UCONN WOMEN BREAK RECORD; CALHOUN TO RETIRE?

It’s official (as if anyone really doubted it). The UConn women’s basketball team broke the record for consecutive wins previously held by…UConn. There’s no telling how far these women can go. The players and coach Geno Auriemma attributed the streak to hard work and consistency.

SNY-TV reported Monday that “Sources close to Jim Calhoun believe he will retire at season’s end.” The statement was made during the New York sports cable channel’s “Loudmouths” program.

Calhoun’s son, Jeff Calhoun, later told SNY that his father hasn’t made any decisions about retirement. Calhoun missed seven games this season because of an unexplained medical condition.

http://web.sny.tv/news/article.jsp?ymd=20100308&content_id=8723132&oid=2&vkey=21

Back to the women; the next streak to go after? Sports columnists and talk shows suggest it could be the 88 wins put together by the UCLA men’s team in the ‘70s—a streak broken by Notre Dame (think the superstitious were worried because of that last night)? Some of these same columnists have correctly suggested the UConn women’s streak would be more meaningful if the name “Tennessee” had been in the list of defeated schools. The two women’s basketball powers don’t play each other anymore. They should find a way to get past their differences and play each other once every year. It should be about exciting competition not about personalities.
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Republican US Senate candidate Rob Simmons has nailed down a big-name endorsement from a Republican former Congresswoman. Nancy Johnson, who represented the sixth and then the fifth district for a total of 24 years from 1983 to 2007, is backing Simmons for the nomination.

According to the Simmons news release, Johnson served 18 years on the House Ways and Means Committee, including as chairwoman of the House Ways and Means Subcommittees on Oversight and Health, and authored major health care and tax legislation. She lost her 2006 re-election bid to state Senator Christopher Murphy who remains in the office.

One area in which Simmons may not want to follow Johnson is campaign advertising. Many credit Johnson’s “scorched earth” commercials with pushing voters toward the already popular Murphy. One Johnson ad purported to show Murphy (from behind, clearly an actor) being welcomed into the home of a group of drug users/dealers. It was based on some state Senate votes on sentencing for drug offenses. There was a serious backlash against Johnson for the ads. Simmons and McMahon are locked in a semi-nasty battle for the Republican nomination for the seat being vacated by Democrat Chris Dodd.
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President Obama’s health care reform plan depends largely on the personal mandate it contains. Not unlike Massachusetts, the new law would require nearly everyone to buy into some sort of health insurance plan. “Not so fast,” says states like Virginia. The Virginia Legislature is ready to become the first state to enact a law that says citizens cannot be required to have medical insurance. That would set up an epic Constitutional battle between federal and states’ rights.

The Obama administration dismisses such moves as talking points of the federal plan’s opponents. Some Virginia advocates say the states should be able to decide such issues. A court, possibly the Supreme Court, will likely end up deciding the issue.
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It was with great fanfare months ago that Gov. Rell announced she would place on the bond agenda money for a new juvenile detention center for girls in Bridgeport. Rell hailed it as a major accomplishment of her administration in that there’s been no such facility since the closing of the Long Lane School years ago.

However, the governor apparently failed to include Bridgeport’s mayor and legislative delegation in the process. Led by state Rep. Chris Caruso, the group objected to the neighborhood the administration chose and in fact, argued successfully that Bridgeport already bears the burden of such facilities. The governor pulled it from the bond commission agenda.

Now the governor has completed her “fold” on the issue, announcing she will restart the process by putting out a new “request for proposal” (RFP) for the project. Caruso and Company say they won’t be completely satisfied until the Bridgeport site is off the table.