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Tuesday, January 17, 2006


One year ago today, I put up the first post on this blog. Now, one year and 430 posts later, I have to say that this site has become a lot more than I ever imagined it would, and it's taken me places I never thought I'd be.

Thanks to loyal readers, commenters both regular and infrequent, anonymice and everyone else who has contributed to making this site what it is today. This place has become more than just a blog--it's a forum and a community, too.

There's a lot to look forward to in the coming year, including more candidate interviews, more live Q&A sessions with candidates and other political figures and, of course, as much political and election analysis and commentary as you can stand (and then some).

So thanks again, everyone, for such a great first year, and here's to the next one!


Blogger Colin said...

It's a honor be the first one to post what many others will today. This blog is the class of the field around here. It's a vital and very necessary forum, run in a classy, fair and intelligent manner.
Thank you.

1/17/2006 09:08:00 AM  
Blogger Colin said...

"an" honor, I meant

1/17/2006 09:08:00 AM  
Blogger Genghis Conn said...

Thanks, Colin, I appreciate that. It means quite a bit to me, coming from you.

1/17/2006 09:15:00 AM  
Anonymous CGG said...

Congratulations on hitting the one year mark. I learn so much from this blog. Keep the quality coming.

1/17/2006 09:19:00 AM  
Blogger Genghis Conn said...

Thanks, CGG! Glad to hear it.

1/17/2006 09:21:00 AM  
Anonymous A Different Anonymous (No! Really!) said...


Though it pains me - worse yet, scares me ;-) - to agree with Colin, he put it best: You are the class of the field. The political press monitors this blog, and with good reason. The discussion here is generally informed, reasonable and on-point.

Sure, there is partisanship and the occasional irrational zealot. That's politics.

But this much is clear: It is the premier site of its kind in Connecticut.

1/17/2006 09:31:00 AM  
Anonymous Independent1 said...

Although a relative late comer to this blog, I want to add my appreciation for the work you do in keeping this up, and the always interesting posts. Terrific work!

1/17/2006 09:33:00 AM  
Blogger Genghis Conn said...

Different Anonymous: If I can get you to agree with Colin on something, I must be doing something right.

Thanks, Independent1! I appreciate your contributions!

1/17/2006 09:40:00 AM  
Anonymous Dan Levine said...

Congratulations Genghis! You certainly have created a vibrant community with a wonderful range of voices. I think one of the big reasons people feel so comfortable threading here is because of your tone- restrained, deliberate and straight. Plus, you have an insider's knowledge of context and political relationships, but you stay grounded, ie. you don't get caught up in the 'game' of politics. Well done.

1/17/2006 10:17:00 AM  
Anonymous daffy said...

Genghis: Amazing what you can accomplishe when you simply throw out some decent ideas with good links and let the disccssion flow.


1/17/2006 10:19:00 AM  
Blogger Genghis Conn said...

Thanks, Dan! May I also say that I appreciate what you do on your site as well.

1/17/2006 10:23:00 AM  
Blogger Genghis Conn said...

Thanks, Daffy! I appreciate it.

1/17/2006 10:24:00 AM  
Blogger Aldon Hynes said...

And, as one of the irrational zealots, let me say that I really appreciate have such a great place to rant!

Happy Anniversary!

1/17/2006 11:09:00 AM  
Blogger Genghis Conn said...


You're hardly an irrational zealot. Thanks! This place benefits greatly from your knowledge and opinions.

1/17/2006 11:10:00 AM  
Anonymous A DIfferent Anonymous (No! Really!) said...

Nor did I mean Aldon when I referred to IZs ... DF84, are you out there? ;-)

1/17/2006 11:21:00 AM  
Blogger Aldon Hynes said...

Genghis and a different Anonymous,

I am glad that you find my zealotry rational, or at least that I'm not a zealot about irrationality, or whatever. I do try to keep some of the irrational zealotry at bay with my feeble attempts at humor.

On to a more important topic. Today, in Branford, Rafael DeGennaro launched ReadtheBill.org.

Read the Bill is a new organization which advocates that all federal legislation should be posted online 72 hours before coming to the floor of Congress. I've been helping Rafael a little with the website and I'm very excited about its launch.

In my discussions with him, I've also suggested that we should be advocating for this not only on the Federal level, but also on the State level, and perhaps even on the Municipal level for large municipalities.

I hope that everyone stops by and reads a little bit about ReadtheBill.org.

1/17/2006 11:42:00 AM  
Anonymous daffy said...

it would be great just if the legislators got to see the bills more than 72 hours before they had to vote. but I was keeping quiet on serious stuff today since I thought this should be Genghis' day!

1/17/2006 11:50:00 AM  
Blogger Genghis Conn said...

Hmm, that's a pretty interesting idea, Aldon. There's a lot of merit to posting bills online a fixed period of time before they are considered--the blogosphere, specifically, has been very good at deconstructing bills rapidly.

I could see some problems at the state level because of the time limit our legislative sessions (and a lot of other states' sessions, too) have, but that could be solved by going full-time.

