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This time last year, all eyes at DailyKos were on CT, and we Nutmeggers were grateful that our progressive allies all over the country supported our little state when we backed Ned Lamont in his courageous stand against Joe Lieberman.  And we picked up two CT House seats (Murphy, Courtney) in the process!

In 2008, we're going to work even harder to win the very last Congressional seat held by Republicans in New England, CT-04, and I'm happy to introduce the DailyKos community to Jim Himes, an affordable housing nonprofit executive and Rhodes Scholar who is going to beat Chris Shays.  Jim started the quarter by live-blogging at My Left Nutmeg, and he's liveblogging here with us today to end the quarter.  Jim's goal is 500 founding members of the campaign by midnight.  Please read Jim's statement below the jump and join us in comments for the next hour!

Here's Jim's message to us:

I'd like to thank the DailyKos community for giving me this opportunity.  Today is June 30, and I am delighted to be closing the quarter not with another urgent appeal for funds, but with an exchange of ideas with some of the most thoughtful and engaged political observers
around.

I'm running for Congress for a simple reason: Congressman Chris Shays has, for the last five years, devoted his time and energy to stubbornly promoting and supporting the disastrous war in Iraq. As a result, we have made no progress on those issues that are critical to our future: smart healthcare, smart energy policy, an improvement to our educational system, REAL national security (and if you live in my district, the transportation catastrophe).

I've always found it easier to discuss the second part of that formulation. The bull-headed mendacity and stunning ineptitude of the administration and its supporters--like Chris Shays--has assured that we will not leave Iraq covered in glory, and we will spend years mending the associated damage. Contemplating that, it's a relief to struggle with the complexities of a better healthcare system.

But, I was reminded yesterday by Chris Shays' interview on NPR's "Where We Live" how critical it is to remove this man from office. He spoke for nearly half an hour on the war without mentioning the brutal cost in lives and dollars we have paid.  He argued that the Bush administration's only deviation from the ISG report was in its refusal to speak to Iran. He spoke of progress here and there. Worse he said, and I quote, "the American people simply do not have the will to do what we need to do, what I think we need to do...to be there for an extended period of time."

I opened the paper this morning to read of the deaths of five more American soldiers in a bomb and grenade attack, capping the deadliest three months in the war's history. It seems to me that the American people are paying dearly for a war Shays no longer sees nor understands.  And it seems to me that he is utterly without standing to judge their will or lack thereof.  That he would criticize the American people for their lack of will, and contrast that with his own, is nothing short of obscene.

If the American people are that out of kilter with Mr. Shays, it clearly
makes no sense for him to be their representative. And that is an important part of why I am running.

Jim will be joining us in comments for the next hour.  Please join us for a great discussion!  Your recommendations are appreciated.

Disclosure:  I've been a volunteer supporter of Jim Himes since before he declared his candidacy, and I've recently started working as a part-time consultant to the campaign.

UPDATE:  After you've met Jim, please join as as a Founding Member of the campaign, and/or consider throwing some turkee to Jim at ActBlue!

Originally posted to Maura in VA on Sat Jun 30, 2007 at 09:02 AM PDT.

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  •  Thanks Jim! (7+ / 0-)

    Thanks for challenging Chris Shays.  It's time to turn Connecticut's 4th into a blue district.

  •  Supporting Jim Himes (7+ / 0-)

    I got to know Jim Himes very well last year when I was 4th CD coordinator for Ned Lamont's campaign.  Jim is the chair of the Democratic Town Committee in Greenwich, and he's got the intelligence, drive, and fighting spirit that we need to finally win back this seat in CT-04!

    Hope you'll join us with comments, and your recommends are greatly appreciated.

    aka "Maura in CT", since I'm back now in the Nutmeg State, where I grew up...

    by Maura in VA on Sat Jun 30, 2007 at 09:03:03 AM PDT

  •  Good afternoon! (10+ / 0-)

    Given the day, I'm sure everyone's inboxes are full of fundraising solicitations, so maybe an hour spent on issues and policy will come as a relief. I look forward to your questions and to your suggestions . . . .

  •  Hi Jim! (2+ / 0-)
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    ek hornbeck, TeddySanFran

    I know you've been introducing yourself around the district all quarter.  What are some of the biggest concerns voters have been sharing with you about the direction of our country?

