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Friday, May 26, 2006

Lamont wins MoveOn.org primary

It wasn't even close.

From MoveOn.org email release:
I wanted to share the results from our online primary with you before we tell the media. Drumroll, please: By a whopping 85% to 14%, MoveOn members supported Ned Lamont for Connecticut's U.S. Senate seat—securing him the MoveOn endorsement.


So why did the vote come out the way we did? Here are a few representative comments that illustrate what we heard from a lot of you:

"I do not see that Senator Lieberman actually cares about Connecticut voters. He has treated them with contempt and complacence. I don't have a problem with Democrats who don't vote the party line, but I do have a problem with senators who treat their offices as an entitlement, and this is what Sen. Lieberman seems to be doing."
-Dara from New Haven, CT

"Lamont is exactly the sort of candidate MoveOn should support: a true progressive running against the forces of Beltway conventional wisdom and accommodation of the Radical Right."
-Greg from Watertown, CT

"I'm impressed with the "fresh approach" that Ned Lamont seems to bring to the table. I think that he's correct when he says that the Democratic party needs to stand out from the Republicans (and the "W" administration). At first I was leaning towards Joe Lieberman because I can see that he is an established senator who has many contacts and perhaps has the power of persuasion within Washington, but I'm willing to take a chance on a "new guy" who better fits the voice I'd like represented."
-Meegan from Waterbury, CT

"Ned Lamont articulates my values about Iraq, health care, the environment."
-Marion from Branford, CT
Poor Joe. Now with MoveOn.org on board, things in Connecticut will get very interesting.

Crashing the Gate video

(click image to enlarge)

As promised, here is my video from the Crashing the Gate book signing last Sunday in New Haven.

Again, I want to thank BrandfordBoy from My Left Nutmeg for setting the event up and Markos and Jerome for starting this important netroots movement and encouraging others to jump on the progressive bandwagon through blogging.

Lets keep this movement for a truly "blue" Connecticut!

(NOTE: Due to the size of the file, the video was broken into five parts. If the video plays choppy, press pause and allow you computer some time to download part of the video).


Part 1 of 5:

Part 2 of 5:

Part 3 of 5:

Part 4 of 5:

Part 5 of 5:

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Roll call vote

The following video is the roll call vote for Lamont at the convention. It's a great video to watch (notice all the small towns in Connecticut voting for Ned).

Hat tip to Spazeboy for this incredible video. Man, he went through a lot to make this video. Check out his site and lets give him some web traffic.

Thirdparty knocks it out of the park!

Oh man, this is a good post. PLEASE, go to LamontBLOG and show him some love by leaving a comment.
Sens. Lieberman and Kyl (R-AZ), honorary co-chairs of the resurrected Committee on the Present Danger, will reportedly be honored with the group's first annual "statesman award" tonight:

"The Statesman Award will be given each year to a person or persons who have exemplified statesmanship and thoughtful leadership in support of the nation's security. Senators Lieberman and Kyl certainly fit that description," said R. James Woolsey, co-Chairman of the Committee.

Who is this group? An Alternet article from 2004 sheds some light:

Chaired by former CIA director James Woolsey, the reborn Committee has 49 members in all, including many well known hawks and neoconservatives affiliated with the American Enterprise Institute (Jeanne Kirkpatrick, Danielle Pletka, Joshua Muravchik, Laurie Mylroie, Newt Gingrich, Michael Rubin), former Attorney General Edwin Meese, Victor Davis Hanson of Stanford's Hoover Institution, Norm Podhoretz of Commentary fame, Charles Kupperman of Boeing Missile Defense Systems, former Reagan official Jack Kemp, former Congressional staffer-turned-lobbyist and Project for the New American Century board member Randy Scheunemann; and several anti-arms control hawks – Henry Cooper, Jim Woolsey himself, Kenneth Adelman, Max Kampelman [founder of the Committee's 1976 iteration] – reminiscent of the Committee's earlier two incarnations.

And what is their purpose?

