Memo to Connecticut Democrats (ONLY); All others should skip this post

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[Now that it is just us Democrats here; let’s take a moment to talk politics].

There were seven new Democratic Governors elected in the United States in 2010.  Today, when it comes to measuring each governor’s support from members of their own party;

One new Democratic governor’s job performance rating among Democrats is +80 percent

Two new Democratic governors are about +65 percent

Two new Democratic governors about are about +55 percent

One new Democratic governor one is at +45 percent

And then, according to the last Quinnipiac poll, one new Democratic governor is at a breathtakingly low +19 percent.

That is right – there is a Democratic governor whose support among his own party is only a positive 19 percent.  Less than one-quarter of the support the most popular new Democratic governor has….and that lowest in the nation governor is Dannel Malloy.

The “Education Reform” Debate:

Governor Malloy and the proponents of his “education reform” bill often claim that Connecticut’s legislators should pass Malloy’s version of Senate Bill #24 because “the voters support education reform” and “every other state is doing it.”

In his state of the state speech, Malloy talked about these reforms being adopted in 35 other states.  ConnCAN’s CEO, Patrick Riccards, likes to say that “Connecticut’s reform bill is mild compared to that in other states.”

As we now know, both statements are false.

But more importantly, we are taught early in life that just because “everyone else is doing it” doesn’t mean we should and as Democrats, we believe that public policy should be driven by doing the right thing rather than what is politically expedient according to public opinion polls. (Although, truth be told, it isn’t even accurate to claim that Connecticut voters “support” these education reforms.  They support having better schools but are mixed on some of the individual proposals.)

In any case, while we don’t believe in governance by polling, we Democrats do recognize the importance of representing our constituents, especially those who took the time to go to the polls to cast their votes for our candidates.  After all, that is why America is called a ”representative democracy.”

In Connecticut, Democrats win when we have strong support from our political base and do fairly well among unaffiliated voters.  Since Democrats outnumber Republicans by more than a 2-1 margin at the statewide level, when Democrats receive overwhelming support from Democratic voters, our candidates can actually win with a minority of unaffiliated voters.  Of course at the congressional and legislative level, in order to be successful, candidates must get a big Democratic vote and the majority of unaffiliated voters in order to be victorious.

The gubernatorial election of 2010 was a perfect example.  Dan Malloy won that election with just 49 percent of the popular vote.  According to the last Quinnipiac Poll, released just hours before the election, 88 percent of Democrats intended to vote for Dan Malloy, 9 percent of Democrats intended to vote for Tom Foley and only 3 percent were undecided or said that they would vote for someone else.

That 88 percent, along with a minority of unaffiliated voters, gave the Democrats control of the governor’s office after 20 years.

Now here we are – eighteen months later.

One of the most traditional ways to understand voter attitudes is to measure an elected official’s “job-performance” rating.  While job performance is not a perfectly predictor of how people will vote in the future, it is a fairly good indicator of the overall level of support among various sub-constituencies such as party affiliation.

Last week, Quinnipiac University released a new poll revealing that 37 percent of all Connecticut voters’ approved of the way Governor Malloy is handling his job, 44 percent disapprove of his job performance and 19 percent are undecided or neither approve or disapprove of the way he is conducting his job as governor.

Quite frankly, it is far too early to worry too much about the overall numbers; besides, we know that the key measure is where Democrats stand, since in the end, a strong Democratic base is the fundamental building block to a successful election.

To date, Governor Malloy’s strategy has often been to confront and attack key constituencies within his own party.  Last year Governor Malloy proposed record budget cuts, including cuts to services that are traditionally supported by Democrats.  He also entered into a long and confrontational battle with our state employees.

This year, under the guise of “education reform,” Malloy has proposed the most anti-teacher, anti-union “education reform” bill of any Democratic governor in the nation.

In the forty years since public employees won the right to collectively bargain, no Connecticut governor; Democrat, Republican or Independent has ever proposed that collective bargaining be banned for a group of public employees.  But that is exactly what Governor Malloy has done.

The Governor’s job performance rating is a measurement of the impact his confrontational approach has had with key constituencies within the Democratic Party.

