2nd Congressional District

REPLAY OF DEBATE

CANDIDATES

Dan Reale, Libertarian

Occupation

Freelance Writer/Paralegal

Town

Plainfield

Incumbent

No

Contact

Phone: 860-546-8997

Email: HQ@danrealeforcongress.com

Age (as of Nov. 4, 2014)

32

Family

Two Children, 4 and 6.

Education

H.H. Ellis Tech

Civic Involvement

Former Chair, LPCT Former Vice Chair, LPCT

Elected/appointed offices held

Justice of the Peace

Other government service

n/a

What makes you the best candidate for this office?

I (1) have a healthcare plan as a better alternative to Obamacare; (2) my campaign promises come under penalty of perjury [including a self imposed limit of three terms]; and (3) I am the only one who will propose mortgage and student loan legislation that, if implemented, will cost zero taxpayer dollars while making homes and college education more affordable while enabling true economic recovery. The incumbent is part of the problem. My other opponents do not understand the core problems or the solutions.

Estimates of the state's unfunded pension and benefit liability for retired teachers and state employees are in the tens of billions of dollars. Should the state continue offering a defined benefit pension plan or switch to some type of 401(k) defined contribution plan, which has become standard in the private sector? Please explain why you do or do not support such a change.

n/a

If a bill came before the General Assembly to repeal or amend the gun control law passed last session after the school shootings in Newtown, would you vote to amend the law? If so, what would you want to change?

n/a

William Clyde, Green

Occupation

College Provost and Professor

Town

Madison

Incumbent

No

Contact

Phone: 203-804-1785

Email: Bill@ClydeForCongress.com

Age (as of Nov. 4, 2014)

58

Family

Married for almost 27 years, with five children ranging from 13 to 25 years old, Bill is committed to ensuring a better life for future generations--that is why he is an educator and that is why he is running for Congress. Their five children have all gone to Madison schools.

Education

Bill went to Edinburgh University in Scotland for his PhD in economics, wanting to really immerse himself in the international economics he was studying. He also holds a master's degree in chemistry from New York University, and a bachelor's degree in chemistry and economics from DePauw University.

Civic Involvement

Bill has served on the boards of several non-profit organizations, including a community health center and the Connecticut State Advisory Committee on Accreditation, which reviews proposals for all new academic programs in higher education in Connecticut. Bill has coached soccer, baseball and basketball, and he and his family go to St. Margaret's church in Madison, and visit patients at Madison House nursing home every Sunday after church.

Elected/appointed offices held

Bill is not a politician. He has never run for or held a position in government. He is a college professor and provost. Being an academic, Bill has a record of research, analysis, problem solving, and the sharing of ideas. He will bring all of these to his work in Washington. Being an administrator, he has a record of problem solving, consensus building, and culture change. Indeed, culture change is the hallmark of Bill's work as a college leader--and that, more than anything, is what we need in Washington. Though an academic for the past twenty four years, Bill does have corporate experience, having risen to bank vice president while in currency trading for six years. He understands the importance of small and large businesses to our economy and our nation.

Other government service

NA

What makes you the best candidate for this office?

Estimates of the state's unfunded pension and benefit liability for retired teachers and state employees are in the tens of billions of dollars. Should the state continue offering a defined benefit pension plan or switch to some type of 401(k) defined contribution plan, which has become standard in the private sector? Please explain why you do or do not support such a change.

If a bill came before the General Assembly to repeal or amend the gun control law passed last session after the school shootings in Newtown, would you vote to amend the law? If so, what would you want to change?

Lori Hopkins-Cavanagh, Republican

Occupation

Small Business Owner

Town

New London

Incumbent

No

Contact

Phone: 860-822-5626

Email: lori@loriforcongress.com

Age (as of Nov. 4, 2014)

