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Old 11-09-2011, 07:10 AM
 
Location: New England
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Well if there was any doubt about the inner city population ruling and running politics in CT, this should bring it to a close.

Democratic Victories In Cities: Middletown, Waterbury Upsets Lead Democratic Victories In State's Cities - Courant.com

Waterbury, Bridgeport, Middletown, New Haven, Hartford, Milford, New Britain all now democratically controlled.

Lest anyone forget, it was the cities that got Malloy in office.




So there you go folks. There is now officially more people in the wagon than people pulling the wagon. This state just keeps going more and more to a one party place.

Good luck.
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Old 11-09-2011, 07:32 AM
 
Location: Connecticut
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At the risk of getting mired in one of these political arguments: the Republicans might have had a better shot in New Haven if they had actually bothered to field any candidates. Not a single Republican ran for office in this election. The independent candidate running for mayor came pretty close despite not having nearly as much money or support as the incumbent Democrat.

We also have FAR fewer voters in New Haven than people who are eligible - other cities are probably the same. The people who are voting are not all from the "inner city" - the highest voter turnouts in New Haven are consistently in the wards with higher incomes and better education, and very few of us would consider ourselves "inner city". Many of us would, however, consider ourselves Democrats or independents.

Also, New Haven has had a Democratic mayor and Democratic majority board of alderman for almost 20 years now. This is nothing new.
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Old 11-09-2011, 07:37 AM
 
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Well, that's because they cater to the poor. Same reason we have a D governor. As long as the D student party keeps hand outs on their platform, they will always get the poor vote.
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Old 11-09-2011, 07:51 AM
 
Location: Fairfield County, CT
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We also have FAR fewer voters in New Haven than people who are eligible - other cities are probably the same. The people who are voting are not all from the "inner city" - the highest voter turnouts in New Haven are consistently in the wards with higher incomes and better education, and very few of us would consider ourselves "inner city". Many of us would, however, consider ourselves Democrats or independents.
Can you cite this or is it just your opinion?
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Old 11-09-2011, 07:59 AM
 
Location: Coastal Connecticut
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I'm no liberal, but in Milford's case the democrat was probably the better candidate. I say this knowing that a town the size of Milford is going to be governed fairly similar from one party to another. It's more about the individual at that point. Many R's voted for Ben Blake because he ran the better campaign. New Haven and Hartford could use some tough R's though.
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Old 11-09-2011, 08:22 AM
 
Location: Connecticut
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Can you cite this or is it just your opinion?
New Haven Independent — It's Your Town. Read All About It. - Can't post the link to the exact article or the spreadsheet, but it's currently the second article on the front page and you can look at the vote totals from yesterday. Ward 1 is Yale, Ward 9/10 is East Rock, Ward 25 is Westville, Ward 18 is Morris Cove, Ward 22 is half Yale, half Dixwell, Ward 26 is West Rock. Higher turnouts in general - some due to aldermanic races, but there were no aldermanic races in 9 or 10 and people still came out. Compare that to the turnout in Ward 3 (the Hill) or Ward 15 (Fair Haven) and there is a significant difference according to this year's spreadsheet.

As for political parties, some of it is opinion, but the last ratio I heard was 13 to 1 Democrat to Republican. We had about 26,000-27,000 voters in the last election (Official Results In: Malloy Took City By 18K | New Haven Independent that's much lower than the adult population who could vote in New Haven.
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Old 11-09-2011, 04:40 PM
 
Location: Republic of New England
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Who is the New Mayor for New Britain?
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Old 11-09-2011, 06:02 PM
 
Location: Granby, CT sometimes NH.
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Bristol's went the other way. Now 5 out of 6 council seats and 6 out of 9 Board of Education are Republicans. Mayor Art Ward, a Democrat, won by a very small margin. Although Republicans have been elected as mayor before the council and Board of Education have always enjoyed a majority the positions held by Democrats.
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Old 11-09-2011, 06:45 PM
 
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BTW voter turnout among the poor is quite low, and (obviously with some overlap) minority voter turnout is very low as well.

Makes it hard for you guys to decide who is really to blame.. must be all the self-loathing white liberals?

Also, it doesn't surprise me that low income areas when they do vote, would vote Democrat. Remember that voting for someone doesn't mean you buy into an entire party platform or even that candidate's platform - just that you prefer them to the alternative.

Considering the most recent conservative movement is among the most antagonistic toward the poor, and the most likely to scrap any assistance programs, you can hardly blame them.
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Old 11-11-2011, 02:02 PM
 
Location: Connecticut
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At the risk of getting mired in one of these political arguments: the Republicans might have had a better shot in New Haven if they had actually bothered to field any candidates. Not a single Republican ran for office in this election. The independent candidate running for mayor came pretty close despite not having nearly as much money or support as the incumbent Democrat.
The same thing in Hartford. There was no Republican candidate to run agianst Sagara. I think the Connecticut Republican party in general is just not well organized. JMHO, Jay
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