November 2013

Shelton Mayor, Gov Candidate Lauretti Says "Businesses Need a Break"

01/07/14

Shelton Mayor, Gov Candidate Lauretti Says "Businesses Need a Break"

Shelton Mayor Mark Lauretti, who filed paperwork to run for governor last month, said he wants to bring the model of government that’s created “prosperity” in Shelton to the whole state if elected. Lauretti, who was recently elected to his 12th term in office, made these comments on WFSB’s Face the State to host Dennis House, broadcast Sunday morning. Lauretti focused on the state’s business climate as his main frustration with Gov. Dannel P. Malloy (who has yet to announce if he’s running for re-election) and the biggest area he’d change as governor. “I think that there’s a general frustration out there amongst people who serve the public, like myself, as well as people who live here, businesses who operate here about...

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Mark Boughton to Hold Rally Next Week, Won't Say if it's for Campaign Announcement

01/03/14

Mark Boughton to Hold Rally Next Week, Won't Say if it's for Campaign Announcement

Mark Boughton is holding an event to thank supporters of his exploratory committee for governor next week. But though he said he’ll decide within two weeks if he’s officially getting in, he stayed mum about if he’d make that announcement at the rally. When asked Friday if he would make an announcement at the rally, the Danbury mayor replied: “We’ve scheduled a supporter appreciation rally to thank everybody for their help with the exploratory campaign. That’s all I can tell you about that." He also confirmed, as first reported by Heart’s Neil Vigdor, that he would be making an announcement “probably within the next two weeks.” The invitation was addressed to friends and supporters — and also open to the...

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Jim Himes: Democrats will be 'willing and happy partners' when GOP acts in good faith on Obamacare

01/03/14

Jim Himes: Democrats will be 'willing and happy partners' when GOP acts in good faith on Obamacare

U.S. Rep. Jim Himes, D-4, has some harsh words for House GOP leader Eric Cantor. Himes appeared on MSNBC's Jansing and Co. to criticize a bill introduced by Cantor aimed at ensuring personal information stored on Healthcare.gov., the site where people can buy healthcare on federal exchanges, is protected. The bill would notify customers if personal information became compromised -- something the Obama administration hasn't happened at all.

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Joe Lieberman to Advise Private Equity Company

01/02/14

Joe Lieberman to Advise Private Equity Company

Former Connecticut U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman will serve as the chairman of Victory Park Capitol’s executive board.

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11 Months Before Election, Elizabeth Esty is Already Feeling the Heat

12/23/13

11 Months Before Election, Elizabeth Esty is Already Feeling the Heat

Eleven months away from the election and the pressure is already mounting on Elizabeth Esty.

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Connecticut SOTS Denise Merrill to Seek Re-Election

12/18/13

Connecticut SOTS Denise Merrill to Seek Re-Election

Secretary of the State Denise Merrill announced Wednesday that she has filed paperwork to run for a second term.

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Modern Day Whig Party Forming in Connecticut

12/09/13

Modern Day Whig Party Forming in Connecticut

If Chris German has his way, there will be three parties with a history of national success nominating candidates for governor next year. It's just that the national success of the party German is hoping to organize came in the 19th century.

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Danbury Mayor Boughton Will Take 'Whatever' Donation You Can Give on #GivingTuesday

12/03/13

Danbury Mayor Boughton Will Take 'Whatever' Donation You Can Give on #GivingTuesday

"They don't call it #GivingTuesday for nothing" is a tagline included in Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton's latest fundraising email.  Boughton is trying to fundraise to campaign for governor off news of the sitting governor's expensive fundraisers. Boughton has formed an exploratory committee for governor and took aim at Gov. Dannel P. Malloy Tuesday, citing a report by CT Mirror that shows Malloy will be the host at a fundraiser where prices range from $10,000 to $250,000.  The mayor has had a busy week so far-- as he was defending himself on Twitter after reporters and politicos criticized him for a cease and decist letter sent to a blogger threatening him not to publish documents. #GivingTuesday is the hashtag used today to promote...

