Time: 7:36 PM
Come on Joe Cavo, your kidding me with your excuses for not broadcasting Common Council meetings right?!?
I'm watching Ivon's Danbury Live right now and I'm at a loss of words. Now, I'm not one of Lynn Waller's biggest fans BUT I'm 100 percent in agreement with her viewpoint behind broadcasting local government meetings and I CAN'T believe the excuses she receiving from the Cavo.
Oh man, I'm not even going to go into this right because I'm going to need time to get everything put together but lets just say that I'm going to make sure things are going to heat up over this.
WARNING: 2007 is an election year and people are going to be held accountable for silliness like this!
Secretary of the State set the record straight to The Danbury News-Times
Time: 3:42 PM
(In what can only be described as arrogant, the News-Times titled Bysiewicz's letter "The sore-loser law is fair to voters")
I am writing to provide some clarification regarding the Nov. 15 article, "State official pushes for 'sore loser' law."Although Bysiewicz clarified her position, she didn't have to do this as it was clearly Fred Lucas who got the story wrong. As I stated in GREAT DETAIL on the 15th, Bysiewicz NEVER proposed a sore-loser law but simply wanted to fix a loophole that was created when the primary date was pushed back from September to August. She stated this numerous times even going as far as calling a press conference and stating that her proposal was not a sore loser law.
The Lieberman-Lamont race for the U.S. Senate provoked much passion on both sides this year. There were many who called my office angry at Senator Lieberman's plans to run as a petitioning party candidate after losing the Aug. 8 Democratic primary to Ned Lamont, and there were also many delighted that Senator Lieberman's candidacy remained viable even after losing the primary.
The August primary is a recent phenomenon. Prior to 2004, Connecticut's primaries were held in September and the deadline for candidates to submit petitions to run in November was early August.
However, when the legislature switched the primary date to August, it failed to keep the petition deadline consistent with the new primary date, which led to an unusual quirk in our elections calendar, highlighted by Senator Lieberman's candidacy this year.
I have discussed proposing legislation to realign our state's election calendar to make it as it was before 2004. If a candidate wishes to run in November, regardless of the outcome of a primary "" such as Senator Lieberman did this year "" that would still be possible, provided petitions are submitted to my office one month before the August primary.
This legislation would not have kept Senator Lieberman off the November ballot after he lost the August primary. The only difference would be that, under my proposal, he would have had to let the voters know before the primary that he did not intend to accept the results of the primary in the event he lost.
This bill is consistent with my long-time advocacy of encouraging ballot access and civic participation.
In order to ensure transparency of government, voters should have as much information about a candidate as possible when they are asked to make a choice.
What is absent from this letter is a correction from Fred Lucas and/or the News-Times stating that they got this story wrong. Remember, this story made the front page of the News-Times with a misleading headline OVER A WEEK AGO and although several reporters at the News-Times read this and other blogs that reported on this error, they haven't made an attempt to admit to their error to this date.
Lets go back in time and take a look at Lucas article. The artcle starts off with a lie.
Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz, one week after being re-elected to a third term, said Tuesday she still planned to push for a "sore loser" law that she talked about during the campaign.This is a lie. Bysiewicz NEVER, EVER, proposed this during the campaign...what she did talk about is what Lucas quoted her as saying to her in the VERY NEXT PARAGRAPH.
"I am putting together a legislative package that includes moving the calendar for petitioning candidates to match that of a candidate petitioning for a primary," Bysiewicz said before speaking at Western Connecticut State University on Tuesday.This is consistant with what Bysiewicz said later that SAME day at a news conference.
Although Lucas got the quote correct, he took it upon himself to call Bysiewicz's proposal a sore loser law and made his entire story based around this false claim.
The proposal is meeting skepticism among state lawmakers, who fear it could be undemocratic. The Connecticut General Assembly convenes in January.IF you watch the vide clip, you'll CLEARLY see that what Lucas is stating is outright wrong and as a political reporter, he should have known better.
After Lieberman lost the Democratic primary to Greenwich businessman Ned Lamont in August, he launched an independent candidacy and was reelected to a fourth Senate term last week.
If the law Bysiewicz is proposing had been in effect this year, it would have stopped Lieberman from running as an independent after he lost the Democratic primary to Lamont.
This is not the first time the News-Times dropped the ball on a front page story as they ran a frontpage story based on a obvious bogus claim regarding FAKE neo-nazi organization several months ago. The reason why fell for the hoax was simple...they didn't fact check their information.
Lets go back in time and see what the Publisher of the News-Times said in his appology to readers (pay attention to the part in bold):
We were duped. There evidently is no "Grey Wolves" white supremacist group planning to disrupt a Christian organization's rally in Danbury this Tuesday.At the time I gave the Publisher props for coming clean but now I see that I was wrong because in reading this again, he's putting more blame on an idiot who called in a fake claim than the reporters and editors who failed to hear the numerous from this the bogus tip (you can read all about that here).
