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Seek and ye shall find… but at SEEC, it can take a while

Steve Obsitnik’s campaign for governor will go before the State Elections Enforcement Commission on Wednesday morning to make its fourth try since May 23 for approval of $1.35 million in public financing for his Republican primary in August. Two GOP competitors, Mark Boughton and Timothy Herbst, will be on the agenda for a second time. Continue Reading →

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GOP immigration bill would allow lawsuits against ‘sanctuaries’ like Connecticut

WASHINGTON – A House Republican immigration bill adopts a new tactic to punish “sanctuary” cities and states – making it easier to sue them. The legislation aims to punish states like Connecticut that fail to respond to some requests from federal immigration authorities to hold prisoners past their release date so they can be picked up and deported. Continue Reading →

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Senate approves massive defense bill, but trims number of F-35s

WASHINGTON –  The Senate late Monday approved a $716 billion defense authorization bill that trims the number of F-35’s the Pentagon can purchase this year, but allows for more spending on Electric Boat submarine programs and Sikorsky-made helicopters. “Five percent of our country’s defense spending is done in Connecticut,” Sen. Richard Blumenthal said. Continue Reading →

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Poll: Strong opposition to Trump policy of separating immigrant children from parents

WASHINGTON – Americans voters oppose the Trump administration’s policy of separating immigrant children from their parents by a large margin — 66 to 27 percent —  a new Quinnipiac University poll shows. The same poll, released Monday, indicated American voters also support, 79 – 15 percent, allowing immigrants who were brought to the United States  as children, known as “dreamers,” to remain here and ultimately to apply for citizenship.    Continue Reading →

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House set to vote on GOP immigration bills that CT Dems are likely to oppose

WASHINGTON– The U.S. House plans to vote on two immigration bills this week aimed at helping young immigrants known as “dreamers” and ending the practice of separating children at the border from their undocumented parents.. But there’s no guarantee either bill will pass, and neither is expected to win the support of Connecticut’s Democratic U.S. House members. Continue Reading →

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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. Continue Reading →

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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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SEEC to Boughton, Herbst & Obsitnik: Come back next week

The three gubernatorial candidates seeking public financing failed to win approval of their grants Wednesday by the State Elections Enforcement Commission, the result of deficiencies in their applications for $1.35 million each to wage a primary. All three are Republicans. They will have another chance next week. Continue Reading →

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DeLauro: Splitting immigrant kids from parents is ‘child abuse’

WASHINGTON – At a press conference outside the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, Rep. Rosa DeLauro sought support for her resolution condemning the separation of immigrant children from their parents at the border. DeLauro’s resolution has an uphill climb in a GOP Congress, but her effort amplifies the Democratic outcry over the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy on immigration. Continue Reading →

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