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WFP backs Lamont, but opts for Bermudez Zimmerman for LG

The Connecticut Working Families Party, a labor offshoot that promotes progressive issues, announced Tuesday it was backing Eva Bermudez Zimmerman for lieutenant governor in the Democratic primary over Susan Bysiewicz, the candidate endorsed by the Democratic state convention and gubernatorial candidate Ned Lamont. Continue Reading →

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Insurgents look to N.Y.’s Ocasio-Cortez as trail blazer

From New York to Los Angeles, insurgent and outsider candidates latched onto Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, trying to connect to the 28-year-old community organizer and Democratic Socialist who stunned the political world this week by beating the U.S. House’s fourth-ranking Democrat in a congressional primary in New York City. In Connecticut, the Ocasio-Cortez victory nudged the Working Families Party closer towards dropping its neutrality in a Democratic primary. Continue Reading →

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The Working Families, pushing Democrats to the left

“I think Democrats have been just afraid of their shadows for a very long time and we’ve seen that in resistance to things like minimum wage increases and paid family leave and fair immigration policies.” But Lindsay Farrell of the Working Families Party says things might be changing. Our Sunday Conversation. Continue Reading →

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A liberal grades his colleagues: ‘I’m not here to make friends’

Josh Elliott arrived at the State Capitol last January as a disrupter, the young liberal with the short spiky hair who had the temerity to challenge to House Speaker J. Brendan Sharkey for the Democratic nomination. His goal for 2018 is to help other liberal outsiders do what he did in 2016: Challenge incumbent Democrats he sees as insufficiently progressive. “I’m not here to make friends,” he says. Continue Reading →

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Allies in ’10, Malloy distant from labor’s WFP in ’17

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy helped deliver a paid-sick days law sought by the Working Families Party in 2011. The coolness of his relationship now with the labor-backed group was reinforced Monday when he said that the WFP’s proposal for a special tax on hedge fund managers is such bad policy it shouldn’t even be discussed. Continue Reading →

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Working Families wins in Hartford, GOP in Watertown

Joshua M. Hall, a teachers’ union official and former treasurer of the state Democratic Party, won a special election in Hartford’s 7th House District on the Working Families Party ballot line Tuesday night, defeating two other Democrats. Republican Joe Poletta easily won in Watertown’s 68th House District. Continue Reading →

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Hartford special election exposes political fault lines

The campaign for a vacant state House seat in Hartford, where voters will be offered three flavors of Democrat in a special election Tuesday, has laid bare tensions between Democrats and the Working Families Party, a labor offshoot that fashions itself as the progressive conscience of Connecticut politics. Continue Reading →

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Progressives struggle to regain momentum on labor bills

The Democratic leader of the evenly divided state Senate led the kickoff Thursday of an uphill campaign to raise the $10.10 minimum wage to $15 on Jan. 1, 2022, and also make Connecticut the fifth state in the U.S. to enact a worker-funded insurance program of paid medical leave. Continue Reading →

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CT’s left pushes Trump to deliver on a populist tax promise

Whatever fiscal sacrifice is proposed Wednesday by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy to close a budget shortfall of $1.7 billion, a liberal coalition will be standing by with an alternative already rejected by the governor — raise more than $500 million by nearly quadrupling the income tax on hedge fund managers. Their message is directed at President Trump, not just Malloy. Continue Reading →

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Malloy happy to defer to Trump on hedge-fund tax break

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy reacted warily Tuesday to state legislation to eliminate the “carried interest” tax break for Connecticut’s influential hedge fund managers, suggesting instead that the liberal sponsors press President Trump to keep his pledge to eliminate the tax benefit through federal action. Continue Reading →

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Working Families, charter schools targeted Democrat primaries

The Working Families Party was the biggest outside spender on Democratic legislative primaries Tuesday, committing $70,000 for field staff in three winning races, while two charter-school groups provided late support to help Rep. Charlie Stallworth of Bridgeport defeat a prominent opponent of charters, Maria H. Pereira. Continue Reading →

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Liberals win Democratic primaries for General Assembly

Joshua Elliott, the outsider recruited by the liberal Working Families Party to challenge House Speaker J. Brendan Sharkey, won a Democratic primary Tuesday, easily beating the establishment candidate endorsed after Sharkey abruptly decided to retire in May. Sens. Ed Gomes and Marilyn Moore of Bridgeport also won with WFP backing. Continue Reading →

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