Hearst Newspapers recently ran a rather riveting feature on the role of wealth in running for top elected offices here in Connecticut or representing Connecticut in Washington. Hearst Newspapers include the Stamford Advocate, Greenwich Time, Connecticut Post and others. The feature was written by the talented, long-time Connecticut Post Capitol reporter Ken Dixon. Some of the profiles in the piece were written by the Stamford Advocate’s Brian Lockhart, also a fine writer at the Capitol.

US Senate candidate Linda McMahon makes no attempt to hide the fact she plans to use the family fortune built on professional wrestling in her race for the Republican nomination for US Senate—the seat being vacated by Chris Dodd. She has said she is willing to spend $50 million of her own money in the race.

There are mixed signals from the McMahon campaign as to what role her husband Vince will play. He is featured in a currently running TV ad for Linda but has not been present at campaign events or the last debate. Vince has also not taken many measures to distance himself from the race or to down-play their wealth. He keeps a 47-foot sports yacht named “Sexy Bitch” docked in Boca Raton, Florida. And as a side note, Vince better hit the gym because on the TV show “Monday Night Raw,” wrestler Brett “The Hitman” Hart threatened to sue Vince “for every penny he has.” Hmmm.

The story of the role of wealth in this election cycle is at:
After years of failed attempts to pass on bills requiring seat belts of school buses, the legislature’s Transportation Committee voted 29-7 in favor of a bill that would require three-point, seat belts in school buses purchased in 2012 or later. The catalyst for passage this year was the death of 16-year old Vikas Parikh of Rocky Vikas died as a result of a Jan. 9 school bus crash on I-84.

The bill is opposed by the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education, the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities and the Connecticut School Transportation Association. They worry about costs and say that seat belts are not necessary because of the high-backed cushioned seats on buses that are placed close together to absorb impact. The bill has to be passed by the state Senate and House and be signed by the governor.