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The Latest: Tong beats Hatfield in attorney general race
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The Latest on Connecticut's midterm election results (all times local):
Democratic state Rep. William Tong has won the race for Connecticut attorney general over Republican Sue Hatfield in a campaign that centered heavily on President Donald Trump's policies.
Tong will succeed Democratic Attorney General George Jepsen, who did not seek re-election. Tong is the first Asian-American to be elected to both the state legislature and a statewide constitutional office.
State lawmaker William Tong has won the Democratic primary for Connecticut attorney general
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — State lawmaker William Tong has won the Democratic primary for Connecticut attorney general.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — President Donald Trump's agenda has emerged as a focal point in the race for attorney general in Connecticut, where even the Republican candidates agree some of his policies should be challenged in court.
The current attorney general, George Jepsen, a Democrat who is not seeking re-election, has filed or joined other states in filing nearly two dozen lawsuits against the Trump administration on issues ranging from taxation to pollution to the 2020 census.
HARTFORD — State Rep. Mike D’Agostino, D-Hamden, ended his exploration of an attorney general run Wednesday and handed his endorsement to Rep. William Tong, D-Stamford.
The Ivy League-educated son of Chinese immigrant parents, Tong, 44, is co-chairman of the General Assembly's law-writing Judiciary Committee. Outside the legislature, he is a commercial lawyer.
HARTFORD — Rep. Robert Sampson, R-Wolcott, used an amendment on an unrelated immigration bill to redebate — and force a new vote — on the Connecticut Trust Act, which prevents police from holding undocumented residents for immigration officials if they haven’t committed serious crimes.
On the House floor Wednesday, the Republican said the act flies in the face of federal law, which has jurisdiction over immigration.
Sixth-term state Rep. William Tong has shifted his exploratory committee to a full-blown candidacy to become the state’s next attorney general in what he calls a “deeply personal” race.
If he wins the Democratic nomination next month and is elected in November, he would become the state’s first Asian-American attorney general representing Connecticut taxpayers and officials in civil court in-state and throughout the nation.
Another Democrat is vying for state Rep. William Tong’s seat and his name might sound familiar.
Matt Blumenthal, 32, the eldest son of U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, has filed paperwork to run for the state House of Representatives 147th district. The district encompasses parts of Stamford and Darien. His father represented the 145th district once upon a time — he was elected a year before Matt Blumenthal was even born.
WESTPORT — More than 100 people gathered in a church meeting hall here on Sunday, rallying support for Supreme Court Justice Andrew J. McDonald’s nomination to become the next chief justice.
HARTFORD — The state House of Representatives on Monday afternoon voted mostly along party lines, 79-69, to overturn a committee vote that threatened Supreme Court Justice Andrew J. McDonald’s nomination to be the next chief justice.
Rep. Livvy Floren, R-Greenwich, voted with majority Democrats in bringing the nomination to a floor showdown. If confirmed, McDonald’s nomination heads to the Senate next week.
In confirmation hearing, justice nominee denies activism
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut chief justice nominee Andrew McDonald denied Monday that he's an activist, a claim made by some critics who want legislators to oppose Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's choice to oversee the state's highest court.
Conservative groups have accused McDonald, a former state senator from Stamford and longtime friend of the governor, of putting his own liberal political beliefs ahead of the law.
Opposition to gay chief justice nominee sparks allegations of bigotry
The leading GOP opponent of the governor’s chief justice pick, who could make history as the first openly gay jurist in the nation to preside over a state Supreme Court, is being accused of homophobia.
Republican gubernatorial candidate Tim Herbst panned the nomination of Andrew J. McDonald to lead the seven-member court, saying that Stamford confidant of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy was chosen for political reasons and has a history of legislating from the bench.
Democrats will have to go to their bench in Connecticut, with Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman becoming the party’s latest standard bearer to be daunted by following Dannel P. Malloy at the top of the ticket.
Wyman’s decision Thursday not to run for governor ends months of speculation about the political future of the 71-year-old Democrat, who is held in high esteem on both sides of the aisle, but whose political brand is intertwined with that of unpopular incumbent Malloy.
We have a state budget. It took the legislature much longer than it should have, and for months, there was too much politics and not enough problem-solving. To be honest, when we first learned Connecticut faced a $5 billion deficit — before the governor negotiated state employee concessions to drop the number to $3.5 billion — many wondered if we could ever agree on a budget. This is not to make excuses; it is our job to make hard decisions. And we should have done better.
STAMFORD — Even as it faces major losses in the city’s South End, the state is not about to rip up its economic playbook.
STAMFORD - As pundits credit the so-called “Trump effect” for dramatic Democratic wins in Tuesday elections nationwide, not all city politicians agree that it explains what happened here.
Democrats in Stamford just about swept the offices of the mayor and town clerk, and seats on the boards of representatives, finance and education - even constable races.
Of the 40 seats on the Board of Representatives, Democrats now occupy all but 8.
Nominees for two top Connecticut courts made their cases for interim posts on Wednesday, including an Angola-born jurist who came to the United States at age 10, speaking only Portuguese.