    •  Concerns (8+ / 0-)

      No real surprises. The war is on the tip of everyone's tongue. Unlike two years ago, though, I don't sense the confusion about whether we should be there or not. Immigration comes up time and again. Gratifyingly, education comes up. Lots of questions about tax policy.

      Remarkably, one of the most intense Q&A sessions I've had was at Weston High School, where Ned Lamont and I did a "teach in" on the war. It was a beautiful spring day, and the room was filled with informed and earnest high school students who had intelligent and pointed questions on religious sects, military-civilian leadership issues, etc. It's a mistake to think that young people only care in the context of a draft.

      •  Thanks (3+ / 0-)

        How about on the domestic front?  I know transportation comes up frequently.  What else do people ask you about?  Any issues that have surprised you?

        •  transportation (3+ / 0-)
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          Maura in VA, CGG, TeddySanFran

          Transportation is on everyone's mind. As you know, our arteries are practically impassable 6 hours a day. I've committed to seeking a chair on the transportation committee. It's enormously puzzling to me that Congressman Shays never did so.

          Housing comes up too. People are starting to recognize that the lack of affordable housing is beginning to strangle the district, just like transportation. And of course, the issues are related to each other. As tough as affordable housing is, I'm excited by it given my work over the last five years at Enterprise.

          •  Funny about Shays' position on transportation (1+ / 0-)
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            TeddySanFran

            He has consistently told voters that transportation is the responsibility of the state, not the federal government.  Which is why, I suppose, he did absolutely nothing to help renovate Metro North's rundown fleet of commuter rail cars during the twenty years that he's been in office.  Actually, the commuter rail system's rolling stock was in pretty good shape when he took office.  Now the system is relying on renovated second-hand rail cars from Virginia!!

            Perhaps Shays' view that Connecticut shouldn't look for help from the federal government is the reason that he didn't look for help for Connecticut commuters and wound up with the short end of the stick in the recent renewal of the federal transportation bill: Connecticut received the lowest percentage increase of any state in the nation!  Good goin', Chris!

            Funny, I suppose, that now that the state has to contend with a declining ratio of federal transportation assistance, the Rell administration has decided to inspect the state's bridges every four years instead of every two years, which is what is considered safe.  I look out at the Mianus River Bridge that collapsed more than ten years ago and killed several people.

            Tell us again, Chris, how the federal government shouldn't be helping the people of Connecticut.  Got it!!

  •  Jim... (1+ / 0-)
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    TeddySanFran

    do you have a plan for turning our narrow defeats into victory this election cycle?

    •  The BIG question (3+ / 0-)
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      bumblebums, ek hornbeck, TeddySanFran

      Yes.

      In my district, I sense the kind of disgust with politics as usual that is manifesting itself in recent polls about the Congress.

      Robocalls, mailboxes stuffed with mailers, TV ad after TV ad . . . people are feeling disconnected from the process.

      So one of the most important things I will do is to seek to meet every voter in my district (that's what business people call the BHAG--Big Hairy Audacious Goal).

      I've got several issues I care about and have thought about for a long time, like healthcare, energy policy, education. I'm staking the next 18 months on the proposition that these are issues whose time has come. And of course, I'll do a lot of listening. Funny how people behave when they are simply listened to.

    •  Another major reason that Jim Himes will win is.. (2+ / 0-)
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      ek hornbeck, TeddySanFran

      Shays' blatantly dishonest flip-flop on the Iraq War.  Remember that he told the people of this district all last fall that he was "more anti-war" than Diane Farrell.  Just two weeks after anti-war candidate Ned Lamont beat Shays' best buddy Joe Lieberman, Both Ways Shays came back from Iraq and declared that we needed to set a timeline for withdrawal, and that most of our troops could be withdrawn within 2007.  Then just weeks later he supported Bush's escalation of the war and opposed an even longer-term timeline than the one he said he favored before the election.

      In short: Shays lied!  He lied through his teeth in order to get reelected.  So a lot of people who gave hime the benefit of the doubt that he truly had come around to the reality-based community now see how feckless a politician he really is.  Virtually the last editorial board that supported Shays was Connecticut Post.  Yet Connecticut Post has been publishing the most scathing editorials criticizing Shays that have ever been seen.  

