CT VOTERS: NO KENO, NO TOLLS; UNDECIDED ON GOV’S RACE

The latest Quinnipiac poll shows most Connecticut voters remain undecided about who they will support for Governor this fall. According to the poll, among Democrats, 44 percent of voters are undecided, while businessman Ned Lamont gets 28 percent to former Stamford Mayor Dan Malloy’s 18 percent. No other candidate tops 4 percent. On the Republican side, former ambassador Tom Foley has emerged as a leader in the primary campaign with 30 percent, but 50 percent are undecided. No other candidate tops 4 percent. Not unlike Democrat Linda McMahon, Foley is using his vast wealth to be up on TV—the only Republican candidate to do so.

Meanwhile, despite all her problems, Susan Bysiewicz has a comfortable lead in the race for attorney general (assuming a judge declares her eligible to run for and serve in the office) with former state Senate Majority Leader George Jepsen getting 10%. State Rep. Cameron Staples did not top 2%.

The poll also addressed some of the more controversial issues being considered by the legislature. Voters gave a big thumbs down to allowing the Keno gambling game in restaurants, bars and taverns. They said “no” 70 – 27 percent. Voters also don’t like the idea of putting tolls on the state’s highways. By a margin of 56 – 40, voters don’t want the tolls. The issue may be moot as the transportation committee of the legislature yesterday referred the toll issue for more study.

The state legislature’s Education Committee held a hearing on a bill addressing concussions among high school athletes. Among other things, the bill requires medical clearance before an athlete can return to competition .

Senate Majority Leader Marty Looney has been a leader on the concussion issue, “This bill addresses a very serious issue affecting both the short and long term health of the more than one hundred thousand student athletes participating in scholastic youth sports each year here in Connecticut,” said Senator Looney. “National statistics indicate that more than 40 percent of high school athletes who suffer concussions return to play before it is safe to do so. We must do better.”

The author of The Shad suffered a number of concussions playing high school and college hockey (yeah, I know, it explains a lot). And even then there was little structure as to how to handle it. Unless I was hallucinating myself in French class—which actually happened once after a particularly nasty hit that plastered me into the no-give boards—I was practicing the next day. It would have been nice to have these rules in place then.
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Lt. Governor Michael Fedele says if he is elected governor, he will not raise taxes and in fact, does not want to talk about revenue at all. With the state facing billion-dollar deficits over the next few years, Fedele apparently plans draconian cuts to just about everything although he singled out state employee pension payments and state employee “longevity payments” as two particular areas.

Rival Tom Foley correctly asked why Fedele didn’t push his “no new taxes” plan with his boss, Gov. Jodi Rell, who has proposed or agreed to new taxes under every budget.