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.
OVER:  PRIMARIES;  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:
Now that Major Parties have completed Primaries what should we look for?  In  September is when independent candidates find out if the received approval (7500 approved signatures by Town Clerks)
Source:  https://www.ctnewsjunkie.com/archives/entry/20180817_independent_ticket_calls_electing_major_party_candidates_insane/


NEWS AND THE RESULTS

Statewide:  https://ctemspublic.pcctg.net/#/home
Legislative:  https://ctemspublic.pcctg.net/#/races

THE BALLOT:
 

U.S. Offices

CT OFFICES:  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.
ELECTION CENTRAL NOV 6
DEBATES (reverse chronological order) PLUS inks to debates for Congress and Legislature.
THE GUBERNATORIAL POLLING:  Chronology of survey methodologies

PREVIOUSLY IN THIS ELECTION CYCLE;  WESTON RESULTS.
July 12 Realtors Debate:  http://www.ctn.state.ct.us/ctnplayer.asp?odID=15447
June 11 Realtors Debate:  https://www.ctrealtors.com/ctr-tv/
DEM debates (5) for AG hopefulls?
135th District candidates.

Odds and ends

Press reports - reverse chronological order

Jokes.






ITS THE TURNOUT STUPID DEPARTMENT: https://ctemspublic.pcctg.net/#/selectTown

CTNEWSJUNKIE:  https://www.ctnewsjunkie.com/archives/entry/20181108_connecticut_continues_to_lag_in_election_results_reporting/

CT MIRROR LINK TO ALL FINAL CT RESULTS

DEMOCRATS SWEEP CT ELECTIONS ACROSS THE BOARD AND BY THE WAY...

RESULTS IN WESTON - THE FULL REPORT:  http://www.westonct.gov/media/file/ElectionResults.pdf



TURN OUT IS THE NAME OF THE GAME - WHAT PERCENTAGE OF CT VOTERS WILL VOTE?
Something the link above is not designed to do.  What does the media polling showWhat does the old fashioned method show?
The question before the country is whether fanning the flames of national politics  will result in a favorable result.  What do we consider "favorable?"  See above.

26th DISTRICT "FLIPPED" SO ABOVE NATIONAL FORECAST HAPPENED.
https://ctmirror.org/2018/11/05/obama-endorsed-22-year-old-seeks-flip-gop-state-senate-seat/





ANNE HUGHES THE NEW REPRESENTATIVE IN THE 135th AND WILL HASKELL NEW SENATOR IN THE 26TH.


First the room, podium, etc. is set up...microphones/sound recorder positioned...camera "white balancing" done...
      
Next came the "coin toss"...
League of Women Voters of Weston DEBATE 135th, and our "PICTURE STORY"

REGIONAL CROWD PRESENT FOR LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS OF WESTON DEBATE FOR THE 135th DISTRICT 


WE ARE SURE YOU WILL WANT TO WATCH THIS AGAIN AND AGAIN (@90 - just to be precise, turned out to be 82 minutes).
...OR ON WESTON TOWN TV ("WGTV") AT TEN 'O'CLOCK IN THE MORNING EVERY DAY (10a.m.)

League made the point that ALL of Weston is served by the 135th District - it is split down the middle for the CT upper house - the 26th and 28th State Senate seats.


LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS OF WESTON DEBATES ARE ALWAYS A LESSON IN "GOOD MANNERS"


Full house for LWV of Weston Debate for the 135th District - many from both Easton and Redding
This was an early picture - every seat taken with standees all around the sides and rear and out the back door...

STANDING ROOM ONLY IN WESTON TOWN HALL MEETING ROOM

  
WE COUNTED FIFTEEN QUESTIONS
QUESTIONS WRITTEN ON CARDS, SCREENED, WERE ASKED AND ANSWERED, REBUTTED AND RE-REBUTTED...



WOW
What an awesome debate video.  Some comments after the debate, with the question about regionalism still hanging in the air:

Bravo LWV of Weston for presenting this excellent debate for the residents of the 135th District.



THE CANDIDATES DEBATED SERIOUS MATTERS.

