THE BALLOT: What will it look like? How many Parties
and Petitioning Candidates? The ballot for November 6th will
include a couple of "questions" as well
contests for U.S. Senate, Congress, as well as Governor/LTGOV, AG,
Sec'y of the State, Treasurer and Comptroller.
GUBERNATORIAL DEBATE WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 7PM - 1 HOUR, WFSB/UCONN
The national debate is about power "grabs." In CT it is about
money and taxes. We're beyond being shocked by anything else. Or are we? Review: http://www.courant.com/politics/hc-pol-gov-tv-debate-storrs-20180925-story.html
From what we saw (tuned in at
the beginning and the middle) Oz took first, Stefanowski came in second
and Lamont had the disadvantage of being the shortest guy on stage by far.
"Lightning round" questions (one word answers) are a joke. JMO. As they say in the U.S. Senate, "size matters."
THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 27th 7-8 P.M. - CONNECTICUT LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR DEBATE
LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR DEBATE SEPTEMBER 27 7-8 PM (BROADCAST IS NOT LIVE [Ch3], 1 HOUR)
I know what the first question will be...
Also the second.
Make that the third, too.
fourth should be: Do you think you'll get to vote in 2019-2021 to break a
This hour reminds me of one of those lawyer jokes...
"Three LT GOV candidates were afloat in a canoe in Long Island Sound
without a paddle. A debate ensued regarding which candidate(s)
should swim ashore to get help."
Who do you think would volunteer first?
a. Susan - because she always rises to the bait;
b. Monte, because he thinks he's immune to the
sharks because he used to be president of all the lawyers in CT or...
c. Joe, who knows it is safer for him in the
water because there are more sharks in the canoe than in the Sound.
"We're not in Kansas anymore" is famous OZ (wizard of) quote... THE LINK IS ONLINE FROM WTNH. Can't wait to hear about Kansas as parallel to CT We watched the opening. From the CTJUNKIE New Haven link, later more of the same: One stiff, one relaxed. THE SECOND DEBATE:CT REALTOR'S DEBATE Enjoy the last week of summer watching CT Gubernatorial
Debate (listed as "last" debate in their series). LWV SE timers, we think we heard that...
QUESTIONS: We note that the questions are almost as long as
the first answer time allotted - and response is longer the answer and
rebut is another 30 seconds.
Bipartisanship? They agree. Everything else, do not agree.
Funding cuts to UCONN?
Cost of housing? Affordable housing?
Higher ed state colleges?
Conveyance tax, statewide property tax? Kansas. OZ joke.
Health care/drugs costs?
Repeal of affordable care act, contraception?
Financial aid to corporations? "First Five" a disaster, according to Lamont.
FROM THE CTNEWSJUNKIE:
It is reported that both Major Party candidates will participate in 4
debates: Sept. 12 sponsored by the Day and WTNH, Sept. 26 sponsored by
the University of Connecticut and WFSB, Oct. 18 hosted by the
Connecticut Association of Broadcasters, and Oct. 30 sponsored by the
Connecticut Conference of Municipalities. FROM CT MIRROR: This source says five debates - including September 17th but does mention who is sponsoring it.
TURNAROUND SPECIALIST NEEDED FOR CONNECTICUT ECONOMY, OR MAYBE "NO PARTIES" PARTY? "Two M.B.A.'s and a lawyer never having held elective office run for Governor ." Does this tell us anything?
(Left) Fairfield undergraduate degree. (Center) Harvard
undergraduate degree. (Right) Dartmouth undergrad,
WINNERS OF PRIMARY SWEEPSTAKES: "Silver spoon sweepstakes" win goes to...Democrat Ned Lamont by
more than a marathon distance!
Around CT, what can we look for in the next Session? No more (at least fewer) "D" middle of the roaders. L-R: Lost in Primary for his seat, she did not run for
reelection. Next: State Senators not running for reelection: lost 3-way Primary for AG; won 3-way
Primary for LTGOV Won Primary (her's the vote on Judiciary to not recommend GOV's first Chief Justice nominee).
INDEPENDENT PARTY GOES FOR GUBERNATORIAL CANDIDATE (R)?
