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Connecticut seeing surge of voter registrations since 2016 election

Connecticut residents are registering to vote at an unprecedented rate in a non-presidential election cycle, indicating increased interest in politics since President Donald Trump won the White House, analysts say. According to data from the Connecticut Secretary of State’s office, from the 2016 election through June of this year, 81,908 new voters registered as Democrats, compared to 43,390 who registered as Republicans. Continue Reading →

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CT lawmakers will attend Netanyahu’s speech — with misgivings

Washington – At least four of Connecticut’s Democratic lawmakers say they’ll attend Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu’s controversial address to Congress next month, even as some criticize the way House Speaker John Boehner made the invitation. Continue Reading →

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Himes officially replaced as DCCC finance chairman

WASHINGTON – Newly appointed Democratic Congressional Campaign Chairman Ben Ray Luján officially announced his picks to be his top lieutenants Wednesday, turning to a long-time ally of Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to succeed Connecticut U.S. Rep. Jim Himes as the group’s finance chairman. Continue Reading →

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Debicella runs for 4th District seat in moderate GOP tradition

WASHINGTON — Dan Debicella is hoping voter disgust with Congress and his appeal as a moderate Republican in a district that has shown a preference for politicians of that stripe will propel him to victory in his second attempt to unseat Rep. Jim Himes, D-4th Dis Continue Reading →

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Himes: ‘realistic’ about Democrats’ chances of taking House

Snowed in at a retreat on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, Rep. Jim Himes, D-4th District, said he and other Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee officials are “realistic” about his party’s  chances of taking back the House of Representatives in November’s elections. In a freewheeling, informal talk with reporters that lasted nearly a half-hour, Himes said DCCC Chairman Steve Israel, D-N.Y., is “optimistic but realistic” about Democrats picking up the 18 or more seats they would need to wrest control of the House from Republicans. “It’s really a tough fight,” Himes said. The DCCC fundraising chairman, Himes said he, too, is realistic about the possibility House Democrats woould soon be in the majority. “One of the advantages we have is a very clear dollar advantage,” Himes said. Continue Reading →

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CT House Dems (except Courtney) attend party retreat

Washington — Rep. Rosa DeLauro has a starring role and Rep. Joe Courtney is odd man out as House Democrats began their three-day annual retreat Wednesday. The retreat, in Cambridge, Md., the Eastern Shore town that was the site of the GOP retreat last month, will feature speeches by President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden and sessions on favorite Democratic issues, including raising the minimum wage and strengthening education. DeLauro, the longtime 3rd District representative, will host a session on “Unmarried Women – They Will Elect You If You Get It Right.”

Democratic lawmakers will also attend sessions on “Sharpening Your Media Skills,” “Developing a Winning Message” and a new campaign finance bill co-sponsored by Rep. John Larson, D-1st District. There are also voluntary, recreational activities on the agenda, including a visit to the Harriet Tubman Museum or to a Maryland winery. Courtney preferred to visit family and skip the retreat, said the lawmaker’s press secretary, Elizabeth Donovan. Continue Reading →

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