 
PERHAPS THE BEST QUESTION WAS ONE OF THE LAST - ABOUT "CIVILITY"
In answering this one, Adam Dunsby made a clever comment - noting that the CT Legislature is unlike what we see of national politics:
  1. TV channels in the '50's numbers show debates from the floor and committee meetings from the Legislature - showing more collaborative action than folks might expect...
  2. And only when you change the TV into the '60'snumbered channels do you get what the question was aimed at - namely, whither civility in our public parlance?

I think the real story was who was in the crowd.  LWV of Weston video on Channel 79 every morning at 10AM.  See how many people you can recognize from the 3 towns in the 135th!

      
(C) Triangles signify cold front?  James Fenimore Cooper come to life?  A quote from Cooper opus - "...The face of the Manitou is behind a cloud."  Chapter 33, "Last of the Mohicans"
It was safe.  And very secure inside the debate location itself, Weston Town Hall Meeting Room.  LWV of Weston had the Police making rounds (L), around 10:40am, (R), shortly before 12 noon end of event.

And then it was over.  But the candidates stuck around as did many others - just chatting and pressing the flesh. 








WRAPPING UP THE GUBERNATORIAL CONTEST NICELY
And here is an "opinion" piece in the CT MIRROR from the AMIGO Party Gubernatorial candidate:   https://ctviewpoints.org/2018/10/17/connecticuts-fiscal-straits-are-good-for-its-future/






Is this an "oops" moment for Senator?





LET THE SURVEYS BEGIN (as of September 9, 2018) - We'll report links PLUS methodology (if available online)



Ken Dixon's report on Sacred Heart poll for October.




POLLING WITH A MONTH TO GO...
Lack-luster candidates in D & R lines - polls don't indicate turnout if of "likely voters.".

SOCIAL MEDIA ANALYTICS
https://ctmirror.org/2018/09/19/new-atlas-tracks-social-media-sentiment-lamont-stefanowski-ct-candidates/


ONLINE SURVEY WE REC'D THURSDAY, SEPT. 20

METHODOLOGY
C.B.I.A. Survey of Connecticut Businesses - https://ctmirror.org/2018/09/07/survey-ct-companies-lukewarm-states-economic-future/






R E P O R T

Here is the link to Office of Legislative Research on ballot questions:  https://www.cga.ct.gov/2018/rpt/pdf/2018-R-0230.pdf


THE G.A.E. SETS BALLOT QUESTIONS AT JULY MEETING FOR TWO (2) BALLOT QUESTIONS STATEWIDE NOVEMBER 6. 2018


  

Research by analyst above left - https://www.ctpost.com/local/article/Top-salaries-in-the-state-Capitol-released-10871966.php

DISCUSSION ON "QUESTIONS" FROM THE JUST COMPLETED SESSION - CLICK ON PIX FOR SIMPLE EXPLANATIONS.  A SECOND SOURCE HERE.
GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION & ELECTIONS APPROVES TEXT OF DESCRIPTIONS OF TWO CONSTITUTIONAL QUESTIONS ON NOVEMBER 6, 2018 BALLOT:  http://www.ctn.state.ct.us/ctnplayer.asp?odID=15475
LCO OLR

 

SEN. FLEXER OPENS MEETING WITH A FLASH - "NOT SO FAST - EXPLAIN PLEASE" - SEN. McLACHLAN

"ACT" RESOLUTIONS PASSED:
18-1 - "No more Haddam Land Swaps"

17-1 - "Lock Box"
IS IT NECESSARY?
Comment from Commissioner Redeker New London DAY article:  :https://www.theday.com/local-news/20180919/dot-commissioner-discusses-transportation-lockbox-proposal-with-local-officials 





OCTOBER 13th DEBATE FOR 135th DISTRICT.   PICTURE STORY LINK TO DEBATE:   https://youtu.be/lSt1_RCKe60

GUBERNATORIAL DEBATES AGREED TO BY MAJOR PARTIES PLUS LT GOV as well as 4th CONGRESSIONAL AND 135th DISTRICT


Sept. 12 sponsored by the Day and WTNH,

Sept. 17 sponsored by CTREALTORS at the Shubert in NH.

