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November 16, 2018

OP-ED | How Safe Are Connecticut’s U.S. House Seats?

by Susan Bigelow | Nov 16, 2018 4:30am
Posted to: Analysis | DC News Junkie | Election 2016 | Election 2018 | Opinion | 2nd CD | 4th CD | 5th CD

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Pretty darn safe. For now.

Jahana Hayes won a big victory in Nancy Johnson’s old stomping grounds on November 6, as what was once a reliable Republican district continues its seemingly unstoppable march into Democratic hands.

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November 15, 2018

OP-ED | Try As They Might, Politicians Will Never Silence Journalists

by Barth Keck | Nov 15, 2018 6:50pm
Posted to: Analysis | Election 2018 | Media Matters | Opinion | White House | Norwalk

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It was not all that surprising when staffers for GOP gubernatorial candidate Bob Stefanowski prevented reporter Kaitlyn Krasselt and photographer Peter Hvizdak from entering his election-night headquarters, telling the Hearst Media journalists they must leave because of the Stefanowski camp’s “objections to coverage.”

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November 12, 2018

ANALYSIS | What the Transportation Lockbox Will Do - And What it Won’t

by Susan Bigelow | Nov 12, 2018 12:44pm
Posted to: Analysis | Election 2018 | Opinion | Public Safety | State Budget | Taxes | Transportation

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We in Connecticut never agree on anything except how miserable we all are, but on Tuesday over 85 percent of voters ratified the two proposed amendments to the state constitution. One, which will create a constitutional “lockbox” for the Special Transportation Fund, has the potential to influence our lives in a big way — but how is that going to work?

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November 8, 2018

OP-ED | Amid The Chaos Of Trump and 2018, Lamont Offers A Glimmer Of Hope

by Terry Cowgill | Nov 8, 2018 8:30pm
Posted to: Analysis | Congress | Election 2018 | Opinion | SCOTUS | White House | Greenwich

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For Connecticut’s political watchers, the chaotic Trump presidency and the state’s dire fiscal condition have conspired to consume so much of our attention that we’ve scarcely had time to brush our teeth.

But Tuesday’s elections proved an especially enervating experience and one that could have a profound effect on the state and the nation. The so-called “blue wave” that was supposed to sweep the nation was modest, given the fact that Republicans increased their majority in the Senate. Still, Democrats took over the House and they flipped seven governor’s seats.

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November 7, 2018

ANALYSIS | Governor 2018: Haven’t We Seen This Map Before?

by Susan Bigelow | Nov 7, 2018 10:30am
Posted to: Analysis | Data | Election 2018 | Town News | Opinion

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Somehow, despite the fact that there were over 200,000 more votes cast in the 2018 race for governor as there were in 2014, the geography of Ned Lamont’s narrow win was very much the same as Dan Malloy’s second victory over Tom Foley.

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November 2, 2018

OP-ED | Enough

by Susan Bigelow | Nov 2, 2018 4:00am
Posted to: Analysis | Child Welfare | Civil Liberties | Congress | Election 2018 | Equality | Ethics | Opinion | White House

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I’ve had enough. Here’s a short list of all of the things I’ve had enough of, starting in January, 2017:

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OP-ED | No Matter What Stefanowski (or Trump) Says, Government Is Not Business

by Barth Keck | Nov 2, 2018 3:55am
Posted to: Business | Election 2018 | Opinion | Winsted

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Is Oz Griebel the Ralph Nader of gubernatorial elections? Or is Bob Stefanowski a replay of Trump in 2016?

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October 26, 2018

OP-ED | Read the Answers to Candidate Surveys; It May Make you Feel Better

by Susan Bigelow | Oct 26, 2018 4:00am
Posted to: Analysis | Congress | Election 2018 | Opinion | State Capitol | Transparency

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Every election season, news organizations and various interest groups send surveys to candidates to get them them to take actual positions on issues that matter. The responses are worth our time. Not just because we should be informed about who we’re voting for, but because sometimes we need to remember that, away from the soul-draining destructiveness of our national political and cultural war, democracy is still real.

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October 19, 2018

OP-ED | Five Ways for Bob Stefanowski to Win

by Susan Bigelow | Oct 19, 2018 4:00am
Posted to: Analysis | The Economy | Election 2018 | Opinion

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FiveThirtyEight.com has released their latest ratings of every 2018 governor’s race, and Connecticut is labeled as “likely Democratic.” It’s not hard to see why. Every single general election poll since the primary has given Ned Lamont a lead, though some leads have been more significant than others. FiveThirtyEight puts Lamont’s chances of election at 82.4 percent.

2016, though, was a hard lesson that statistical probabilities aren’t guarantees. So with that in mind, here are five ways Bob Stefanowski can beat Ned Lamont in order to become Connecticut’s 89th governor.

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OP-ED | Who Will Be Connecticut’s Next ‘Education Governor’?

by Barth Keck | Oct 19, 2018 4:00am
Posted to: Analysis | Education | Election 2018 | Opinion | Education Opinion | Education Cost Sharing | Pensions

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As Election Day nears, the gubernatorial candidates have ratcheted up the rhetoric.

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