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December 8, 2017

Sex Harassment Rocks Congress; Gov’t Shutdown Averted For Now; Gun Safety Fight to Continue

by Peter Urban | December 8, 2017 12:38pm

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In a week that saw the #MeToo “Silence Breakers” recognized as Time Magazine’s Person of the Year, three members of Congress announced their resignations after each had been accused of inappropriate sexual behavior in the past.

Most notably was Minnesota Senator Al Franken, who announced his decision to resign Thursday on the Senate floor.

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December 7, 2017

Bronin, Bysiewicz Exploring

by Christine Stuart | December 7, 2017 11:40am

ctnewsjunkie file photo HARTFORD, CT — Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin filed paperwork Thursday to explore a run for governor.

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Republican Gubernatorial Candidates Square Off In First Debate

by Christine Stuart | December 7, 2017 5:30am

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie WINDSOR, CT — Seven of the Republican candidates running for governor squared off in their first debate of the 2018 election cycle and largely agreed they don’t like “career politicians.” But they offered mixed opinions about how they would handle the state’s budget and grow the economy.

Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton, Shelton Mayor Mark Lauretti, Bob Stefanowski, and David Stemerman were qualified under the threshold set by the Republican Party to join the debate, but did not attend. Sen. Toni Boucher of Wilton, who is exploring a run for an undetermined statewide office but not necessarily governor, was added to the stage an hour after the debate started.

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December 5, 2017

Progressive Nonprofit Forms To Support Female Candidates Who Share Their Values

by Christine Stuart | December 5, 2017 5:30am

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — The “shock of the 2016 election” and what they see as policy failures by the General Assembly inspired a progressive women’s advocacy group to get organized. 

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December 4, 2017

Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Floats Tax Cuts

by Christine Stuart | December 4, 2017 2:47pm

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — An investment banker running for the Republican nomination for governor is embracing the economic policies espoused by his friend of two decades, Arthur Laffer, who rose to prominence during the Reagan administration.

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Mattei Switches Gears to Seek AG’s Office

by Jack Kramer | December 4, 2017 12:17pm

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HARTFORD, CT — Earlier this year Chris Mattei, best known for putting former Gov. John G. Rowland in jail a second time, was one of the first Democratic candidates to say he was interested in running for governor in 2018. On Monday, Mattei changed course.

He announced outside of the State Supreme Court, and in front of a large crowd of family and supporters, that he is now a candidate for Attorney General, the second Democrat to state his intention to run for the seat that will be vacated next year by Democrat George Jepsen.

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December 2, 2017

4 Gubernatorial Candidates Vie For Progressive Vote

by Christine Stuart | December 2, 2017 4:07pm

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie NEW HAVEN — Four Democratic candidates who are either exploring or already in the 2018 race for governor vied for the progressive vote Saturday during a debate at a school in the city’s Fair Haven neighborhood.

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November 28, 2017

Tong To Officially Explore Campaign for Attorney General

by Christine Stuart | November 28, 2017 12:33pm

ctnewsjunkie file photo HARTFORD, CT — He was the underdog in the U.S. Senate race in 2012 before stepping aside and endorsing Chris Murphy. A year later he fell 198 votes shy of what he needed to get his party’s backing to run for Stamford mayor, and now Rep. William Tong believes he may make a good attorney general.

Tong’s decision to explore a run for Attorney General comes a day after Attorney General George Jepsen announced he wouldn’t seek a third term.

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November 27, 2017

Jepsen Bows Out, Won’t Seek Re-Election to AG’s Office

by Jack Kramer and Christine Stuart | November 27, 2017 11:57am

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — (Updated 3 p.m.) Attorney General George Jepsen said Monday he will not seek a third term next year as Connecticut’s Attorney General.

“I am announcing today that I will not seek a third term as Attorney General, a decision I finalized with my family over the last days,” Jepsen, 63, said. “It has been the greatest honor of my professional life to serve as Attorney General for the State of Connecticut.”

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November 20, 2017

Malloy Not Ready To Endorse A Candidate Yet

by Christine Stuart | November 20, 2017 2:37pm

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy wasn’t quite ready Monday to throw his support behind his friend and former legal counsel, Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin.

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