Friday, December 01, 2006

Site Reorganization

As you may know, we are expecting some major changes in the months ahead. We expect to move off of Blogger and to a new server, to redesign the site and to refocus our attention on municipal elections, the actions of our members of Congress in Washington, and the upcoming session of the General Assembly.

Part of the changes happening here is a reorganization of our front page commentators. I've decided to keep a core group of people working on the site: CGG, disgruntled_republican, Gabe and myself. I know that this skews the front page to the left a little, but I promise you that we will do our best to cover things from all sides and represent all points of view. We may add on more commentators in the future, but for now it will just be the four of us.

Please join me in thanking Turfgrrl, Authentic Connecticut Republican, Bobby McGee and Chris MC for all the hard work they've put in on the site, and I hope that they'll continue to be part of the community in the comments section. They're all very talented people, and I wish them the very best of luck for the future!

It's my hope that this site will continue to grow and change, and these changes that you're seeing now and will continue to see in the future will add to the quality of the site and further our mission of providing a nonpartisan forum for Connecticut political discussion.

32 comments:

TrueBlueCT said...

Good News!

And thanks Genghis for all your hard work in providing us this forum.

superstar said...

life just good

Dave Mooney said...

This is sort of off-topic, but does anyone else find it strange that the Family Institute Blog lists this blog under "Opponents" with Love Makes a Family and Human Rights Campaign?

Genghis Conn said...

Wow.

ctblogger said...

Sweet news!

This calls for a celebration...I'm playing "Everyday Sunshine" by Fishbone on by iPod right now!

Tons of interesting city elections in the state and with videoblogging making a huge impact on the political scene, 2007 should be another great year to be a blogger in CT.

ctblogger said...

GC,

Who did you piss off at FIB?

Genghis Conn said...

I remember debunking a poll they did (oversampled old people, leading questions), and they haven't liked me since. I can't say I'm sad.

Anonymous said...

I can't help but feel that GC is simpling heeding the requests of lefties who jumped all over Chris and Turf. I suppose I'll continue to read the blog, but I won't have nearly as much to look forward to without them.

Anonymous said...

I can't believe that GC cares what any of us think. It's just not his style. He just calls 'em like he sees 'em.

Why else would his site be so popular? OK, the maps roped us all in. But the point is, with CLP, GC created CTs version of McCain's Straight Talk Express.

Anonymous said...

I didn't like Turfgrl's posts because I felt they were frequently analytically dishonest (using some of the facts to support your argument, while ignoring those that don't - for example #1, see George Will's column in the WaPo).

That and the Norwalk political beat was a little tiresome.

Genghis, I implore you to not bring on Republicans merely because you would like "balance." There is a difference between a conservative point of view and a partisan. I think the two are frequently confused.

TrueBlueCT said...

Gotta confess, CLP making the FIC's enemies list is primarily my fault.

Maybe I should stop calling them names. But it's hard not to refer to their organization as a right-wing freakshow, deeply out of touch with Connecticut.

And I do resent their attempts to use religion and intolerance to divide us. They're not pushing real Christian values, instead Brian Brown and company are trying to gain political relevance via their anti-choice, anti-gay diatribes.

Shame on them. And again, I wish Jesus would come back to Earth, just so I could enjoy watching him through these phonies out of the Church.

bluecoat said...

Nice reorg GC; did Jack Welch advise you?

Dave Mooney said...

GC,

Are you moving away from Blogger or just blogspot.com? Are you looking at other platforms like Drupal/CivicSpace, Wordpress, etc. or just publishing the Blogger blog by ftp?

Connecticut Man 1 said...

CTs version of McCain's Straight Talk Express.

Anyone interested in honesty and integrity in politics would be insulted by that comparison.

There is no straight talk coming from McCain. If he were truely up for straight talk he would tell us why he had all of the Abrahmoff Emails and didn't find anything to do with them when he headed up the Senate Committee for Indian Affrairs investigation into Abrahmoff, and might shed some light on his own involvement in the scandal?

Not only did he take money from Abrahmoff clients... But he headed the typical GOP coverup/investigation into it all.

Straight talk express? That is a term that is thoroughly abused by the fringe right wing whackosphere elements that inhabit the faaar right wing space that is only slightly to the right of supposed centrist politicians like McCain.

Got any other good jokes? lol

cgg said...

Being the opponent of the FIC is a badge of honor.

Anonymous said...

excellent

Matt said...

Connecticut Man 1: I'm pretty sure that was a spot of sarcasm re: "straight talk express."