54

Family

As the mother of a melded, modern family, who is delighting in new additions, I am blessed to have a supportive and loving husband, Tim Cavanagh, who I met on Match.com when I was a single mom, raising my son William with the help of my mother, Mariella Paula (Ripesi) Hopkins - the strongest woman I have ever met. My mom is an Italian emigrant who survived Fascism, starvation and war and has given me a deep appreciation of the true meaning of liberty and freedom. I am deeply grateful for my awesome fifteen-year-old daughter, Sydney Bond Cavanagh, who I adopted; and, for my fourteen-year-old-son William Hopkins, who my husband adopted - in a dual adoption ceremony, which was the single most memorable day of my life. I am excited and proud to share in my step-son, Timothy Cavanagh's (Pharm.D. UCONN 2013) wedding October 11th to Army Doctor Jeffrey Teixteira who has promised me he will run for office after leaves the military. I am fortunate to be the daughter-in-law of Paul Cavanagh (love you poppy) of Waterford, who worked with my father, William 'Bud' Hopkins at Electric Boat (miss you dad). My father helped start the Young Democrats and Taxpayer Associations in New London. Paul's father was the first president of the first union at EB, called the Shipbuilders and Marine Engineers Union. He was a founding member of EB credit Union. I am eternally grateful to have Eleanor 'Daidy' Peterson and Jon Peterson of Waterford, in our lives, everyday for support and love and thankful, that my talented and creative step daughter, Jasmine Bond Cavanagh, has met a rock-steady, hard-working, 'conservative minded' young man in Texas, proving God answers prayers.

Education

I attended Saint Mary elementary school in New London and Saint Bernard High School in Montville. I received my undergrad from UCONN in History and Journalism in '83 and attended the University of New Haven for a Masters in Marketing, but left to start my first company, an advertising and public relations firm that I built to be one of the top ten in New England and that was hired by over 600 companies to help build their businesses.

Civic Involvement

I have been actively involved in civic activities since graduating from UCONN in 1983. Civic involvement has been an integral part of both my business career and personal life. I have served as a director on the boards of the Better Business Bureau, YWCA, Children's Museum of Southeastern Connecticut and New London Maritime Society, among others. I am most proud of my work as Vice President and Founding Board Member of New London Main Street Organization under the auspices of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. My civic involvement in urban renewal think tanks has been a tremendous learning and growth experience. My advertising and P.R. firm chose a different non-profit to work with, pro-bono, each year and produced marketing materials for those organizations. My work as a radio show producer on 94.9 FM WJJF to expose poor public policies and create dialogue on issues that are important to the preservation of our country and our liberties, in addition to running for US Congress, are my most recent civic activities. I ran for Mayor of New London as an independent candidate several years ago to present a ten point plan of solutions to help turn my hometown around and in protest of the Kelo v City of New London Supreme Court decision and the use of eminent domain for private gain that both Democrats and Republicans supported.

Elected/appointed offices held

My work has been in the private sector and non-profit realm. I entered politics to restore economic prosperity and rebuild opportunity that career politicians have failed to achieve.

Other government service

Director City Center Tax District - Member New London Harbor Commission

What makes you the best candidate for this office?

Joblessness, excessive taxation and regulation, as well as, the high cost of living, are the issues that matter most, here at home. Small businesses, the middle-class and the working-poor are hurting. Courtney supports the reckless progressive-liberal policies that have destroyed our economic ladders of success. My opponent is a rich politician with a war chest of special interest money. Meanwhile, everyday folks are struggling, losing their jobs, homes and healthcare. He voted for Obamacare and created a part-time workforce of underemployed people. He enjoys special healthcare privileges, while we have stopped going to the doctor because our deductibles are too high and wallets too empty. Courtney has been in office for eight years of economic decline. We saw record property foreclosures in 2013. He lost thousands of high paying Pfizer jobs and cut military spending, forcing the Navy to streamline the Sub Base. We lost five subs to Virginia and the future of the Base is in jeopardy. With or without Courtney, EB would have won the Navy contract for the extra sub. The credit goes to the highly skilled workers and management at EB, not a Congressional speechwriter. As your Congresswoman, I will develop shipbuilding, global exports, the I-395 corridor and finish Route 11. I will sponsor bills that unleash the job creating power of small businesses, reform oppressive taxation and repeal regressive regulations. While Courtney's been silent through every scandal, I will do double-duty to ensure our Veterans are getting the services they deserve and Lois Lerner gets the justice she deserves. Courtney gave us Common Core. I will empower parents with education choice. Courtney has a Freedom index of 18%. I will protect our Constitutional liberties 100%. Courtney's rubber stamp spending has driven up debt and unfunded liabilities. I promise to restore fiscal sanity. Thank you.