So, what then, are the Committee's real goals? They seem to be twofold: First, to broaden the "war on terror" in the American public mind beyond al-Qaeda, targeting a vast network of interlinked "Islamist-jihadist" terror groups worldwide, including Hezbollah, Hamas, Islamic Jihad, and their state sponsors, and to think about this war on terror not just from the standpoint of the US as the potential victim, but of key US allies as being potential victims.

The second goal appears to be to lobby influential American policymakers to support a US defense posture and weapons programs that Committee members believe would benefit the security of both the US and key allies, such as Israel.

Not all conservatives are ready to embrace this essentially neoconservative, if bipartisan Committee.

Not all conservatives were ready, but Joe Lieberman certainly was when he co-wrote (with Sen. Kyl) a Washington Post op-ed introducing the group in July 2004.

Anyway, good for Joe. He could use a break, some time among his real friends.

Where's the outrage? Where's the media?

1. Why is the media ignoring the Lisa Moody story?

2. Where are Malloy or DeStefano and why are they not turning up the heat on Rell to fire Moody?

Dan, pull out the bullhorn, jump on the chairs and make some noise like you did at the convention. The Democrats at the Capital gave you and DeStefano a gift with Moody's shaky testimony yet you guys aren't using it to your advantage.

If you want to win some points with the public and have a chance against Rell, then go after Moody. Please spend less time attacking each other and take aim at the governor...it's a easy target right now.

I guess us bloggers and us int he online medis will have to do the job since the traditional media is once again asleep at the wheel. I'll let Christine Stuart of CTNewsJunkie take the first shot (note: this is from May 16).
Gov. M. Jodi Rell's Chief of Staff M. Lisa Moody left at least one General Administration and Elections Committee member perplexed by her testimony Tuesday about her role in a Rell campaign fundraiser.

“Here’s an individual who admits launching this shake down of political appointees,” and “I’m being lead to believe she can’t recall all the facts,” Rep. Christopher Caruso, D-Bridgeport, said following the three-hour hearing.

“Maybe I’m sitting in a different room but a lot of people seem to be covering their tracks on this issue,” Caruso said.

Caruso was referring to the "I don't recall" comments by Moody. "I think you know everything that goes on in your office," Caruso told Moody.

According to the State Elections Enforcement Commission report, Moody’s executive assistant, Dan Moreland, who testified last Thursday, told the Chief State’s Attorney - who also investigated the matter - that he heard bits and pieces of a conversation between Department of Public Utility Control Commissioner Ann George and Moody the day the invitations were handed out.

According to the report, Moreland heard George say, “Are you nuts?” to which Moody replied, “It’s after 5 p.m.”

When questioned Tuesday, Moody said she didn’t recall the conversation. “I can’t speak to what he heard,” she said.

"This was a major event in her life that she apologizes for and she can't recall the details," Caruso said. He said Moody must have known the law she violated existed before she violated it if she was saying, "It's after 5 p.m." in addition to having the invitations delivered to her car instead of her office.

I'll let Stuart continue...
Rep. Michael Lawlor, D-East Haven, said it was brought up that some of the commissioners, who Moody asked to distribute the invitations, felt pressured to agree to distribute them.

Department of Administrative Services Commissioner Linda Yelmini testified Friday that she felt Moody had given her a “direct order.”

“I don’t know why they’re afraid of me,” Moody said. “Given my title and my relationship with the governor I can somewhat understand,” however, “I don’t want to be feared; I want to be respected.”

She said she has apologized numerous times and would take it all back if she could. “What I did was wrong,” she said. “And had I known, I certainly would not have done it.”
Ah, yeah right. Moody is well-known for her hard core tactics when it comes to shaking the money tree which is why she is on Rell's team. Do you honestly believe she didn't know she was doing something wrong?

Look, I'll leave it there for now but let me just say that this story came from a online reporter and there is much more to this story, believe me.

I'll take you by the hand and show you much more later. I'm just getting started...all I can say is thank goodness for CT-N.

Bush's brain being fitted for bracelets?

