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Herbst tests risk and reward of alliance with social conservatives

With carefully calibrated appeals to gun owners and social conservatives, Timothy Herbst is looking for the sweet spot in Connecticut politics on Tuesday: How far to the right can a gubernatorial candidate go to distinguish himself in a crowded Republican primary, yet remain viable in November? Continue Reading →

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‘Warrior of religious liberty’ Kavanaugh could shift church-state balance

WASHINGTON — There’s concern Judge Brett Kavanaugh, will speed the Supreme Court’s steady shift from a strict separation between government and religion and that his approach to religious liberty cases would determine the intensity of that trend for decades. Considered a “warrior of religious liberty” by some of his conservative admirers, Kavanaugh has defended the use of taxpayer money for religious schools and backed student-led prayers at high school football games. Continue Reading →

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A gay GOP candidate’s struggle to steer clear of the culture wars

SHERMAN — Clay Cope, the first selectman of this quiet lake community of 3,694, got into the race for Congress at the urging of Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton, who says Cope has a compelling story to tell about restoring Yankee virtues of pay-as-you-go frugality and limited government to a town that had fallen into debt. But if there is a formula for keeping God, guns and gays out of congressional politics in 2016, no one has shared it with Cope. Continue Reading →

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Peter Wolfgang: In prayerful search of Connecticut’s Great Right Hope

Peter Wolfgang’s hope for 2014 is that when Republicans finally awaken, they see what he sees: an untapped vein of social conservatism deep within the hostile, liberal political landscape that is Connecticut. The Grand Old Party disappointed him in 2010 and 2012, and Wolfgang has every expectation of being disappointed again next year in the gubernatorial election. He sees no GOP candidate willing to talk about cultural issues. Continue Reading →

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