Bridgeport Mayor Joseph P. Ganim seemed assured Tuesday night of qualifying for a Democratic primary for governor, setting the stage for a summer campaign by the ex-con mayor against the convention-endorsed favorite, Greenwich businessman Ned Lamont. As of 4 p.m., Ganim had 7,612 signatures already authenticated and tabulated — nearly half of what he needs to force a primary. He says he collected and filed 32,000 to be safe.
WASHINGTON – Reaction in Congress to President Donald Trump’s meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un split largely along party lines on Tuesday with the bulk of Republicans largely celebratory and Democrats saying they were concerned Kim got the better of the president. Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., was one of the harshest critics of the summit.
U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty Tuesday said she will propose legislation that will provide $10 million for police forensics and to help pay for more medical examiners. The Connecticut Office of the Chief Medical Examiner is currently on provisional accreditation status because it has too few examiners to meet current demand.
Julio Concepcion, a vice president at the MetroHartford Alliance and a Hartford city councilman, was sworn in Tuesday as a member of the state House of Representatives, bringing the House to full strength and the Democratic advantage back to 80-71.
It seems that Sen. Len Fasano and his Republican caucus prevented the Capitol Region Development Authority from pulling a fast one last month. Word surfaced on Tuesday the 22nd that the CRDA planned to initiate action at its meeting later that week to seize by eminent domain the section of the XL Center owned by Northland Investment Corp. A letter from Fasano and other Senate Republicans led the CRDA to remove the proposal from its agenda.
Ruby Corby O’Neill says she’s a unique candidate in Connecticut GOP politics. “Republicans traditionally have not been successful with Latinos and women, and I am both.” She says her “guts” and independence will help propel her to Congress.