Elected officials discuss gun violence at town hall
STAMFORD — In the aftermath of the Las Vegas mass shooting on Oct. 1, Mayor David Martin hosted a town hall meeting on Wednesday at the Government Center to discuss the rise of mass shootings and their effects on communities throughout the country.
Martin was joined by U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, state Rep. William Tong, state Sen. Carlo Leone, Stamford police Assistant Chief Jim Matheny and city Director of Public Safety Ted Jankowski.
The video from Charlottesville is so violent and profane that I was not sure the kids should watch it. But Liz and I decided not to shield them from it. And as we watched it together, my 9-year-old daughter started pointing out people on the television and asking us “is he a good guy” or “is he a bad guy”? At first we tried to be even-handed — true to our training as lawyers — and to avoid making judgments so our daughter could make up her own mind. But we both quickly realized that was the wrong approach.
The growing biotechnology corridor in the region and improved collaboration between government and manufacturing companies are among the major focuses of the state Commission on Economic Competitiveness, said the co-chairmen of the commission during a recent visit to a Newtown manufacturer.
STAMFORD — If history is any indication, this year’s mayoral contest is off to a sluggish start.
By this time in 2013, with four months remaining until the election, there were six candidates, a primary was fast approaching and $740,000 had been raised.
The 2017 race is a much different story.
Mayor David Martin, the Democrat incumbent who is unchallenged for his party’s nod, has raised about $87,000 as of June 30, according to his latest campaign disclosure filed with the town clerk.
STAMFORD — A mayoral rival and head of the Legislature’s powerful Judiciary Committee is calling on prosecutors to expand the scope of a criminal investigation into potential voter fraud in the city.
State Rep. William Tong, D-Stamford, said the probe of possible absentee ballot tampering during the 2015 municipal election — first reported by Hearst Connecticut Media — casts uncertainty over previous voting results.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Legislation that attempts to toughen Connecticut's hate crimes laws has cleared the House of Representatives.
The chamber voted unanimously Tuesday in favor of the bill, which makes the commission of a hate crime a felony and increases potential penalties upon conviction. The bill now awaits action in the Senate.
Dannel P. Malloy was the first domino to fall. Who will be next?
The future of the state’s five other constitutional officers is murky, with as many as three and as few as one of them contending for Malloy’s job as governor.
The succession plan — if there is such a thing — and retirements could set off a chain reaction of job shopping.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Democratic and Republican lawmakers say they want to pass legislation this session that addresses a Danbury-based human trafficking ring police say exploited young men with mental health issues.
Authorities say the men were plied with drugs and money and delivered to wealthy clients to have sex for money after they had built up substantial drug debts. Three men have been arrested so far in connection with the case. More arrests are expected.
Holding conservators accountable
While abuse among state conservators is rare and isolated, Probate Court Administrator Paul J. Knierim has asked lawmakers to approve a series of accountability measures, including random audits and written practices for lawyers and family members who handle the affairs of elderly and disabled residents who cannot take care of themselves.
People who physically threaten judges for doing their jobs would face up to 10 years in prison under enhanced penalties narrowly approved Friday by the legislative Judiciary Committee.
For local legislators, it’s all about jobs.
Some seven years after the end of the state’s recession, Connecticut has yet to recover all the positions it lost during the economic crisis. To finally achieve sustained growth, southwestern Connecticut legislators in their return to Hartford last week said creating confidence in state government is vital.
A push to bring early voting to Connecticut — and send long lines at many polling locations the way of mechanical voting machines — is regaining momentum.
State Rep. William Tong, D-Stamford, this week introduced a bill, the first of the upcoming legislative session, to amend the state constitution to allow for early voting.
STAMFORD — By most measures, Stamford stands out among Connecticut’s cities for its economic growth. That profile also attracts intense scrutiny as to whether the city’s economy is reaching its potential.
STAMFORD — Gov. Dannel Malloy showed up at the city’s Democratic headquarters Sunday night to support legislators’ get-out-the-vote efforts. He was joined by state Rep. Dan Fox, Rep. William Tong, U.S. Congressman Jim Himes and state Rep. Caroline Simmons. Malloy, the former mayor of Stamford, has participated in the city’s Democratic election events and efforts since 1983.
OK, we did some of the heavy lifting for you. We interviewed candidates, did some truth-squadding on their claims and offered our opinions on which of them we believe are best prepared to serve in office.
We are not suggesting our preferences are the only good candidates out there. In some cases, there were narrow distinctions between the candidates we favored and their rivals. In other cases, it’s simply a matter of which principles and values you embrace.
STAMFORD — State Rep. William Tong won’t face a challenger in the 147th House district race, though that hasn’t slowed his campaigning.
Tong, 43, has spent recent weeks knocking on doors in Darien and attending events in his district to discuss his efforts in Hartford as chairman of the Judiciary Committee and address unease about economy and the state budget that will be top priorities in 2017.
While its financial support this General Assembly election will mostly go to 15 Republicans and only a pair of Democrats, the Connecticut Business & Industry Association announced Tuesday a round of bipartisan legislative endorsements, including first-term Rep. Caroline Simmons, D-Stamford, and Rep. William Tong, D-Stamford, the co-chairman of the Judiciary Committee.
In all, 24 Democrats are on the list of endorsements, along with 74 Republicans.