Oh goodie!
MSNBC's coverage of the CIA leak case continued Wednesday with new suggestions that presidential adviser Karl Rove may yet be indicted. The indictment of 'Bush's Brain' seemed imminent after reports from MSNBC and the Washington Post indicating that the Rove camp expected a decision earlier this month -- but it has now been 28 days since Rove testified for a fifth time before the grand jury investigating the outing of CIA officer Valerie Plame.

MSNBC's David Shuster says former federal prosecutors believe the silence from Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald doesn't bode well for Rove.

"Fitzgerald's office refuses to comment," Shuster said. "But former federal prosecutors describe the following procedure when considering an indictment: First, a prosecution team would review the evidence. Then, they would examine case law on the relevant criminal statutes. And finally, the prosecutors would decide whether a reasonable jury would convict at trial."

DFA steps up for Lamont

DFA members contributing over 40,000 to Ned's cause in a couple of days is pretty impressive and it seems that the Hartford Courant picked up on this.
The advocacy group Democracy for America e-mailed a fundraising solicitation to its 500,000 members at noon Tuesday. By late Wednesday afternoon, nearly 1,000 had responded, with an average contribution of $42.

Tom Hughes, the executive director of Democracy for America, said the response was the strongest the organization has seen this year.
Raising a large amount of money from individual donors goes to show how important this campaign means to people across the state and throughout the country.

Light posting

Sorry for the slow posting today but once again, my harddrive is full and I'm forced to do some archiving. I can't process my video until I free up some space which is why you haven't seen any of my video footage from the convention or the Cashing the Gate book signing.

I think this is going to be a very long night...

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Must-see documentary

Tell a pro-war wingnut to go view this documentary. Maybe they'll learn something.
12-time Emmy® Award winner producer/director Jon Alpert and Matthew O'Neill capture the humanity, hardships and heroism of the US Military and medical personnel of the 86th Combat Support Hospital, the Army's premier medical facility in Iraq. Sometimes graphic in its depiction of combat-related wounds, BAGHDAD ER offers an unflinching and honest account of the realities of war.

Thank God!

The hat is gone.

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

DFA gives the thumbs up to Lamont

Oh, this is big.
Today, Democracy For America enthusiastically endorsed Ned Lamont in his run for United States Senate against incumbent Joseph Lieberman. Lamont surprised the pundits and Senator Lieberman with a strong showing at the Connecticut Democratic Party Convention on Friday and earned a spot on the primary ballot. The primary will be August 8.

“Ned Lamont has been loud and clear about America’s position in Iraq and world affairs, one of the most important concerns for voters,” said Jim Dean, Chair for Democracy for America. “Senator Lieberman has been a broken record supporting broken policies.”

Democracy for America will help raise money, media, and volunteers for Lamont’s campaign from across the nation.
FYI: Democracy for America just raised over 21,000 for Ned in one day!

Joe drops out of MoveOn.org primary

Suprise, suprise! Look who just dropped out of the MoveOn.org primary. I can hear him now...whaa, MoveOn.org is too liberal, whaa!
After initially agreeing, Senator Lieberman has declined our invitation to participate in the MoveOn.org Political Action online primary for U.S. Senate in Connecticut.

We invited both candidates to send an e-mail to MoveOn members in Connecticut as part of our endorsement process. When we spoke last Thursday, the Lieberman campaign agreed to submit an e-mail from the Senator or a surrogate as they did during our 2004 online presidential primary. We received notice after 5:00 PM last night that they would not submit an e-mail to MoveOn members for the primary.

The online primary will go forward. We want our members to have the opportunity to hear a case for endorsement from both the Lieberman and Lamont camps, and we hope to provide a stand-in for the senator.
Awww, what's wrong? Can't stand up to the Lamont challenge?


Llyod Bentsen

"Senator, I knew Jack Kennedy. I served with Jack Kennedy. Jack Kennedy was a friend of mine. Senator, you're no Jack Kennedy."


Crashing the Gate photos

I attended the Crashing the Gate book signing this past Sunday in New Haven and let's just say that it was an experience I'll never forget.

I'll give you the full run-down of everything (including video footage) later but for now, go check out the pictures I took at the event Sunday over at My Left Nutmeg.

