Had enough...well, you know what to do.
The GOP is so funny. Once the decision was made to send Bush in to help Cappiello make some wealthy friends, they had a problem. Connecticut hates Bush. But the President is a proud man, and he would hardly countenance traveling across 5 states to raise money for a candidate that was ashamed of him. So would there be a picture with Cappiello and the President?
Fortunately, there's documentary evidence of the event, so let's
subpoenaroll the tape:
(Frames 75-83: POTUS meets with SEN CAPPIELLO. Lower right: CT GOP secretary Rose Mary Woods reviews the tape of the meeting.)
Oh noes! It would appear that the information that we're after has been somehow erased – we may never know what was said or what embraces were exchanged in that fateful meeting between the President and his deputy!
Seriously, though – I don't know if they were inspired by the presence of Nixon administration giant Henry Kissinger, or if there's some biological imperative forcing conservatives – like salmon swimming upstream – to erase the evidence when the shit goes down.
But still, you have to admit that pulling a Rose Mary Woods on their Flickr photostream is a pretty ingenious old-school move. Introducing a sample of Nixon-era squalor into a 2008 political campaign shows that, however misguided their policies, the Republican Party still shows respect for the classics.
BONUS: Here's a taped conversation between Nixon and Hadelman, 35 years to the day before yesterday's meeting of Bush and Cappiello. PDF transcript / Audio clip 1 and clip 2.
Cappiello's KODAK moment: The old school edition
Time: 3:26 PM
What a beautiful day for a protest!
Time: 1:45 PM
Yesterday, I took a ride up to Kent and joined in solidarity with residents throughout Connecticut who came out and demonstrated against the "taxpayer-funded" Bush/Kissinger/Cappiello/Shays luncheon.
Over 100 people took time out of their schedule to express their objection to the president and for those who couldn't make yesterday, here's a little video I put together just for you...
Wanna do something to combat Chris Shays and David Cappiello? Give what you can and toss some coin towards Chris Murphy and Jim Himes.
Saying NO to Cappiello
Time: 7:04 PM
The criminal in chief is in town
Time: 10:03 AM
- Rick Green of the Hartford Courant wrote a great piece on the stupidity behind Bush speech on Malaria IN HARTFORD while he ignores the real troubles in the North-End.
- Connecticut Opposes the War is your ONE STOP site for all your protest information.
- If you looking for a newspaper that's covering the protest, look no further than The Litchfield Times
- Want to make a statement, help offset Cappiello's shameless fundraising with our grassroots contributions.
Well, I'm off to the big show! I'll be back with the goodies.
Open message to Dirk Perrefort
Time: 8:01 AM
HatCityBLOG EXCLUSIVE: Danbury budget ad-hoc meeting: Government 1
Time: 5:49 PM
Due to the length and file size of the videos, I'm providing the low-res video version first. Later this weekend, I'll provide a link where you can download the videos and watch them in high-res quality from your desktop.
Ad-hoc budget meeting: GENERAL GOVERNMENT I, Apr. 21 2008
Time: 12:58 PM
Please read this important cross post and help say NO to Bush and Co.
This Friday, George W. Bush is coming to Henry Kissinger's house in Kent, Connecticut for an exclusive, $1000 a head ($10,000 for a snapshot with the President!) fundraiser for Republican Challenger David Cappiello (running against Democratic Freshman Representative Chris Murphy) in Connecticut's 5th Congressional District. Bush ally and war cheerleader and health care bamboozler Chris Shays (R-CT04) (who is facing a strong challenge from Jim Himes) is a co-chair of the event.
In response, Connecticut Progressive bloggers are joining together to raise money for Chris Murphy and Jim Himes. While we may not have the deep pockets necessary to compete with a $1000 a head fundraiser, we do have the people-power to send the message that a President Bush fundraiser will activate our base and add money to the coffers of our candidates! Click here to donate! $100, $50, $25, or even $5 will help send the message that President Bush is a liability in 2008.
While President Bush's visit will give the failing Cappiello campaign some additional money, and provide Chris Shays with a chance to spend a little time with his buddy, we just can’t let this happen unanswered. That’s why we’re joining together in an effort to raise 250 additional contributions for Jim and for Chris (Murphy) over the weekend.
There are more of us than there are of them. Help us prove it, and send the message that Republican congressional candidates and congressman can’t profit by toeing the Bush line.
Click here to donate to Jim Himes and Chris Murphy, and to say no thanks to President Bush!
