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Blogging and fundraising just don't mix.  Every time this week I try to update you on news and other things, I'm draggin in to do another pitch break.  Here's a quick Saturday roundup:

Eddie, Eddie, Eddie...

  • Anna Sale's been doing some great reporting since Hartford Mayor Perez turned himself in on Tuesday.  That includes this story about how he met with bond rating agencies - and neither side spoke of the arrest.  I thought "city management" was one of the criteria they're looking for...
  • CTNewsjunkie.com had this story about the possible successor to Perez, but by later Friday evening, Anna had this update: In the aftermath of the arrest of Hartford Mayor Eddie Perez, the Hartford city council may be changing who is in line to succeed him.  The city council will consider removing Calixto Torres from his position as Council President in a special meeting on Tuesday evening. Four council members - three Democrats and one Working Families member - petitioned for the meeting.  The Council President would become mayor should Perez resign or be removed from office. In a letter to fellow council members, Torres blasted the effort to remove him from leadership. He said he has not been connected in any way to the criminal charges facing Mayor Perez, and called the effort to replace him offensive.  
  • I've had fun reading the blogs and columns about Perez from Courant writers Stan Simpson, Helen Ubinas and Colin McEnroe this week.  There is a sense of comedy about all of this, but the seriousness comes through when I hear Rush Limbaugh talking about Eddie on his show.  It's one thing when the city's laughing at itself - it's yet another when Hartford stands to be a national laughingstock...again.  
Speaking of Colin
 
Yes, Colin McEnroe's on the show Monday.  I've informed the media (CTN will be there), the Facebook group "Bring Back Colin McEnroe," and the Governor's office (they declined comment).  It will be the most important event of the winter in Connecticut, no question.  Plus, he'll probably make fun of me.
 
Speaker Donovan on taxes
 
Ken Dixon of the Connecticut Post gave us a shout-out on our interview with House Speaker Donovan.  Aside from our (long) conversation about his attempt to hire former speaker Amann to an advisory post (at $120K a year), we talked taxes.  His answer prompted Ken to get some reaction from the Governor.  Read her lips...
 
Coming up...
  • Some interesting shows planned in the near future.  We'll be at WVOF in Fairfield (2/11, we hope), talking about the impact of the Madoff scam on that town's finances.  More news on that front in the Connecticut Post today.  
  • Given all the layoffs in the state, and the nation, we'll be talking about searching for a job (2/4) - and we want your stories.  Are you looking now?  What are you hearing from potential employers?  Did you recently lose your job?  Leave a comment below, or email wherewelive@wnpr.org.
  • Our next "State of the Cities" conversation is 2/12 with New Haven Mayor John DeStefano.  I sure hope, for his sake, that this series isn't cursed...