Pints & Politics

Head to the Wood-n-Tap in Hartford Tuesday night (10/14) for the inaugural “Pints & Politics”.  Tom Dudchik of CT Capitol Report dreamed up the event. It’s an opportunity to talk politics, have a few laughs and hoist a few pints. Members of the legislature’s General Law Committee will be in attendance along with a variety of politicos and political junkies. The event is 5- 7pm, free with a cash bar and sponsored by the Connecticut Restaurant Association and the CT Beer Wholesalers Association. See you there!

Cliff Teutsch, 64








Surprising and sad news came late Friday with the passing of former Hartford Courant reporter and editor Clifford Teutsch. He was 64. According to the Courant, the cause of death was not immediately known.

Former colleagues praised Teutsch as a man committed to “journalism and family.” Several described episodes during which Teutsch stood up for the craft of journalism during difficult times at the paper and during periods of cost cutting.

From the Courant’s report:

In 1984, a year after the collapse of the Mianus River Bridge, Teutsch was part of a team of reporters who staked out underwater bridge inspectors and meticulously showed how some had falsified their diving records.

Two years later, he became a Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford University, returning to The Courant in 1987, when he was named politics editor. He was promoted to Assistant Managing Editor/Nights in 1991 and managing editor in 1994. In that role, he oversaw the paper’s aggressive coverage detailing corruption in the administration of Gov. John G. Rowland, who resigned and later went to prison.

In 2006, then-editor Brian Toolan announced he was taking a job with the Associated Press, which prompted 50 newsroom employees to sign a petition calling on then-President Stephen D. Carver to promote Teutsch. He did — but said he didn’t need the petitions to know that Teutsch was the right choice.

Sunday Talk

Face the State WFSB 11 am






Substitute Host: Susan Raff

Ronald Schurin – UCONN Political Science Professor

Lori Hopkins Cavanaugh(R) – Candidate in the Second Congressional District

Audrey Apanovitch – Glastonbury teen working to gain a grant for the town to prevent teen driving deaths

Flashback: Honoring Dan Kain’s induction into the Silver Circle


Decision 2014 NBC Connecticut 10:00 am

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Real Story and CT Capitol Report pre-empted for

Re-broadcast of this week’s Connecticut Broadcasters Association Debate between gubernatorial candidates Dannel Malloy and Tom Foley


The Stan Simpson Show Fox CT Saturday, 6:30am, online at









Focus on Connecticut News 12 Saturday: 7:30am, 11am, 2:30pm, 7:30 pm Sunday: 2:30am, 7:30am, 11am, 1:30pm, 5:30pm

Host: Tom Appleby

Terry Adams(D)

Candidate – House District 146

Kieran Ryan(R)

Candidate – House District 146


CTN: Capitol Report: Week in Review Sunday at 8pm replays of: The Real Story (8:30pm), Face the State (9:00pm), The Stan Simpson Show (9:30 pm)

New Publisher at Courant

hc-rick-daniels-names-publisher-hartford-coura-001Hartford Courant employees were rounded up this morning and told the paper has a new publisher.

Rick Daniels will begin work next month as publisher and CEO of the Hartford Courant Media Group for Tribune Publishing.

He replaces Nancy Meyer who is moving to Florida to assume the title of publisher and CEO of the Orlando Sentinel Media Group, also owned by Tribune. The Sentinel website may look familiar to Courant readers. Myer has been with the Courant for eight years and became publisher in 2013.

Daniels was recently CEO of GoLocal24, a Rhode Island based digital news company, according the story posted on the Courant’s website.

(Photo Courtesy Tribune)

Marotti Off Air


A few weeks following the conviction of his former co-host, former Governor John Rowland, Rev. Will Marotti is stepping down from his position as afternoon host on WTIC-AM.

Wednesday was Marotti’s last show. He cited family and work obligations. Station management says Marotti was never supposed to be a permanent replacement for Rowland, yet the station still has not found a permanent host for the time slot.

Utility broadcaster – and the voice of the Huskies – Joe D’Ambrosio will be filling in on an interim basis.

NBC CT Issues Ruling!

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Even though Republican candidate Tom Foley is so far refusing to take part, NBC CT has announced plans to go ahead with its scheduled gubernatorial debate on October 23 with or without him.

It means Governor Dan Malloy could end up sharing the stage with independent petitioning candidate Joe Visconti. The decision would give Visconti the most exposure he has had throughout the campaign and give Malloy an opportunity to attack Foley, without rebuttal on statewide television, for an extended period.

On the surface it would seem like a bad decision by the Foley campaign, but no doubt he and his team have calculated the downside. With the most recent polls showing a dead heat, perhaps team Foley will change its current strategy. A spokesman for Malloy says the governor will be there.

DeRienzo NewsJunkie


Matt DeRienzo and the New Haven Register announced Monday that DiRienzo has taken a buyout and is leaving the company.

Most recently, DeRienzo served as group editor of all publications owned by Digital First Media, according to the New Haven Independent.  DeRienzo’s only future plan at the moment is to join to cover the 5th congressional district race.

DeRienzo email to staff(partial):


“This is bittersweet for me, and I apologize for doing it by email, but this will be my last day as group editor in Connecticut and with DFM.

“My position, Northeast Regional Editor, is being eliminated, a move that I support. And it’s the right time for me to move on in my career.

“I feel positive about where this leaves you all because of the strong leadership we have in place…”



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