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now i know lieberman is in trouble....i got a phone call that he would come over and shovel my driveway....
Just goes to show you how much Joe really cares about his constituents!
I bet if I asked nicely enough, John Kissel would come over to shovel my driveway. Or maybe John Rowland could do it as part of his community service.
From CrooksandLiars.com, FoxNews' Sean Hannity offers to endorse Joe Lieberman."HANNITY: Last question. If you ever want me to do anything, for you and your re-election, I think we ought to have Conservatives for Lieberman, a big fundraiser in Connecticut, and if I could ever do that, I'd make it the biggest blowout celebration ever.LIEBERMAN: Thanks, pal. You're a great guy. It would just be fun to be with you. My wife, my daughters, my sons...HANNITY: I don't know why they like me.LIEBERMAN: You know, you're... well, you're a straight talker, that's one thing they like."
we'll get the word to Hannity... Enfield Republicans will offer to host his celebration for Joe!
3:48Anon--Yeah, we know that Republicans absolutely adore Joe. Why do you think we are trying to get rid of him?
Ned Lamont will be interviewed on Monday morning at 9:05 AM on WTIC 1080. If anyone's around - please tune in!
Good News, The Vice President’s Office just announced it will be unveiling an Outreach to Democrats Program. Apparently, the VP will participate in fundraisers for Democratic Candidates.All the contributions will go to the Democrats. Details are sketchy but it appears that all the fundraising events center around the democratic contributors hunting alone in the woods with the VP. Its good to see Dick making efforts to knock down the partisan divide he created in his tenure as the VP.
In today's Waterbury Republican-American, in a section called Brass Tacks (which is like a political page 6), this esteemed blog is referenced- specifically a post about Audrey Blondin for Lt. Governor. Blondin pledges support for Kevin Sullivan.The paper also thinks that Aldon runs this blog.
From today's Norwalk Advocate is a story giving the tax assessor's perspective on the car tax. that needs to go (my editorial comment) And from today's New York Times is a self assesment by CT on its emergency preparedness capabilities including a comment by the ever prescient Senator Susan Collins of Maine that the survey might not mean much. And also fromthe New York Times is a story about how Cheney is practicing to reach out to the Democrats
Random stuff:I’ve been digging out the car this morning and a few minutes ago, we got plowed out. The kids are home from school, so I haven’t been paying as close attention to the online political news as I would like.That said, let me toss in a few random comments. Despite what people in the press may think, I do not run this blog, nor is there any truth to the rumor that I am also being considered as a Lt. Governor candidate. :-)One thing that I have been tracking closely, and it would be great to see a thread about here, is the DTC primaries around the state. I wrote a little bit about it at My Left Nutmeg.Branford, Danbury and Stamford are all having DTC primaries. Now, there is an article in the Hartford Courant about a DTC primary in Hartford. It also adds a rumor that Perez might be a possible running mate for Malloy.Do any of you know anything about other DTC primaries around the state?
I wouldn't call the annual selection memebers of a DTC a primary but maybe I don't understand what you are talking about.
Aldon...the issue is not whether you know of dtc challenges accross the state (OBVIOUSLY YOU DONT OTHERWISE YOU WOULDNT HAVE ASKED) THE ISSUE IS DOES THE DESTEFANO CAMPAIGN KNOW OF THE DTC CHALLENGES ACROSS THE STATE AND WHO ARE THEY PREPARED TO HELP? A QUCK CALL TO THEIR HEADQUARTERS REVEALVED THE ARE UNPREPARED...
Audrey Blondin pledged support to Sullivan for the #2 spot---- yeech.I was surprised that Aldon did not have any names of darkhorses for the spot. C'mon Aldon, in your travels for JDS for Gov you have no NEW possibles to mention?
