Ted Kennedy Jr., whose famous name has made him the subject of speculation for higher office since his election to the state Senate in 2014, issued an 84-word statement Monday ruling out a run in Connecticut’s open race for governor or any other statewide office in 2018.
The Senate Democratic majority’s leadership yielded Monday to a toothless compromise on the question of capping the unlimited expenditures the state parties now can make on General Assembly races in Connecticut. The compromise: a $250,000 cap that wouldn’t have meant a difference in any campaign last year.
The Senate Democratic majority is blocking House Speaker J. Brendan Sharkey, D-Hamden, and minority Republicans from closing what critics say is major loophole in Connecticut’s system of publicly financing campaigns — the parties ability to direct special-interest money to taxpayer-funded candidates.
Reform it. Leave it alone. Blow it up. Prescriptions for fixing Connecticut’s system of publicly financing campaigns vary wildly. Its tight limits on contributions and spending turned porous in 2014, tarnishing what had been a shiny instrument of campaign finance reform.
With the departure of five senators, Senate Majority Leader Martin Looney, D-New Haven, took the opportunity Tuesday to change the leadership of more than a dozen committees, effective next month on the opening day of the 2015 session.
A Republican campaign official has filed a complaint accusing Democrat Ted Kennedy Jr. of skirting campaign finance laws by raising $40,000 for the state Democratic Party that seems to have flowed back to his publicly financed campaign for state Senate.
The national debate over Common Core has come to the race for the open 12th State Senate seat, with Republican candidate Bruce H. Wilson, Jr. calling for the state to reconsider its plan to require all school districts to adopt new academic standards along with new standardized tests.
Much of the important, but lower-profile, work at the State Capitol this week revolved around children’s issues.
Branford – Ted Kennedy Jr. made his debut as a candidate for public office Tuesday, blessed and burdened by a name that makes instant allies and passionate enemies of perfect strangers. His uncles and father began earlier, sights set on Congress or beyond. Kennedy, 52, is running for the part-time Connecticut General Assembly.
At age 52, Ted Kennedy Jr. is set to begin his career as a candidate seeking a seat in the Senate at 6 p.m. Tuesday at a library. It’s not the JFK Library in Boston, and the seat he is seeking would send him to Hartford, not Washington.
The arrival of Ted Kennedy Jr. as a potential Democratic candidate for state senator may turn out to be a game changer along part of the Connecticut shoreline.
Sen. Ed Meyer, D-Guilford, confirmed his retirement plans Monday, providing an opportunity to a constituent who has signaled an eagerness in recent years to embrace a family legacy: Ted Kennedy Jr.