Sept. 26 will include OZ - 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.- https://www.c-span.org/video/?453882-1/connecticut-gubernatorial-debate

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WATCH IT HERE ON C - SPAN

     
The last Gubernatorial Debate in the 2018 cycle. 
CCM was the sponsor at casino.  Can't believe this debate was designed for insults only.- some got snide.









OCTOBER 18 DEBATE WITH CT ASSOCIATION OF BROADCASTERS

The HOUR used A.P. report to do this one - their crack reporter for years did a great job!!!




SEPTEMBER 26th DEBATE AT UCONN:  CT MIRROR TAKE - https://ctmirror.org/2018/09/26/gubernatorial-debate-new-player-old-answers/

         
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)
  1. I know what the first question will be...
  2. Also the second.
  3. Make that the third, too. 
  4. And the fourth should be:  Do you think you'll get to vote in 2019-2021 to break a tie?

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?
Leadership?
Higher ed state colleges?
Achievement gap?
Conveyance tax, statewide property tax?  Kansas. OZ joke.
Family leave?
Health care/drugs costs?
Crumbling foundations?
Repeal of affordable care act, contraception?
Financial aid to corporations?  "First Five" a disaster, according to Lamont. 




       
2nd GUBERNATORIAL DEBATE (The Day) SEPT. 12, 7pm
Closing statements.  By the way, this was definitely not a League of Women Voters run debate.



       
SIDE BARS
Democrat LT GOV candidate plays bad guy very convincingly, COURANT blames Trump.

FIRST GUBERNATORIAL DEBATE BUT NOT INCLUDING REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE
Stefanowski did not participate- only Lamont and Griebel debate "The CT ECONOMY" - "The first question the candidates were asked was whether there was a correlation between implementation of the income tax in 1991 and the performance of Connecticut’s economy."
CTNEWSJUNKIE report:  https://www.ctnewsjunkie.com/archives/entry/20180905_first_debate_focuses_on_tax_policy_and_the_economy/

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.










THE BALLOT NOT TO BE ALTERED?  That's right - quick decision...or not. 
Wait 'til after 2018 election? CTNEWSJUNKIE:  https://www.ctnewsjunkie.com/archives/entry/20181022_court_unlikely_to_rule_on_independent_party_appeal_before_election/

  
CONFLICTING ENDORSEMENT
In the first hour, the argument about lower court ruling beyond the bounds or not?  It appeared to us to end up with no changes for this election cycle.




WESTON BALLOT PROOFS FROM OFFICIAL SOURCE
We'll put in links as soon as we are sure how it will look - after the decision of the CT Supreme Court.


ENDORSEMENTS NOW IN FOR MAJOR AND MINOR PARTIES:
But what will the Independent Party end up with?  Convention endorsed Republican Candidate - will they have a line on the ballot in November?





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, unaffiliated petitioning.

WINNERS OF PRIMARY SWEEPSTAKES: 
"Silver spoon sweepstakes" win goes to...Democrat Ned Lamont by more than a marathon distance! 







Scared to tell it like it is?  Ask OZ.
http://connecticut.news12.com/story/39087234/independent-gubernatorial-candidate-oz-griebel-rolls-out-economic-plan

Norwalk HOUR story the ultimate "bad news" for any candidate.
Now ex-campaign manager, a former losing Democratic Primary candidate for the Legislature, casts a shadow on "no Party" candidates.


Petitioning
ON THE BALLOT FOR GOVERNOR/LT GOV

Oz Griebel known in CT - Metro Hartford Alliance, transportation strategy, "CT21"...10,000 signatures.
Remember the "cul de sac" CT was suggested to become?  Oz has  been in the forefront to trying to warn everybody - note this report.  Libertarian as well as Amigo Constitution Party (?) may be on it too.







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



PRIMARIES:  WHO WON FOR GOVERNOR? Unaffiliated candidates and Minor Party candidates for Governor must collect 7500 signatures verified by Town Clerks.
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?"