The following chart indicates how Connecticut Democratic voters rate Governor Malloy’s job performance.  In politics we use a statistic that measures the rate of approval compared to the rate of disapproval – we call that the overall positive or negative rating of an individual (i.e. +/-). The higher the positive rating the better the candidate or elected officials is doing.

Malloy Job Approval Democratic Voters

Approve

Disapprove

Don’t Know

+/-

March 2011

51

24

25

+27

June 2011

52

29

25

+23

September 2011

56

35

9

+21

March 2012

64

27

10

+37

April 2012

51

32

17

+19

 

Except for a bounce in March 2012, what is particularly noteworthy is Governor Malloy’s job performance rating, among Democrats, has been trending dramatically downward since the day he took office.

Malloy versus other new Democratic Governors;

In addition, what has been happening with Governor Malloy becomes even more pronounced when one looks at where Malloy stands against the other new Democratic governors around the nation. (There were seven new Democratic governors in the Class of 2011).  All data here are from recent, independent public opinion surveys.

Job Approval

Approve

Disapprove

Don’t Know

+/-

Brown (CA)

69

15

15

+54

Cuomo (NY)

79

15

5

+65

Dayton (MN)

85

5

10

+80

Hickenlooper (CO)

73

9

18

+64

Kitzhaber (OR)

56

11

32

+45

Shumlin (VT)

71

14

15

+57

 

Shocking is rather an understatement.

In Minnesota, Governor Dayton just vetoed an “education reform” bill that was being pushed by 50CAN, the national outgrowth of ConnCAN and formed by the same people who founded Achievement First.  Even before vetoing that bill, Dayton’s support among Minnesota Democrats was +80 percent compared to Malloy’s + 19 percent among Democrats.

Again, as noted above, we Democrats do not lead by poll results but we also have a fundamental duty to look at whether we are successfully representing the people who put us in office.

It is time to have an honest discussion about what happens when a governor spends his time confronting and alienating some of the most basic elements of our party.

  • Buygoldandprosper

    Warning! Voters across the state,regardless of party affiliation,should look at Stamford. Voters in that town were disgusted with Malloy after he had had his way with them. All those years in office,following a couple of real losers for mayors,and he ran it all into the ground.The love affair with Dan was not too short but ended badly as elected office went to the mans head.
    He is repeating his performance in Hartford and the process is just speeding up.The audience on a statewide level is harder to fool,but he did fool the voters by just enough of a margin to get into the office.
    Dan is a thin-skinned,selfish,ambitious professional politician who will do and say anything to get into the next elected position. That,and he is not all that qualified in spite of the resume building. His failures outnumber his successes and no amount of cheerleading or image polishing can change that.

    • jonpelto

      You’ve said it from the beginning and now readers have learned just how right you are

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    • guest

      Why weren’t Stamford residents more vociferous in warning us about Dannel?

      • Buygoldandprosper

        They were,but the message was not diseminated. Also,as Dan and most politiicians know,the media has all but died and the remains of mass media have morphed into internet-based news. Now,more than ever before in our history,Americans are basically uniformed and manipulated into a big giant polarized mess. People like Dan can now say and do anything they please with little consequence. People are more worried about surviving day-to-day than getting involved. Tea-Party or Occupy WallStreet are refreshing but short term blasts of the outrage that shaped politics in previous generations. As a life-long Democrat I am ashamed of most of the people in my party and see very little difference between the two major parties. It is all about money.It starts with cash and ends with it.Stamford was happy to see Dan go away,and with luck in two years we can celebrate together.  

      • Follow the Money

         They might have been, but who would know, when the media won’t report it?!

  • Pasquino1958

    So, you think the way to appeal to unaffiliated voters is to pander to unions? Quite a strategy, given that only about 11% of the workforce is unionized.

    Is it really surprising that a Governor who raised taxes has a low approval rating?

    Lastly, given every post by you bashes Malloy it’s sort of hard to believe your advice is sincere.

    Just sayin’.