Lieberman attempts to throw a low blow

So much for a clean campaign. Joe Lieberman's silly attempt to make money an issue in this campaign is just another in the long list of pinheaded moves his campaign has made to this point.

I almost feel sorry for the guy...so sad.
Lieberman said Lamont is rich enough to try to buy his way into the Senate.

"Having between $90 million and $300 million, Ned Lamont can not only try to buy a seat from Connecticut in the U.S. Senate, he can probably buy a seat in a couple of other states if he wanted," Lieberman said.
Whaa, whaa! Ned's a millionaire! Whaa, whaa!

Good grief, special interest Lieberman has to be kidding right? I mean really, is there a special interest group that Joe hasn't taken a check from in D.C.? Thankfully, Lamont's campaign called Joe out on his hypocrisy (too easy).
Tom Swan, Lamont's campaign manager, said his candidate is not taking special-interest money, unlike Lieberman.

"The additional $500,000 is still way less money than what Joe Lieberman has raised from Washington, D.C., special interests," Swan said. "It's not in Joe Lieberman's interest to make an issue of sources of campaign contributions."

Swan said he does not believe Lieberman's gibes about wealth will resonate.

"I think it makes an incumbent senator look weak," Swan said.
I couldn't agree more. If this is the best Lieberman can throw at Lamont, I can understand why his staff looks like this (poor kid).

Lamont audio

Seems like Ned Lamont was on every radio channel yesterday. From Colin McEnore to the Majority Report, Ned lit up the airwaves talking about his campaign against President Bush's favorite Democrat and you can hear all the shows at the Ned Lamont Resource.

Dodd for Prez?

Look who's thinking about throwing his hat into the presidential race.
U.S. Sen. Christopher Dodd said Monday that he is gearing up for a possible run for president, announcing plans to travel the country, raise money and hire staff in an effort to garner support.

Dodd, D-Conn., told The Hartford Courant in an interview in Washington that he has "decided to do all the things that are necessary to prepare to seek the presidency in 2008."

The state's senior senator, who will turn 62 on Saturday, won a fifth term in the Senate in 2004. He flirted with the idea of running for president two years ago, but did not enter the race as he faced re-election and fellow Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman ran for president.

He said he will not decide whether to step into the race for president until early next year. About 10 other high-ranking Democratic Party members are considering running for president.

Must see video

Whatever you do today, please go to CTBob's blog and check out his two new videos from the Democratic convention. Watch as Bob follows the Lieberman campaign...it's too funny!

Monday, May 22, 2006

Help Ned in the MoveOn.org online primaires

Click here for all the details.

Drudge blinks

Seems like Drudge backed down once he knew he was in trouble. Maybe he learned something from his Sidney Blumenthal case afterall.

Funny how Drudge makes it seems like HE talked to the DNC when they actually talked to RAW STORY.

Let's do a little comparison.

From original RAW STORY article:
In an exclusive Sunday evening, The Drudge Report claimed that Dean threw his support behind mayoral candidate and sitting Lieutenant Governor Mitch Landrieu (D-LA) over sitting mayor Ray Nagin. DNC Communications director Karen Finney said the report was "absolutely false."


"I have called our lawyer to see what if any legal actions we may have," Finney remarked. "The DNC does not as a policy get involved in Democratic primaries."

Finney seemed stunned by the Drudge claim. The Committee's involvement in the New Orleans race, she said, was limited to get out the vote efforts and placing poll watchers to ensure residents got an opportunity to vote. The DNC also set up a toll-free 800 number to help displaced residents locate their polling area.

"We did have poll watchers out to make sure people weren’t disenfranchised but it wasn’t on behalf of any candidate," she remarked. "It’s completely outrageous."

"The only thing that the DNC did was a campaign helping ensure that displaced voters had an opportunity to vote," she added. "It wasn’t in support of any candidate or frankly any party... We focused on helping people find out where they needed to get out to vote."
Now from Drudge
Well-placed DRUDGE REPORT sources claimed DNC Chairman Howard Dean made the decision to back mayoral candidate and sitting Lieutenant Governor Mitch Landrieu (D-LA).