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 get
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. 

WFSB Debate...

WHAT WE HEARD
Party Primaries Tuesday:   Democrats Debate, Bambi alarmed by what she hears, listening on CT-N:
  • 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,
  • Progressive 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.






PETITIONING CANDIDATE:  https://ctmirror.org/2018/07/27/griebel-pitches-pilot-toll-plan-anti-toll-petition-drive-stalls/
Suggests H.O.V. lane study first...




MINOR PARTY ACTION

Green Party names its candidate for AG:  https://www.newhavenindependent.org/index.php/archives/entry/peter_goselin/




BOTH DEBATES ON CT-N

  
DEBATE DEBATE
We find this very interesting to see the difference when you have two candidates - a real debate (i.e. Lincoln-Douglass, Kennedy-Nixon) or five (5).





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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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!!!

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







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







    
INDEPENDENT PARTY ENDORSEMENTS STAND - 2018 ELECTION:  No changes, asks the Sec'y of the State;
106th House District.

     
CLICK TO FIND WHO WON!!!
ABOVE THE "SHAPE" OF THE AUGUST 14, 2018  BALLOTS (CLICK TO ENLARGE TO DRAFT REAL THING).



Looking ahead...



Just catching you up on what the ballot may look like...democracy is sometimes a three-ring circus.
FROM SEC'Y OF THE STATE:  Petitioning candidates must turn in 7500 signatures from voters - not just Party voters - that are OK'd by her office.






        
In Stamford:  One for Legalizing recreational pot;  contest for who will be toughest on Donald Trump.




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? 
  • Those "D" and "R" registered voters who don't leave town. 
  • Those who vote absentee...registered Democrat and Republican voters only.
  • By getting an absentee ballot application, beginning July 24th in Town Hall.  This is a two-step process so it isn't easy to complete.
Predict Weston turnout in August Primaries
  • Democrat (2279) & Republican (1710) voters in town as of April. 2018;
  • Turnout in Referendum on the budget:  634
  • Turnout for Dog Park adjourned Special Town Meeting:  1,686

      
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!. 



4th Congressional District LWVCT/region's Leagues October 21, 2018 in Wilton - report


 
4th Congressional District Debate
Jim Himes to run against President Trump not his opponent Harry Arora. 




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. 
  • Sec'y of the State candidate not contested - Susan Chapman...
  • Primary for U.S. Senate seat;
  • Congressional races in 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th uncontested at GOP convention - according to COURANT - 5th  contested and there will be a Primary.
  • 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.








https://ctmirror.org/2018/10/24/lamont-paints-fiscal-corner-ruling-solutions-deficit/

https://www.ctnewsjunkie.com/archives/entry/20181023_is_there_a_path_to_victory_for_griebel/

http://www.courant.com/politics/elections/hc-pol-governor-candidate-primer-20181009-story.html#nws=true

http://www.courant.com/opinion/hc-op-mcenroe-long-road-to-ct-election-20180829-story.html

GAMBLING:  https://www.newstimes.com/business/article/Dan-Haar-Gambling-bosses-upbeat-on-sports-13192838.php

NOT EXACTLY NEWS...http://ctbythenumbers.info/2018/08/27/business-association-launches-campaign-urging-candidates-to-fix-connecticut/

S.E.E.C. FINES FROM 2016:  https://www.ctnewsjunkie.com/archives/entry/20180821_election_regulators_close_2016_case_involving_trump/

SET UP FOR PRIMARY:  https://www.courthousenews.com/wild-connecticut-primary-season-enters-final-stretch/

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/

RESULTS.
Toni Boucher is always someone I respect and would want on my side - she is a fighter and gives her all serving her constituents.






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)

Primaries over - on to General Election November 6, 2018.





AUGUST 14, 2018 from 6am to 8pm - Party Primaries.  Weston Middle School Gym.







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/





 
Senator Murphy running.  Against GOP Primary winner Matthew Corey.
https://ctmirror.org/2018/05/11/gop-endorses-matthew-corey-u-s-senate/

    
GREENWICH V. GREENWICH?




