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  • ESPN's Howard Bryant: Statistical Analysis in Baseball Is 'Equivalent of Racism'

    04/20/2018 1:16:38 PM PDT · by ethom · 49 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | | April 19, 2018 10:19 PM EDT | By Jay Maxson
    Major League Baseball just observed the 71st anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking the race barrier, but it seems little has changed since 1947 when he endured appalling racism. ESPN's Howard Bryant (in photograph) claims that if Robinson was still alive today, "He would be facing the same sort of vitriol that Colin Kaepernick is facing today." Bryant made these and other pointed remarks about race on The Sporting Life with Jeremy Schaap radio program. Oh, and statistical analysis is racist. It's not surprising that Bryant, an African-American and senior editor for ESPN The Magazine, said race relations haven't improved in...
  • Connecticut Teen Promoting Gun Control School Walkout Encourages All-Day March, (T)

    04/20/2018 8:54:45 AM PDT · by rktman · 12 replies ^ | 4/20/2018 | Penny Starr
    The teenagers who survived a school shooting in February at a Florida high school that killed 17 people have been the focus of national media attention, including some making the list of Time magazine’s annual World’s 100 Most Influential People. And the Parkland, Florida teens are promoting the second National School Walkout taking place across the country on Friday. But the anti-gun, anti-Trump walkout is the brainchild of Lane Murdock, a high school sophomore in Connecticut. “It is not conservative or liberal,” Murdock, 16, said in an interview with National Public Radio (NPR). “It is just about making sure our...
  • Harvey, IL pension crisis 'canary in the coal mine'

    04/20/2018 6:55:42 AM PDT · by george76 · 18 replies
    American Thinker ^ | April 20, 2018 | Rick Moran
    Harvey. Illinois is in the midst of a financial crisis that represents the tip of the iceberg ... The city of 25,000 in the far northwest suburbs of Chicago is suffering from high unemployment (22%). An astonishing 32% of the population lives below the poverty level. This is a deadly mixture that has caused catastrophic shortfalls in revenue, leading to a crisis in funding pensions for the city's retired workers. Since state law prohibits municipal bankruptcy, Harvey has been forced into a situation Illinois has never seen. In February, the state began to garnish Harvey's revenue to fund its pension...
  • Sound Off Connecticut With Jim Vicevich,M-F,9AM-12NOONPM,EDT,WTIC AM,April 16-20,2018

    04/16/2018 6:29:13 AM PDT · by Biggirl
    Sound Off Connecticut With Jim Vicevich ^ | April 16, 2018 | Jim Vicevich
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  • Himes: People Besmirching the Reputations of Comey and Mueller ‘Will Rot in Hell’

    04/13/2018 7:17:48 PM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 49 replies
    freebeacon ^ | April 13, 2018 | Jack Heretik
    People who have been besmirching James Comey and Robert Muellers' reputations "will rot in hell," according to Rep. Jim Himes (D., Conn.). Comey, who has a new book out blasting Trump, and Mueller, who is Special Counsel for the Russia investigation, have fallen under sharp criticism from President Donald Trump and his allies. Himes called Comey a "legend" at the Justice Department and within the FBI, saying on CNN anyone who doesn't work at the White House knows Comey is an "honest and good man." CNN's Kate Bolduan mentioned the criticism from Democrats of Comey when he was investigating Hillary...
  • Democrats Planning Nationwide Protest Over Mueller Investigation, Believe Firings Imminent

    04/13/2018 2:23:56 PM PDT · by ethom · 30 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 1155 AM 04/13/2018 | Joe Simonson
    Democrats believe President Donald Trump will take action to stop the Russia investigation this weekend and are contacting local organizers around the country to plan protests, leaked emails to The Daily Caller News Foundation show. Connecticut Democratic Rep. Jim Himes sent an email out to field organizers in Norwalk and other towns in his home state Friday outlining his concerns that the president will fire either Attorney General Jeff Session, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, or special counsel Robert Mueller. A source connected to the Himes campaign told TheDCNF that the Democrats need “contingency plans” set up in case Trump...
  • Candidate Won't Leave Governor's Forum, Is Dragged off Stage

