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Montville Republican registrar criticized for social media posts

One post by Jeff Rogers charged that “Democrats are pushing a civil war.”

Poll finds 23% of Americans not getting enough to eat

Barrios Unidos president Lupe Salazar pushes a dolly filled with canned food ahead of a food drive on Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021, in Chimayó, N.M. (AP Photo/Cedar Attanasio)

Many Americans struggling to feed their families over the past pandemic year say they've had difficulty figuring out how to get help and had trouble finding healthy foods they can afford

East Lyme officials pin hopes on temporary fix for public safety building

Officials are setting their hopes on a $11,679 "temporary barrier" so staff can move in by November or early December, according to the chairman of the building committee.

Groton registrars to hold lottery for order of candidates' names on ballot

The event, on Sept. 22, will be open to the public.

Groton's Democratic Chairman Conrad Heede needs to resign

Heede should listen to his party's voters, who overwhelmingly rejected his candidacy for Town Council in this week's primary and sent a loud, clear message for change in the way the party is run.

Absentee ballots available for Oct. 5 referendum in Stonington

Voters will be asked if they wish to overturn approval of a property tax assessment agreement for the developers of the former Campbell Grain site and if the town should prohibit the establishment of...

Mystic Education Center, fresh perspectives among reasons cited for Groton primary results

Opposition to the redevelopment of the Mystic Education Center, a desire for fresh perspectives and advocacy on issues, and an effective campaign were among the reasons cited that helped Town...

Bordelon secures spot on Democratic slate for Groton Town Council

Portia Bordelon talks with fellow Town Council member Aundré Bumgarder and Groton resident Catherine Pratt on Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021, as candidates in the Groton Democratic primary for Town Council gather outside the polling location at Fitch High School. Ten candidates were vying for the nine spots to appear as the Democratic slate for council in the November election.  (Sarah Gordon/The Day)

Town Councilor and party Chairman Conrad Heede lost his spot on the November ballot.

Groton Democratic primary Tuesday

In a primary Tuesday, Democratic voters will elect...

Lawmakers consider redistricting at Norwich public hearing

Local citizens spoke up about the process of redrawing General Assembly and congressional districts.

Bullet vote for Groton Councilor Portia Bordelon on Tuesday

She stands out in Groton as a councilor willing to listen to constituents and rock town Democrats' boat.

Delayed by COVID, Connecticut’s redistricting ramps up

The availability of free, online mapping tools preloaded with census and elections data mean that for the first time, anyone can propose their own districts and submit them to a legislative committee.

Olsen joins Republican slate of council candidates

Former City Council member and mayoral candidate Marty Olsen announced on Tuesday that he would join the Republican slate of candidates seeking a seat on the City Council.

Texas Legislature sends sweeping GOP voting overhaul bill to governor

House Speaker Dade Phelan, R -Beaumont, gavels in votes at the Capitol in Austin, Texas, on Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2021. (Mikala Compton/Austin American-Statesman via AP)

The Texas Legislature has signed off on a sweeping GOP rewrite of election laws after months of protests by Democrats

Groton official helping state lawmaker who's considering secretary of the state run

State Rep. Hilda Santiago, D-Meriden, is considering joining a potentially crowded race for secretary of the state, assisted by Groton Town Councilor Aundré Bumgardner.

Stonington selectwomen spend political capital on unpopular tax abatement

If the town is going to contribute to affordable housing by cutting taxes for a rich development company, why not spread it around, maybe in communities that could use more income leveling, like...

Ledyard registrars to hold lottery for order of candidates on ballot

The Ledyard Registrars will conduct the public lottery on Thursday, Sept. 9, at Town Hall.

Mark Brown, four incumbents win Mohegan Tribal Council seats

In this file photo, Mark Brown talks about his 24 years as a Mohegan Tribal councilor and chairman on Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019, at the Mohegan Government Building in Uncasville. (Dana Jensen/The Day)

Former six-term council member returned to body that oversees tribal government, Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment.

New London Green Party announces candidates for office

The New London Green Party has announced three candidates for local office in teh upcoming election, a group that includes prominent city activist and now city council candidate Kris Wraight.

Longtime Norwich registrar retires after grueling election season

Dianne Slopak on Thursday, Aug. 26, 2021, in her Taftville home. The first woman to serve as Norwich's Republican registrar, she retired Wednesday after 11 years in the position.  (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

Dianne Slopak was the first-ever woman to be the city's Republican registrar.

