by Jennifer Swift
Connecticut Politics

January 2014

Former Governor John Rowland's Latest Problems Make MSNBC

02/13/14

Former Governor John Rowland's Latest Problems Make MSNBC

Former Gov. John Rowland recently hired a leading Washington criminal defense attorney to represent him in an ongoing federal grand jury investigation, the Hartford Courant reported.

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Mark Boughton's Fundraising Plan to Defeat Malloy: 'The same way you eat a whale'

02/12/14

Mark Boughton's Fundraising Plan to Defeat Malloy: 'The same way you eat a whale'

Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton's newest fundraiser will feature a lesson on how to eat large sea mammals.

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02/12/14

Coalition Wants State to Create Public Retirement Fund

A coalition is pushing for the state's legislature to pass "retirement for all" legislation to create a state-run retirement fund for those without an employer-sponsored retirement plan.

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Retired Sen. Joe Lieberman Discusses His Jewish Faith

02/11/14

Retired Sen. Joe Lieberman Discusses His Jewish Faith

The now retired senator from Connecticut, Joe Lieberman, speaks of his Jewish faith in a video posted to the website Jew in the City.

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5 Candidates Confirmed for GOP Debate; Tom Foley Not One of Them

02/11/14

5 Candidates Confirmed for GOP Debate; Tom Foley Not One of Them

As of late Monday night, five of the six candidates invited to the Republican gubernatorial primary debate Sunday in Brookfield have confirmed they're attending. The only one who hasn't? Tom Foley, the GOP's nominee against Gov. Dannel P. Malloy in 2010.

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Republicans Characterize Gov. Malloy as Pinocchio in Web Ad

02/10/14

Republicans Characterize Gov. Malloy as Pinocchio in Web Ad

Connecticut’s season of thinly veiled ad hominem attacks is fully underway. Republicans pushed out their first web ad of 2014 Monday, attacking incumbent Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s statements on the debt and jobs, all the while showing Malloy with his nose extending like that of Pinocchio’s.

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Republican Gubernatorial Candidates to Square Off in Debate Sunday

02/10/14

Republican Gubernatorial Candidates to Square Off in Debate Sunday

The first debate of the campaign season is set for next Sunday, when five Republican gubernatorial candidates will face off.

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Jack Orchulli: 'I Fit the Bill Perfectly' for Treasurer

02/10/14

Jack Orchulli: 'I Fit the Bill Perfectly' for Treasurer

Jack Orchulli says he “fits the bill perfectly” for Connecticut state treasurer, one of the higher office’s he’s had his eye on the past few years.

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Jack is Back: Former Michael Kors CEO Running for Treasurer

02/09/14

Jack is Back: Former Michael Kors CEO Running for Treasurer

The former CEO of Michael Kors is making a special announcement this fashion week — he’s running for state treasurer.

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02/07/14

Malloy Announces more Funding for Pre-K During Speech in Hamden

Following his State of the State address Thursday which introduced his initiative for universal pre-k throughout the state, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy spoke at length on the issue Friday.

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Sen. Chris Murphy Tells Connecticut Olympians to 'Do us Proud'

02/07/14

Sen. Chris Murphy Tells Connecticut Olympians to 'Do us Proud'

Sen. Chris Murphy is wishing luck to all eight of Connecticut’s athletes participating in the Olympic games, which officially kicked off today.

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02/06/14

Tom Foley Says Gov. Malloy Speech is just 'More Bull'

In a harshly titled email blast, gubernatorial candidate Tom Foley said Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's State of the State address, specifically his comments on the state debt were "more bull."

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02/06/14

Senate Majority Leader Martin Looney on State of the State

Again, hat tip to Mary O'Leary for the video.

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02/06/14

House Speaker Brendan Sharkey on State of the State

Video courtesy of the New Haven Register's Mary O'Leary 'Leary:

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02/06/14

David Walker Not Impressed with State of the State Speech

David Walker, a Republican candidate for lieutenant governor, tweeted his displeasure with Gov. Malloy's State of the State speech.