Estimates of the state's unfunded pension and benefit liability for retired teachers and state employees are in the tens of billions of dollars. Should the state continue offering a defined benefit pension plan or switch to some type of 401(k) defined contribution plan, which has become standard in the private sector? Please explain why you do or do not support such a change.

I do not have to answer this.

If a bill came before the General Assembly to repeal or amend the gun control law passed last session after the school shootings in Newtown, would you vote to amend the law? If so, what would you want to change?

I do not have to answer this.

Joe Courtney, Democrat

Endorsed - View The Day Editorial Endorsement

Occupation

Member of Congress

Town

Vernon

Incumbent

Yes

Contact

Phone: 860-917-4330

Email: Info@JoeCourtney.com

Age (as of Nov. 4, 2014)

61

Family

Audrey Courtney, Wife Robert Courtney, Son Elizabeth Courtney, Daughter

Education

Undergraduate degree from Tufts University, JD from University of Connecticut Law School

Civic Involvement

Fmr. member of the Tolland County Chamber of Commerce, Fmr. member Hockanum Valley Community Council, Fmr. member Vernon Tri-Town Shelter Services, Fmr. member Connecticut Health Policy Project,

Elected/appointed offices held

Fmr. State Representative 56th Assembly District

Other government service

Fmr. Vernon town attorney Fmr. Assistant Public Defender

What makes you the best candidate for this office?

I am running for re-election because there is more work to be done together to grow our economy and strengthen our future. In a Congress that has been polarized and gridlocked, I have focused on building consensus to strengthen our economy, create good jobs, and grow the middle class. In my position on the House Armed Services Committee, I have worked with colleagues, Navy officials, and industry representatives to secure a bright future for Electric Boat and SUBASE New London, including a five-year contract to produce two Virginia Class submarines per year, and full funding to begin work to replace our aging SSBN fleet. These commitments show that the outlook for EB and its workers is strong, and will serve to boost the supply chain that includes more than 300 Connecticut businesses. From expanding access to advanced manufacturing courses at our community colleges to connecting Connecticut businesses with potential customers around the globe, I have sought to strengthen and promote our workforce to grow our economy. In order to maintain an educated workforce for the future, I led the successful fight in Congress to keep federal student loan interest rates from doubling last year to help ensure that college is affordable for tomorrow's leaders. Keeping faith with eastern Connecticut seniors is one of my top priorities as your Member of Congress. I strongly opposed efforts to change the cost of living calculation that would have reduced Social Security benefits, and worked to implement new policies that have helped prevent Medicare premiums from rising in recent years. I believe my record of results for the Second District earns your strongest consideration for me to serve another term as your Member of Congress.

Estimates of the state's unfunded pension and benefit liability for retired teachers and state employees are in the tens of billions of dollars. Should the state continue offering a defined benefit pension plan or switch to some type of 401(k) defined contribution plan, which has become standard in the private sector? Please explain why you do or do not support such a change.

N/A

If a bill came before the General Assembly to repeal or amend the gun control law passed last session after the school shootings in Newtown, would you vote to amend the law? If so, what would you want to change?

N/A

Election News

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Gubernatorial candidate Democrat Ned Lamont speaks during a debate with Republican Bob Stefanowski at the Shubert Theatre in New Haven, Conn., Monday, Sept. 17 2018. (Peter Hvizdak/New Haven Register via AP)

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Why did Sen. Somers vote no on banning bump stocks?

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An interesting race is shaping up in the 18th Senate District, with Sen. Heather Somers defending her seat against newcomer Bob Statchen, a lawyer and Air Force veteran.

New ‘atlas’ tracks social media sentiment for Lamont, Stefanowski, other candidates

Gubernatorial candidate Republican Bob Stefanowski, left, listens as Democrat Ned Lamont speaks during a debate at the Shubert Theatre in New Haven, Conn., on Monday, Sept. 17 2018. (Peter Hvizdak/New Haven Register via AP)

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Preston voters reject moving polling place, ask for study first

Preston voters defeated a plan to move voting to the town elementary school and unanimously approved setting up a committee to study the issue first.

