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2020 Election News

Trump, Biden prepare to debate at a time of mounting crises

Preparations take place for the first Presidential debate in the Sheila and Eric Samson Pavilion, Monday, Sept. 28, 2020, in Cleveland. The first debate between President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential candidate, former Vice President Joe Biden is scheduled to take place Tuesday, Sept. 29. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

The first debate between President Donald Trump and Joe Biden looms as a milestone in an American election year like no other

Pelosi prepares in case House must decide presidential race

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. speaks during a news conference Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020 on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is taking extraordinary steps to prepare for the 2020 election — including trying to bolster Democrats’ hold on state congressional delegations just in case...

Former Trump campaign manager hospitalized after report of suicide threat, police say

Brad Parscale, a former campaign manager for President Trump, poses for a portrait at the Northern Virginia Republican National Convention annex on July 25, 2019, in Arlington, Va. MUST CREDIT: Washington Post photo by Jabin Botsford

Brad Parscale, who ran Trump's campaign until July, was taken willingly to the hospital by police under a Florida law that allows authorities to detain people who they think pose a danger to...

U.S. judge orders stop to Postal Service cuts, echoing others

FILE - In this Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020, file photo, a person drops applications for mail-in-ballots into a mailbox in Omaha, Neb. Data obtained by The Associated Press shows Postal Service districts across the nation are missing the agency’s own standards for on-time delivery as millions of Americans prepare to vote by mail. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)

A federal judge in Philadelphia has joined others around the country in ordering the U.S. Postal Service to halt recent service cuts

Trump campaign sues to block mail-in ballot rule changes

President Donald Trump’s campaign committee and the Republican National Committee has sued to block North Carolina election officials from enforcing rule changes that could boost the number of...

Local voters clash on Supreme Court politics

FILE - In this May 19, 2018, file photo, Amy Coney Barrett, United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit judge, speaks during the University of Notre Dame's Law School commencement ceremony at the university, in South Bend, Ind. (Robert Franklin/South Bend Tribune via AP, File)

The ideological fight over the future of the U.S. Supreme Court is polarizing southeastern Connecticut residents.

Howard endorsed by independent business PAC

Greg Howard, the Republican candidate for state representative from the 43rd District, has announced he has been endorsed by the National Federation of Independent Business Connecticut PAC.

Somers gains endorsement of small business group's political action committee

National Federation of Independent Business Connecticut PAC announces support for Groton state senator's reelection.

In a special session, the real debate is the agenda

Gov. Ned Lamont issued a call Friday for the General Assembly to return next week, primarily to set new performance-based standards for calculating electric rates and to approve borrowing for school...

Town and city clerks shift schedules to account for election

Clerks’ offices in the region are moving hours around, offering services by appointment and sometimes closing in expectation of an increased workload ahead of this year’s general...

Records: Mail delivery lags behind targets as election nears

FILE - In this May 5, 2020, file photo, absentee ballots to be counted are moved at City Hall in Garden City, Mich. Data obtained by The Associated Press shows Postal Service districts across the nation are missing the agency’s own standards for on-time delivery as millions of Americans prepare to vote by mail. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

Data obtained by The Associated Press shows Postal Service districts across the nation are missing the agency’s own standards for on-time delivery as millions of Americans prepare to vote by...

Despite Trump attacks, both parties vow orderly election

President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

President Donald Trump is declining to commit to a peaceful transfer of power if he loses the Nov. 3 presidential election

How to vote in the East Lyme referendum next week

In addition to regular voting at the community center, absentee ballot applications are available in the clerk's office for people who meet one of several conditions, and curbside voting is an option.

Politics mixes with law as Trump closes in on court pick

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., arrives to meet with reporters following a Republican strategy session, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020. Republican efforts to fill the Supreme Court vacancy created by the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg are likely to move swiftly this week, with President Donald Trump possibly nominating a replacement within days and GOP senators hoping to jump-start the confirmation process. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

President Donald Trump is closing in on his pick to fill a Supreme Court vacancy just weeks before Election Day

Facebook removes Russian networks tied to agencies that interfered in 2016 election

The networks focused their efforts in numerous nations in Europe and Asia, with relatively little reach among U.S. audiences, Facebook concluded.

Third parties could play a lesser role in 2020 campaign

FILE - In this Nov. 17, 2019, file photo, Kanye West appears on stage during a service at Lakewood Church in Houston. In close elections, it doesn't take much for third-party candidates to play an outsize role, as Democrats learned the hard way in 2016. West has launched a scattershot 2020 presidential campaign that many of President Donald Trump’s allies believe could siphon votes away from former Vice President Joe Biden. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke, File)

Third-party candidates could play a lesser role in 2020 than in years past

Biden to focus on health care in Supreme Court debate

Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at the Constitution Center in Philadelphia, Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020, about the Supreme Court. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Joe Biden is using the sudden Supreme Court vacancy to reinforce his argument that the upcoming election should be a referendum on President Donald Trump’s handling of health care and the...

Groton Democrats to hold meet and greet with candidates on Sept. 27

The Groton Democratic Town Committee is inviting new members to join. The committee also will hold a "meet and greet" with candidates on Sept. 27.

In East Lyme, Trump supporters call out anonymous comment on their lawn signs

John and Lori Herde with one of the Trump campaign signs Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, in the front yard of their East Lyme home.  (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

Lori and John Herde say card that arrived in Wednesday's mail amounts to harassment.

