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There could’ve been major work done by now on a building that’ll host a lot of people this weekend.

But, there’s no renovation on the books right now for the XL Center in Hartford, a 44-year-old, state-owned building officials have said is in desperate need of a makeover.

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Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam faced mounting pressure to step down Sunday after a racist photo published on his 1984 medical school yearbook page sparked controversy on Friday that he has been unable to contain or control.

And one of Northam's biggest problems is that the loudest, most strident calls from his resignation are coming mostly from political allies, Democrats from across his state and across the country.

An Exuberant Lamont: 'I'm Happy To Join The Governors' Club'

Jan 9, 2019
Ryan Caron King / Connecticut Public Radio

Edward Miner Lamont Jr., an unlikely Democratic standard bearer as a wealthy Greenwich businessman whose family tree includes titans of Wall Street and a left-wing philosopher, took office Wednesday as the 89th governor of Connecticut, a state buoyed by great wealth and burdened by decades of fiscal mismanagement.

A Day Of Pomp For Lamont, Then The Talent Hunt Resumes

Jan 9, 2019
Jessica Hill / Associated Press

Ned Lamont takes office as Connecticut’s 89th governor this afternoon having settled on nominees for all but 10 of the 28 positions that are classified under state law as agency heads subject to confirmation hearings and votes by the General Assembly. 

Connecticut Governor-elect Ned Lamont said one of the first things he’ll do after he is inaugurated on Wednesday will be to reach out to state workers.

How New England Governors' Salaries Compare

Jan 3, 2019

Salaries for governors in New England have been on an upward trend. Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker's pay raise makes him the highest-paid governor in the region.

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Amazon’s getting billions of dollars in tax breaks and other incentives from New York and Virginia to build its two East Coast headquarters. This hour: has corporate welfare become the standard?

Republican nominee for governor, Bob Stefanowski.
Mark Pazniokas / CTMirror.org

For this hour, we had booked Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob Stefanowski for an interview where he could take questions from us and listeners. But his campaign canceled saying it's priority is "getting Bob on the road." 

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He was at the head of the Hartford-area economic development group, MetroHartford Alliance, from 2001 to last year. Now, he wants to be governor of Connecticut.

This hour we sit down with Oz Griebel, who is running as an unaffiliated candidate for governor of Connecticut.

Temperature Rising In Conn. Gubernatorial Debate

Oct 18, 2018
From left, Oz Griebel, Ned Lamont and Bob Stefanowski.
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Republican Bob Stefanowski’s bold promise to eliminate Connecticut’s income tax over eight years came under withering attack Thursday by Democrat Ned Lamont and Oz Griebel, a petitioning candidate struggling to be taken seriously in the waning weeks of the race for governor.

Photos: Amar Batra, Frankie Graziano / Illustration: Tucker Ives

Republican Bob Stefanowski, Democrat Ned Lamont, and petitioning candidate Oz Griebel appeared at Infinity Music Hall & Bistro in Hartford Thursday for a debate sponsored by the Connecticut Broadcasters Association and moderated by Connecticut Public Radio's John Dankosky.

From left, Oz Griebel, Bob Stefanowski, and Ned Lamont at a recent debate at UConn.
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With 27 days until Election Day, a new Quinnipiac University Poll has Democrat Ned Lamont leading Republican Bob Stefanowski among likely voters, 47 percent to 39. Third-party candidate Oz Griebel is at 11 percent.

A Night Of Zingers Courtesy Of Stefanowski And Lamont

Sep 18, 2018
Republican Bob Stefanowski and Democrat Ned Lamont met inside New Haven's Shubert Theater for Connecticut's second gubernatorial debate between the two.
Frankie Graziano / Connecticut Public Radio

The Republican and Democratic candidates for governor pummeled each other in their second televised debate Monday, offering practiced one-liners that energized a Shubert Theater audience dominated by Realtors, while giving voters little new information on how either would close a projected deficit of $2.1 billion awaiting the next governor. 

The Republican Governors Association is targeting Connecticut as its best chance of gaining a seat in the November election.

Frankie Graziano / Connecticut Public Radio

It didn’t take long for the gloves to come off in the race to be Connecticut’s next governor.

