by Jennifer Swift
Connecticut Politics

04/16/14

Mark Boughton on Lisa Wilson-Foley Donation: 'I would send back the check'

If he could, gubernatorial hopeful Mark Boughton would refund money his exploratory committee received from Lisa Wilson-Foley and her husband, who pleaded guilty as part of a campaign finance scheme last month. But he can’t, because he spent it already. “If there was a way to return the money, we would,” said Boughton, Republican mayor of Danbury. “The committee’s closed out, you can’t go back, so there’s no money to be able to refund — but certainly, that would be something we would do. If the checked showed up in the mail today, I would send it back.” Campaign finance reports from “Explore Team Boughton,” the exploratory committee created as Boughton tested the waters for a run at governor, show...

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What Rowland Can Expect if He Goes to Jail, a Flashback to 2005 'Man in the Can' Story

04/14/14

What Rowland Can Expect if He Goes to Jail, a Flashback to 2005 'Man in the Can' Story

In March 2005, Connecticut Magazine published the 'Man in the Can' story about what former Gov. John Rowland could expect when he went to jail. With Rowland indicted on new charges last week, we've brought the story back.

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John Rowland pleads not guilty to illegal campaign schemes

04/11/14

John Rowland pleads not guilty to illegal campaign schemes

The drumbeat of allegations against felon and former Gov. John G. Rowland came to a crescendo Friday as Rowland made his first appearance in federal court to answer a series of federal campaign law violations that could put him behind bars for the rest of his life.

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Jeb Bush Calls for Republicans to Embrace Immigration Reform

04/10/14

Jeb Bush Calls for Republicans to Embrace Immigration Reform

Revising typical Republican policies on issues, such as immigration, that have alienated voters in the past, should now be seen as opportunity to make the party “young, dynamic, vibrant and emerging again,” and to move the country’s economy forward, former Florida Governor and possible presidential candidate Jeb Bush told hundreds of Connecticut Republicans Thursday night. “If we want to be young and dynamic again, we need to be young and dynamic again. And that means we should consider immigration reform not as a problem but as a huge opportunity,” Bush said, speaking to the economic growth opportunities immigration reform could provide. Bush acknowledged the buzz his recent comments on immigration reform had created, when he suggested...

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04/10/14

State Republicans seek to distance party from ex-Gov. Rowland as Democrats pounce

As Connecticut Republicans filtered their way through the lobby of the Hilton Hotel in Stamford Thursday night, so did the rumored news of ex-Gov. John G. Rowland’s indictment, announced by the Department of Justice right before the event began. The news broke as staff of the hotel worked to finish pouring water for the nearly 800 guests who would attend the Republicans’ 36th annual Prescott Bush Awards Dinner. While state Republican Party Chairman Jerry Labriola Jr. vowed the evening was the kick-off of a “Comeback for Connecticut,” the drama incurred by the news of another indictment against Rowland was not far from Republicans’ minds. “While there may be great fascination in this story, the fact is John Rowland has no connection to...

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