      No one sees him as a "nice guy" any more.  No one who has been paying attention thinks that he's a reputable politican, not after so brazenly reversing himself on an issue so important as the war.  And after his sleazy tactics of robo-calls, push polls, and fliers accusing his opponent of having tea with the Taliban, good will is as low as it has ever been.

      Of course, on his side of the ledger, Karl Rove ranked him #6 on his list of endangered Republican congressmen whom he wanted to save.  So you know that he will launch an even dirtier campaign than the last time.

      But Jim will win.

  •  what is your position on reauthorization of NCLB? (3+ / 0-)
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    ek hornbeck, CGG, spazeboy

    Maura can tell you that I am passionate on  this subject.  

    Also, WHEN you are elected, which committee(s) will you seek to be on?

    Thanks

    Those who can, do. Those who can do more, TEACH! If impeachment is off the table, so is democracy

    by teacherken on Sat Jun 30, 2007 at 09:09:13 AM PDT

    •  Great to see you here, Ken!!! (4+ / 0-)

      Are you enjoying your summer vacation from teaching?  Seems like you've been filling it with great posts every day here at DailyKos.

      I know you were disappointed when Tom Vilsack dropped out of the race.  Have you decided who to support yet, or are you still playing the field?

      aka "Maura in CT", since I'm back now in the Nutmeg State, where I grew up...

      by Maura in VA on Sat Jun 30, 2007 at 09:15:04 AM PDT

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      •  neutral - working on VA Gen Assembly races (2+ / 0-)
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        ek hornbeck, TeddySanFran

        which is enough to more than keep me busy.

        Can I get an answer to my questions?

        Those who can, do. Those who can do more, TEACH! If impeachment is off the table, so is democracy

        by teacherken on Sat Jun 30, 2007 at 09:25:54 AM PDT

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        •  Brevity and blogging. :-) (1+ / 0-)
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          ek hornbeck

          Being new to blogging, I think Jim's learning the balance between answering comprehensively and answering quickly!!!

          I'm still neutral on the Presidential myself, and rooting for more House pickups down in VA this year.  Sad to see Morris Meyer lost his primary - I thought he was great.

          aka "Maura in CT", since I'm back now in the Nutmeg State, where I grew up...

          by Maura in VA on Sat Jun 30, 2007 at 09:44:25 AM PDT

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    •  NCLB (5+ / 0-)

      Boy, you touched a big one for me. This country will stand or fall based on where we take our educational system. And I've lived it: if you've seen my bio, you know I was afforded the very best educational opportunities around, and it all started at a decent public high school with a couple of dedicated teachers. So thanks for what you do. Teachers change the world every day, and are severely underappreciated for doing so.

      NCLB was deeply flawed legislation, not just because it imposed unfunded mandates, but because it created warped incentives in the classroom and was overly and generically punitive on certain schools with unique challenges.

      However, I think the idea of gathering good, consistent data across and within schools is important. Without data, you're nowhere. Just because testing is hard to do fairly, doesn't mean we shouldn't do it. Neither am I uncomfortable with demanding accountability from our schools. Again, if schools create our future, it's that much more important that we measure them and decide if we're satisfied with the results.

      The challenge, of course, is figuring out how to do this in the face of immense variation within and across schools, and how to avoid crushing innovation and creativity in favor of teaching to the test. I suspect the key here is in giving teachers more support and recognition for the enormously demanding task implied.

      Though I recognize the importance of this problem, I'm not an educational expert, so I need input from people like you . . . .

    •  tryin' to keep it short (1+ / 0-)
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      ek hornbeck

      Will try to keep my answers short in favor of taking more questions. Forgive me if they seem a little hurried.

  •  Hi, Jim: about health care (2+ / 0-)
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    ek hornbeck, TeddySanFran

    Jim,

    It's just been reported that two and a half million more Americans are without health insurance, making it more than 47 mn nationwide who are vulnerable to catatrophic illness.  More than half of all personal bankruptcies in this country are attributable to being overwhelmed by major illnesses.  Yet your opponent Chris Shays supports George Bush's Health Savings Plans, which have been widely condemned as nothing more than subsidies for the healthy and wealthy.

