One day after a landslide win in the Democratic gubernatorial primary, Ned Lamont began working to separate himself from Republican opponent Bob Stefanowski, another wealthy businessman who’s founded his campaign on the fiscally-questionable-yet-nonetheless-appealing pledge to eliminate Connecticut’s income tax.
The United States Department of Education has announced it will allocate Connecticut $10.6 million for school districts that took in displaced students from Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands after Hurricane Maria wreaked widespread devastation last fall.
If Jahana Hayes succeeds in winning a seat in Congress, she will be in a select group of minority lawmakers who represent overwhelmingly white majority districts. Hayes garnered substantial support among white Democrats, winning towns in the district with few minority residents, like Goshen, Litchfield and Southbury, by more than 66 percent of the vote.
Jahana Hayes, the political novice whose compelling life story drew national attention, soundly defeated former Simsbury First Selectman Mary Glassman Tuesday for the Democratic nomination to represent Connecticut’s 5th Congressional District.
Greenwich businessman Ned Lamont easily captured the Democratic gubernatorial nomination Tuesday, outpolling a former convicted felon, Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim, in every community except Ganim’s hometown.
There were no surprises in Tuesday’s primary elections for attorney general, comptroller and treasurer as voters selected the same candidates that were nominated at their party’s conventions this past spring. Republicans tapped Sue Hatfied for attorney general, Kurt Miller for comptroller, and Thad Gray for treasurer. Democratic voters chose William Tong as their nominee for attorney general and Shawn Wooden for treasurer. Incumbents Secretary of State Denise Merrill and Comptroller Kevin Lembo did not face primary challengers. It has been decades since Republicans have held one of the down-ticket state offices, as a Democrat has been attorney general since 1959, comptroller since 1975, secretary of the state since 1995, and treasurer since 1999. Continue Reading →
Bob Stefanowski won the five-way Republican primary for governor Tuesday night after ignoring Connecticut’s GOP establishment, opting out of the state’s public-financing program and repeating one outlandish campaign promise like a daily affirmation: He will “rip costs” from state government and make its income tax disappear over eight years. Continue Reading →
Matthew Corey has defeated fellow Republican Dominic Rapini for the chance to run against Connecticut’s most heavily financed and formidable political opponent — Democratic U.S. Senator Chris Murphy. Continue Reading →
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy voted Tuesday in the first Democratic gubernatorial primary since 2002 in which he is not on the ballot, but offered no endorsement of either would-be Democratic successor — an acknowledgement that his unpopularity makes his kind words a liability. But he showed no reticence in condemning every Republican contender for assuring the GOP base of their fealty to President Trump: “They have become Trump-like, perhaps mini-me Trumps. And that’s a disturbing reality.” Continue Reading →
Connecticut Democrats and Republicans go to the polls Tuesday to bring clarity to the unruliest of political seasons, making choices that not only will determine the major-party nominations for governor, but could forever change how candidates seek access to the primary ballots and encourage them to make sure a friendly super PACs is ready to supplement their campaigns. Continue Reading →
Both the Democratic and Republican candidates for Rep. Elizabeth Esty’s congressional seat are frantically spending the last hours before the polls close on the primary races Tuesday searching for votes, sometimes one by one and often in towns considered the opposing party’s strongholds. Campaigning in the 5th District poses unique geographical and strategic challenges. Continue Reading →
Jahana Hayes, a Democratic candidate for the sprawling 5th District congressional seat, is getting some last-minute help in the form of campaign videos produced by an independent group that link her to former President Barack Obama. Continue Reading →
Faced with mandated pay hikes and surging pension costs, Connecticut’s public college and university system may need an 11 percent increase in state funding over the next two years to maintain current programs, according to a preliminary analysis from system administrators. Continue Reading →