Marchers across U.S. call on Congress to bolster voting rights

Demonstrators hold signs during a march for voting rights, marking the 58th anniversary of the March on Washington, Saturday, Aug. 28, 2021, in Washington. Hundreds of thousands of voting rights advocates rallied across the country Saturday to call for sweeping protections against a further erosion of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

Thousands of voting rights advocates are rallying across the country Saturday to call for sweeping protections against a further erosion of the Voting Rights Act of 1965

Mark Brown seeking to return to Mohegan Tribal Council in ongoing voting

Former six-term council member is among 10 candidates for five seats.

Groton registrars announce polling locations for Democratic primary

The locations for the Democratic primary election, which will be held from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sept. 14, are the same as in the Nov. 2020 presidential election.

Connecticut's COVID-19 absentee voting option remains as another pandemic election approaches

Town clerks are familiarizing themselves with a new way of running elections in light of the coronavirus pandemic.

Stonington to hold referendum on Campbell Grain tax break, marijuana sales

Residents, unhappy with an Aug. 9 town meeting approval of a tax break for the developers of the former Campbell Grain site in downtown Pawcatuck, have forced the town to hold a referendum on the...

Poll: COVID anxiety up, vaccine requirements favored

People in favor of and against a mask mandate for Cobb County schools gather and protest ahead of the school board meeting Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021, in Marietta, Ga. (Ben Gray/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

Anxiety in the United States over COVID-19 is at its highest level since winter

Groton Registrars to hold voter registration session

The Groton Registrars will hold a voter registration session 5 p.m.-7 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 31 at the Registrar's Office.

Groton police union endorses Cassiere and Franco for Town Council

The Groton Democratic Town Committee has announced that Groton Police Union Local No. 3428 endorsed two Town Council candidates.

Voters soon get their first chance to rebuke Groton Democrats

Leaders in the Groton Democratic party punished Town Councilor Portia Bordelon after her opposition to the botched Oral School proposal, but voters will get to vote to return her to the council in a...

Six young candidates say youth is an asset in politics

From left, Democrat Grace Carlos, 21, is running for the Montville Board of Education; Republican David Sugrue, 19, and Democrat Jennifer Kohl, 23, are running for the Waterford Representative Town Meeting; Democrat Danni Cruz, 18, is running for the New London Board of Education and Republican Olivia Fairchild, 23, is running for East Lyme Planning Commission alternate. (Submitted photos)

While they have policy differences, they all agree that political participation from young people is essential.

New London voters back police minimum staffing ordinance

Voters at a referendum on Tuesday rejected a City Council decision to repeal a minimum police staffing ordinance.

New London votes Tuesday on police staffing ordinance

Polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday to allow residents to vote on repeal of a controversial staffing ordinance for the police department.

Bordelon secures enough signatures for Democratic primary

Town Councilor Portia Bordeon obtained enough signatures to warrant a Democratic primary for Town Council

East Lyme voters once again show support for public safety building

The money for the roof replacement approved by voters will come from $2.7 million in federal COVID-relief aid already sitting in the town bank account.

Mattson endorsed by Democrats and Republicans in run for Lyme's top spot

The Board of Finance features the only contested races among the two parties.

Denise Merrill, others weigh in on her voting rights record

Secretary of the State Denise W. Merrill stands by the majority leader's desk Friday, July 23, 2021, in the state House of Representatives Chambers at the State Capitol in Hartford. She served over eight terms as a state representative from the 54th District and served one term as the majority leader. She has announced that she will not run for a fourth term as secretary of the state.  (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

Secretary of the state since 2011, she will not run again.

State Rep. Mike France named in campaign finance complaint

The Ledyard state representative’s campaign categorically denied the complaint, which alleges France improperly received help from a conservative group.

Bordelon announces that she will pursue primary campaign for Groton Town Council

Portia Bordelon, a Democratic Town Councilor, announced that she is pursuing a primary campaign for reelection to Town Council.

Ledyard Town Council vacancy filled on second try

The council is back at full strength again, after the panel Wednesday night approved the nomination of Hilary Evans to fill a vacancy.

Old Lyme Democrats tap school board member for first selectman candidate

Martha H. Shoemaker said she is running with Jim Lampos, the Democratic selectman candidate, to bring "a breath of fresh air" to local government.

Groton Democrats, Republicans endorse candidates

Democrats, who control the Town Council, announced a council slate that did not include incumbent Portia Bordelon, though she received endorsements for Board of Education and Representative Town...

Connecticut Democratic Party rule change felt on local level

Republicans are criticizing Democrats for choosing municipal candidates mostly by town committee rather than caucus.

