The Longest Day

16Oct08

This election year we have one of the most complex ballots in recent memory. The lines at the polling place will be moving very slowly. I have posted it here to give voters a chance to read it and discuss it.

Please take a moment to read ALL of the referendum questions carefully before you vote.

Sample ballots are now posted on the Town’s website. It only takes a click to read them BEFORE you enter your polling location.

Sample ballot


Candidates

President

Barack Obama/Joe Biden (Democrat)
John McCain/Sara Palin (Republican)
Raplh Nader/Matt Gonzales (Independent)

Congressional Representative

Rosa DeLauro (Democrat) (Working Families)
Bo Itshaky (Republican)
Ralph Ferrucci (Green)

State Senator District 21

Janice Andersen (Democrat) (Working Families)
Dan Debicella (Republican)

State Senator District 23

Ed Gomes (Democrat)
Milton Johnson (Republican)

State Representative 120th District

John A. Harkins (Republican)
Scott Potter (Democrat)

State Representative District 121

Terry Backer (Democrat)
Unopposed

State Representative District 122

Cheryl Jansen (Democrat)
Lawrence G. Miller (Republican)

CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT QUESTIONS

1. “Shall there be a Constitutional Convention to amend or revise the
Constitution of the State?”
2. “Shall the constitution of the state be amended to permit any person
who will have attained the age of eighteen years on or before the day
of a regular election to vote in the primary for such regular election?”

Charter Amendment Questions

Shall the Stratford Town Charter be amended to change the powers
of the Mayor and the Town Council regarding: (1) the power and
time for the Mayor to veto ordinances, (2) the appointment by the
Mayor and approval by the Town Council of the Town Attorney, (3)
the approval by the Town Council of Mayoral appointments to
certain Town Boards, Commissions, and Agencies, (4) change the
date by which the Mayor must present the Town budget to the Town
Council, and the date by which the Town Council must approve the
town budget, (5) include the Police Chief, the Fire Chief,
Administrator of Emergency Medical Services, and the Human
Resources Directors as Directors, (6) change the qualifications of the
Chief Administrative Officer, and (7) the requirement that the Mayor
report to the Town Council regarding town employment policies?

Shall the Stratford Town Charter be amended to change the line of
succession for the office of Mayor making the chairman of the Town
Council next in line in the event the office of Mayor should become
vacant, or if the Mayor is temporarily disabled or absent?

Shall the Stratford Town Charter be amended to allow the Mayor to
own an interest in a business?

Shall the Stratford Town Charter be amended to correct grammar,
spelling, terminology, statutory references, outdated provisions of the
Town Charter, and make other technical changes as recommended by
the Charter Revision Commission?

Long Beach West Sale
Shall the Town of Stratford enter into an agreement in the form of the
September 2, 2008 Option Agreement withe the Trust for Public Land to sell
Long Beach West to the United States Fish and Wildlife Service for a
minimum of Ten Million ($10,000,000) Dollars with a full public access
easement reserved for Stratford residents in perpetuity?

At last official count (SOTS website) there were 28,808 registered voters in Stratford. On a percentage basis, each and every vote is significant.

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59 Responses to “The Longest Day”

  1. 1 jezebel282

    Given the length of the referendum questions, I anticipate long lines at the polling places if you haven’t read the questions first.

  2. 2 1george1

    I vote Nader and anyone who is not a D or an R.
    Ferruci is Nader person.

    For the rest I vote NONE of the ABOVE – per Libertarian.

    As people, I like DiBicella, Harkins, and Backer.
    I think Miller is a jerk.

    I vote against all referendum items, because Miron & the Council favor them.

    I vote against the Constitutional Convention and in favor of people who will
    be 18 by the time of election to be able to vote in Primaries.

    That was the recommendation of “Jean: from League of Women Voters.
    Unofficially the League feels the State Constitution is better left to being
    Amended. Once you open it up, everything come into play.
    Same way BURTURLA and PALYMATES will win ANY APPEAL on GRANDFATHERED
    RIGHTS.

    I like Carol & Dr. Fanslow, who quoted some manual about rights given
    and then slowly being taken away.

  3. 3 1george1

    I VOTE NADER & FERRUCI, his N H rep.

    None of the above for the rest.

    As people I like DiBicella, Harkins, & Backer.
    I disagree with their political allies.
    I think Miller is a jerk

    Against ALL REFERENDUM QUESTIONS.
    WHY?
    Miron & the Town Council back them.
    I just know Miron will screw up the sale and trade LBW for AIRPORT.

    BURTURLA’S opinion about whole new Charter will win in court.