New England governors and premiers from eastern Canadian provinces plan to stress cross-border cooperation, not confrontation when they gather this week in Stowe.

Chion Wolf / WNPR

After an eight-year stint as Trumbull's first selectman, Republican Tim Herbst is campaigning to move up the political ladder... to the office of the governor of Connecticut.

This hour, we sit down with the candidate. We ask about his decision to run and learn about the issues he would prioritize if elected to lead the state.

Chion Wolf / WNPR

Joe Ganim was once a rising Democratic star who was turning around Connecticut’s largest and most troubled city. But then the Bridgeport mayor was convicted of 16 counts of felony corruption in office and sentenced to seven years in federal prison.

Surprisingly, Ganim returned to Bridgeport and was elected mayor once again.

Now, he is asking voters to choose him as Connecticut’s next governor.

Chion Wolf / WNPR

Mark Boughton is no stranger to Connecticut politics. He has been the mayor of Danbury since 2002, and also waded into the governor’s race the past two election cycles. This time, Boughton is coming into the race with the GOP party endorsement, though he’ll be on a crowded ballot with four other Republican hopefuls.  

Frankie Graziano / Connecticut Public Radio

The state bond commission approved funding for a $10 million study of road tolls Wednesday.

With the Republican primary just three weeks away, all five GOP candidates for Connecticut governor tried to differentiate themselves at a debate at Sacred Heart University Tuesday afternoon.

In a debate in New Haven Thursday night, the two candidates contesting the Connecticut Democratic Party primary for governor sparred over who would best represent the Connecticut voter. The debate was sponsored by the Connecticut Association of Realtors.

GOP Gubernatorial Field Shows A More Combative Side

Jul 13, 2018
Mark Pazniokas / CTMirror.org

On a cabaret stage Thursday night, the five Republican candidates for governor shed the reticence that has blurred differences and personalities in the long slog to next month’s GOP primary, prodded by a radio talk-show host intent on producing 90 minutes of engaging programming.

Frankie Graziano / Connecticut Public Radio

Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim has successfully petitioned his way onto a statewide primary ballot in August.

Ganim, a convicted felon, is running for governor and needed 15,458 signatures from registered Democrats in the state of Connecticut to get on the ballot.

Gubernatorial Candidates Submit To 12-Minute Job Interviews On CPTV

Jun 8, 2018
Mark Pazniokas / CTMirror.org

Mark Boughton watches NASCAR and does yoga, though not at once. In ninth grade, Ned Lamont played keyboard in a band called Flower Pot. Timothy Herbst played offensive line in high school for a legendary football coach. Steve Obsitnik’s kids didn’t want him to run for governor, but they got over it.

With No One On His Right, Herbst Takes Aim At Boughton

Jun 4, 2018
Timothy Herbst consulting with his father at a GOP forum in January.
Mark Pazniokas / CTMirror.org

Timothy Herbst is in a good mood. At the Cromwell Diner, where he just chatted with the mayor and former police chief over a breakfast of coffee, eggs and politics, he says he can see a path through a crowded field to the Republican nomination for governor — even if it means stealing a page from the GOP’s bête noire, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy.

Frankie Graziano / Connecticut Public Radio

A day after severe weather pounded in Connecticut, residents in the Danbury area -- the part of the state hit hardest by the storm -- assessed the damage.

Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton delivers his victory speech after winning the gubernatorial endorsement at the Connecticut Republican convention on May 12, 2018.
Ryan Caron King / Connecticut Public Radio

It's a political quagmire that arises every election season. Do you unite behind a single candidate in the spring in hopes of avoiding intra-party divisions in the fall? Or do you let the field of competitors duke it out in a primary and pray that one emerges battle-tested with wide support in time for the general election?

Lori Mack / Connecticut Public Radio

Two high-profile Democratic candidates for governor announced Tuesday they will join forces.

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There are just a few frenetic hours left in the 2018 legislative session. The fate of many controversial bills will be decided between now and when state lawmakers adjourn Wednesday at the stroke of midnight.

What's next for those still dreaming of a Bridgeport casino? Will labor unions be rejoicing over a minimum wage increase? Will a budget deal be brokered on time this year?

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