Introducing John Hartwell
Time: 3:46 PM
In light of current senator Judith Freedman announcing her retirement, here's your chance to learn more about the Hartwell as the statewide campaign season kicks into full gear.
Picking up the tab...at our expense
Time: 11:59 AM
President George W. Bush will make a short stop in Hartford’s northend Friday morning before zipping off in Marine One to Henry Kissinger’s home in Kent to raise money for Republican Sen. David Cappiello’s campaign against U.S. Rep. Chris Murphy, D-5.
Bush is expected to speak at the Northwest Boys and Girls Club on Nahum Drive around 9 a.m. Friday morning. The topic du jour for the president will be malaria, which fortunately is not one of the many problems that plague Hartford.
Unfortunately, none of the boys or girls will be there to greet him since the club doesn’t open until the afternoon. We know this because we used to run a program at the club. At the moment it’s unclear who his audience for the malaria speech will be.
Bush is coming to the NORTHEND section of Hartford to talk about Malaria? In case you're wondering what's really behind this...
But it also might have to do with the fact that Bush, by coming here for official business, becomes an affordable speaker at a campaign fundraiser the same day for congressional candidate David Cappiello. Since Bush will be in Connecticut anyway, the Cappiello campaign will have to pick up only a small share of the president's travel.
So the President makes up this B.S. official business nonsense just to save the Cappiello campaign from footing the entire travel bill...at the taxpayer's expense.
Matt over at My Left Nutmeg digs deeper and exposes how much the Cappiello-Bush connection are screwing the taxpayers as well as the hypocrisy of our state senator.
So what is the Cappiello campaign saving by having the U.S. taxpayer cover the cost of the event?Yeah, right.Even when the White House deems a trip as political, the cost to Bush's campaign is minimal. In such instances, the campaign must only pay the government the equivalent of a comparable first-class fare for each political traveler on each leg, Federal Election Commission guidelines say.
Usually, that means paying a few hundred or a few thousand dollars for the president and a handful of aides. It's a minuscule sum, compared to the $56,800-per-hour the Air Force estimates it costs to run Air Force One. [...]
The reimbursements do not cover the cargo planes that shuttle the president's limousines and helicopters to every event, or travel expenses of White House advance workers who lay the groundwork for the trips.
So let's pretend that the cargo plane at the right travels for free (baloney), that there are no added staff costs to shipping the President's entourage to Connecticut and back, and that it costs nothing for Air Force One to remain parked on the tarmac for a number of hours (ha ha).
Even if all of those things were true, it would cost roughly $120,000 for Air Force One's round trip. But we're not even talking about Cappiello dodging a $120K bill – the FEC apparently lets campaigns pay only for the cost of a plane ticket for each of the "political passengers" on a government-funded trip (according to this USA Today story which also supplied the above estimates.) That would be only a few thousand dollars, though the White House never lets the press know how many political travelers are on any given flight.
So what does Senator Cappiello -- one of only eight Senators to vote against the 2005 Campaign Finance Reform bill -- have to say about making the taxpayers pay for politicial campaigns? Fortunately, it's quite well documented:Cappiello, 11/30/2005
Thank you, Mr. President. And through you, to Senator DeFronzo, I am not making the argument to be clear, that we are both going too far and not going far enough. I think we’re going too far with taking taxpayer dollars, yes.We took, as a Republican caucus, a huge step, a very, very bold step, to go against what most of us believed to be one of the worst things we could ever do, and that is to get the taxpayers to pay for our campaign.
I was quoted in the paper, I think as saying, I hate the idea, and I still do. I have never hidden that fact at all.Cappiello, 6/7/05
Please understand, I do not tonight, nor have I ever liked public financing of campaigns. I have never kept that a secret. I think they’re a big waste of time and taxpayer money, and I’m saying that right here and now.Cappiello, 4/12/2000
Finally, this bill is anything -- anything but voluntary. Just because you or I, or anyone in this Chamber or in the House, or anywhere else that's running for office, decides we are voluntarily going to abide by these spending limits, the people whose tax dollars we are taking, yes, we are taking, are not volunteering their tax dollars.
In no other scenario in the state of Connecticut do we say to the taxpayer, you may earmark your tax dollars for whatever you want. Because if you could, I would send every dollar that I owe to my local education funds.
Because I know I'm not getting my share of ECS funding. None of my towns are. But, no, instead we're going to take the tax dollars and say, yes, I can earmark all of your tax dollars to this fund.