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02/06/14

Live Video: Gov. Dannel P. Malloy Delivers State of the State Address

Courtesy of our partners at WTNH, here's a live stream of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's State of the State address, which is scheduled to begin at noon.

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Live Blog: Dannel P. Malloy delivers State of the State Address

02/06/14

Live Blog: Dannel P. Malloy delivers State of the State Address

Join editors from Connecticut Magazine and newspapers throughout the state for a live blog previewing and covering Gov. Malloy's State of the State address.

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Dr. William Petit Won't Run For Congress

02/05/14

Dr. William Petit Won't Run For Congress

Dr. William Petit has decided against running for Congress in the fifth district, he said in a statement, the Associated Press reported today.

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NRCC Says Esty to Blame for Projected Obamacare Job 'Loss'

02/04/14

NRCC Says Esty to Blame for Projected Obamacare Job 'Loss'

The National Republican Congressional Committee targeted Rep. Elizabeth Esty, D-5, in its latest email blast, putting her up as someone to shoulder the blame if people find themselves out of work as a result of Obamacare.

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02/04/14

State Sen. John McKinney calls for Ed Commissioner's Resignation

State Senate Minority Leader and gubernatorial candidate John McKinney called for the state’s commissioner of education to resign Tuesday, citing a bumpy road in implementing the state’s education reform initiatives and federal common core standards.  “By choosing to implement these new programs with limited input from teachers and on an overly ambitious schedule, both the governor and the commissioner have lost the confidence of parents and educators across our state. The roll-out has been met with confusion and frustration by teachers, administrators and parents,” McKinney said in a statement. As the state re-examines assessing the reforms and deadlines for such, McKinney said the state needs “new leadership.” In a press release...

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02/04/14

Gov. Malloy Proposes Increasing Minimum Wage

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy sought to jumpstart the state’s path to raising the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour, which would make it the highest in the nation, with a proposal that would amend already existing plans to raise the working wage. The governor’s proposal would set the minimum wage at $10.10 in January 2017 as part of a three-year plan to phase in increases. The state already has a plan in place to increase the minimum wage, now set at $8.70 in January of this year, but Malloy’s plan would extend that increase and make the proposed incremental increases larger. Malloy’s plan mirrored the goal addressed by President Barack Obama in his State of the Union address last week, but said the state could not wait for Congress to enact legislation doing...

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02/04/14

Connecticut General Assembly Postpones Start of Legislative Session

Due to an impending snowstorm, legislative leaders agreed to push back the start of the opening of the general assembly from Wednesday to Thursday. According to the Connecticut Post, this is the first time since the blizzard of 1978 that the session has not opened according to schedule.  Malloy's state of the state address is now slated for noon on Thursday.  Here's a preview of what the state is likely to address during this shorter session. 

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02/03/14

Malloy Proposes Re-Opening, Adding Funds to Elderly Renter's Assistance

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced a proposal to add $6.5 million to the fund which provides assistance to the state’s elderly renters Monday. The elderly renter’s rebate program had been closed to any new applicants by the general assembly last year. Malloy’s proposal re-opens the program to new applicants, and allows for an additional 12,700 seniors to apply for it. About 40,000 residents already benefit from the program. The program gives reimbursement to lower income elderly or fully-disabled renters to offset expenses, and can range from $50 to $900 depending on need and status. “Connecticut’s senior population is already one of the largest in the country and continues to grow – something we need to take into account when we make...

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02/03/14

Feds Close Campaign Finance Probe

According to several reports, the Department of Justice’s investigation into the campaign finance scandal that derailed Chris Donovan’s bid the 5th district has been closed. Donovan, the speaker of the house at the time of the initial investigation, will not be charged in the matter. Eight individuals were charged in the campaign scandal for conspiring to hide the source of $27,500 in campaign donations to Donovan’s campaign for the 5th District U.S. House seat. The donations were made in hopes that Donovan would kill legislation aimed at closing tax loopholes for roll-your-own tobacco shops. Donovan eventually lost the primary to Elizabeth Esty, who went on to beat Republican Andrew Roraback in the general election. Read more on the issue from CT News...

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Flashback to '08: Mad Dog Russo: 'Himes! Himes! Himes!'

