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Democratic would-be governors court organized labor

It’s spring, when the fancy of nearly every Democratic gubernatorial candidate turns to organized labor. Over the weekend, five Democrats romanced 400 activists from the bargaining coalition that represents 51,000 state employees. State employee union lawyer Dan Livingston, left, introduces Democrat Ned Lamont at a union gubernatorial forum Today, about 200 members of the Connecticut […]

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Alex, I’ll take ‘deficits’ for $200

Picture the lightning round of “Jeopardy.” Substitute Gerry Brooks for Alex Trebek, invite eight contestants, and make sure every category and question involves Connecticut politics. That was the look and feel of a brisk, 60-minute debate between eight Republican candidates for governor Thursday night that focused on jobs, the economy and the state’s fiscal crisis. […]

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Keno, tolls opposed in poll

Gov. M. Jodi Rell’s proposal to raise money by broadening legalized gambling with electronic Keno games in bars, restaurants and convenience stores is overwhelmingly opposed in a new poll, 70 percent to 27 percent. A Quinnipiac University poll released today found opposition to Keno across all demographic groups, a finding likely to give legislators pause […]

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‘Undecided’ tops gubernatorial poll; Bysiewicz ahead in AG race despite negative news

Tom Foley, the only candidate airing television commercials, has opened a lead in the Republican race for governor, while Ned Lamont and Dannel P. Malloy top the Democratic field, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today. But the two gubernatorial contests remain wide open, with 50 percent of Republican voters and 44 percent of […]

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A slap from the state’s largest employer over the high cost of doing business

With a public slap delivered on Wall Street, United Technologies Corp. has embarrassed Connecticut and given new force to old grievances about the state’s business environment. Gov. M. Jodi Rell expressed a mix of disappointment and understanding as she publicly commented for the first time Tuesday on complaints by the state’s largest employer to stock […]

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Q-Poll: McMahon takes lead from Simmons; Blumenthal beats both by 2-1

Linda McMahon, a political newcomer spending her personal fortune on campaign commercials and mailings, has taken a 10-point lead in the Republican race for U.S. Senate, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today. Democratic Attorney General Richard Blumenthal continues to hold wide leads in matchups with each of his three Republican rivals: McMahon, former […]

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Committee rewrites public campaign financing rules

A legislative committee Wednesday approved bills that would salvage the state’s endangered public financing system for campaigns with new rules, smaller grants and a greater reliance on private dollars. If approved by the full legislature, the bills also would preserve a ban on contributions by lobbyists and state contractors. Without the legislation, a court ruling […]

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Larson pushes back at UTC over relocation threats

CROMWELL – U.S. Rep. John B. Larson, D-1st District, said today that the state’s congressional delegation did not appreciate United Technologies’ threat last week to relocate more manufacturing out of state. UTC’s complaints to Wall Street analysts about the cost of doing business in Connecticut came as the congressional delegation is pushing for military aircraft […]

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Dodd proposes sweeping financial reforms

After months of hearings and negotiation, U.S. Sen. Christopher J. Dodd, D-Connecticut, today proposed financial legislation that he called the “most significant reform since the 1930s.” “It creates a sound economic foundation to grow jobs. It protects consumers. It reins in Wall Street. It ends too-big-to-fail, and it prevents another financial crisis of this magnitude,” […]