Subject: Update- How Corrupticut "Works," the cowardly, the
frauds, the psychopathic unions, and the just plain insane.
Date: Jul 9, 2007 6:14 PM
This is an update to a previous post, but since Governor Rell is not
in changing the status quo as regards the DCF morons and related
whole world needs to know the story, in particular, the other 49
states who are
paying for this insane abuse. I need this data updated for my
website, so people,
in the end, can see for how many years the US Department of Justice
has been receiving
valid complaints and did nothing.
A free and democratic country is about equal protection under the law,
You may end up thinking these stories are funny (I do), because this
is how the
CT *rich* people behave. They behave like very dumb, lying crooks.
Yelmini and Rell- No Innocents (VERY LONG AND VERY IMPORTANT TO
THE OTHER 49 STATES)
Wednesday, February 07, 2007 5:19:48 AM
I see there are a couple of big ta-does with these two, Rell and
they appear to be independent activities. There are three Courant
here, and I apologize for including them all instead of linking them,
but I will
need the full text of them later, and the Courant archives are not
(although in a state with this much white collar crime you would think
make the archives available).
Kevin Rennie is questioning Rell's Fund Raising Activities, and
she has to defend herself as per her new role with the State Police
(She does need
to defend herself. By moving far away from us, like to
a Muslim country where they don't allow sleaze, hopefully.)
The Third in this Triad of crazies involved here is Daniel Dilzer,
Chairman in the Town of Berlin, CT. Berlin is next to New Britain,
where a lot
of Republican Cronies and Crazies hang out... Call them the Neauveau
Riche of the
Party; they have no class to go with their upper class if you know
what I mean.
Someone called Dilzer on the afternoon of Sep 29, 2005 named "Rell."
The call was put through. This was during a visit, with a witness,
physical evidence that ** every single thing** Jessica Gauvin said to
Police re my false arrest **was false.** Statement by statement, word
Dilzer rejected the data. Would not look at it. I have a witness.
given to me as a "Special Defender," after I had a real defender, Beth
Hogan, because Beth Hogan was defending me, and Karen Forschner of the
Foundation was working with Beth. www.lyme.org
The Public Defenders Office later told me Beth Hogan is not a public
which is a complete and total lie, like usual. Dilzer was given to me
specifically lose my case, since what the State really wanted to do
was commit me
indefinitely since I know so much, and my kids undeniably have
congenital Lyme Disease.
Rell was in on the deal where the State bagged me permanently because
my kids have
http://www.actionlyme.org/Schoen.htm The entire Republican Party in
State, were in on it, because the effect that knowledge would have on
estate values. The children's Ad Litem told me so. "She said, The
is watching this case very closely." That was right after the
where we found out my sister lied to the DCF, and that she was off the
as I said. "DUMBSTRUCK" is the perfect word for how the lawyers
in silence after Nancy Martin told all the lawyers I was a bad
"Well, she goes to the library."
I go to the library to copy articles about how Yale committed a crime,
copying their own publications, since Goddamnit I know I am sick and I
did not used
to be. I used to be one of those INSANE cycling 100-milers and
and I played *every* sport:
Swim Team, Fencing, the Mountain Man (running though steep, jagged
Team Handball for the Southern CT State University Womens Team
Handball Team (which
went OLYMPIC), while I was still in high school. I mean, a total
Thus, despite the many years of Lyme brain, I have no lesions on my
brain by MRI.
Donald Dickson has about a dozen brain spots of damage on his brain
MRI from all
the years of alcoholism.
[Never mind about about any HIPPA laws violations, since the Medical
Board has no
problem with anyone violating HIPPA laws, as you can see from my
Go to the end. See the CT Medical Board's response.]
You can give Lyme to your kids, and not know it, because the testing
for Lyme is
bogus- misses the vast majority of cases on purpose. I tested
positive for Lyme
a long time, but then I have high functioning autism and have always
had the related
screwed up immune system- that's part of autism (the *real* kind,
which is not
Asperger's and is not the dementia from brain damage or encephalitis).
