Open Forum

It looks like Sen. Chris Dodd may have another Democratic challenger in Merrick Alpert. Story here.

The state fleet of cars is being reduced.

When it comes to the budget, the governor is in the driver’s seat–especially if there’s no budget by the end of the fiscal year on June 30th.

There’s some talk about raising the bottle redemption fee to a dime.

The DMV will be closed this Friday as part of the state’s furlough day for state employees.

Should there be wind turbines on state prison grounds? At least one legislator thinks so.

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What else is going on?

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10 responses to “Open Forum

  1. The state fleet of cars is being reduced.

    I noticed one of our state owned Prius’s yesterday in front of the Petit store in Southington.
    It was a CT Lottery employee working overtime on a Sunday in preparation no-doubt for the upcoming 4 day weekend which includes Friday off with no pay.

    (I guess the state had all the factory installed “Obama” bumper stickers removed from their Prius’s; seeing as those are pretty much the only ones ever seen without one.)

    The DMV will be closed this Friday as part of the state’s furlough day for state employees.

    I wonder when they’ll get their overtime?

  2. The wind mills are great headlines for Mary. And the idea may work. But the reality is that highly efficient windmills are very site specific. And generally, CT is a terrible place for wind power in America. Solar (thermal & electric) will both give much greater bang for the buck.

  3. How about a discussion on CRRA and the recent court decision?

  4. Bruce Rubenstein

    I know Merrick Alpert…he was a 1992 ct national delegate at the convention and is or was a smart guy……

  5. Merrick Alpert’s site is top notch. Amazing how a carhart jacket in a video makes a millionaire look working class.

  6. All five members of Connecticut’s Congressional delegation voted for the $96 billion war funding appropriations package passed by the House last Thursday, May 14, 2009.

    This will fund the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan (a 70/30 split) through September 30, 2009. Fifty-one Democrats dissented and voted against the war funding.

  7. famillionaire

    Video would be much better if he were miked.

    I won’t comment on his candidacy per se, but it is obvious from this video that he doesn’t have pro help yet (and the fact that he is not on the front page of every newspaper in the state and doing (or better yet, turning down) the national tv media).

    Wondering if he is really in this or not.

  8. Merrick Alpert’s site is devoid of any policy statements, it is filled instead with effusive blandness like “You deserve a Senator who represents the interests of the people of Connecticut, not the interests of massive corporate campaign contributors.”

    On the Meet Merrick page, he worked “in Oklahoma at Smith Cogeneration International and then in California at Pacific Gas & Electric Energy Services and Enron Energy Services.”

    Which is it? Populist or Corporatist?

    He advertises himself as a Clinton/Gore/Lamont Democrat, and appears as if he wants to be someone who can be a cog in the machine.

    Consider me unimpressed.

  9. Bruce Rubenstein

    Ken the lock step voting for war is a shame…..

    BTW i will say that Merrick Alpert by our standards is a corporatist…with him being liberal on the social issues…and that would be if he hasn’t significantly changed since I saw him last, in the mid 90’s

  10. All five members of Connecticut’s Congressional delegation voted for the $96 billion war funding appropriations package passed by the House last Thursday, May 14, 2009.

    Change we can believe in? Ha!

    War policy? No change.

    Monetary policy? No change.

    Fiscal policy? Worse.

    What annoys me is that Obama promised balanced budgets and transparency. And what does he deliver?

    Bush on steroids with another Rubber Stamp Congress.

    Worst thing now is that the Washington GOP is nearly entirely discredited. So there’s not even a make-believe opposition… which is obviously what Pelosi and Reid were.

    Of course there are a few notable exceptions – the Populists. But the Political Class does all they can to silence them.

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