It’s all about the cities, baby! At least as far the Democratic gubernatorial candidates are concerned. The candidate who emerges as the standard bearer of the party will need a juicy turnout in November to defeat the Republican candidate. (And let’s not forget about the potential August primary.)
Tonight at 7:00pm (if the technology works, yikes!), OIB will participate in a live streaming of the Dem guber debate in New Haven. The subject is cities. As the candidates pontificate I’ll be pontificating, as will my web friends with live comments from our respective sites.
As my friend Paul Bass reports at The New Haven Independent:
Urban issues will take center stage at a gubernatorial debate in New Haven Thursday night—and you’re invited to join the statewide conversation.
The “virtual house party” begins at 7 p.m. It takes place in two locations: Wilbur Cross High School, and on your computer. It’s BYOP&TC: Bring Your Own Popcorn & Two Cents.
Six Democratic gubernatorial hopefuls—Ned Lamont, Dan Malloy, Juan Figueroa, Mary Glassman, Rudy Marconi, and Mike Jarjura—are scheduled to participate in the debate at the school. New Haven’s Democratic Town Committee, which has the largest bloc of convention delegates (81) up for grabs in the race, is hosting the events; journalists will pose the questions to the candidates. The evening has a single topic that often receives short shrift in suburban-dominated Connecticut’s statewide election campaigns: cities.
Meanwhile, you can watch the event live, at home, and comment on it as it happens in a conversation led by statewide urban online news reporters and editors.
Five separate news websites will broadcast the debate live (courtesy of West Hartford’s Local Online News): The New Haven Independent, CT News Junkie, The Valley Independent Sentinel, Only in Bridgeport, and Local Online News. Once the debate starts, click on the live-stream box below to watch it.
And a live chat will take place for reporters and viewers/readers to discuss what’s happening. CT News Junkie Editor Christine Stuart, the Independent’s state Capitol bureau chief, will host the conversation. Only In Bridgeport’s Lennie Grimaldi and the Advocate/Weekly’s Joshua Mamis (based in Hartford, New Haven, and Bridgeport), and CT Capitol Report’s Tom Dudchik will serve as fellow pundits. You can add your own comments and follow the rest of the conversation, moderated by the Independent’s Thomas MacMillan, by clicking on the “Cover It Live” box below.
As Paul noted above, you can watch the event right here on OIB.
To see the live comments (and comment yourself, don’t be shy), click one of these two links. These links will bring up a separate window.
The video will play below:
Maybe I’ll send over a few Bridgeport politicians to New Haven tonight just to start a good fight.