The Wheelhouse Digest
1:17 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

Bargains and Ballots

Have you been spending too many hours playing outside? Working on those tan lines? We don’t blame you, the weather’s been gorgeous.

While you were out, political news has continued to churn. But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.

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OBAMA TRIES TO BARGAIN
The President attempts a new deal on jobs and taxes.

President Obama recently proposed a deal to cut corporate tax rates if the Republican party agrees to work on programs to generate more middle-class jobs. The proposal, tagged by the president as a “grand bargain,” is an effort to break partisan gridlock as Congress will have to face more debate on taxes and spending this fall. Obama said, "I'm just going to keep throwing out ideas." 

Read more at The New York Times.

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TONI HARP TO APPEAR ON NEW HAVEN MAYORAL BALLOT

Through a petition of her supporters, State Sen. Toni Harp finally got her name on the New Haven mayoral ballot after the Democratic party’s embarrassing blunder last week. Now she’s dealing with public relations issues regarding her family’s tax history. To help, Harp has hired experienced political consultant Patrick Scully.

Read more at The Hartford Courant.

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NSA VOTE SWAYED BY DEFENSE INDUSTRY SUPPORT?

Last week, the House voted down a measure to curtail NSA phone-spying, 217 to 205. The “no” voters received twice as much campaign financing from the defense and intelligence industries than the “yes” voters did, according to an analysis of the vote for WIRED by MapLight.

Read more at WIRED.

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BASS PRO SHOPS DELAYED IN BRIDGEPORT

The state will provide at least $22 million to help build a Bass Pro Shops site in Bridgeport. The outdoor megastore was originally slated to open its doors by this Christmas, but due to delays will wait until at least the spring of 2015.

Read more at Connecticut Post.

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SANDY HOOK REPORT WILL BE OUT SOON

Governor Dannel Malloy announced that we should expect a timeline report on the December Sandy Hook shooting this coming week. A complete investigative police report may also be released to the public in the next couple of months.

Read more at NBC Connecticut.