    League of Women Voters against Constitutional Convention because
    it opens up everything for a WHOLE NEW CONSTITUTION.
    They favor Amendments.
    Similar to the wording of Burturla’s opinion.

    I favor 18 year old at time of election to vote in primaries.

  4. 4 jezebel282

    George,

    Somehow I am not surprised that you and less than 3% of the voters are going with Nader.

  5. 5 1george1

    Jeze,

    Will Rogers once said: No one ever went broke under estimating the
    intelligence of the american people.

    Obama promises change you can believe in.
    Yet he is backed by the same old same old.

    McCain claims to be a Maverick,
    who worked lockstep with Bush/Cheney.

    Harken back to the original Playwrite site who called
    REPUBLICANS = TERRORIST
    DEMOCRATS = COMMUNISTS & GANGSTERS

    Rather than NOT vote, or vote for myself, at least Nader
    is someone with a proven track record of doing unselfish
    things that benefit the everyday americans.

    Just scroll through the achievements and legislation caused
    by Nader’s raiders which benefited all of you readers.

    Google box} Wikpedia: Ralph Nader

    I dare you to compare what they did for you

    to what Obama / Biden – McCain / Palin did to you.

  6. 6 jezebel282

    George,

    I will post my preferences tomorrow, as if anyone cares. I like to think about it for a while.

    Sadly, we can only vote for politicians. Normal people tend not to run.

    By the way, and do not read this out of context, I was shocked not to see your name on the ballot somewhere this time.

  7. 7 1george1

    Yo Jeze,
    with me, you can be in context or outta context any time.

    Political Office: Nothing worth running for.

    However, you musta been readin my mind.
    (tin foil hat is too thin – I thin..)
    I have ordered Nader signs. I should have 2 this weekend.
    I will put them out and a few of my Town Council signs for the yard.

    They will confuse the neighbors with
    1 – the McCain / Palindrome signs on the Water side of the street
    2 – the Obama bin Biden signs on the Dry side of the street.

    I gotta get me a Cheney mask for Holloween to go wit my clown hair.

    Area elections

    DeLauro and Tammany Columbians have New Haven locked for the D.

    Harkins is too pretty to beat. He comes across very well.

    Only think that will stop DiBicella from bigger things is Dibicella.
    Will he swallow the rat? (give the devils their due?)

    I wish Mike Singh took on Terry Backer in a series of debates.
    I think they would be fascinating.

    I would love to publicly debate Rich Burtula. Love too do so.
    Like FOS, he could dance with legal statutes and inside information,
    but I would come after him from more directions than a swarm of
    Bees protecting their nest from a honey bear (or is that money bare)

    If I had my choice of jobs.
    1) I would love to be an analyst for a certain organization, but with some
    ability to implement ideas for affirmative affects, to help people.

    2) There are also some companies that I would love to try to run, with
    bringing unusual and productive ideas into reality, to help people.

    3) I would love to own a company that could manufacture quality plastic
    mold figures of mythological creatures, such as Harryhausen created.
    (Cyclops avatar is one of those) Also replicate ancient Gods and the
    various subsets of Characters.
    While this might not help a lot of people, it would bring joy to many
    people and I would get a kick out of the offbeat creativity.

    Because of the Tire, I had to push back my prop of the month!

    I am crushed about one thing. Based on what I read in Thursday’s
    report by Rich Weisel, Mike Henrick doesn’t lub me… sob…
    He voted against me being on da FAC….

    And here I am, knowing certain things that could really help some
    of the newer people in town. dRAT! 😦

  8. 8 jezebel282

    Jezebel’s picks*:

    President

    Barack Obama/Joe Biden (Democrat)
    John McCain/Sara Palin (Republican)
    Raplh Nader/Matt Gonzales (Independent)

    Congressional Representative

    Rosa DeLauro (Democrat) (Working Families)
    Bo Itshaky (Republican)
    Ralph Ferrucci (Green)

    State Senator District 21

    Janice Andersen (Democrat) (Working Families)
    Dan Debicella (Republican)

    State Senator District 23

    Ed Gomes (Democrat)
    Milton Johnson (Republican)

    State Representative 120th District

    John A. Harkins (Republican)
    Scott Potter (Democrat)

    State Representative District 121

    Terry Backer (Democrat)
    Unopposed

    State Representative District 122

    Cheryl Jansen (Democrat)
    Lawrence G. Miller (Republican)

    CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT QUESTIONS

    1. “Shall there be a Constitutional Convention to amend or revise the
    Constitution of the State?”

    Yes

    2. “Shall the constitution of the state be amended to permit any person
    who will have attained the age of eighteen years on or before the day
    of a regular election to vote in the primary for such regular election?”