So, it is voluntary for us. It is not voluntary for the taxpayers.Isn't this what kind of reform people back home are looking for? I have never once had anyone call me saying, please, please, please take my tax dollars and use it for your campaigns.
Donors can give up to $16,900 at this week's event – as it's for both the CT Republican Party and the Cappiello campaign – so it wouldn't be out of the question for them to cover the costs of bringing the President to Connecticut. After all, Cappiello obviously believes in his deepest heart of hearts that taxpayers shouldn't be forced to pay for his campaign – so I'm sure his campaign will do the right thing here.
Can someone at the Registar of Voters office explain this to me?
Time: 4:00 PM
How is it that 68 DEAD people are still eligible to vote in Danbury?
It's not known if the old Election Day joke about dead folks voting in Bridgeport carries any truth. But in every southwestern Connecticut municipality, if the deceased could get to the polls, they would still be eligible to vote.
University of Connecticut students conducted a study using three public databases in their research, including one that went back as far as 1937. They also used the state's master death file that dates back to 1974.
The students found 293 dead people remain on Bridgeport's voter rolls. But a dozen dead people were still registered in Easton; 161 in Shelton; 177 in Milford; 223 in Norwalk and 71 in Stratford.
Alas, there's no evidence that anyone drifted out of local cemeteries and cast their ballots, although human error at the polls was responsible for marking them erroneously as having cast ballots.
Dead on voter lists in 13 cities, towns.
Ansonia - 70
Danbury - 68
Derby - 56
Seymour - 30
Milford - 177
Fairfield - 111
Shelton - 161
Monroe - 29
Easton - 12
Norwalk - 223
Stamford - 71
Stratford - 18
Can someone get Mary Ann Doran on the phone or is she too busy laughing it up with the City Clerk who NEVER seems to be in her office?
Time: 9:37 AM
One thing that I was wondering is why a candidate would decide to do a fundraiser asking for $10,000 contributions from wealthy contributors? Why publicly align yourself with a president crossing new frontiers in durable unpopularity on a daily basis? Doesn't it take enough nerve to ask for $2300 checks from contributors? Don't you want to distance yourself from the failures of the past, especially if you're not connected to them?
I see that as tragic, disastrous politics – but there's a reason why you'd do it: because you're addicted to special-interest money, and because you're afraid to ask the real people living in your district for $100 contributions.It shouldn’t be that difficult. Why some people are saying, I really need it. I’m used to it. I’m used to getting that ad book money. I’m used to getting the lobbyist money. I’m used to the PAC money. I can’t do without it.
We can do without it. Our constituents want us to do without it. For better or worse, whether they’re right or wrong on this issue, whether it’s a real problem or just a perception, when you ask your constituents what’s the biggest problem when it comes to campaigns and financing of campaigns, they will say, the influence of special interest groups. [...]
Now that it’s 1: 54 on June 8th, in the morning of the last day of our Legislative Session, I am asking the Members of this body to support the real clean elections amendment, the amendment that will say no to special interest money now.
Because you know what? If we don’t, I guarantee the moment the other one passes, if it even passes both Chambers, I guarantee there are going to be people in this room who are going to be rushing to those lobbyists, and those PACs, and those contractors, and those special interests to please put money in my coffers now.
I need a leg up on my challenger in 2006, because somehow I can’t go and ask the real people in my district for a $100 contribution. Why is that so tough? Thank you, Mr. President.
—Sen. David Cappiello, Senate Transcript, 6/7/2005
Maybe Cappiello can't be bothered to ask commoners for $100 to support his campaign, but I know that Chris Murphy isn't above a little bit of grassroots love. He came by in November to talk with MLN readers about Iraq without asking for a nickel, so I'll do the ask – can you give $100 – or even $10 or $20 – to help Congressman Murphy fight back against the $10,000 checks Bush will be raising for his opponent this week? The MLN fundraising page can be accessed over on the left column of this page, or by clicking here.
Halas Farm madness
Time: 5:48 PM
Image provided by Google Earth.
I originally posted the flyer opposing the Halas Farm proposal two weeks ago. Since then, lets just say that In my years of following Danbury politics, I've never seen such a chain of inappropriate events than what I saw at the last Zoning Commission meeting.
Over the next series of posts, I will examine what happened at the last meeting, including the OUTRAGEOUS and highly offensive actions of freshman commissioner Andrew Wettmore, which in itself should be grounds for him to recuse himself from voting on this proposal.
