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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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On outs with Sanders and labor, is Malloy still a progressive?

The stated cause of Bernie Sanders’ displeasure with Gov. Dannel P. Malloy as co-chair of the Democratic platform committee stems from his being one of Hillary Clinton’s “aggressive attack surrogates,” not deficiencies as a progressive politician. But controversy over Malloy’s suitability as an arbiter of the Democratic agenda coincides with a budget controversy in Connecticut that’s fueling a reappraisal of the man once described by The Daily Beast as the “progressives’ dream governor.” Continue Reading →

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General Assembly’s shrinking agenda frustrates progressives

A prominent pollster gave House and Senate Democrats a private rundown on the mood of the Connecticut electorate Thursday. The news surprised no one. Voters are unhappy with Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, and they see pretty much every issue paling in importance next to the state’s business climate. Continue Reading →

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Long-shot candidates hope voter discontent gives them a boost

A Green Party candidate, Bll Clyde is one of several minor party and unaffiliated candidates who will be competing for a congressional seat in Connecticut this year. Like Clyde, they may have a liberal bent. Or they may be conservative or libertarian. But they all have one thing in common – contempt for the way the major parties are running things. Continue Reading →

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