April 2014

05/09/14

Republican Martha Dean withdraws from Connecticut governor’s race

Republican Martha Dean announced Friday in an email from her campaign that she has withdrawn from the Connecticut governor’s race. Dean, an attorney from Avon, said she made the decision after the release of the latest Quinnipiac Poll results Friday morning. Only 5 percent of registered Republicans polled said they would vote for Dean in a Republican primary. “My focus has always been on moving Connecticut in a better direction, one where freedom and government limited by the Constitution prevail; but today’s polling made clear to me that I can best assist in achieving this goal by means other than running for Governor and by helping whoever is the GOP nominee win in November,” Dean said in the emailed statement. Dean, a two-time Republican nominee...

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05/09/14

Quinnipiac poll: Malloy, Foley still deadlocked in governor’s race

Taxes and the state budget are negatively impacting Gov. Dannel P. Malloy with more people saying, by a small margin, that he should not be re-elected to a second term. The Quinnipiac Poll released on Friday, which was issued one week before the Republican convention, shows Malloy and Republican Tom Foley continuing to be deadlocked in the race, 43 percent to 43 percent, while Malloy would beat Republican contender state Sen. Minority Leader John McKinney 44 percent to 40 percent and edges out Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton 44 percent to 39 percent. The voters continue to be divided in their opinion of how Malloy is handling his job as governor with 48 percent approving it and 46 percent disapproving. The trend line however, going back to March 2013, continues to show a...

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Rep. Esty Votes with Republicans Requesting Special Counsel Investigate IRS

05/08/14

Rep. Esty Votes with Republicans Requesting Special Counsel Investigate IRS

Democratic Rep. Elizabeth Esty voted with the Republican majority in the house Wednesday to ramp up the investigation into alleged targeting of conservative groups by the IRS. Esty, D-5, joined 25 other Democrats and the Republican majority to direct US Attorney General Eric Holder to appoint a special counsel to investigate the scandal. “I strongly believe our government regulatory agencies must be neutral and nonpartisan. It is completely unacceptable for the Internal Revenue Service or any other federal agency to target groups or individuals based on their political views. Public confidence in the impartiality of tax collection is extremely important to the integrity of our system,” Esty said in a statement Thursday when asked about her vote. Conservatives...

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Sen. John McCain to Stop in Connecticut on Friday

05/01/14

Sen. John McCain to Stop in Connecticut on Friday

Former presidential candidate and veteran Senator John McCain, R-Ariz., will stop by Connecticut Friday, for an appearance on the Dan Patrick radio show. A McCain spokesman said the senator will visit Milford for the appearence but has no other planned stops in Connecticut, as he is heading to a fundraiser in New York City that evening. McCain is scheduled to go on the show at 10:30 a.m. and will discuss "sports, politics, news of the day" the spokesman said.  A producer from the Dan Patrick show first tweeted the news Thursday morning.     

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Gubernatorial hopeful Boughton says GOP needs to embrace Connecticut’s cities

04/30/14

Gubernatorial hopeful Boughton says GOP needs to embrace Connecticut’s cities

With less than three weeks until the Republican nominating convention, gubernatorial hopeful Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton is wrestling for delegates, ambling toward a primary where he hopes he can be his party’s ambassador to the cities, a weak spot for the party in previous elections. “The Republicans have done a horrible job at communicating their message in the cities. ... I think that part of the problem is Republicans have not respected the people living in the cities and just don’t understand where they’re coming from,” Boughton said. Earlier, he said of himself, “This will be one governor who will pay attention to our cities, who will understand the issues there.” Boughton, one of several Republican nominees seeking to unseat...

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Mark Greenberg Calls for John Kerry's Resignation

04/29/14

Mark Greenberg Calls for John Kerry's Resignation

A Jewish candidate for Congress in Connecticut joined some conservative leaders Tuesday in calling for the resignation of Secretary of State John Kerry following his controversial comments about the potential for Israel to become an “apartheid” state. Mark Greenberg, who is seeking the Republican nomination for the 5th Congressional district to run against incumbent Democrat Rep. Elizabeth Esty, said Kerry should resign “or at the very least be removed from the peace process.”  “Israel is our greatest ally in the Middle East and one of our most reliable allies in the world.  Israel is a democracy in a part of the world where democracies are rare and unlike many of its neighbors, Israel allows religious freedoms, and treats...

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State Cancels $55 Tax Rebate

04/28/14

State Cancels $55 Tax Rebate

The $55 tax rebate announced as a stepping stone to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s bid for re-election is no more. State Budget Secretary Ben Barnes told legislators in a letter Monday that despite original optimism about the state budget, they have not received enough back in taxes to follow through with the proposal—nor do they have enough to make a donation into the state’s pension fund. Instead, all surplus funds will be put in the rainy day fund.The initial proposal put some money in the rainy day fund, gave some back to taxpayers, and some to the pension fund. Malloy had been widely criticized by Republicans since the first mention of the $55 give back, with Republicans calling it an “election-year gimmick” and questioning whether there was any...

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Hillary Clinton takes the stage at UConn forum

04/23/14

Hillary Clinton takes the stage at UConn forum

In her opening remarks, tailor-made for a college crowd, former Secretary of State, Senator, first lady and possible Democratic candidate for president Hillary Clinton urged University of Connecticut students to participate in their democracy — and spoke of the need of the country to ensure everyone has the right to participate. Clinton was keynote speaker Wednesday at the Edmund Fusco Contemporary Issues Forum, held on the UConn campus. She tasked students listening to her — a generation she branded as one of “tolerant” and “open-minded” people — with “making sure that we remain the kind of country that enables people to live out their dreams as part of the overall mission of America,” which she said can’t be done...

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Politico: Dodd Campaign Could Have Unknowingly Received Illegal Campaign Contributions

04/18/14

Politico: Dodd Campaign Could Have Unknowingly Received Illegal Campaign Contributions

Former Sen. Chris Dodd’s campaign may have been a recipient of illegal campaign contributions from a man who pleaded guilty Thursday to making $180,000 in illegal contributions and witness tampering, Politico reports.

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Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton Won't Back Down from Accusation

04/18/14

Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton Won't Back Down from Accusation

Danbury Mayor and Gubernatorial Candidate Mark Boughton says he misspoke at a debate when he suggested a Democratic donor was appointed to a “high-paying position” because of a “quid pro quo” arrangement, but maintains the arrangement still stinks of a pay to play atmosphere in the state’s executive branch.

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Connecticut GOP Candidates Say 'No Thanks' to Wilson-Foley Donations

04/18/14

Connecticut GOP Candidates Say 'No Thanks' to Wilson-Foley Donations

At least two Republican candidates for state office are now saying thanks, but no thanks, to donations they received from Lisa Wilson-Foley, who along with her husband pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge in a campaign scheme involving former Gov. John G. Rowland last month.

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John McKinney Would Back Repeal of Tougher Connecticut Gun Laws as Governor?

04/16/14

John McKinney Would Back Repeal of Tougher Connecticut Gun Laws as Governor?

State Sen. John McKinney of Fairfield, a GOP candidate for governor, appears to say in a video that, as governor, he would back a legislature that voted to repeal Connecticut's tougher new gun laws.

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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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