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12/03/13

Malloy Signs Executive Order Creating Database Tracking State Aid

A database tracking state aid to businesses was mandated Tuesday when Gov. Dannel P. Malloy signed an executive order, turning an idea proposed by State Comptroller Kevin Lembo into law. Lembo first sought to have a law passed by the legislature that would require the state to create a database where the public could search benefits given to businesses by the state. The bill passed the House unanimiously, but died when the Senate failed to take it up by the end of the session. “Connecticut’s taxpayers have a right to know what their state government is doing to promote economic development and job creation and, through this executive order, we will give the public easier access to this information.  This directive demonstrates that we are serious about making...

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Election Results by Media Market: Obama won Hartford-New Haven market by 20 points

12/03/13

Election Results by Media Market: Obama won Hartford-New Haven market by 20 points

One of the country's biggest ad-buying firms recently teamed up with a leading data firm to produce a fascinating election map.  The map, created by Democratic media firm GMMB and Civis Analytics, was highlited today by the Washington Post. It divides the country into media markets, and then colors and seperates them according to different data. The data in Connecticut isn't particularly eye-opening. Seven of the state's eight counties -- all but Fairfield County -- are in the Hartford-New Haven market. (Fairfield County is part of the New York market.) That means the data from the Hartford-New Haven market very closely resembles state-wide data. But in most bigger states, support for President Obama and GOP nominee Mitt Romney in last year's...

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Cool Justice: Far-fetched efforts, taxpayer-funded, to hide public records in Danbury

12/02/13

Cool Justice: Far-fetched efforts, taxpayer-funded, to hide public records in Danbury

The Mark Boughton administration hit the self-destruct button with the force of a circus sledgehammer when it threatened and intimidated a blogger who dared to publish public records. This extra-judicial threat has no legal authority and is bound to splatter back in the face of the would-be governor. The Nov. 8, 2013 “order” from the Danbury mayor’s subcontracted law firm – Rose Kallor of Hartford – reads, part: “The City of Danbury hereby orders you to CEASE AND DESIST publication and / or comment on the deposition transcripts from the matter of DaCosta v. Danbury on www.HatCityBLOG.blogspot.com and / or any other internet and / or social media site, including Twitter and Facebook that are currently in your possession, custody and control...

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Mark Greenberg Earns 5th District Endorsement from state Sen. John McKinney

12/02/13

Mark Greenberg Earns 5th District Endorsement from state Sen. John McKinney

Three-time Fifth District candidate Mark Greenberg earned an endorsement from gubernatorial hopeful and state Sen. Minority Leader John McKinney (R-Fairfield) on Monday. The Hartford Courant first reported McKinney tweeted his endorsement of Greenberg earlier today.   Proud to endorse @MarkGreenbergCT for Congress this morning. Thanks to the Honorable Selim Noujaim for hosting us. pic.twitter.com/l6eMG8OZmr — John McKinney (@McKinneyforGov) December 2, 2013 Greenberg is campaigning to unseat Rep. Elizabeth Esty who defeated Andrew Roraback in the general election. Greenberg lost to Roraback in the Republican primary.  "I am proud to endorse Mark, because I know he will fight in Washington for smaller government, less spending and lower...

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Sen. Beth Bye Picked to Replace New Haven Mayor-Elect Toni Harp as Budget Chair

11/27/13

Sen. Beth Bye Picked to Replace New Haven Mayor-Elect Toni Harp as Budget Chair

State Sen. Beth Bye has been appointed to serve in the powerful position as chair of the senate appropriations committee.

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Gov. Malloy Says Connecticut will Reject Obama's Health Care Fix

11/22/13

Gov. Malloy Says Connecticut will Reject Obama's Health Care Fix

Connecticut became the eighth state in the nation to reject President Barack Obama’s fix to the Affordable Health Care Act.

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Dan Debicella is 'On the Radar' of Congressional Republicans

11/21/13

Dan Debicella is 'On the Radar' of Congressional Republicans

According to the National Republican Congressional committee, Rep. Jim Himes should be worried about losing his job.  The NRCC released their first round of “On the Radar” candidates—a listing of individuals to be included in the Committee’s “Young Guns” program, where they will be helped to beat Democratic opponents. Dan Debicella, a former state senator from Shelton, is staging a second bid for the U.S. House seat in the state’s fourth district, which has been held since 2008 by  Himes. Debicella lost to Himes in 2010. The “On the Radar” portion of the program is the first of three levels to be considered part of the “Young Guns” program, the announcement explains. Individuals were put on the list...

