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The sound and the fury of Connecticut politics

Only two days until the Connecticut primaries — and it shows. The past week has been a series of candidate debates, press conferences, appearances, TV ads and countermeasures all intended to win the hearts and minds of party members across the state. Today will feature plenty of politicking, too, when students from Parkland, Fla., host a rally in Newtown opposing gun violence and encouraging young people to register to vote and support their cause. Continue Reading →

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As primary approaches, everything is political

Politics, politics, politics. As the August 14 primaries approach, just about everything happening in state government is the stuff of political debate. Take, for example, the idea of installing tolls on Connecticut’s highways. Without the support of either State Treasurer Denise Nappier, who abstained, or Comptroller Kevin Lembo, who is running for a third term, the state Bond Commission approved Gov. Dannel Malloy’s request for a $10 million study on highway tolling – a decision that was immediately challenged by House Republicans in a move that may have more political than legislative traction this fall. Oz Griebel, who is running as an independent for governor and was chairman of the former state Transportation Strategy Board, is advocating for a pilot program that would put tolls on the high-occupancy-vehicle lanes of Interstates 84 and 91. Continue Reading →

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Changing public opinion one indictment, one TV commercial, at a time.

While President Donald Trump was off in Europe reshaping the continent’s opinion of the United States, Special Counsel Robert Mueller was reshaping the public’s opinion of Russian President Vladimir Putin by indicting a dozen Russian military intelligence officers for hacking the 2016 election. Connecticut politicians, meanwhile, were at full televised stride in their pursuit of victory in the Aug. 14 primary. Continue Reading →

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Session winds down, candidates wind up

The Connecticut General Assembly ended its 2018 session on schedule Wednesday by passing a $20.86 billion budget that restores aid for towns; reverses health care cuts for the elderly, poor and disabled; and defers a transportation crisis for another year. Then legislators turned their attention to getting re-elected for another term. Continue Reading →

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