Blumenthal leads in latest poll but is it close
Other election news and notes
News and notes from around the State
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  • Yesterday a new poll was released for the race for United State Senate between incumbent Democrat Richard Blumenthal and former House Minority Leader Themis Klarides.
  • The poll, conducted by News 8/The Hill/Emerson College shows Blumenthal with 50% and Klarides at 40%, with 10% undecided.
  • The survey is a bit of an eye opener. While a 10 point lead is one that any incumbent would take, for Blumenthal, who has been one of the most consistently popular politicians in CT, to have that small a lead is surprising, and opens the idea that Klarides could give him a real race for that seat. Of course, she needs to win her primary in August against two candidates, Leora Levey and Peter Lumaj, both of whom Blumenthal is leading by 16 points in this survey.
  • We know it’s early and campaign season hasn’t really gotten going, but the Blumenthal camp can’t be too happy with these numbers. So we will keep real close eye on this race as it unfolds.
  • The great Chris Keating of the Hartford Courant has more on the survey and reactions to the results. You can go here to read that.


Election news and notes

  • In the race we are paying most attention to, for the Governor’s office, both candidates were in the news this week.
  • On Wednesday of the week, Republican Candidate for Governor Bob Stefanowski held his first news briefing with reports since he captured the nomination for Governor.
  • Among the highlights of the Stefanowski presser was that he thought the raise for state employee’s was reasonable but that he objected to the bonuses for retaining state employees. He also claimed that corruption was costing CT taxpayers.
  • Mark Pazniokas from the CT Mirror was at the presser and filed this
  • Meanwhile, Governor Lamont held a press conference on Thursday to talk about his tax cuts for families. The Mirror’s Keith Phaneuf covered that one, here.
  • This week Rep. Hilda Santiago dropped out of her bid for Sec. of the State race.
  • The Democratic primary for Secretary of the State is down to just two. The party nominee Rep. Stephanie Thomas of Norwalk, and New Haven Health Director Maritza Bond. CTNewsJunkie updates that race here.


News and notes from around the state

  • COVID-19 infections have surged in Connecticut, pushing the state to one of the highest rates of new cases in the country this week, data shows. CT Post has the numbers here.
  • Eversource Energy ratepayers will pay more for electricity beginning July 1, reflecting soaring natural gas prices and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The Hartford Courant has news of the new rates here.
  • Job growth slowed in Connecticut during the month of April as the state added 1,600 jobs, according to the state Department of Labor. Details here from the Hartford Business Journal.
  • Jess Boronico has been selected to be the next dean for Southern Connecticut State University’s School of Business. New Haven BIZ has more on his selection here.
  • In the wake of the recent completion of its merger with Bridgeport-based People’s United Financial Inc., M&T Bank Corp. has unveiled the Amplify Fund, a $25 million philanthropic investment fund. Fairfield County Business Journal reports on the new fund here.
  • The state Supreme Court has ordered a new trial in a lawsuit filed by Centerplan Construction, the original developer of Dunkin’ Donuts Park, against the city of Hartford, concerning the company’s termination from the project following a dispute over alleged construction delays. Hartford Business Journal has the details here.
  • Vice President Kamala Harris, in Connecticut this week, told the U.S. Coast Guard Academy’s graduating cadets that they are starting their service at a crucial moment for the world. Associated Press reports on her remarks here.


CRMA Golf Outing

  • If you haven’t done so already, please visit the CRMA website to review our invitation and fill out a registration form for this year’s CRMA Golf Outing, coming up next month on June 28.
  • The Golf Outing is one of the biggest annual fundraisers for CRMA to support our work on behalf of Connecticut retailers year-round. Any help you can provide is greatly appreciated.
  • We hope to see you at Wampanoag Country Club in West Hartford on Tuesday, June 28th for a day of camaraderie, delicious food and great fun