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Connecticut Tea Party Challenges Gov. Malloy to Debate Role of Government

11/20/13

Connecticut Tea Party Challenges Gov. Malloy to Debate Role of Government

Taking issue with remarks made by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy at a recent Democratic Party event, a local Tea Party leader has challenged him to a debate.  Bob MacGuffie, a Tea Party activist, identified statements made by Malloy at the Jefferson Jackson Bailey Dinner earlier this month that criticizes the Tea Party. MacGuffie, in an article to be published in the Fairfield County Patriot and circulated on the web, says Malloy doesn’t want to take “responsibility for his own performance.” “It's no wonder the governor searches for a boogey-man to explain his failure, when all he needs to do is look in the mirror to find him," MacGuffie wrote. "It's not we citizens who have brought the state to its knees.  We're merely the ones...

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Victim's Family, Legislators Call for Sandy Hook Shooting Game to be Removed

11/20/13

Victim's Family, Legislators Call for Sandy Hook Shooting Game to be Removed

Connecticut politicians and the family of one of the Sandy Hook School shooting victims are demanding the removal of a video game that allows users to act as Adam Lanza and re-enact the shootings.  “This vile video game shocks our conscience and mocks common decency,” Sen. Richard Blumenthal said in a statement. “Shamefully, as we approach the one-year anniversary of the Sandy Hook shooting, some still exploit this horrific tragedy. It’s appalling and salacious, and it must stop.” In the initial stage of the game, called "The Slaying at Sandy Hook Elementary" a player acts like Lanza, shooting his mother repeatedly, picking up guns and then killing more at Sandy Hook Elementary School, and then himself. The game keeps tally of how...

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Malloy Spokesman: No Special Session Needed Right Now to Fix Obamacare implementation

11/15/13

Malloy Spokesman: No Special Session Needed Right Now to Fix Obamacare implementation

Andrew Doba, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's communictations director, released the following statement in response to Senate Minority Leader John McKinney's call for a special legislative session to bring Connecticut into compliance with the Affordable Care Act:  "This administration is moving forward with implementing the Affordable Care Act so that more residents will have access to quality, affordable healthcare. In the wake of the decision yesterday in Washington, the Governor has asked the Lieutenant Governor and his Insurance Commissioner to gather the facts and determine what action, if any, needs to be taken by the state to ensure we are achieving this goal. Until all the facts are in, there is no reason to call a special session." 

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State Sen. John McKinney Calls for Special Session to Fix Connecticut Obamacare Law

11/15/13

State Sen. John McKinney Calls for Special Session to Fix Connecticut Obamacare Law

State Senate Minority Leader John McKinney, R-Fairfield, and candidate for governor, is calling on Gov. Dannel P. Malloy to call a special legislative session to fix state law in wake of the President's revisions to Obamacare.

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Rep. Elizabeth Esty Votes With Republicans on Healthcare Fix

11/15/13

Rep. Elizabeth Esty Votes With Republicans on Healthcare Fix

Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty, D-5, joined 38 other Democrats Thursday and voted with an overwhelming Republican majority on a bill to fix part of the healthcare law.

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Tom Foley to New Yorkers: Unhappy with de Blasio? Come to Connecticut Next Year

11/11/13

Tom Foley to New Yorkers: Unhappy with de Blasio? Come to Connecticut Next Year

In his first TV spot of the 2014 race, GOP gubernatorial hopeful Tom Foley is urging New Yorkers unhappy with the election of liberal Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio to come to a state where he says there will “likely be new leadership next year." “Enjoy one more year in your city and then come join us in Connecticut under new leadership heading in a better direction,” he says in the ad.  Interestingly, the ad -- paid for by Foley's exploratory committee -- is airing on New York stations and aimed at people who can't actually vote for Foley. The ad is airing on Fox News in New York and on NY1, according to the exploratory committee.  Foley, who has yet to formally enter the governor's race, tells New Yorkers  that Connecticut...

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