The State Houses – What’s At Stake in 2010

Thirty-nine states will be electing a governor during the 2009-2010 election cycle. Of these, eighteen races will not include an incumbent and four incumbents who will be running were not elected to their current position. The recession and huge budget deficits threaten to undercut the power of incumbency for governors running for reelection.

The Current Line-Up


CT 2010 Archives



Connecticut Governor’s Race In the News:


New players scorecard for Hartford (CT Post, 12/31/10)
Rising e-commerce could force watershed debate on sales tax (CT Mirror, 12/30/10)
Editorial: The Rell Years  - Modest achievements (Hartford Courant, 12/30/10)
Flurry of social events and festivities to mark Malloy inauguration (Hartford Courant, 12/30/10)
Lt. Gov Nancy Wyman: A liberal Democrat with bipartisan support (Hartford Courant, 12/29/10)
Editorial: Energy agenda needs to lower costs for consumers, limit sprawl (Hartford Courant, 12/29/10)
Rell had role in wiping state off tourism marketing map (Hartford Courant, 12/28/10)
Editorial: How to pay for transit? (Hartford Courant, 12/28/10)
Editorial: Blueprint for public schools (Hartford Courant, 12/27/10)
Rell looks back on 6 1/2 years (Hartford Courant, 12/26/10)
Opinion: Agenda, for the state: Spending spree is about to hit the skids (Hartford Courant, 12/26/10)
Jodi Rell, the accidental governor (Hartford Courant, 12/26/10)
Opinion: The decline of the death penalty (Chicago Tribune, 12/26/10)
The 2010 road was not without twists (CT Post, 12/23/10)
On the way out the door, Rell shrugs off criticism (CT Mirror, 12/22/10)
Rail flap doesn’t stop Rell, Democrats from releasing $21M for holiday pork projects (CT Mirror, 12/22/10)
When it comes to Lieberman, you can ask, but Malloy won’t tell (CT Mirror, 12/22/10)
Rell, Democrats battle over budget to the end (CT Mirror, 12/22/10)
CT’s personal income decline worst in nation (Hartford Courant, 12/17/10)
Conservative activists happy longtime legislators moving into Malloy Administration (Hartford Courant, 12/16/10)
Commission hands ‘solid set of reforms’ to Gov.-elect Malloy (CT News, 12/15/10)
Malloy reaches out, cautiously, to business community (Hartford Courant, 12/15/10)
Malloy drafts NFL security director to run State Police (Hartford Courant, 12/15/10)
Malloy pledges to put Connecticut back to work (Hartford Courant, 12/14/10)
Recount shows missing votes, miscounts in Bridgeport (NBC Connecticut, 12/13/10)
Malloy considers hiring Rell’s people (Hartford Courant, 12/12/10)
Diaries tell of election chaos (CT Post, 12/12/10)
Opinion: Voting process in need of reform (CT Post, 12/10/10)
State’s unfunded pension liability hits 22-year high (CT Mirror, 12/10/10)
Rell to Malloy: Good luck with restructuring government (CT News, 12/10/10)
Malloy launches search for top talent as Rell appointees submit their resignations (CT Post, 12/7/10)
Unions hopeful for cooperation with Malloy (CT Post, 12/7/10)
Malloy warns House Democrats of tough decisions ahead (CT Mirror, 12/6/10)
Malloy very busy in 1st 30 days; first meeting with transition team (Hartford Courant, 12/6/10)
Malloy will sign Exec Order preventing Rell Administration emails being erased (Hartford Courant, 12/6/10)
Will millions of Rell Administration e-mails be destroyed? (Hartford Courant, 12/5/10)
Just who are the people counting the ballots? (CT Post, 12/4/10)
Malloy makes second trip to DC (Stamford Advocate, 12/3/10)
End in sight as Bridgeport recount breaks for weekend (CT Post, 12/3/10)
Opinion: Malloy building toward the future (CT Post, 12/3/10)
Malloy on state budget: “It’s a mess, it’s ugly.” (Hartford Courant, 12/2/10)