    Given that the lack of health insurance and its prohibitive cost are now the second most pressing issue to voters, what would you like to say about the issue?

  •  More background on Jim (5+ / 0-)

    You can read Jim's bio here. And here's a diary I wrote about Jim just before he formally decided to run back in April.

    aka "Maura in CT", since I'm back now in the Nutmeg State, where I grew up...

    by Maura in VA on Sat Jun 30, 2007 at 09:12:02 AM PDT

    •  off-topic (1+ / 0-)
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      ek hornbeck

      Maura!!  I was just wondering the other day where you'd been.  I was thinking about Dean stuff, you see, and the whole Sleepless Summer tour :-)


      Come Senators, Congressmen / Please heed the call / Don't stand in the doorway / Don't block up the hall...

      by Page van der Linden on Sat Jun 30, 2007 at 09:22:12 AM PDT

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      •  Hey, Page!!! (1+ / 0-)
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        ek hornbeck

        Even though my handle says "Maura in VA", I've been up here in CT most of the last couple of years, first taking care of my dad before he died, teaching, then working on the Lamont campaign.  I'm still straddling both states to a degree!  Really excited to be working on another race with such an inspiring and courageous candidate.  And I'm blogging all the time at My Left Nutmeg.

        I'm still in touch with so many of our Dean campaign and BFA friends, and still shocked about dear JC's death.  

        Hope all is well with you!  Hard to believe it's been 4 years since Sleepless Summer!

        aka "Maura in CT", since I'm back now in the Nutmeg State, where I grew up...

        by Maura in VA on Sat Jun 30, 2007 at 09:38:39 AM PDT

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  •  Shays (and Lieberman), the Whiny Twins (5+ / 0-)

    have absolutely no credibility. Wrong about this "war", over and over again, and now he expects people to listen to his call for another million dollar "study"?

    Thank you so much for stepping up, Jim. CT-04 needs you. Count on plenty of support from people far from your district.

    Let the great world spin for ever down the ringing grooves of change. - Tennyson

    by bumblebums on Sat Jun 30, 2007 at 09:23:23 AM PDT

  •  shays and mccain continue to look like dinosaurs (2+ / 0-)
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    ek hornbeck, TeddySanFran

    Politically becoming irrelevant day by day.

    I support and gave kissel some $
    I support gave edwards (baltimore) some $ to knock off that thug winn

    You look like a guy I can support
    Its nice knowing you, and hope to know you bettter and with time I will give summin' too.

    Best of luck

  •  Shays Obscene Remarks (1+ / 0-)
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    ek hornbeck

    Some of Shays recent behavior and inappropriate comments are so far off the mark as to make him an embarrassment to the fourth district.  It will be such a pleasure to work for the election of someone who -- in addition to being very smart and knowledgable about the issues -- also is sensitive to the circumstances of real people.

    •  Agree (4+ / 0-)
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      bumblebums, Scarce, CGG, TeddySanFran

      I was appalled by the NPR interview. Not a mention of the thousands of lives ended or ruined because of his and others' mistakes. How is that even human?

      Here's the thing, though--Congressman Shays will reverse his position on the war. Watch for it. He did it in August of last year, conveniently before the election, when he called for a timeline for withdrawal, and then voted against a timeline twice post-election.

      He will flip, and as much as said so on the NPR interview. That, of course is what a new ISG report would give him political cover to do.

      But we've seen this movie before, and it is up to us (all of you) to shout from the rooftops that the leopard changes his spots only for electoral reasons.

  •  (Vid) Meet Jim Himes (6+ / 0-)

    (4/22/07) 2008 Candidate for the 4th Congressional District in Connecticut, Jim Himes officially announced his campaign the day before this was taped.

    Video courtesy of noted skalawag CT Bob.

    "A nation of sheep will beget a government of wolves."--Edward R. Murrow

    by Scarce on Sat Jun 30, 2007 at 09:33:25 AM PDT

  •  (Vid) Ned Lamont gives a ringing endorsement (5+ / 0-)

    Ned Lamont talks about potential 4th CD challenger Jim Himes during the interview we did on March 2nd.

