Last weeks Suburbanite quoted Martin Cramer as stating that the Council Majority has voted in "lock step" in almost every important vote. A recent email that has been circulating around town will help the general public see "the truth" about the Council's voting record.
* 2006: 260 resolutions and 25 ordinances passed (July to Dec)
* 2007: 488 resolutions and 69 ordinances passed
* 2008: 74 resolutions and 6 ordinances passed (Jan and Feb)
There were only 3 "4-3" votes in all of 2007: to send notices to the County Seat, re-appointing Birdsall as the Township Planner, and appointment of Steven Kaye to the Planning Board. There have been no "4-3" votes so far in 2008.
In 2006, there were only 5 "4-3" votes: to appoint Birdsall as the Township Planner, to award Birdsall the Development Opportunities Analysis, to award Birdsall the Master Plan, campaign resolution, and appointment of Sandy Loft to the HNBLC.
You do the math: 8 disagreements in 2 1/2 years. This is less than 1/10 of 1%. There were at least that many disagreements along "mixed" lines during that time (off the top of my head - rent control, establishment of the FAB, seating preferences at meetings, holiday display, phone system, buying new police cars, hiring 5 new officers, the budget).
Additionally, in the back of the Township Manager's report, there are 329 names listed under the various advisory boards (some names are included more than once but you get the basic idea). Council disagreed on 2 out of 329. Again, an amazing percentage of agreement among all Council members.
I guess "truth" + accuracy is a minor detail with some people's political agenda.