Connecticut U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy wasted no time lambasting Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump's immediately controversial U.S. Supreme Court nominee.
Blumenthal predicted it will be nothing short of a "career-defining" vote for him and his colleagues on the Senate Judiciary Committee. It's a battle that could significantly alter Supreme Court rulings on gun control, abortion, healthcare reform, and other divisive issues for years to come, he said.
But can he and his fellow Democrats in the U.S. Senate actually derail Kavanaugh's confirmation? And can politicians running for election here in Connecticut, either as Republicans or Democrats, use this moment to galvanize supporters?
Our panel tackles those questions this hour, live from our studio at Gateway Community College in New Haven.
We also preview the first debate, happening Thursday, between the two Democrats remaining in the governor's race, Ned Lamont and Joe Ganim, and dissect Republican gubernatorial hopeful Steve Obsitnik's ongoing struggle to qualify for public campaign financing.
And we hone in on New Haven's estimated $30 million structural budget deficit, and similar financial troubles faced not just by Connecticut cities, but some suburban communities as well.
- Paul Bass - Editor of the New Haven Independent (@PaulJBass)
- Liz Kurantowicz - Republican political analyst (@mrskurantowicz)
- Neil Vigdor - Political reporter at the Hartford Courant (@gettinviggy)