Long after it’s over, Bridgeport vote gets a second look (CT Mirror, 11/30/10)
Opinion: Malloy must resist calls for favors, jobs (Hartford Courant, 11/28/10)
Malloy’s transition planning began over the summer (Hartford Courant, 11/28/10)
Editorial: Pulling back on mass-transit programs a bad idea (CT Post, 11/26/10)
Foley: Say what they want to hear and anyone can win an election (Hartford Courant, 11/21/10)
Bridgeport’s many vote totals: Are any right? (CT Post, 11/20/10)
Bridgeport voting mess puts focus on local control of elections (CT Post, 11/20/10)
Opinion: Ballots should be counted again (CT Post, 11/19/10)
Will state be able to adopt generally accepted accounting practices? (Hartford Courant, 11/19/10)
Rell, legislature in one more fiscal showdown (CT Mirror, 11/18/10)
Malloy names budget director (Hartford Courant, 11/17/10)
Malloy says ‘jury is still out’ on whether film tax credits worth it (CT Post, 11/17/10)
Malloy defines himself in theory; reality awaits (Journal-Inquirer, 11/17/10)
Criminal justice system overhaul mired in squabbles (CT Post, 11/16/10)
Legislative analysts say Rell’s office understates budget crisis (CT Mirror, 11/16/10)
Malloy blasts Whit House over ‘weak’ communications (National Journal, 11/16/10)
Rell’s last budget points Malloy down the road not taken (CT Mirror, 11/15/10)
Opinion: GOP pays for ignoring social conservatives (Hartford Courant, 11/14/10)
Foley: ‘You haven’t seen the last of me yet’ (Hartford Courant, 11/11/10)
Bridgeport fiasco proves we need to change our voting system (New Haven Advocate, 11/9/10)
Tom Foley went out in style (Hartford Courant, 11/9/10)
The (public) evolution of Tom Foley (Hartford Courant, 11/9/10)
Foley praises press after bitter campaign (Hartford Courant, 11/9/10)
Connecticut’s week-long election (New Haven Advocate, 11/9/10)
Opinion: Malloy’s road will be difficult (CT Post, 11/9/10)
Foley – from guber candidate to jury duty? (Hartford Courant, 11/8/10)
A transition begins, for a gov-elect and Connecticut (CT Mirror, 11/8/10)
Foley concedes governor’s race to Malloy (Hartford Courant, 11/8/10)
Foley won’t seek recount in Connecticut (Politico, 11/8/10)
Republican concedes in CT Gov race (New York Times, 11/8/10)
Foley concedes; says no evidence of fraud in Bridegeport (Christian Science Monitor, 11/8/10)
Opinion: Connecticut bucked GOP revival wave (Hartford Courant, 11/7/10)
Opinion: State GOP’s failure calls for new leadership (Hartford Courant, 11/7/10)
Opinion: An explosive case of ballot fatigue (Hartford Courant, 11/7/10)
Foley surges in governor’s race poll (CT Post, 11/1/10) +++
Q Poll: Blumenthal up by 9; governor’s race ‘too close to call’ (Hartford Courant, 11/1/10)
In Connecticut, big races on the ballot (New York Times, 10/31/10)
Foley, Malloy toe-to-toe one final time (The Hour, 10/30/10)
CT governor hopefuls say urban areas a priority (Washington Post, 10/29/10)
Clinton coming to Hartford to endorse Malloy on Halloween (Hartford Courant, 10/28/10)
Endorsement: Foley for governor (Waterbury Republican American, 10/27/10)
Guber hopefuls talk taxes in live debate (Washington Post, 10/26/10)
CT prison workers say no to privatization (WTNH, 10/25/10)Gov Rell endorses Foley in radio ad (Hartford Courant, 10/21/10)
Opinion: First, give me a governor who believes in public education (Hartford Courant, 10/20/10)
Malloy, Foley clash over budget, health care (Hartford Courant, 10/19/10)
Murder trial puts death penalty in sporlight in CT campaigns (New York Times, 10/19/10)
Foley responds to DGA ad attacking business experience (Washington Post, 10/15/10)
Q-Poll: Malloy ahead by 7 with 18 days to go (Hartford Courant, 10/15/10)
Endorsement: NYT backs Malloy (New York Times, 10/14/10)
Christie joins Foley on campaign trail (CT Mirror, 10/14/10)
Malloy, Foley clash over death penalty in TV debate (Hartford Courant, 10/13/10)
Foley: Could state force union givebacks? (CT Mirror, 10/13/10)
Public funding puts Malloy ahead of Foley in campaign cash (CT Mirror, 10/13/10)
Malloy, Foley spar over health policy (Hartford Courant, 10/11/10)
Foley says if elected he’ll work for free (WSFB, 10/11/10)
Opinion: Foley-Malloy debate cried out for a Hazmat crew (Hartford Courant, 10/10/10)
Opinion: Malloy bullies, Blumenthal panders (Hartford Courant, 10/10/10)
Opinion: On budget gap, candidates continue to waffle (Hartford Courant, 10/9/10)
Deathly debate (Waterbury Republican American, 10/8/10)
Opinion: Malloy shows patronizing, know-it-all side (Hartford Courant, 10/8/10)
Scott Brown to join Foley on campaign trail (Hartford Courant, 10/8/10)
Opinion: What’s Malloy’s deal with teachers? (Hartford Courant, 10/7/10)
On the radio, Malloy, Foley debate who’s the biggest liar (CT Post, 10/7/10)
Foley promises not to cut early childhood funding (CT Mirror, 10/7/10)
Guber candidates continue to clash; Foley says Malloy is in unions’ pocket (Hartford Courant, 10/6/10)
Malloy steals the show but who has answers? (Journal Inquirer, 10/6/10)
Foley, Malloy continue their sharp exchanges (CT Post, 10/6/10)
Foley and Malloy make big promises to cities and towns (CT Mirror, 10/6/10)
In guber debate, hopefuls clash over death penalty, records and negative ads (Hartford Courant, 10/6/10)
Malloy v. Foley? Angry Dan won – but do we want that? (Hartford Courant, 10/5/10)
Malloy, Foley maneuver around home-invasion verdict (CT Mirror, 10/5/10)
Malloy offers new details on plans to streamline government (CT Mirror, 10/5/10)
In Hartford, fiery exchanges in a debate for governor (New York Times, 10/5/10)
SEIU spending $400K to help Malloy, Dems in final month; Foley predicts anti-union backlash (Hartford Courant, 10/4/10)
Opinion: From big leads to cliffhangers (Hartford Courant, 10/3/10)
Malloy and Foley offer views on tax issues (CT Post, 10/2/10)


