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Poll shows Blumenthal ahead, Dems extending leads in 1st, 2nd and 3rd CDs

A new poll shows Democrat Richard Blumenthal holding an 8 percentage point lead over Republican Linda McMahon in their contest for the U.S. Senate, while incumbent Democrats John Larson, Joe Courtney and Rosa DeLauro have extended their margins over the Republican challengers in their Congressional races. A survey that Merriman River Group conducted for CT Capitol […]

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Luntz on ‘Oh yeah’ girls: Oh no

Did her more harm than good: That’s Republican pollster and consultant Frank Luntz’s assessment of much of Linda McMahon’s advertising campaign. In a column for Time titled “Ad Nauseam,” Luntz illustrates one of his rules of for effective advertising–“Fake doesn’t sell”–with McMahon’s famous â€śOh Yeah” girls ad. “The response from viewers: Oh, no. No actors. Ever.”

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Hundreds of teaching jobs still lost this year, despite federal cash infusion

The last round of federal stimulus money for education was billed as desperately-needed funding to preserve teachers’ jobs, but a survey suggests many towns are saving the money for the future–and hundreds of classroom positions remain empty. Schools across the state shed about 1,500 teachers going into the current school year, and even with the […]

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In congested Fairfield County, different views on the use of waterfront land

It’s not often that civilization is demolished to make way for wild birds, especially within sight of Connecticut’s largest city. That’s what’s happening on a long barrier beach between Bridgeport and Stratford. View through the windows of a cottage awaiting demolition on Stratford’s Long Beach West (Christine Woodside) On the Stratford side, a yellow excavator […]

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A tale of two campaigns: Carmen Anthony for McMahon, Costco for Blumenthal

WASHINGTON–Connecticut’s contest for U.S. Senate now ranks as the most expensive Congressional race in the country, with the two candidates spending a combined $48.4 million so far this election, according to a new tally by the Center for Responsive Politics. In just the first two weeks of October, Democrat Richard Blumenthal and Republican Linda McMahon […]

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4th District debate turns to energy and the environment

NORWALK–It’s been a campaign season fiercely focused on the economy, and this latest debate was no exception. But for a good part of Thursday’s event, two other crucial issues got some attention: energy and the environment. “Ninety seconds on energy policy,” said Rep. Jim Himes (D-4th District), “Okay. Here’s an area where we really need […]