[Autism and Neurofibromatosis are "NERVE OVERGROWTH SYNDROMES," and
is related to a reversed duplication of a B cell lymphoma molecule
inhibits apoptosis of programmed cell death. It's part of the
the co-expression of autism and neurofibromatosis. It is related to
B cells (lymphocytes). ALL OF THIS DATA I GAVE TO DUH DCF, including
the data about
Lyme as a crime, that all psychotropics are brain damaging, and data
about the various
kinds of autism, who then turned around and sent it all to the
Commission on Human
Rights, meant to be evidence that I am insane, proving the DCF is too
be a child welfare agency.]
After we walked out of the depositions of my DCF "case" and we had
found out my "sister" and "mother"
were lying their crazy faces off, since they admitted it, my
children's Ad Litem
walked up to me and said, "The State is watching this case very
AS AN ASIDE- THE CAROLYN MARTIN BEATINGS
The children Carolyn Martin beat naked with a cat of nine tails (a
viciously, like she would never stop- requiring them to take their
clothes off and
lean spread-eagle against the bathroom wall for the beating - were
and my brother Paul. My cousins were over the house, so she beat the
out of them in the bathroom. I just happened to be in there, if you
know what I
mean. Of all the most serious beatings that went on in that house, I
NONE of the worst physical abuse. I have autism. I guess I was not
that much involved
in all the carryings-on that led to the extremely vicious beatings.
nearly broke her foot kicking my brother, Jim:
"He had been so perfectly beautiful... and a nice kid..."
I have no idea why both of my parents hated that boy so much and
abused him so badly.
But they did. They acted like they *utterly* *hated* him, yet he was
so funny and
so spirited... Maybe that's why they hated him. Perhaps it is a
to destroy a kid who will not be destroyed, so they worked harder at
it in Jim's
case ?? Who can figure these things out.
*I* will validate their very serious abuse, whether they're dead or
I was a witness to the worst of it. (Carolyn Martin then proceeded to
children because no one was beating her ass when she was a kid. <--
This is not
meant to make sense, but we are talking about a Vossler, who are *all*
abusers of their spouses and children.)
I was like, "What do I care? We just found out none of this bullshit
and that my mother and sister are insane for making it all up." They
have been arrested since it is illegal to file false allegations to
still have not been arrested.)
Nancy Martin (21 Redstone Way, Farmington, CT
tried to blame me for my father's death, when in fact, Nancy Martin is
and Family Therapist, defrauded her employer to get this degree, and
anyone in the family, most particularly my learning disabled little
the three learning disabled kids, who is married to a sociopath, and
the whole day crying in the bathtub if she runs out of ZOLOFT.
James Phillips also refused to help my little sister. EVERYONE
refused to help
my little sister, who is still clueless and needs to get away from her
drunken husband so she can live in peace with her kids.
I tell the entire story here, in a correspondence with the US
that I could not be sued for either slander or libel, SINCE IT IS ALL
nevermind the HIPPA Laws)...
The short version is that Nancy Martin is too retarded and selfish to
= = = =
This sounds too complicated when the reader cannot associate a name to
a face, I realize. I am talking about the network of Republican
in place after Rowlandgate and how they operate, and what their goals
want to keep the federal money coming in, by defrauding Uncle Sam over
I am talking about all the Republican lying whores, among them are
and Yelmini, and they are tight party affiliates who do very illegal
things, as are Jessica Gauvin and Kristine Ragaglia. Ripping off kids
is both a power tool and a means to bring millions of free money into
from Uncle Sam.
Yelmini also worked with Marc S. Ryan, Office of Policy and
who worked with Ragaglia to write the bills to "increase the DCF
"Rip off more kids to get money to rip off even more kids. Uncle Sam,
other 49 states' taxpayers, pay for it.
This was/is a racket.
Rell just announced yesterday a scheme to get more money in from the
government under the Rowlandgate Criteria- Rell will spend $400,000 to
grants from Uncle Sam for the CT Department of Transportation. The
same principal was applied in DCF- Rowlandgate.
Here is what two of the DCF-Rowlandgate Bills said:
RESPONSE FROM ADMINISTRATION/AGENCY:
Michael W. Kozlowski, Secretary and Marc S. Ryan, Deputy Secretary,
Office of Policy and Management - testified in support of the
****The proposed increases in spending are attributed to higher than
requirements in federal entitlement programs (Medicaid and Temporary
**** lower than budgeted savings from the Early Retirement Incentive
carryover effect of current year deficiencies and the Governor's new
These initiatives are in the areas of education, children's health,
public safety, elderly services, the environment, and economic
INREASED PETITIONS FOR TERMINATION OF PARENTAL RIGHTS:
The DCF ripped off more kids to get the free US DHHS ACF Temporary Aid
Families (TANF) grants, but then they never gave this money to the
poor families. Instead they used it to take the kids away from poor
Here is that report by a lawyer about how DCF defrauds Uncle Sam over
the TANF money,
which reads like an indictment, and if those numbers can be verified,
*IS* an indictment
Tomasso was also going to build State Psych Klinks for kids, because
they were going
to take as many kids as possible, under any circumstances, because all
to do was get a psychiatrist to lie to the court about the reason the
be removed from their parents, if they have no valid read to do so,
which was the
case in my case:
I never met Lebeens, yet I was down at the Yale Child Study Center a
full 6 days
with Diane, that same fall, right before my kids were ripped off
even though all all of the allegations against me were false.
The depositions were Nov 20, 2003, but my kids were ripped off the day
before Thanksgiving anyway, from their schools, on Nov 26:
Severely traumatizing them. Diane has not yet returned to school,
since she is
afraid the DCF is going to kidnap her again from the schools, much
like the oldest
Inkel boy refuses to let his mother out of his sight:
It was a Republican racket. It was how DCF-Rowlandgate got their
start up money
for their jails enterprise. Yelmini worked with that gang.
Yelmini is no innocent- she is big-time Rowlandgate-Rell insider and
been. She is a henchman for the Republican Party. A liar, a sleaze,
like everyone else associated with the Old Money Party, who is not old
The Republicans *ARE* "working" the psychopaths of the State Police
DCF unions, as well as the extremely insane and abusive KKK club in
All you have to do to confirm the Republicans are training the moron
to be pitbulls is to compare the Spada-Rowland executive order
to bag everyone on welfare (black people) to the State Trooper Fags on
Parade Video and listen to the psycho cop and the things he was saying
Anyone who is poor or sick is going to jail and their kids are going
taken away. That's the Republicans' way of getting rid of all the
people and not having a state income tax.
The other 49 states are going to pay for the bagging of our poor
their federal income tax.
That's how Connecticut "works."
Thew Republicans are "working" these moron union members, as in
them to be lying criminal psychopaths.
They *ARE* using the DCF and the cops to produce income for the State.
Yelmini was DEFINITELY put inside the State Police to assure we get no
by the likes of a REAL US Attorney, like Patrick Fitzgerald.
The Nora Dannehy investigation of DCF-Rowlandgate was inhibited by the
that the current US Attorney, Kevin O'Connor, who was friends and
neighbors with Rowland, was appointed to that position to keep the
government - the REAL USDOJ (meaning the entity we had before we had
Gonzales) out of the CT Republican Party shenanigans, which is to
include suppressing information about the seriousness of Lyme Disease.
I know for sure: Not everyone in the Rotary was fond of the idea of
people who have Lyme disease back in 1998. In fact, some Rotary
in the meeting argued against helping us, and produced material from
GUESS WHO? JOHN J. CONNOLLY, head of CastleConnolly.com and the
head of the ALDF (The Mortimer Zuckerman, Hank Greenberg anti-Lyme
Foundation; the central RICO entity).
That's from whom I got some of this information about the racketeering
of Lyme which I later gave to the US Attorney:
'From one of the Rotary members arguing against helping us in 1998.
Cute, eh? The Rotary are supposed to be about what, now?
The current US Attorney Kevin J. O'Connor was promoted to Washington,
will recall, for not doing his job re white collar Republican party
crimes in Corrupticut. O'Connor's wife worked in John Rowland's legal
office during all the DCF-Rowlandgate Party and Screw Ragaglia for the
Jails Contracts Enterprise.
Another Yelmini element, is that while I was incarcerated for being a
Chemist, my friend in Europe asked me who was "DAS"- What department
I said, "Department of Administrative Services."
Yelmini was the head of it at the time. DAS gives out all the
an illegal contract to Laura Lustig of "The New Learning Center,"
to train the DCF lying morons to be lying morons. Lustig knew
ABSOLUTE ZERO about
brains. I had to explain it all to her.
DAS was the CT dot guv entity which hit the website this *was posted
originally* the most (posted in Europe):
Health Campaigner Faces Jail for "Criticizing the Government"
Kathleen Dickson Defense 04 Oct 2005 10:05 GMT
A Connecticut woman, Lyme Disease campaigner and whistleblower,
faces a hearing today, Oct 4, 2005 that may cost her her freedom.
stands accused of breaking a condition of her probation. Her crime?
to the internet "critical of Government".
Kathleen Dickson, Lyme Disease whistleblower, faces Jail for
government" Kathleen Dickson is a Connecticut mother with Lyme disease
and high-functioning autism. She is also a scientist who has worked
years as an advocate for the Lyme patient community. Some years ago
became too disabled by Lyme disease to care for her children on her
own. They too
were (congenitally) infected with the Lyme bacteria, and she fought in
vain to obtain
the special 504 education plan her daughter needed. When she could no
she asked the state agencies for help. She received none. She came
with the Dept. of Children and Families (DCF) for publicly criticizing
this. This was not the only issue Kathleen was speaking out about
publicly. A former
Pfizer analytical chemist, Kathleen's knowledge about Lyme Disease
as well as her
outrage at injustice, led her to become prominent in exposing the
the heart of the controversy over treating this disease, now
acknowledged to be
overtaking AIDS as the fastest-growing infectious disease. Kathleen's
and activism helped to force the removal of Glaxo's dangerous LymeRix
from the market, and forced Rhode Island legislators to take the issue
of Lyme bio-markers
seriously. She publicly named several doctors, scientists and
whom she believed were guilty of corrupting Lyme science for financial
She published evidence of links they had with the insurance industry
biotech companies. For this she became the target of a campaign of
Anonymous individuals, some pretending to be Lyme sufferers, lambasted
her on the Internet. One man even called her regularly at her home,
be seeking her advice. Kathleen was hounded with hundreds of
defamatory and abusive
messages on the internet, always by the same few anonymous
individuals, always with
the same aim - of discrediting her and the allegations she was making
scientific fraud. Undeterred by the harassment, Kathleen continued
for Lyme patients. Shortly afterwards she was accused by the local DCF
parenting of her children. Kathleen, who was felt by all who knew her
to be an extremely
devoted mother, and who had engaged in Lyme activism largely in order
to help her
children, was shocked. No evidence of any harm to the children was
the case against her escalated and she was threatened with removal of
This deeply traumatized the children, who began having nightmares that
be taken away from their mother. In late autumn 2003 their nightmare
Kathleen had filed a complaint with the US Dept. of Justice, alleging
scientific practice had led to thousands of patients being
denied diagnosis and/or treatment for Lyme disease. One of the
in that complaint, who had harassed Kathleen online for years,
on the Internet that she was capable of drowning her children. A few
Kathleen was told at a DCF hearing that she had been heard to say that
do this, which was not true. Her children were taken from school while
she was in
court and were put into foster care. Kathleen was stunned. By now,
with her children
gone, suffering the effects of worsening neurological Lyme as well as
with no help in sight, Kathleen became distraught. She mailed out
hundreds of letters
protesting at her fate and naming those officials she felt
responsible. A short
time later she was told by her lawyer that the authorities would be
commitment to a psychiatric institution. While this did not happen,
she was arrested
a few weeks later, and charged with harassment of a senior official in
Attorney General's office. In April 2004 Kathleen Dickson was sent to
women's prison in Connecticut, where a
huge bail was put on her which she could not raise [$49,000 CASH ONLY,
or the equivalent
to a $490,000 bond- the usual price for a murder bond].