Dead heat in governor’s race (Hartford Courant, 9/29/10)
Gubernatorial candidates debate education, charter schools, teacher tenure, unions (Hartford Courant, 9/29/10)
Foley, Malloy disagree on death penalty (Hartford Courant, 9/26/10)
Rell expected to endorse Foley soon (Hartford Courant, 9/26/10)
Foley, Malloy offer positions on transportation issues (CT Post, 9/25/10)
Foley, Malloy take different paths to job growth (CT Mirror, 9/23/10)
Funding is key education issue for next governor (CT Mirror, 9/21/10)
In hard-hitting commercial, Foley calls Malloy a liar (Hartford Courant, 9/21/10)
Malloy, Foley run negative ads against each other (Hartford Courant, 9/21/10)
Malloy endorsed by Working Families Party (Hartford Courant, 9/20/10)
Boughton’s burden- anti-immigration mayor backs off from volatile issue as he runs for Lt. Gov (Danbury News-Times, 9/20/10)
Malloy: No more ‘lip service’ to bioscience research (CT Mirror, 9/17/10)
Foley battles Bell’s Palsy (NBC Connecticut, 9/17/10)
Attack ads don’t cut it; and the Fox-y TV news (Stamford Advocate, 9/16/10)
Is all forgiven? New Haven Dems unify behind Malloy (New Haven Independent, 9/16/10)
Tom Foley on education reform (Hartford Courant, 9/16/10)
Both Foley and Malloy say the other is being untruthful in negative campaign commercials (Hartford Courant, 9/16/10)
Q-Poll: Malloy leads Foley by 9 with 7 weeks to go (Hartford Courant, 9/15/10)
Foley: Charter schools, pay-for-performance, competition (Hartford Courant, 9/15/10)
Malloy leads Foley by 9 points in latest poll (Danbury News Times, 9/15/10)
Editorial: Both guber candidates support allowing new municipal taxes (The Day, 9/14/10)
Foley sees health care as prime target for budget cuts (CT Mirror, 9/13/10)
Debate on the debates, pension and health care (Connecticut Plus, 9/13/10)
First TV attack ad of fall campaign launched by Foley (WTNH, 9/13/10)
Malloy outlines job creation plan in restructuring Bradley Airport (, 9/13/10)
Foley, Malloy disagree on death penalty (, 9/11/10)
The calm before the mudslinging (The Day, 9/10/10)
Romney campaigns for Foley (WTNH, 9/9/10)
Foley wants cities and towns to be able to raise local taxes (New Haven Independent, 9/9/10)
Foley, Malloy clash on spending (Hartford Courant, 9/8/10)
Foley, Malloy spar over spending, budget cuts (Stamford Advocate, 9/8/10)
Debating over debates; Malloy wants 19; Foley agrees to 4 TV debates (Hartford Courant, 9/7/10)
The debate over tax increases: rule them out or consier raising them? (Hartford Courant, 9/5/10)
Foley still sitting on sidelines following primary victory (Hartford Courant, 9/5/10)