135th District Legislative Debate now on Town TV CHANNEL 79 at 10am
WESTON LWV DEBATE on YouTube:  https://youtu.be/lSt1_RCKe60
Or visit http://www.lwvweston.org


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.  Both candidates support both Ballot measures ("Lock Box" and State Land de-accession public hearings process)
Who is in the 135th?  EVERYONE IN WESTON SHARES THE SAME STATE REP.  The 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.

  

PLEASE SEE LWV OF WESTON WEBSITE FOR MORE ON OTHER RACES.  ABOVE, OCTOBER POLL, GUBERNATORIAL CONTEST
Our summary:  The full article above (r.) re:  Sacred Heart  polling on Gubernatorial race shows that Party voters are set and now it is up to the unaffiliated voters to make the difference.




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 before 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.  "1984" IS FINALLY HERE.












The summer vacation is drawing to a close and in CT it is now officially HOT AIR season until Nov. 6 - then what?
http://www.courant.com/community/plainville/ctnow-pictures-plainville-hot-air-balloon-festival-20180825-photogallery.html





FACE SIZE
"Top of ticket" for Major Parties based upon some people's preferences?



  
WHO COULD POSSIBLY REPLACE CURRENT GOV?
Two guys with blue ties, part their hair on opposite sides...artistic license. 






"
"How are Lowell Weicker and Ned Lamont alike?" 
  • Not that they are both from Greenwich when they ran for Governor, although that is true.
  • ANS.:  Rather that in his first ad, candidate Lamont says he will only serve one term. 
  • So vote for Ned. He and a Democrat majority in the Legislature will do what again?  Oh, Weicker already created the income tax.  Albeit not as redistributive in design as some might like. 
  • Why else to vote for Ned?  He won't take any salary.  He says he won't use an official limo.  His slogan?  "Make Connecticut Rich Again."





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..




THE "I DIDN'T KNOW" DEFENSE AT IT AGAIN.  AND SIMILARITIES DRAW TO 2016...
http://www.courant.com/politics/government-watch/hc-pol-lender-primary-tactics-20180809-story.html#nws=true




           
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
  • Vote for me because I didn't take away your I.R.S. deduction for local property tax/income tax/donations, etc. (Federal office)
  • Vote for me because Donald Trump is President and I am not
  • Vote for me because I'm not Dan Malloy
  • Vote for me because I'm provide hand warmers to Fastrak bus users
  • Vote for me because TOD in East Norwalk is a joke - not a mainline station to develop commercial development
  • Vote for me because I'll raise taxes on the "wealthy (Fairfield County only)" (Democrats) or I'll re-open teacher's and state union contracts if a new AG says it is legal to do so (Republicans)
  • Ideas from Transportation Finance Panel - a blast from the past!  Link is to topic - most recent developments at the top.







      
Jon Lender: Legislators Reap Thousands In State Mileage Payments Even If They Don't Drive
COURANT 10-22-18

Our comment:  Government is not a business per se... http://www.courant.com/politics/government-watch/hc-pol-lender-legislators-mileage-payments-20181025-story.html






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-/






Candidate "choice" in 2018: 
https://ctmirror.org/2018/10/25/five-things-know-stefanowskis-plans-public-schools-elected-governor/






Above from North Carolina






HOW TO MAKE THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE AN ISSUE
https://www.ctpost.com/news/education/article/Education-board-chair-resigns-over-Pledge-of-13177115.php

I REMEMBER WHEN THIS HAPPENED...
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pledge_of_Allegiance_(United_States)#Addition_of_%22under_God%22







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.




SPECIAL MEETING OF STATE BOND COMMISSION:  Thursday, September 20, 2018.


    
So what's the story? 
Since Hartford is no longer allowed to increase its debt, the State of CT will do it for them  and by the way...what about CT bond cap?

  
Thanks for the $$ and what is the general approach to  economic development.



LAST BOND COMMISSION MEETING BEFORE NOV. 6
SPECIAL STATE BOND COMMISSION COMING CLOSE TO BOND CAP?  QUESTION NOT ANSWERED.