by Jennifer Swift
Connecticut Politics
Gubernatorial hopeful Boughton says GOP needs to embrace Connecticut’s cities

04/30/14

Gubernatorial hopeful Boughton says GOP needs to embrace Connecticut’s cities

With less than three weeks until the Republican nominating convention, gubernatorial hopeful Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton is wrestling for delegates, ambling toward a primary where he hopes he can be his party’s ambassador to the cities, a weak spot for the party in previous elections. “The Republicans have done a horrible job at communicating their message in the cities. ... I think that part of the problem is Republicans have not respected the people living in the cities and just don’t understand where they’re coming from,” Boughton said. Earlier, he said of himself, “This will be one governor who will pay attention to our cities, who will understand the issues there.” Boughton, one of several Republican nominees seeking to unseat...

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Mark Greenberg Calls for John Kerry's Resignation

04/29/14

Mark Greenberg Calls for John Kerry's Resignation

A Jewish candidate for Congress in Connecticut joined some conservative leaders Tuesday in calling for the resignation of Secretary of State John Kerry following his controversial comments about the potential for Israel to become an “apartheid” state. Mark Greenberg, who is seeking the Republican nomination for the 5th Congressional district to run against incumbent Democrat Rep. Elizabeth Esty, said Kerry should resign “or at the very least be removed from the peace process.”  “Israel is our greatest ally in the Middle East and one of our most reliable allies in the world.  Israel is a democracy in a part of the world where democracies are rare and unlike many of its neighbors, Israel allows religious freedoms, and treats...

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State Cancels $55 Tax Rebate

04/28/14

State Cancels $55 Tax Rebate

The $55 tax rebate announced as a stepping stone to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s bid for re-election is no more. State Budget Secretary Ben Barnes told legislators in a letter Monday that despite original optimism about the state budget, they have not received enough back in taxes to follow through with the proposal—nor do they have enough to make a donation into the state’s pension fund. Instead, all surplus funds will be put in the rainy day fund.The initial proposal put some money in the rainy day fund, gave some back to taxpayers, and some to the pension fund. Malloy had been widely criticized by Republicans since the first mention of the $55 give back, with Republicans calling it an “election-year gimmick” and questioning whether there was any...

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Hillary Clinton takes the stage at UConn forum

04/23/14

Hillary Clinton takes the stage at UConn forum

In her opening remarks, tailor-made for a college crowd, former Secretary of State, Senator, first lady and possible Democratic candidate for president Hillary Clinton urged University of Connecticut students to participate in their democracy — and spoke of the need of the country to ensure everyone has the right to participate. Clinton was keynote speaker Wednesday at the Edmund Fusco Contemporary Issues Forum, held on the UConn campus. She tasked students listening to her — a generation she branded as one of “tolerant” and “open-minded” people — with “making sure that we remain the kind of country that enables people to live out their dreams as part of the overall mission of America,” which she said can’t be done...

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Politico: Dodd Campaign Could Have Unknowingly Received Illegal Campaign Contributions

04/18/14

Politico: Dodd Campaign Could Have Unknowingly Received Illegal Campaign Contributions

Former Sen. Chris Dodd’s campaign may have been a recipient of illegal campaign contributions from a man who pleaded guilty Thursday to making $180,000 in illegal contributions and witness tampering, Politico reports.

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