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Obsitnik opens ad campaign, public financing delayed again

Updated at 5:30 p.m.
Unwilling to wait further for a long-delayed public financing grant, Republican gubernatorial candidate Steve Obsitnik is using $100,000 of his own money to begin a video advertising campaign on cable television and social media, his campaign said Thursday. Continue Reading →

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Despite investigation, Obsitnik not giving up on public financing

The Republican gubernatorial campaign of Steve Obsitnik said Friday that the investigation opened Wednesday by the State Elections Enforcement Commission does not rule out eventual approval of its application for $1.35 million in public financing under the Citizens’ Election Program. But Obsitnik’s campaign manager also conceded it has no contingency if the money is not approved in coming weeks. Continue Reading →

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Boughton, Herbst granted $1.35M in public financing

The State Elections Enforcement Commission approved public financing grants Wednesday for Republicans Mark Boughton and Timothy Herbst, two of the three gubernatorial candidates participating in the voluntary Citizens’ Election Program in 2018. The third, Steve Obsitnik, will have to try again next week for a fifth time. Continue Reading →

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Tucked in budget: Shorter leash on election watchdogs

Connecticut’s legislators are using the bipartisan budget deal struck last week to do what they could not during the regular session: Require the State Elections Enforcement Commission to dismiss complaints against candidates, including lawmakers, that are not resolved in one year. Continue Reading →

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We can’t tell you the right way to vote, just the right place

Here are some suggestions gleaned from a pep talk elections officials gave Wednesday, a mix of practical advice and reassurance about the integrity of U.S. elections. It’s a good idea to check where you are supposed to vote – and if you still are registered. If you haven’t shown up in a few years, you may have been “purged” from the rolls and deemed “inactive.” The good news is you can be “restored” on the spot. Continue Reading →

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Business, labor bet big on fight for Connecticut Capitol

Business groups intent on boosting the influence of Republicans in the General Assembly outspent labor allies of majority Democrats by roughly a 2-1 margin in independent expenditures reported to the State Elections Enforcement Commission through Tuesday, according to an analysis by CT Mirror. Continue Reading →

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Fact, fiction and dead voters: ‘There’s never been a case here’

Don’t bother to look for a case of someone voting in the name of the dead at the polls in Connecticut, even if Donald J. Trump frets that 1.8 million dead Americans are still registered to vote. Proven voter fraud is rare here, and it’s never involved impersonation at the polls. Continue Reading →

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Malloy releases funds withheld from CT watchdog agencies

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s administration relented Friday in its controversial battle to cut the budgets of state government’s autonomous watchdogs — as it has other agencies’ budgets — to help balance Connecticut’s finances. Continue Reading →

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Stakes grow in Malloy’s third challenge of watchdogs’ autonomy

The latest challenge to the fiscal autonomy of state’s watchdog agencies by the administration of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is raising unprecedented legal questions likely to eventually require Attorney General George Jepsen and Comptroller Kevin P. Lembo to publicly contradict or confirm the administration’s position. Continue Reading →

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A postscript to Malloy campaign case: Did anyone pay a legal bill?

State law does not require an accounting, and the Connecticut Democratic Party won’t provide one. But in the process of defending the party against allegations of using illegal campaign contributions to support the governor’s re-election, David S. Golub may have become its biggest benefactor. There is no record of his charging for a case that other lawyers say could easily have cost six figures. Continue Reading →

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