Weston leads the way. Primary voter turnout in 4 towns, Southwestern CT. No Parties Party (r)
HOW THE VOTING WENT - CT BALLOT (IN 4th)
FOLLOWED THE PARTY LEAD EXCEPT FOR...THE REPUBLICAN GUBERNATORIAL CANDIDATE
LT GOV WINNERS (LEFT, DEM, RIGHT, R)
We note that both Party Primaries state-wide stuck to the recommendations of the Conventions (except for GOP Gubernatorial)
LAST WEEKEND BEFORE PARTY PRIMARY: Note that
the best candidate performance wins neither - how is Oz doing collecting
signatures - is he there yet? Our call on both Parties' Contests:
We use this method - our ranking of candidate performance at debates, by
number. final order of finishing results we predict by letter.
Democrats black and white on issues: Regional schools, raise taxes on wealthy...Lamont's answer to: "Best Governor in 30 years?" LOWELL WEICKER
Lamont 2-A. Ganim 1 - B.
However, if anyone was actually listening, I suspect suburban Democrats
would not turn out. If that is the case...they deserve what they
WATCH OUT WESTON
Republicans were more entertaining. Can any of these
win? Our finishing order prediction above left to right. We missed this!!! Real results: Stefanowski, Boughton, Stemerman, Herbst, Obsitnik
Our predictions: Herbst 3-C. Boughton 2-A. Obsitnik 5-E. Stemerman 1-B.
Stefanowski 4-D. Clearly, this deteriorated to who is a real
Republican. I can tell you from experience that GOP Primary voters
are real Republicans.
Unaffiliated voters in CT, who do not get to vote in Primaries, IMHO,
are those who consider national politics more important than state or
local stuff, and are open to voting Republican if they feel threatened on "breadbasket" or personal well-being issues.
Get rid of town lines. By by "home rule" (not so fast, guys - easier said than done);
Redistribute the wealth.
9-1-1 change to one single service. Centralized.
Combine school districts - no local control
Share services to save money,
business wanted only, state-run health care.
Toll study - both oppose it. Electronic tolling a non-starter.
Bambi alarmed. "Rapid fire round" questions - who has been the best
Governor in last 30 years? Ganim picks Bill O'Neill, Lamont
picks...LOWELL WEICKER. We know what that means...
WINNER IN PRIMARY NOW THAT IS INTERESTING
Endorsed by National Review for GOP nomination for Lt. Gov
NOT IN WESTON'S CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT BUT...WINNER (r)
Democrats contest in 5th District after Rep. Espy does not run...GOP also in Primary Contest.
OPENING REMARKS: Better service at less cost; Two CTs - his "Second Chance" to make one CT CLOSING REMARKS: "I'll make the tough decisions" says Lamont; "One CT" - Ganim closer. Now we know why Joe Ganim was elected and re-elected. Opioids final question: Pharmaceutical lawsuit - legalize MJ - etc. DEMOCRATS DEBATE FOR GOVERNOR AT CT REALTORS: Meanwhile, "forum" in New Haven included the 2nd and 4th GOP candidates below here plus the 2 Democrats. Will Democrats face a Malloy test?
Will CT problems take a back seat to Trump-bashing? Probably a
sure thing they'll all agree! Statements made - by audience and candidates,in
Stratford: http://www.ctn.state.ct.us/ctnplayer.asp?odID=15416 ------------------------
Notice who was not on stage...the winning candidate!
WATCH ON YOUTUBE:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=56hMDwTaTW8
REPUBLICAN DEBATE FOR GOVERNOR AT CT REALTORS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=56hMDwTaTW8
We watched it and thought they all did well. Previous to the
weekend (16th, 17th of June) we were under the impression that they
didn't say anything - but they DID!!!
Interesting rules...and by the way, we didn't think the "Trump" test
question was a bit silly. Do you think they'll ask the same
question of the Democrats?
CANDIDATE FORUM: Click on black & white graphic for full color blow up (interviews here) Who qualified? Only those who received at least 15% of their Party's convention vote for Governor
University of Hartford Rell Center Forum: "A Job Like No Other: Interviews with Republican and Democratic Candidates for Governor of Connecticut" Want to see an interview with candidates for Governor who qualified
for ballot as of the results of Conventions. Watch this
Forum in full here: http://www.ctn.state.ct.us/ctnplayer.asp?odID=15367
EARLY WESTON RESULTS: Democrats didn't like Ganim and GOP went for Boughton.
