by Jennifer Swift
Connecticut Politics

03/31/14

Former Congressional Candidate Pleads Guilty in Campaign Contribution Scheme Involving John Rowland

Former governor and convicted felon John Rowland was paid $35,000 through a scheme by former Congressional candidate Lisa Wilson-Foley and her husband Brian Foley, the two admitted in court. Both Foleys pleaded guilty to making illegal campaign contributions. Rowland is referred to as a unindicted “political advisor 1” and was being paid for work for the campaign, though he was hired to work as a consultant for Foley's businesses. Court documents show Rowland was paid in increments of through an intricate plan by the Foley campaign, Rowland and attorneys so it would not appear as though Rowland was being paid by the campaign.  Documents also show that Rowland asked for a bonus should Wilson-Foley win the election. Wilson-Foley later lost to Andrew...

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Governor Malloy Is Running for Re-Election

03/28/14

Governor Malloy Is Running for Re-Election

Incumbent Gov. Dannel P. Malloy will run for a second term, he announced Friday.  It was widely expected the Democratic governor would run for re-election, though he had remained mum on any future plans. Malloy previously told reporters he likely wouldn't make an announcement about his decision to run until after the end of the current legislative session in May. Malloy's campaign Twitter account, which had remained private until today's announcement, now features a logo saying "I'm in." "Dan Malloy has focused on strengthening Connecticut’s future. We’ve given small businesses the help they need to grow and create good jobs, balanced the budget and reduced the state’s long-term debt by billions, and made Connecticut...

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03/26/14

Connecticut's General Assembly Passes Legislation Raising Minimum Wage

Connecticut's minimum wage will increase incrementally to $10.10 by 2017, after legislation was passed by the overwhelming majority of Democrats in both the Senate and House of Representatives. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy will sign the bill Thursday, according to his office, at Cafe Beauregard. The New Britain restaurant is the spot where Malloy and Obama and other Democratic governors from New England ate prior to Obama's speech at Central Connecticut State University calling Congress and individual states to raise the minimum wage.  “I am proud that Connecticut is once again a leader on an issue of national importance. Increasing the minimum wage is not just good for workers, it’s also good for business,” Malloy said in a statement....

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Ted Kennedy Jr. May Run for Connecticut State Senate Seat

03/25/14

Ted Kennedy Jr. May Run for Connecticut State Senate Seat

Ted Kennedy Jr. will decide within two weeks whether to run for State Senate in the 12th District, a seat being vacated by state Sen. Edward Meyer, D-Guilford.

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03/17/14

Democrat Lee Whitnum Enters Race for Governor

A Greenwich Democrat well-known for injecting controversy into elections has announced she's running for governor. Lee Whitnum, who last ran for Senate in 2010 against Chris Murphy, announced on her website Monday she is running for the seat. Whitnum is the first Democrat to announce her intention to run for governor, though incumbent Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is widely expected to announce he's running for re-election. In 2012, Malloy sought a protective order against Whitnum, who at the time was suing him alleging slander. Malloy filed the order so he did not have to respond discovery requests in the civil case he believed were improper. That case was later dismissed, according to CT News Junkie. Whitnum filed the slander lawsuit against Malloy in May 2010...

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