Senate Dems hold meeting with guber nominee Malloy (Hartford Courant, 8/31/10)
Editorial: Saving Groton Sub Base is a bipartisan effort (The Day, 8/31/10)
Are state workers overpaid? Next gov will likely cut benefits (CT Post, 8/30/10)
City looks different to Malloy, Foley (New Haven Independent, 8/30/10)
Malloy, Foley disagree on federal oversight of child welfare agency (The Day, 8/29/10)
Stamford Mayor to look into Malloy’s use of official car for campaign purposes (CT News, 8/28/10)
Foley lays out conditions for spending limits (Stamford Advocate, 8/21/10)
Opinion: Bold leader needed in next governor (The Day, 8/20/10)
Foley to Malloy: I’ll avoid negative ads if you do (Hartford Courant, 8/19/10)
AFL-CIO endorses Blumenthal, Malloy (NBC Connecticut, 8/18/10)
Malloy uses primary debate strategy against Foley (My Left Nutmeg, 8/18/10)
Director of Citizens Elections program to resign for personal reasons (Hartford Courant, 8/18/10)
Boughton brings experience but little money to GOP guber ticket (CT Post, 8/17/10)
Final tally shows tepid primary vote totals (CT Post, 8/16/10)
Veteran’s group praises Foley’s controversial Iraq service (The Hill, 8/16/10)
Opinion: Malloy surged to victory; Foley barely held on (Hartford Courant, 8/15/10)
But is government like a business? (Hartford Courant, 8/15/10)
Lessons from primary night: Polls, prosperity, political attack ads (Hartford Courant, 8/14/10)

Editorial: Did attack ads work in primary elections? (Torrington Register Citizen, 8/13/10)
House overrides Rell veto on campaign finance law (Hartford Courant, 8/13/10)
Lamont defeat: money can’t (always) buy you love (Politico, 8/12/10)
How Ned Lamont lost (The Atlantic, 8/12/10)
Judge halts ‘trigger’ payments under campaign law (Hartford Courant, 8/11/10)
Why Lamont’s loss helps Democrats simplify their message (Hartford Courant, 8/11/10)
Odds defied? Malloy knows the territory (New York Times, 8/11/10)
Malloy, Foley turn to general election campaign (Hartford Courant, 8/11/10)
Editorial: Election turnoff- slimy tactics leave everyone soiled (Hartford Courant, 8/11/10)
Editorial: Overdose of campaign mud no reason to scuttle public financing (Hartford Courant, 8/11/10)
Lamont loses Dem primary (New York Times, 8/10/10)
Fedele satisfied with his campaign (Hartford Courant, 8/10/10)
Who is the most unpopular candidate? (Hartford Courant, 8/9/10)
Q-Poll: Lamont up by 3 – guber contest too close to call (Hartford Courant, 8/9/10)
Fedele releases internal poll showing him leading Foley (, 8/9/10)
As cash-hungry states add casinos, saturation looms as an issue (Hartford Courant, 8/9/10)
Opinion: Why voting tomorrow matters (Hartford Courant, 8/9/10)
Q-Poll: Democratic primary race for governor too close to call (CT Plus, 8/9/10)
Oz Griebel and the Tea Party (Hartford Courant, 8/8/10)
Candidates criss-cross state in campaign’s final days (Hartford Courant, 8/8/10)
Lamont moves to center (New York Times, 8/8/10)
Vacancies set of record-setting CT primary season (Hartford Courant, 8/7/10)
Rancor rising over Fedele attack ads (CT Mirror, 8/6/10)
Race grows tighter, tone turns nastier (CT Mirror, 8/5/10)
Q-Poll: Lamont up by 5, Foley by 15 (CT Mirror, 8/5/10)
Q-Poll: Negative campaigning helps Malloy, Fedele (CT Post, 8/5/10)
Fedele’s campaign funding thwarted by his own party (CT Mirror, 8/4/10)

