2018 campaign

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On guns, the GOP candidates for governor fall silent

WEST HAVEN — The shooting deaths of 17 high school students and staff in Parkland, Fla., briefly focused eight Republican candidates for governor Wednesday night on the question of whether they would stand by or revise the sweeping gun-control measure passed in Connecticut five years ago after the massacre of 20 first-graders and six educators in Sandy Hook. None favored repeal, and most declined an invitation talk about the issue. Continue Reading →

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Stefanowski: Crowded field makes public financing too expensive

Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob Stefanowski is challenging his many opponents to drop out of the voluntary public financing program that pays qualifying candidates $1.25 million for a primary and $6 million for the general election. That probably won’t impress many delegates at nominating conventions, where a candidate’s ability to qualify for public funds is a sign of credibility. But his call underscores how expensive this crowded election might be for taxpayers. Continue Reading →

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Weighing unpopular governor against unpredictable president

One of the great ironies in politics is that the election of a Republican president has injected uncertainty into what had seemed to be an inexorable, 10-year march by Connecticut Republicans from irrelevance to dominance at the State Capitol. Anger at Donald J. Trump now competes with dissatisfaction over Democrats’ stewardship of the state’s finances and economy. Continue Reading →

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Once reticent, Erin Stewart visits Trump in Oval Office

New Britain Mayor Erin Stewart, a Republican who had kept her distance from President Trump, accepted an invitation Wednesday to the Oval Office to publicize the administration’s new “Opportunity Zones.” She quickly found herself attacked by Democrats and sighing loudly as the president delivered a zinger over General Electric moving its headquarters from Fairfield to Boston. Continue Reading →

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Democrats promise boldness in 2018 session and campaign

Connecticut House and Senate Democrats, seemingly adrift in recent years over how to respond to a stagnant economy and electoral losses, signaled Tuesday they have chosen a path for the 2018 session and campaign, releasing a “values agenda” committing to progressive favorites such as pay equity, a livable wage and paid family medical leave. Continue Reading →

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Hatfield’s visibility boosted by Gingrich letter, Lawlor tweet

Former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich endorsed the exploratory campaign for attorney general of his former policy assistant, Susan Hatfield, in a letter that praises her work as a state prosecutor and makes no mention of the controversy generated by a Democrat’s tweet saying her support of Donald J. Trump makes her “a full-force racist enabler.” Continue Reading →

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Working Families co-chair Julie Kushner running for state Senate

Julie Kushner of Danbury, a longtime political and union organizer as a UAW leader and co-chair of the Connecticut Working Families Party, said Thursday she is running for state Senate, hoping to tap into the wellspring of political activism by women generated by the election of Donald J. Trump as president. She is seeking a seat last won by a Democrat in 1994. Continue Reading →

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