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Dates Announced for Regional Platform Hearings

Hartford, CT – Today, Connecticut Democratic Party Chairwoman Nancy DiNardo announced the formation of the Pre-Convention Rules and Pre-Convention Platform Committees for the 2014 Democratic State Convention. This year’s convention – where Democratic candidates for the state’s six constitutional offices will be nominated for Party endorsement – will be held at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford on May 16 beginning at 4:30 PM.

Both committees are formed in accordance with Party rules, and assemble to assess the need for any amendments or revisions to current forms of the rules and Party platform, respectively. The Rules Committee will also make recommendations on the rules governing the convention itself.

“I am honored to appoint a group of dedicated Democrats from across the state for this important task,” states DiNardo. “These individuals are leaders in their communities and their commitment to the Party is steadfast. I know we will be stronger as a Party and as an organization with their involvement.”


The Connecticut Democratic Party has also released the following regional platform hearings to take place in each congressional district. These meeting are open to the public in order to receive input and recommended amendments to the Party platform in its current version.

CD 1: Tuesday, April 22 at 7:30 PM
State Party Headquarters
330 Main Street, 3rd Floor
Hartford, CT 06106

CD 2: Wednesday, April 23 at 5:30 PM
State Party Regional Headquarters
2-6 Cliff Road
Norwich, CT 06360

CD 3: Tuesday, April 22 at 6 PM
Augusta Lewis Troup School (Auditorium)
259 Edgewood Avenue
New Haven, CT 06511

CD 4: Tuesday, April 22 at 7 PM
Osborn Hill Elementary School
760 Stillson Road
Fairfield, CT 06824

CD 5: Wednesday, April 23 at 7 PM
P. Sam’s Restaurant
1301 Torringford West Street
Torrington, CT 06790

Information regarding media credentialing and logistics to the 2014 Democratic State Convention, as well as a program line-up, will be announced later this month.


Paging Mark Boughton: Would You Have Let Cartus Leave Danbury?

Hartford CT - On the same day the state Department of Labor announced Connecticut added 4900 new jobs in March, Governor Malloy announced a deal with one of Danbury’s largest employers to keep the company in the city and expand its Danbury operations.  Cartus Corp. had been aggressively recruited by officials to relocate to New York and Texas, but thanks to Governor Malloy’s successful economic development strategy, one of Danbury’s largest employers is staying in Connecticut.  GOP candidate for governor and Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton routinely criticizes state economic development agreements, but his comments about yesterday’s announcement were surprisingly vague. Given that, the Connecticut Democratic Party would like to know the answers to the following questions from Mark Boughton:

1. Would you have let Cartus pack up and leave Danbury instead of reaching an economic development deal like the state did, yes or no?

2. Do you support the deal that the State of Connecticut and Cartus reached to keep the company in your city, yes or no?


Connecticut Department Of Labor: “Connecticut Added 4,900 Total Nonfarm Jobs (0.3%) In March.” “Connecticut added 4,900 total nonfarm jobs (0.3%) in March, further restoring positions lost in the extreme January deep freeze. The state has now added 9,400 jobs (0.6%) over the year. The March increase was enhanced by February’s upwardly revised increase (1,400, 0.1%) that was 600 jobs higher than originally reported. The state’s nonfarm employment growth rate appears to be returning to the moderate expansion pace experienced before the winter chill took hold at the start of the year.” [Connecticut Department of Labor, March 2014 Connecticut Labor Situation, 4/17/14]

After Being Courted By Officials From Texas And New York, Cartus Corp. Decided To Stay In Connecticut And Expand Its Danbury Headquarters. “After being aggressively courted by officials from Texas and New York, one of the city’s largest employers has decided to stay in Connecticut and expand its Danbury operations with the help of a $6.5 million forgivable loan announced Thursday by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy. Cartus Corp. is expected to use the loan as part of a $15.4 million expansion of its headquarters on the western side of Danbury slated to begin this summer.” [News-Times (Danbury),4/17/14]

As Part Of The Deal, Cartus Agreed To Retain 1,275 Employees And Will Receive Incentives If They Hire 200 Additional Employees In The Next Five Years. “As part of the deal, the company has agreed to retain 1,275 employees. The loan will be 100 percent forgivable if Cartus hires an additional 200 employees within the next five years. That translates into a cost to the state of $32,500 per employee for the new jobs.” [News-Times (Danbury), 4/17/14]

