SO WHO WANTS TO BE GOVERNOR? 
Someone who can afford it as the good ship "Land of Steady Habits" goes down, we would think...various interest groups (one example) wants to know some answers. "Second Chance Society?"
2018 ELECTIONS IN CONNECTICUT:  Just the facts from the CT SOURCE (Sec'y of the State)
Without the President of the U.S.A. or Hon. Dannel Malloy running should make it a positive election cycle.  Except for...calling everyone racist, terrorists and Impeachable if they disagree with you.

CT Republican Party State Convention  May 12-13 now turning to August 14th PrimariesCT Democratic Party State Convention May 19-20 and no doubt after, August 14th Primaries.

From the Sec'y of the State's Calendar:  Party Primary process begins...



QUICK LINKS:  To Primary story
U.S. Offices
CONNECTICUT:  Just the facts regarding the process and the reverse chronological order story of the election campaign, blow by blow, of campaign for state-wide office.
THE BALLOT:  What will it look like?  Considering that there will be, we think, more than one "Question" plus at least one petitioning candidate for Governor..
Odds and ends

Press reports - reverse chronological order
Jokes.







WATCH ON CT-N: http://www.ctn.state.ct.us/ctnplayer.asp?odID=15447
  
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

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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!!!

GOP ONLY:  https://ctmirror.org/2018/06/11/cordial-gop-debate-malloy-mentioned/

AT REAL ESTATE-SPONSORED EVENT FOR PRIMARY DEBATES
At right, COURANT headlines "Trump" -  to New Haven Independent coverage headline on Sanctuary Cities, via CTNEWSJUNKIE...

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









Our unofficial PRIMARY BALLOTS below - how many of these candidates do you know or have heard of prior to the PRIMARY?

     

ABOVE THE "SHAPE" OF THE TWO BALLOTS (CLICK TO ENLARGE).







A   P I C T U R E    W O R T H    1 0 0 0    W O R D S  . . .   A C R O S S    T H E    P O N D .   






AUGUST 14th IS PRIMARY ELECTION
G O V E R N O R
Democrats contest (1 petitioning)
on Primary Ballot Aug. 14;  2 petitioning approved by Sec'y of the State of total of 5 candidates for Governor in GOP.

 

D O W N B A L L O T    c o n t e s t s  

Nominated LT GOV candidates;  and we think we heard a Treasurer candidate (D) didn't June 20th.
(L) - qualifies for C.E.P. $$;  challenger for LT GOV as a Democrat - story about protests against ICE in Hartford.
Article about Democrat LTGOV race here:  https://www.ctnewsjunkie.com/archives/entry/20180716_bysiewicz_touts_support_from_local_elected_officials/

What's the process?  https://portal.ct.gov/-/media/sots/ElectionServices/Misc/2018-ED-607-Instruction-Page-for-Nominating-Petition-11-6-2018.pdf?la=en


"We're not an ATM" at Citizen's Election Program
Maybe there won't be time to spend the $$ by the time August 14th rolls around?  One C.E.P. applicant, GOP, (AG candidate) needs the cash NOW!!! 

One Gubernatorial candidate application for C.E.P. $$ being investigated.


We checked in with the Town Clerk to see if Weston was a hot town for petitioning...

CONNECTICUT PRIMARY SEASON - WHO VOTES IN PRIMARIES FOR THE MOST PART? 
Predict Weston turnout in August Primaries

      
NOT ELIGIBLE: "Oz" petitioning to November ballot.  Mayor Ganim (and a few more GOP) too - or is Mayor Ganim doing both Primary as well as November ballot?
FORUM for Gubernatorial candidates qualifying for the ballot at Party Conventions
http://www.ctnewsjunkie.com/archives/entry/20180605_rell_center_refuses_ganims_request_to_reschedule/
And by the way, we would swear that an article "disappeared" from our favorite website when



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 ballothttps://aspetuck.news/lead-news/weston-easton-redding-voters-face-decisions-in-upcoming-primaries-107477

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.