    Yes

    Charter Amendment Questions

    Shall the Stratford Town Charter be amended to change the powers
    of the Mayor and the Town Council regarding: (1) the power and
    time for the Mayor to veto ordinances, (2) the appointment by the
    Mayor and approval by the Town Council of the Town Attorney, (3)
    the approval by the Town Council of Mayoral appointments to
    certain Town Boards, Commissions, and Agencies, (4) change the
    date by which the Mayor must present the Town budget to the Town
    Council, and the date by which the Town Council must approve the
    town budget, (5) include the Police Chief, the Fire Chief,
    Administrator of Emergency Medical Services, and the Human
    Resources Directors as Directors, (6) change the qualifications of the
    Chief Administrative Officer, and (7) the requirement that the Mayor
    report to the Town Council regarding town employment policies?

    Yes

    Shall the Stratford Town Charter be amended to change the line of
    succession for the office of Mayor making the chairman of the Town
    Council next in line in the event the office of Mayor should become
    vacant, or if the Mayor is temporarily disabled or absent?

    Yes

    Shall the Stratford Town Charter be amended to allow the Mayor to
    own an interest in a business?

    No

    Shall the Stratford Town Charter be amended to correct grammar,
    spelling, terminology, statutory references, outdated provisions of the
    Town Charter, and make other technical changes as recommended by
    the Charter Revision Commission?

    Yes

    Long Beach West Sale
    Shall the Town of Stratford enter into an agreement in the form of the
    September 2, 2008 Option Agreement withe the Trust for Public Land to sell
    Long Beach West to the United States Fish and Wildlife Service for a
    minimum of Ten Million ($10,000,000) Dollars with a full public access
    easement reserved for Stratford residents in perpetuity?

    No

    * I am willing to be talked out of any selection.

  9. Wow Jeze, I’m impressed….. :>D

  10. 10 jezebel282

    PCS,

    With what? I’d vote for a Republican?

  11. Sure…. I just felt the need to say something….LOL

  12. 12 jezebel282

    Pat,

    Actually I’m sure that Dan Debicella is completely wrong about healthcare. He seems to believe that the problem is with State mandates and that it would cost less if they were just gone. What would happen is that we would no longer be covered for things like mammograms, colonoscopies, delivery room hospital stays, routine physicals and well baby care. That’s why the mandates are there.

    Fortunately for Mr. Debicella, he lucked out with one of the best legislative aides in the State, Katie Kenneally. As long as Katie keeps him going in the right direction, he’ll be fine.

    Ms. Andersen seems to be an intelligent, articulate person. My problem is that she is far too deep in the DTC and Miron cabal.

  13. 13 sudds

    Thanks for the updates Jez… but I already voted last week!!!

  14. 14 jezebel282

    Sudds,

    An absentee ballot?

    I guess that confirms what people have been telling me…you are disabled.

  15. 15 sudds

    Nope… but I will be* on November 4th!

    * this assumes that being drunk at an all-inclusive in Mexico counts as a disability!!! 😆

  16. 16 jezebel282

    Sudds,

    “* this assumes that being drunk at an all-inclusive in Mexico counts as a disability!!!”

    See? This is why nobody likes you.

    😉

  17. 17 sudds

    Sudds’ pick (incase anyone actually gives a flying monkey butt)…

    President

    Barack Obama/Joe Biden (Democrat)
    John McCain/Sara Palin (Republican)
    *** Ralph Nader/Matt Gonzales (Independent) *** (it’s CT this vote is irrelevant)

    Congressional Representative

    Rosa DeLauro (Democrat) (Working Families)
    Bo Itshaky (Republican)
    *** Ralph Ferrucci (Green) *** (just because I HATE DeLauro… and I’m even from New Haven)

    State Senator District 21

    Janice Andersen (Democrat) (Working Families)
    *** Dan Debicella (Republican) *** (nice guy)

    State Senator District 23

    *** Ed Gomes (Democrat) *** (literally flipped a coin for this one)
    Milton Johnson (Republican)

    State Representative 120th District

    *** John A. Harkins (Republican) *** (met him a few times… seems like a nice guy)
    Scott Potter (Democrat)

    State Representative District 121/122 – don’t recall which one I had or who I voted for

    CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT QUESTIONS

    1. “Shall there be a Constitutional Convention to amend or revise the
    Constitution of the State?”

    No (haven’t had it for hundreds of years… and the folks behind this didn’t do a very good job educating voters as to why we need it, so why bother?)

    2. “Shall the constitution of the state be amended to permit any person
    who will have attained the age of eighteen years on or before the day
    of a regular election to vote in the primary for such regular election?”

