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September 19, 2014

OP-ED | Can’t Stop the Campaign Cash Flow

by Susan Bigelow | September 19, 2014 8:00am

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About a decade ago, after John Rowland was chased from office, the state’s leaders decided once and for all to reduce the influence of campaign money on politics and government. The legislature passed a sweeping campaign finance reform bill, which, among other things, instituted a public finance system for state campaigns and banned campaign donations from state contractors.

So, how did that turn out?

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August 29, 2014

OP-ED | We Treat Third Parties Like Pariahs, And Our Democracy Suffers For It

by Susan Bigelow | August 29, 2014 1:00pm

It looks like former State Rep. Jonathan Pelto will be left off of the ballot for governor this fall, which will be a relief to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s re-election team. It’s also a sad commentary on the way we treat minor parties in this state, and how the two-party monopoly squeezes out much-needed competition.

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August 15, 2014

OP-ED | GOP Not The Only Thing Dying in Connecticut

by Terry D. Cowgill | August 15, 2014 5:30am

The headline last week in The New Canaan Advertiser caught my eye. With a mixture of bemusement and bravado, the paper declared, “Red Canaan: Last Connecticut town with GOP majority.” And at 51 percent, it’s a bare majority, at that.

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July 9, 2014

Pelto, Visconti Prepare To Turn In Their Petitions

by Hugh McQuaid | July 9, 2014 5:30am

Hugh McQuaid Photo With less than a month left to petition onto the gubernatorial ballot, third party candidates Jonathan Pelto and Joe Visconti both say they’re confident they will collect the requisite 7,500 signatures.

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June 25, 2014

Foley’s Public Financing Grant Delayed Again

by Hugh McQuaid | June 25, 2014 5:12pm

CTNJ file photo State election regulators declined for a second week to approve Tom Foley’s public financing grant, suggesting the Republican candidate has yet to make up all of the $30,000 in donations disqualified by regulators last week.

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June 21, 2014

One Governor, Two Challengers Make Their Election 2014 Pitches to the Working Families Party

by Christine Stuart | June 21, 2014 2:36pm

Christine Stuart photo (Updated 9 p.m.) The members of the Working Families Party were reminded Saturday at a union hall in Wallingford why they endorsed Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy four years ago. They also heard from two of his potential opponents about why Malloy doesn’t deserve another four years.

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June 20, 2014

Rowland Case Transferred To Tough-On-Corruption Judge

by Hugh McQuaid | June 20, 2014 4:16pm

Courtesy of the Cool Justice Blog Former Gov. John G. Rowland’s campaign corruption case was transferred Friday to a federal court judge who has recently handed down lengthy prison terms in campaign corruption cases.

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Working Families Party Will Hear From Gubernatorial Hopefuls

by Christine Stuart | June 20, 2014 11:42am

CTNJ file photo Two gubernatorial candidates and Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy will address the Working Families Party on Saturday as the party prepares to make its endorsements.

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June 19, 2014

Election Regulators Toss Complaint Against Malloy

by Christine Stuart | June 19, 2014 12:06pm

CTNJ file photo State election regulators have dismissed a Newington attorney’s complaint that Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy was a candidate long before he declared his re-election campaign at the end of March.

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June 17, 2014

Prosecutors to Rowland: Tell It To A Jury

by Hugh McQuaid | June 17, 2014 1:24pm

Douglas Healey file photo Federal prosecutors asked a judge this week to deny former Gov. John G. Rowland’s request to dismiss campaign corruption charges against him. Prosecutors called Rowland’s arguments “unconvincing,” but said he could make them to a jury.

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