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Political deja vu: Candidates pledge to market CT tourism

There were three Republicans, a Democrat and an independent. Most sounded strikingly like Dannel P. Malloy did as a candidate for governor in 2010: They were incredulous at how little the state spends on marketing to tourists, and they promised to boost spending that tourism advocates say yields quick returns. But the question Friday for the tourism industry is whether any will do better than Malloy in sustaining spending for marketing.

Posted inCT Viewpoints

Our energy supplies and sources should be designed with security in mind

As a user and advocate for renewable energy for more than 40 years, I have no problem with large scale wind power so long as it does not become the overarching source. The first responsibility of government is, or should be, the health, safety and security of its citizens. Unfortunately, our Department of Energy and Environmental Protection makes little to no attempt to look at energy security implications in any of its plans or assessments. DEEP appears to be under the impression that discussion of security is breach of security. Experts agree nothing could be further from the truth and if done correctly it can act as a deterrent.

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Lamont struggles to connect

As the 212 bus left downtown for Grand Avenue in New Haven, Skyler Shepard told Democratic gubernatorial front-runner Ned Lamont about his recent struggles with homelessness. The Greenwich businessman listened and asked Shepard questions about his family and his new job at a local bar. The interaction was emblematic of a two-day campaign swing Lamont made to test his retail-politicking chops on urban, diverse, and poor and working-class constituents — a population Lamont has said he and the state Democratic Party strives to represent.

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