2018 campaign

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CT Latinos voter turnout signals new political engagement

WASHINGTON – There was a significant jump in Latino participation in the midterm election across the nation, and most likely in Connecticut, too. As more of the state’s Latinos are politically engaged, there are also more calls from that growing community for a seat at the table of political power.
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Behind Democrats’ win, a senator and one million phone calls

Jenna Shapiro woke up miserable the day after Donald J. Trump’s election in 2016. The daughter of Democratic activists, Shapiro had canvassed for Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire and worked on phone banks at Wesleyan, where she was a senior contemplating a career in teaching. “I felt like I hadn’t done enough, not nearly enough,” Shapiro said. “I never want to wake up after another election believing I hadn’t done everything I could for a candidate I believed in.” She woke up happy this year, having put off teaching to help run the Democratic GOTV campaign in Connecticut. Continue Reading →

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Wave of new women Dems hope to impact legislative agenda

Female candidates helped boost Democratic clout in the General Assembly during the midterm election and now they’d like to see the issues they campaigned on — issues like paid family and medical leave  — at the top of the agenda in the next legislative session. Continue Reading →

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A blue wave? Actually, the blues got bluer, but the reds also got redder

A blue wave swept across Connecticut to give Democrats solid majorities in the General Assembly, but the race for governor offered little sign of a political realignment: If anything, the reds got redder and the blues got bluer on the state’s electoral map.
Almost 100 towns voted more strongly in favor of the party they had chosen in 2014. Continue Reading →

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Midterm propels CT Dems into power, key roles in House ‘stop Trump’ efforts

WASHINGTON – The Democratic takeover of the U.S. House of Representatives has propelled Connecticut’s lawmakers into positions of power that may help them further their agendas and give them new roles in the effort to block President Donald Trump’s initiatives. Continue Reading →

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Murphy, CT U.S. House lawmakers easily win re-election as Dems take U.S. House

Voters returned U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy to the Senate and re-elected Connecticut’s Democratic members of the U.S. House, who will serve in a chamber controlled by their own party for the first time in eight years. A newcomer, Jahana Hayes, will also join that House delegation in the next Congress. Continue Reading →

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Voters go to polls in Connecticut’s ‘extraordinarily odd year’

Buffeted by conflicting state and national political currents, Connecticut voters go to the polls today to cast votes for statewide and legislative candidates, many who have tied their fortunes to how the electorate feels about two men not on the ballot, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and President Donald J. Trump. Continue Reading →

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Conn. Dems close on heath care, the economy — and Trump

WASHINGTON – The closing argument Connecticut’s congressional delegation is making in this historic midterm election hews closely to Democratic messaging about health care and the economy — but they are also making President Donald Trump a focus of their last-minute campaigning. Continue Reading →

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Murphy says vote for Griebel is vote for Trump, others ask him to drop out

WASHINGTON – Sen. Chris Murphy on warned Connecticut voters that casting a ballot on Tuesday for independent gubernatorial candidate Oz Griebel was “as good as a vote for Donald Trump.” Meanwhile, a coalition of progressive groups in Connecticut asked Griebel, and his running mate Monte Frank, to drop out of the race because he’s pulling support from Democratic candidate Ned Lamont. Continue Reading →

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Projections show transportation funds getting lean by 2021

Will Connecticut be able to borrow funds at affordable rates to rebuild its aging transportation system? New projections show one key barometer of the transportation program’s fiscal health could be slipping into dangerous territory within the next two years. Continue Reading →

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