I didn't "like" turfgirl's posts, but I enjoyed them, and the process of going back and forth with a multi-partisan group over how to interpret news events. I don't think CLP's strength is in being "nonpartisan" or "centrist" or some BS, its strength is in the fact that it's not an echo chamber, that people with strong views across a broad range of public opinion are willing to stay engaged on a day to day basis.

To that end, the scurrilous conservatives on here make it a much more interesting place to read and comment, and I for one would be interested in seeing a more strident conservative among the regulars. (CGG is a strident enough liberal for me, even though she's a diplomat on CLP :)

Anonymous said...

Looks like the echo chamber era has already begun.

Anonymous said...

Why were 4 individuals above restricted from the front page? It seems they provided some balance and I found their comments interesting.

MikeCT said...

I think the new line-up will provide a more constructive environment. I have no problem with diverse opinions or the participation of Disgruntled or other Republicans. I had a problem with turfgrrl's obnoxious and condescending behavior, her single-minded obsessions, and her dishonesty. Also had a problem with ACR's real-life sleazy campaign tactics, political hackery, and de facto role as party spokesperson.

Speaking of the pseudo-Christian FIC and their ilk, the new President of the Christian Coalition has resigned, because the organization's Board would not allow him to expand the focus of the group beyond its anti-choice and anti-gay platform to encompass poverty and the environment.

"They pretty much said, 'These issues are fine, but they're not our issues; that's not our base,' " Hunter said of his conversation with the group's leadership. ...The coalition's rejection of Hunter's approach means it is unwilling to part with its partisan, Republican roots, Hunter said.

Nah, poverty is not a Christian issue, what with umpteen references by Jesus to our obligations to the poor and, well, none to abortion or gay people.

LitchfieldAngelina said...
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TrueBlueCT said...

Look, they do this at Kos all the time. Markos rotates out front-pagers once a year, and he is always searching out fresh talent.

Fact is, this is Genghis' blog, and nothing is stopping anyone from blogging. (Kos has generated many, many off-shoots.)

The proper thing to do is to thank Turfgirl, ACR, Bobby McGee and Chris Mc for their service. Thanks all!

cgg said...

Angelina I don't think you'd like the results of a direct referendum any better. Remember these are the same voters who just gave the General Assembly a super majority. And Rell's signing off on the Civil Unions is part of why she won.

LitchfieldAngelina said...
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Anonymous said...

well, another CT news source admits to leaning left...I only hope disgruntled Republican is a bit more reliable here than Jevin Rennie is in the same role at the Courant

Anonymous said...

Left Reorg- yuck!

I am sorry to see turf go!.. I will not visit this site anymore-I liked the Norwalk comments. God Bless you turf. Where are you going --so I could follow?

Anonymous said...

From the FI blog:

in reality, it’s not clear that Internet liberals are really pacifists, and certainly not in the way that McGovern was; they’re against the Iraq War, intensely and occasionally to the point of derangement, but I’m not so sure that this reflects an abiding dovishness so much as a visceral hatred for the Bush administration and all its works. And on fiscal issues, they’re definitely more center-left than lefty…But religion—ah, religion. Take a stroll through the lefty blogosphere, and it’s pretty clear that long after George W. Bush has passed (mercifully) into history, the Kossack hordes will still be united on at least one burning issue: the need to resist the looming theocracy. And these folks don’t just view religious conservatives as their political opponents; they actively loathe us, with a passion that exceeds even the sometimes over-the-top fear and loathing of secular humanists that you find on the Religious Right.

Genghis Conn said...

Angelina,

I have to wonder what a gay marriage referendum would be like. I think people would approve civil unions by a decent margin, but gay marriage could be very, very close.

Anonymous said...

If the referendum had an option "stop bothering us with this issue" now that would pass by a margin making Dick Blumenthal look unpopular

Anonymous said...

Local politics means Connecticut and yes, city politics. Turf and others gave ctlocalpolitics the appearance of being balanced and even tolerent. It is the intolence of the extreme left and the extreme right that will always be their downfall...thankfully. In this case, you exhibit a lefty intolerence of other points of view and therefore your blog becomes bland and another left wing blah, blah, blah. Have fun preaching to the choir. Real discourse can be found elsewhere.

Anonymous said...

Turfgirl: Keep the Norwalk stuff coming. The site is local politics and I live in Norwalk and like to hear what is going on without all of th spin. You do a great job at doing just that. I think your detractors get a little huffy becvause the truth hurts.

Anonymous said...

I've dissed Turrf's take more than once but at least her stuff is thought provoking...not standard issue ideological talking points