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CT Dems trying to help Hispanics assert political clout

WASHINGTON – The growth of Connecticut’s Latino community is increasing its clout at the ballot box and fostered the ambitions of Milagros Acosta and other Hispanics to pursue a career in politics. “Everything is possible,” said Acosta, who emigrated from Peru when she was 22 years old. Continue Reading →

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Shannon Kula, a Democrat, declares for Esty’s seat

Shannon Kula, a former U.S. Senate aide, on Wednesday became the third Democrat, all women, to announce a run for the open 5th District Congressional seat, making a late entrance that will require her to petition for a place in the August primary. She faces a deadline of June 12 to gather signatures from two percent of registered Democrats in the district. Continue Reading →

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Omnibus has millions to strengthen CT voting system against cyber attacks

WASHINGTON — The massive omnibus spending bill President Donald Trump has signed into law contains $380 million — including up to $5 million for Connecticut — to protect digital voting systems from cyberattacks. Connecticut was one of 21 states targeted by Russian hackers in the 2016 election cycle, but they failed to breach the state’s electoral system. Continue Reading →

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Blumenthal asks Twitter, Facebook, about fake ads in Russian troll probe

WASHINGTON — Sen. Richard Blumenthal on Tuesday asked Twitter and Facebook executives what they knew about specific attempts by Russian trolls to disseminate information through fake ads and stories, and received little response. Facebook says as many as 126 million people may have seen content from accounts tied to Russian sources. Continue Reading →

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CT lawmakers prepare for 2018 campaign by raising lots of cash

WASHINGTON — Connecticut’s members of Congress, all Democrats, are preparing for the pivotal 2018 elections by getting a head start in the campaign money race. Rep. Elizabeth Esty, D-5th District, raised more money than any Connecticut member of the House of Representatives in the first six months of this year. Continue Reading →

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Feds to monitor election in Hartford, New Britain, other CT towns

WASHINGTON — Federal monitors will watch elections in Hartford, West Hartford, East Hartford, New Britain, Farmington, Middletown and Newington on Tuesday. Secretary of the State Denise Merrill says they will observe the new voting system for the disabled. Continue Reading →

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Murphy, other gun control advocates, in search of political wins

WASHINGTON — This political season, gun control advocates are bolstered by Hillary Clinton’s embrace of their issue and an increase in the political cash they’ve raised, even as they continue to be outgunned by the National Rifle Association when it comes to campaign spending. Continue Reading →

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Malloy raises money, and profile, as head of DGA

WASHINGTON — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is proving to be an able fundraiser as chairman of the Democratic Governors Association, but he’s not been in demand as campaigner in a year when many Democrats in hot races have shifted to the right of the Connecticut governor, touting fiscal conservatism, support for welfare reform and even their “A” ratings from the NRA. Continue Reading →

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U.S. attorney opens probe of Malloy’s 2014 campaign fundraising

A federal grand jury with the power to subpoena documents and compel testimony is trying to do what state elections regulators could not: Resolve whether the Democratic Party and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy broke the law in raising money for his narrow re-election in 2014. Continue Reading →

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