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November 21, 2014

OP-ED | Looking Beyond Connecticut’s Borders

by Susan Bigelow | November 21, 2014 8:00am

If you live in Connecticut you live with — and surprisingly close to — state borders. In fact, no matter where you go in our state, you’re never more than about 50 miles away from either New York, Massachusetts, or Rhode Island. So why do we continually treat the state lines as if they’re the edge of the world?

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November 14, 2014

ANALYSIS | Republicans Swing and Miss in the 4th and 5th Congressional Districts

by Susan Bigelow | November 14, 2014 8:25am

On a night where Democrats got tossed out of Congress all over the country, Connecticut’s five Democrats held firm. How did that happen, and can Republicans ever hope to win a Connecticut congressional seat again?

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OP-ED | No Republican Wave Hit 990 Prospect Avenue

by Terry D. Cowgill | November 14, 2014 5:30am
In the face of a national Republican landslide that punished incumbents in the midterm elections, Connecticut stayed true to its nickname.

At least in the executive branch, the Land Steady of Habits bucked the trend that made life miserable for Democrats. We returned an unpopular incumbent Democratic governor to office and re-elected every constitutional officer and member of Congress — all of whom were Democrats. What Republican wave, you ask?

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November 6, 2014

ANALYSIS | The 2014 Governor’s Race: In Which We Are Much the Same

by Susan Bigelow | November 6, 2014 7:59am

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So, here we are again. Dan Malloy has defeated Tom Foley by a slim margin, after an election troubled by frustration and incompetence at the polls in one of our cities. After all that, after a wearying election that was far more about fear, money, and blame than policy, government, or even the idea of the next four years, we’re right back where it all began.

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October 31, 2014

ANALYSIS | What to Watch for on Election Night 2014

by Susan Bigelow | October 31, 2014 10:00am

Finally, after a long and joyless campaign, it’s almost time to go vote in Connecticut’s 2014 election! Here’s a handy guide for what to watch on election night to see which way the wind is blowing, with some bonus predictions.

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October 30, 2014

ANALYSIS | Turnout In Cities, Fate Of Roraback Country Keys To Victory In 5th District

by Matt DeRienzo | October 30, 2014 3:00pm

Courtesy of Susan Bigelow

Two years ago, former state Sen. Andrew Roraback came within 3 percentage points of winning a 5th District congressional race that, like the rest of Connecticut, seemed on its way to becoming a “safe” seat for Democrats.

Roraback won Litchfield County and Farmington Valley towns that had previously gone to former 5th District congressman and now U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy.

But it was a presidential election year, Murphy was getting out the vote for his U.S. Senate campaign against Linda McMahon, and there was high voter turnout in the heavily Democratic 5th District cities of Meriden, New Britain, Waterbury, and Danbury.

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OP-ED | Is Connecticut Enjoying A Sustained Recovery?

by Fred Carstensen | October 30, 2014 8:48am

Many were startled by the report of 11,500 new jobs in Connecticut in September, the fastest rate of job creation in more than 20 years. Given the timing, coming shortly before the election, many will cynically discount the importance of this information. We do so at our peril.

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October 27, 2014

ANALYSIS | Moderate Esty Appeals To Liberals, Or Liberal Esty Appeals To Moderates?

by Matt DeRienzo | October 27, 2014 6:30am

On a recent day on the campaign trail, 5th District Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty sat down with the board of the Waterbury Chamber of Commerce. She talked about helping businesspeople work through some federal regulations that could be eased for them.

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October 10, 2014

OP-ED | Connecticut’s Disappearing Middle Class

by Suzanne Bates | October 10, 2014 9:30am

This is one of the best times of year to walk through one of Connecticut’s pretty little towns, with the lingering smell of damp leaves and fair-trade coffee hanging in the chilled air.

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OP-ED | A Race In Which Nobody Wins

by Susan Bigelow | October 10, 2014 8:00am

If the last couple of polls are to be believed, Tom Foley has royally squandered a gift of an election, handing his lead back to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy. This happened for two reasons: first, Tom Foley is a lousy candidate, and second, Dan Malloy is very good at attacking his opponent.

None of these are particularly inspiring reasons. Such is political life in 2014.

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