HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Republicans have found a new candidate for Connecticut's General Assembly after the original one withdrew following criticism over comments he made online about victims of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida.Secretary of the State Denise Merrill's office said Tuesday it received the name of a replacement candidate in the 30th state House district, which is currently held by Democratic Speaker of the House Joe Aresimowicz, who is seeking re-election.Related Content: Candidate resigns amid controversy over Parkland commentsThe document shows Berlin resident Michael Gagliardi is the new candidate. Tuesday is the final day to endorse a replacement.Steven Baleshiski, a 22-year-old college student from Southington, withdrew from the race last week. In a social media post in March, he said a survivor of the Parkland shooting who turned to gun-control advocacy "can burn in hell." … [Read more...] about Republicans find replacement candidate in state House race
Looking for news you can trust?Subscribe to our free newsletters. Here’s a nice, busy, colorful chart for you: Paul Krugman was tweeting about Kansas this morning, and now that Sam Brownback’s tenure as governor is over and we have pretty complete economic indicators for his entire disastrous governorship, I figured it was time to take a final look. I included California as a comparison since it’s a big fat liberal state that should be failing grievously, and then chose four good economic series. Everything starts in 1998 so you can get a good look at what the trends looked like before 2011, and they’re all shown in comparison to the US average. So how did Kansas do? Median household income: It dropped during Brownback’s first few years but then picked up a bit, ending with approximately zero growth. Coincident economic activity: This is an overall gauge of a state’s economy. It rose for the first three years Brownback was governor, but then … [Read more...] about Will Kansas Elect Another Republican Even After the Last One Nearly Destroyed Their State?
McConnell called the deficit "disturbing."Douglas Christian/ZUMA Wire Looking for news you can trust?Subscribe to our free newsletters. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who last year assured voters that sweeping tax cuts would not add to the country’s growing deficit, expressed concern today…about the federal budget deficit. In a Bloomberg News interview Tuesday morning, McConnell called the deficit “disturbing,” pointing to Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid as “70 percent” of the spending. “There’s been a bipartisan reluctance to tackle entitlement changes because of the popularity of those programs,” said McConnell. “Hopefully at one point here, we will get serious about this. We haven’t been yet.” The comments come after a Treasury report released Monday showed that the deficit ballooned by 17 percent in fiscal year 2018, increasing from $666 billion to $779 billion. The … [Read more...] about Republicans Are Once Again Very, Very Concerned About Deficits
Riding a national wave of donor enthusiasm, Democratic contenders in Washington’s most competitive midterm congressional races have blown past their Republican rivals in campaign fundraising over the past few months. The trio of Democratic candidates, Kim Schrier, Lisa Brown and Carolyn Long, each nearly doubled or tripled the fundraising hauls of their Republican rivals, according to new Federal Election Commission (FEC) filings this week, covering the period of July 19 through Sept. 30. In Washington’s 8th Congressional District, Schrier, a pediatrician and first-time candidate, pulled in $3.7 million over the recent reporting period — more than triple the $1.1 million raised over that period by her Republican rival, former state senator and real-estate investor Dino Rossi, according to the FEC filings. That brought Schrier to more than $5.3 million raised for the election cycle, compared with Rossi’s $4.1 million. Rossi and Schrier are competing for the … [Read more...] about Washington’s Democratic congressional candidates overwhelm Republicans in recent fundraising
Also: Students wear state rep.’s shirts to Nashville, raising questions authors Staff Reports Democrat Karl Dean announced a group of Republican and independent supporters Tuesday.The statewide chairs of the group are Linda and Mike Curb. The latter was co-chair of Ronald Reagan’s 1980 presidential campaign and a Republican lieutenant governor of California and is the founder of Curb Records. ”Under Karl’s leadership as mayor, Nashville stayed above water during a disastrous flood and the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression only to be followed by a historic economic boom,” Mike Curb said in a release. “Success like that doesn’t happen by chance. It takes the right kind of leader who has experience creating an environment of tolerance that attracts people from all walks of life.”The group is co-chaired by Beth Fortune, formerly senior adviser to Beth Harwell’s 2018 bid for the Republican nomination for governor … [Read more...] about Curb leads group of Republicans for Dean