Griebel, outside of debate, shares his vision

Independent candidate Oz Griebel, right, and his running mate Monte Frank talk with reporters Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018, outside The Garde before the first debate between Democrat Ned Lamont and Republican Bob Stefanowski. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)

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19 candidates for state office make case to realtors, home builders

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Gubernatorial debate Wednesday in New London

Gubernatorial debate Wednesday in New London

Montville election officials must retrain on voter assistance

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Connecticut to beef up cybersecurity in advance of general election

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Will candidates for governor release their tax returns?

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Lamont, Griebel jab absent Stefanowski over income tax pledge

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Griebel, independent candidate for governor, says he deserves to be part of debates

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Libertarian gubernatorial candidate qualifies for ballot

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Why doesn't Ned Lamont look into the camera?

The Democratic candidate for governor appears to look away from the camera, a posture that has caught the notice of some voters.

Preston to consider moving polling place to school

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Primary takeaways: Establishment loses, diversity grows

Florida Republican gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis, right, speaks to supporters with his wife Casey at an election party after winning the Republican primary Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

Primary night takeaways: Establishment loses; diversity grows; good-bye, Sheriff Joe

Gubernatorial debate set for the Garde

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Oz Griebel qualifies for gubernatorial ballot

Oz Griebel, a former Republican running for governor, qualified for the ballot Tuesday, the secretary of the state’s office said.

Ziobron to open campaign headquarters on Thursday

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Independent Party endorses Mastroianni for 43rd District state rep seat

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Welch-Collins still tops 38th District Democratic primary after recount

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Southeastern CT sees voter registration surge

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Analysis: The top 10 governor's races of 2018 heavily favor Democrats

Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker in Racine, Wisconsin, on Nov. 10, 2017. MUST CREDIT: Bloomberg photo by Daniel Acker.

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Recounts set for Waterford, Montville in 38th District Democratic primary

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Linares issues statements to thank campaign supporters, congratulate Gray

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President Trump tweets endorsement of Republican Bob Stefanowski

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Seymour first selectman wins GOP comptroller primary

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In upset, Stefanowski wins GOP nod for Connecticut governor

Connecticut gubernatorial candidate Bob Stefanowski, right, shakes the hand of his  father, Bob Stefanowski Sr., after defeating four other contenders in the Republican primary, in Madison, Conn., Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

Connecticut businessman Bob Stefanowski has won the Republican nomination for governor, defeating four fellow contenders in Tuesday's election, including the GOP's endorsed candidate

Welch-Collins, Rotella emerge as Democratic nominees in 38th and 43rd District races

Kate Rotella, right, hugs close friend Geraldine Cunningham of Hopkinton, R.I., moments before official results were released announcing her victory over Chris Donahue in the Democratic primary for the state House of Representatives 43rd District, as results are released on Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018, at the Stonington Town Hall. Rotella's media coordinator, Joe Trelli, looks on in the background. (Tim Martin/The Day)

Baird Welch-Collins on Tuesday topped Patrick Murphy and Nick Gauthier in a tight contest for the Democratic nomination for the 38th state House of Representative seat.

Lamont wins Democratic primary for governor

Connecticut gubernatorial candidate Ned Lamont celebrates after defeating Joe Ganim in the Democratic primary in New Haven, Conn., Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

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Endorsed candidate wins Preston Democratic primary for registrar

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Candidates differ in their level of support for Electric Boat

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The state of Connecticut has given Electric Boat at least $100 million in economic incentives over the past 10 years. Would that continue under the next governor?

Candidates show bipartisan opposition to Griswold gun range proposal, save for Ganim

Candidate for governor Tim Herbst, center, asks state Sen. Heather Somers, left partially shown, a question while he and other candidates for state office, including candidate for attorney general Sue Hatfield, second from left, are shown a map by Voluntown First Selectman Tracey Hanson, right, of where the state wants to build a state police gun range near the Pachaug State Forest in Griswold and how it would affect Voluntown's recreational area in the forest. Herbst and the others were talking before a news conference against the proposed gun range, held at Buttonwood Farm in Griswold on Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018.  (Dana Jensen/The Day)

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Democrats fight for nomination in hunt for 38th District seat

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Ganim benefits from Lamont’s fear of alienating Bridgeport

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Ahead of primary, Stemerman promotes his business-minded approach in Mystic

David Stemerman, Republican candidate for governor, left, looks at the Mystic River while he and Stonington First Selectman Rob Simmons stand on the Mystic River bridge while getting a tour of a few businesses in Mystic by Simmons on Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018.  (Dana Jensen/The Day)

GOP gubernatorial candidate David Stemerman pushed for eliminating the business entity tax and increasing tourism funding during a tour of several Mystic businesses Tuesday.