Waterford's candidates announced for November elections

The town has a lengthy list of Republicans and Democrats running in November, with a couple of young faces on the ballot.

Displaced East Lyme Democrat goes unaffiliated, gets Republican endorsement

Rose Ann Hardy, running as an unaffiliated selectman candidate, accepted the GOP endorsement at Monday night's Republican caucus.

Ledyard candidate slates named for November ballot

Incumbents from both parties seek reelection.

New London Democrats endorse slate of candidates

The New London Democratic Party will be running four new Board of Education candidates and two new City Council candidates in the 2021 municipal elections.

Newcomers eager to run in Montville's municipal election

Both the Democratic and Republican town committees have announced the slates they are endorsing for November, and the newcoming candidates are eager to make a difference.

Norwich Republican businessman to run for Board of Education

Yamir Flores, owner of a pest control business, will replace Robert Dempsky as a Republican candidate for Norwich school board.

Ledyard Democrats name new candidate for Town Council vacancy

Hilary Evans has been nominated to fill a vacancy on the Town Council.

Preston Republicans have no candidate for first selectman

No Republican candidate expressed interest in running for first selectman at Friday's endorsement caucus.

Griswold, endorsed for reelection, still has work to do in Old Lyme

The Republican Town Committee also nominated retired state trooper Matt Ward for selectman.

Norwich Democrats endorse mayor candidate and full slates for council, school board

Norwich Democrats endorsed slates of six candidates each for City Council and Board of Education on Thursday, as well as mayoral candidate Mark Bettencourt.

Eastern Pequots electing new chairman Saturday

Three candidates vying to succeed Katherine Sebastian Dring, chairman of the Eastern Pequot Tribal Council since 2015.

East Lyme Democrats oust longtime selectwoman

Rose Ann Hardy, a retired educator in the East Lyme school system, has served as deputy selectman three times and as interim first selectman once since she was first elected in 1985.

Norwich Republicans endorse full slate for Nov. 2 election

The Norwich Republican Town Committee endorsed six candidates for the City Council, six for Board of Education and incumbent Mayor Peter Nystrom.

Both parties endorse Chesebrough for Stonington first selectman

Unaffiliated First Selectwoman Danielle Chesebrough will run unopposed for reelection this November after she was endorsed by both the Democratic and Republican town committees Thursday night.

New London Republicans field slate of 14 candidates

City Republicans have candidates for all 14 seats in the upcoming elections for City Council and Board of Education.

Democrat announces challenge to Rep. Joe Courtney

Democrat Anthony DiLizia is running in Connecticut’s 2nd U.S. House District against Rep. Joe Courtney. (Courtesy of DiLizia)

Anthony DiLizia, an Army veteran, says he wants to break Rep. Joe Courtney’s grip on eastern Connecticut.

3 Texas Democrats who fled elections bill vote get COVID

In this Thursday, July 8, 2021 file photo, Texas Rep. Chris Turner, D-Arlington, speaks as the Democratic members of the Texas House gather after a recess in the opening day of a special session in Austin, Texas. Three of the Democratic state lawmakers who fled Texas to stymie a Republican-backed effort to impose broad new voting restrictions have tested positive for COVID-19, the Texas House's Democratic caucus said Saturday, July 17, 2021. “This is a sober reminder that COVID is still with us, and though vaccinations offer tremendous protection, we still must take necessary precautions,” caucus Chairman Chris Turner said in the statement, adding that the caucus was conferring with health experts in Texas to get additional guidance. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

Three of the Democratic state lawmakers who fled Texas to stymie a Republican-backed effort to impose new voting restrictions have tested positive for COVID-19 in the nation's capital

Preston Republicans seek candidates for fall election

The Preston Republican Town Committee will hold an endorsement caucus Friday, July 23 at 6:30 p.m. at the Preston Plains Middle School.

Texas Democrats leave state to try to stop GOP voting bill

Supporters gather on the street as Democrats from the Texas Legislature arrive by bus to board a private plane headed for Washington, D.C., Monday, July 12, 2021, in Austin, Texas. By leaving, Democrats again deny the GOP majority a quorum to pass bills, barely a month after their walkout thwarted the first push for sweeping new voting restrictions in Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Democrats in the Texas Legislature are bolting for Washington, D

Texas GOP advances voting restrictions as hundreds push back

Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer, D-San Antonio, holds a sign as he and other Democratic caucus members join a rally on the steps of the Texas Capitol to support voting rights, Thursday, July 8, 2021, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Texas Republicans have advanced bills that would make voting harder in a state that already has some of the nation’s toughest restrictions after hundreds spoke against the proposals

Voting rights ruling increases pressure on Democrats to act

In this Nov. 4, 2020, file photo Maricopa County elections officials count ballots at the Maricopa County Recorder's Office in Phoenix. The Supreme Court has upheld voting restrictions in Arizona in a decision that could make it harder to challenge other voting measures put in place by Republican lawmakers following last year's elections. (AP Photo/Matt York, File)

Congressional Democrats are facing renewed pressure to pass legislation that would protect voting rights after a Supreme Court ruling made it harder to challenge Republican efforts to limit ballot...

Historians: Trump wasn't worst U.S. president

Former President Donald Trump speaks near a section of the border wall on Wednesday, June 30, 2021, in Pharr, Texas. (Joel Martinez/The Monitor via AP)

Despite being impeached twice, former President Donald Trump is not the worst president in U.S. history, according to 142 presidential historians surveyed by C-SPAN, the results of which were...

'The crime of the century': Trump airs election grievances at Ohio rally

Former President Donald Trump throws 'Save America

Donald Trump has reprised his baseless election grievances in his first campaign-style rally since leaving the White House

Three area Republican state legislators show independent streak

State Reps. Kathleen McCarty, R-Waterford, left, and Holly Cheeseman, R-East Lyme, examine their names on the big screen listing the members of the House of Representatives after being sworn in on the opening day of the 2019 legislative session Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019, at the State Capitol in Hartford.  (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

Reps Cheeseman, McCarty and Carney voted with Democrats on important bills during the recently completed General Assembly session.

Justice Department suing Georgia over state's new voting law

Attorney General Merrick Garland speaks during a news conference on voting rights at the Department of Justice in Washington, Friday, June 25, 2021. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

The Justice Department is suing Georgia over the state’s voting laws

East Lyme capital spending talk turns into argument against critical race theory

A taxpayer at the special town meeting asked voters to oppose a $1 million bonding request from the schools to send "a clear message" to the Board of Education.

Two-time Democratic first selectman candidate looks forward to longer campaign and to victory

Alberti lost to current First Selectman Mark Nickerson in 2019 by 184 votes. He is not running for reelection.

GOP filibuster halts Democrats' signature voting bill

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., heads to the chamber to begin the week as Democrats try to advance President Joe Biden's legislative agenda, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, June 21, 2021. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

The Democrats’ expansive elections and voting bill is all but certain to be rejected in a key Senate test vote

Carlson announces bid for North Stonington First Selectman

Robert Carlson, left, answers a question while fellow candidates, from left, Asa Palmer, Mike Urgo and Nita Kincaid listen Oct. 1, 2017, during the debate for selectman of North Stonington at Wheeler Library.  (Dana Jensen/The Day)

Selectman Bob Carlson will run for first selectman in the November election.

Comings and goings on Ledyard Town Council

For the second time in two months, the Town Council is filling a vacancy on its panel.

Preston voters approve both school and town budgets for 2021-22

Voters bucked past trends Wednesday and approved both the 2021-22 school and town government budgets in the first referendum try.

Special General Assembly session could address voting rights, climate initiatives

Aside from recreational cannabis, there are a few other priorities lawmakers would like to get to during the upcoming legislative special session.

Manchin's opposition clouds future of Dems' elections bill

Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., is surrounded by reporters as senators rush to the chamber for votes ahead of the approaching Memorial Day recess, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, May 26, 2021. Lawmakers still face standoffs on an infrastructure bill, police reform, voting rights, and a bipartisan commission to investigate the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

A key Democratic senator says he won't not vote for the largest overhaul of U.S. election law in at least a generation

Biden pushes for US voting rights law as restrictions mount

President Joe Biden speaks as he commemorates the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa race massacre, at the Greenwood Cultural Center, Tuesday, June 1, 2021, in Tulsa, Okla. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

President Joe Biden has used the 100th anniversary of Tulsa’s race massacre to plea for sweeping legislation in Congress to protect the right to vote

Texas Democrats' walkout escalates voting battles

State Rep. Nicole Collier, D- Fort Worth, the chairwoman of the Legislative Black Caucus, speaks at a news conference at the Capitol on Sunday May 30, 2021, against Senate Bill 7, known as the Election Integrity Protection Act. (Jay Janner/Austin American-Statesman via AP)

A dramatic late-night walkout in the Texas Capitol that blocked sweeping new voting restrictions is giving Democrats a boost of morale after months of racking up losses in GOP-controlled statehouses...