Wednesday June 11, 2008
Too bad the heat isn’t as oppressive today as yesterday. Then we could have hoped for a power outage in the Capitol to punish the lawmakers who have ridden their high horses back today for an oh-so-very-special session, cleaning up work they should have completed by May 7.
Every time the Blogster drives along Elm Street, he sees 10 or 12 DEP employees on the sidewalk huffing cigarettes. Unlike the TV and print ads that apparently inspired their nasty habits 30 or 40 years ago, these less-effective state workers look old and tired.
Speaking of old and tired, the entrance to the Capitol’s north side is stinking like cigarettes again because the General Assembly is back offering lip service to voters – yeah it’s an election year. It’s approaching noon and the extent of accomplishment is a few dozen ciggies have been inhaled and the Thomaston High School baseball team has been honored.
Meanwhile, the ethics-reform bill is still on a high wire, awaiting Gov. Jodi Rell, or someone like her, namely Lisa Moody, her chief of staff, to sign off on the current compromise form.
It’s almost noon and time for caucusing the various bills that will turn one of the year’s nicest days into a long morning’s slog into the evening and beyond. But first, Senate Democrats will do what they do best: enjoy a free buffet as they sit and compliment each other on their “leadership.”