Special session for the state legislature today. What’s so special about it? The electorate has a lot of gas in all the wrong places. On the heels of Connecticut’s heralded position as number one in the country per gallon of gasoline, lawmakers will vote on delaying an increase of Connecticut’s gross receipts tax, expected to save consumers a few pennies per gallon of gasoline. Also on the agenda is allowing gas stations the option to offer moolah discounts that could save roughly 10 cents per gallon. Put down the plastic!
Gasoline prices are front and center, and incumbents are trying to mitigate damages heading into the election cycle. As of 10:30 p.m., however, no action was taken. It’s going from a long night into a longer morning. If you want to see your legislative sloths in action check out www.ctn.state.ct.us.
Follow-up to Tuesday’s post about the deadline for petitioning candidates to secure validated signatures to qualify for Aug 12 primary: Lee Whitnum, a substitute teacher in Stamford and author of the novel Hedge Fund Mistress (anyone read it?) needs roughly 2,500 signatures to challenge Jim Himes as the Democratic standard bearer to face Republican Congressman Chris Shays. I don’t know much about her, but what I’ve read appears to frame her as a quirky personality. Maybe OIB friend Jonathan Kantrowitz, a Himes supporter, can share some skinny. Election officials are reviewing her signatures.
Marilyn Moore, needing about 1,500 or so signatures to challenge Trumbull Town Treasurer Anthony Musto, submitted her petition sheets to election officials on Tuesday. It will probably take election officials a few days to sort through her list, as well. Musto is the endorsed Dem challenging Republican State Sen. Rob Russo. Moore served as legislative assistant to State Sen. Ed Gomes.
City Hall News:
Alternate side of the street parking will take effect in the blue section of the City (today). The blue section includes the West End, the South Side and Black Rock and is swept from the 11th to the 20th day of each month.
Parking in principal thoroughfares will be restricted from midnight to 7 a.m. Parking on residential streets will be restricted from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Parking or standing will be allowed on the even–numbered side of the streets on even–numbered days during street sweeping in this area, and parking or standing will be permitted on the odd–numbered side of such streets on odd–numbered days during street sweeping in this area as indicated on the posted sign. In other words, if it’s an odd-numbered day of the month, residents should park on the side of the street that has odd-numbered addresses, and vice versa.
Cars parked in violation of the posted signs will be ticketed and/or towed.
“In order for our streets to be clean, our Public Facilities vehicles need access to the streets to sweep them,” said Mayor Finch. “They cannot do their job if cars are in the way. We are asking for the public’s cooperation in making this possible so that we can all enjoy a greener, cleaner Bridgeport.”
Burlesque In Bridgeport,
A Release From Two Boots
Filthy Gorgeous Burlesque features the best in Burlesque from New York and around the globe! Hosted by Miss Astrid, “the true Weimar fraulein,” Filthy Gorgeous is the touring show where burlesque, circus, and vaudeville meet. Filthy Gorgeous Burlesque is making its debut in Bridgeport, Connecticut at the new performance space at Two Boots Restaurant and Lounge this Saturday, June 14, 2008. Doors open at 9:00 P.M., the show begins at 9:30 P.M. Cover: $10. For tickets and information, call (203) 331-1377.
Filthy Gorgeous is the creation of Jen Gapay, producer of The New York Burlesque Festival, now in its sixth year. According to Gapay, “New York neo-burlesque was born of the mid-1990s, out of a hunger for good, dirty fun that high-minded reform only whets.” (Source: The New York Times, May 18, 2008: www.nytimes.com/2008/05/18/nyregion/thecity/18burl.html?scp=2&sq=burlesque&st=nyt )
Filthy Gorgeous stars: Miss Astrid (NYC), Jo Boobs (NYC), Little Brooklyn (NYC), Gal Friday (NYC), Lukki (NYC), Ekaterina (Russia & NYC), and Draggin’ Kitten (of the Connectikittens), as our Stage Kitten. Plus DJ Momotaro (NYC). Bios of each outrageous performer follow: