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Now that 2014 is here the race for governor will begin in earnest. This Sunday we had the newest candidate in the race, Shelton Mayor Mark Lauretti, who is seeking the Republican nomination.
During the taping, Lauretti sounded some familiar themes among those seeking the state’s highest office: Connecticut is unfriendly to business, and Governor Malloy has made it worse. Lauretti said after 11 terms as mayor, he is qualified to take over a state he says is in trouble.
Also on Sunday’s Face the State: we had analysis from two high profile attorneys active in their parties. Democrat Gary Collins defended the governor’s record, and Republican Jason McCoy pointed out that record as the reason Republicans have a good chance of winning in November. Collins was appointed by Governor Malloy to chair the state’s commission on Civil Rights.
I also asked Collins about Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman, who was the subject of a Connecticut Post article last fall that suggested she might not want to seek re-election. Collins said he hadn’t heard that Wyman isn’t interested in running again and McCoy said if she is replaced on the Democrats’ ticket this year, it is great news for Republicans. “If she (Wyman) doesn’t run, Democrats have a real problem,” said the former Vernon mayor. Collins added “I would be extremely disappointed if there were any other person other than Wyman running with the governor.”
You can watch the entire edition of Face the State, at the links below:
Watch Collins and McCoy: http://www.wfsb.com/video?autoStart=true&topVideoCatNo=default&clipId=9699340
Our flashback focuses on an historic event from 20 years ago this winter that changed our state forever. Watch that here: http://dennishouse.wordpress.com/2014/01/03/face-the-state-flashback-mohegan-tribe-federally-recognized/
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Longtime readers of The Hartfordite are familiar with our struggles with the family Christmas card over the years. Blurry pictures, cranky children, weather, and other obstacles often have Kara and me scrambling to get a card out by Christmas.
I can report this year was easy breezy. We decided to take a family picture over the summer and had the card ready to go by December 1st. As I heard my friends complain of their cards still at photo sites on December 20th and some of their cards arriving on New Year’s Eve, I think we made the right decision.
To all of you Happy New Year and best wishes for a great 2014! By the way, this year’s photo was snapped at Charter Oak Landing.
Check out these pictures from previous Christmas card adventures: http://dennishouse.wordpress.com/2011/12/20/joys-of-the-family-christmas-card/
Our final edition of Face the State of the year features a look back at the top political stories of 2013 and a look ahead at 2014. We are joined by WFSB political analysts Duby McDowell and Brian Flaherty, and the Hartford Courant’s political director Rick Green.
Predictions and much more Sunday morning at 11 on WFSB Channel 3.
The much talked about and long anticipated housing at the Adriaen’s Landing development in downtown Hartford is starting to get underway. Work has begun on the site and developer H. B. Nitkin has released the first renderings of the Front Street Lofts, which should open in 2015.
The five story lofts will have 121 units including studios and 1 and 2 bedroom units. There will also be retail on the ground floor, a fitness center, a roof deck with spectacular views, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, balconies and hardwood floors.
Kara Sundlun and I loved living downtown. Check out our pad in SoDo: http://dennishouse.wordpress.com/2010/06/24/bye-bye-home-sweet-home/
The UConn Whalers Big Ten story has moved here: http://dennishouse.tv/2013/12/20/big-ten-for-uconn-key-to-hartford-whalers-return/
Hollywood star Brad Pitt was born on December 18, 1963. So was I.
It’s true. I’m turning the big 5-0, and you know what, I’m embracing it. Happy birthday to me! Crazy, huh?
So many people run and hide when the 50th birthday approaches, some even lie about it. I once knew a girl who threw her mother a surprise 50th, but the big surprise was on mom’s co-workers invited to a bash for a woman who had told them she was only 45. Oops.
No lying by anyone* in that mashup above. They’ve all either turned 50 this year or will in the coming weeks and months.
New parents Dennis and Marilyn House. I’m blessed to still have them.
50 is a big deal and I look at it as a gift. Life is precious and not everybody makes it this far. My grandfather didn’t get to celebrate his 50th. He was killed by a swarm of hornets at age 38. President John Kennedy didn’t make it to 50, and neither did his sons. I’ve read too many obituaries of people my age I grew up with, and the news I deliver is sadly filled with people who died well before their life was half over. I look at it this way: What’s there to complain about when you’ve made it to 50?
I plan on living to 100. That’s the agenda. I have several ancestors who’ve lived into their 90s, including this guy, my great-great grandfather Horatio House.
I still have plenty I want to accomplish in the second half of my life. I want to continue to meet new people and learn from them. I still want to break news and snag exclusive interviews. I want to see the world with my wife and kids because being a husband and a father simply rocks, and family vacations are the best thing on earth. I want to become a great surfer, learn another language (I know Spanish and also studied French and taught myself a little Italian, and I’m trying to master English) spend a summer in Italy, and some day, because life has been good to me, I want to give back and serve the people of my city as mayor of Hartford. Reaching 50 is a whole new beginning and I’m ready. Bring it on.
Being a December baby, I’m the last of my age group to reach this milestone, so over the past year I’ve had the opportunity to observe how others have accepted turning 50. Some of my friends and I still feel like we are in our 20s, others dread it and think of it as the beginning of the end, but I see it as the commencement of an exciting new chapter. Sure 50 is too old to be an NFL quarterback or join the military (something I wish I’d done in the first 50) but it’s still somewhat young to be a pope or a president. The latter two are not on my bucket list, by the way. My former co-anchor Gayle King was tapped by CBS News at 57, a 71 year old competed in the 2012 Olympics, and Democrats are likely to nominate a candidate for president in 2016 who will turn 70 a few months after being inauguration day. There are countless people who have achieved tremendous goals after they departed their 40s.
Truth be told, I feel the same as 40 or 30, only wiser. I never smoked cigarettes, drink in moderation, and work out fairly regularly. Fifty is nifty.
I’m celebrating quietly with the family this week, but I’m having a party for a good cause later in the winter, and you’re all invited. I also plan on doing a few stories on the big 5-0 in case you or a loved one is turning 50. Stay tuned for details.
Birthplace of Dennis House: Norwood Hospital Norwood, Massachusetts
* L-R top row Johnny Depp, Elisabeth Shue, John Stamos, Helen Hunt
2nd row Demi Moore, Kara Sundlun’s husband, Brad Pitt, Vanessa Williams
3rd row Michelle Obama, Rob Lowe, Lisa Kudrow, Seal
Bottom row: Conan O’Brien, Melissa Gilbert, Scot Haney, Nicholas Cage
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This Sunday on Face the State on WFSB at 11 we are discussing the appellate court ruling in the corruption case of former Hartford mayor Eddie Perez. We are joined by former Chief State’s Attorney Chris Morano, and Hartford defense attorney Walter Hussey.
Also on the program, Kennard Ray, a convicted felon who was up for a top job at Hartford City Hall.
Rounding out our guest list is Carl Higbie, a former Navy seal who served in Fallujah, Iraq now running for congress in CT-4.
Our flashback is a story from 1993 when Governor Lowell Weicker called Donald Trump a bigot and Trump then called him a fat slob and that wasn’t the end of it. See you Sunday.