Did Malloy abuse his city car or has Lamont been driven to desperation? (CT News, 8/4/10)
Lamont, Malloy finally debate; civil discussion (Hartford Courant, 8/4/10)
Rell in crosshairs of GOP guber candidates (The Day, 8/3/10)
Foley wonders why Rell is still popular (Waterbury Republican-American, 8/3/10)
Profile: Lamont says he took no salary from cable company for past 5 years (Hartford Courant, 8/3/10)
Fedele tries to escape Rell’s shadow in guber race (CTPost, 8/3/10)
Endorsement: Malloy deserves Dem nod (CT Post, 8/2/10)
Griebel’s GOP bid banking on what’s good for business (, 8/2/10)
Unknown no longer, Lamont runs for governor (Hartford Courant, 8/2/10)
Opinion: Lamont, Foley lead polls, show flaws (Hartford Courant, 8/1/10)
Endorsement: Foley choice in GOP primary (Hartford Courant, 8/1/10)
Endorsement: Malloy as best Dem choice (Hartford Courant, 8/1/10)

JULY 2010

Endorsement: The Day backs Malloy (The Day, 7/31/10)
Griebel hungry to be governor (Hartford Courant, 7/29/10)
Rell responds to ‘attacks’ at debate (WTNH, 7/29/10)
Dem Chief seeks documents on Foley (Hartford Courant, 7/29/10)
Republicans debate in New London (Hartford Courant, 7/28/10)
In the guber primary campaigns, it’s a sudden heat wave (CT Mirror, 7/26/10)
Malloy, Lamont battle over discrimination lawsuit (Hartford Courant, 7/26/10)
Malloy questions Lamont over lawsuit, failure to debate (Hartford Courant, 7/26/10)
Former Lamont employees sued over racial bias in 2002 (Hartford Courant, 7/25/10)
Lamont will skip debate, Malloy will appear alone (Hartford Courant, 7/25/10)
Opinion: Debating debates, fighting funding (Hartford Courant, 7/25/10)
Malloy: casino issue cost him Bridgeport endorsement (, 7/24/10)
Fedele hits Foley hard in new ad over business failure (CT Mirror, 7/23/10)
Malloy commercial hits Lamont on ducking debates (CT Mirror, 7/23/10)
After Stamford embezzlement arrests, Fedele crititicizes Malloy’s financial management (Hartford Courant, 7/23/10)
Fedele assails Foley for not disclosing his past arrests in background checks (Hartford Courant, 7/23/10)
Ted Kennedy, Jr endorses Lamont (ConnecticutPlus, 7/22/10)
During background checks Foley answered ‘no’ to questions about prior arrests (Hartford Courant, 7/22/10)
Debate to go on, with or without Lamont (CT Mirror, 7/21/10)
CT Supreme Court backs Fedele on campaign finance challenge (Hartford Courant, 7/20/10)
Meet Ned Lamont, the ‘Johnny Appleseed’ of Cable television (Hartford Courant, 7/20/10)
Despite deficit, Malloy says it’s time for spending on tourism (CT Mirror, 7/20/10)
Gov, Senate primaries heating up before primaries, new poll numbers (Connecticut Plus, 7/19/10)
Fedele is sure about no tax hikes, less certain about how to cut deficit (CT Mirror, 7/19/10)
SEIU endorse Malloy in Dem primary (Hartford Courant, 7/19/10)
Despite recent troubles, Foley maintains poll position (The Hour, 7/18/10)
CT High Court to hear arguments in Foley case (Hartford Courant, 7/18/10)
Memo to Tom Foley: You’re not in Ireland anymore (CT, 7/17/10)
Candidates question if debate format helps voters make the right choice (CT Mirror, 7/16/10)
State employees support Malloy. What would that mean for a Malloy budget? (Hartford Courant, 7/16/10)
Poll gives Democrats edge in CT gov race (New Haven Register, 7/15/10)
Foley has huge lead in GOP guber primary (Hartford Courant, 7/15/10)
New Q-Poll has Dems rolling, GOP struggling (Hartford Courant, 7/15/10)
Lamont’s enthusiasm can’t hide his naivete (Journal Inquirer, 7/14/10)
In TV debate, Griebel & Fedele gang up on Foley (CT Mirror, 7/14/10)
GOP hopefuls clash over public financing (Hartford Courant, 7/14/10)
Fedele wins in court; Foley appeals ruling allowing $2.1M in public campaign spending (Hartford Courant, 7/13/10)
Two courts hand down contradictory rulings on public financing (CT Mirror, 7/13/10)
Judge expected to rule Tuesday on Foley-Fedele Clash (Hartford Courant, 7/12/10)
Lamont’s budget plan lacks certainty on major pieces of the puzzle (CT Mirror, 7/12/10)
Foley’s Iraq experience: What’s fact, what’s fiction? (CT Post, 7/10/10)
Foley sues to deny Fedele public financing (CT Mirror, 7/9/10)
Fedele ‘ready to rock’ with public financing (CT Mirror, 7/8/10)
For Foley, transparency is the best policy (Hartford Courant, 7/3/10)
Foley misplays arrests, liberals misplay guns (Wilton Bulletin, 7/2/10)
Greibel says Foley must still answer questions about arrests (Hartford Courant, 7/2/10)
Foley details reasons for wife’s letter on abuse (Hartford Courant, 7/1/10)
Foley’s ex-wife signs statement he never abused her (Hartford Courant, 7/1/10)
Fedele, Boughton qualify for public financing (Danbury News Times, 7/1/10)

