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CT GOP candidates weigh Trump’s plan for immigration crackdown

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump plans to announce a sweeping border crackdown this week, days before the mid-term elections, in a “red meat” speech aimed at firing up the GOP base. While that speech may help GOP candidates in other states, a tough approach to immigration is likely to provide less of a boost to Republican candidates in Connecticut,  although some embrace the plan. Continue Reading →

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Blue wave could propel Conn. Democrats into powerful jobs

WASHINGTON — A blue wave that wrests control of the U.S. House from the GOP would propel Connecticut’s Democratic House members — who are favored to win another term — out of a political wilderness and into positions of power. But while they may be able to advance their political agendas, the prospects of a continued GOP-controlled Senate would limit their new power.
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Hayes raises about $1.3 million in her quest for congressional seat

WASHINGTON – Jahana Hayes, a political newcomer vying for the 5th District congressional seat, has pulled in nearly $1.3 million in campaign donations since she announced her candidacy in May. Some of that money came from political action committees representing special interests and from those Hayes hopes to call colleagues after the Nov. 6 elections, including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. Continue Reading →

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Retiring Esty gives more than $100k to DCCC, still has large war chest

WASHINGTON — Retiring Rep.  Elizabeth Esty has given more than $100,000 to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and spent thousands more polling her constituents and posting digital ads that tout her work in Congress, according to her latest filing with the Federal Elections Commission. Continue Reading →

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Hayes, Santos disagree on, well, pretty much everything in CT-5

PROSPECT — Democrat Jahana Hayes and Republican Manny Santos debated for the first time Thursday in Connecticut’s only open congressional race, offering sharply different views of immigration, trade, tax reform and Obamacare — issues President Donald J.Trump has brought to a boil in American political life. Continue Reading →

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Santos in quiet campaign to break Democratic representation in Congress

WASHINGTON – Republican Manny Santos is swimming against a blue tide this year, hoping to break the Democratic stranglehold on Connecticut’s representation in Congress by defeating a Democrat who has captured national attention and has a huge campaign fundraising lead. Santos himself rues the little attention his campaign has received. Continue Reading →

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Hayes would be a minority within a minority in Congress

If Jahana Hayes succeeds in winning a seat in Congress, she will be in a select group of minority lawmakers who represent overwhelmingly white majority districts. Hayes garnered substantial support among white Democrats, winning towns in the district with few minority residents, like Goshen, Litchfield and Southbury, by more than 66 percent of the vote. Continue Reading →

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Hayes wins ground-breaking victory for 5th District nomination

Jahana Hayes, the political novice whose compelling life story drew national attention, soundly defeated former Simsbury First Selectman Mary Glassman Tuesday for the Democratic nomination to represent Connecticut’s 5th Congressional District. Continue Reading →

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Candidates for Esty’s congressional seat hustle last-minute votes

Both the Democratic and Republican candidates for Rep. Elizabeth Esty’s congressional seat are frantically spending the last hours before the polls close on the primary races Tuesday searching for votes, sometimes one by one and often in towns considered the opposing party’s strongholds. Campaigning in the 5th District poses unique geographical and strategic challenges. Continue Reading →

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GOP candidates O’Neill, Santos differ in wealth, investments

WASHINGTON – Republican congressional candidate Ruby Corby O’Neill and her husband are heavily invested in Connecticut state and municipal bonds, while her GOP rival for the 5th District seat, Manny Santos, reported earning a $87,000 salary from UnitedHealth Group last year. Continue Reading →

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Dems outpace GOP fundraising in race for Esty’s seat

WASHINGTON – Democrats running for the 5th District congressional seat have vastly outpaced Republican candidates in campaign fundraising, the latest reports filed with the Federal Election Commission show. As if June 30, Mary Glassman raised about $380,000 and her Democratic rival, Jahana Hayes, raised about $295.000. Continue Reading →

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In 5th CD, GOP candidates agree on trade, immigrants and Trump

TORRINGTON — The three Republicans seeking the open seat in the 5th Congressional District glided through a one-hour debate Monday night without disagreeing on President Trump’s approach to immigration or trade, two of the most contentious issues dividing Democrats and Republicans in Washington. Continue Reading →

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O’Neill says she’ll use ‘guts’ and life experience to win Esty’s seat

Ruby Corby O’Neill says she’s a unique candidate in Connecticut GOP politics. “Republicans traditionally have not been successful with Latinos and women, and I am both.” She says her “guts” and independence will help propel her to Congress.
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