TABLE TWO



TABLE ONE


       

A U G U S T   1 4   P R I M A R I E S
Click above left to get info on when absentee ballots are available! 




DEMOCRATIC TICKET PRIMARIES as of May 30th, candidates attempting to petition onto the Aug. 14 Dem. ballot.
GOV (2-way)
LT. GOV (2-way)
A.G. (2-way)
Treasurer (2-way)



How another is doing it:  https://ctmirror.org/2018/06/04/stefanowski-gets-closer-less-traveled-path-gop-primary/
REPUBLICAN TICKET PRIMARIES
as of May 30th, multiple candidates attempting to petition onto the Aug. 14 G.O.P. ballot.

U.S. Senate (2-way)
GOV. (3-way contest)
LT. GOV. (3-way contest)
A.G. (2-way contest)
Treasurer (2-way contest)
Comptroller (if another candidate is successful in petitioning).






"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.


Sen. Murphy renominated. and reminding Democrats "why they are Democrats" as the headline reads!. 



Democrats pick Mary Glassman for Congress in the 5th (to have Primary) in the 4th. Jim Himes to run against Trump.
Defeats another woman (read article above).  Remember this story?  Read it all here:  http://www.aboutweston.com/169towns.html#simsbury

Pre-Convention:




Diversity in CT Dems asks State Senator?
Taking voter turnout for granted, some might ask, and others might say "not so fast."




 
NUMBER TWO TRIES HARDER
Republican almost earning the nomination has a modest proposal - every week until the Primary August 14th



COURANT  FROM THE REPUBLICAN CONVENTION
Who votes in Primaries? 
One Gubernatorial candidate may have the odds in his favor (not pictured).  He has checked to see who has voted in Primaries previously we think.- check your mail box.
         
For Governor -  Mayor Mark wins - Primary August. 14thSec'y of the State candidate Chapman
There will be a Republican Primary in August for almost everything...there are candidates out there trying to petition on to the August ballot including someone who knows what an algorithm is. 



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.





ITEMS WE FOUND AMUSING FROM THE PRESS

CAUCUS NEWS - "Voter Security Party" - example in the 5th Congressional District:  http://www.ctnewsjunkie.com/archives/entry/20180514_democrats_in_the_5th_go_with/

POST-Convention run up to Primaries:



Definitely click above to get full story - it is aimed for the concept that 169 towns are the problem and cities are too small.






Pre-Convention


Best quote
Republican Debate:  http://www.courant.com/politics/hc-pol-republican-debate-west-haven-20180221-story.html


Republican Debate:  http://www.ctnewsjunkie.com/archives/entry/2018221_republicans_take_debate_stage_with_gun_control_in_headlines/




CT DEMS MORPHING INTO SEIU, AFSCME, CEA/AFT.
Senator Slossberg to retire.

NEW HAVEN MAYOR (FORMERLY CT LEGISLATOR)  PURGE TALK - new face of Dems (second from the left)
UPDATE:  Indeed there appears to be one in shoreline towns - Rep. Reed, Sen. Kennedy, Sen Slossberg not running.  Rep. Fleischmann being primaried in West Hartford - Sen. Doyle not running for reelection.

A NARROW FRAME OF REFERENCE
Some House Dems think CT actually had "cities."  Connecticut in totality is more like "one plus" boroughs of NYC (JMO)









UNAFFILIATED GOVERNOR CANDIDATE (former Republican) WITH UNAFFILIATED LT GOV CANDIDATE (former Democrat)
Reported that candidacy was imminent last week when he retired from Metro Hartford Alliance job, Oz has roots back to (aka CT21) - and Economics/Land Use group here
Well, its nice to know that all the work and consultant $$ that went into this is be4ing dusted off.  Story in full:  https://ctmirror.org/2017/12/19/oz-griebel-picks-sandy-hook-activist-as-running-mate/





FIRST STATEWIDE SURVEY:  Half and half.
http://www.ctnewsjunkie.com/archives/entry/online_poll_finds_voters_split_on_governors_race_12_18_2017/





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 A WHOLE.