01/31/14

Flashback to '08: Mad Dog Russo: 'Himes! Himes! Himes!'

Just about every sports fan in Connecticut has fond memories of listening to the old Mike and the Mad Dog radio show on WFAN in New York, and watching the simulcast on the YES Network.

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John McKinney Channels Eminem in News Release

01/31/14

John McKinney Channels Eminem in News Release

“Will the real Dan Malloy please stand up?”

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Dannel P. Malloy in 'No Rush' to Decide on Re-Election Bid

01/31/14

Dannel P. Malloy in 'No Rush' to Decide on Re-Election Bid

Four Republicans have declared their candidacies for governor. So far, no Democrats have, despite all signs pointing to Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy running for re-election.

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Democrats, Mark Boughton Camp Duke it out on Twitter Over Tax Rebate

01/30/14

Democrats, Mark Boughton Camp Duke it out on Twitter Over Tax Rebate

If today’s exchange is any indication, some battles of the 2014 gubernatorial campaign will be fought with hashtags.

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Keys for Tom Foley's Win in 2014 are in the Cities

01/30/14

Keys for Tom Foley's Win in 2014 are in the Cities

Tom Foley plans to win the governor’s mansion by earning the keys to each city, a political strategy gleaned from the initiatives he announced during his candidacy announcement yesterday, and a tell-tale sign that he’s aiming for a re-match from 2010.

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Connecticut Saving Money by Only Paying Harry Truman Once

01/30/14

Connecticut Saving Money by Only Paying Harry Truman Once

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy met with editors and publishers from Connecticut's daily newspapers Thursday afternoon at the governor's residence in Hartford to go over his administration's plans to bolster the state's rainy day fund and issue small tax rebates to residents making less than $200,000 per year.

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In an Election Year, Malloy Gives Tax Rebate

01/30/14

In an Election Year, Malloy Gives Tax Rebate

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced his plans to spend the state's $505 million surplus, which includes a $55 tax rebate to residents.

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Connecticut Democrats to Hold Nominating Convention at Convention Center

01/30/14

Connecticut Democrats to Hold Nominating Convention at Convention Center

The state Democratic Party is holding its nominating convention in May at the Connecticut Convention Center.

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Connecticut Lawmakers DeLauro, Esty Rip Cut in SNAP Benefits

01/29/14

Connecticut Lawmakers DeLauro, Esty Rip Cut in SNAP Benefits

Congress moved one step closer Wednesday to cutting SNAP benefits for the second time in less than three months. With support from both parties, the $1 trillion Farm Bill passed the House of Representative 251-166 Wednesday, along with a proposed $8 billion reduction to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP. Two Connecticut lawmakers issued harsh criticisms of Congress on Wednesday for what the liberal legislators see as the gutting of a vital social safety net. “Congress has lost its way. This conference report is nothing more than reverse Robin Hood legislation that steals food from the poor in favor of crop subsidies for the rich,” Rep. Rosa L. DeLauro, D-3, said in a statement Wednesday. “Instead of working to end hunger, this Farm...

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Tom Foley is Officially In the Race for Governor

01/29/14

Tom Foley is Officially In the Race for Governor

Prepared with a long wish list of what he’d do as the state’s chief executive, Tom Foley announced Wednesday that he’s running again for governor. Foley, a former U.S. Ambassador to Ireland and the Republican Party’s gubernatorial nominee in 2010, formed an exploratory committee for the post in September. Foley said in months of touring Connecticut, he had met people dissatisfied with the state’s prospects. He spoke of rising numbers of people leaving the state, deteriorating infrastructure, and of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s administration unnecessarily interfering in education and hurting businesses with taxes. “I agree with those who believe we need a new direction and new leadership in Connecticut, so I am announcing today that I...

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Gallup State of the States: Connecticut's Democratic Lean is 11th Strongest

01/29/14

Gallup State of the States: Connecticut's Democratic Lean is 11th Strongest

Connecticut's Democratic lean was the 11th strongest among the 50 states in 2013 -- the 12th strongest when the District of Columbia is included -- in Gallup's annual "State of the States survey, which measures how many voters identify with one of the two major political parties.