State treasurer candidate would divert share of sports-betting revenue to state pension funds

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Boughton, Stefanowski have lots of confidence, few details phasing out income tax

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St. Louis Democrat hopes to duplicate Ocasio-Cortez feat

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Gubernatorial hopefuls discuss issues facing the arts sector

Five candidates for governor participate in the Create the Vote CT, a public gubernatorial candidate forum about arts, culture and the future of Connecticut's economy, held at the Mainstage Theater in the Cooperative Arts & Humanities High School in New Haven, Conn., on Tuesday, July 31, 2018. From left, Ann Nyberg moderates, and candidates Ned Lamont, Tim Herbst, Oz Griebel, David Stemerman and Joe Ganim participate in the forum. (Tim Martin/The Day)

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Are Herbst, Linares helping Russians sow divisiveness?

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Rotella, Donahue seek Democratic nod for 43rd District seat in Aug. 14 primary

Chris Donahue, left, and Kate Rotella, Democratic candidates for the 43rd District state representative seat, stand outside Stonington Town Hall on Friday, July 27, 2018.  (Dana Jensen/The Day)

Chris Donahue of Pawcatuck received enough votes at the party caucus to force an Aug. 14 primary with Kate Rotella of Mystic to determine who will be the party’s candidate for the 43rd...

East Lyme registrars to hold special registration session

The East Lyme registrars of voters will hold a special registration session from noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 31.

GOP candidate Obsitnik pushes efficiency, digital innovation for state government

Army veteran Jim Kichline of Westbrook laughs as he talks with Steve Obsitnik, gubernatorial candidate, during a campaign stop on Thursday, July 26, 2018, at Jordan Brook Plaza in Waterford. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)

Steve Obsitnik, one of five GOP gubernatorial candidates in an upcoming primary, is pushing for digital innovation and job growth for Connecticut.

GOP gubernatorial candidate Tim Herbst unveils law enforcement plan

Gubernatorial candidate Tim Herbst said he would seek to bring back the death penalty, end the early prison release program and crack down on sanctuary cities.

Why not Joe Ganim?

The Bridgeport mayor claims he has successfully rehabilitated himself and notes his constituents have forgiven him for the felony convictions.

Absentee ballots available in Stonington for Aug. 14 primary

Applications are available in the town clerk’s office and can be picked up in person, requested by phone or downloaded from www.stonington-ct.gov/clerk.

Stonington registrars to hold July 31 voter enrollment session

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Salem hosts voter registration drive on July 31

New voters and voters who were removed from the registry list will be able to register during the office hours at Town Hall, 270 Hartford Road.

State seeing surge of voter registrations since 2016 election

Including those who signed up as unaffiliated and for other, smaller parties, a total of 275,114 people have signed up to vote in Connecticut since the 2016 presidential election.

Old Lyme registrars to hold voter enrollment session for primaries

The Old Lyme registrars of voters said in a news release that they will hold a primary enrollment session from noon to 4 p.m. July 31 in their office on the mezzanine level of Town Hall.

New London to hold voter registration session

The New London registrars of voters will hold a special registration session from 5 to 7 p.m. July 31 in anticipation of upcoming state and federal Democratic and Republican primary races.

New London Democrats to hold grand opening for headquarters Saturday

New London Democrats will host a grand opening Saturday for the Democratic Headquarters at 38 Green St.

Oz Griebel seeks grass-roots support in New London

Oz Griebel, independent gubernatorial candidate, greets a group of diners on the deck at Muddy Waters in New London on Wednesday, July 18, 2018. Griebel and his running mate, Monte Frank, are seeking enough petition signatures to get on the ballot for the November election. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

The unaffiliated gubernatorial candidate hopes to break partisan gridlock in Hartford.

