On the Trail: New Laws and Submarines, Old Political Divisions 

U.S. Congressional candidate George Logan

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While the Republican and Democratic candidates for Governor argue the merits of new legislation, candidates for U.S. Congress trade traditional political barbs, and Rep. Joe Courtney touts the wave of federal dollars pouring into the state to build military submarines.   

“July 1st was a big day in Connecticut. Many new laws went into effect across the state, and they all make a difference for folks, no matter where they live. I’m proud of the work we were able to do this year in Hartford, and I’m looking forward to rolling up my sleeves and getting more done.”


— Quoting a fundraising email from Democratic incumbent Gov. Ned Lamont highlighting new laws increasing the minimum wage to $14 an hour, expanding access to abortion and offering free admission for children at more than 130 museums. 

“At a time when we should be suspending taxes on diesel fuel, Governor Lamont decided to increase the tax by 23%! We need to get serious about affordability in this state, and that starts with managing the tax/fee increases within the government’s control.”


— A social media post from Republican challenger for Governor Bob Stefanowski noting that July 1 also saw the state’s diesel fuel tax increase by about nine cents to 49.2 cents per gallon, while retail diesel prices have approximately doubled. 


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U.S. Congressional incumbent candidate Joe Courtney 

“This strategy may entice some, but a more favorable tax and regulatory climate is critical to business investment decisions. Governor Lamont is using abortion rights as a ‘Tool’ to leverage business recruitment.” 

— A social media post by former Darien First Selectman Jayme Stevenson, the party-endorsed Republican candidate for the 4th U.S. Congressional District against incumbent Democrat Jim Himes, on Lamont’s call for businesses in states where abortion is banned to move to Connecticut.

“To look back on January 6th and to think that at that moment, we were actually not under assault by a group of people who were angry and the rally that got out of hand, but by a deliberately created presidential coup attempt. It’s head spinning.”

— Himes statement in a MSNBC interview regarding the ongoing hearings in Washington on the 2021 storming of the U.S. Capitol by supporters of former President Donald Trump. 


U.S. Congressional candidate Jayme Stevenson 

“The GOP does not recognize women – who we are, what we are, and what we stand for. It is disgraceful and shameful. The attack on women must end.”

— A social media post by 16-term Democratic U.S. 3rd District Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro.

“Everyday Americans feel a loss of control over their lives. While they struggle to pay their bills and deal with crime rates that threaten their physical security, our current representatives have no solutions. As a concerned citizen and political outsider, I can no longer watch from the sidelines.

— A statement by Lesley DeNardis, the party-endorsed Republican challenger for DeLauro’s seat. 


“With Roe dismantled, the GOP will now turn all of their attention to gaining control of Congress – so they can continue to pass legislation that restricts our rights to healthcare & reproductive choice. Join the fight.”

— A social media post by first-term Democratic 5th District Congresswoman Jahana Hayes seeking campaign donations and volunteers. 

“Our race has shifted from a likely Democrat seat, to a lean Democrat seat, and now to a TOSS UP seat. What does this mean? It means we’re building momentum and our message is resonating with voters across the 5th District.”

— A social media post by party-endorsed Republican challenger for Hayes’ seat George Logan social on an analysis of the race by the national political website FiveThirtyEight. 

“When I first came to Congress, there was zero activity underway on the Columbia program. We’ve come a long way since then, and as Seapower Chairman I’ve worked across the aisle year-in and year-out to ensure we had the support needed to deliver on this U.S. Navy priority.”

— A statement by incumbent Democratic U.S. 2nd District Congressman Joe Courtney on the construction launch of the USS District of Columbia, the first submarine in the $314 million Columbia-class fleet to be built at Electric Boat in Groton and Rhode Island. 

“Every contribution helps send a message that we’ve had enough of Joe Courtney and DC Democrats that put special interest and green-boondoggles over everyday Americans that just want to fill up their gas tank and buy food for their families.” 

— A fundraising solicitation by Courtney’s Republican party-endorsed challenger Mike France, a sitting state representative from Ledyard and retired career officer in the U.S. Navy.


Steve Jensen

Steve Jensen was a journalist for 13 years with the Hartford Courant and Journal Inquirer of Manchester before becoming a Communications Director for the State of Connecticut. Jensen covers politics and law enforcement for CT Examiner. T: 860 661-6404

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