    No (again… it’s been this way for ever… get over it)

    Charter Amendment Questions

    Shall the Stratford Town Charter be amended to change the powers
    of the Mayor and the Town Council regarding: (1) the power and
    time for the Mayor to veto ordinances, (2) the appointment by the
    Mayor and approval by the Town Council of the Town Attorney, (3)
    the approval by the Town Council of Mayoral appointments to
    certain Town Boards, Commissions, and Agencies, (4) change the
    date by which the Mayor must present the Town budget to the Town
    Council, and the date by which the Town Council must approve the
    town budget, (5) include the Police Chief, the Fire Chief,
    Administrator of Emergency Medical Services, and the Human
    Resources Directors as Directors, (6) change the qualifications of the
    Chief Administrative Officer, and (7) the requirement that the Mayor
    report to the Town Council regarding town employment policies?

    Yes

    Shall the Stratford Town Charter be amended to change the line of
    succession for the office of Mayor making the chairman of the Town
    Council next in line in the event the office of Mayor should become
    vacant, or if the Mayor is temporarily disabled or absent?

    Yes

    Shall the Stratford Town Charter be amended to allow the Mayor to
    own an interest in a business?

    No

    Shall the Stratford Town Charter be amended to correct grammar,
    spelling, terminology, statutory references, outdated provisions of the
    Town Charter, and make other technical changes as recommended by
    the Charter Revision Commission?

    Yes

    Long Beach West Sale
    Shall the Town of Stratford enter into an agreement in the form of the
    September 2, 2008 Option Agreement withe the Trust for Public Land to sell
    Long Beach West to the United States Fish and Wildlife Service for a
    minimum of Ten Million ($10,000,000) Dollars with a full public access
    easement reserved for Stratford residents in perpetuity?

    No (is it just me, or does this statement leave out a LOT of info that voters should be given? I don’t know… like the fact that there isn’t actually a contract perhaps!?!?!)

  18. 18 sudds

    “See? This is why nobody likes you.”

    Oh cool… I thought it was because I’m a heartless-a$$hole! 😛

  19. 19 jezebel282

    Sudds,

    “Oh cool… I thought it was because I’m a heartless-a$$hole! :razz:”

    Nope. THAT’S the reason Mrs. Sudds is pre-qualified for sainthood.

  20. 20 mikereynolds

    I’m voting for Bo Itshaky for two reasons:

    1. I hate DeLauro. Her attitude towards the SaveStratford effot has been terrible. She got dragged into supporting SaveStratford kicking and screaming.

    2. What a great name!

  21. 21 1george1

    Sudds voting against the parties and for Nader / Ferrucci
    A true rebel.
    I can believe you were one of the 5. 3 % Dist # 3 intelligent voters
    Is rocki still mad at me?

    I don’t trust Miron / Burturla / Council on any referendum question.

    ——-

    PCS –
    I was not surprized or impressed with Jeze choices.
    Yet, that is why they make so many flavors and choices to sell.
    everyone is entitled to their opinion, even Jeze. 😉

    If Obama was not part of the same old / same old – I could vote for him.

  22. 22 1george1

    It’s shaky?

    Mike – we agree on your 2 points.

    Hope you get a hole in 1.
    Enjoy

  23. 23 jezebel282

    ItsHaky?

    Geeze…

    It’s actually hard to find out anything about him.

    “ItsHaky said he does not support passing a same-sex marriage law, though. He noted that some half of all marriages fails within seven years. “I’m not a big defender of the marriage institution in America in general. It is failing. I don’t think there’s a big reason to believe it’s a sacred institution.””

    Well…he’s against marriage.

    http://www.boazitshaky.com/

    At least he’s not like Costello. No wig.

  24. 24 sudds

    “Mrs. Sudds is pre-qualified for sainthood”

    Truer words have NEVER been spoken!!

    “Sudds voting against the parties and for Nader / Ferrucci
    A true rebel.
    I can believe you were one of the 5. 3 % Dist # 3 intelligent voters”

    After seeing you wear a slashed tire around your neck… I’m starting to question my own intelligence!!!

    “At least he’s not like Costello. No wig.”

    That’s a wig on Costello’s head??? I thought it was his pet ferrit taking a nap!!!

  25. 25 1george1

    After seeing you wear a slashed tire around your neck…
    I’m starting to question my own intelligence!!!

    EVERYONE PLAYS THE FOOL. “alas poor Yoric.”
    (Often it is the FOOL who conveys the truth through humor)

    Rich Weisel has put my name in the CT. POST twice with all of the
    presentations and information I set forward to the Clown Council
    over several years.
    While people laugh at me, didn’t they also read the entire story?