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Tom Foley is Running for Governor

01/29/14

Tom Foley is Running for Governor

Tom Foley made it known he is running for governor—without actually saying it—on WPLR's Chaz and AJ radio show Wednesday morning.

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Connecticut Lawmakers Split Over State of the Union Speech

01/28/14

Connecticut Lawmakers Split Over State of the Union Speech

“Too often during the past year – and despite the efforts of the President and many in Congress, particularly Connecticut’s congressional delegation – Washington has been mired in political gridlock. But as the President highlighted tonight, regardless of inaction in Washington, progress is being made,” Malloy said in a statement.

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Obama's Word Choice Measured in State of the Union

01/28/14

Obama's Word Choice Measured in State of the Union

Political pundits expected President Barack Obama to lay out a strong argument in Tuesday’s State of the Union Speech for reversing the growing income inequality in the U.S.

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01/28/14

Live Blog: State of the Union Address

Join reporters from Connecticut Magazine and sister publications for live analysis of President Obama's State of the Union Address. Join the conversation by commenting below or tweeting with the hashtag #ctsotu.

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01/28/14

Before Obama Speaks, Esty Comments on her own Priorities for the State

Even before President Barack Obama took to the Hill to give his fifth State of the Union address, U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty, D-5, was already connecting his possible topics of discussion back to opportunities in her home state.

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Get to Know Heather Somers

01/28/14

Get to Know Heather Somers

Danbury Mayor and candidate for governor Mark Boughton introduced former Groton Mayor Heather Somers as his running mate Tuesday. Besides an ally to help him bridge a gender and geographic divide, who is Somers? Notably, Somers is a descendent of founding father Roger Sherman. Sherman has deep ties to the state—serving as the first Mayor of New Haven, a member of Congress and the only person to sign the Continental Association, the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation and the Constitution. Many places in the state and city of New Haven are named for him. Somers is the mother of three—two college aged students and a 3-year-old child. She holds a bachelor of arts in economics from the University of Connecticut. Groton has an...

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01/28/14

Jeb Bush to Keynote Prescott Bush Dinner

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush will be the keynote speaker at the Prescott Bush Awards Dinner, the Connecticut GOP fundraiser named after Bush's grandfather. The state Republican party announced Bush's appearance Tuesday. The dinner is April 10 at the Stamford Hilton. Bush is the son of former President George H.W. Bush and the brother of former President George W. Bush. Prescott Bush, George H.W. Bush's father, was a U.S. Senator from Connecticut.

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Mark Boughton Taps Heather Bond Somers as Running Mate

01/28/14

Mark Boughton Taps Heather Bond Somers as Running Mate

Mark Boughton is hoping a fellow local official -- one from the opposite end of the state -- will help him ride into the governor's office.

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01/28/14

Tom Foley to Make Campaign Announcement Wednesday

Greenwich businessman Tom Foley, who's been eyeing a second run for governor for several months, will announce Wednesday whether he's entering the race. It's widely believed Foley will announce he's running. He'll make the announcement at 2 p.m. Wednesday at VFW Post 201 in Waterbury.

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John McKinney's Camp Hails Huge Fundraising Lead

01/27/14

John McKinney's Camp Hails Huge Fundraising Lead

John McKinney's campaign for governor is touting the massive fundraising lead that the senate minority leader has built over rivals for the Republican nomination. Though candidates filed their campaign finance two weeks ago, the McKinney for Governor campaign sent out a graph to show how far McKinney leads competitors in both donations and donors.

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Boughton to Announce Pick for Lieutenant Governor Tuesday

01/27/14

Boughton to Announce Pick for Lieutenant Governor Tuesday

Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton, a Republican candidate for governor, will announce his pick for lieutenant governor Tuesday morning in Groton, a source said.

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2014 Connecticut Legislative Preview

01/24/14

2014 Connecticut Legislative Preview

As the general assembly kicks off a new session this month, expect a lot of voter-friendly issues to be debated.

