The Fix: Connecticut

Lieberman: Restore assault weapons ban, start 'national commission on mass violence'

Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.) on Sunday called for a restoration of a federal assault weapons ban that expired in 2004, as well the launch of a national commission aimed at preventing instances of mass violence from happening again.

"I think we ought to restore that assault weapons ban," Lieberman said on "Fox News Sunday," during a discussion about Friday's deadly shooting at a school in his home state, in which a gunman used as semiautomatic weapon to kill 20 children and six adults.

Lieberman also called for the launch of a commission to better understand tragedies such as the one in Newtown, Conn., and prevent them from happening again.

"I think we need a national commission on mass violence" in order to ensure that anger and heartbreak are "not lost in legislative gridlock," he said.

8 Senate candidates whose third quarter reports matter

All eyes in the political world are fixed on tonight’s debate between President Obama and Mitt Romney. But elsewhere, House and Senate candidates are feverishly tallying their fundraising numbers.

The third quarter — the last full quarter before the November election — came to a close at midnight Monday, which means we’ll soon know who raised how much for the stretch run of the 2012 campaign.

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Where the big donors come from (and where they don’t), in one chart

Where the big donors come from (and where they don’t), in one chart

The voters who will decide the next president come from swing states, but the big donors who largely fund the presidential campaigns don’t.

According to the handy graphic below from the nonpartisan fundraising Web site Rally.org, the five places with the biggest average donation are all highly noncompetitive at the presidential level: Connecticut, the District of Columbia, Massachusetts, New York and — wait for it — Wyoming (?).

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Connecticut Senate race moves to ‘lean Democratic’

Connecticut Senate race moves to ‘lean Democratic’

Is the second time the charm for Linda McMahon?

Two years after $50 million in self-funding earned the former professional wrestling executive a 12-point loss in an open Connecticut Senate race, she’s trying again.And so far, she’s looking (surprisingly) good.

The Fix is moving Connecticut’s open Senate race from “solid Democratic” to “lean Democratic” on our 2012 Senate map — a reflection of the fact that the race is moving in Republicans’ favor and is now firmly in play in 2012.

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Connecticut and the pitiful death knell of the GOP moderate

Connecticut and the pitiful death knell of the GOP moderate

Updated at 9:39 a.m.

Moderate GOP Senate candidates have been taking a beating the last two election cycles.

And nowhere is that more the case than in Connecticut.

The 2010 and 2012 elections both featured open Senate seats in the Nutmeg State. In both elections, respected and moderate former GOP congressmen — the kind of candidates Republicans arguably need in a blue-leaning state — stepped forward.

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Primary day: Five things you need to know in Connecticut, Florida, Minnesota and Wisconsin

Voters head to the polls in four states today, with Connecticut, Florida, Minnesota and Wisconsin holding congressional primaries.


Connecticut House Speaker and Democratic congressional candidate Chris Donovan is favored to win his primary today despite the arrests of two top aides. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill, File)
As usual, The Fix has zeroed in on five things to watch as the results roll in tonight:

1. The most expensive congressional primary in the country

That would be Connecticut’s 5th district, where seven candidates have raised at least $600,000 and five have raised more than $1 million. A total of nearly $10 million has already been raised just to decide each party’s nominee.

The most interesting subplot is on the Democratic side, where state House Speaker Chris Donovan remains the favorite despite the fact that his campaign manager and top fundraiser have both been arrested and charged with corruption. Organized labor and progressive groups remain firmly behind Donovan, who has not been implicated in the wrongdoing and has won the state party’s endorsement as well.

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