A self-described idiot from Fairfield County admitted Friday the whole story was a hoax. The man concocted the neo-Nazi story because he's a strong supporter of the separation of church and state, a philosophy the rally organizers oppose.
The fake Nazi didn't pry money from unsuspecting readers, but he did cause local law enforcement to waste time and energy trying to avoid a confrontation. He also caused anxiety for the organization that planned the rally and scrambled to distance itself from the Grey Wolves.
Regrettably, The News-Times played a part by publishing the man's claims. The story started innocently enough, with details of the rally appearing on our Web site, NewsTimesLive.com, Wednesday afternoon.
The news landscape has changed and, like many media outlets, The News-Times sometimes posts information on its Web site before it appears in print. The man from Fairfield County read the story online and called the newspaper, claiming to represent the neo-Nazi group.
He answered questions and followed with an e-mail; his comments appeared in the print story published Thursday. After the city of Danbury acted quickly by pulling the organizer's rally permit, the hoaxer confessed and apologized.
The idea of a white supremacist group in the region was plausible enough. The Connecticut White Wolves, a white nationalist skinhead organization, has grown in recent years.
In hindsight, we should have checked the man's claims more thoroughly.
That's easy to say now. There will be those who chalk this up as further proof of some grand conspiracy.
In reality, it's a reminder of the need for skepticism because, for some people, lying comes far too easily.
It's fairly obvious that the same editors who brought you the frontpage neonaxi hoax didn't learn their lesson when it comes to doublechecking information from their reporters.
To be clear:
1. A sore loser law is about keeping a candidate off the ballot if he or she loses a priamry.
To be clear:
SoS Bysiewicz proposal had NOTHING TO DO WITH THIS. She only proposed fixing a loophole which was created when the primary date when moved back from September to August.
To be clear:
Fred Lucas accurately reported on Bysiewicz's proposal and put his spin on the story to make it seem like Bysiewicz was proposing a sore loser law. The News-Times DID NOT fact check his story before going to print and ran a misleading headline claiming that Bysiewicz was proposing a sore loser law.
It's now been two weeks and the News-Times is STILL silent on the matter. Not only did the News-Times mislead the public, but they mislead the politicians that they called from a comment on this story. Instead of reporting on local government issues which goes under the radar, they spoonfeed the public yet another misleading story that received a great deal of feedback from readers.
This is wrong.
TELL THE NEWS-TIMES TO SET THE RECORD STRAIGHT:
Reporter Fred Lucas: State house, politics (203) 731-3358 firstname.lastname@example.org
News & Editorial (203) 744-5100 email@example.com
Jacqueline Smith Managing Editor/News (203) 731-3369 firstname.lastname@example.org
Eric Conrad Editor (203) 731-3361 email@example.com
CTLauryn a week later
Time: 3:26 PM
Don't say DeStefano didn't warn you
Time: 12:52 PM
Don't look at me, I wasn't fooled by "no-issues" Rowland-Rell...
Bored with b.s refuses to drink the mayor's sports complex kool-aid
Time: 11:56 AM
Thankfully, not everyone is drinking the kool-aid when it comes to this "sports complex" proposal and the mayor's suggestion that it will not costs the taxpayers a dime.
I say do nothing, at this time, with the land. There is no pressing need for a sports complex, another hockey arena, a baseball stadium, a convention center, or any other proposed use that Mr. Haddad has in mind.BINGO!
He precludes any other ideas, stating that he doesn't think "anyone can come up with an idea WE (sic) haven't thought about".. Well Mr. Haddad, here's one. How about YOU just leave one little bit of land unbuilt in this overbuilt city for a few decades or more, and see what the value of it becomes for future generations of Danburians.
This "deal" smacks of insider collusion between Boughton and the "investors".
This is a developer driven proposal that will forever remove valuable city land for any other possible use.
No public hearing? Outrageous!
No Common Council or referendum vote? Incredible!
Boughton's statement, "We are not using any tax dollars", is an outright lie. The value of the land, at market rate is "our tax dollars". What benefit the city may possibly receive will be far outweighed by the increased traffic, increased pollution, increased crime, increased police costs, and no real return to the city in tax revenue for ratable property.
The westside development, cloaked in the fear of a casino coming to town and shoved down our throats by Boughton and some of these same "investors" has robbed Danbury of a real tax base, hundreds of acres formerly zoned for corporate and industrial use, now to be crammed with houses and condos that cost the rest of the taxpayers more in services than they ever produce.
And now the last 13 acres are to be virtually "given" to the same insiders to build a complex that the voters are not even going to have a say in because it's purportedly not using tax dollars?
That's just pure B.S.
When is Danbury going to wake up to what's going on here?
Where are the Democrats who are opposed to what's going on here?
Where's the Attorney General,
Where's the F.B.I.??
Where's a good investigative reporter when you need one?
Time: 10:33 AM
Parade ordinance moves forward
Time: 10:32 AM
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