by Jennifer Swift
Connecticut Politics

August 2013

Connecticut Elections 2013: By the Numbers

11/08/13

Connecticut Elections 2013: By the Numbers

An equal number of town's saw a shift in their top elected official's party affiliation. Republicans now have the majority in 95 towns while Democrats have the majority in 69 towns.

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Connecticut Elections 2013 Balance of Power Map: Which Party Controls Which Cities and Towns

11/05/13

Connecticut Elections 2013 Balance of Power Map: Which Party Controls Which Cities and Towns

The following map shows the balance of power in municipal government leadership between Democrats and Republicans.  The light blue is a Democratic hold, bright blue is a Democratic pick-up. Light red is a Republican hold and bright red is a Republican pick-up. If a town is lightly shaded in blue it has a Democratic CEO but did not have an election. If lightly shaded red, CEO is Republican and there was no election. Towns shaded in yellow did not have information posted to the Secretary of State's website. Towns shaded in purple had an election where a third-party or unnafiliated party retained power.

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Dems Circulate Costumed Republican Graphic for Halloween

10/31/13

Dems Circulate Costumed Republican Graphic for Halloween

Here's the graphic the state's Democratic party is circulating today to wish everyone a Happy Halloween-- and apparently take a jab at the potential Republican candidates for governor. From L to R: State Sen. Toni Boucher, Mayor Mark Lauretti, Tom Foley, State Sen. John McKinney and Mayor Mark Boughton.

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10/30/13

Former DeStefano, Weiner Campaign Manager to Hold Same Post in Rhode Island Race

The campaign manager who quit Anthony Weiner’s bid for governor just as it began to crash and burn—and the man who held a similar role in the much less bizarre re-election campaign for New Haven Mayor John DeStefano Jr.—is now taking up the same post in Rhode Island. Danny Kedem has been hired to run the campaign of Providence Mayor Angel Taveras in his run for governor of Rhode Island, reported WPRI’s Ted Nesi, citing sources within the campaign. Kedem first made news in the Weiner campaign, presiding over an improbable surge in Weiner's popularity that left the candidate leading a crowded Democratic primary field in recent polls. Kedem quit the campaign after Weiner acknowledged his tawdry sexual behavior had continued even after he had resigned...

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Updated: Democrats Call Mark Boughton a 'Modern Day Marie Antoinette' After Heat Tweets

10/28/13

Updated: Democrats Call Mark Boughton a 'Modern Day Marie Antoinette' After Heat Tweets

Additional information was posted to this story Tuesday. As a former history teacher, Mark Boughton has some issues with Connecticut Democrats comparing him to Marie Antoinette.  The Danbury mayor, a Republican who's exploring a run for governor, had engaged in a Twitter back-and-forth with Danbury High School students who said they were cold. When Boughton tweeted "No heat till trick or treat," the state Democratic Party sent out a news release comparing the mayor's tweet to the "let them eat cake" line often attributed to the French queen.  "Mayor Mark Boughton has established himself as the modern day Marie Antoinette candidate in the race for governor,"  James Hallinan, a spokesman for the Connecticut...

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Boucher Calls on Dems to Reimburse State for Malloy Fundraising Trip Security

10/28/13

Boucher Calls on Dems to Reimburse State for Malloy Fundraising Trip Security

State Sen. Toni Boucher, R-Norwalk, who is also eyeing a run at the governor's seat, is calling on the Democratic party of Connecticut to reimburse the state for costs associated with a fundraising trip Gov. Dannel P. Malloy took to California.

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10/24/13

Toni Harp tells Chamber Gov. Malloy 'definitely' running for re-election

State Sen. Toni Harp, the Democratic nominee for mayor of New Haven and a close ally of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, dropped this interesting line in a forum today hosted by the Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce. (Hat tip to the New Haven Register's Mary O

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CNN Kills Off the Wrong Tom Foley

10/18/13

CNN Kills Off the Wrong Tom Foley

CNN apparently thinned the race for Connecticut’s governor Friday. In a slideshow titled “People we lost in 2013” the cable news network used an AP photo of the former Republican Candidate for Governor Tom Foley, published to announce the death of former U.S. Speaker of the House, Tom Foley. The Hartford Courant’s Christopher Keating was the first to notice the gaffe and post it on Twitter. 

