FOLEY LEADS LAMONT, MALLOY IN LATEST RASMUSSEN POLL

Republican Tom Foley leads Ned Lamont and Dan Malloy, considered the Democratic front-runners, in the latest Rasmussen telephone poll. The survey finds Foley leading Lamont 44 percent to 37 percent. Two months ago, Foley trailed Lamont 40 percent to 37 percent. 13 percent are undecided in this latest poll. The Foley lead is likely due in large part to his television advertising. His chief Republican rival, Lt. Governor Mike Fedele just recently bought some TV time but Foley has been on for months.

Foley, a former U.S. ambassador to Ireland, leads former Stamford Mayor Dan Malloy 44 percent to 35 percent. The two men were virtually tied in the previous survey. 14 percent are undecided.

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A controversy is developing at the state Capitol over the old Gadsden Flag, the bright yellow flag with the image of a coiled rattlesnake and the words “Don’t Tread on Me.”

The flag has been adopted by tea party activists and tomorrow, the flag will fly over the state Capitol. The Connecticut Tea Party Patriots received permission from the state Capitol police to fly the flag through April 15.

According to the Hartford Courant, the state’s policy regarding flags specifies that only flags from the U.S., its states or territories, recognized Indian tribes, nations with which the U.S. has diplomatic relations and military organizations can fly at the highly visible spot over the state Capitol.

The Gadsden Flag dates to 1775 and is often associated with the Marine Corps which is apparently how the permission to fly was granted.

The Shad thinks that in this context, the flag has no business flying over the Capitol. The tea party movement has hijacked the flag for its partisan purposes and the state Capitol police are playing right into their hands by allowing it. The tea partyers will gather for a flag-raising ceremony tomorrow, and afterward candidates endorsed by the Connecticut Tea Party Patriots will host a press conference. The Shad is rarely outraged by such things but this qualifies. The legislature should quickly do something about it such as replace the Gadsden flag with another truly honoring the Maine Corps.

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So what has Sen. Scott Brown (R-Massachusetts) been up to since he set the political world on its ear by being elected to the Senate right in the heat of the health care debate. Well, depending on your perspective, he is either fighting for Massachusetts jobs or he has completely sold out and has become just like all the others—pushing wasteful spending.

Brown says he will fight to fund a multibillion dollar weapons program that could generate jobs in Massachusetts. The problem is, the Pentagon says it doesn’t need it.

Brown’s support for General Electrics bid to build a backup engine for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter puts the new senator in the middle of a confrontation over congressional earmarks.

Brown’s office said in a statement to the Boston Globe that the freshman senator believes “this project benefits both our military and our state.’’ It was Brown’s first public statement on how he will vote on military spending matters.