She was subsequently transferred to a prison psychiatric wing at
Hospital. At five foot eight, her weight dropped to only 108 pounds
due to the poor
diet she received in York prison, and her hair began to fall out. Even
the tirade of libel against Kathleen by the same few, anonymous
unabated. One had tried to befriend her sister
[MaryJane (Martin) Schade, - the baby my "mother" was abusing when my
father caught her and then Carolyn Martin ran away from home) - 32
Mary Ellen Drive,
Milford, CT, who does not know any better, since she is learning
disabled from the
Neurofibromatosis. And don't worry about HIPPA...]
in order to harm her, and wrote publicly that he hoped she would be
in jail. Nevertheless, the psychiatrists in charge of her care denied
had Lyme disease and refused her any treatment, despite the fact that
she has positive
test results and SPECT (type of brain scan) and has been treated for
it for years
by one of the country's top specialists. They ignored letters from her
and other Lyme specialists who wrote in on her behalf. Instead she was
ill. The prison psychiatrists told Kathleen that she was imagining the
from associates of the Steere camp of doctors and researchers, despite
of their internet messages which were out in the public domain for all
to see. And
despite the fact that those individuals associated with the Steere
had been publicly angry that Kathleen had complained of their
corruption to the
FDA. She was told she was paranoid to believe they wished her harm,
and would therefore
need psychiatric medication. Lyme is an extremely debilitating disease
range of symptoms can often lead to misdiagnosis. The spectrum can
neuropsychiatric symptoms, just as in AIDS dementia, cerebral tumor,
and many other
physical brain diseases. Specialist Lyme psychiatrists have written
on this. However a Lyme disease patient suffering from such symptoms
must be treated
with appropriate antibiotic or other therapy under the guidance of a
professional. They do not belong in a psychiatric unit anymore than a
patient does. It is clear that those Kathleen named for their role in
fraud would benefit greatly if her accusations against them were
if she was dismissed as mentally ill. It is not only Kathleen Dickson
who has suffered
because of her stand against them. Virtually all those who have had
to speak out were rewarded with serious threats and repression.
Doctors (such as
Joseph Burrascano), and lab scientists who acknowledge the problem of
disease or the need for long term antibiotic treatment have come under
pressure to shut down operations. Some have buckled under this
pressure; some have
been forced to help patients in secret; some have had their licenses
two doctors have committed suicide. In those areas where Lyme is not
acknowledged to be endemic (much of the US as well as
western Europe) unreliable blood testing procedures maintain
statistics. Despite a congressional ruling in 2001, doctors,
encouraged by insurance
companies and government officials responsible for financing health
to inform their patients that Lyme cannot be diagnosed in the absence
of a positive
blood test. Patients who challenge this "norm" are accused of
and parents who claim their children may have Lyme disease and need
have had their children removed under allegations of Munchausen's-by-
Kathleen Dickson accused the then Governor of Connecticut, John
Rowland, (who has
since been removed in the wake of other huge scandals) and top
officers of the Centers
for Disease Control (CDC) and National Institutes of Health of
complicity in the
Lyme cover-up. According to Kathleen, corrupt scientists suppressed
their own findings
that could have provided more reliable diagnostic tests. Her
their approach to Lyme disease were potentially politically damaging.
