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  • Pelto seeks Green Party nod in 2nd Congressional District

    HARTFORD, Conn. – Jonathan Pelto, a former state representative and education blogger, said Tuesday that he will seek the Green Party’s nomination to run for the 2nd Congressional District seat currently held by U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney. The district covers most of the eastern half of the state

  • Norwalk BoE chairman stands by Adamowski after New Londoner’s warnings

    Norwalk BoE chairman stands by Adamowski after New Londoner’s warnings

    NORWALK, Conn. — A New London education advocate piled on Tuesday after hearing complaints made about Norwalk Superintendent of Schools Steven Adamowski. Jason Morris, who ran unsuccessfully for New London’s Board of Education, told the Norwalk BoE that he was at the meeting to support “astute” comments made by the Norwalk Federation of Teachers (NFT)…

  • Opinion: New leadership needed to end educational malpractice across nation

    Opinion: New leadership needed to end educational malpractice across nation

    Joseph A. Ricciotti, Ed.D, is a retired educator having served as an elementary school principal for 31 years with the Fairfield Public Schools. There is a test and punish fixation in public education today that is an outgrowth of the education policies of the present U.S. Education Secretary, Arne Duncan.

  • Pelto officially out of race

      HARTFORD, Conn. – Secretary of the State Denise Merrill confirmed in a press release Friday that petitioning candidate Jonathan Pelto will not be appearing on the ballot during this year’s campaign for governor.

  • Pelto: ’We just dropped the ball’

      HARTFORD, Conn. – After months of speculation that he could spoil Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s re-election chances, Jonathan Pelto seems poised to exit the gubernatorial race without enough signatures to appear on the November ballot.

  • Pelto, Visconti prepare to turn in their petitions

    HARTFORD, Conn. – With less than a month left to petition onto the gubernatorial ballot, third party candidates Jonathan Pelto and Joe Visconti both say they’re confident they will collect the requisite 7,500 signatures. Pelto, a liberal blogger and former Democratic lawmaker, and Visconti, a conservative former West Hartford councilman, have both enlisted the help…

  • Malloy snags SEIU endorsement, Pelto snubbed again

    HARTFORD, Conn. – One of the largest labor unions with 65,000 members threw their support behind Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s re-election bid Wednesday. Labor officials said none of the other gubernatorial candidates asked for the endorsement, except third-party candidate Jonathan Pelto. Paul Filson, SEIU’s political director, said neither Tom Foley or Sen. John McKinney,…

  • One governor, two challengers make their pitch

    WALLINGFORD, Conn. – The members of the Working Families Party were reminded Saturday at a union hall in Wallingford why they endorsed Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy four years ago. They also heard from two of his potential opponents about why Malloy doesn’t deserve another four years. Given the cold shoulder this past week by…

  • Weingarten compliments Pelto, endorses Malloy

    NEW HAVEN, Conn. – AFT President Randi Weingarten told a room of 300 union delegates that she supports Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s re-election, but not before she acknowledged his potential third-party challenger, Jonathan Pelto. During her half-hour speech to the AFL-CIO delegation, Weingarten described Pelto as a “dear friend.”

  • Pelto calls AFL-CIO convention ‘unfair and undemocratic’

    NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Connecticut AFL-CIO Secretary Treasurer Lori Pelletier defended the union’s decision to hear from only major party candidates Monday as third-party gubernatorial candidate Jonathan Pelto bemoaned being shut out of the group’s convention. Labor delegates heard a campaign pitch Monday from Republican Tom Foley and were scheduled to hear from Democratic Gov.…

  • Pelto makes third-party gubernatorial bid official

    HARTFORD, Conn. – Democrat Jonathan Pelto said Thursday he will make his candidacy official and is committed to running for governor this year as a third-party candidate and liberal alternative to incumbent Gov. Dannel P. Malloy. “As a third-party candidate for governor, I recognize that the campaign system is rigged to make being elected as…

  • November ballot could get crowded

    HARTFORD, Conn. – The gubernatorial ballot may be crowded in November with candidates to the Left and Right of the two major parties attempting to petition their way onto the ballot. On Friday, Republican Joe Visconti announced he was abandoning plans to collect signatures to compete in the Republican primary and instead would begin collecting…

  • Pelto names running mate, pushes up decision timeline in governor’s race

    HARTFORD, Conn. – Jonathan Pelto named a running mate Thursday and began the process of petitioning his way onto the ballot to launch a third-party challenge of Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy. Pelto, a former Democratic lawmaker, is a vocal critic of Malloy’s administration and has been exploring a run for governor under his newly…

  • Union attacks Pelto

    HARTFORD, Conn. – A labor ally of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy went on the offensive Friday against Jonathan Pelto, a former Democratic lawmaker who is considering making a third-party challenge for the governor’s office. So far Malloy’s campaign and the state Democratic Party have had no comment on Pelto, a vocal Malloy critic who is…

  • Malloy tries to look past possible third party challenger

    HARTFORD, Conn. – As a candidate for re-election, Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is looking forward to debating a Republican, but he was reserved Wednesday when asked about a potential challenge from a third-party candidate on the Left. Malloy, who is expected to receive the Democratic nomination at the party’s convention Friday, answered questions on…