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Following his one-on-one summit Monday with Russian leader Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland, President Donald J. Trump provoked bipartisan scorn for seemingly placing more trust with the former KGB agent than his own foreign intelligence experts over the issue of Russian interference in U.S. elections.

But how much will those condemnations influence political races here in Connecticut?

In a debate in New Haven Thursday night, the two candidates contesting the Connecticut Democratic Party primary for governor sparred over who would best represent the Connecticut voter. The debate was sponsored by the Connecticut Association of Realtors.

GOP Gubernatorial Field Shows A More Combative Side

Jul 13, 2018
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On a cabaret stage Thursday night, the five Republican candidates for governor shed the reticence that has blurred differences and personalities in the long slog to next month’s GOP primary, prodded by a radio talk-show host intent on producing 90 minutes of engaging programming.

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Connecticut U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy wasted no time lambasting Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump's immediately controversial U.S. Supreme Court nominee.

SEEC Investigating Obsitnik Campaign's Finances

Jun 28, 2018
Steve Obsitnik, left, interviewed on CPTV.
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The State Elections Enforcement Commission voted unanimously Wednesday to investigate whether the campaign of Republican gubernatorial candidate Steve Obsitnik has illegally raised campaign contributions or improperly coordinated activities with FixCT., Inc., an independent expenditure committee promoting Obsitnik.

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Politics is definitely not for the squeamish. And this year's race for governor is only going to get nastier now that two of the three Republican hopefuls seeking public campaign financing have money to buy television ads to compete against their wealthy, self-funding GOP and Democratic rivals.

Updated at 12:35 a.m. ET

National progressives scored a major coup over the Democratic establishment Tuesday night as 28-year-old activist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez upset House Democratic Caucus chairman and longtime New York Rep. Joe Crowley.

Ganim, Stemerman Qualify For Gubernatorial Primaries

Jun 20, 2018
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Bridgeport Mayor Joseph P. Ganim, a Democrat trying to overcome a corruption conviction, and Republican David Stemerman, a hedge fund manager new to politics, each qualified Tuesday for gubernatorial primaries on Aug. 14, giving Democrats at least a two-way contest and guaranteeing the GOP an unprecedented five-way race.

Updated at 12:31 p.m. ET

A federal judge ordered Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, to jail on Friday following allegations by prosecutors that he tampered with witnesses in his case.

"You've abused the trust placed in you six months ago," said Judge Amy Berman Jackson. "I thought about this long and hard, Mr. Manafort. I have no appetite for this."

But Berman Jackson said she could not turn a blind eye to the charges that Manafort had attempted to contact witnesses in his case after he was on bail.

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During their first post-convention debate Monday, four Republican gubernatorial candidates spoke a lot about state employee pensions, excessive government regulation, and running the state more like a business.

A Cordial GOP Debate, Until Malloy Is Mentioned

Jun 12, 2018
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In the first debate since the Republican field of gubernatorial candidates shed a half-dozen candidates, a quartet of GOP contenders talked tough Monday night about immigrants, state spending, tolls, public-sector unions and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy  — pretty much everything and everyone but each other.

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The Supreme Court is allowing Ohio to clean up its voting rolls by removing the names of people who haven't cast ballots in some time. 

Gubernatorial Candidates Submit To 12-Minute Job Interviews On CPTV

Jun 8, 2018
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Mark Boughton watches NASCAR and does yoga, though not at once. In ninth grade, Ned Lamont played keyboard in a band called Flower Pot. Timothy Herbst played offensive line in high school for a legendary football coach. Steve Obsitnik’s kids didn’t want him to run for governor, but they got over it.

Updated on June 6 at 10:10 a.m. ET

Democratic hopes to take back the House may have gotten a major boost on Tuesday, with the party seeming likely to avoid its worst nightmare as Democrats appear to have survived California's top-two "jungle primary."

With No One On His Right, Herbst Takes Aim At Boughton

Jun 4, 2018
Timothy Herbst consulting with his father at a GOP forum in January.
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Timothy Herbst is in a good mood. At the Cromwell Diner, where he just chatted with the mayor and former police chief over a breakfast of coffee, eggs and politics, he says he can see a path through a crowded field to the Republican nomination for governor — even if it means stealing a page from the GOP’s bête noire, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy.

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