    • jonpelto

      Thanks – first off its not really about unions it about preserving vital services and believing that the is a role for an efficient and effective government. Unaffiliated.voters believe that almost as much as Democrats – especially unaffiliated women. Independents tend to be fiscally more conservative but very strong supporters of things like education and the environment and health care – in places like CT.
      I ran and won a seat in the legislature – each time I ran as a liberal and each time I won a majority of unaffiliated.
      I have run or help design six statewide campaign and won five. Four of the five winning campaigns was a liberal candidate who won a majority of unaffiliated.
      For six years – served as the political director of the democratic party. The chairman was a conservative and I was a liberal. Together we started with the campaign that successfully took back control of the state senate and state house and then expanded the number from there.
      My “advice” is more sincere than you can imagine. I know malloy and his arrogant bad of merry men won’t listen to me but next year marks the start if my 5th decade in CT Democratic politics.
      I may not know much but I understand what Connecticut voters want and what we have now isn’t it.
      Finally, I think if you speak to Mr. Weicker, Mr. Rowland and Mrs Rell you find I was among their most outspoken critics. I believe Democrats must be held to an even higher standard – because we know better.
      If I’ve said something unfair about mr malloy please tell me and I will take it back and apologize.
      So strange the fellow Democrats say we should turn a blind eye because he is a Democrat.
      What would that say to the voters?

      As long as he is one of ours, screwing up is acceptable.

      Yeah that will win us a lot of elections.

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    • jonpelto

      Ps – I actually don’t believe it was the tax increase that pushed his numbers down. I think it was his tag line “shared sacrifice” and then coddling the rich in the greatest recession of our lives. When everybody”s rate whet up except those who a million I think normal middle class people felt violated.
      Remember is original plan was even worse for the middle.

      Even if people don’t know the exact numbers they get that the rich pay about 5% of their income in state and local taxes, the middle class about 10% and the lower classes about 12% and malloy said we couldn’t tax the super rich because they’d move out.
      So instead – what? You are going to tax me extra because I can’t afford to move, with thinking like that he should be pound that his democratic favor ability is even positive.
      Its nothing about unions when you go out and say you have to pay more because I don’t want to upset that rich guy who lives in the big house down the road. Sent from my BlackBerry please excuss typos

  • savage

    Despite your warning (which I found kind of offensive, to be completely honest), I went ahead and read this post even though I am an unaffiliated voter. As an unaffiliated voter and a woman, I would agree with you that I feel there is a place for an efficient and effective government. I also care very much about health care, the environment and education. So you pegged those right. When it was time to vote in the gubernatorial election, I was once again disgusted that I was forced to choose between the “lesser of two evils” if I wanted my vote to make a difference at all. To be completely honest, I’ve felt for years that voting doesn’t matter much because the military-industrial complex and large corporations and their lobbyists have so co-opted the system that no one who is not thoroughly bought and paid for will ever make it onto the ballot, anyway. Case in point Dan Malloy. All of the major decisions he has made since taking office point to the fact that he is a puppet for large corporations. Yes, pandering to the rich is undemocratic and disgusting. But it doesn’t surprise me at all. Does it really surprise you?

    There are a number of things that have turned me against Dan Malloy, though I didn’t find him a viable choice, really, in the first place–just less dangerous than Foley.
    1. Pandering to the rich with the excuse of “they will move away” if we tax them higher.
    2. His manipulative and disingenous handling of the state employees situation.
    3. His First Five program which again, panders to the rich.
    4. His Bus to Nowhere which, contrary to general opinion, I don’t believe has anything to do with pandering to the unions. Again, it’s about funneling money to CIGNA and other corporations.
    5. Route 11–a waste of $$.
    6. “Education Reform”–again, pandering to the rich.

    • jonpelto

      I’m sorry “my warning” was meant to be tongue in check – and my point was focused on the extraordinary low rating he has with democrats compared to other democratic governors.
      Certainly did not mean to insult unaffiliated voters. There are lots of reasons people might support or oppose the governor.
      With Democrats in control of the legislature I was hoping they’d take a moment to think about how unhappy democrats are right now.
      But I do agree with you observations about a variety of the places he has dropped the ball,
      Sent from my BlackBerry please excuss typos

      • savage

        No worries–I wasn’t THAT offended. Figured it might have been intended as a joke.

    • Guest

       Hey Savage,

      Thought you were a dude. Sorry.

      • Linda174

        Another intelligent, knowledgeable, spunky female! We are everywhere!

        • savage

          Thanks Linda174–right back at you!

      • savage

        Shoot–I outed myself!