1/17/2006 11:51:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Like Daffy, I think it ought to be GC's day ... but if he has no objections, I'll agree in part and disagree in part - it is a good idea, but doesn't necessarily require a full-time legislature; they can still dither til damn near the very end of session, just as they always have, but would have to get their act together on the budget, etc. three days earlier than they have in the past.

1/17/2006 12:05:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Genghis Conn: You should truly be proud of what you created. This blog is the talk of the town in the political arena. Happy One Year Anniversary! Looking forward to the commentary this year!

1/17/2006 12:37:00 PM  
Blogger Genghis Conn said...

Thanks, Anonymous!

1/17/2006 12:38:00 PM  
Anonymous Chris MC said...

Me too GC. A great example of individual civic leadership and democratic discussion. You are first amongst equals.

Here's to year 2!

1/17/2006 01:03:00 PM  
Blogger DeanFan84 said...

Hi all, and congrats GC!

I encourage everyone to visit the SiteMeter at the bottom of the page to witness the exponential growth of this site. It's quite remarkable.

On a different note both of our CT Senators remain undecided on whether they will vote yea or nay on Judge Alito. They also haven't figured out whether they would support a Democratic filibuster if Harry Reid were to call for one. (with Democrats leaders like these two, why bother to vote???)

Anyway, if the future make-up of the Supreme Court, and a woman's right to choose, means anything to you, I strongly recommend calling both Senator's offices.

Dodd-- 202-224-2823

Personally, I am calling twice a day with the faint hope our Democrats will find their spines and decide a fascist judge like Sam Alito is worth standing up against. (ftr, I had no real problem with Justice Roberts.)

1/17/2006 01:08:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How is Alito a Fascist? Please explain. I had no problem supporting him but now that you say that. Could you elaborate? Thanks!

1/17/2006 01:30:00 PM  
Anonymous Brass Tacks said...

Happy Anniversary, Genghis.

I saved this from a long time ago. Think it might fit the bill for the spirit of your blog:

"Partisan fervor and personal good will can -- in fact, must -- coexist, and the heated controversies over specific policies should never transcend the ultimate respect (affection) for individuals."

That was from Bob Michel, the House GOP Leader back when comity--not comedy--was the rule in DC.

Here's to fervor and good will!

1/17/2006 01:39:00 PM  
Anonymous Becky said...

Congrats! Gengis - well done. You have created a terrific blog - its hard to believe that its only been a year. As to the read the bill.org. Haven't gone through the site too much yet but having spent time in congress I know you can find any submitted legislation on the Library of Congress's website. http://thomas.loc.gov/home/c109bills.html
All legislation has to be presented to the floor before it can be sent to committee or added to the calendar for a vote. Hope this helps. You can search by topic, or by bill number. This link is to the browse by bill number, so you can see what has been introduced lately. :)

1/17/2006 01:44:00 PM  
Anonymous Silence Dogood said...

It is especially appropriate to be celebrating the first anniversary of Connecticut Local Politics today for another special reason. Three hundred years ago today, Abiah Franklin gave birth to her sixth son who she named Benjamin. One of Ben’s first jobs was working for his brother James, who published the New England Courant.

Later, Ben and some of his friends began the first public library in Philadelphia.

Today, they are celebrating the birth of Ben Franklin in Philadelphia and around our country. It is only fitting that part of the celebrations include the celebration of the first anniversary of Connecticut Local Politics.

1/17/2006 01:49:00 PM  
Blogger Genghis Conn said...

Chris MC,

I appreciate it. Thanks for contributing so regularly to the site!


We couldn't have a site without you, We may disagree, sometimes, but I always enjoy reading what you have to say.

1/17/2006 01:59:00 PM  
Blogger Genghis Conn said...

Brass Tacks,

Thanks, and that's a great quote. Very true. I'll remember it.


Thanks! And you're right about Thomas, it's a great service. Much easier to search than the General Assembly's site.

Silence Dogood,

I always thought that Franklin, were he around today, would be very, very interested in blogs and online news sites. He was always a man who valued free access to information and the exchange of ideas. I hope we can do a little of that, here.

1/17/2006 02:03:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

DeanFan 84, just so my comments don't get lost. You have me concerned over Alito. Can you please explain the Fascist thing? Sounds interesting. Thanks again!

1/17/2006 02:06:00 PM  
Blogger Aldon Hynes said...

becky, I believe that Thomas would be a great tool to facilitate the sort of sunshine law that ReadtheBill.org is advocating for.

My understanding, and correct me if I'm wrong, is that there is no law requiring that a bill be posted online for at least 72 hours before it is voted on.

The ReadtheBill.org website claims that:

The House of Representatives still has a rule on the books requiring proposed legislation be available to members for three days. But the House waives this rule routinely and rubber stamps huge bills in the middle night, clueless of their content or cost. Senate rules are fuzzier but the result is the same.

Even if the bill is available to members for three days, that doesn't necessarily it is up on Thomas for 72 hours before the vote.