Boughton Said He Was Pleased Cartus Was Staying In Danbury, But Was Concerned About The Malloy Administration Offering Financial Incentives To Companies To Stay In Connecticut. “Mayor Mark Boughton, who hopes to be the Republican Party’s nominee to challenge Malloy this fall, said while he is pleased the company is staying in Danbury, he is concerned about the number of checks the administration has been funneling to corporations. Boughton briefly shook hands with the governor when he arrived at Cartus before noon and sat in the front row for the speeches. The mayor didn’t make any comments during the event. Boughton had been openly critical in November when the Malloy administration announced a $3 million loan that allowed bicycle manufacturer Cannondale to move its headquarters from Bethel to Wilton. At the time, company officials said they considered moving out of state. ‘Obviously, we have to get away from a system where we have to pay companies to stay,’ Boughton said. ‘If we weren’t ranked as one of the last states to do business in, we wouldn’t have to give out big checks every time a company is thinking of moving. Our business and tax climate should become a natural for businesses.’” [News-Times (Danbury), 4/17/14

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Banner Week for John McKinney: Caves to the NRA & Launches War on Hard Working Families

McKinney’s credibility hits all-time low as he panders to the NRA & contradicts his statements about helping CT’s working families 

Hartford, CT - A day after Senator McKinney said he would sign a repeal of Connecticut’s gun control legislation that he once voted for, he and the GOP caucuses took their pandering up a notch by releasing their “Republican Alternative Budget Proposal.” The document, which is not an actual budget proposal of any sort, includes very few details. It does, however, include one very dangerous detail: eliminating the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), a policy that helps Connecticut working families improve their economic security.

Confused yet? You should be, because in July 2008, the Associated Press quoted McKinney as saying, “‘I think the earned income tax credit is a much better way to raise people out of poverty, because you’re not hurting any employer. You’re not raising the costs of doing business for any employer,’ McKinney said. ‘You’re giving people some of their tax dollars back and empowering them to use them.’”


McKinney Said an Earned Income Tax Credit Was A Better Way to Fight Poverty Than Raising the Minimum Wage. The Associated Press reported in July 2008 that, “’I think the earned income tax credit is a much better way to raise people out of poverty, because you’re not hurting any employer. You’re not raising the costs of doing business for any employer,’ McKinney said. ‘You’re giving people some of their tax dollars back and empowering them to use them.’” [Associated Press State & Local Wire, 7/11/2008]

McKinney Supported a State-Level Earned Income Tax Credit. The Hartford Courant reported in January 2008 that, “The Senate Democrats would also create a state earned income tax credit – a controversial proposal that Rell and Republicans have rejected in recent years… But Senate Republican leader John McKinney of Fairfield said Monday night that he supports the earned income credit because it can provide an economic boost in tough financial times. ‘It was actually Ronald Reagan who was the champion of the federal earned income tax credit as a way to stimulate the economy,’ McKinney said. ‘Surpluses by their very nature are evidence that we are overtaxing people.’” [Hartford Courant, 1/29/2008]

McKinney Supported Federal Earned Income Tax Credit. Connecticut Post Online reported in February 2008 that, “McKinney did not return a call for comment Thursday, but in a news release said the federal EITC helps the working poor find affordable housing, pay for health care and ‘keep their children out of poverty.’” [Connecticut Post Online, 2/1/2008]

McKinney Said He Voted for State Earned Income Tax Credit Proposal in 2007. The Hartford Courant reported in February 2008 that, “Senate Republican leader John McKinney of Southport appeared at a news conference last week with Looney in support of the credit and asked a spirited crowd why everyone was acting as if his support was a surprise. McKinney noted that he had voted for the credit last year.” [Hartford Courant, 2/3/2008] 

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John McKinney Attempts, Fails at Damage Control

Hartford, CT - Connecticut Democratic Party Chairwoman Nancy DiNardo issued the following response to Senator McKinney’s statement regarding his comments to sign a repeal of Connecticut’s gun control legislation, SB 1160:

“Senator McKinney’s response is tortured, at best. And, actually, painful to read. Last night he said if the Legislature sent him a bill repealing the gun control law he voted for last year he would sign it. Pretty straightforward, right? Not if you’re John McKinney. When called out today on it for what it is — political pandering — Senator McKinney dug the hole he created last night even deeper.  He now claims he was addressing a hypothetical that won’t occur. So that gives him license to backtrack on a big vote and pander to the crowd he’s in front of? Senator McKinney is right about one thing- people are disgusted by politics as usual: the kind of politics he exhibited last night, and then today.”

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