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Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Open Forum

Democrat Henry Genga won the special election for Melody Currey's state rep. seat in East Hartford yesterday. No surprises there.

There's a do-over today in Middletown, following the nullification of city council races due to voting machine error.


What else is happening today?

23 Comments:

Anonymous Funny Guy said...

Anyone find it funny that in the current climate with state ethics that the state ethics concerning lobbyists reporting is down and has been down for about a month?

1/24/2006 09:25:00 AM  
Blogger Gabe said...

Is "do-over" the legal term for that?

And how do I request one for the 2000 election?

1/24/2006 09:28:00 AM  
Anonymous the wandererrrrr said...

Here is another example of how CT works on the wrong stuff. The problem in Hartford was never really campaign financing it was and still is lobbyists doing the work of our so-called citizen legislators. There are a number of states as the NYT article points out that have taken on lobbying reform but not CT.

1/24/2006 09:36:00 AM  
Blogger Genghis Conn said...

Gabe,

I believe the technical term is "mulligan."

1/24/2006 10:26:00 AM  
Anonymous Brass Anon said...

When do we get to take our "mulligan" on the 2000 Presidential Election?

1/24/2006 10:42:00 AM  
Blogger Gabe said...

Brass Anon -

Come on, no credit? Shameful, you will hear from my attorney.

:)

1/24/2006 11:11:00 AM  
Blogger Lon said...

You can check out my interview with Genghis on the Young Democrats podcast! More information and download links can be found by clicking here.

1/24/2006 11:41:00 AM  
Blogger DeanFan84 said...

hey Lon!--

Surprisingly good interview. Very well done! Amazing at how well you all held my attention throughout the broadcast. (oops, I mean podcast.)

Can you tell me, is this one of an existing series? Or was this your first go at this?

I'm hoping you can get Ned Lamont to do an interview sometime sooner. My suspicion is that yours would be a much better format for him than the Q & A we had here. Would it be possible to take live callers??

Anyway, great to be with you guys as part of the avant garde,...

1/24/2006 12:50:00 PM  
Blogger Lon said...

Deanfan,

Glad you like the podcast! This is actually the sixth episode we've produced. You can subscribe to the podcast via iTunes and have it download automatically every time a new episode is posted. Yahoo also does a nice job of keeping track of our episodes. We can be found here.

Aldon and Chris Mc have joined us on a few prior episodes and we hope to get them back on again soon.

This latest episode is probably the best sounding of the series thus far. I bought some audio equipment to get the sound more balanced.

As far as future guests are concerned, we're really going to be focusing on young elected officials and candidates over the next few months.

There are some great young people stepping up to the plate in 2006 ready to wage credible legislative campaigns in Republican districts. We'll be profiling many of them as well as interviewing young municipal candidates the Connecticut Young Democrats assisted during the 2005 cycle. That will be our focus for now.

Most podcasts handle the 'call in' aspect of the broadcast by having those asking questions email mp3 recordings. The nature of Podcasting is that everything is live to tape and not live to broadcast, so this is the most effective way to handle that.

Stay tuned!

1/24/2006 02:31:00 PM  
Anonymous Wolcottboy said...

Do the election machine companies have lobbyists and had they contributed to Susan Bysiewicz's defunct gubernatorial campaign? If anyone, who are they contributing to now?

If and when these machines come online is on the minds of many. Will seniors be disuaded from voting with a computer? Last year during trial runs some simply left the polling place in frustration, leading to possible charges of depriving one of a simple way to vote.

I personally find it suspect that the SoS was so motivated to push these machines into place, then suddenly cancels them after additional trials. What's the real reason for the delay? Where's the money coming from and going to?

1/24/2006 04:29:00 PM  
Anonymous MikeCT said...

It is significant that Henry Genga got more than 1/5 of his vote from the Working Families Party line. This must be a record for WFP. In the 2004 state legislative elections, they averaged 2.9% in the senate and 3.4% in the house races. Granted, the turnout in East Hartford was small, but they got people out, and that's what counts. The Working Families strategy of cross-endorsements is based on keeping elected officials accountable to the base who delivered that section of the vote, and 21% of the vote is a good base for them to start with for Genga.

Wolcottboy,
I don't think Bysiewicz was bought off by companies, but I do think that on the issues of voting machines and voter verified paper ballots, she has established a pattern of making stupid decisions, dismissing evidence and counter-arguments, and digging in her heels. Then when it becomes politically or legally unfeasible to continue on her original track, she suddenly reverses direction. She exhibits a fatal combination of incompetence, laziness, and arrogance. The state deserves better.

1/24/2006 10:02:00 PM  
Anonymous MikeCT said...

The Senate Republicans do the right thing (and, well, probably the self-interested thing too) and call for a closing of the loopholes that allow huge contributions from leadership PACs and shut out third parties (AP and CT News Junkie).

David Bauer, the Middletown Council candidate whose lawsuit over a faulty voting machine forced a re-vote won the seat he wanted tonight. The Dems maintain control of the Council.

Also Dodd says he'll oppose Alito and Joe won't say.

1/24/2006 10:25:00 PM  
Anonymous CT05 Admin said...

The Republican machine has done it again, handing huge sums of taxpayer dollars over to the HMO's in exchange for campaign contributions and other spending.

Start here.

1/24/2006 11:05:00 PM  
Blogger Bare Knuckles said...

Joe L has said he will not support Alito. Can the Joe haters on here at least give credit when credit is due?

1/25/2006 10:09:00 AM  
Anonymous the wandererrrr said...

Mike CT: you left out the part where every time Susan B. blunders, Dick B. is right by her side to bail her out and blame somebody for her screwups

1/25/2006 10:36:00 AM  
Blogger Aldon Hynes said...

BK, I'll give Joe credit on that. I hope he also supports an extended and thought out debate on Alito's nomination.

Can you provide a link to the news that Joe will vote no on Alito? I can't find it anywhere.

1/25/2006 10:37:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It looks like Jim Amman is going to endorse Dan Malloy for governor.

1/25/2006 11:18:00 AM  
Blogger Genghis Conn said...

Amann? Really? Huh. I was wondering who it was going to be.

That's actually pretty big, if it's true. I wasn't expecting him to pick sides at all.

1/25/2006 11:22:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where is the Joe votes no rumor from? What about the Amman one?

1/25/2006 11:24:00 AM  
Anonymous Proud Moderate Dem said...

Anyone have any thoughts on Lieberman being pretty tough with the White House on the Katrina investigation? saw him on CNN this am and he was pretty stern in pointing out that the White House has not been cooperating.

1/25/2006 11:35:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Check out the political section of The Day website for an article on Amman's endorsement of Malloy.

1/25/2006 11:46:00 AM  
Anonymous the wandererrr said...

Of course, Joe is going to vote against Alito, it isn't about what he learned from the hearings it's about what he he heard from the DTC's about Iraq during the hearings. He needs a gimmee from the DTC's. It's never about policy for this guy.

1/25/2006 11:57:00 AM  
Anonymous the wanderrerrrrr said...

Of course Joe was tough on the Whitehouse on the Katrina response, if he wasn't he'd have to admit that his committee wasn't doing the necessary oversight on the HS Department prior to the response, or non-response - he's a pro. But ot be non-partisan so is Chris Shays!

1/25/2006 02:39:00 PM  

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