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Posted inPolitics

Oakes may abandon U.S. Senate bid soon, would back Murphy over Bysiewicz

Political newcomer Matthew Oakes, an East Hartford Democrat who’s been trying to petition his way onto the Democratic primary ballot for U.S. Senate, said at Saturday’s Democratic State Convention he may soon abandon that bid. Oakes, who already has collected about 9,000 of the roughly 14,600 signatures he needs, said he would decide shortly after […]

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Same Day Registration Makes Sense for Nutmeg Voters

Connecticut has another opportunity to show the way forward on progressive reform. While many other states are suppressing the vote through strict new voter ID requirements, restrictions on community voter registration drives and shortened early voting periods, Governor Dannel Malloy and Secretary of the State Denise Merrill are championing legislation to expand voter participation. A […]

Posted inEducation, Politics

Courtney, other Connecticut Democrats, slam GOP on student loan vote

Washington — Rep. Joe Courtney, D-2nd District, has for months been trying to win approval for a bill that would avoid a doubling of the interest rate on a popular, federally subsidized student loan. But when the House finally approved legislation Friday that would prevent interest rates on Stafford loans from doubling to 6.8 percent […]

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PURA Chairman DelGobbo to step down

Talk about burying a lead. In the press release from Governor Dannel P. Malloy’s office that he was re-nominating Jack Betkoski as one of the three directors of the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority was this little side note: “Governor Malloy also received formal notification from PURA Director and current Chairman Kevin M. DelGobbo that he is declining the […]

Posted inPolitics

The small, small world of John Rowland

The campaign of congressional candidate Mark Greenberg says that former Gov. John G. Rowland offered political consulting services before Greenberg ran in 2010, but he wanted to be paid through the candidate’s nonprofit animal shelter — not the campaign. The story, which was first reported by the Register-Citizen and confirmed by Greenberg spokesman Chris Cooper, […]

Posted inHealth, Money, Politics

They’re baaack: PCA, daycare collective bargaining bills resurface

As expected, the controversial legislative proposals to give collective bargaining rights to certain home care workers and day care providers have resurfaced as an amendment to a labor bill. The proposals failed to make it out of the Labor and Public Employees Committee in March after Republicans ran out the clock debating one of the […]

Posted inPolitics

Murphy tapping Clinton donors

Rep. Chris Murphy, D-5th District, is trying to get a fundraising boost by soliciting campaign funds from the people who gave to Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. According to the latest filings with the Federal Election Commission, the Murphy campaign has rented the Clinton email donor list for $3,644.96. Although Clinton, now secretary of state, lost […]

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Roraback won’t release wording of favorable poll

Republican state Sen. Andrew Roraback’s campaign for Congress in the 5th Congressional District is sharing a brief polling memo that portrays him as the strongest candidate in the general election. “When NEUTRAL information on EACH of the Republican candidates is introduced to voters, only Andrew Roraback exceeds 50% in a hypothetical ballot matchup against a […]