On her release
under the Accelerated Rehabilitation act, Kathleen was forced to sign
that characterized her as a mental patient rather than a sufferer of
and - incredibly - required to pledge that she would not publish or
material "critical of government" without first submitting it to the
officer for approval. There was no stipulation about material
- only the government. Such a condition is in direct contravention to
the US Constitution,
which provides for freedom of speech, and is reminiscent of the worst
In September 2005, Kathleen was granted a hearing to review the
validity of the
proceedings against her, as she requested. However, she subsequently
her attorney that the hearing, which will be held at New Britain
Court , Connecticut,
on Tuesday 4 October
2005, is likely to be used to launch a fresh accusation that she has
broken her terms of release by criticizing the government in internet
found guilty of "criticizing the government" without permission, she
will be sent back to jail. Please protest this disgraceful attack on
of expression of a scientist, mother and whistleblower, whose only
crime was to
advocate for her family and for other Lyme disease patients. Raise the
your congressman, in the media, in the health advocacy and civil
For more information about how you can help Kathleen, please email the
Dickson Defense campaign at defend...@yahoo.com
Where can I find more information about Lyme Disease? Sadly, the
at "official" sites, such as those run by the Center for Disease
(CDC) in USA are carrying misinformation due to the influence of the
researchers with conflicts of interest. For a more truthful view,
based on the work
of doctors from ILADS, a professional association of Lyme specialists
enormous conflicts of interest charcterizing the CDC, NIH and other
Lyme spokesmen, try one of these sites: www.lyme.org
DEC 2000 CONFLICTS OF INTEREST COMPLAINT TO PATAKI AND ALL NEW YORK
e-mail:: defend...@yahoo.com homepage:: http://lyme-rage.info/
Yelmini's co-bitch in the Alan Plofsky case where the three ladies who
conspired to trash Plofsky in the ethics department, did so by
about him and conspiring how to trash him, was Maureen Regula, who
Gibson as principal attorney of DCF in New Haven. (I got Gibson
Regula and Yelmini were the backstabbers. Yelmini is a neurotic liar,
Beth Cjevanovich- the one who's kid with Aspergers' became Eagle Scout
with everyone's help, and is on the Statewide Bar Council in the New
area. Cjevanovich was the bitch who sent me a letter saying if I
the Statewide Bar Council, I would be arrested for harassment.
I kid you not. It was like the letter from the Capitol Police telling
me if I tried
to contact my elected representatives I would be arrested for
Same type of letter.
Complain to the proper agencies? Get arrested for harassment. Which
The evidence of my false arrest, that it was indeed false, is still in
Attorney's office in that 5 boxes of RICO data.
Blumenthal refuses to go get it and discover that I am right, and that
- - -
Here are the three COURANT articles. One is by Yelmini, defending
the others are by Kevin Rennie about Rell's Campaign, and today's
Honestly, I Am Not That Interesting
Appointee: No Reason For Uproar Over State Police Post
By LINDA J. YELMINI
February 4 2007
My name has been popping up a lot lately. Most of the time, it's from
state Rep. Chris Caruso's mouth. He thinks that my removal from the
State Police would be a panacea for the department and the state. He
and a few others
are wrong on a number of points.
First, I am not political, despite reports to the contrary. The first
and last political
fundraiser I ever attended was the now infamous Marco Polo
event. Gov. M. Jodi Rell was the first and last candidate to whom I
contributed. Having never met Courant columnist Kevin Rennie, I would
like to assure
him that I am not an "operator," and it's a long time since I played
basketball, so my elbows are far from "sharp," but my tongue can be
Second, I had nothing to do with the decision of Commissioner Leonard
Boyle to leave the Department of Public Safety. Len is a quality
came to that decision more than six months ago, well before the New
York State Police
report on problems in Connecticut's internal affairs division was
Third, the governor asked me to go to the Department of Public Safety
because of the New York report. She thought I could make a positive
difference. I did not ask for the assignment and, in fact, implored
to allow me to stay at the Department of Administrative Services.
Fourth, I have not spoken to chief of staff M. Lisa Moody since I
arrived at the Department of Public Safety. Therefore, she is not
Department of Public Safety through me, as critics have said. Please
feel free to
check my office, cell and home phone records.
For the record, I have worked for the state for nearly 20 years. I am
a member of
the Connecticut bar [certified legal whore] and have a master's degree
administration. I was in a good state job in labor relations when the
me as the commissioner of the Department of Administrative Services,
which I did
with distinction [pass the barf bag and then the handcuffs].
My only mistake was to comply with a request from the governor's chief
to pass on fundraising invitations to two people she selected. I
received these invitations after working hours, in a restaurant. I did
and said to those individuals, "Lisa asked me to give this to you."