  • http://twitter.com/tlsjones Steven Jones

    “He also entered into a long and confrontational battle with our state employees.” So only Democrats own the state employees? You know how I vote and my ideology, and you’ll probably just take this as nitpicking, but the meaning behind that sentence (in the context of your ‘Democrats Only’ conversation) gives off an appearance that we automatically lock in state employees as a Democratic leaning force, which is wholly incorrect.

    But I have a question: At what point has our elected leadership become the leadership and lapdog of any one party, and not an independent thinker like yourself? A man or woman who serves the state regardless of ideology or pandering to the left or right, but doing what IS right?

    At what point does:

    Supporting transgender rights.

    Reforms on racial profiling.

    Ending the industrial dogma that Sunday’s were days of rest for the alcohol industry,

    Abolishing the death penalty,

    Providing Paid Sick Leave for workers,

    Legalizing marijuana for medical purposes (as well as decriminalizing it),

    Expanding the unionization rights for home care providers,

    And a whole host of other bills suddenly get wiped out because of state worker issues? Do none of these initiatives support the party that elected Gov. Malloy?

    Last time I checked, there were a lot more people in CT who have been mistreated because of their gender and race (or close relatives of these victims), restricted from access to medication for often crippling diseases, citizens who want to buy alcohol on Sundays, citizens who do not find the death penalty appropriate when life without parole is an option, citizens who want to unionize, citizens who had to go to work sick so they did not loose their job, and many more issues than state workers. And oftentimes, they are one in the same. When does self-preservation become more important than societal Progressivism?

    This is what scares me when serious issues are taken on in election years. They become the catalyst for emotions such as fear and hate and incivility rather than understanding, compromise, and rational discussion. And as per usual, media forces quickly wipe out the memory of anything good, because negativity gets the ratings, it gets the voices (even mine to an extent), and it gets the recognition.

  • http://twitter.com/tlsjones Steven Jones

     It might be interesting to see the favorable rating of Rell among Democrats after beating DeStefano in her last election. Something tells me if you do, you’ll see the psyche of CT’s voters as a whole. When you have a leader who actually takes on issues rather than coasts them, you get a lot of people who say ‘this or that Gov. is not as good as I would like because they’re getting too involved’, or something of that sort.

    We’re (as a state) a lot like other New England voters who can care about some issues, but are otherwise apathetic/narcissistic towards state politics. Why not reflect that on our state legislators too. While being consistently dominated by the Democratic party you’ve worked with for years, they have consistently had poor/under-performing ratings (even among same-party voters). Does that mean our legislature isn’t running a strong enough liberal agenda? Seems they would be considering re-election prospects, but broader public opinions are sometimes a fraction of the % of people who vote for them.

  • jonpelto

    No steven – the post is about the record poor performance malloy has with democratic voters.
    Look across the country.

    Look at cuomo.

    They dealt with things wrong from day one. Can they save it – of course – but he won because of public employees, unions, progressives and urban voters.
    He has belittled those constituencies for 18 months. Dayton has +80%, malloy has +19% – Do you really want to argue about whether most state employees are Democrats.
    If he and Roy want to keep doing what they are doing – no one is going to stop them.
    Sent from my BlackBerry please excuss typos

    • http://twitter.com/tlsjones Steven Jones

      Can we say the economic situation in any other state that elected a Democratic Governor is exactly the same as Connecticut? No we can’t. Can we say the psycological makeup of the Democratic party in all these states is a carbon-copy printout for CT? No we can’t. They have different economies, different demographics, and different issues at hand. Maybe tell me ‘why’ Dayton has 80%? I can tell you a pivotal reason: Unemployment is 5.7%. In CT: 7.8%. Not a ghastly margin, but with the economy still sputtering to a recovery, lets keep an serious eye on that rather than ‘appearances’ before the party.

      Yes, let’s look at Cuomo in a March Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/14/cuomo-pension-plan-new-york-unions_n_1345939.html

      Let’s look at a recent news story on Cuomo tackling Ed. Reform now: http://www.newsday.com/cuomo-targets-education-reform-1.3702462

      A battle with the unions underway over pensions. Sound familiar? Critics accusing him of basing teachers. Sound familiar? Maybe not because its being drone out here for ‘Hey, Democrats like him from a poll, so he’s got to be doing stuff right policy wise, right?’.

