Latest Q-Poll shows Lamont and Blumenthal with commanding leads
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House Republicans unveil plan for the State
News and notes from around the campaign trail
News and notes from around the state

  • Earlier this week, Quinnipiac University’s Q-Poll released the results of the new polling data for both the race for Governor and for United States Senate.
  • The polls show both incumbent Governor Ned Lamont and incumbent US Senator Richard Blumenthal leading their respective races by the same margins, 57% to 40%.
  • The poll has other good news for Democrats statewide. Poll director Doug Schwartz put it succinctly by stating “there isn’t much ticket splitting”.
  • The CT Mirror does a great job of breaking down the poll, which GOP candidate Bob Stefanowski calls “laughable”.
  • You can go here for the recap.


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  • While the polling shows GOP Candidate Bob Stefanowski trailing, we know that polls are just a snapshot in time and that there is plenty of time for Stefanowski to cut into the Lamont lead.
  • Which means that the CRMA Breakfast with the Candidates comes at a perfect time to get a good look at both candidates as they head towards the finish line.
  • So, you will want to be there to meet the candidates in person and to ask them directly what their vision is for the state of CT.
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House Republicans plan for the State

  • On Wednesday of this week, the House Republican caucus outlined out their agenda for the state.
  • Among the items they call for is a reduction in both the state income tax and sales tax.
  • There are some good ideas in the plan, and we urge you to review it for yourself.
  • The CTNewsJunkie has good overview of the plan. You can here to read more.


News and notes from around the campaign trail

  • For the second time in a decade, Connecticut voters will consider easing the state constitution to permit a form of early voting through a ballot question.
  • CTNewsJunkie has the details on the Constitutional Amendment voters will consider on Election Day here.
  • In a very important State Senate race, former Republican State Senator Toni Boucher is running again in the 26th District, after Democrat Will Haskell, who defeated her in 2019, opted not to run for re-election. Good Morning Wilton has the details here on Boucher’s comeback campaign.
  • In the 36th State Senate race, Democrat Trevor Crow is taking on incumbent Republican Ryan Fazio. The CT Examiner has a good look at that race. You can go here to read that story.
  • Chris Green, Democrat running for State Senate in the 21st District – encompassing Shelton, most of Stratford, and parts of Seymour and Monroe – against Senate Republican Leader Kevin Kelly is seeking a campaign debate. CT Examiner looks at that here.


News and notes from around the state

  • With winter arriving in just months and Election Day seven weeks away, Republicans and Democrats sparred again this week over how to provide financial aid to low-income Connecticut residents facing skyrocketing heating oil prices. The Hartford Courant reports on the conflicting views here.
  • The Connecticut Business & Industry Association’s 2022 survey of businesses found that the state’s worker shortage is acute, quantifying anecdotal evidence that employers are struggling to find and retain workers. Hartford Business Journal reports on the survey results here.
  • Small Town Assistance state grants have been approved by the state for 77 small towns across Connecticut. Fairfield County Business Journal has details here.
  • S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal and three other senators have sent a letter to M&T Bank asking it to compensate customers who were inconvenienced by the transition of People’s United Bank accounts to M&T accounts. Hartford Business Journal has the latest here.
  • In anticipation of future air travel growth, Bradley International Airport is embarking on two major projects that will cost nearly $230 million aimed at transforming the airport’s terminal and making room for more airlines, passengers and amenities. The Hartford Courant has the details here.
  • With just over one week left to apply for the state’s coronavirus pandemic bonus program for essential, private-sector workers, demand has far outstripped the resources reserved for the program. CT Mirror has the details here.