    More from Bob.

    "A nation of sheep will beget a government of wolves."--Edward R. Murrow

    by Scarce on Sat Jun 30, 2007 at 09:35:20 AM PDT

  •  SiCKO (1+ / 0-)
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    Maura in VA

    GO SEE IT.

    I saw the 12:15 am showing last night.  To me, the critical argument is that health care, like other critical services essential to the overall commonwealth of our country, such as police and fire, ought to be a government function.  It is rightly unthinkable that we demand our police or fire departments to be profit-making enterprises.  There is no reason that health care ought to be a profit center.

  •  How are going to do to win big in bridgeport (2+ / 0-)
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    Maura in VA, CGG

    Diane Farrell would have won if the turnout in Bridgeport and Norwalk had been closer to historical norms.  

    What are you doing right now to make sure we win big there?

    •  Bridgeport & Norwalk (2+ / 0-)
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      Maura in VA, bumblebums

      Jim lived in Latin America for the first ten years of his life.  He is fluent in Spanish.  He has worked with low income people to improve their circumstances. While he will represent all constituents in the 4th district, he should have an excellent chance to reach out to poorer citizens -- and give them a reason to vote.

    •  I was working (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      Maura in VA

      teh Lamont campaign, so I sort of thought there were a lot of people turning out.  What were the numbers in Bridgeport?  Down?

      We've had such a Democratic controlled, almost centrally-controlled, operation here for so long maybe people felt what's the point?  There isn't evena website for the Democratic party here in Bridgeport - the largest city in CT.  That's a shame!!

      Kafka: The Trial; Republicans: In power.......... What's the difference?

      by ekeithj on Sat Jun 30, 2007 at 10:00:54 AM PDT

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      •  The organization in Bridgeport is not good (2+ / 0-)
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        Maura in VA, CGG

        I went door to door with some union groups and it just was not what it could have been.  It seemed like not a lot of people from Bridgeport were involved.  Diane won Bridgeport, but not by as much as she had in 2004 (even taking into account the off-year elections).  Something happened in Bridgeport last time and it can't happen again.

      •  Interesting you should ask (2+ / 0-)
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        Maura in VA, CGG

        Bridgeportturnout: not so good. More infos here.

        •  I was just looking for this! (0+ / 0-)

          You beat me to it.  Clearchoice, you might be really interested in MattW's analysis at My Left Nutmeg of what happened in Bridgeport last cycle.  

          The turnout maps themselves are stunning:

          Bridgeport Turnout by precinct

          and here's Matt's amazing map of Farrell's performance:

          Farrell performance by precinct

          (Sorry can't post images themselves b/c MLN is not an approved imagehost...but click the links and be amazed.)

          And Matt's summary analysis:

          Pretty dramatic, in my view: Shays did best in areas of increased turnout (even though he only outright won a single precinct), and Farrell did best in areas of diminished turnout.

          aka "Maura in CT", since I'm back now in the Nutmeg State, where I grew up...

          by Maura in VA on Sat Jun 30, 2007 at 10:19:24 AM PDT

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          •  This explains what happened, but why? (1+ / 0-)
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            Maura in VA

            I don't think the Bill Finch issue explains all of it.   Was it lack of organization?  Voter suppression?  Incompetence?  Shays influence on Bridgeport politics? I think the analysis of what happened is great.  But the why is still an open question to me.

            Thanks for the link.

            •  Yeah, what is easier than why (0+ / 0-)

              I think the answer is a combination of all the above...but, like you said, the "what's" are easier to answer than the "why's".  And we need to know why to know what to do differently next time.  

              I'd love to chat with you about it sometime.  You can email me at MLN dot Maura at gmail dot com -- it'd be great to put our heads together on this...

              aka "Maura in CT", since I'm back now in the Nutmeg State, where I grew up...

              by Maura in VA on Sat Jun 30, 2007 at 10:48:14 AM PDT

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    •  Bridgeport (5+ / 0-)

      Bridgeport is key. Here's what I bring: I've worked, over the years, with a number of groups working hard in Bridgeport, like FSW, Family Assets, Aspira, and the Fairfield County Community Foundation. So I have pretty good familiarity with many of Bridgeport's challenges. For the last five years, I've worked at Enterprise on affordable housing as a means of lifting people up and out of poverty.  I grew up in Latin America and am fluent in Spanish.