    1) I am a member of the Town Council Appointed FAC

    2) I have a dissent. Bob Sammis concurred with my dissent for his own
    reasons, with his own positions

    3) People are MORE AWARE of a disaster that is cascading. Even the
    lower numbers of the FAC Report are bad enough

    4) Henrich openly against me. I LOVE IT

    5) Deliberate Vandalism – Reprisal (not first time in Stratford)
    Police investigating. No comment

    6) I handed police an opportunity for “Reprisal” under “the Color of the
    Law” and a chance to entangle others.

    —-

    Sudds,
    I have comparatively limited resources against not one but 2 Town
    Committees, 2 State Committees, 2 National Committees, while taking
    on the Town, Area Towns, the State(s), the Feds,
    All with multiple agencies and departments, with ability to reach into
    the private sector and public sector.

    It is crazy to take on Clown Hall and the Clown Council, yet they are
    tame compared to the State and Feds, who use the Mafia as allies and
    scapegoats, among other gangstest, and are not constrained by rules.

    Would you be willing to put a tire around your neck to PROTECT other
    PEOPLES’ LIVES, including those of your family, friends, and support?

    – Bad humor

    TIRED of Politics as usual?

    Becoming FLAT broke?

    Can we SPARE the need for CHANGE?

    Are LUGS and NUTS faulty?

  26. 26 jezebel282

    Hmmmm….

    I noticed Rocki’s campaign manager didn’t vote for Rocki.

  27. 27 jezebel282

    This referendum question deserves a bit more discussion.

    Long Beach West Sale
    Shall the Town of Stratford enter into an agreement in the form of the
    September 2, 2008 Option Agreement withe the Trust for Public Land to sell
    Long Beach West to the United States Fish and Wildlife Service for a
    minimum of Ten Million ($10,000,000) Dollars with a full public access
    easement reserved for Stratford residents in perpetuity?

    This is not a question to sell or not sell Long Beach West. It is a question whether to give the Trust for Public Land an exclusive 5 year option to broker the land. Or not.

    This question has been misrepresented by James R. Miron from the beginning. It is a “deal” that’s not a deal. At this point it is only a “best efforts” agreement. We will be rolling the dice and betting that the U.S. Government can come up with $10 Million in the next 5 years. With the largest deficit in United States history and the economy sliding into a deep recession, the odds are looking very bad.

    I also resent being lied to. At this point a “yes” vote only delays any progress we can make on this vital property for 5 years. Vote “No” on this issue.

    Note to Marcia Stewart: You have and will always act in Stratford’s best interest. I personally urge you to continue. This time, however, you had the wrong ally.

  28. 28 freedomofspeach

    What I am also hearing is that the director (or some other title) who works for trust getting the option is also running another PAC/non profit campaign with brochures, media, and things like that to lobby as a “grassroots” organization in support of the “sale”. Including lobbying in Hartford and on the federal level. Guess what? I think that is a violation of the states lobbying laws, as I did not see her registered as a communicator. I may be wrong.

    If anyone has anymore information, please email it, or if you got one of their nifty handouts, please scan both sides and email me at freedomspeach1@aol.com

    There is some sort of deal going on. I would not be surprised if Stratford gets the airport, with very little real value due to environmental, NIMBY, and ESA, and Bridgeport gets all the shoreline for development in some sort of land swap. Remember Miron testing the waters with animal shelter?

    Stratford gets to care for Plovers, in perpetuity, and Birdgeport gets the largest undeveloped track of waterfront land left in the county and the abilty to bond and do a regional development without any dealing with Stratford. What a deal!!!!

    Another Steel Point. I wonder who the bag man is going to be on this one? I can only hope is that Miron goes to jail like Bridgeport’s Mayor did. But Willinger, or in this case it will be Buturla, got off.

  29. 29 jezebel282

    FOS,

    What connection do you see with the extension that the Army gave to Willinger/Nateras on the SAEP?

  30. 30 freedomofspeach

    None that I can see, but I often wrong. Stratford politics is like three card Monty.

    I think the lawsuit that was filed by Mirons friends the Anastasios and Christopher halted the transaction as it was set to be heard on the day of the closing. They asked for an injunction preventing the transfer of the assets of the company to any third person. That would probably include hypothecating the company or property under any debt arrangement or transfer to holding company, as most developers would do. This basically held up the ability to close the transfer by not allowing them to sign for funding.

    Great job Jimmy, you’re as crooked as Pinto, Ganium, Fabrizzi and Finch. “If I don’t get $$$ you don’t get anything done.” What was the deal something like $1 per square foot for Steel Point back to the Mayor? Willinger is the wild card in this, I would not put it past him to play both sides against the middle.

