Political Capitol

Brian Lockhart covers the Connecticut General Assembly in Hartford

McMahon likely to keep after Murphy on mortgage through Election Day

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If there’s one thing you learn in journalism, political campaigns are single-minded and persistent. There are so many different ways to connect with voters nowadays that all the fact-checking in the world won’t keep a candidate and his or her team from sticking to a particular narrative if they think it’s got juice. Democrat Susan […] [Read More]
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9/11′s over. Let the image-polishing and mudslinging continue

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Missed your daily dose of Republican U.S. Senate candidate Linda McMahon’s television commercials? That’s because the mostly self-funded former wrestling executive decided not to advertise in the New York market in honor of today’s eleventh anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in New York and Washington D.C. Democrat Chris Murphy’s campaign said it […] [Read More]
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Bysiewicz’s ghost of primary past haunts Murphy in McMahon flyer

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The criticism about primaries is allegations made by opponents of the same party can then be used in the general election by the other side. It should come as no surprise, then, that in her second bid for U.S. Senate, self-funded Republican Linda McMahon has produced a flyer (the third from McMahon to hit my […] [Read More]
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Murphy campaign’s “victory jar” would break newsroom’s bank

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Democratic U.S. Rep. Chris Murphy needs to increase the size of his campaign war chest in order to better compete with Republican Linda McMahon’s mostly self-financed second bid for U.S. Senate. McMahon spent $50 million of the family’s World Wrestling Entertainment fortune on a failed 2010 run. But while Murphy’s waiting on the large donors […] [Read More]
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Expendables 3: Clint, Chuck … and Vince?

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Multi-talented film octogenarian Clint Eastwood’s occasionally creative but mostly embarrassing performance at last week’s Republican National Convention. 72-year-old action star Chuck Norris’ pivot from backing some of the GOP’s also-rans for president to embracing Mitt Romney to avoid the “triumph of evil.” Is it too much to hope that at some point Republican U.S. Senate […] [Read More]
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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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