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November 10, 2016

Independent Expenditure Groups Scored Big In Connecticut On Election Day

by Christine Stuart | November 10, 2016 4:46pm

ctnewsjunkie file photo Outside groups that independently spent more than $1.4 million on Connecticut’s legislative races did well Tuesday.

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November 3, 2016

House Democrats Pitch Changes To Clean Election System; Republicans Say They’re Hypocrites

by Christine Stuart | November 3, 2016 1:17pm

Christine Stuart / CTNewsJunkie HARTFORD, CT — With less than a week left in the campaign, House Democratic leadership said they want to change Connecticut’s election clean law in a way that would create a challenge to Citizens United. Republican legislative leaders called the move hypocritical and desperate.

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Outside Spending Outpaces Clean Money From Parties, Leadership PACs

by Christine Stuart | November 3, 2016 4:30am

3dfoto via shutterstock HARTFORD, CT — When lawmakers changed Connecticut’s campaign finance system in 2013, they uncapped the amount of money state parties could spend on clean election candidates. The Democratic majority’s argument at the time was that the new law would help thwart last minute spending from outside groups. But this year, more independent expenditure groups  — aka “outside groups”  — are spending money.

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October 25, 2016

Republican Chairman: Democratic Candidate Is Violating Election Law By Using Trump

by Christine Stuart | October 25, 2016 4:30am

Photo of the mailer Connecticut Republican Party Chairman JR Romano is accusing, in an election complaint, a Democratic state Senate candidate of violating clean election laws by likening his Republican opponent to Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.

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October 7, 2016

OP-ED | Can State GOP Parlay ‘Enthusiasm Gap’ Into A Win For Trump?

by Terry Cowgill | October 7, 2016 4:30am

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The state of Connecticut during presidential campaigns sort of mirrors our reputation nationally: we’re boring. The land of steady habits hasn’t voted Republican since Greenwich native George Herbert Walker Bush was looking to succeed his boss, Ronald Reagan, in 1988. Most recently, Barack Obama defeated Mitt Romney, the former governor of neighboring Massachusetts, by a whopping 17 points in 2012.

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August 31, 2016

MetroHartford Alliance Seeks To Influence Political Debate Leading Up Election

by Christine Stuart | August 31, 2016 10:53pm

CTNewsJunkie file photo A second Connecticut business group is wading into the 2016 Election by forming a new political entity. The MetroHartford Alliance filed paperwork on Aug. 11 to create the MetroHartford Alliance Independent Expenditure Committee, or MHAIEC.

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August 17, 2016

Dems Decry GOP Use of Same Contractor for Both Senate Republican Sites & Campaign Voter Data

by Christine Stuart | August 17, 2016 4:30am

Christine Stuart photo Middletown Mayor Dan Drew admitted Tuesday at a news conference in Middletown that they have no evidence that the Senate Republican caucus misused state resources when its website contractor did some additional political consulting work for a handful of campaigns.

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August 15, 2016

Complaints Filed Regarding Use of Official Caucus Website For Campaign

by Christine Stuart | August 15, 2016 4:30am

CTNewsJunkie file photo Essex First Selectman Norm Needleman, who is challenging Republican state Sen. Art Linares for his 33rd Senate district seat, filed a complaint against Linares’ campaign Friday with four state offices, including election regulators and the chief state’s attorney.

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August 12, 2016

OP-ED | Rowlandesque: Malloy’s Baffling Watchdog Gambit

by Terry Cowgill | August 12, 2016 4:30am

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If there’s one rule in politics you can take to the bank, it’s never to behave in a way that invites comparisons to high-profile corrupt politicians who resigned in disgrace. For obvious reasons, whether the epithet is fairly or unfairly hurled, elected officials should avoid being labeled “Nixonian” or the equivalent. It’s sort of bad for your career.

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August 10, 2016

Election Regulators Experience Backlog As Funding Disappears

by Christine Stuart | August 10, 2016 3:17pm

New Haven Register file photo (Updated 7:51 p.m.) When Tom Banisch filed an election complaint against Sen. Ted Kennedy Jr.’s campaign on Oct. 27, 2014, Banisch, then the Madison RTC chairman, expected that the matter would be settled before the 2016 election.

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