    04/11/2018 10:36:48 PM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 18 replies
    <p>BROOKFIELD, Conn. (AP) — A Democratic candidate for Connecticut governor who refused to leave a forum where she wasn't invited and had to be dragged off the stage by police is facing criminal charges.</p> <p>Video of Monday night's event at Brookfield High School shows Lee Whitnum sitting in a row with seven invited candidates, yelling she has "every right to be in this debate" and filed her paperwork a year ago.</p>
  • Democrat Candidate For Connecticut Governor Refused To Leave Forum Look What Happened

    04/11/2018 6:27:31 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 26 replies
    Democrat candidate for Connecticut Governor refused to leave forum Look what happened  
  • PD: Lee Whitnum arrested, removed from Democratic gubernatorial forum

    04/10/2018 5:54:33 AM PDT · by Puppage · 27 replies
    WTNH.COM ^ | 04/10/2018 | Kent Pierce
    BROOKFIELD, Conn. (WTNH) - A Democratic candidate for governor had to be dragged off a stage by police Monday night in Brookfield. Police say 57-year-old Lee Whitnum was taken away and arrested under her legal name, Lisa Baker. The incident happened before a Democratic gubernatorial forum at Brookfield High School could even begin. Only some of the many people running for governor were invited to speak at the event. Lee Whitnum was not one of them, but she took the stage anyway. If you have not heard of Whitnum, she has run for officer before calling herself a progressive Democrat....
  • Sound Off Connecticut With Jim Vicevich,M-F,9AM-12NOONPM,EDT,WTIC AM,April 9-13,2018

    04/09/2018 6:05:14 AM PDT · by Biggirl
    Sound Off Connecticut With Jim Vicevich ^ | April 9, 2018 | Jim Vicevich
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  • House of pain: Illinois property taxes up, but home prices lag

    04/08/2018 6:55:58 AM PDT · by george76 · 47 replies
    Illinois Policy ^ | 4/8/2018 | Orphe Divounguy, Bryce Hill, Joe Tabor
    Skyrocketing property taxes, a sluggish state economy and Illinois’ outmigration crisis could spell trouble for the housing market. Most people view their decision to buy a home at least in part as an investment. For most households, the net equity in their home represents the bulk of their net worth. But it’s more than just a financial decision – it’s a sign of trust and certainty in the future of a given community. Unfortunately, government data suggest home prices in Illinois are still down 10 percent compared with 2006. And over the same time, property tax bills have gone up...
  • Sound Off Connecticut With Jim Vicevich,M-F,9AM-12NOONPM,EDT,WTIC AM,April 2-6,2018

    04/02/2018 5:33:56 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 1 replies
    Sound Off Connecticut With Jim Vicevich ^ | April 2, 2018 | Jim Vicevich
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  • Rep. Esty responds after keeping on aide accused of abuse: 'I am not resigning'

    03/30/2018 4:43:42 PM PDT · by McGruff · 22 replies
    CNN ^ | March 30, 2018 | Sunlen Serfaty
    Democratic Rep. Elizabeth Esty, who has apologized after she kept on a top aide for several months despite having learned of abuse allegations against him, said Friday that she has no plans to resign. "For those who have asked, I want to be clear that I am not resigning," the Connecticut lawmaker said in a statement to CNN. "I have important work to do in Congress including building on the lessons of this horrible series of events." Esty entered into a nondisclosure agreement with her former chief of staff Tony Baker and wrote a reference letter for him even after...
  • Congresswoman apologizes for not protecting women in her office

