by Jennifer Swift
Connecticut Politics
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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