Political Capitol

Brian Lockhart covers the Connecticut General Assembly in Hartford

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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Cafero on McKinney’s call for Donovan probe: Lots of ?s about process

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This afternoon state Sen. John McKinney, R-Fairfield, called for the creation of a special legislative inquiry panel to investigate the ongoing campaign finance scandal surrounding House Speaker Chris Donovan’s congressional bid. It’s common for McKinney and GOP colleague House Minority Leader Larry Cafero, R-Norwalk, to hold joint press conferences on various issues. So when they don’t […] [Read More]
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New Roberti ad targets Donovan scandal, takes shot at Esty

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Democrat Dan Roberti, who is competing with endorsed candidate House Speaker Chris Donovan, D-Meriden, and ex-state Rep. Elizabeth Esty in a primary in the 5th Congressional District, today released what you’ve got to admit is a creative ad. The spot takes a shot at the ongoing investigation into contributions to Donovan’s campaign. Gotta love the […] [Read More]
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Bysiewicz says she’ll support Murphy if he wins primary

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The New Haven Register over the weekend reported that ex-U.S. Rep. Chris Shays, who is challenging former wrestling executive Linda McMahon for the GOP nomination to run for U.S. Senate, will not support her in the general election should she win their August contest. “I have never run against an opponent that I have respected […] [Read More]
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Murphy asks TV stations to yank Bysiewicz’s Wall St. ad

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In the wake of several news reports last week about inaccuracies in Susan Bysiewicz’s latest campaign ad attacking U.S. Senate rival Chris Murphy, the Murphy campaign, through its attorneys, has demanded state television stations stop airing the spot. Murphy and his staff talked about the request with reporters who attended the latest debate between the U.S. […] [Read More]
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Bysiewicz quickly pivots from masectomys to Wall Street OR Bysiewicz brings gun to knife fight, shoots self in foot

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A new U.S. Senate primary campaign ad displays the side of Democrat Susan Bysiewicz ex-GOP Chairman Chris Healy recently wrote about – the tough campaigner who brings a gun to a knife fight. Bysiewicz had gone up on television initially with a softer, gentler piece. The new ad does a far better job summarizing Bysiewicz’s criticism that her opponent […] [Read More]
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