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October 13, 2017

OP-ED | Felons, Millionaires, and Nobodies: The Race for Governor

by Susan Bigelow | October 13, 2017 10:00am

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Are you a filthy rich businessman who wants to be governor and has $1.8 million lying around to pump into the campaign? If so, too bad, the Republicans already have one of you.

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October 11, 2017

Political Newcomers Have Deep Pockets

by Christine Stuart | October 11, 2017 5:30am

Artem Avetisyan via shutterstock Two Republican newcomers with backgrounds in business are making large contributions to their own campaigns.

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October 9, 2017

Special Interest Funding Drops Under Clean Election Program

by Christine Stuart | October 9, 2017 5:30am

www.followthemoney.org HARTFORD, CT — While the landmark Citizens Election Program was saved when Gov. Dannel P. Malloy vetoed the Republican budget that was passed with the help of eight Democratic legislators, proponents know it will continue to be a target for budget cuts.

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September 25, 2017

Election Regulators Call On Malloy To Save Clean Elections

by Christine Stuart | September 25, 2017 2:26pm

The $40.7 billion Republican budget eliminates the Citizens Election Program, which amounts to fifty eight thousandths of the two-year budget.

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September 22, 2017

OP-ED | Soaking The Weekenders and the Dan Drew Follies

by Terry Cowgill | September 22, 2017 5:30am

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Trying to predict the end of Connecticut’s budget crisis is akin to guessing the denouement of a cinematic thriller you know nothing about. A handful of renegade Democrats have joined Republicans in the Democratic-controlled General Assembly to pass an alternative GOP budget that Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has vowed to veto. Lawmakers will then have to reconvene and try to come up with a bipartisan spending plan that everyone can live with. Machinations are no doubt in the works. It’s enough to make your head spin.

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September 19, 2017

Advocates Say Elimination of Clean Elections Program Would Cost Connecticut

by Christine Stuart | September 19, 2017 3:00pm

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — A handful of lawmakers, state officials, and advocates rallied against sections in the Republican budget that would eliminate Connecticut’s landmark clean elections program.

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UConn Researchers Find Business, Labor Unions Aren’t Driving Super PACs

by Jack Kramer | September 19, 2017 12:30pm

David Carillet via Shutterstock Ideology and issues, rather than business, drive super PAC fundraising, according to a study by University of Connecticut researchers.

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September 6, 2017

Drew Names Freshman State Representative As Running Mate

by Christine Stuart | September 6, 2017 11:34am

christine stuart / ctnewsjunkie CHESHIRE, CT — In what could be viewed as an unconventional move, Middletown Mayor Dan Drew, who is running for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination, announced Wednesday that he was naming a freshman state representative as his running mate.

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August 1, 2017

Ganim Takes Clean Elections Challenge To Federal Court

by Christine Stuart | August 1, 2017 8:08am

Ctnewsjunkie file photo HARTFORD, CT — Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim will file a lawsuit in federal court later today alleging that election regulators are trampling on his free speech rights.

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July 13, 2017

OP-ED | Fundraising Race Gives Us Our First Glimpse of 2018 Field

by Susan Bigelow | July 13, 2017 7:00pm

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Politics right now is so grim that looking ahead to an election that won’t happen for 15 months is oddly soothing and hopeful — for the most part. So let’s take a look at the still-forming field for 2018’s wide open race for governor, and dream of the possibility of change.

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