There were ensuing investigations. I paid a $500 fine with the
that I did nothing wrong. I was then subpoenaed to a hearing, and I
temerity to stand up for myself when falsely accused of breaking the
law. I did
not solicit campaign contributions, which the law would have
prohibited me from
doing. I simply passed along an invitation.
It is quite obvious that certain legislators remain intimidated by my
[NO BARF BAG ALERT- should be made a crime]. In fact, the legislature
ethics law after I delivered the invitations - to define in the law,
for the first
time, what "solicit" means, including "forwarding tickets to potential
contributors." Therefore, it could not have been a violation at the
The other thing I was tagged with was the case of Alan S. Plofsky, who
was fired in 2004 as head of the State Ethics Commission. I was
counsel to the commission
at the time because Attorney General Blumenthal had declined to
represent it and
the commission was not allowed to hire outside counsel. The ethics
the decision to terminate Mr. Plofsky; I did not.
Quite honestly, I am not that interesting. I work hard and try to do a
good job. I am working on revised rules to present to the internal
commission that the governor appointed to reform the state police.
rules will not be enough. The next commissioner will have to have the
fortitude to enforce those rules and apply appropriate discipline.
Internal affairs is not the problem at the Connecticut State Police.
Maj. Robert Duffy and his staff do an excellent job investigating the
now being reported to internal affairs. The new staff arrived in July
2006, and although their numbers need to be increased, they are up to
Most state police officers are hardworking employees who try to do the
right thing and are a credit to themselves, their families and the
However, there is a pervasive attitude among some employees that the
rules do not apply to them. Conduct that would result in job
termination in any
other state agency is tolerated at the Department of Public Safety.
Discipline must be decided centrally by the commissioner; the union
must not be allowed to negotiate with different parties and get
Labor relations should report directly to the commissioner and be run
by a labor
relations professional in order to ensure fair and consistent
treatment. The honest, hardworking state police officers and non-sworn
of the department deserve no less. The next commissioner should make
sure that occurs.
Linda J. Yelmini is deputy commissioner of internal affairs at the
Department of Public Safety. She is former commissioner of the
Administrative Services and former director of labor relations at the
Policy and Management.
Copyright 2007, Hartford Courant
RELL AND HER CAMPAIGN - TWO ARTICLES, NEWEST FIRST
Rell Campaign Under Fire
Auditors, Blumenthal Urged To Probe Whether Lists Misused For
By JON LENDER
Courant Staff Writer
February 7 2007
State auditors and the attorney general Tuesday received a request to
whether Gov. M. Jodi Rell's office improperly used state resources
last year to
obtain addresses for use by Rell's campaign in soliciting financial
contributions by mail.
An investigation appeared imminent after Democratic State Chairwoman
DiNardo faxed a letter to State Auditors Robert G. Jaekle and Kevin P.
asking that they "investigate the use of state employees' time and
resources for the sole purpose of raising campaign funds for Gov.
DiNardo based Tuesday's letter on what she said were troubling
Sunday's Courant by columnist Kevin Rennie. Even though DiNardo
released a copy of her letter to The Courant, Jaekle said he could
confirm that the auditors had received it because of restrictions in
"whistleblower's law," under which the auditors and attorney general
allegations of waste, fraud and abuse in state government.
But he did say, without reference to DiNardo, that if the bipartisan
receive a letter alleging misuse of state resources, then "we have an
to investigate it" under the whistleblower's law. The auditors then
a report on their investigation to the attorney general, who can
conduct his own
DiNardo sent a copy of the letter to Attorney General Richard
said he already was reviewing the matter - and, "if there's a letter
some misuse of state resources or other impropriety, we might well
regard it as a whistleblower complaint and consult with the auditors."
Rennie wrote in his column Sunday that last August, a lawyer in Rell's
Philip L. Dukes, asked the state's Commission on Culture and Tourism
for the lists it
maintains for mailing announcements to people in arts and tourism
the agency sent Dukes the lists, Dukes turned them over to Rell's
staff, M. Lisa Moody, and not long after that, people on the lists
letters from the Rell campaign soliciting contributions up to $2,500,
Rell's office said it had no knowledge of any campaign activities
mailing lists - which, it said, were used for "official business" to
arts committee of a new $10-million-a-year "Cultural Treasures"
announced Aug. 16.