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Connecticut Republicans to Hold Nominating Convention in May, Plan 'Connecticut Comeback'

01/21/14

Connecticut Republicans to Hold Nominating Convention in May, Plan 'Connecticut Comeback'

The state’s Republican Party is holding its nominating convention for statewide and federal offices in May at Mohegan Sun, the GOP formally announced today, billing the event as a "Connecticut Comeback." The Republican State Convention will be held May 16 and 17 at the casino’s convention center, where party nominations for governor, lieutenant governor, comptroller, state treasurer, attorney general, secretary of the state and U.S. Congress will take place. “Our 2014 State Convention will be the kickoff for a Connecticut Comeback,” said party Chairman Jerry Labriola, Jr. in a press release. “Over the past three years, Dan Malloy and the Democrats in the legislature have passed record tax hikes, borrowed more than ever, and let...

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Connecticut GOP Suspect DEEP Commissioner Resignation 'Political'

01/20/14

Connecticut GOP Suspect DEEP Commissioner Resignation 'Political'

Days after Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Commissioner Dan Esty announced he was resigning from his post, the state’s Republican Party claims something smells political about the decision. Esty, who is the husband of U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty, D-5, was appointed to the post in March 2011 by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy. He’s returning to his previous position at Yale as the Hillhouse Professor of Environmental Law and Policy and director of the Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy and the Center for Business & Environment at Yale.  “The timing of Commissioner Esty’s departure from the DEEP on February 3rd raises some questions. With both the Governor and Elizabeth Esty facing difficult elections in November, one must wonder...

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Same Day Voting Registration Brings in 3,000 New Connecticut Voters

01/16/14

Same Day Voting Registration Brings in 3,000 New Connecticut Voters

Nearly 3,000 Connecticut residents registered and cast their ballot on Election Day, the first time same-day registration and voting was made available in the state. According to Secretary of State Denise Merrill's office, 2,900 people in 169 towns participated in Election Day registration (EDR). New Haven had the highest number of participants in EDR.  The law that permits Connecticut residents to register to vote and then vote the same day went into effect in July 2012.  “Voting is a fundamental American right, and Connecticut’s new Election Day registration law made it possible for almost 3,000 new voters across our state to exercise that right. That is something we can all celebrate,” Merrill said in a press release. “The data...

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Gun Rights Advocates to Protest GOP event in New Haven

01/15/14

Gun Rights Advocates to Protest GOP event in New Haven

A group of gun rights advocates is planning on protesting a Connecticut GOP fundraiser tomorrow night featuring Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus.

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01/12/14

David Walker Confirms He's Exploring Bid for Lieutenant Governor

WFSB 3 Connecticut The "major political announcement" David Walker is scheduled to make tomorrow in Hartford is that the former U.S. Comptroller General is exploring a run for lieutenant governor.  Walker, a Bridgeport resident who served in four presidential administrations and as the CEO of a now-defunct think tank, confirmed his intentions Sunday on WFSB's Face the State program.  Hearst Connecticut Newspapers first reported the news on Thursday.  State GOP chairman Jerry Labriola Jr. will join Walker for the announcement Monday at 11 a.m. on the north steps of the state Capitol.  Walker told Face the State host Dennis House he thinks he's qualified to run for governor, but thinks it's too late in the process to build...

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01/11/14

Elizabeth Esty, Jim Himes statements on Obamacare security bill

Spokeswomen for U.S. Reps. Elizabeth Esty, D-5, and Jim Himes, D-4 emailed statements to Connecticut Magazine on their "yea" votes on the Obamacare cypersecurity bill that passed the Republican-led House of Representatives Friday.  Here's the statement from Esty, released by spokeswoman Laura Maloney:  “I’m committed to making sure that the Affordable Care Act works well in Connecticut and that we’re continuing to expand access and assist people as they buy quality health insurance. “A great deal of effort has gone into putting procedures and plans in place to make the state and national marketplace websites secure. To my knowledge, there is no evidence of data breaches, and no personal information has been stolen from our...