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.







2018 ELECTIONS IN CONNECTICUT:  Just the facts from the CT SOURCE (Sec'y of the State)

START YOUR ENGINES...
AND NEXT STEP (S):  Gotta watch the "Petition" date for both Parties.
GOP has two (2) petitioning candidates and perhaps more for Governor;  DEMS have a Gubernatorial candidate in the wings gathering signatures, too.  How is position on the ballot determined?





When is the Party Primary date?  Ans.  August 14th.  Where will it-they be held in Weston?   W.M.S. Gym.




Party Conventions...done.






GOVERNOR & LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR NOT RUNNING;   A.G. AS WELL.
   

Some whose careers we've followed are running for Governor and LT. GOV. ..NOW INTERESTED IN A.G. OFFICIALLY?  GOVERNOR'S CLONE NO LONGER IN THE MIX.  Oz running independently?  And senior citizen Ned!
                 
Democrats  and Republican, et al.  My choice;  Dan Drew out (running mate pictured).  Party Conventions coming up;  AG endorses Lamont:  http://www.ctnewsjunkie.com/archives/entry/20180326_jepsen_goes_all_in_for_lamont/
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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.

https://ctmirror.org/2017/11/29/political-notes-joe-suggs-running-in-special-house-race/





    
GREENWICH V. GREENWICH?



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? 





T H E    E L E P H A N T    I N    T H E    R O O M . . . DEMOCRATS THROWING THE ELECTION AGAINST THE WALL TO SEE WHAT STICKS?


Impeachment going to take place after January 2019?
Inquiring minds assumes this is the Democrat playbook: 

  1. Win the Majority in the House in 2018,
  2. Impeach the President and then
  3. Expect Donald Trump to resign rather than be convicted in a Senate trial where you need 2/3 vote to do so.
We don't think this is a winning plan for a number of reasons.








SOME JOKES ARE IRONY.  OTHERS FALL ON DEAF EARS




"How are Lowell Weicker and Ned Lamont alike?" 





I swear we don't compare notes:  http://www.courant.com/opinion/hc-op-mcenroe-money-intrigue-ct-primary-20180621-story.html#nws=true


"THE TWO CONNECTICUTS" - Remember that reference to CT education?
This is the best match up in General Election Nov. 6th - it will save the Citizen's Election Program a bundle - since both are self-funded candidates and particulary of interest to COURANT columnist..





           
POLITICS IS A RUNNING GAME (AS IN "ALL ABOARD!" CANDIDACY PHRASE AND OTHER WORD PLAY)
2018 CT:  Based upon Transit Oriented Development project scale (i.e. bus, minor station) a shrinking vision?  How about Bill Gates' dynamic idea





Joseph Stiglitz his favorite economist
https://ctmirror.org/2017/12/29/a-liberal-grades-his-colleagues-im-not-here-to-make-friends/


Right-wing conspiracy or more "fake news" algorithms from Google?
INQUIRING MINDS WANT TO KNOW WHO'S COOKING THE BOOKS HERE:

Latest research-survey from purported NYU entity doesn't come up on a Google search...  
https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/dec/26/republicans-care-about-voter-fraud-democrats-want-/





ALL IN THE FAMILY
Is this an "off year" for U.S. Senate? Nope.  Sen. Murphy running.
1st District Congressman's brother above (no news, just a nice graphic)..





MORE ALL IN THE FAMILY NEWS
Reminding us more of reconstruction.  "Stamford:  The City That Works" post Civil War politics - it works if you are related:  https://www.stamfordadvocate.com/local/article/Stamford-rep-shifts-parties-to-challenge-13056437.php





What are the odds in Las Vegas for...
Trump Impeachment?  Conviction by the Senate...this year?  How about sports betting?


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.