JUNE 2010

Lamont talks transportation issues on campaign trail (New Haven Independent, 6/30/10)
Guber hopefuls spar on jobs, roads, taxes (CT Mirror, 6/30/10)
Lamont channels Weicker in new TV ad (CT Mirror, 6/29/10)
Malloy outlines education plans – but where’s the money? (CT Mirror, 6/29/10)
Job growth, taxes, transportation issues dominate guber debate in Stamford (CT Mirror, 6/29/10)
Malloy unveils schools plan (Hartford Courant, 6/29/10)
Lamont calls on Malloy to drop ad over false claims (Hartford Courant, 6/29/10)
Griebel wants guber term limits and biennial legislative sessions (, 6/28/10)
Malloy announces education proposal (CT Post, 6/28/10)
Lamont bills himself as ‘independent voice’ in latest campaign ad (CT Mirror, 6/28/10)
A CT Oddity – Greenwich/Stamford dominate guber race (CT Mirror, 6/28/10)
Malloy says it’s time for a ‘grown up debate’ on state’s budget crisis (CT Mirror, 6/28/10)
Foley needs to reveal all about arrests (Hartford Courant, 6/26/10)
Foley comes out swinging and Gov’s race gets more interesting (Hartford Courant, 6/25/10)
Malloy, Lamont: on message (CT Mirror, 6/23/10)
Teachers’ union endorses Lamont (Hartford Courant, 6/22/10)
Lamont, Malloy face off in first televised debate since convo (Hartford Courant, 6/22/10)
Lamont, Malloy trade ideas to cut CT govt (Hartford Courant, 6/22/10)
Bill Weld endorses Foley’s GOP bid (Hartford Courant, 6/22/10)

Griebel would emulate NJ’s Christie (The Hartfordite, 6/17/10)
Malloy releases first TV ad (Hartford Courant, 6/17/10)
Malloy issues 12-point plan to create jobs (Hartford Courant, 6/15/10)
Foley, Fedele clash over public financing (Hartford Courant, 6/15/10)
Oz fights back, finally (Hartford Courant, 6/14/10)
Six guber hopefuls talk business at forum (Waterbury Republican-American, 6/11/10)
Lamont unveils plan for cities’ renewal (New Britain Herald, 6/11/10)
Big city mayors snub Malloy (Hartford Courant, 6/10/10)
Lamont releases 7-pt plan for cities (Hartford Courant, 6/8/10)
Malloy announces energy plan (Hartford Courant, 6/2/10)
Griebel is interesting guber alternative (Hartford Courant, 6/1/10)