,

    R u Crazy? Why would i want to live in Boston red sOx turf where they are losing soo badly and their pitching staff sux's. Connecticut is New York Yankees Turff and it will always be Yankee's turf.

    Oh and one more thing, GO YANKEES, BEAT RED SOX'S
    I'm not crazy.
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