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10/16/13

Blumenthal, Murphy Say Government Deal No Reason to Celebrate

A bipartisan deal to end the government shutdown and agreement for a continuing resolution to keep the nation from defaulting on its debt is not a cause for celebration, both of Connecticut’s U.S. senators said ahead of a vote on such legislation Wednesday. “Nobody should be doing an end zone dance about this deal, it should be a basic expectation of government that the doors stay open and the bills are paid,” U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy, said in a conference call with reporters. Murphy and Sen. Richard Blumenthal agreed that the shutdown was a devastating loss to the American people, as well as a loss for Tea Party Republicans. “There are no winners here, there are absolutely no winners," Blumenthal said. "The real loser was America, which...

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10/16/13

Murphy, Himes React To Government Shutdown Deal

With news that a bipartisan agreement to end the government shutdown and prevent a default is ready for a vote, members of the Connecticut Congressional delegation applauded the decision. “Senate leadership reaches bipartisan agreement. Bravo! This is the beginning of the end of this ridiculous #shutdown,” tweeted U.S. Congressman Jim Himes, D-4. Others, like Sen. Chris Murphy wondered aloud what impact the decision will have on Republican’s policy when the temporary fix expires.  "Could paper thin silver lining to this fiasco be that House Rs will learn lesson and not pull this again in 3 months?," Murphy tweeted. Other members of the delegation have not issued comments ahead of the vote.  Over the past few days, both Murphy...

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Foley on Courant Report: Nothing New Here

10/15/13

Foley on Courant Report: Nothing New Here

Updated with statement from Republican candidate for governor, State Sen. John McKinney. Republican gubernatorial hopeful Tom Foley says there’s “nothing new here” after a Hartford Courant article about his 1981 arrest, wherein an alleged victim claims Foley rammed his car intentionally five times on eastern Long Island. “I said before that we disagreed about what had happened. That’s nothing new. We obviously disagree,” Foley said Tuesday afternoon. The issue of Foley’s 1981 arrest and another one years later in Greenwich have been among the issues Democrats have raised since Foley announced he was exploring his second run at the governor's mansion. Foley maintained Tuesday that the issue was minor in nature, but that he...

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10/15/13

Courant Publishes More Details of Foley 1981 Arrest

A report published Tuesday by the Hartford Courant suggests Republican gubernatorial hopeful Tom Foley repeatedly and intentionally rammed another vehicle five separate times in a 1981 incident on Long Island — a contrast to what Foley has previously described as a minor accident. Tuesday afternoon, the Courant published a story by reporter Jon Lender that sheds more light on the incident, after which Foley was arrested and spent a night in jail. Lender wrote: The accident report said that Foley allegedly hit the other car – which had five people in it – three times on the left rear fender and twice on its left front fender. The incident unfolded over a mile or so, and one of the collisions happened when the cars were going about 50 mph, the offense...

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10/15/13

Following Courant Story, Merrill Halts Newsletter, Calls for Audit

Secretary of State Denise Merrill has halted a newsletter sent to more than 5,000 individuals, an overwhelming majority of which are Democrats, after a Hartford Courant article exposed the partisan nature of the contact list, and questioned how it was created. The article was published Friday.  In a news conference Tuesday, Merrill announced she would no longer send the newsletter and called on the Auditors of Public Accounts to investigate the issue to determine if there was any wrongdoing. The creation of a database of contacts to send the newsletter to was a focus of the Courant report and the ensuing backlash.  Merrill said in a statement Tuesday that the database had been created using a host of sources of contact information. In addition to email, the...

