| Sep 6, 2012
| 12:53 PM
Chris Murphy's campaign for United States Senator reminds me of the Barbara Kennelly gubernatorial campaign back in the last century. Kennelly, the daughter of the late powerful Connecticut Democratic political boss John Bailey, served from 1982 until...
| Sep 25, 2012
| 12:00 PM
Republican Senate candidate Linda McMahon has assailed her opponent, U.S. Rep. Chris Murphy, about his failure to pay rent and mortgage a few years ago, even challenging the Democrat to release documents about his foreclosure scare. Reporters then asked...
| Sep 25, 2012
| 10:52 AM
A closer look at last week's University of Connecticut/Hartford Courant Poll on our state's heated U.S. Senate race raises some interesting questions about who was actually answering the poll questions.
Like, where the hell were all the independent...
| Sep 27, 2012
| 9:00 AM
There's a psychological phenomenon called "stereotype threat," which boils down to the idea that poor expectations can often lead to poor performance.
The subject came up in this article about the horrible job done by the NFL's replacement refs during...
| Oct 2, 2012
| 1:10 PM
By now, you're probably getting that "I'm-about-to-vomit" feeling from all those nasty TV campaign ads screaming about the contestants in Connecticut's mud-splattered U.S. Senate and 5th Congressional District campaigns.
One small consolation may be...
| Oct 5, 2012
| 5:03 AM
If there is one topic on which the candidates for U.S. Senate in Connecticut have most consistently confused voters, it is the issue of federal income taxes. And Republican Linda McMahon continues that trend with a television ad revisiting familiar ground...
| Oct 7, 2012
| 2:56 PM
ROCKY HILL — In a campaign that's been heavy on personal attacks and light on substance, the candidates for U.S. Senate got serious Sunday morning, tackling important issues such as federal spending, tax policy and Medicare.
But the first debate...
| Oct 8, 2012
| 3:55 PM
Linda McMahon last month won the backing of a prominent social conservative because the Republican U.S. Senate candidate "stuck to her guns" in support for the federal Defense of Marriage Act.
But after Sunday's debate, when McMahon reversed her position...
| Oct 15, 2012
Whether debates influence elections is being hotly, well, debated. This year, they well may.
A lackluster job by President Barack Obama in the Oct. 3 debate gave Republican Mitt Romney his first polling lead in a year — four points in the Pew...
| Oct 22, 2012
| 9:02 AM
Former World Wrestling Entertainment CEO Linda McMahon has now chucked more than $27 million of her own fortune into her latest Republican campaign for the U.S. Senate.
It seems certain she'll spend at least another $3 million before Election Day. So,...
| Oct 23, 2012
| 5:33 PM
On the campaign trail today, prepared statements have replaced free-wheeling press conferences, attack ads dominate and reporters are kept at a distance.
These highly scripted campaigns have more in common with reality TV than with politics of the past,...