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2020 Election News

City of Groton Police Union Local 3355 endorses Hedrick for mayor

The City of Groton Police Local 3355 of Council 4 AFSCME unanimously voted to endorse Keith Hedrick for mayor of Groton City.

As two Democrats face off in unprecedented Groton City election, Republicans say they will remain neutral

Democratic candidates for Groton City mayor, incumbent Keith Hedrick, left, (photo by Sean D. Elliot/The Day), and challenger Aundre Bumgardner (photo by Aaron Kane).

As two Democrats run for Groton City's top office, the Republican Party says it will remain neutral, while individual Democrats are personally backing each candidate.

Will Smith film departs Georgia over voting restrictions

Will Smith attends the premiere of

Will Smith and director Antoine Fuqua have pulled production of their runaway slave drama “Emancipation” from Georgia over the state’s recently enacted law restricting voting...

2020 State Senate Debate Schedule

— The following state senate debates were livestreamed on theday.com. You can watch full replays of theme here:

Debate Date/Time Participants Notes
19th District Oct. 8; 7-8 pm Incumbent Sen. Cathy Osten (D), Steve Weir (R) Watch replay of full debate
20th District Oct. 20; 7-8 pm Incumbent Sen. Paul Formica (R), Martha Marx (D) Watch replay of full debate
18th District Oct. 21; 7-8 pm Incumbent Sen. Heather Somers (R), Bob Statchen (D) Watch replay of full debate
33rd District Oct. 22; 7-8 pm Incumbent Sen. Norm Needleman (D), Brendan Saunders (R) Watch replay of full debate

 

Georgia governor: Loss of All-Star game will hurt minorities

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp speaks during a news conference at the State Capitol on Saturday, April 3, 2021, in Atlanta, about Major League Baseball's decision to pull the 2021 All-Star Game from Atlanta over baseball's objection to a new Georgia voting law. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

Georgia’s Republican governor has stepped up his attack on Major League Baseball’s decision to pull this summer’s All-Star Game from the state in response to a sweeping new...

Norwich Democratic Town Committee seeks candidates

The Norwich DTC is recruiting candidates for the offices of mayor, City Council, Board of Education and city treasurer for the upcoming 2021 municipal elections.

Lamont order will allow absentee voting in spring elections

Gov. Ned Lamont has signed an executive order that will allow people to use the continuing COVID-19 pandemic as an excuse to vote by absentee in any election, primary or referendum held before May 20

North Stonington residents approve items at first hybrid town meeting

About 120 residents voting from home and in person, approved six items during the town's first hybrid town meeting on Monday night.

Have you had difficulty voting? The Day wants to hear your stories and suggestions

Voting rights has been a topic of conversation throughout the country during the past weeks and months.

After new law, McConnell warns CEOs: 'Stay out of politics'

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., speaks during a news conference at Kroger Field in Lexington, Ky., Monday, April 5, 2021. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell says it’s a “big lie” to call the new voting law in Georgia restrictive

Corporations gave over $50M to voting restriction backers

FILE - In this July 18, 2019, file photo, a sign is displayed at an AT&T retail store in Miami. Corporations have given more than $50 million in recent years to state lawmakers who have seized on Donald Trump’s lies about a stolen 2020 election to push for new restrictions on the right to vote. That's according to a new report by the government watchdog nonprofit Public Citizen. Telecom-giant AT&T was the most prolific giver, donating over $800,000 since 2015 to authors of proposed restrictions, co-sponsors of such measures, or those who voted in favor of the bills, a new report by the Washington-based non-profit Public Citizen found. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)

Corporations have given more than $50 million in recent years to state lawmakers who have seized on Donald Trump’s lies about a stolen 2020 election to push for new restrictions on the right...

Georgia governor vows a fight after MLB yanks All-Star Game

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp listens to a question during a news conference at the State Capitol on Saturday, April 3, 2021, in Atlanta, about Major League Baseball's decision to pull the 2021 All-Star Game from Atlanta over the league's objection to a new Georgia voting law. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

Baseball fans are divided about Major League Baseball’s decision to pull this summer’s All-Star Game from Georgia over the new voting law that critics say will hurt communities of color

Hedrick announces write-in candidacy for May 3 Groton City general election

Democratic candidates for Groton City mayor, incumbent Keith Hedrick, left, (photo by Sean D. Elliot/The Day), and challenger Aundre Bumgardner (photo by Aaron Kane). Hedrick, who lost the March 8 Democratic primary to Bumgardner by five votes, announced Friday, April 2, 2021, that he would challenge Bumgardner in the May 3 general election as a write-in candidate.

Groton City Mayor Keith Hedrick announced on Friday his write-in candidacy for the May 3 general election.

North Stonington to hold hybrid town meeting April 5

A special town meeting to vote on seven items including changing how selectmen are elected will be held virtually and in person on Monday, April 5 at 6 p.m.

Democrats dispute police report in Georgia lawmaker's arrest

State Rep. Park Cannon, D-Atlanta, is placed into the back of a Georgia State Capitol patrol car after being arrested by Georgia State Troopers at the Georgia State Capitol Building in Atlanta, Thursday, March 25, 2021. Cannon was arrested by Capitol police after she attempted to knock on the door of the Gov. Brian Kemp office during his remarks after he signed into law a sweeping Republican-sponsored overhaul of state elections that includes new restrictions on voting by mail and greater legislative control over how elections are run. (Alyssa Pointer/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

Allies of a Democratic lawmaker arrested last week during a protest of Georgia’s new Republican-backed election law are pushing back on a police report that compares that protest to the...

