After Middletown Mayor Dan Drew (D) wasn’t invited to a day-long New England Maker Summit on Nov. 17, he “used the snub in an emailed solicitation for contributions under the heading, ‘The fix is in.’
“By day’s end, all seven politicians were disinvited in an email that made no mention of Drew’s complaint that he was being ‘blackballed’ from a debate. … Drew said a debate involving politicians from both parties would have been unusual. More conventional are two separate events scheduled for December, one for Democrats and another for Republicans. They will be the first opportunity for political activists to see the candidates and potential candidates side by side.” (Connecticut Mirror)
LIMITS OF A TRUMP BACKLASH. “Connecticut Democrats are approaching the pivotal election year of 2018 with distinct advantages in money, organization, voter registration, and a base energized in large measure by the backlash against Donald J. Trump, as was demonstrated last week in municipal elections.
“But beneath those advantages runs a deep current of dissatisfaction with” Gov. Dannel Malloy (D) and the state’s “General Assembly over the state’s chronic fiscal struggles and its inability to fully rebound from the Great Recession of 2008, an economic and psychic shock resonating a decade later. … Connecticut is a state that is teetering politically. Reliably blue in presidential and congressional elections, it is a battleground at the State Capitol. Malloy’s election as governor in 2010 was the first by a Democrat since 1986, his winning margin of 6,404 votes was the smallest in 56 years, and he is ending the penultimate year of his final term with an approval rating higher than only one other governor”—New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R). Without a Democratic front-runner, Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman (D) “has struggled to decide whether to join the race, as has House Republican leader Themis Klarides.” (Connecticut Mirror)
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"The top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee says Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., is poised to subpoena the Justice Department for former FBI Director James Comey’s memos, which the agency so far has failed to produce. Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., warned such a move puts Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in jeopardy of being placed in contempt of Congress and the special counsel investigation of being shut down prematurely."
Referring to the AUMF introduced by Sens. Tim Kaine and Bob Corker Monday evening, House Speaker Paul Ryan said Tuesday "he won’t allow any bill to come to the House floor that he thinks would restrict military commanders’ ability to fight." Ryan "defended the legality of U.S. military strikes last week against chemical weapons-related sites in Syria, saying President Trump had the authority to order them under the Constitution’s Article II commander-in-chief powers."
Attorneys for both President Trump and his attorney Michael Cohen lost a court challenge today, as they sought to suppress evidence gathered in a raid of Cohen's office and hotel room. "U.S. District Court Judge Kimba Wood denied the requests and ruled that prosecutors will get first access to the information, followed by Cohen’s defense team ten days later. Wood noted that she has not yet decided whether she will appoint a special master in the case at all."