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10/15/13

Denise Merrill to Address Newsletter

Secretary of State Denise Merrill will answer questions relating to an "office e-newsletter" Tuesday, after the Hartford Courant's Jon Lender exposed that Merrill had been sending monthly newsletters using her office's resources to thousands of Democrats touting her achievements since June. The news conference is scheduled to take place at 3 p.m. in Merrill's office. The article, published Friday evening says Merrill sent the newsletter from her office to more than 5,000 people, a majority of whom are Democratic activists and donors. More from Lender: Merrill, who is up for re-election next year, insists that the newsletter that's mailed to more than 5,000 people a month is intended to keep her constituents informed. But The Courant reported...

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10/14/13

Malloy Re-Election Twitter Account is Fake

A Twitter account promoting Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's re-election bid is up and running. The problem is that the account, @DanMalloy4CT, isn't run by anyone affiliated with Malloy, despite a bio that reads: "Please join me as I set out to better our state for our children." The account was created Monday. Its first tweet was a photo of Malloy at the Columbus Day parade in Branford, along with a line that read "Great to see the crowds at the Greater New Haven Columbus Day Parade in #Branford!" But Andrew Doba, Malloy’s director of communications,said the account was not run by the governor or anyone associated with him. Doba said the governor's staff was looking into the issue.  A few minutes following a post from...

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Dan Debicella: Not worth it for GOP to shut down government over Obamacare

10/13/13

Dan Debicella: Not worth it for GOP to shut down government over Obamacare

Count GOP congressional candidate Dan Debicella among those who thinks House Republicans were wrong to demand the repeal or defunding of Obamacare in exchange for funding the government.

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John McKinney says he's raised more than $90,000

10/10/13

John McKinney says he's raised more than $90,000

John McKinney's campaign for governor has raised about $90,000 so far from 964 donors, putting him about a third of the way to benchmarks he needs to hit in order to qualify for public financing.

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Lieberman Reportedly Joins In Waterboarding Joking at Cheney Roast

10/09/13

Lieberman Reportedly Joins In Waterboarding Joking at Cheney Roast

Former U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman, the Democrat who became an Independent to hold onto to his seat in Connecticut, was reportedly among the guests at a roast Tuesday in Manhattan for former Vice President Dick Cheney.

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Daily Kos: Connecticut "leans" Democratic for Malloy in 2014

10/07/13

Daily Kos: Connecticut "leans" Democratic for Malloy in 2014

The governor’s race in Connecticut is “leaning Democratic” for incumbent Democrat Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, according to a Daily Kos elections rating released Monday. The ratings categorize states in categories of being safe, likely, leaning and toss-up for both parties. The Daily Kos defines leaning meaning “one party has an identifiable advantage, but an upset victory is possible for the other party.” Although Malloy has yet to make his announcement for re-election, the Republican primary race is shaping up. State Sen. John McKinney has filed as an official candidate for the seat, while State Sen. Toni Boucher, Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton and former ambassador Tom Foley -- the GOP's 2010 nominee against Malloy -- have created...

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10/03/13

Following Crash, Shooting, Members of Connecticut Delegation Safe in Washington

Members of Congress from Connecticut reported bineg safe after the shooting in D.C. Thursday.  Scroll down for updates from members of Congress and a map showing their offices in relation to the incident. [View the story "CT Delegation Posts Updates After Capitol Hill Incident" on Storify]

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Governor Malloy Calls Congressional Republicans 'Barbarians at the Wall'

09/29/13

Governor Malloy Calls Congressional Republicans 'Barbarians at the Wall'

SOUTHINGTON--With their keynote speaker unable to leave Washington because of the looming government shutdown, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy addressed the Democrats’ largest fundraiser of the year and described House Republicans in Washington as the “barbarians at the wall.”

