Streicker’s ability to self-fund her campaign has prompted DeLauro’s allies to come to the aid of the lawmaker.
The threat to veto a family leave bill lays bare an inherent tension in Gov. Ned Lamont’s politics: He is a labor ally from the world of business, where government is suspect.
Jenna Shapiro woke up miserable the day after Donald J. Trump’s election in 2016. The daughter of Democratic activists, Shapiro had canvassed for Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire and worked on phone banks at Wesleyan, where she was a senior contemplating a career in teaching. “I felt like I hadn’t done enough, not nearly enough,” Shapiro said. “I never want to wake up after another election believing I hadn’t done everything I could for a candidate I believed in.” She woke up happy this year, having put off teaching to help run the Democratic GOTV campaign in Connecticut.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The labor-backed Working Families Party has rejected the choice of the Democratic Party for a vacant legislative seat in Hartford and is running its own candidate: Joshua Hall, an officer of the Hartford Federation of Teachers.
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.
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.
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.
The Connecticut Working Families Party announced Monday the cross-endorsements of 92 Democrats and no Republicans for seats in the General Assembly and Congress, a step that gives the candidates a place on two ballot lines this fall.