  31. 31 1george1

    Freedom, interesting reference to 3 Card Monte.
    I made similar reference in my Published Letter to the Editor on Thursday
    in the Stratford Star.

    I may paste it into George’s Pensions issues, which I can find and which
    Jeze gave me permission to put my stuff.

    I also have 3 other recently published letters to the editor, not put on
    this blog, which – hey it is not my blog.

    I have also posted ad nauseum about the AIRPORT SAWP for LBW.
    The AIRPORT Purchase was on the Town Council Agenda for several
    months, and finally went to Executive session a few months ago,
    once the ARMY BID was done.

    As for delays, I continually post that everything is on a time table,
    and I see the passing of the C.R.C # 2 as some sort of legal Trojan
    Horse which will preclude any way to stop Burturla’s official acts
    as interpreter of the Town Charter. I have a good idea of how / why,
    yet not have expertise,

    > There is some sort of deal going on. I would not be surprised if Stratford gets the airport, with very little real value due to environmental, NIMBY, and ESA, and Bridgeport gets all the shoreline for development in some sort of land swap. Remember Miron testing the waters with animal shelter?

    ———–

    hypothecating – NEVER saw this word before.

    —- Jeze’s point which I picked up on a few months ago at ST. JOSEPH’S
    when I first learned of the TRUST “cut out.”

    Marcia Stewart and friends are very ticked at a certain chapter in the
    agreement and know Miron is not “trust” worthy. Another Trojan horse >

    This question has been misrepresented by James R. Miron from the beginning. It is a “deal” that’s not a deal. At this point it is only a “best efforts” agreement. We will be rolling the dice and betting that the U.S. Government can come up with $10 Million in the next 5 years. With the largest deficit in United States history and the economy sliding into a deep recession, the odds are looking very bad.

    I also resent being lied to. At this point a “yes” vote only delays any progress we can make on this vital property for 5 years. Vote “No” on this issue.

  32. 32 jezebel282

    More discussion;

    CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT QUESTIONS

    1. “Shall there be a Constitutional Convention to amend or revise the
    Constitution of the State?”

    Yes. As we have learned in the past year, there are fundamental flaws in the State Constitution. There is never harm done when the public debates the way they are governed. The two areas I can readily identify are allowing the recall of chief executive officers of towns and cities in Connecticut. From governors to mayors, we have already seen more than ample justification for this. The second item would be the establishment of run-off elections, if desired, in cities and towns. I believe this is a Constitutional issue because it is unlikely in the extreme that any elected official would vote in favor of making his re-election more difficult.

    2. “Shall the constitution of the state be amended to permit any person
    who will have attained the age of eighteen years on or before the day
    of a regular election to vote in the primary for such regular election?”

    Yes. Why wouldn’t we? If a 17 year old takes the trouble to register to vote why would we deny him/her the right to vote in a primary? We are only talking a few months and we should do everything possible to encourage young voters to vote.

  33. 33 sudds

    “Hmmmm….

    I noticed Rocki’s campaign manager didn’t vote for Rocki.”

    Do you REALLY think that in this town a “secret” mail-in ballot will be kept a secret???

  34. 34 jezebel282

    Sudds,

    Not while the Democratic Registrar of voters is still out on bond.

  35. Just for the record ~

    I think I’m with Jeze on all but the top seat (president). For that, I have not yet firmly made my choice. I’ve been on the fence and teetering back and forth a little.

  36. 36 jonbest

    Here you go Jez as I promised. This is in the interest of full disclosure. For each of my votes I have my reasons and rationales. I did feel I needed to comment of two specifically. Some will be happy with my decisions others will not.

    Candidates

    President
    John McCain/Sara Palin (Republican)

    State Senator District 21
    Dan Debicella (Republican)

    State Senator District 23
    Milton Johnson (Republican)

    State Representative 120th District
    John A. Harkins (Republican)

    State Representative District 122
    Lawrence G. Miller (Republican)

    CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT QUESTIONS
    “Shall there be a Constitutional Convention to amend or revise the Constitution of the State?”
    YES

    2. “Shall the constitution of the state be amended to permit any person who will have attained the age of eighteen years on or before the day of a regular election to vote in the primary for such regular election?”
    NO

    Charter Amendment Questions
    Shall the Stratford Town Charter be amended to change the powers of the Mayor and the Town Council regarding: (1) the power and time for the Mayor to veto ordinances, (2) the appointment by the Mayor and approval by the Town Council of the Town Attorney, (3)the approval by the Town Council of Mayoral appointments to certain Town Boards, Commissions, and Agencies, (4) change the
    date by which the Mayor must present the Town budget to the Town Council, and the date by which the Town Council must approve the town budget, (5) include the Police Chief, the Fire Chief,Administrator of Emergency Medical Services, and the Human Resources Directors as Directors, (6) change the qualifications of the Chief Administrative Officer, and (7) the requirement that the Mayor report to the Town Council regarding town employment policies?
    YES

    Shall the Stratford Town Charter be amended to change the line of succession for the office of Mayor making the chairman of the Town Council next in line in the event the office of Mayor should become vacant, or if the Mayor is temporarily disabled or absent?
    YES

    Shall the Stratford Town Charter be amended to allow the Mayor to own an interest in a business?