Norwich Democratic Council President Mark Bettencourt announces mayoral bid

2021 Norwich Democratic mayoral candidate Mark Bettencourt. (Submitted photo)

Norwich Democratic Council President Pro Tempore Mark Bettencourt will challenge incumbent Republican Mayor Peter Nystrom.

Exit polls indicate no clear winner in Israeli elections

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara cast their ballots at a polling station as Israelis vote in a general election, in Jerusalem , Tuesday, March 23, 2021. Israelis began voting on Tuesday in the country's fourth parliamentary election in two years — a highly charged referendum on the divisive rule of  Netanyahu. (Ronen Zvulun/Pool via AP)

Exit polls indicate there is no clear winner in Tuesday’s Israeli election, leaving Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s fate uncertain and signaling continued political deadlock

Bill would end one-party dominance on New London's City Council

A bill proposed by Republican state Sen. Paul Formica would put a check on the power of Democrats in the city and end an exemption written into state law that has allowed its two major governing...

South emerges as flashpoint of brewing redistricting battle

FILE - In this March 5, 2021, file photo The Capitol is seen just before sunrise in Washington. The state across the South are the center of the upcoming once-a-decade redistricting battle. The region is the fastest-growing in the country and as a result will be adding an estimated half-a-dozen House seats. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

States across the South are the center of the upcoming, once-a-decade redistricting battle

Groton Democratic Town Committee looking for people interested in serving community

The Groton Democratic Town Committee said in a news release that it "is looking for people interested in serving their community for both elected positions and Boards and Commissions."

Recount upholds Bumgardner as the winner of the Groton City Democratic mayoral primary

A recount has upheld that Town Councilor Aundré Bumgardner won the Groton City Democratic mayoral primary by five votes over Mayor Keith Hedrick.

As GOP makes it harder to vote, few Republicans dissent

Protesters in favor of changes in Georgia's voting laws hold signs inside the State Capitol in Atlanta, Ga., as the Legislature meets Monday, March 8, 2021, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Ben Gray)

Republican lawmakers are pushing a wave of legislation through statehouses across the nation to make voting more difficult

Callahan to seek fifth term as Stonington Borough warden

Borough Warden Jeff Callahan said this week that he plans to run for a fifth and final term in the May 3 borough election.

'Bad news': Wave of GOP retirements signals battles ahead

In this March 8, 2021, photo, Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., holds a news conference at Springfield-Branson National Airport as he announces he will not seek a third term in the U.S. Senate in 2022. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

The Republican Party didn't want to begin the new year this way — with a spate of retirements in the evenly divided Senate ahead of the 2022 midterm elections

Norwich Mayor Peter Nystrom to seek third term

Norwich Mayor Peter Nystrom, who has announced Thursday, March 4, 2021, that he would be seeking reelection to another term.  (Sarah Gordon/The Day)

In announcing his decision, he cited the city’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, an effort to create a second business park and a plan to overhaul city schools as top priorities.

Stonington to hold drive-thru town meeting vote

Residents will vote on several issues by casting ballots from their cars on March 13.

House passes landmark election bill as parties war over voting rights

To an extent not seen in a century, America’s two major parties have gone to battle over the rules that govern voting — an intensifying fight that threatens to dominate and embitter the...

How and where to vote in the Groton City Democratic primary

In-person voting will take place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday, March 8. Absentee ballots are available until Friday, March 5, through the city clerk's office and must be placed in the ballot box...

Bumgardner, Hedrick face off in March 8 Democratic primary

Democratic candidates for Groton City mayor, incumbent Keith Hedrick, left, (photo by Sean D. Elliot/The Day), and challenger Aundre Bumgardner (photo by Aaron Kane).

In the City of Groton's first Democratic primary in decades, Mayor Keith Hedrick and Town Councilor Aundre Bumgardner are vying for the city's top post.

Supreme Court likely to uphold Arizona voting restrictions

FILE - In this Nov. 4, 2020, file photo Maricopa County elections officials count ballots at the Maricopa County Recorder's Office in Phoenix. Eight years after carving the heart out of a landmark voting rights law, the Supreme Court is looking at putting new limits on efforts to combat racial discrimination in voting. The justices are taking up a case about Arizona restrictions on ballot collection and another policy that penalizes voters who cast ballots in the wrong precinct. (AP Photo/Matt York, File)

The Supreme Court appears ready to uphold voting restrictions in Arizona in a key case that could make it harder to challenge a raft of other voting measures Republicans have proposed following last...

Groton City Democratic primary becomes contentious on social media

The Democratic primary for Groton City mayor has brought out a high level of interest from people — and also become contentious on social media.

Urgo will not seek reelection as North Stonington first selectman

Mike Urgo works at an insurance office on Aug. 29, 2017, in North Stonington. He has announced that he will not seek reelection as North Stonington first selectman. (Dana Jensen/The Day)

He is urging other residents interested in serving the community to not only come forward to run for his position but the many others that will be available on town boards and commissions.

Critics: GOP measures target Black voter turnout in Georgia

FILE - In this Oct. 19, 2020 file photo, a voter drops their ballot off during early voting in Athens, Ga. After record turnout led to stunning GOP losses in the once reliably red state, Republican lawmakers are forging ahead with an aggressive slate of voting legislation that critics argue is tailored toward curtailing the power of Black voters. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)

Black voters have fueled big Democratic wins in Georgia, and Republicans are trying to make sure it doesn’t happen again

General Assembly committee holds hearing on early voting, no-excuse absentee voting

Secretary of the State Denise Merrill has been pushing for expanded voting rights since the COVID-19 pandemic impacted the 2020 primary and general elections.

Opinion

Criticism of Georgia voting law well deserved

The primary goal of the changes in Georgia voting law is to suppress the Black vote in future elections. That is what is going on.