      If you want to compare Malloy to Cuomo, you can try. But Cuomo has a family name in the state that is highly regarded, and is part of the reason why he won overwhelmingly in 2010 and continues to have strong support even among Republicans. Malloy only has Stamford and his personal rise to power without his family coddling him to the best of everything.

      If you want to call it poor performance, call it a poor performance of messaging and being in campaign mode for the base constantly, or coordinating messages with the Democratic Party. I bet if you saw a combined Gov/CTDemocrats video out for each major social bill passed, you’d see a lot more voters understanding Malloy’s policy in a better light than what gets the readers riled up and negatively active. Malloy is playing balancing act that’s gonna satisfy no one 100% of the time.

    • http://twitter.com/tlsjones Steven Jones

       I’m not trying to create controversy, but I’m surprised you are not posting my comment on Cuomo and how he is following Malloy’s trend very quickly as he finds serious problems in his budgeting and the state education in NY.

      Whether or not I agree with the policies, it is the politics of your argument that is ignoring serious parallels and making Malloy out to be a special case. Cuomo’s gonna use his political capital and take serious hits in the next year or so if he carries out Ed. Reform in the way he sees now. Just you wait.

      • jonpelto

        Steven I’m not at my computer – I’m trying to do this from cell phone

        Sent from my BlackBerry please excuss typos

        • http://twitter.com/tlsjones Steven Jones

           No problem Jon. Sorry for jumping to conclusions. I sincerely await your postings on the compromised bill and what you feel is beneficial (or not) from it.

      • Guest

         Steven, Cuomo is following Malloy because the same lobbyists Conncan and Children First are in Albany trying to do the same thing they’re doing in Connecticut. Hopefully, the voters in New York proper not the city will see these people for what they are. (the city is already heading towards privatization)

        Why can’t you just see that voters are angry and are tired of both parties having their cake and eating it too.

        • Linda174

          I got to wrap up for tonight. The city teachers are disgusted…I think they are hoping for things to slow down once Bloomberg leaves, unless he rewrites the laws again, so he can stay for one more term. There have been many problems with the charter schools, but they keep getting second and third chances. Sometimes I wonder who would want to be a teacher these days and I don’t recommend it to young people.

      • Linda174

        The backlash against the philanthrocapitalists “reformers” is beginning. Informed voters are not willing to hand their school system over to vultures who see dollar signs when they look at our children. They will continue to prey on the inner city customers.

        Check out parents across america.. http://parentsacrossamerica.org/

        Parents do not want their children used as guinea pigs for a testing industry.
        Check out Pearson and their contract with NY….recent articles in the NY
        Times….lots pop up with a simple search.

  • jonpelto

    Certainly a good thing to check out

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  • savage

    Personally, I’d like to get off the whole party issue and focus back on ed reform–especially since, according to the Hartford Courant, we are soon to hear about the compromise that the Gov. and the legislature have come up with. Linda12 posted a link on CTnewsjunkie about the Pearson Group:
     
    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/07/education/new-procedure-for-teaching-license-draws-protest.html?hpw

    This article led me to this:

    http://www.pearsonfoundation.org/mnstatement.html

    Which led me to this:

    http://www.pearson.com/investors/announcements/?i=1429
     
    Please take a look.

    • Linda174

      Pearson is trying to get their hands on everything
      Test creation, test grading, test results to evaluate teachers
      And now teacher licensing. It is a billion dollar industry.
      Anxiously awaiting the language about to be voted on.

    • Linda174

      In reference to technology read the linked article. Silicon valley CEOs
      Send their kids to computer free schools. Imagine learning to read
      And write with books and paper/pencils. Read the Waldorf philosophy.
      Isn’t this what we are all striving for?

      http://watersedgewaldorf.org/silicon-valley-ceos-send-children-computer-free-waldorf-schools/

  • http://twitter.com/tlsjones Steven Jones

    Another funny note about the changes in positive Democratic opinion: Despite the education speech being in February, the poll that has his peak in positive opinion is from March, well after the speech was laid out and it was being poured over.

