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Ned Lamont got his coronation at this past weekend's state Democratic Party convention, as his last remaining rival for the gubernatorial endorsement, Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim, failed to collect the 15 percent of delegate votes needed for an automatic primary. But in other contests, it wasn't the exercise in party unity that Lamont attempted to arrange, especially in the race for lieutenant governor.

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Connecticut delegates assembled in Hartford over the weekend for the state’s 2018 Democratic convention. This hour, we wade through the results of their meeting and consider what lies ahead between now and the August primaries.

Plus, the Great Recession may be over, but trends in local home prices remain… well, pretty bleak. We find out why and take your comments and questions. When was the last time you bought or sold a home? What was your experience?

And finally: Calling all parents! NPR has a new series just for you. It’s called, “How To Raise A Human” -- and it’s all about… yes, you guessed it... parenting. We go behind the scenes with Science Desk correspondent Michaeleen Doucleff. 

Democrats Endorse Lamont, Block Ganim From Primary

May 19, 2018
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Democrats endorsed Ned Lamont for governor Saturday, putting their stock in a wealthy Greenwich businessman who became a national figure in 2006 with his antiwar challenge of U.S. Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman. They rejected an 11th-hour plea by Bridgeport Mayor Joseph P. Ganim to overlook his criminal record and place him on the primary ballot.

Murphy Tells Democrats To Fight Trump, Not Each Other

May 19, 2018
Mark Pazniokas / CTMirror.org

U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy accepted the Democratic nomination for a second term Friday with a speech framing the 2018 election up and down the ballot as an existential battle for control of Hartford and Washington with a Republican Party that has lost its compass with President Donald Trump at the helm.

Ganim The Last To Oppose Lamont At Convention

May 18, 2018
Joe Ganim and Ned Lamont are the last Democratic candidates for governor heading into the weekend's convention.
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Intrigue over down-ballot races for lieutenant governor, treasurer and attorney general are expected to dominate this weekend’s Democratic convention as an unopposed U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy is nominated by acclamation for a second term Friday night and Ned Lamont is poised to win the endorsement for governor on a single ballot Saturday.

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Connecticut’s towns are likely to benefit from an information technology upgrade as a result of $5 million in federal grant money that’s coming to the state to protect the integrity of its elections. 

Floor Challenge Promised To Bysiewicz As Lamont's L.G.

May 17, 2018
Eva Bermudez Zimmerman
Campaign website

Eva Bermudez Zimmerman, who had a conversation with gubernatorial candidate Ned Lamont about the possibility of becoming the Connecticut Democrats’ first Hispanic statewide nominee as his running mate before he picked Susan Bysiewicz, said Wednesday night she will seek the nomination for lieutenant governor Saturday.

Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton delivers his victory speech after winning the gubernatorial endorsement at the Connecticut Republican convention on May 12, 2018.
Ryan Caron King / Connecticut Public Radio

It's a political quagmire that arises every election season. Do you unite behind a single candidate in the spring in hopes of avoiding intra-party divisions in the fall? Or do you let the field of competitors duke it out in a primary and pray that one emerges battle-tested with wide support in time for the general election?

Lori Mack / Connecticut Public Radio

Two high-profile Democratic candidates for governor announced Tuesday they will join forces.

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Connecticut's political parties are in the midst of choosing who they will endorse in this November's elections. How much do you trust that they've endorsed the candidate most likely to represent your interests? On the other hand, how much do you want or need to know to cast your vote? 

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Which Republican candidates are heading to primaries or the general election? We talk with Christine Stuart, editor of CTNewsJunkie.com about the state GOP convention. And she tells us what state lawmakers did—and didn’t—accomplish during this legislative session.

Mark Boughton Wins GOP Endorsement On Third Ballot

May 12, 2018
Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton delivers his victory speech after winning the gubernatorial endorsement at the Connecticut Republican convention on May 12, 2018.
Ryan Caron King / Connecticut Public Radio

Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton won the Republican endorsement for governor Saturday, emerging as the choice of GOP delegates from a field of eight candidates on the third ballot. But he faces a primary in August, most probably with five candidates, including two wealthy businessmen who bypassed the state convention.

As America heads toward the 2018 midterms, there is an 800-pound gorilla in the voting booth.

Despite improvements since Russia's attack on the 2016 presidential race, the U.S. elections infrastructure is vulnerable — and will remain so in November.

Cybersecurity expert Bruce Schneier laid out the problem to an overflowing room full of election directors and secretaries of state — people charged with running and securing elections — at a conference at Harvard University this spring.

A polling place on Election Day 2017 in Waterbury.
Ryan Caron King / Connecticut Public Radio

The state Senate passed a bill Saturday committing Connecticut to the effort supporting a national popular vote for the United States presidency.

Lilia Blaise

Tunisia was the catalyst for the Arab Spring seven years ago. After historic municipal elections in this North African country, we ask—why has Tunisia succeeded in achieving democracy when others have failed?

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