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October 31, 2014

ANALYSIS | What to Watch for on Election Night 2014

by Susan Bigelow | October 31, 2014 11:00am

Finally, after a long and joyless campaign, it’s almost time to go vote in Connecticut’s 2014 election! Here’s a handy guide for what to watch on election night to see which way the wind is blowing, with some bonus predictions.

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OP-ED | We’re Number 1 . . . In Nastiness

by Sarah Darer Littman | October 31, 2014 8:00am


We’re number one! We’re number one!

Oh wait. That’s not the “happiness index” (31st, down from 16th in 2012), or the “best places to do business,” or how we’re doing with education (13th), or “best roads.”

No, Connecticut has the dubious distinction of being number one in nasty. According to the study released this week by Kantar Media/CMAG with analysis by the Wesleyan Media Project, Connecticut’s gubernatorial race is the King of Mean.

Connecticut’s race doesn’t just have the lowest percentage of positive ads, at a mere 15 percent, it has also has the greatest share of purely negative ads, at 69.6 percent.

We’re number one, yet I’m so not proud.

Connecticut is also 13th out of the 15th most expensive gubernatorial races this cycle, with $15.2 million spent through Oct. 23. If you break that down by our 3.596 million 2013 census population, that’s $4.22 per person spent on mudslinging.

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OP-ED | Dan Malloy: The Porcupine We Know

by Terry D. Cowgill | October 31, 2014 5:30am

It seems that every election cycle we go through the biennial ritual of handwringing over how negative political campaigns have become. But this year, we may have hit an all-time low in Connecticut.

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October 30, 2014

ANALYSIS | Turnout In Cities, Fate Of Roraback Country Keys To Victory In 5th District

by Matt DeRienzo | October 30, 2014 4:00pm

Courtesy of Susan Bigelow

Two years ago, former state Sen. Andrew Roraback came within 3 percentage points of winning a 5th District congressional race that, like the rest of Connecticut, seemed on its way to becoming a “safe” seat for Democrats.

Roraback won Litchfield County and Farmington Valley towns that had previously gone to former 5th District congressman and now U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy.

But it was a presidential election year, Murphy was getting out the vote for his U.S. Senate campaign against Linda McMahon, and there was high voter turnout in the heavily Democratic 5th District cities of Meriden, New Britain, Waterbury, and Danbury.

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OP-ED | Is Connecticut Enjoying A Sustained Recovery?

by Fred Carstensen | October 30, 2014 9:48am

Many were startled by the report of 11,500 new jobs in Connecticut in September, the fastest rate of job creation in more than 20 years. Given the timing, coming shortly before the election, many will cynically discount the importance of this information. We do so at our peril.

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October 29, 2014

OP-ED | Changes To Obamacare Needed

by Linda Wallace | October 29, 2014 10:00am

A year ago the news was consumed with the flubbed rollout of Obamacare.

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October 27, 2014

ANALYSIS | Moderate Esty Appeals To Liberals, Or Liberal Esty Appeals To Moderates?

by Matt DeRienzo | October 27, 2014 7:30am


On a recent day on the campaign trail, 5th District Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty sat down with the board of the Waterbury Chamber of Commerce. She talked about helping businesspeople work through some federal regulations that could be eased for them.

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October 24, 2014

OP-ED | Here Are The Facts, Malloy’s Economic Record Is A Strong One

by Sean Goldrick | October 24, 2014 2:10pm

In the old TV detective series Dragnet, Jack Webb’s Detective Joe Friday was famous for saying, “Just the facts, ma’am.”  So channeling my inner Jack Webb, here are the facts.

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OP-ED | Black Conservative Leaders Talk Guns, Civil Rights and the GOP

by Suzanne Bates | October 24, 2014 1:44pm

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When Sonnie Johnson broke into her spoken word poem, A Moment of Clarity, about her journey from the projects in Richmond, Va. — the daughter of a biological mother addicted to crack and an alcoholic father — to her job today as a tea party activist and founder of the website Change the Game, it was clear this was a different kind of conservative panel.

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OP-ED | One Corner, Six Elections (2004-2014)

by Susan Bigelow | October 24, 2014 1:26pm

Every other year, during election season, I go to a specific corner near my home in Enfield and take pictures of the election signs campaigns have posted there. I’ve been doing this for a decade, now, and the result is my own very minor contribution to local election history.

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