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Power Trip: No lights? Blame your political opponent

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Democrat Chris Murphy gave a “lights-out” performance in Connecticut’s hotly-contested Senate race, winning by 12 points over Republican Linda McMahon despite being massively outspent. McMahon’s definition of lights-out is somewhat different. Multiple GOP sources revealed to Hearst Newspapers that McMahon’s campaign, in an Election Day hail Mary attempt, printed up fliers insinuating that Murphy was [...] [Read More]
Categories: General

Will Pelosi step down as Dem leader?

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Speculation about House minority leader Nancy Pelosi’s future is intensifying with the failure of House Democrats to net more than a single-digit gain, despite their huge six-seat haul in California. Pelosi’s office continues to tamp down the idea that she might step down as minority leader, but she has been uncharacteristically quiet, holding no post-election [...] [Read More]
Categories: Nancy Pelosi

The Tweetelection: Obama had more than just the ground game in his favor

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President Barack Obama might have won yesterday’s election thanks to his ground game, but the 44th president also dominated the race on social media. [Read More]

Tea party bashes Romney, vows comeback

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The tea party was in finger-pointing mode Wednesday, and the digits weren’t aimed at President Barack Obama.

Tea partiers placed the blame of the “epic election failure of 2012″ squarely on Mitt Romney and the Republican establishment during a press conference at the National Press Club.

“What we got was a weak, moderate candidate hand-picked by the Beltway elites and country club establishment wing of the Republican Party,” Tea Party Patriots national coordinator Jenny Beth Martin said. “The presidential loss is unequivocally on them.”

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It’s the year of the woman again, at least in Congress

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In January, Washington will welcome a record number of women to Congress exceeding the storied Year of the Woman of 1992 when five women were elected to join two other women serving on Capitol Hill. The opportunity to elect female legislators arrives every 10 years with redistricting when new seats open up. A record 20 [...] [Read More]
Categories: General, Women

We rate some of the winners/losers of CT’s 2012 campaign season

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Winners: 1. State residents now spared “Odd Couple” media stories about Democratic U.S. Sen. Dick Blumenthal having to serve with Republican Linda McMahon, who he defeated in her initial 2010 campaign. 2. Webster Bank, which fought back hard and successfully to preserve its reputation when McMahon alleged the community institution had given a special interest […] [Read More]
Categories: General

Molgano wins in 144

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State Rep. Michael Molgano STAMFORD — The race was too close to call Tuesday night, but the final tallies show incumbent Republican Michael Molgano held on to his seat representing District 144 in the state House of Representatives. Molgano won the election by about 400 votes, beating out Democratic challenger Michael Pollard 5,082-4,676, according to […] [Read More]
Categories: General

A record 20 women will serve in U.S. Senate

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The election on Tuesday of five new women to the U.S. Senate, four of them Democrats, will bring to 20 the number of “Gentle ladies” in Congress’ upper chamber. With the retirements of Republican Sens. Kay Bailey Hutchison and Olympia Snowe, the steady increase in numbers of Senate women was expected to stop in 2012.  [...] [Read More]
Categories: General