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01/10/14

Filing Deadline for Candidates, Committees Today

Today is the filing deadline for any and all candidate and exploratory committees, political committees, town committees and state central committees. So far, two Connecticut candidates for governor have released numbers on fundraising. Shelton Mayor Mark Lauretti who only entered the race as a candidate at the end of last month has raised $1,200 so far.  State Senate Minority Leader John McKinney says he raised $101,080 from 1,109 donors in this quarter, for a total of $134,167. McKinney's campaign sent out a press release boasting that his fundraising had outpaced all other candidates. Campaign spokesman Michael Fox said that while they haven't seen the actual reports from other candidates, "there's pretty good intel out there, so we're...

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01/10/14

Elizabeth Esty, Jim Himes vote with GOP on Obamacare security bill

Two of the five members of Connecticut's all-Democratic congressional delegation broke with their party today and voted with the Republican majority on a bill aimed at adding security to healthcare.gov, the federally-run health exchange site set up as part of Obamacare.  Reps. Elizabeth Esty, D-5 and Jim Himes, D-4, were among the 67 Democrats who voted for the bill, which passed 291-122. Reps. John Larson, D-1, Joe Courtney, D-2, and Rosa DeLauro, D-3, voted against the bill, which was introduced by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia.  Last week, Himes went on MSNBC and questioned whether Republicans such as Cantor had been acting in good faith to improve the law. He said at the time he hadn't read the Cantor bill and couldn't...

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David Walker to Make 'Major Political Announcement' Monday

01/10/14

David Walker to Make 'Major Political Announcement' Monday

Former U.S. Comptroller General David Walker, a Bridgeport resident, will make what he says is a "major political announcement" Monday in Hartford. A news release issued by Walker on Friday doesn't directly say what the announc

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01/09/14

Washington Post: Richard Blumenthal was a Hunk

Sen. Richard Blumenthal was the subject (read: objectified subject) of a Washington Post blog this afternoon featuring a 1980’s portrait of the then federal prosecutor.  The photo comes from a previous article published in the Post which wrote: He looks rather like a Jewish Robert Redford in a suit and tie, and evidently has prompted a fair share of female hearts to flutter. The photo was posted on Washington Post's Reliable Sources blog, which covers gossip and celebrities in D.C. Ironically, Blumenthal, who never shies away from a news camera or microphone, was tasked with investigating leaks to the media in the Abscam scandal. His good lucks apparently attracted the attention of the Post who then featured him. 

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Boughton: Democrats are 'Frothing at the Mouth'

01/08/14

Boughton: Democrats are 'Frothing at the Mouth'

Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton had just wrapped up his morning news conference announcing his candidacy for governor, when a Democratic spokesperson entered the room, offering reporters on-the-record comments about Boughton’s announcement.

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Mark Boughton: I'm a 'Blue Collar Republican'

01/08/14

Mark Boughton: I'm a 'Blue Collar Republican'

Mark Boughton says a great turnout in fundraising and feedback that his “blue collar Republican” personality appeals to people throughout Connecticut led his decision to become a candidate for governor. Boughton, Danbury's longest-serving mayor, would not disclose those fundraising details at a news conference Wednesday, but said he had already raised more funds while exploring a run than he did the entire election cycle in 2010 when he first ran. He plans to qualify for the state’s public campaign finance grant.

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Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton Enters Race for Governor

01/07/14

Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton Enters Race for Governor

Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton has put rumor to rest, and with the change of his campaign website Monday night, offically signaled he's in the race for governor. Boughton is also expected to make the announcement official Wednesday morning at 10 a.m. at the Holiday Inn Hotel in Danbury, where his site says he will be available to "discuss his future plans" with the press. Up until the re-launch of his campaign website very late Monday night, and a change of photos on his campaign Facebook page, Boughton had declined to say if he had reached a decision. He launched an exploratory committee for governor in August. Boughton is the longest-serving mayor in the state. He did not return a phone call seeking comment Monday. This is Boughton's second...

