Saturday, April 22, 2006

Weekend Open Thread

Other than the rain, what's going on this weekend?

26 comments:

MikeCT said...

Beth Bye will present a serious Democratic challenge to Bob Farr in the state rep election this year, as the Courant and West Hartford News have recently reported. She is a popular Board of Ed member in West Hartford and, as she points out the top vote-getter in the last two elections. She has the reputation of being bright and progressive, with an expertise in early childhood education. She cites education, property tax reform, smart growth, affordable health care, and transportation among her priorities.

Farr has had placeholder opponents recently, but when he has had a strong opponent, he has won by the tiniest of margins. (By nine votes in 2000.) Since redistricting, his district has added Republican voters. I expect that this will be a high priority race. At this point, Farr has only formed an exploratory committee, though it is not clear what he is exploring. There has been some speculation on this site that he will not run again and is interested in a judicial appointment. If so, it would make the seat hers to lose.

BRubenstein said...

the 1st conference of SDS since 1969 is happening at Brown University sunday,April 23rd. ..i will attend.

SDS ( Students For A Democratic Society) was the most active and militant student group in the late 60's and early 70's..i was a member.They took the lead in anti viet nam war demonstrations and ive been asked to appear and speak.

Right now...the new refurbished SDS has over 100 college chapters and more coming.I predict within 1 year it will be the largest and most militant student political organization in the country.It will have a component called MDS...Movement For A Democratic Society for non-students.

DeanFan84 said...

From the Journal Inquirer:

Lieberman pays Rosa DeLauro's husband, Stanley Greenberg, $49,000 last quarter for "polling".

For fundraising consulting, Lieberman paid Boston's O'Neill and Associates, (son of former House Speaker Tip O'Neill), $21,000 for fundraising consulting, and also $45,000 to Fran Katz Watson, formerly of AIPAC.

Interestingly, $33,435 went to Roy Ochiogrosso's firm, Global Strategy Group. Roy also works for that other DLC guy, Dan Malloy. Also at Global Strategy is Bill Curry's sister, Kathleen Curry.

DeanFan84 said...

and Bruce, the Lamont quarterly report has been filed. Doyle D'Amore & Balducci got paid $7500. Hopefully all of it went to the ex-Dem Speaker of the House, Balducci...

BRubenstein said...

deanfan...damore doesnt know the democratic party, his base is the U's and some Republicans..He never operated in the Democratic Party and certainly never participated in a Democratic primary before ( and i know him personally)...perhaps he is working on a " U to D " strategy for the primary...Aldon or some other Lamont staffer monitoring this blog hopefully will tell us.

BRubenstein said...

DeanFan...Roy O and the gang are also "consulting" for Farrell. With their track record they are being grossly over-paid.

IfThere'sGrassOnTheField... said...

Roy O has single-handedly kept the Republican Party afloat in CT. Thank you, Roy O.

DeanFan84 said...

oooh, Lieberman is at it again:

Check out Samuel Heyman, from whom Joe has received $4,000 this past year. Q:Why on earth would someone who donates $50,000 to the RNC, also give money to Joe Lieberman?

Patricia Rice said...

Dean Fan: Is there a reason why you ask the question: "Why on earth would someone who donates $50,000 to the RNC, also give money to Joe Lieberman?" and not say that many other good Democrats like Congresswoman Delauro and New Yorks Chuck Schumer also receieved money from that very same Mr Heyman? Does that little fact not work for the story you are trying to paint?

Ned is dead no matter how much you want to put down Senator Lieberman. It's just too bad your can't be more honest with your post.

BRubenstein said...

i guess i am the only person who knows who sam heyman is...

former ass't attorney general,resides in southwestCT....a democrat...lawyer obviously and a owner of a business, who, because of his business probably has a need to give to both sides.

DeanFan84 said...

Pat--
Sorry if the $50,000 donated to the RNC confused me. I didn't scroll back into last century.

Bruce-- if Sam is a Democrat, why is he giving that much money to the other side??

Red State. Blue Balls said...

Bruce,

Is "militant" somehting to be so proud of? Hey...the nazi's are the most "militant" white supremacy group going. I hear Hamas is pretty "militant too.... go Hamas!

MikeCT said...

News roundup:
The Courant has a lengthy front page biographical profile of Ned Lamont, and the Norwich Bulletin's Ray Hackett comments on the growing strength of this challenge:

How serious is all this? Consider:
* There are rumors that half of New Haven's 69 delegates intend on voting for Lamont at the convention. Lieberman's official residence in Connecticut is New Haven.
* In New Britain, a Democratic stronghold, reportedly the majority of its 31 delegates are backing Lamont.
* The Democratic Town Committee chairman in Manchester, Ted Cummings, is reportedly trying to broker a deal with his delegates, hoping to get a 17-10 split in favor of Lieberman. Earlier this year, the Manchester committee voted nearly unanimously in favor of a resolution expressing no confidence in the incumbent.


