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MoveOn’s endorsement of Donovan means people, not TV ads — for now

MoveOn.org started one of its 24-hour email polls on supporting the 5th Congressional District campaign of House Speaker Christopher G. Donovan, D-Meriden, the day that his campaign finance director was arrested. But the liberal activist group voted to endorse Donovan in that email poll and again in a second poll conducted last week just to […]

Posted inMoney, Politics

On Independence Day, a reminder that citizens still have power

Connecticut just made a major policy change that will protect kids and reduce crime. You probably didn’t notice. That’s understandable. The Raise the Age campaign that pushed for this legislation didn’t run television commercials or send out mailers. We couldn’t afford them. The reform helped 16- and 17-year-olds in trouble with the law. These kids […]

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Donovan, Murphy recommended for AFL-CIO endorsements

The final vote won’t come until Tuesday, but the Connecticut AFL-CIO’s political endorsement committee is recommending the labor federation back Chris Murphy and Chris Donovan for the state’s two open seats in the congressional delegation. The AFL-CIO convention will vote Tuesday on formally endorsing Murphy for U.S. Senate and Donovan for the 5th Congressional District […]

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Malloy Should Stand Up for Election Transparency

Last week, Gov. Dan Malloy vetoed House Bill 5556, which would have brought needed transparency to Connecticut elections and made the Constitution State a national leader on campaign finance disclosure. At a time when outside groups are poised to swamp elections with historic levels of undisclosed political spending, it is unfortunate Malloy rejected this robust […]

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Lumaj walks back ‘not electable’ crack with McMahon endorsement

Linda McMahon picked up an endorsement today from Peter Lumaj, a conservative businessman who was part of the five-candidate field for the GOP Senate nomination. The only downside of endorsements from former opponents, especially longshots who were especially free with their opinions during the campaign, is the recycling of past criticism by the endorser of […]

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JI ups ante with FEC complaint against McMahon over WWE libel threat

World Wrestling Entertainment’s threat to sue the Journal Inquirer for libel over a column comparing its programming to pornography took a new twist with the newspaper filing an elections complaint. In a complaint lodged last week with the Federal Election Commission, the JI alleges that WWE is working to assist the Senate campaign of its […]

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New racial profiling measure could clash with U.S. program

Early this year, Connecticut became one of the first states to adopt a federal program that helps law enforcement agents deport illegal immigrants more easily. But when the state legislature approved a new measure prohibiting racial profiling by police departments, that inadvertently set up a clash with the federal program. The federal measure, Secure Communities, […]

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Connecticut lawmakers lose battle over domestic violence bill

The House of Representatives voted 222-205 to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act Wednesday without a single vote from the Connecticut delegation. That all-Democratic delegation prefers a bill the Senate approved last month that would extend protections to the gay and transgender communities. The Senate bill would also provide temporary visas to illegal immigrants who […]

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Bysiewicz forces primary for Senate seat

It’s official: there will be a Democratic primary for the U.S. Senate. Susan Bysiewicz, who finished in second place at the Democratic convention, filed the necessary paperwork Tuesday that ensures her a place on the Aug. 14 primary ballot. “We’re excited about going forward,” the former secretary of the state told reporters. “Primaries are incredibly […]