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Sen. Chris Murphy Presides Over Ongoing Sen. Ted Cruz Speech on Obamacare

09/24/13

Sen. Chris Murphy Presides Over Ongoing Sen. Ted Cruz Speech on Obamacare

As a faux-filibuster from Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) continues on into the night, Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) is presiding over the chamber.

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The Politics of Getting Into the Bonnie Foreshaw Clemency Hearing

09/24/13

The Politics of Getting Into the Bonnie Foreshaw Clemency Hearing

Editor's note: The following is a Cool Justice opinion column written by Andy Thibault, a contributing editor to 21st Century Media Co. newspapers in Connecticut. Don’t expect the red-carpet treatment if you assert your right to attend the Bonnie Foreshaw clemency hearing Oct. 9 at the York Correctional Institution. The state Correction Department has dragged its feet issuing guidelines for attendance while throwing up roadblocks for media coverage that violate the Freedom of Information Act. The Foreshaw case illustrates the way battered women are treated by Connecticut’s criminal justice system. It’s not a case the state would use to market itself as a desirable place with a great quality of life. Foreshaw, now 65, was raped and infected with...

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Sen. Chris Murphy Participates in National Press Club Spelling Bee

09/19/13

Sen. Chris Murphy Participates in National Press Club Spelling Bee

The freshman senator was knocked out of the competition in the fourth round.

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Joshua Nassi, Former Chris Donovan Campaign Manager, Sentenced to Two Years in Prison

09/19/13

Joshua Nassi, Former Chris Donovan Campaign Manager, Sentenced to Two Years in Prison

Joshua Nassi, was sentenced in New Haven after pleading guilty to conspiracy charges. Nassi was one of eight individuals charged in a scheme to hide the sources of campaign contributions to Donovan's campaign.

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Tom Foley Offers No Evidence of Unethical Acts by Gov

09/19/13

Tom Foley Offers No Evidence of Unethical Acts by Gov

During an interview on "Where We Live," possible gubernatorial candidate Tom Foley offered no evidence Wednesday morning when pressed for details regarding his claims of unethical behavior by the current governor’s administration.

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School Districts to Receive $5 Million from State for Security Projects

09/19/13

School Districts to Receive $5 Million from State for Security Projects

Several school districts looking to upgrade and install security measures like bullet-proof glass and panic alarms will receive grants from the state totaling $5 million to help defray the cost, the governor announced Wednesday.

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09/17/13

Percentage of Uninsured Citizens in Connecticut Falls Back to 2001 Rates

The number of uninsured citizens in Connecticut dropped significantly, due to the expansion of programs like Medicaid and Husky.

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Newtown Parents Continue Call for Conversations on Gun Control Following Navy Yard Shooting

09/17/13

Newtown Parents Continue Call for Conversations on Gun Control Following Navy Yard Shooting

Members of the Newtown Action Alliance were set to speak out against Stand Your Ground laws in front of a subcommittee in Washington, D.C. Monday. After a gunman opened fire at the Washington Navy Yard, their comments were postponed to Tuesday. But the Navy Yard shooting added yet another layer to the group's calls for gun control legislation. “Our hearts ache. Our thoughts and prayers from Sandy Hook to DC. Tomorrow we get back to work to end this madness,” read a tweet from Monte Frank, a Newtown resident, member of NAA and founder of Team 26, an organization participating in races throughout the country to bring awareness to their cause. Earlier this year, members of the group rode from Newtown to Washington, where they testified before Congress. Prior...

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Sen. Richard Blumenthal Ranked Fourth Richest Member of Congress

09/16/13

Sen. Richard Blumenthal Ranked Fourth Richest Member of Congress

Sen. Richard Blumenthal and his wealth are on an upward trajectory. The senator moved up two spots to fourth on CQ Roll Call's list of the richest members of Congress. Net worth is calculated by subtracting a member of Congress' total minimum liabilities from total minimum assets reported in financial disclosure statements. Blumenthal, the richest freshman senator on the list, initially clocked in at No. 8 in 2011. He's moved up two spots in each of the next two years. Though Blumenthal’s net worth increased to $85.32 million from $79.21 million from last year, CQ Roll Call notes that a majority of his wealth comes from his wife’s family. Cynthia Blumenthal is the daughter of Peter L. Malkin, a real estate mogul in New York who owns and manages the...