      In the coming months, I will be spending a lot of time in Bridgeport, listening to people, and hopefully earning their trust and confidence.

      Imagine how much more help Bridgeport could get from the federal government with a majority Democratic Congressman not fully dedicated to promoting the war in Iraq.

      •  thanks and good luck (1+ / 0-)
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        Maura in VA

        We are rooting for you.  

        Find out why low turnout last time.  There is a mystery there that needs more attention.

      •  Make sure to (1+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        Maura in VA

        contact people at Sacred Heart Univ. about meeting and speaking with people there.  Occassionaly we have candidates in to talk.  We don't have a College Democrats club that I know of, but the time may be right to get one going.  SHU does a lot of community outreach activities in the greater Bridgeport area (yes we're in Fairfield, but the need is greater in Bport), so maybe you can build up a student base of support.

        Kafka: The Trial; Republicans: In power.......... What's the difference?

        by ekeithj on Sat Jun 30, 2007 at 10:09:32 AM PDT

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  •  Hi Jim (1+ / 0-)
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    Maura in VA

    Bridgeport here.  Welcome to the race!

    What is your position on gay rights, specifically gay marriage and Don't Ask Don't Tell, and in the process of outlining your answer can you address the position by some that marriage should be decided by the states.

    Thanks

    Kafka: The Trial; Republicans: In power.......... What's the difference?

    by ekeithj on Sat Jun 30, 2007 at 09:54:59 AM PDT

    •  gay rights (3+ / 0-)
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      Maura in VA, bumblebums, CGG

      It is ridiculous to me that any civil right would be denied to anyone based on their sexual orientation. I take some comfort from the certainty that 20 years from now, we'll look back at the gay rights "debate" the way we look back on the civil rights "debate" of the 60s. There is no debate, just a painfully slow evolution in historical attitudes. Of course, that may be cold comfort to people suffering discrimination today.

      Don't Ask Don't Tell is even more ridiculous for the damage it has done to our military's ability to fight in the Middle East. The NYT op-ed of several weeks ago describing the many military translators forced out of the service for being gay was devastating. One of the many honors our military deserves is the role it played in racial integration during World War II. What madness prevents it from playing a similar role today?

  •  Another Question (2+ / 0-)
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    Maura in VA, spazeboy

    Jim what are your thoughts about this week's Supreme Court ruling about using race as an admission factor for public schools?  As a product of one of the nation's oldest magnet school systems I am very concerned about what this means for inner city schools in the 4th district and around the nation.

    •  CGG (6+ / 0-)

      I've been pretty consumed with quarter-end activities, so have not yet had a chance to dive into the decision.

      As a matter of principle, I'm concerned by anything which threatens diversity in our schools and other organizations.  15 minutes in New York City is all it takes to realize how important openness to and enthusiasm for other cultures and ways of thinking will be to our future. There won't be too many Mayberrys in 21st century America.

  •  Good answers Jim (2+ / 0-)
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    Maura in VA, spazeboy

    I've read many diaries with candidates Q&A over the years here @ dkos.
    your answers are complete.
    You seam like the type of person that doesn't let a wall stand in your way. You find a way to move that wall.

    Good luck in 2008

  •  Hey Jim (0+ / 0-)

    Doing some business in Ffld, so I'm late to your party -- thanks for coming by, though.

    Shays' estimate is that we'll see universal healthcare in about a decade. He says this passively, so it's impossible to say what he does or doesn't support, but I was wondering where you think America will be going with healthcare in the coming years, and a rough timeline (2 years? 5? 10?) before we see real systematic changes to the way healthcare works in the U.S.

    •  under the wire . . . . (0+ / 0-)

      Matt,
      I have never struggled with a system as complex as our healthcare system. For a guy with some economics training, the warped incentives and screwed up supply and demand relationship are amazing to contemplate. So I'm not sure we're going to revolutionize the system a la the Clinton plan.

      But we now have a Democratic Congress that is actually interested, and the private sector has come to understand the necessity for change, so I think we have an opportunity to start making real progress now.