PRIMARY BALLOTS: If ever there was a choice, both Parties did the right thing... How many of these candidates have you heard of before the PRIMARY? Democrats for A.G. 2-1 for legalizing pot. Vote Tuesday, August 14, 2018 at W.M.S. Gym, 6am-8pm CLICK TO FIND WHO WON!!! ABOVE THE "SHAPE" OF THE AUGUST 14, 2018 BALLOTS (CLICK TO ENLARGE TO DRAFTREAL THING).
FYI - GOP has Primary Aug. 14th for U.S. Senate, we think...but we won't know until July 24th for sure about anything!
The Aspetuck News has an excellent rundown, albeit spell check missed
"Comptroller" and instead used "controller" on July 17, 2018 about the
There appears to be the following contest menu - office greyed in are
uncontested by Parties - but there could be other non-Major Party
candidates petitioning to get on the ballot Nov. 6.
"TWO-NO-TRUMP-DOUBLED" Bridge for only 3 players, with no bidding. You go down a
lot. Like being a State-wide Republican candidate in Connecticut.
Best review of this convention: http://www.courant.com/opinion/hc-op-rennie-dems-from-convention-to-primary-20180520-story.html#nws=true LAMONT GETS THE NOMINATION FOR GOVERNOR - NO PRIMARY OR PETITIONING OPPOSITION UNLESS GANIM COLLECTS SIGNATURES... From Ken Dixon (CT POST): "...Balloting for the two
gubernatorial hopefuls was delayed until afternoon
by a human-driven computer glitch, in which more votes were cast that
there were eligible delegates, some of whom failed to register for their
credentials before submitting their choices for secretary of the
state." But there are no problems with voter fraud, of course.
A.G. Primary for Democrats above. PRIMARIES FOR: Lt. Gov.; potential petitioning
candidate for Governor; no contests for incumbent Comptroller,
Sec'y of the State. Three-way contests in these 2 - Treasurer and A.G.
Sec'y of the State candidate not contested - Susan Chapman...
Primary for U.S. Senate seat;
races in 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th uncontested at GOP
convention - according to COURANT - 5th contested and there will be a
Third round Mayor Mark edges past his rivals,
above 50% of delegates - and earns a chance to run in perhaps a 5-way
GOP Primary August 14th - maybe more in the mix, too.
Sen. Markley wins Lt. Gov. nomination, Erin Stewart and Jayme Stevenson both gain Convention % to primary.
NEXT WEEK IN HARTFORD FOR MAJORITY PARTY - DESTITUTE OF IDEAS TO BAIL OUT THE STATE? Democrats at the XL Center? If so,
arguably a location more structurally sound than the economic condition
of the State of Connecticut.
We are not surprised that after two years
Mayor Bronin had had enough...but being Governor? Out of the
frying pan...as the saying goes.
HE WOULD HAVE SAID HE WAS "THROWING HIS HAT IN THE
RING" BUT THAT IS A BAD REMINDER TO DANBURY, NORWALK AND CT INDUSTRY AS
AETNA (C) LIKE THE STATE OF CONNECTICUT'S FISCAL SITUATION (R)
Answer: They'll both disappear under the waves in five years, or the
end of the first term of Governor Bronin. "Flexible" space. - 21st
century concept to early 20th Century icon.
ATTORNEY GENERAL JEPSEN NOT RUNNING FOR RE-ELECTION: ENDORSES NED LAMONT FOR GOVERNOR Here's a lawyer joke: How many members of an American State
General Assembly might aspire to be Attorney General?
Answer: It depends . How about for AG in Connecticut? Ambitious politicians who didn't win nomination or ticket to Primanies...
are looking to advance up the ladder
eventually to the bench, perhaps.
These lawyers just want to run, never mind for which office. AG hopeful from GOP news!!! The latest: AG DEM long shot...out.
THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY
Reports on who else is running for what...musical "chairs" or benches.
Standing Room Only in the Weston Town Hall Meeting Room
CT HOUSE DISTRICT 135th: LWV DEBATE Saturday Oct. 13, 2018, 10:30am, Weston Town Hall Meeting Room
Both candidates from Easton. 135th includes all of Weston, Easton, and part of Redding.What are the issues in the 135th?My position is the 135th is all about the environment.
ENDORSES (AS WE HEARD IT) ENFORCEMENT OF FREE SPEECH LIMITATIONS
In the last question after State Bonding Commission Meeting late 2017, Governor
Malloy shows what he will be doing in his last year in office.