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CT GOP wonders how to change the topic from Trump to economy

Donald J. Trump exits the stage with his wife, Melania

Connecticut Republicans struggled over the weekend to gauge how badly their campaign to win control of the Connecticut General Assembly has been sidetracked by the spectacle of a defiant Donald J. Trump facing off against the establishment of both parties over a video showing him crudely boasting of his ability as a celebrity to molest women with impunity. Continue Reading →

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Trump ignites activism among young Muslims in Connecticut

Alicia Hernandez Strong waiting to register voters at her mosque in New Britain.

NEW BRITAIN — Alicia Hernandez Strong sat in the lobby of a mosque that didn’t exist when Barack Obama was elected president, telling Yemeni worshippers how they can register to vote in this old industrial city, a place made and remade by successive tides of immigrants. She comes every Friday, setting up a folding table before afternoon prayers. Her inspiration is Donald Trump. Continue Reading →

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Despite sweltering heat, Trump draws thousands, blasts Malloy

Republican presidential candidate Donald J. Trump holds a sign he said showed how little he had received in contributions from people who work at hedge funds compared to Hillary Clinton.

FAIRFIELD – Republican presidential nominee Donald J. Trump brushed aside skepticism about his decision to campaign in a deep-blue state and drew about 5,000 people to a rally here Saturday on the hottest day of the year. Trump tailored his message to include heavy criticism of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, a litany of statistics about the state’s sluggish economy, and the pointed question, “How did you lose General Electric?” Continue Reading →

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A Republican asks: What is party loyalty in the time of Trump?


The backlash experienced by a Republican councilman after endorsing Hillary Clinton illustrates why some GOP candidates might distance themselves from Donald J. Trump, but only a handful have crossed that very bright line to say the Democratic nominee would be preferable as president. Continue Reading →

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Republican delegates ‘like Mike’ and rain boos on Cruz

Donald J. Trump congratulates his running mate, Mike Pence. Read the story here.

CLEVELAND — On a raucous night when delegates booed Ted Cruz for failing to endorse Donald J. Trump in a prime-time address, Mike Pence introduced himself to a national audience with a speech that touched lightly on abortion and made no mention of gay marriage, issues that Connecticut Democrats highlight and Republicans ignore, stressing Trump’s core themes of security and economic growth. Continue Reading →

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State by state, GOP says to Donald J. Trump: You’re hired!

Former Connecticut GOP Senate candidate Linda McMahon applauds as state Chair J.R. Romano casts Connecticut's 28 votes for Trump. Read the story here.

CLEVELAND — Donald J. Trump, the most unconventional of candidates, won the Republican nomination for president Tuesday night on the most enduring of political traditions, the state-by-state roll call that gave Connecticut’s young GOP chairman a fleeting moment in the spotlight and Trump’s oldest son a pivotal role.
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Manafort downplays Melania controversy with counterattack

Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort talks to the press about Melania Trump's speech after meeting Connecticut delegates. Read the story here.

CLEVELAND — Paul Manafort glided into the Connecticut delegation’s breakfast buffet Tuesday morning clutching a Starbucks coffee, fresh from what he called his “fun morning” on CNN and CBS responding to the Melania Trump plagiarism controversy by going on the attack against the media and Hillary Clinton. Trump’s manager visited his home-state delegates with an old lobbying partner now running a Trump super PAC. Continue Reading →

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The Never-Trump dissidents are heard, if briefly

From left in front row, Connecticut delegates J.R. Romano, Patricia Longo and Mary Ann R. Turner. Read the story here.

CLEVELAND — The Connecticut delegation stood with Donald J. Trump on Monday as the Republican National Convention opened with an unsuccessful rules fight by delegates still hoping to find a path to throw open the GOP nomination for president. The state’s GOP chairman called the rules fight “an act of petulance.” Continue Reading →

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Trump taps into angst of ’68, the foundation of gains for CT GOP

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CLEVELAND — Richard Nixon, who opened a golden age of Republican presidential politics in Connecticut, promised a “silent majority” unnerved by assassinations, urban riots and war protests that “the long dark night for America is about to end.” Can Donald J. Trump do the same in an era of Twitter, 24/7 cable news, terrorism and police shootings? Continue Reading →

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Trump’s choice of Pence puts Malloy back into the game

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy seemed to make amends with the Bernie Sanders campaign at the Democratic Party Platform Committee meeting in Orlando, Fla., Friday.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, benched as a Hillary Clinton campaign surrogate in recent weeks in deference to Bernie Sanders, all but auditioned Friday for the role of taking down Donald J. Trump’s choice of a running mate, Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana. Continue Reading →

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Quinnipiac poll: CT prefers Clinton over Trump, but likes neither

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton

Connecticut voters favor Hillary Clinton over Donald J. Trump for president by only 7 percentage points, despite seeing her as better qualified on key measures by wide margins, while Bernie Sanders leads Trump by 19 points, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Tuesday. Continue Reading →

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