  •  Also (0+ / 0-)

    A second question, under the wire I hope: do you support a carbon tax?

    •  Carbon tax (1+ / 0-)
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      CGG

      Matt,
      My real expertise on carbon is in the housing arena, which I do day-to-day. We do huge reductions in emmissions in the affordable housing that we build through relatively simple adjustments that increase costs marginally or not at all. So am more skilled on the conservation side.

      However, I like what I see in the cap and trade arena in Europe. I think we need to move in that direction as a means of pricing carbon externalities and creating a market incentive for conservation.

      I need to further study the permutations of carbon tax that exist out there, including Dodd's. I also have concerns about the regressive nature of a carbon tax, though have seen some innovative proposals on how to deal with that. Any good studies you could point me to?

  •  Fair Warning (1+ / 0-)
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    Folks, chatting with everyone has been hugely valuable to me. Thanks. But I have two little girls nipping at my heels for Dad's attention, so will be signing off shortly.

    •  Thanks Jim (1+ / 0-)
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      Let us know (I'll also sign up on your website) if you're going to have some sort of small meet and greet this summer.  If I can make it I'd love to hear you talk for a bit in person and see what you have to present.

      Good luck for all of our sakes.

      -Keith

      Kafka: The Trial; Republicans: In power.......... What's the difference?

      by ekeithj on Sat Jun 30, 2007 at 10:25:20 AM PDT

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      •  Thanks, Keith (3+ / 0-)
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        We are planning on doing events throughout the district, like the free bar-b-que we did in Stamford. I'd be thrilled if you and other supporters would be willing to put something together. Please also spread the word. This campaign needs more volunteers (we're aiming for 500 volunteers by midnight tonight) and of course we need contributions.

        Thanks so much for your support.
        Jim

    •  Thanks so much (1+ / 0-)
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      Since you've already gone more than 20 minutes over-time so you can answer everyone's questions, I think everyone will understand that you need to spend some time with your daughters!

      Thank you so much for reaching out to the netroots and for answering our questions with so much thought and detail.

      aka "Maura in CT", since I'm back now in the Nutmeg State, where I grew up...

      by Maura in VA on Sat Jun 30, 2007 at 10:27:27 AM PDT

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  •  Welcome Mr. Himes (0+ / 0-)

    Que bien que estas aci!

    Since you have Latino background what will be your plan for Latino outreach?

    Will you have to primary in the 4th or will the race be a straight run for the general against Shays?

  •  (Vid) Jim Himes at Silver Star DFA (2+ / 0-)
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    Jim Himes at Silver Star DFA (1 of 4)
    Uploaded by mlnmatt

    Jim Himes, Democratic Candidate for Congress in 2008, speaks to the Norwalk, CT chapter of Democracy for America.

    Video from MyLeftNutmeg.com

    Video upped by Matt Wagner. Jim Himes gives his bio in his own words for the first several minutes.

    Duration is 18:00 min.

    Part 2

    Part 3

    Part 4

    "A nation of sheep will beget a government of wolves."--Edward R. Murrow

    by Scarce on Sat Jun 30, 2007 at 10:39:25 AM PDT

  •  Time to go (6+ / 0-)

    Thanks, again, everyone, for your interest, suggestions and commitment to moving this country in a better direction. I really look forward to continuing the dialogue. Family time calls . . . .

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    for taking time out of your busy schedule to speak with us and also thanks to Maura for setting this up.

    Carino.

  •  thank you for engaging here, jim (2+ / 0-)
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    CT-04 is my parents' district and I went back there just before the election to volunteer for Ned Lamont and Diane Farrell. Diane was very nice but when I told her I was a blogger, she said "they like Ned much more than me." And her phonebanking scripts seemed to purposely put Ned at arm's length, not urging people to vote for him by name along with her. what she didn't get is that if she had reached out and built some online support, it would have translated to boots on the ground, which were in short supply in her Fairfield office where I volunteered. So, I'm glad you're here, Jim. This is the way we're going to take out Shays.

    "When people think, Democrats win." - Bill Clinton

    by Todd Beeton on Sat Jun 30, 2007 at 11:46:25 AM PDT

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