Friday, September 16, 2005

Open Forum

Campaign finance reform still hasn't happened. Maybe next week...

As for some of the issues brought up in the last open forum: Anonymous posts, while sometimes a bit confusing, will remain for now. The alternative is a registration system, which is a barrier to participation. However, if you are an anonymous poster, you may want to consider checking the "Other" option when you comment, and filling in a handle. It just makes it easier for others to talk directly to you. This is not a requirement, but a suggestion.

8 comments:

Lon said...

Episode 2 of This Week in Connecticut Politics is online! This week we interview New Britain Mayoral Candidate Jason Jakubowski about his race as well as round up the latest Connecticut political news.

Panelists include CT Young Dems incoming VP of Political Affairs Matt Bailey, Aldon Hynes of the DeStefano blog, Chris McArdle of CT05.net, CT Young Democrats Co-President Kerry Szeps, and myself.

Direct download is available by clicking here. iTunes feed is available at ctpolitics.net, and an RSS feed is at http://feeds.feedburner.com/thisweekinconnecticutpolitics

MVD said...

Good letter in the New London Day today (9/17) about Rob Simmons:
To the Day:
"A few days ago I received some taxpayer-funded campaign literature from
Congressman Rob Simmons, telling me what a great deal the recent
transportation bill was for the 2nd District. Why was it such a great deal?
According to Mr. Simmons, it's because we are getting "nearly $56 million"
in federal dollars.

Either our congressman is purposely misleading us, or he is very bad at
math.

The total cost of the transportation bill, which includes such necessities
as a $233 million bridge from Kodiak, Alaska - population 8,000 - to a
virtually uninhabited island, was $286 billion. Sooner or later we will have
to repay the money the Republicans keep borrowing to pay for stuff like
this.

There are 435 congressional districts. If my math is right, that averages
out to $657 million a district. The actual cost to the 2nd District is
probably more, since we are certainly among the top half districts in terms
of federal taxes paid.

So, for an investment of at least $657 million, we get a return of "nearly
$56 million." Where does the rest of our money go? To some Red State
boondoggle like the Alaska bridge.

Thanks, Rep. Simmons"

John C. Wirzbicki
Noank

Aldon Hynes said...
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Aldon Hynes said...

It is worth noting that John Wirzbicki writes the blog CTBlue

He has an interesting post here where he writes:

"The story in this morning's Day leaves me puzzled. Under what authority can Jodi Rell order the New London Development Commission to rescind the eviction notices to the former homeowners in New London. And if she has the authority, pray tell, why did she exercise it only when after the action was taken. Why not order them not to evict.

More fundamental question: if the state is the ultimate authority over the New London redevelopment, why did it allow the Commission to 1) seek to take this property in the first place, and/or 2) go all the way to the Supreme Court to defend its right to do so? "

MikeCT said...

The CT Post has some brief speculation on possible candidates to succeed Ernie Newton:

A variety of sources said possible Democratic candidates include City Council President Andres Ayala, City Council members Edwin Gomes and Keith Rodgerson, and Carolyn Nah, head of the Greater Bridgeport chapter of the NAACP.

In the April 2003 special election in which Newton won his Senate set, he beat Edwin Gomes by only 262 votes. As I recall, Newton was backed by Kevin Sullivan (then Senate President) and Gomes by the CT Citizen Action Group and/or labor unions.

MikeCT said...

The blog discusses local politics. In the first volley of the election campaign, the Southington Republicans have slammed the Southington Democrats for not having their Web site up and running. Vote the rascals out!

MikeCT said...

Sorry....links didn't work right...
The "" blog discusses local politics. In the first volley of the election campaign, the Southington Republicans have slammed the Southington Democrats for not having their Web site up and running. Vote the rascals out!

Genghis Conn said...

Another interesting hyperlocal site. It's good to see interest in municipal blogs.