The DNC says the report is "unequivocally and absolutely false."

DNC Communications director Karen Finney explained: "The DNC does not as a policy get involved in Democratic primaries... The only thing that the DNC did was a campaign helping ensure that displaced voters had an opportunity to vote."

The DRUDGE REPORT takes chairman Dean and his spokesman at their word.
Journalism at it's best...

Catch Ned Lamont on the air

Ned Lamont is coming to your radio. Tune in!


Counterpoint on WPKN 89.5 FM
at 8:00 p.m.
Majority Report on Air America at 8:30 p.m.


Diane Rehm show on NPR at 10:20 a.m.

(NOTE: Lamont's appearence on Diane Rehm's show was incorrect. It is at 10:20 a.m. and not p.m.. Also, ned will be on Counterpoint at 8:00 p.m. and not 6:30 p.m.. This post was updated to reflect the correction and I appoligise for the confusion).

Drudge in legal trouble?

Oh boy, I guess he learned nothing from pissing off Sidney Blumenthal.

Seems like the king of making crap up is at it again with his "exclusive" hit piece on the Howard Dean, the DNC, and the New Orleans eleciton. It seems like the DNC is pretty upset and are looking at their legal options.

Will he ever learn?
The Democratic National Committee consulted its attorneys Monday after a story posted by online heavyweight Matt Drudge claimed that DNC chairman Howard Dean intervened in New Orleans' recent mayoral race, RAW STORY can reveal.

In an exclusive Sunday evening, The Drudge Report claimed that Dean threw his support behind mayoral candidate and sitting Lieutenant Governor Mitch Landrieu (D-LA) over sitting mayor Ray Nagin. DNC Communications director Karen Finney said the report was "absolutely false."

Finney told RAW STORY Monday she had just gotten off the phone with Joe Sandler of Sandler, Reiff & Young, the committee's attorney, and says the DNC is exploring legal options. A second DNC staffer confirmed the account.

"I have called our lawyer to see what if any legal actions we may have," Finney remarked. "The DNC does not as a policy get involved in Democratic primaries."

Finney seemed stunned by the Drudge claim. The Committee's involvement in the New Orleans race, she said, was limited to get out the vote efforts and placing poll watchers to ensure residents got an opportunity to vote. The DNC also set up a toll-free 800 number to help displaced residents locate their polling area.

"We did have poll watchers out to make sure people weren’t disenfranchised but it wasn’t on behalf of any candidate," she remarked. "It’s completely outrageous."

Will Drudge get sued? I'm keeping my fingers crossed.

Cobert is still the man

An audio version of the roast of President Bush by Stephen Colbert of Comedy Central rose to the rank of No. 1 album at Apple's iTunes store on Saturday, three weeks to the night of the White House Correspondents Dinner. Also in the Top 10 were new releases by the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Pearl Jam and Paul Simon.


By many accounts, Mr. Colbert's performance landed with a thud among his influential audience of journalists and politicians, who were more overtly enthusiastic about a comedy routine involving Mr. Bush and a professional George W. Bush impersonator. But the broadcast of the speech is enjoying a lucrative afterlife online, an unusual development for its owner, the nonprofit cable network C-Span.

Earlier this month, C-Span ordered more than 40 versions of the speech removed from the popular video sharing sites youtube.com and ifilm. C-Span said it ordered the clips removed to assert its copyright on recordings of the performance, and shortly thereafter allowed Google Video to stream it free. In the two weeks since, it has been at or near the top of Google's most popular videos. Over the weekend, it was still No. 4 there.
If you haven't seen it yet, go and check out the video. It's priceless!

Xenophobe journey to senate ends

Oh no, say it ain't so! Please do tell me this is true. What will we do now that our favorite racist anti-immigrant moron is out of the senate race?
The only unknown at the start of Saturday's convention was which Republican would be selected to run for U.S. Senate. Democrats on Friday nominated U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman, D-Conn., for a fourth term, but he faces a primary challenge from Democrat Ned Lamont.

