RELL’S ASKED TO WITHDRAW JUDGE NOMINEES

The co-chairmen of the legislature’s judiciary committee and as many as 90 other Democrats are asking Gov. Rell to withdraw her 10 nominees for Superior Court Judgeships until the financial health of the judicial branch can be straightened out. That list of 10 includes Rell budget chief Robert Genuario who is busy trying to figure out how to best plug the state budget deficit of $750 million for 2011.

State Rep. Michael Lawlor and state Senator Andrew McDonald have been asking the governor for some time now to hold off on filling the positions. Lawlor and McDonald say the state cannot afford the more than $2 million it would cost to hire the judges. The state’s judicial branch has closed courthouses and law libraries.

Lawlor says if the governor insists on submitting the names, some “fine and upstanding people” will be unnecessarily denied. Not because they’re not qualified but because the judicial branch must get its financial house in order first.

The governor has had nothing to say on the situation which should be unacceptable to the taxpayers of the state.

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When the governor proposed an early retirement program (ERIP) for state workers as a way to address the budget deficit, Democratic candidates for governor panned the idea—what did we expect them to do? Both Dan Malloy and Ned Lamont blasted the plan saying it would cost money in the long run.

When asked about the criticism, state House Minority Leader Larry Cafero chose to attack the candidates and their campaigns rather than defend the ERIP.

“Their response and reaction to the early retirement plan epitomizes their campaigns,” Cafero, of Norwalk, said in an interview with the Hartford Courant. “Neither of them has specified one program they would cut to balance this budget. These two gentlemen, who hope to be governor, deserve to give an explanation to the people. They owe the public nothing less. What is their plan?…That’s like being in the stands, saying the pitcher is not throwing the right pitches,” Cafero said. “You’ve got to go down on the field and throw one.”

Really? First, someone in the stands need not be required to throw a pitch on the field to be qualified to know you have to throw strikes to win (not to mention you’d be arrested if you tried to pry the ball from Tim Wakefield’s hands—The Shad has actually thought about trying it). And secondly, Cafero is doing exactly what he is accusing Lamont and Malloy of doing. Cafero’s name was tossed around as a possible candidate for governor until he said he would not run. So maybe before he rips other candidates’ campaigns, he should become a candidate himself.

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Spray it with some Windex, wrap with duct tape—it will be just fine. A passenger aboard American Airlines Flight 1203 from Toronto to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport,  never expected what he saw from his window seat last Friday.
A patch on the engine housing appeared to be duct tape.
“First thought was: ‘I can’t believe they’d fly a plane with duct tape on the outside of it,’” Brad Bisallion said. “Next thought was: ‘We’ve been up here for an hour. If anything was going to happen, it would have already,’” he told KHOU.com in Houston.
American Airlines confirmed the jet flying that route with the small patch was its plane, but the airline said what appeared to be duct tape is really called “high speed tape” in the aviation biz. High speed tape is made of aluminum, and has a stronger adhesive than duct tape.
It’s a lot more expensive, too. A half-inch wide, 60-yard roll retails for $38.95, KHOU reported.
Aviation consultant Denny Kelly says airlines use it regularly. “I would be surprised if  today — right now —  if there’s not an airplane on every airline in the United States that’s not flying around with some of this stuff on it,” he said. Should we comforted or freaked out about that?
The FAA allows high speed tape as a temporary patch. It’s meant for punctures, scrapes, or surface damage.
American said its Boeing 737 last Friday had the tape applied for an approved use. It wasn’t a hole, said an American spokesman; instead, the high-speed tape was placed over a panel with a weak thumb latch.