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Pelto bids for Green Party nomination in 2nd District

Jonathan Pelto during his appearance May 20 on WNPR's "Where We Live."

Jonathan Pelto, a former five-term state representative and public education advocate, announced Tuesday he plans to seek the Green Party’s nomination for the 2nd District congressional seat. The Green Party’s 2nd District nominating convention will be held on July 30 in Mansfield. Continue Reading →

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As Pelto fades, Visconti ramps up with pitch to gun owners


Can Twitter, the Outdoor Channel and a commercial starring the “Buckmobile,” a customized convertible that once belonged to country star Buck Owens, bring enough national gun money into Connecticut to make pistol-packing, third-party candidate Joe Visconti a factor in the race for governor? Continue Reading →

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Advocates to candidates: Find money for Connecticut’s transportation network

Former Transportation Strategy Board member Karen Burnaska and other advocates challenge gubernatorial candidates to focus on state's transportation needs.

A coalition of nearly three dozen transportation advocates challenged Connecticut gubernatorial candidates to support increased funding to overhaul the state’s aging infrastructure – even if it likely means tax increases or tolls. Continue Reading →

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Malloy: CT budget and economy both poised to take off

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announces state's deal  with UTC Feb. 26.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy doesn’t dispute there’s a sizeable hole in the next state budget – as nonpartisan analysts see things. He just thinks their perspective doesn’t reflect political reality. The Stamford Democrat says the situation is much rosier than the numbers show. And while there is more to do, his administration has positioned Connecticut’s finances and its economy for a prosperous future. Continue Reading →

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Two of three pollsters agree: CT governor’s race is tight

A new GOP poll shows Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, the first-term Democratic incumbent, with a one-point lead over the Republican convention-endorsed candidate, Tom Foley. It’s a return to the status quo after a non-traditional poll Monday gave Foley a 9-point lead. Continue Reading →

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Pelto: State budget deficit reveals a broken fiscal system


Former state Rep. Jonathan Pelto doesn’t have any trouble standing out from the rest of the 2014 gubernatorial candidates. For Pelto, a $1.4 billion shortfall – more than four years after the last recession ended – typifies a broken fiscal system that threatens Connecticut’s schools, state workers’ pensions, and middle class families. Continue Reading →

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Common Core? Try common ground for Pelto, Visconti

Joe Visconti signs Jonathan Pelto's petition for a spot on the November ballot for governor. Pelto later signed Visconti's petition.

Coming from the left and right, the paths of two petitioning candidates for governor, Jonathan Pelto and Joe Visconti, intersected Wednesday outside a state Board of Education meeting, where a dozen people staged a protest of the Common Core curriculum standards. Continue Reading →

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Scandal called ‘important moment’ in charter movement

Commissioner Stefan Pryor.

An inquiry into the state’s oversight of charter schools, once celebrated as laboratories of urban educational achievement and innovation, comes as they increasingly face a backlash from teachers’ unions and political figures ranging from the mayor of New York City to a third-party candidate for governor of Connecticut. Continue Reading →

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Malloy offers ‘Connecticut Core’ as Common Core fix

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy. At left are Mark Waxenberg and Melodie Peters, leaders of teachers' unions.

With cover from the state’s two largest teachers’ unions, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy on Thursday kicked off “Connecticut Core,” the administration’s latest effort to quell the political and policy clamor over how Common Core curriculum standards should be implemented. Continue Reading →

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Malloy and Pelto finally at same microphone, if hours apart

Jonathan Pelto taking questions. Behind him is Sal Luciano, the WFP, AFSCME and AFL-CIO leader.

Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman politely thanked Working Families Party members Saturday for what they did in 2010 to elect her and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy. The governor then brusquely reminded them of what he did on the strength of that victory: “Elections have consequences.” Continue Reading →

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