The Republicans vying for the nomination were former state Rep. Alan Schlesinger and Paul Streitz of Darien, but Streitz dropped out earlier in the day, leaving Schlesinger as the only candidate.
I'm heartbroken.

As a tribute to the craziest man in Connecticut, let's bring back an oldie but goodie...Streitz's famous survey he conducted on people that work at MexDonalds. You can't make this type of nonsense up.

The sleeper awakes

After a well needed rest, I'm back on the scene.

Seems like people are still talking about Ned Lamont's impressive showing at the Democratc State Convention. Those people at Lieberman's camp must be pretty smart seeing that they were the only people predicting that Lamont would get over 30 percent of the vote (nice going guys).

Many of the delegates that I talked to on the floor told me that Lamont's numbers would of been higher if the vote was done by secret ballot. Even those who voted for Lieberman had a hard time defending him and I was amazed when many told me personally that they would of voted differently if the voting situation was different.

One thing is clear (and it was pretty obvious to everyone at the convention), Lieberman is in serious trouble and Lamont should get a boost after his impressive showing Friday night.

Think I'm kidding, lets take a look at what others had to say. Now, keep in mind that I was at the convention and everything in this article is accurate.
From the start of the Democratic state convention Friday night, there was something different from past gatherings of the faithful. Even U.S. Sen. Christopher J. Dodd, always a crowd favorite, could not work his usual magic with a speech nominating his senatorial colleague Joseph I. Lieberman for re-election. He sounded hackneyed compared to Annie Lamont's earnest seconding speech for her insurgent husband.


When Ned Lamont captured a staggering third of the 1,509 votes cast Friday, the green challenger's handlers were the most surprised camp in Hartford's Expo Center. The Lamont campaign got a late start this past winter and wondered as recently as a week ago if it would reach the 15 percent threshold required to get on the ballot without resorting to the laborious petition alternative. In the end, Lamont showed support across the state. (I was surprised too, and point out that a week ago I dismissed Lieberman consultant Roy Occhiogrosso's prediction that Lamont could get 30 to 40 percent of the vote.)


Discomfort turned to pain for the Lieberman campaign when the first town in the 1st Congressional District began the roll call: Barkhamsted cast its two votes for Lamont. The challenger received votes in town after town, sometimes one at a time, sometimes considerably more. When once Lieberman-friendly Windsor cast 13 of its 17 votes for Lamont, a roar of surprise filled the hall. Lamont would sail past the crucial 15 percent threshold before reaching his 4th Congressional District stronghold. Lieberman ought to be grateful it was not a secret ballot. If it had been, some of the 100 missing delegates might have found the backbone to vote.


The darkest omens for Lieberman came near the end of the night when Southbury, nearly the last to vote, announced it was still waiting for a response to a winter invitation to Lieberman to meet. Until he does, Southbury cast five votes for Lamont, three abstentions and zero for Lieberman. One of the night's loudest cheers rang out.

By now, the Lieberman crowd was beaten, even with 65 percent of the vote. A curiosity in January, the Lamont campaign has become a growing army that could overthrow the incumbent in the Aug. 8 primary. For 90 minutes, party loyalists who have known Joe Lieberman for decades rose and turned their backs on him in favor of an engaging stranger.

The proceedings ended with the crowd ignoring another state party icon. When U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-3rd District, bounced onto the stage to accept the nomination on Lieberman's behalf, the crowd beat a retreat to the hospitality tents outside. DeLauro addressed the backs of heads while history marched on to the state's first primary challenge of an incumbent U.S. senator.
Ouch. Poor Joe. Like I said, even Stevie Wonder could see that there was no love for Bush's favorite Democrat among the delegates Friday night.

I still have many interviews, photos, and videos to show you from this wekend. There were many things that happened inside and outside the convention which was not covered in the press but I'll bring you the details over the next few days. CTBob and I have hours of juicy material to process and we both just woke up from our coma so please bear with us.

Sunday, May 21, 2006

The day after

Man, I'm tired.

I'll post the video clips from this weekend's convention later. I'm going back to bed.