Rell and Moody, Republicans, spent much of 2006 in a scandal over a
2005, Rell fund-raising event at the Marco Polo Restaurant in East
Hartford - a
scandal that led to months of investigation as well as $500 fines for
Rell-administration appointees who obeyed Moody's instructions to hand
fundraiser invitations to subordinates. Rell suspended Moody for two
weeks, saying she insisted that her staff maintain high ethical
Contact Jon Lender at jlen...@courant.com.
Copyright 2007, Hartford Courant
How Arts Backers Got Hit Up By Rell Campaign
By KEVIN RENNIE
February 4 2007
Gov. M. Jodi Rell made a lot of noise last year about refusing
contributions from people who want state business. She had no
however, about putting the squeeze on arts people who apply for state
Her staff was busy last summer gathering mailing lists from the
Culture and Tourism. Those lists may have made their way to the
It would be a puzzle if a candidate with a steady 30-point lead
campaign couldn't or wouldn't keep her office staff from wandering
forbidden territory of campaign work.
Here are the pieces of the puzzle:
On Aug. 16, 2006, the governor announced a "Cultural Treasures"
press release of that day touts Rell's creation of "an annual pool of
million to significantly increase support of Connecticut's arts
jobs, and diversify the state's economy." Rell presented the details
program later that day at a reception at the New Britain Museum of
The program provides funding to the wide swath of arts and cultural
that Connecticut sustains through public and private financing. An
million a year was happy news indeed. You can imagine the hurrahs in
Priuses headed for New Britain that afternoon.
Governors running for re-election need more than applause and crudités
exchange for fat new grant programs. They want some of the green stuff
grateful grant writers. Nine days after the announcement of the
Treasures program, the state's Commission on Culture and Tourism
e-mail request for its mailing lists from Philip Dukes, a lawyer in
Just before 4 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 25, a secretary at the commission
an e-mail with the mailing lists attached. She included the astringent
am not sure if these meet your needs, since we are not aware of how
you will use
She sent another list to Dukes, who is also a member of the Republican
Central Committee, on the following Monday morning. At 8:36 that
forwarded the lists to Rell chief of staff M. Lisa Moody with the
rest of the lists from Tourism."
Those e-mails come from a Freedom of Information request I filed with
office on Jan. 11. Computers are the eighth deadly sin. Add a request
records under the Freedom of Information Act and gluttony may lose its
the top seven.
Dukes has complied with the request. Moody is still searching.
Shortly after Moody got the mailing lists, people on them received
letters from the Rell campaign. The letter, dated "September 2006,"
was about the Cultural Treasures program. The choice presented
in the letter was between her program and cultural darkness: Please
contribution of $750 to $2,500, artsy people.
The letter caused some discussion in the arts and tourism communities,
of more solicitors than donors. As voters, they are far more
Some wondered how they could have gotten on a Republican candidate's
list. A couple noticed that their names, titles and addresses had the
quirks that appeared on mailings they regularly received from the
Culture and Tourism. One Democrat says it was the first Republican
letter he's ever received.
Rell's office said last week that it had no knowledge of such
activities. The governor's counsel said that the lists were obtained
the arts community of the program.
Dukes, Rell's office says, did not talk to the governor about the
does he remember his conversation with the agency. They declined to
say if the governor knew about the lists, though the
solicitation letter says "Approved by Jodi Rell."
This fundraising gambit has the look of coordination, not
particularly since it took place during the fevered days of the
Last week, Republicans in the legislature were roiled by the
revelation that two
Democratic staffers were caught on tape rifling through a Republican
desk. Republicans justly called on the accused miscreants to be fired.
in the legislature resisted, though they called for Moody to be fired
over political fundraising she conducted from her office.
Look to see if outrage at the flouting of rules is determined by
affiliation or if both parties share respect for the rule of law.
power shouldn't be mistaken for a license to abuse the office.
Kevin Rennie is a lawyer, a former Republican state lawmaker, and a
for The Courant.
Copyright 2007, Hartford Courant
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