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Posted inPolitics

Tim Herbst, making no apologies for making waves

Tim Herbst is on the summer Republican Town Committee circuit to talk about why his two terms as a young suburban CEO, shrinking an unfunded pension liability, striking savvy bargains with labor and offering relief from tax increases, makes him the Republicans’ best hope to win Connecticut’s open race for governor in 2018. But his elbows are out, even when trying to impress.

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Lauretti, Lembo score big in fundraising debuts

Republican Mayor Mark Lauretti of Shelton and Democratic Comptroller Kevin P. Lembo each raised about $145,000 in their first months as a candidate or exploratory candidate for governor in 2018, new highs for non-incumbents in the era of public financing in Connecticut. Democrat Chris Mattei, a former federal prosecutor seeking office for the first time, raised $118,343 in his first two-plus months as an exploratory candidate.

Posted inMoney, Politics

Would-be Democratic governors speak of taxes, red lines, the ‘fiscal mess’ and sporks

In the current struggle to craft a state budget, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, at a news conference Thursday, did not give any direction to state lawmakers beyond threatening to veto the existing Democratic and Republican proposals. He declined to state specific proposals that would qualify as “make-or-break” issues for him. His would-be replacements on the Democratic side were not as hesitant when we caught up with them Saturday night.

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Up for re-election, Murphy says he’s focused on activism, not campaigning

WASHINGTON — Despite the advantage President Donald Trump’s political gaffes may give them, many Senate Democrats face tough re-elections next year, but Chris Murphy isn’t one of them. The senator, who is defending what is considered a safe seat, says he won’t begin running for re-election in earnest until next year and for now prefers to invest in grassroots activism instead.