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Unemployed Connecticut Woman Introduces Obama for Speech on Unemployment Insurance

01/07/14

Unemployed Connecticut Woman Introduces Obama for Speech on Unemployment Insurance

Unemployed Connecticut resident Katherine Hackett introduced President Barack Obama at an event today at which Obama called on the U.S. House of Representatives to pass a bill extending unemployment compensation. According to CBS, Hackett, of Moodus, wrote to the President about the trials of being without a job. The New York Times reported Hackett said while raising two boys who now serve in the military, she "never asked for a handout." The Times reported:  Mr. Obama was introduced by Katherine Hackett, who said she was unemployed and looking for work. She said she had “never asked for a handout” while raising two boys, who both now serve in the military. She said she tries to save money by heating her house to just 58 degrees and wearing...

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Report: Boughton to Announce Run for Governor

01/07/14

Report: Boughton to Announce Run for Governor

Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton will announce he is officially entering the race for governor, sources tell the Danbury News-Times.  Boughton, who first formed an exploratory committee in August, would not confirm the news to the News-Times, nor to Connecticut Magazine when asked if he had made a decision last week. Rumors have been circulating that Boughton would announce his intention to become an official candidate tomorrow evening becuase he has a volunteer appreciation rally scheduled. The News-Times reports however that Boughton is expected to make the announcement sometime in the morning. 

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Connecticut Democrats Hammer Republicans on Minimum Wage

01/07/14

Connecticut Democrats Hammer Republicans on Minimum Wage

The Connecticut Democratic Party is hammering Republican gubernatorial candidates on their position on the minimum wage, signaling that the party will make it an issue as election season ramps up.  The state party is following the national Democratic Party in looking to seize on concerns about income inequality.  State Democrats produced a graphic showing Republican candidates for governor and GOP chairman Jerry Labriola in snow suits. “The Connecticut GOP is cold as Ice…” the graphic says, “…When it comes to their anti-working families records: against state minimum wage increases; against federal minimum wage increases; against paid sick leave.” This is not the first time the Democrats have hammered Republican...

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Blumenthal Says New Leadership at Metro-North Should Lead to 'Better Results'

01/06/14

Blumenthal Says New Leadership at Metro-North Should Lead to 'Better Results'

After a year plagued with accidents and service disruptions on Metro-North Railroad, The New York Times reports the agency's President, Howard Permut, is stepping down. Permut has been president of the interstate commuter rail since 2008.  In recent months, most notably after a fatal accident occurred in the Bronx, Conneciticut legislators and riders have expressed frustration with the agency amid mounting concerns about safety and reliability. U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal has been vocal in calling for investigations into the incidents that continued to plague the rail and the agencies that operate and oversee it. "New leadership should mean stronger attention to safety and reliability, and better results," Blumenthal said in an emailed statement...

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Trumbull First Selectman Exploring Run for Statewide Office

01/06/14

Trumbull First Selectman Exploring Run for Statewide Office

Timothy Herbst is preparing to throw his hat into a statewide race.

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Gov. Malloy Appoints State's First Female Commissioner of Public Safety

01/06/14

Gov. Malloy Appoints State's First Female Commissioner of Public Safety

On Monday, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy appointed New York City's Commissioner of Corrections Dr. Dora Schriro to serve as the state's public safety commissioner. Schriro is the state's first female commissioner, and will replace Reuben Bradford, who will retire from his post in February. According to her biography on the New York City website, Schriro has been in charge of the city's jail system since 2009. Previously she worked as a special adviser to Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano, for whom she managed work on the plan to "overhaul the nation's immigration detention system." Prior to that she worked in Arizona as director of corrections, and held the same position in Missouri. She had also worked in New York City as an assistant...

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Shelton Mayor Mark Lauretti Enters Race for Governor

01/03/14

Shelton Mayor Mark Lauretti Enters Race for Governor

Twelve-term Shelton Mayor Mark Lauretti is making another attempt at the governor’s mansion, entering an already crowded field of Republican hopefuls. Lauretti filed paperwork with the state on Dec. 13 to seek the governor’s office, and has a kick-off event Jan. 9. Speculation that Lauretti would run were widely reported throughout the summer months as other candidates made their announcements that they were either exploring a run, or officially running. The Valley Indy first reported the paperwork filing and kick-off event. Lauretti explored a run for governor first in 2010 when he started a petition drive to get on the Republican ticket. He then decided against running after a federal investigation into corruption in the city. Lauretti was never charged....

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