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Blumenthal, Murphy host inaugural constituent coffee in the Capitol

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Among coffee drinkers at the Blumenthal-Murphy fest were some Connecticut teachers who are in town to attend a conference of the Network of Educators in Science and Technology, affiliated with MIT. They included Kristen Ann Record, a physics teacher at Bunnell High School in Stratford; Avi Ornstein of Hartford; Ernie Smoker, a physics teacher at   [Read More]

Blumenthal, gun-safety activists push Jones ATF confirmation

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Sen. Richard Blumenthal Wednesday blasted critics of the nomination of B. Todd Jones to be the first permanent ATF director in seven years and said their real motive was to undermine the mission of the agency _ to enforce gun laws. [Read More]

Does it really pay to spend more?

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Millions of dollars are poured into tight Congressional campaigns in the hopes that more money, and in turn more advertising, will help candidates win elections. Although a few financial underdogs managed a win this election, overall the big spenders remained on top.

Here’s a breakdown of the most expensive campaigns and the top Senate and House spenders who won, or didn’t.

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Malloy, Calhoun, Blumenthal, Larson join in Murphy Fest at Hartford’s Union Station

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HARTFORD – About 500 people gathered in Union Station this afternoon in a Get Out the Vote rally for U.S. Rep. Chris Murphy, who’s in a tight, tight, tight race with Republican Linda McMahon to succeed Joe Lieberman as Connecticut’s U.S. senator. The applause was loud in the echo-chamber of the old station. Jim Calhoun […] [Read More]

Analysis: Polls show that 14 Senate seats are still up for grabs

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If current polling holds up on Nov. 6, the Republicans would net one Senate seat, leaving Democrats with a slim majority (thanks to Independents who caucus with the Democrats).

Best-case scenario for Republicans: A gain of nine.

Best-case scenario for Democrats: A gain of two.

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Another day, another $1.25 million in “independent” expenditures floods Connecticut’s U.S. Senate race

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Yesterday the total spent by independent groups, supposely not affiliated with Connecticut’s US Senate candidates, was $8.5 million, according to the Federal Election Commission. Today that total is $9,782,014. But the day is young. The big cash was reported overnight from the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, with a $517,951 media buy opposing Republican Linda McMahon; […] [Read More]

Another day, another $177,000 from “independents” for Murphy

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Today’s filings of independent expenditures at the Federal Election Commission shows US Rep. Chris Murphy with an additional $176,000-plus in his efforts to defeat Republican Linda McMahon for the U.S. Senate race.  It brings his total to about $7.2 million, compared to McMahon’s $720,499. Today’s filing are led by a timeshare industry group called ARDA-Resort […] [Read More]

Jonesing for a political debate? 4th District still has two left.

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So maybe you were initially relieved when the high-stakes presidential debates were finished. Maybe you wondered what was the point of the name-calling and mud-slinging that passed for the U.S. Senate debates between U.S. Rep. Chris Murphy and Republican Linda McMahon. But maybe, now, come the weekend with a mere 10 days left before Election […] [Read More]

Murphy nets another $650,000 from “independent” supporters

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A quick perusal of the Federal Election Commission site this morning indicates that U.S. Rep. Chris Murphy has been the beneficiary of nearly $650,000 in independent expenditures – money coming from PACs that are not supposed to be coordinated with his campaign – since Tuesday. Nearly $472,000 is for a new ad from the Democratic […] [Read More]

U.S. Chamber of Commerce weighing in for $700K on CT Senate race with TV, radio ads. Murphy charges the support blows McM’s “moderate” label

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What’s $700,000 among friends? This is a release from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on a new campaign in Connecticut for Linda McMahon, in a tight race with US Rep. Chris Murphy. The USCC filed a report with the Federal Election Commission today indicating a $700,000 expenditure for McMahon, plus a $22 digital media expense. […] [Read More]