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Opponents parse ‘reduce’ vs. ‘phase out’ in Boughton’s tax ad

A new Facebook ad from Republican gubernatorial candidate Mark Boughton says he would “reduce” the state income tax, prompting two opponents Friday to question whether the Danbury mayor had abandoned his pledge to phase out the tax over a decade. The Boughton campaign says nothing has changed. Continue Reading →

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Stemerman on offensive, says it’s time to show differences

FAIRFIELD — On and off stage Wednesday night, the Republican gubernatorial field turned on Bob Stefanowski, reinforcing a narrative his opponents are promoting in public forums and new advertising: GOP primary voters cannot trust a man who enrolled as Democrat in 2016 and did not vote for Donald J. Trump — or anyone else — for president. Continue Reading →

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On a TV near you, scenes from Connecticut’s crowded campaign

They use wrecking balls, floating boxes, and even a candidate’s brain scan. Four of the five Republican candidates for governor are on television, competing for attention with ads that offer dashes of biography with promises to cut taxes, shake up Hartford, cut state employee benefits, clean house, fight insiders, restore growth and, yes, think outside the box. All this in 30-second servings. Continue Reading →

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SEEC to Boughton, Herbst & Obsitnik: Come back next week

The three gubernatorial candidates seeking public financing failed to win approval of their grants Wednesday by the State Elections Enforcement Commission, the result of deficiencies in their applications for $1.35 million each to wage a primary. All three are Republicans. They will have another chance next week. Continue Reading →

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Mark Boughton wins GOP endorsement on third ballot

MASHANTUCKET — Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton won the Republican endorsement for governor Saturday, emerging as the choice of GOP delegates from a field of eight candidates on the third ballot. But he faces a primary in August with at least three and as many as seven candidates, including two wealthy businessmen who bypassed the state convention. Continue Reading →

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Back after seizure, Boughton tells GOP, ‘It’s all good now’

WEST HARTFORD — With touches of humor and humility, Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton resumed campaigning for governor Monday night, telling Republicans he was ready for the rigors of a statewide campaign after suffering a seizure Thursday night. His audience included four GOP rivals, one of them a physician who tended to him after his collapse, Prasad Srinivasan. Continue Reading →

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Boughton, blaming seizure on dehydration, to resume campaign

Republican gubernatorial candidate Mark Boughton told CT Mirror on Friday his seizure at a campaign event the previous night was caused by severe dehydration and, most likely, his failure to take a precautionary anti-seizure medication prescribed after surgery last summer to remove a lemon-sized cyst from his brain. He intends to resume campaigning Monday.
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Mark Boughton stable after seizure at campaign event

Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton, a prominent Republican candidate for governor who underwent surgery last summer to remove a benign, lemon-sized tumor from his brain, collapsed Thursday night at a crowded campaign event in Avon from an apparent seizure. His campaign reported he was resting comfortably at the UConn Health Center in Farmington. Continue Reading →

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Boughton: Income tax phase-out is one piece of 10-year plan

DANBURY — As he explores a third campaign for governor, Republican Mayor Mark Boughton is testing a message not seriously proffered in two decades: a call for elimination of the state’s tax on wages. He says it’s not a stunt, but voters will have to wait to hear how he thinks Connecticut could get by without nearly half its revenue. Continue Reading →

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Municipalities fear big CT deficits will nix promised state aid

In light of surging state budget deficits, municipal leaders were skeptical Tuesday that their communities would receive the hundreds of millions of dollars in state sales tax receipts owed them over the next three years. The Connecticut Conference of Municipalities also used their annual lobbying day at the Capitol to urge legislators to spare them from new mandates and to postpone and reform a new municipal spending cap. Continue Reading →

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