For now, I'm lets just start with portion of my larger interview with activist Ken Gucker on his opposition to the proposal. TAKE NOTE OF THE DATE OF THIS INTERVIEW AND THE CONDITION OF THE PARCEL OF LAND...I'll explain later.
NOTE: Below is a copy of the letter from Zoning Enforcement officer Sean Hearty to Halas Farm about the gross misuse of the parcel of land in question. This letter triggered the eventual cease and desist notification against Halas Farm that Gucker referenced in the clip. You can also click here to download a pdf version of the letter.
MORE ON THIS SUBJECT LATER
Supporting Richter House
Time: 3:17 PM
The opposition to the destruction of the Richter House has been absolutely incredible to say the least. From the numerous amount of emails I've received thanking me for the historical background video presentation, and coverage of the Richer Park Authority meeting, the amazing writings by Brain Koonz, and the outpouring of support for saving the House, which stretched across party lines, it seems like the demolishing of this house is very remote.
During April's Common Council meeting, people came out to voice their opposition to the Richter House and afterwards, I had a chance to catch up with Minority Leader Tom Saadi to get his take on the matter.
It great to see the public stand up for the Richter family...I guess the Richter Park Authority was too busy dealing with golf to give a damn about the family's house that they were suppose to take care of in the first place.
Judith Freedman retires
Time: 2:42 PM
People of Bethel and Ridgefield can take a sigh of relief as their State Senator for the 26th district is calling it quits.
Calling her 22-year career as State Senator for the 26th District “challenging but very rewarding,” Judith Freedman, 69, of Westport, announced she would not seek re-election this fall.Boucher, who is best known for her emotionally over-the-top opposition to the use of medical marijuana, will be facing a great challenger in Democratic challenger John Hartwell.
On the steps of Wilton Town Hall Monday morning, flanked by long-time supporters, fellow legislators and friends, Ms. Freedman endorsed the candidacy of State Rep. Toni Boucher, 58, of the 143rd District in Wilton and Norwalk, to replace her.
“There are always compelling reasons to make one want to stay in this job, but this is the time for me to move ahead and for someone else to take up the torch,” Sen. Freedman said. “After a great deal of thought, soul searching and consultation with my husband, I have decided not to seek re-election for the State Senate.”
“I am proud of the record I forged on your behalf. Whatever I have done, it has always been with and for the people of the 26th,” she added.
Hartwell, former Congressional district coordinator for Howard Dean and treasurer for Ned Lamont, attracted attention recently when he reached goal needed to qualify for public financing under Connecticut's new Citizen Election Program. He was also interviewed on the local access show "Bethel Today" last week and for those who want to know more about him, I'll post that show here later this week.
Matt over at My Left Nutmeg has more on today's "official" announcement including what this means for Boucher's State Rep. seat.
UPDATE: The John Hartwell campaign released the following statement regarding Freedman's retirement:
I'd like to thank Senator Freedman for her years of service to the 26th District, and particularly for her work advancing educational opportunities in Connecticut.
2008 is shaping up as a huge year of change, both nationally and locally. We need new leadership to deliver affordable health care for small businesses, to bring tax dollars back from Hartford to invest in our overburdened transportation system, and to promote environmentally responsible economic growth.
This race presents a real opportunity for a vigorous discussion of the issues facing our state, and I call upon whoever becomes the Republican nominee to join me in a series of debates about how to move Connecticut forward.
As previously announced, my fund raising efforts across the seven towns that make up the 26th has resulted in an outpouring of support that will qualify me for public financing through the new Citizens' Election Program. There is a real desire for a change from politics as usual, and I offer a fresh approach to bringing an effective voice to the people of this district.
Danbury Live Broadcast 04.19.08
Time: 7:27 PM
Time: 1:32 PM
That being the case, and my REALLY busy schedule, I'm going through the entire site and making some changes as well as updating the links section. One of the biggest complaints I receive is from people who want to find old episodes of the local access shows that participate with me (Community Forum, Danbury Live). Unlike Ideas at Work an Beyond, these shows don't have sites where you can easily find their old episodes. To make things easier, I'm going to set up a special section of HatCityBlOG that will be dedicated to these shows so everyone will be happy.
Another complaint from people is that I don't talk or give people notice when I do interviews in the media. In the future, I'll do a better job in posting my appearances in the media.
I have SO MUCH researching I have to do right now so please be patient...trust me, I won't let you down.
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