Political Capitol

Brian Lockhart covers the Connecticut General Assembly in Hartford

For Democrats concerned Murphy’s McMahon’s punching bag…

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It’s tough running a campaign against Republican millionaire Linda McMahon’s slickly produced second bid for U.S. Senate. The ex-World Wrestling Entertainment executive has got the personal fortune to ensure those polished, touchy-feely job creator ads are in constant rotation on cable with the polished hits on Democratic opponent, U.S. Rep. Chris Murphy. And when Murphy […] [Read More]
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Working Families Party: We’ll sort it out when Donovan’s back

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Since Chris Donovan lost last Tuesday’s Democratic primary, there has been a lot of speculation about whether the retiring state House Speaker from Meriden will continue his run for Congress as the Working Families Party candidate. Donovan received the party’s endorsement and it is up to him to tell the Secretary of the State to […] [Read More]
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Andres Ayala will STILL be 1st Latino in state Senate if elected

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State Rep. Andres Ayala, D-Bridgeport, and supporters like Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch have said if elected to the state Senate in November, Ayala will be the first Latino member. I checked the claim last week with the state’s Latino and Puerto Rican Affairs Commission and Werner Oyanadel, the acting executive director, confirmed it. But after […] [Read More]
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Don’t expect Gomes to continue as Working Families’ candidate

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State Sen. Ed Gomes, D-Bridgeport, lost Tuesday’s three-way primary for his 23rd District seat but has the option of continuing the fight as the Working Families Party’s candidate. Gomes earned the third party’s endorsement and his name will appear on their ballot line in November’s general election unless he tells the Secretary of the State […] [Read More]
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Sen. Prague returns to Bridgeport to campaign for Gomes

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Retiring state Sen. Edith Prague, D-Columbia, made a second trip to Bridgeport today to campaign for Sen. Ed Gomes. Gomes lost the party’s endorsement to predecessor Ernie Newton and is now locked in a three-way primary with Newton and state Rep. Andres Ayala. Voters head to the polls Tuesday. A scheduling conflict kept me from […] [Read More]
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Newton: Who needs labor, Mayor Finch? God’s on my side.

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Caught up today with Ernest Newton, veteran state legislator-turned-felon-turned-endorsed Democratic candidate for his former state Senate seat. Newton is being challenged in next Tuesday’s primary by incumbent state Sen. Ed Gomes and state Rep. Andres Ayala. Before our afternoon meeting at his headquarters Newton addressed campaign workers who were heading out into the neighborhood to knock on doors […] [Read More]
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Chimp attack victim Nash expected to attend Hartford hearing

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Ex-Stamford resident Charla Nash, who wants to sue state environmental officials over the injuries she suffered after being mauled by a friend’s pet chimpanzee in 2009, is expected to attend an August 10 hearing in Hartford on the matter. In order for Nash’s suit to proceed she needs the permission of the state’s Claims Commissioner, a […] [Read More]
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