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May 25, 2017

Divided House Forwards Campaign Bill To Senate

by Christine Stuart | May 25, 2017 7:01pm

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — The House passed a bill Thursday on a 79-70, party line vote that would change campaign laws and could set the state up for a constitutional challenge.

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May 17, 2017

SEEC Says Ganim Should Not Be Allowed To Participate In Public Financing

by Christine Stuart | May 17, 2017 10:39pm

Ctnewsjunkie photo HARTFORD, CT — State election regulators informed Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim Wednesday that he should not eligible to participate in the Citizens Election Program if he seeks statewide office. That’s according to the State Elections Enforcement Commission’s draft declaratory ruling.

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May 11, 2017

Connecticut Attorney General Says He’s Not Running for Governor

by Christine Stuart | May 11, 2017 9:33am

Courtesy of WPLR's Twitter feed HARTFORD, CT — Attorney General George Jepsen told WPLR’s morning radio hosts, Chaz and AJ, that he’s not interested in running for governor in 2018.

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May 5, 2017

OP-ED | Ganim 2018: Why Would Anyone Vote For Him?

by Terry Cowgill | May 5, 2017 5:30am

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Few things in life are as interesting and delicious to watch as the rehabilitation of a corrupt politician. When the mighty fall, they do one of two things: they either crawl under a rock and you hear from them only sporadically if at all (Richard Nixon, Philip Giordano); or they emerge from jail proclaiming their reformation and try mightily to regain the approval of the public, only to get in trouble again (John Rowland, Ernie Newton).

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May 1, 2017

State Employee Eyes Governor’s Office

by Christine Stuart | May 1, 2017 5:30am

Contributed photo HARTFORD, CT — While most of the candidates eyeing a run for governor in 2018 are only exploring the idea, Glastonbury resident Betheona ‘Bethy’ Guiles-Smith said she’s all in.

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April 28, 2017

Ganim To Explore Gubernatorial Bid

by Jack Kramer | April 28, 2017 1:36pm

ctnewsjunkie file photo HARTFORD, CT - Bridgeport Mayor Joseph Ganim announced Friday he is forming an exploratory committee to run for governor in 2018.

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April 27, 2017

OP-ED | Rebuilding the Democratic Party Means More Inclusive Message

by Joshua H. Sandman | April 27, 2017 10:00pm

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The Democratic Party had been the traditional home base of the working and middle classes. Over the years, the party substantially backed away from reflecting the concerns of these working and middle class citizens.

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Lembo Shaves His Beard, Announces Exploratory Bid For Governor

by Jack Kramer | April 27, 2017 12:06pm

Jack Kramer / ctnewsjunkie NORTH HAVEN, CT — Ending months of speculation, state Comptroller Kevin Lembo announced Thursday he is forming an exploratory committee to run for governor.

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Boughton Makes An Offer to Mattei

by Christine Stuart | April 27, 2017 11:00am

ctnewsjunkie file photo HARTFORD, CT — Earlier this week, Chris Mattei, the former federal prosecutor exploring a run for governor announced he wouldn’t accept lobbyist donations and invited other candidates to join him.

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April 22, 2017

OP-ED | How will the Gubernatorial Circus Deal With the Corruption Conundrum?

by Sarah Darer Littman | April 22, 2017 9:00am

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Despite a recent fundraiser for his 2019 mayoral campaign, last week, Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim announced that he was seeking a declaratory ruling from the State Election Enforcement Commission as to whether he should be allowed to participate in the Citizen’s Election Program, despite having been convicted on felony charges prior to the legislation being enacted. The SEEC has directed staff to have a proposed declaratory ruling for its next meeting on June 21. If approved, it will then be posted and open for comment.

In a gubernatorial race that already has the makings of a three-ring circus, news that Ganim is looking to run for an unspecified state office would give P.T. Barnum pause.

But it also raises an interesting question: how will Democratic gubernatorial candidates deal with the Ganim conundrum?

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