So, it would seem as if the goals of ReadtheBill.org are actually fairly modest and easily attainable, yet they would close a loophole in the current rule making process which would encourage better laws to be passed.

1/17/2006 02:06:00 PM  
Blogger DeanFan84 said...

Alito is all about putting institutional power structures, both corporate and governmental, above invididual rights and freedoms.

Someone who worships at that altar is a fascist to me. And very scary.

Did I forget to mention his support for the strip searching of a 10 year old girl, a Pennsylvania law that would require spousal notification before a woman could obtain an abortion, and less, we forget, his "unitary executive" theory that would invest undue and unchecked authority to the office of the President.

1/17/2006 02:43:00 PM  
Anonymous bugs bunny said...

OK, Aldon, you wer a big supprter of CT's CFR legislation. It wasn't in the hands of the rank and file 72 hours before the vote or the debate on the floor according to my info. So what's up, doc.?

1/17/2006 02:56:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This story just hit the wire

U.S. Repeating Arms said Tuesday that it is preparing to close its flagship factory in New Haven, where Winchester rifles have been made for 140 years.

The announcement touched off a lobbying effort by city officials and union leaders who hoped to find someone to buy the plant before it closes March 31.

1/17/2006 03:05:00 PM  
Blogger MVD said...

Thanks for your great blog and happy birthday to the blog!

1/17/2006 03:36:00 PM  
Blogger Genghis Conn said...

Thanks, MVD!

1/17/2006 03:50:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks Deanfan! I'm not sure I agree with the fascist statement. He really didn't come across that way during the hearings. Too many people, from the left and the right said he was fair.

I just remember when Souter was confirmed a lot of close-inded people branded him a conservative and he turned out to be an impartial judge.

1/17/2006 03:53:00 PM  
Anonymous Conn-Tiki said...

Congratulations, Genghis Conn - you put this old history major to shame.

1/17/2006 04:25:00 PM  
Anonymous Proud Moderate Dem said...

Genghis, happy anniversary. i think the gift for a 1st year anniversary is supposed to be paper, but this being an internet blog i suppose this electronic acknowledgement of work well done is more appropriate. thanks for providing this forum of open discussion and diversity of opinions.

1/17/2006 05:02:00 PM  
Blogger Genghis Conn said...

Thanks, Conn-Tiki! Thanks, Proud Moderate Dem! I really appreciate it.

1/17/2006 05:09:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Thanks for your innumerable hours of daily work on this site, your even keel, and your thick skin. I don't know how you do it. Thanks also for providing a great public service and an open "town hall forum" for Connecticut residents. More important than your role as a good blogger, you are a good citizen.

1/17/2006 07:41:00 PM  
Anonymous MikeCT said...

Oops! That last "good citizen" anonymous was me.

1/17/2006 07:42:00 PM  
Blogger Genghis Conn said...

Thanks, Mike. This place wouldn't be nearly what it is without your insight and knowledge.

1/17/2006 09:18:00 PM  
Blogger ctkeith said...

Congrats and thanks for this place.

I've been one of your harshest critics and even got you to call me a troll about 10 months ago (LOL) but it's only because you started off doing what was easy instead of what you were capable of.A good weblog takes work,time and alot of complicated relationships and your willingness to put more into this place is certainly showing,


1/17/2006 10:12:00 PM  
Blogger Genghis Conn said...


Thanks to you, I've developed a marvelously thick skin! Seriously, I do appreciate your comments and your acid tongue. Thanks for keeping me honest.

1/17/2006 10:35:00 PM  
Blogger Gabe said...

Class has made me a day late anda dollar short - Congrats, GC and keep up the good work!

(and, the kind of class you go to, not the kind you have)

1/18/2006 07:48:00 AM  
Blogger Aldon Hynes said...

Yes, bugs, I did support CT CFR legislation, and I still do even though it wasn’t available online for 72 hours before hand. I even support the Constitution, even though it wasn’t available online for 72 hours before hand. I also support legislators who were elected before the CFR legislation was enacted.

If we only supported things that were perfect and were enacted by a perfect process, we would not be able to support anything. Instead, we need to work together to take every opportunity we can to improve the political process and the political outcomes.

1/18/2006 10:55:00 AM  
Blogger Genghis Conn said...

Thanks, Gabe!

1/18/2006 11:18:00 AM  
Blogger nedweenie said...

Ten thousand thanks Genghis, for all your hard work. I had no idea this blog was so young. From the first time I read it, it had the air of being well established & respectable. (Though I did wonder at the low number of comments- no problem with that now!)

And Aldon- thanks too to for the tip on ReadtheBill.org. Excellent idea. I find Thomas to be unwieldy at best.

Here's to 2006! It's going to be interesting-

1/18/2006 12:25:00 PM  
Anonymous bugs bunny said...

Aldon: you missed my point on the CFR, or I didn't explain myself well. The legislation wasn't even available in print to the rank and file 72 hours before they voted.; forget about being on line.

And you're old if you supported the Constitution.

1/18/2006 01:42:00 PM  

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