Preston Democrats will choose candidate for registrar of voters at Aug. 14 primary

Two Democrats are vying at the Aug. 14 primary for the party slot on the November ballot for registrar of voters.

GOP candidates seek to distinguish themselves

Republican candidates for governor gather for a group photo at the conclusion of a Republican gubernatorial debate, including, from left, Bob Stefanowski; Mark Boughton; debate moderator Lee Elci; Steve Obsitnik; Tim Herbst and David Stemerman, in the Cabaret Theatre at the Mohegan Sun Casino on Thursday, July, 12, 2018.   (Tim Martin/The Day)

With an Aug. 14 primary looming, five Republican candidates for governor debated Thursday night at Mohegan Sun.

Crowded GOP field descending on Mohegan Sun

Five vying for Republican nomination for governor will meet Thursday night in debate to be aired on 94.9 News Now and WDRC-AM 1360.

During visit to region, Ganim makes pitch to EB workers

Democratic gubernatorial candidate and Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim, right, greets first shift Electric Boat employee Tom Cotugno, 58, of Gales Ferry, a nuclear trades training instructor, at the south gate of the facility in Groton as employees depart at the end of their shift, Tuesday, July 10, 2018.  (Tim Martin/The Day)

Bridgeport Mayor and Democratic candidate for governor Joe Ganim visited eastern Connecticut on Tuesday, making a stop at Electric Boat's headquarters in Groton to greet workers during a shift change.

Sen. Somers' taxpayer-funded Capitol Update looks like a campaign flier

The inside of the 2018 Capitol update from state Sen. Heather Somers, R-Groton, seen Tuesday, July 10, 2018. (David Collins/The Day)

Lawmakers have until July 15 in election years to use their franking privileges to write to constituents.

Republicans secure spot on state House ballot for future candidate

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State's election is about Trump, not Malloy

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Lieutenant governor candidate Eva Burmudez Zimmerman meets supporters in New London

Eva Bermudez Zimmerman, center, a candidate for lieutenant governor, answered questions and posed for pictures Thursday, June 21, 2018, at a campaign rally at The Social Bar + Kitchen in New London. (Greg Smith/The Day)

Eva Bermudez Zimmerman, a candidate for lieutenant governor, is a millennial. She speaks to issues like child care that impact middle class families. And she is a diverse face in a mostly white state...

Osten backing Bhargava for state treasurer

State Sen. Cathy Osten, D-Sprague, has endorsed Greenwich businesswoman Dita Bhargava for state treasurer.

Trump to visit swing state Nevada to stump for Sen. Heller

President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting of the National Space Council in the East Room of the White House in Washington on Monday, June 18, 2018. Trump will be in Las Vegas on Saturday, June 23, 2018, to headline the Nevada Republican Party's annual convention and appear at a fundraiser with Nevada Republican Sen. Dean Heller, Nevada officials confirmed Monday, June 18. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

President Donald Trump will headline the Nevada Republican Party's convention on Saturday and also appear at a fundraiser with Republican U.S. Sen. Dean Heller

In SC primary, ardent Trump backer defeats Rep. Mark Sanford

U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford hugged his sons after addressing his supporters at Liberty Tap Room in Mount Pleasant, S.C., Tuesday, June 12, 2018. Sanford lost his first election ever Tuesday, beaten for the Republican nomination for another term in the coastal 1st District around Charleston by state Rep. Katie Arrington.  (Wade Spees/The Post And Courier via AP)

A second incumbent Republican congressman loses his seat in a primary featuring intense divisions among the GOP in the Trump era

Effects of Supreme Court voter roll decision appear limited

FILE - In this Jan. 10, 2018, file photo, people rally outside of the Supreme Court in opposition to Ohio's voter roll purges in Washington. The Supreme Court’s decision upholding Ohio’s method of removing people from voter rolls appears unlikely to have a ripple effect. Ohio followed the most aggressive path among states that have laws targeting inactive voters. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

The Supreme Court's decision upholding Ohio's method of removing people from voter rolls appears unlikely to have a ripple effect

Bipartisan bash in North Stonington to urge voting, raise money for Hewitt Farm

The goal is to register and encourage voters and fundraise for a pavilion on Hewitt Farm.