I was working last night (Sunday) and still saw State DOT trucks on the road at 6 am. Question: Why were 3 of their plows down, but they weren't plowing anything! I saw two going southbound on Rt. 8 in Waterbury at about 3 am. - one on the left, one on the right. Both had their plows down, but were at least a foot or two from the snow on the shoulder. As I passed both, no snow was in front of the plow giving off sparks. Again, at 6:00 am, I saw another one on I-84 East in Waterbury with its plow down, partially on the shoulder, but not hitting any snow. Are we soaking up the weekend overtime??
Yeah, Wolcottboy--I'm sure that's what the state road crews were doing after suffering through a lengthy blizzard. Racking up overtime!You should tag along during the next snowstorm. Not to keep tabs, but just to see how hard these guys work to keep our roadways safe.Shame on you, really!
Wolcottboy---early this morning, we had serious issues with icing on roadways. So plows were runing on the driving surface to break up ice and rough it up so when they sanded/salted it right after the mix would stick.
Wandererr, yes, it is technically a primary. What has gone on already is that DTCs have had their caucuses to select the DTC members. In the cases where more people wish to be on the DTC than there are slots for, people can petition to be on the ballot for a primary election, which will be held on March 7th. I believe the deadline for petitioning to be on the ballot was February 1st. My understanding is that the primary will be held at the traditional polling places using the traditional mechanical lever voting machines.Anon(11:05) No, I do not know of all the towns that will be having DTC primaries. Most towns don’t have enough people to fill up their DTCs. As to who the DeStefano campaign, or any campaign is prepared to help in the primaries, I don’t know, and even if I did know, I probably couldn’t say. However, for most DTC primaries, my understanding is that statewide campaigns don’t like to get involved. The primaries are about who are on the local town committees, they are about local issues. While they will have some say in selecting delegates to the state convention later on and can be important during a campaign, I don’t think a lot of people want to get involved in these sort of battles.Anon(12:47) Sorry I don’t have any other good darkhorses to leak.That’s it for right now.
Only one correction, most often the election is held using paper ballots, as the number of slots on the DTC exceeds the capacity of the voting machines. Then the moderator and party watchers spend all night going through them.
In the "broken clocks are right twice a day" dept. Dean Fan is right that DOT did a good job in this storm. Largest storm in CT history, especially for the three urban counties, and the highways were not forced to close.Well, there's one issue you can;t use on Jodi, whos is morphing into a WASP Ella Grasso
Anon(2:47) Thanks for the correction. In Stamford, there are only two slots per district and they can handle this on the voting machines. My understanding is that between the small number of registered democrats per voting district and the light turnout, even if it was a hand count, it would be pretty quick.I've been told that in Branford, there are ten slots per DTC district. Considering that there aren't other races on March 7th, it would seem as if that could be handled on the existing voting machines. I don't have details about Danbury or Hartford.However, this raises an interesting question for the implementation of HAVA. Have these sort of elections been considered for whatever the new voting machines will be?And, I'll repeat my earlier question, does any one know of any other interesting DTC races around the state?And, in terms of rumors, etc, I am disappointed to note that no political candidate has shovelled my driveway today
In my neck of the woods, there were DTC primaries (or are they elections, since there is no further race?) in Bloomfield and Windsor. Both were at large elections, with the number of committee slots between 70 and 80, which means there were 140 to 150 possible nominees. Hence the paper ballots. As to HAVA, if the machines are screens (i.e., scrollable) it shouldn't be too much of a problem, now that Suzie has figured out that you really don't need to have the full ballot on one page. ;).
Anon(5:33) By the sounds of it, you are probably talking about the DTC Caucuses which come up with the slate of DTC candidates. The caucuses were supposed to take place between January 10 and 17th, with the results certified by the town clerk on Jan 18th.It is common to use paper ballots for the caucuses.If the results of the caucuses are challenged, such as they are in Branford, Danbury, Hartford and Stamford, then there is a primary on March 7th. My understanding is that these are typically done using voting machines.If there aren't challenges, which is what happens most of the time, the slate from the caucuses become the new DTC members on March 8th.
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