Spotlight on the 5th Congressional District race
News and notes from the campaign trail
News and notes from around the state
PEO are a good option for small retailers

  • With the campaign season in full swing, the race for the 5th Congressional district race took center stage this week as more and more national attention is being paid to the very close race.
  • This week the candidates squared off in a televised debate that took place at Central Connecticut State University yesterday.
  • The matchup between incumbent Jahana Hayes (D) and her Republican opponent, former State Senator George Logan, is shaping up to be the closest race for Congress in CT in decades as Logan looks to recapture the 5th District seat that was last held by a Republican in 2006.
  • Our friends at the CT Mirror do a great job covering the debate and the sparring between the two candidates.
  • You can go here to read that store.


News from the Campaign Trail

  • Two candidates for Governor debated in Fairfield County this week, while a third cancelled due to a scheduling conflict.  News12 reports on the Lamont-Holding debate sponsored by the Stamford Chamber of Commerce, here.  The next gubernatorial debate is scheduled for Nov. 1.
  • The two leading candidates vying to become Connecticut’s next Secretary of the State, Democrat Stephanie Thomas and Republican Dominic Rapini, debated how the state operates its elections and how voters can access the ballot.  CT Mirror reports on their differing points of view here.
  • The two candidates vying for retiring state Sen. Paul Formica’s seat in the 20th district are Democrat Martha Marx and Republican Jerry Labriola Jr.  If the Labriola name sounds familiar, it may be because his brother served in the legislature, as did his father, who was also a candidate for Lieutenant Governor a generation ago.  The CT Examiner reports on the southeastern Connecticut campaign, here.  
  • Republican Stephen Harding and Democrat Eva Bermúdez Zimmerman are seeking the 30th District State Senate seat.  The district includes more than a dozen communities in northwestern Connecticut. The Stamford Advocate highlights the race, here.
  • Norwich Democratic City Council Alderman Derell Wilson and Republican Robert Bell are running for the 46th House District seat being vacated after a decade by Democrat state Rep. Emmett Riley.  The New London Day reports on the campaign, here.
  • In an effort to reduce false information designed to undermine its elections, Connecticut officials have hired a cybersecurity analyst to monitor social media posts and flag misinformation before it goes viral.  The new security analyst, Anthony Pollicito, comes from a cybersecurity and IT background.  CTNews Junkie’s Christine Stuart has the details, here


News Around the State

  • Sports betting in Connecticut saw a massive jump in September revenue, according to data released by the state Department of Consumer Protection.  The state’s legal sports betting operators generated $130.5 million in handle in September, up 39% from August’s $80.3 million.  See the details reported here.  
  • Sales of single-family homes in the Greater Hartford area fell 9.1% between last September and this September, as realtors continue to point toward low inventory and increasing prices as a reason for the decline.  Hartford Business Journal has the data here.
  • The Big East Conference has extended its agreement to host the women’s basketball tournament at Mohegan Sun Arena for another three years, through 2026.  Hartford Business Journal reports on the decision here.
  • M&T Bank, still facing considerable criticism for its troubled merger with PeoplesUnited, announced it will be awarding $6 million in grants to 44 nonprofit organizations across Connecticut.  Hartford Business Journal reports on the plans, and the recipients, here
  • The Connecticut Department of Transportation has been awarded a $1 million grant from the U.S. Federal Highway Administration to finance an ongoing study into potential safety improvements that can be made on I-95 in Stamford.  Fairfield County Business Journal has the details here.
  • As Frontier Communications continues to roll out fiber optic cable in Connecticut, Comcast announced it is expanding a new service that will eventually allow for comparable broadband speeds.  CT Post reports on the latest plans here.


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