    NO I had stated to the Charter Revision Commission during an open session that I believed allowing the Mayor to have a business that services clients beyond being Mayor opens the door for potential corruption. People would do business with the Mayor’s company to gain the Mayor’s ear. This is unacceptable. In feeling this way I recognize I would have to put my business aside should I decide to run for Mayor. This is a very large decision personally for me.

    Shall the Stratford Town Charter be amended to correct grammar,spelling, terminology, statutory references, outdated provisions of the Town Charter, and make other technical changes as recommended by the Charter Revision Commission?

    YES

    Long Beach West Sale
    Shall the Town of Stratford enter into an agreement in the form of the September 2, 2008 Option Agreement withe the Trust for Public Land to sell Long Beach West to the United States Fish and Wildlife Service for a minimum of Ten Million ($10,000,000) Dollars with a full public access
    easement reserved for Stratford residents in perpetuity?

    NO. I strongly believe that the sale of this beach sets a public policy acceptance of the concept of selling town property. This is a very dangerous precident. I think if the Town can gain the same grants as the Trust for Public land why should we sell such a valuable resource. I am also uncomfortable with the Trust for Public Land being involved in the political process in our town. I think the taxpayers in the Town should decide the fate of our land.

    http://www.keepthebeach.org

    Jonathan Best

  37. 37 jezebel282

    Pat,

    THANKS!

    I actually thought the top choice was the easiest.

  38. 38 jezebel282

    Mr. Best?

    Straight Republican all the way? Did you even look at the other names? 😉

    Why don’t you and Pat think about it and vote on November 5th?

  39. 39 jonbest

    I will and I did not comment on all races. I decide on the person not the party.

    Jonathan Best

  40. 40 freedomofspeach

    jez: I thought you would have learned with Miron that the happy smiling DEM who talks a good line may not be the best choice, but I respect you for voting.

    Would not have to worry about funding for LBW, there would be no money left for this kind of spending.

  41. Jon ~

    I’ve seen lawn signs popping up for “yes” for the LBW sale. Does this organization have lawn signs for “no”? I looked at the site, but didn’t see anything else but the facts.

  42. 42 jezebel282

    FOS,

    I doubt Miron even knows who’s running. He supports Lieberman.

    Besides, I have said many, many times the DTC has no relationship with MY Democratic Party.

    My neck is sore from 8 years of bending my head backwards waiting for something to trickle down. I’ve just had enough with right wing evangelicals leading us into wars directed by morons. I’m not buying any more of that “vote for me or you’re a terrorist” crap. That’s how we got here in the first place.

    And no one, I mean no one, is going take me back to the 1950’s when abortions were performed with wire hangers.

  43. Jeze ~

    Like I said – I’ve been teetering….. I can accept the lack of solid experience in the second seat, but when it’s in the captain’s chair, I’m a bit skeptical.

  44. 44 jezebel282

    Pat,

    Well the same is true for Harry Truman, John Kennedy, and Richard Nixon…hmmm..that last one doesn’t sound good.

    And speaking of the second seat…I would prefer to vote for Tina Fey.

  45. Jeze, OK, I’ll be totally honest and tell you that I am leaning heavily towards…..oh, gosh, Obama. I just love the drama of it all!

  46. 46 jezebel282

    LOL!

    That’s fine.

    Just remember, if your voting for McCain election day is Nov 5th.

    If your voting for Obama it’s Nov 4th.

  47. 47 1george1

    Hypothecating:

    Is that like Dick Miron being arrested and will never set foot in Jail?

  48. 48 sudds

    Ladies and Gentlemen…

    once again I would like to remind everyone that THIS IS CONNECTICUT… so why are you bothering to waste your time discussng question number one???

    Obama is going to win our state’s selectoral votes (heck, even John “flip-flop” Kerry kicked b*tt in CT)… so let’s just all promise move on to something else, ok???

    Why don’t we put all of the war-monger, muslim-terrorist, stupid hockey-mom, and hmmmm… (does anyone actually know anything about Biden?) aside and concentrate on races where our votes WILL be worth something???