Trump and Biden hit unlikely battleground state of Minnesota

A television screen shows Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden holding up a mask, as President Donald Trump talks with reporters on Air Force One while returning to Washington after a campaign rally at Central Wisconsin Airport, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Donald Trump almost won Minnesota in 2016 and sees it as a state he can peel away from Democrat Joe Biden in November

U.S. judge blocks Postal Service changes that slowed mail

Letter carriers load mail trucks July 31, 2020, for deliveries at a U.S. Postal Service facility in McLean, Va. A U.S. judge on Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020, blocked controversial Postal Service changes that have slowed mail nationwide. The judge called them

A U.S. judge on Thursday blocked controversial Postal Service changes that have slowed mail nationwide

AP-NORC poll: Trump faces deep pessimism as election nears

In this Aug. 31, 2020 file photo, President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference in the James Brady Press Briefing Room in Washington. Most Americans are deeply pessimistic about the direction of the country and skeptical of President Donald Trump’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic.  That's according to a new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. The survey shows that roughly 7 in 10 Americans think the nation is on the wrong track. And as the nation nears 200,000 deaths from the coronavirus pandemic, just 39% of Americans approve of Trump's handling of the health crisis. Americans have a more favorable views of public health officials, as they have throughout the pandemic. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Most Americans are deeply pessimistic about the direction of the country and skeptical of President Donald Trump’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic

Trump denies downplaying virus, casts doubt on mask usage

President Donald Trump talks with ABC News anchor George Stephanopoulos before a town hall at National Constitution Center, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

President Donald Trump is denying he played down the threat of the coronavirus earlier this year, although there is an audio recording of him stating he did just that

Clerk quits after long vote count delays in Massachusetts

The clerk of a Massachusetts town where delays in vote counting held up state primary results for days has resigned

Day announces series of debates in state Senate races

Because of the pandemic, The Day, in cooperation with the Garde, will be livestreaming the debates in these critical races to its audience.

Absentee balloting forces Stonington town clerk's office to close for most in-person business

The town has nearly 14,000 registered voters and Town Clerk Cynthia Ladwig expects many of them will be voting by absentee ballot.

In defiance of Nevada governor, Trump holds indoor rally

President Donald Trump arrives to speak at a rally at Xtreme Manufacturing, Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020, in Henderson, Nev. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

President Donald Trump was back in his element this weekend, soaking up the raucous cheers of his crowd

Green Party candidate running for 2nd Congressional District seat

Cassandra Martineau, the Green Party’s candidate for the 2nd Congressional District. (Courtesy of Cassandra Martineau)

While the Green Party is often characterized as out of touch with mainstream politics, candidate Cassandra Martineau said her campaign is about affordable health care, the environment and income...

Connecticut Realtors endorses Somers' reelection bid

Republican picks up group's backing in race for 18th District seat in state Senate.

Climate change largely missing from campaign as fires rage

A firefighter battles the Creek Fire as it threatens homes in the Cascadel Woods neighborhood of Madera County, Calif., on Monday, Sept. 7, 2020. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

For President Donald Trump, the historic wildfires ravaging Democratic strongholds on the West Coast are presenting another crisis at a time when he can ill afford one

States ask judge to reverse changes at U.S. Postal Service

FILE - In this April 2, 2020 file photo, a United States Postal  Service worker makes a delivery with gloves and a mask in Warren, Mich. A group of states suing over service cuts at the U.S. Postal Service is asking a federal judge to immediately undo some of them, saying the integrity of the upcoming election is at stake.(AP Photo/Paul Sancya,File)

A group of states suing over service cuts at the U.S. Postal Service is asking a federal judge to immediately undo some of them, saying the integrity of the upcoming election is at stake

'Tis the season for campaign sign shenanigans

It's been an unusual year in some ways, but 2020 is status quo when it comes to campaign sign shenanigans.

Trump revels in packed Michigan crowd amid book fallout

President Donald Trump waves as he arrives for a campaign rally at MBS International Airport, Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020, in Freeland, Mich. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Reeling from another crisis of his own making, President Donald Trump tried to refocus attention on his Democratic rival at a rally in battleground Michigan Thursday as he pushed to move past...

Russian hackers targeting U.S. campaigns, Microsoft says

FILE - In this Nov. 10, 2016, file photo, people walk past a Microsoft office in New York. Microsoft said Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020, that the same Russian military intelligence outfit that hacked the Democrats in 2016 has been trying to break into more than 200 organizations in recent weeks, including political parties and consultants. (AP Photo/Swayne B. Hall, File)

Microsoft says state-backed hackers have stepped up targeting of U.S. political campaigns and related groups

U.S. charges Russian with plot to create election distrust

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin testifies before the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis, during a hybrid hearing, Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Graeme Jennings/Pool via AP)

The Trump administration has charged a Russian national in a sweeping plot to create distrust in the American political process

Pence to attend event hosted by QAnon backers

Vice President Mike Pence and other top officials from President Donald Trump’s campaign are slated to attend a Montana fundraiser this month hosted by a couple who are adherents of the QAnon...

Trump and Biden run vastly different pandemic campaigns

President Donald Trump stands on stage after speaking at a campaign rally at Smith Reynolds Airport, Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020, in Winston-Salem, N.C. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden are taking diametrically opposite approaches to campaigning during a pandemic — and the differences amount to more than political...

1,000 people may have voted twice in Georgia

As many as 1,000 Georgians may have cast ballots in the June primary both by mail and in person, Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said Tuesday, raising questions about how well poll...

Towns receive financial support for absentee ballot processing, poll safety

Secretary of the State Denise Merrill announced the allocation of more than $2.3 million in federal grant money on Tuesday.

Trump hints at vaccine 'surprise' as Biden demands transparency

President Donald Trump hinted Monday that the U.S. could approve a coronavirus vaccine in October, ahead of the November election, as Joe Biden demanded transparency from the government as it studies...


Opening economy too soon doomed us

I am angry! I just cancelled my trip to visit my 92-year old mother. When I made the cross-country flight reservations, many months ago, I believed the COVID-19 pandemic would be controlled enough...