    Meanwhile, the dip in April is well AFTER the media blitz came through demonizing his plan, as well as those supporting it, and is still ongoing. Since negative media (despite our disdain for it) works in campaigns, perhaps this is not some anomaly Jon, but an obvious fact of campaigning periods. Public opinion valleys and peaks quite often during campaign periods. So go figure the moment the big groups against the plan go negative (and connect themselves to the democratic bases), that suddenly Malloy is not so favorable to them. 

    • jonpelto

      Steven – that is exactly the point – when peope thought he was for “education” his numbers went up because education is a key voting issue – as people heard more about his plan it went down.
      You have a right to say or feel anything you want but if was in a primary he’d lose…. Because he walked away from the Democratic base. When he moved toward the base he picked up support.

      Sent from my BlackBerry please excuss typos

      • http://twitter.com/tlsjones Steven Jones

         I think you’re missing the point. He said the famous line that riled you and teachers up in Feb. (prior to the March Q-poll), which means even after he raised a lot of early controversy, he had a favorable rating. Almost one month after ed. reform was out, it was his peak.

        This is a classic case study of when toxic issues hit the airwaves. Whether negative or positive, the saturation of ads, phone calls, emails, etc. all turn people away from politics, and as a result, will add a negative viewpoint because the controversy becomes polarized. In that sense, polling will radically shift. I think you know that Jon as someone in depth with politics. Commercials and ad blitzes can be a hell on your popularity. You have to play out the timeline and continuous partisan discussion.

        • jonpelto

          Here
          Sent from my BlackBerry please excuss typos

        • Linda174

          I am not political, but in terms of the education reform what turned off
          parents and teachers were the ads (with fake teachers) paid for by out of state non grass roots organizations led by Michelle Rhee who is backed by billionaires. The more outside corporate desperate attempts there were the more suspicious informed voters, parents and teachers became. They appeared desperate and very willing to demean all teachers just to “win”. That backfired and I will always associate that with Malloy and never, ever vote for him again. 50,000 teachers, 75% women…..we do NOT FORGET!

          • Guest

             Tell it like it is sister!

          • http://twitter.com/tlsjones Steven Jones

             I know. I do find the most recent ad that Rick Green posted attacking the Unions a bit disgusting and of poor quality.

            Sometimes appearances do deserve being read into. Other times I feel like indirect connections are developed, rather than proven.

            I can respect your opinion, but I’ve said earlier to others: I just hope that when 2014 comes around, you’re not voting for Tom Foley when he says he would have done worse to teachers. Even if you vote 3rd party, I just appreciate people being informed and wanting to be active. What we don’t need more of is people becoming jaded and unwilling to fight/work with the system in a variety of ways.

    • Guest

       Steven,

      The vast majority of the media blitz came from proponents of SB24. I couldn’t keep track of all the outside special interest groups telling Connecticut’s residents to call our legislators in support of Governor Malloy’s plan. Paid for by…. insert special interest group or PAC name here.

      This past April, CT’s 3 major news channels + news 12 in Fairfield County all had pro Malloy education ads during the morning and evening news casts. The Hartford Courant has leaned favorably on the side of Malloy and his corporate reformers. Conncan’s director has been quoted numerous times by the Courant in a favorable light.

      Student’s first had there rally in April in support of Malloy and very few people showed. Then the college students came and had their rally in support of Malloy’s bill. Both events were plastered over the news. All of Malloys pit stop town hall meetings were plastered all over the news.

      CEA was the only organization who placed anti-SB24 ads on T.V. The ads produced by CEA weren’t that negative. CEA’s ads were relatively mild compared to the “Silly Season” ads we normally see.

      CEA’s rally last week didn’t really go all that negative on Malloy.

      I don’t know the exact numbers, but I’m willing to bet there were far more pro Malloy ads than anti Malloy ads. There certainly were way more publicized events for SB24 than against. I wonder if Neilson keeps track of this info.

      Needless to say, Malloys numbers are going down because he took the electorate for granted on this issue and others thinking we were unintelligent and uninformed. We are not. We also have memories.

      Malloy will not be re-elected in 2014. Want to place your wager?

  • richwhite9

    Gov. Malloy’s Approval Rating At 35 Percent; Republican Gov. Jodi Rell’s Ratings Peaked At 83 Percent in 2006. March 9.2011.

