The Wheelhouse Digest
12:09 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

Harp Endorsement and Twitter Clutter

If today's episode of the Colin McEnroe Show on urine doesn't captivate all of your attention, here are some of the stories you should know about.

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HARTFORD SCHOOL BEING INVESTIGATED FOR CHEATING
State is looking into "irregularities" on CMT scores at Betances Elementary School.

The State Department of Education retained a law firm to investigate the latest Connecticut Mastery Test results from Betances Elementary School. In a statement, Superintendent Christina Kishimoto and Matthew Poland, Chairman of the Hartford Board of Education said they "have requested and are totally committed to a full and swift investigation and to holding any responsible individual(s) accountable."

Read more at The Hartford Courant

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MALLOY TO BACK HARP
Governor expected to announce his support tonight for New Haven mayoral candidate.

New Haven mayoral candidate Toni Harp (D).
New Haven mayoral candidate Toni Harp (D).
Credit Thomas MacMillan / The New Haven Independent

There’s a debate over how much an endorsement helps a candidate, but Governor Dannel Malloy is wading into the New Haven mayoral race to endorse state Senator Toni Harp. The winner of the four-way primary on September 10 will likely win the general election in the highly-Democratic Elm City.

Read more at The New Haven Register.

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BOUGHTON FIGHTS TWITTER CLUTTER
Republican hopeful for governor is under fire for deleting tweets.

Mark Boughton's Twitter profile.
Mark Boughton's Twitter profile.

Outside of Danbury, Republican Mayor Mark Boughton may best be known for his Twitter account. So not surprisingly, it’s his Twitter activity that is coming under fire. The self-described #BigPoppa admits to deleting tweets every few months to “unclutter the clutter.” But his colorful tweets don’t seem to be slowing down.

Read more at Connecticut Magazine.

Also, Mark Pazniokas analyzes Boughton’s exploratory candidacy.

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TRANSFER OF FEMALE PRISONERS ON HOLD
Bureau of Prisoners won't send Danbury inmates to Alabama yet.

The original plan to transfer the majority of Danbury Federal Correctional Institution’s female population to Aliceville, Alabama was put on hold. This comes as a relief to Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy, who said the move would “dramatically disrupt the lives of these female inmates and the young children they often leave behind.”

Read more at The Connecticut Mirror.

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UCONN AND HARTFORD MENDING FENCES
City of Hartford disagreed with UConn's new downtown Hartford location.

"We are all committed to making this a win-win for both parties and ensuring that the new campus is designed and built to meet the needs of UConn students and faculty while adding incredible new life to downtown Hartford." - Official Statement

City leaders and university officials met yesterday to talk about their disagreements over using the old Hartford Times building as the location of UConn’s new downtown Hartford location. Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra and other city officials said that putting an educational institution there would divide the expanding “entertainment district” around Front Street. Despite that initial disagreement, it looks like the two sides will work together on developing the Hartford Times site.

Read more at The Hartford Courant.

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MICROGRIDS TOUTED BY MALLOY, WHITE HOUSE
State is funding nine locations for microgrid projects across Connecticut.

It’s been 10 years since the great northeast blackout of 2003, but Connecticut has had even bigger problems recently with power outages thanks to extreme weather. Yesterday Gov. Malloy was joined by the chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality Nancy Sutley. They were at the Parkville Senior Center in Hartford, one of nine locations statewide to have microgrid projects.

Read more at CT News Junkie.