Saturday, April 15, 2006

Weekend Open Forum

What's happening this weekend?

12 comments:

MikeCT said...

Joe Courtney summarizes his numbers:

* total is 3 times Courtney’s fundraising at this point 2002, and nearly equal to Jim Sullivan's total in October 2004
* running a lean campaign, spending only $51,849 since January. Simmons spent more money in the first quarter than Courtney has for the duration of his campaign.
* 66% of the individual contributions under $200
* 93% of contributors from CT
* 2,035 individuals contributed to the campaign since it began
* Simmons has $893,646 cash on hand, compared with $673,732 for Courtney. Not a lot of difference, particularly given that Simmons spent $150K last quarter, compared to $51K for Courtney.

In other news, the Litchfield County Times reports on local disenchantment with Joe Lieberman, though former Secretary of State candidate Audrey Blondin stands by her man, who she says "needs to campaign from a point of strength by talking about his record and what he's accomplished for Connecticut... This is a very decent, honorable person.... I disagree with Mr. Lieberman on Iraq, but I agree with him on just about everything else." No surprise, as Blondin campaigned for Lieberman's Presidential campaign.

DeanFan84 said...

What's happening? Joe Lieberman is sneaking around Connecticut, meeting with Party insiders only.

Why is Joe hiding? Sure, Ken Dagliere invited the public in once... But after the Senator shot himself in the foot last Sunday, they have once again gone dark.

Is the hiding better than Bush's loyalty oaths? I don't know. But it says a lot about where Joe stands with regard to Democratic processes.

And Audrey Blondin is too good of a woman to be a Liebercrat. I'd be interested to know what Lieberman has ever done for her.

Oh, and 44 more dead American soldiers. For what Joe, for what?

BDRubenstein said...

Dean Fan Joe is hiding because his issues are bankrupt and he realizes the majority of our party disagree with him.Its interesting to note that Joe's webpage doesn't post his schedule...

My impression at this point is that Joe will not have a field staff of much significance...he will depend on both direct mail and multi-platform media to get his message out there.you can expect him to "tack to the left" on issues where he can and at some point you will see "ct liberals for lieberman" circulate with names.

Blondin was an avid pro-war state central committe person who was against the anti-war proposal i brought before them just before the war broke out...In addition she was a huge supporter of Joe for President.

Red State. Blue Balls said...

GC,
Blog has been really lame since we lost anonymous commentary. That, paired with the eleevation of 5 bloggers to deity status....leaves you with about two left.

DeanFan84 said...

Red State--
What is with you guys that you can't argue substantively?

Sure, you used to snipe at us liberal rascals anonymously. But now that you have to own your bullsh*t you are predictably silent.

I understand why you yearn for the good old days of total anonymity. When was the last time someone made a positve argument for Shays, Lieberman, Simmons, Johnson, or Rell?

Red State. Blue Balls said...

Dean fan,
Simply making an observation, your welcome to your "substansive" opinion as well. Maybe your a little bitter about not making Genghis' elite 6. But your defenitley one of the two.

Wolcottboy said...

-> raises his hand.
I'm conservative. I'm here occaissionally. Unfortunatly I don't like most of our liberal Republicans.

Let's play fantasy Governor.
If Rell wasn't running, what other Republican might have aspirations for governor and may have the popularity that Rowland had during his campaigns statewide?

turfgrrl said...

Wolcottboy,

I don't know whether he has governorship aspirations, but Chris Shays would have a pretty good shot at geting elected governor. I think he's been waiting for an open senate seat.

MikeCT said...

Someone finally speaking truth to power today on Fox61's Beyond the Headlines. Colin McEnroe on DeStefano's health plan and proposed withdrawal of insurance mandates such as hospital stays for births & mastectomies: "Outside of setting himself on fire, could he have said something any crazier? If he has to debate Jodi Rell someday, a survivor of breast cancer, and he actually took a night stay for a mastectomy out.. she's gonna t him up for that."

On DeStefano's plan: "If you're gonna be a long shot why not go out in a blaze of glory and propose some real universal health care? I mean universal, like cover everybody and fund it publicly? This is just more of a makeshift policy, it's what we've had in this country for years, it just doesn't work anymore. If you're gonna be creative, get really creative. Do a real universal health care plan."

On Malloy's health plan: "We have a health care system in this country that doesn't work, but what they're doing is fixing the thing that doesn't work. The whole idea of employer based health care has 10 years left on it tops, so shoring it up or band-aiding it with these kind of programs is doing nothing basically."

It's rare that these TV talking heads do anything except repeat the week's headlines. We do need real universal health care at the state and national levels. Also some commentary on Gubernatorial and Senate races on the show. Video (mpeg) or audio (Quicktime) is online.