  • savage

    Yawn…

  • Magister
    • Guest

       “It is bad news indeed when a governor who won by just 7,000 or so votes
      turns a 43,000-member union into an angry hornet’s nest. If every
      teacher who showed up at two Capitol rallies sponsored by the CEA last
      month votes against Malloy in 2014, the governor is certainly doomed.”

      Yes Governor Malloy you are doomed in 2014 and I’m not a CEA member. 43,000 teachers and a few thousand angry tax payers will ensure you are not re-elected and your career as a politician will come to an end.

    • Linda174

      Rick Green is not capable of learning new information. He has been writing the same opinion for the past three months with new headlines. There must have been an achievement gap in the 60’s, too.

      • jonpelto

        Yes – yes there was.
        He is living proof of the long term damage of inadequate educational opportunities
        .

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        • sharewhut

           Hey! I resemble that remark!

      • savage

        Funny–I just finished saying basically the same thing in a response to Rick’s post. Seriously–does he every READ anything? Does he know how to use Google for goodness’ sake? Does he just rehash whatever Roy O tells him? Maybe he is simply  incapable of critical thought?

        • jonpelto

          There is a reason for the phrase – don’t confuse me with the facts.

          Sent from my BlackBerry please excuss typos

        • Linda174

          I wrote to him via his courant email and sent him a few articles. He didn’t seem interested. From what I have heard, he may be friends or friendly with Roy O, Malloy’s aide or whatever his title is and he does all their bidding. If he reports what they want, he gets first dibs on new info. I have made this leap on my own from observances of others, so that is a guess.

          He genuinely was not interested in reading opposing views. He says he writes an opinion column. I tried to tell him that it should be an informed opinion based on current research and data. I suppose it didn’t match his per conceived notions. I gave up.

  • Guest

    Good bye Governor Malloy. It’s been horrible knowing you. Many teachers will be working against you come re-election time. Change will be hard for you too. If we’re going to lose our jobs based on test scores you’re losing yours.

  • savage

    Check out this recap of the education bill from the WFSB site. The most important issue in the state, that has ramifications nationwide, and this is what they come up with:

    HARTFORD, CT (WFSB/AP) –
    The Education Reform bill has passed the State Senate during a very early morning vote.
    The Senate voted at about 3:45 a.m. Tuesday to pass the bill 28 to 7.
    Gov. Dannel Malloy and Democratic leaders announced that an agreement had been reached on the bill Monday night. That came after weeks of closed-door discussions and months of town hall meetings held by the governor.
    The bill would create a Commissioner’s Network allowing the state to “provide intensive supports and interventions” needed turn around 25 low-performing schools.
    It would also require annual performance evaluations for principals, administrators and teachers. It links tenure to a teacher’s effectiveness.
    The bill now goes to the House of Representatives. The legislative session adjourns at midnight on Wednesday.
    Copyright 2012 WFSB (Meredith Corporation). The Associated Press contributed to this report. All rights reserved.

  • sharewhut

    Isn’t it about time we put a curfew on the Legislature?
    We do it to keep teens from doing a few hundred in late night damage, why not try to prevent a few hundred million by the ‘grownups’?

  • Guest

    “What we don’t need more of is people becoming jaded and unwilling to fight/work with the system in a variety of ways.”

    A democratic legislature wouldn’t have tolerated a republican attack on their base. A legislative stalemate would have ensued if Foley were elected. Foley would have attacked. The senate wouldn’t have budged. Some deals would have been made or the senate would have passed veto proof legislation.
     
    Unfortunately, Foley will be our next governor. There is no doubt about it. Malloy has burned too many bridges when he should have been concensus building and working with the important parties involved. He should have disavowed himself of the special interest groups.
     
    The fact is Steven, Democrats have been invaded by corporatists under the guise of progressive politics.
     
    The new democrats are directly clashing with the older liberal and centrist base. The base has become jaded by the politics of both the DNC and now state. The majority of the base is not being represented.

    What we need Steven, is people to fight against the system because the system we currently live in is unjust.

  • Peg

    I think the margins of error in the tables need decimal points, e.g., 54 might be 5.4 percentage points.  I could be wrong, in the event that the samples were very small….

  • Peg

    OOPS, the rightmost column doesn’t represent a margin, or error or a straight division (approval/disapproval), but from subtracting.  Sorry!