Lamont's petition gathering trainings are taking place around the state on Wednesday.

In other news, Rob Simmons, who chairs the House subcommittee on intelligence, is trying to cover Bush's butt and block a Congressional investigation of warrantless wiretapping of Americans by the NSA. Simmons, who oversees the budget of the NSA, says he doesn't have jurisdiction. If he doesn't, who does?

Simmons' staff continues to follow the Sean Smith school of stupid PR by insulting the Journal Inquirer as a "two-bit newspaper" and competing for the title of Most Smug Brat on the Block: "This shows how he [Courtney] is totally unqualified to be a congressman because he doesn't understand a thing about national security, foreign policy, or terrorism." (Smith is also revealed to be the nation's leading advocate of the stupid voter theory of communications.)

Joe Courtney was interviewed this week about this and other topics on WTIC's Bruce and Colin show, and his campaign is meeting in Groton to canvass voters on the 29th.

Genghis Conn said...

Hilariously, the J-I responded by pointing out that the newsstand price of the paper is $0.50, which is technically four bits.

I've posted about the various Lamont articles.

MikeCT said...

Just noticed your post as I added mine... oh well!

ctkeith said...

Patricia Rice,

Will you never learn?



Althoough Liebermans Stand on Torture does threaten it, You still have the right to remain silent.

I suggest you use it rather than engage DF84.LMAO

goodbye said...

BRubenstein: I'm sure the FBI never closed the file on you either for all your subversiveness. :))

goodbye said...

In this article from today's Stamford Advocate I learn again how stupid our DOT and the laws they don't challnege are with this quote with regard to telling driver's about the cell phone ban law The agency ruled out using electronic message boards, which update motorists of highway traffic accidents and delays. The electronic boards are used in New York to alert motorists of seat belt and cell phone laws, but Connecticut law allows the boards to display only traffic updates,

OK, so somebody from the left is going to tell me that reminding people about the law on a message board violates somebody's civil rights while the right will tell me that reminding people about the law only aids and abetts criminals. As John Rowland always said, like an idiot BTW, you can't legislate common sense - at least not in the Nutmeg State.

turfgrrl said...

red october,

While I think the cell phone ban is a stupid law, I agree that the DOT should allow the message board to be used for safety reminders, this law included. Idiocy.

TrueBlueCT said...

Turfgirl--

Why do you think the cell phone ban is a stupid law? On many occasions I have seen people engage in dangerous driving, while yapping on a cell phone. (I myself have been guilty in the past.)

Handsfree technology is cheap and available. As is voice-recognition dialing. If this law saves just one life, I am glad for it. What is your reasoning???

TrueBlueCT said...

And there ought to be some signs warning out-of-state drivers entering CT. If no one told me about the law, and I got a $100 fine on I-95, I'd be pissed. How come the signs weren't in place before the law went into effect?

ctkeith said...

Trueblue,

Ignorance of the law is not an acceptable defense in any court and I got that straight from a NYC Judge.LOL

Right Reverend Republican said...

Why is it that people in the Executive departments interpret the laws so literally?! Gee.. we have these boards... but I can only type in traffic stuff. Guess that its ok if the accident ahead was caused by someone on their cell phone!

I didn't like the law proposal either, but I agree with it. It should be followed.

But really- the DOT is doin what other departments have done before- does EVERYTHING you can and cannot do have to be spelled out? Now the legislature has to be bothered to insert words that say "DOT boards may also post other pertinent information for drivers and visitors entering the State." Last year Office of EMS said that EMTs couldn't use glucometers- a device sold over the counter and easy to use -on ambulances. So what happened? It took an act of the general assembly to say they could.

turfgrrl said...

TrueBlueCT,

I think the cell phone ban is a stupid law because it doesn't address the real problem, which is distracted drivers. It doesn't matter what a driver is distracted by, cell phone, gps, blackberry, newspaper, makeup, child in back seat etc. We do have laws on the books that address, swerving, lane changes, speeding, lack of signal etc. They should be just be enforced.

Just about every study out there makes no distinction between using a hand held phone and and hands free headset, so our law is stupid in that it addresses hand helds only. It probably was written that way because of the huge outcry over banning cell phone usage in a moving vehicle in total.

goodbye said...

Sure ignorance of the law is a good defense. Even CT's Chief State's Attorney Chris Morano agreed with that when he said that he wouldn't prosecute Jodi Bells Commissioners because they were ignorant of it.

BRubenstein said...

RED October..i am subversive and proud of it.