  49. 49 sudds

    PCS… looks like they now have signs for sale…

    http://www.cafepress.com/keepthebeach

  50. 50 jezebel282

    Sudds,

    I did. I disagreed with you on 4 out of 13. Which makes me wonder about 9 of my choices…

  51. 51 sudds

    Hmm… I wonder if we would have been closer if I cared enough to not just flip a coin on two of them!?!?!

  52. 52 jezebel282

    Sudds,

    Geeze I hope not! I’m already wondering how we agreed on 9 of them.

  53. 53 1george1

    To sudds,
    Biden was againt Robert Bork, who fired Elliott Richardson, who might
    be the last Attorney who worked for ANY LEVEL of the U. S. GOVERNMENT
    who showed INTEGRITY and was neither a Criminal, nor Traitor.

    Bork believes in original intent of the Constitution and not in the evolving
    nature of a breathing and vibrant document.

    Bork believes in Judicial Restraint, which means Judges do not Legislate.
    I could agree with that, if it were not for the fact that Legislators are
    Liars, Courtesans, Lobby chum, and trade in other peoples’ money and
    other peoples’ children.

    The same way I would LOVE to believe in REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNMENT,
    but when BURTURLAS / MIRONS / NORMS and friends are actually less
    EVIL than surrounding Towns, the State and the FEDS, why believe in
    Representative Government, when dregs are the so called best & brightest?

    Elliott Richardson was unlike the freaks in CT Justice Dept and in D. C., like
    John Mitchell, Ed Meese, Janet Reno, Gonzalez, Kevin O’Conner, Stanley
    Twardy, Bob Appleton, Chris Droney, Kari Dooley, Robt Chatigney, Merlys,
    Berchems, Williams, Pattis, etc

    Biden is the Senator from the State of Dupont, who may be related to the
    Medici family, since the last male Medici was from NeMours, as were the
    DuPonts, land brokers for the Louisiana Purchase.

    They took their Real Estate fee, moved from France, built a GUN POWDER
    Plant in Delaware and sold to both sides of the Napoleanic Wars, U. S.
    Civil Wars, and provided the gun powder to win the West.

    Here I thought good Catholics, whose family have Popes and French Queens
    (not the gay kind) would actually practice the 10 Commandments and Golden
    Rule? Criticism of certain peoples in each and every background / religion
    deserve the bad rap. Unfortunately, the innocents of each suffer!

  54. 54 sudds

    Umm George… have you ever noticed that you use the words “who might be”, “who may be”, “believe”, etc… quite a bit in your novels???

    I mean seriously… I MIGHT BE the love child of Mr’s Forrester and Best (hmm… which would be my mom?)… but that does NOT make it truthful (thank god)!

    If you plan on running for Mayor/Council again, you really should start working on your credibility by sticking to the facts (i.e. NO more slashed tires worn ala Mr. T!!!).

    To the other candidates… S.U.D.D.S. Political Consulting is also available to your campaigns at a low(ish) rate!!!

  55. 55 sudds

    “Geeze I hope not! I’m already wondering how we agreed on 9 of them.”

    If it helps… Mrs. Sudds says that it’s best to just to pretend to agree with me (so I’ll shut up)!!!!

  56. 56 sudds

    Oh yeah… MR BEST…

    KUDOS for taking a firm stance that I believe (a) is the best decison for the town and (b) can actually have major negative complications to your own personal situation…

    Shall the Stratford Town Charter be amended to allow the Mayor to own an interest in a business?

    NO I had stated to the Charter Revision Commission during an open session that I believed allowing the Mayor to have a business that services clients beyond being Mayor opens the door for potential corruption. People would do business with the Mayor’s company to gain the Mayor’s ear. This is unacceptable. In feeling this way I recognize I would have to put my business aside should I decide to run for Mayor. This is a very large decision personally for me.

  57. 57 jezebel282

    Sudds,

    “Mrs. Sudds says that it’s best to just to pretend to agree with me (so I’ll shut up)!!!!”

    You’re absolutely right, Sudds honey.

  58. 58 1george1

    Sudds,

    Thank you for your opinion.
    We know I do things the way I think is the better way.
    We also know than many people disagree with my perceptions.
    “To thine own self ….

    As far as putting qualifiers into writing, it is a good practice to use,
    for various reasons, when expressing opinions.

    Jeze seems to have your number.

  59. 59 1george1

    QUESTION to FOS + PCS and any LAWYERS

    CT. General Stature SS 7 – 191

    Is that about the HOME RULE ACT CHARTER

    and NOT about

    the SPECIAL ACT CHARTER?


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