    03/30/2018 7:01:36 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 17 replies
    CBS "News" ^ | March 30, 2018
    HARTFORD, Conn. — Rep. Elizabeth Esty issued an apology Thursday for failing to protect female employees who say they were harassed by her former chief of staff, including one woman who said she was punched in the back and received death threats. The three-term Democratic congresswoman from Connecticut on Thursday also personally repaid the federal government $5,000 in severance issued to now-fired Tony Baker, according to her current chief of staff, Timothy Daly. Esty, known in Congress for advocating women's rights issues, said she has since hired new senior staff and instituted mandatory harassment training.
  • Murphy talks school safety with New Haven high school students

    03/28/2018 5:25:40 PM PDT · by BillyBonebrake · 17 replies
    The New Have Register ^ | March 28, 2018 | Jessica Lerner
    Instead of talking at the heads of 100 teenagers in blue auditorium seats, U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., was more interested in having a conversation with the students at James Hillhouse High School Wednesday during a forum on school safety and gun violence. ........... What he’s worried about is schools going too far and in the name of “school safety” arresting too many kids — most of them black — for behavior that used to be taken care of within the school, he said. While not being able to speak about the specifics at Hillhouse, Murphy said the evidence shows...
  • Beyond Guns: Democrats Introduce Bullet Control Bill

    03/27/2018 10:41:52 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 83 replies ^ | 3/27/18 | Derek Hunter
    In the wake of the “March For Our Lives” rally Saturday, and with no legislative appetite for more gun control laws, Democrats in both the House and Senate have introduced a bill requiring background checks for purchasing bullets. “You do not have the right to bear bullets,” said Congresswoman and former Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz at a press conference Monday announcing the introduction of a bill that would require instant background checks to purchase ammunition. The Ammunition Background Check Act was introduced by Wasserman Schultz in the House and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) in the Senate. Like its...
  • Sound Off Connecticut With Jim Vicevich,M-F,9AM-12NOONPM,WTIC AM,March 26-30,2018

    03/26/2018 5:05:37 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 4 replies
    Sound Off Connecticut With Jim Vicevich ^ | March 26, 2018 | Jim Vicevich
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  • Rick Santorum: Teens should learn CPR instead of protesting for 'phony gun laws'

    03/25/2018 6:17:10 PM PDT · by DeathBeforeDishonor1 · 26 replies
    Dailymail ^ | 3/25/18 | Nikki Scwab
    Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum said Sunday that student activists should take a CPR class instead of protesting for stricter gun laws. During a panel discussion on CNN's State of the Union, Santorum suggested the kids were 'looking to someone else to solve their problem' 'They took action to ask someone to pass a law,' the former lawmaker said, calling gun control laws 'phony' Santorum was met with criticism by activists, including the daughter of the principal of Sandy Hook Elementary School and David Hogg of Parkland, Fla Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum suggested that the students who took to...
  • Trump to Hire Lawyer Who Has Pushed Theory That Justice Dept. Framed the President

    03/19/2018 10:19:32 AM PDT · by monkapotamus · 123 replies
    The New York Times ^ | March 19, 2018 | MAGGIE HABERMAN and MICHAEL S. SCHMIDT
    MANCHESTER, N.H. — President Trump has decided to hire the longtime Washington lawyer Joseph E. diGenova, who has pushed the theory on television that Mr. Trump was framed by F.B.I. and Justice Department officials, to bolster his legal team, according to three people told of the decision. Mr. diGenova is not expected to take a lead role but will instead serve as a more aggressive player on the president’s legal team. Mr. Trump broke over the weekend from the longstanding advice of some of his lawyers that he refrain from directly attacking the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, a...
  • Sound Off Connecticut With Jim Vicevich,M-F,9AM-12NOONPM,EDT,WTIC AM,March 19-23,2018

    03/19/2018 6:14:04 AM PDT · by Biggirl
    Sound Off Connecticut With Jim Vicevich ^ | March 19, 2018 | Jim Vicevich
    Good Morning And Welcome!