Joe Visconti

Visconti says he has enough petitions

Republican Joe Visconti says he has collected more than 7,500 signatures in his attempt to appear on Connecticut’s gubernatorial ballot in November as a petitioning candidate.  Visconti, who once ran for Congress, needs 7,500 valid signatures in order to qualify.  Even though he has surpassed the necessary figures, he will continue to collect signatures this week.  The deadline for submitting names is Aug. 6.


Malloy, Foley

Foley leads Malloy in NY Times, CBS News online poll

If Connecticut’s gubernatorial race was held today, Republican candidate Tom Foley would beat first-term Democrat Gov. Dannel P. Malloy by a sizeable margin, according to a New York Times, CBS News and YouGov poll.  The collaborative effort by the three groups finds Foley defeating Malloy by 9 percentage points.  An online panel of about 100,000 people across the nation took part in the poll.



Religion key component of political identification in America

A new Gallup Poll shows that although political trends have changed over the last seven years in America, a person’s religion and political identify are still closely aligned.  According to the poll, very religious Americans are more likely to identify or lean toward the Republican Party, while nonreligious Americans tend to identify more with the Democrat Party.


toll road

Foley doesn’t rule out tolls returning to Connecticut

Connecticut Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Foley did not rule out tolls returning to the state, if he is elected governor.  Of course, he has to win his primary first, against challenger John McKinney on Aug. 12, before the general election against Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, the first-term Democrat.   Although Foley admitted he agrees with McKinney that tolls are nothing more than a tax, he did not rule out their return, if it would coincide with lowering the gas tax.


Connecticut Democrats

CT-Democrat tweets going bonkers over Foley TV appearance

The Connecticut Democrat Party tweets are in overdrive, as Connecticut Republican Party gubernatorial candidate Tom Foley appears on WFSB-TV 3′s “Face the State” with anchor Dennis House.  The tweets are being issued fast and furious, lambasting Foley on just about everyone of his statements, from gun policy to the visit of New Jersey governor Chris Christie.


Gov. Dannel P. Malloy

Esty: Malloy is respected around USA, ‘But he needs your help.’

Connecticut U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty, who may be in some trouble in her own re-election bid according to some stories, made it a point to get in a plug for Gov. Dannel P. Malloy Saturday, while on a campaign swing through Litchfield County.  The first-term Democrat was quoted in the Sunday Republican as saying, “The governor is so respected around the country and he’s a leader and does the right thing.  But he needs your help, because four years ago he lost the 5th District by 25,000 votes.”


Mark Greenberg

Does internal poll show conservative Greenberg giving Esty run for her money?

Two blog posts seem to indicate that first-term Democrat incumbent U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty could be in for the race of her political life against conservative Mark Greenberg in Connecticut’s 5th congressional district.  A Republican-American blog speculates on the topic, as does Hartford Courant columnist, blogger and former state lawmaker Kevin Rennie, who wonders on his blog why the Esty campaign is conducting push-polls.


Rep. Elizabeth Esty

Esty hears addiction story on visit

Fifth District U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty heard several concerns from constituents, while holding office hours in Litchfield County on Saturday, but the most compelling story may have come from parents, who lost their son to drug addiction.  The parents of Christopher Clem met with Esty.  Clem’s body was discovered on a snow-covered lawn in Hartford’s south end 10 years ago.  He was 25 and had graduated cum laude from Hartford Art School.