Video of the most recent DeStefano-Malloy debate is on CT Blog. Also audio on CT-N. On CT Network at 6:21 today.

Colin & Bruce interviewed Hartford Mayoral candidate Jennifer Ripley Heintz on WTIC AM. mp3 audio Says she is a Democrat running as an independent. Not a good speaker.

Weicker Liker said...

Here is Alan Schlesinger's Platform. He fails to address National Security and Iraq.....

Medicare:

Alan believes that the government must face up to our future obligation by planning for the exponential increase in elderly medical expenditures by planning now with realistic policies with affordable eligibility requirements. The alternative is a 30 trillion dollar fiscal train wreck that most politicians choose to ignore.


Immigration:

Alan advocates a Seasonal Employee Visa as a way of stemming the tide of Illegal Immigration into our country.

By mandating that these workers return to their native country for several months each year and crosschecking W-2 Tax forms for tax compliance, the pressure for illegal entry to the U. S. would be relieved since most of these workers currently stay all year long and bring family members through the border illegally due to their fear that re-entry into the U. S. is risky.

In addition, Alan's proposal would mandate English proficiency within 5 years. Any violation would lead to denied re-entry and the illegal immigrant would be subjected to felony criminal charges.

The road to citizenship would not be liberalized for any of these seasonal workers, they would have to get in line with all other foreign nationals.


Deficit Spending and the Budget:

Alan has warned that as interest rates rise, our national debt of nearly 5 trillion dollars will become too bur densome on the budget and in turn the taxpayer. He plans to reinstitute the Sen. Proxmire "Golden Fleece Award" as a way of drawing attention to the wasteful pork-barrel spending that dominates both parties in Congress. His goal will be to eliminate the federal deficit by 2010.


Tax Reform and Tax Simplification:

Alan has remained steadfast in his determination to reform and bring fairness to the federal tax code. The elimination of the complexities and special interest tax loopholes are at the center of Alan's tax code reform goals. As an example, we need to change the absurdity of not allowing a deduction for net yearly capital losses of over $3,000 while allowing capital gains on residential real estate of up to $500,0000 to go completely untaxed!

Weicker Liker said...

I received information from Alan Schlesinger today, here is his platform.

On first glance, his platform avoids Iraq and National Security.
Two issues on the minds of the voters.

Second, the message goes "over the heads" of the average voter. It reads at the 12th grade level. Avg voter is 8th grade.

Don't feel this guy is a moderate Republican. He said himself that he was going to "come after" Joe Lieberman from the right, since Ned Lamont was going after the Senator from the left.

This guy is not a winner in November, in my mind.

Medicare:

Alan believes that the government must face up to our future obligation by planning for the exponential increase in elderly medical expenditures by planning now with realistic policies with affordable eligibility requirements. The alternative is a 30 trillion dollar fiscal train wreck that most politicians choose to ignore.


Immigration:

Alan advocates a Seasonal Employee Visa as a way of stemming the tide of Illegal Immigration into our country.

By mandating that these workers return to their native country for several months each year and crosschecking W-2 Tax forms for tax compliance, the pressure for illegal entry to the U. S. would be relieved since most of these workers currently stay all year long and bring family members through the border illegally due to their fear that re-entry into the U. S. is risky.

In addition, Alan's proposal would mandate English proficiency within 5 years. Any violation would lead to denied re-entry and the illegal immigrant would be subjected to felony criminal charges.

The road to citizenship would not be liberalized for any of these seasonal workers, they would have to get in line with all other foreign nationals.


Deficit Spending and the Budget:

Alan has warned that as interest rates rise, our national debt of nearly 5 trillion dollars will become too bur densome on the budget and in turn the taxpayer. He plans to reinstitute the Sen. Proxmire "Golden Fleece Award" as a way of drawing attention to the wasteful pork-barrel spending that dominates both parties in Congress. His goal will be to eliminate the federal deficit by 2010.


Tax Reform and Tax Simplification:

Alan has remained steadfast in his determination to reform and bring fairness to the federal tax code. The elimination of the complexities and special interest tax loopholes are at the center of Alan's tax code reform goals. As an example, we need to change the absurdity of not allowing a deduction for net yearly capital losses of over $3,000 while allowing capital gains on residential real estate of up to $500,0000 to go completely untaxed!

Wolcottboy said...

That seasonal worker idea sounds interesting. That could be a good compromise and a workable solution... if you can prove that they actually returned to where they came. If you can - which would probably require quite a bit of enforcement - then you have a solution. But how viable is it?