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Former Award-Winning Connecticut Reporter Now Running for Congress in Florida

09/16/13

Former Award-Winning Connecticut Reporter Now Running for Congress in Florida

Alan Cohn, who's broadcast work in Connecticut included WTNH, Fox 61 and WPOP Radio, is running as a Democrat againt a Republican incumbent for a seat to represent the 15th district of Florida in U.S. Congress

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Following Claims of Unethical Behavior by Gov. Malloy, Columns Slam Tom Foley's Tactics

09/16/13

Following Claims of Unethical Behavior by Gov. Malloy, Columns Slam Tom Foley's Tactics

While reporters scrambled on Sunday to try and dig into the allegations Foley had heard, and relayed Sunday morning, editorial boards and columnists were drafting harsh responses to Foley’s remarks, painting him as a nothing more than a gossiper.

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Tom Foley Wants Answers Directly from Gov. Malloy on Claims of Unethical Behavior

09/16/13

Tom Foley Wants Answers Directly from Gov. Malloy on Claims of Unethical Behavior

Tom Foley is calling on Gov. Dannel P. Malloy to personally answer the accusations lodged against him by Foley, while suggesting that if the governor doesn’t answer them, people may believe they're true. “I think we need to hear from the governor on this, and it needs to be a very clear statement,” Foley said Sunday night. “The governor can very easily dispense of this, but he has to do it personally and he has to do it quickly. If he doesn’t respond personally and say they aren’t true by the end of the day tomorrow, I think reasonable people will assume that these accusations are true.” In a statement Sunday, Malloy spokesman Andrew Doba said Foley's claims were  “factually incorrect” and that the Republican...

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Tom Foley says he's heard accusations of ethical lapses in Malloy administration

09/15/13

Tom Foley says he's heard accusations of ethical lapses in Malloy administration

Appearing on WFSB's Face the State Sunday morning, Foley, who has formed an exploratory committee for governor, said he'd gotten the information from "reliable sources."

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Conversation to Eliminate Car Tax to be Resurrected by Committee

09/14/13

Conversation to Eliminate Car Tax to be Resurrected by Committee

House speaker Brendan Sharkey is hoping to resurrect a plan that fizzled during the last legislative session to eliminate the state's motor vehicle tax.

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Connecticut Dems Circulate 'Flip-Flop Alert' Video After Tom Foley Considers Publicly Funding Campaign

09/13/13

Connecticut Dems Circulate 'Flip-Flop Alert' Video After Tom Foley Considers Publicly Funding Campaign

The state's Democratic party is circulating a video of possible gubernatorial contender Tom Foley, comparing his vehement disagreement with the public campaign finance program during his first run in 2010, with comments he made this week.  In Foley's announcement Tuesday that he was creating an exploratory committee to run for governor, Foley said if he enters the race he will only accept donations that permit him to qualify for the public campaign finance program. He had not yet decided if he would enter the race, or participate in the program.

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Former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown to Headline Connecticut GOP Dinner

09/13/13

Former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown to Headline Connecticut GOP Dinner

The Republican party in a state dominated by Democrats is looking for some tips from a Republican whose election foreshadowed a GOP takeover of the U.S. House of Representatives.

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Tom Foley Says Primary Results in Bridgeport, Stamford Symptomatic of Gov. Malloy's 'Shameful Performance'

09/13/13

Tom Foley Says Primary Results in Bridgeport, Stamford Symptomatic of Gov. Malloy's 'Shameful Performance'

In a race in which Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s endorsed candidate was defeated, the loss can be attributed to Malloy’s abysmal record, according to potential gubernatorial contender Tom Foley. But when it comes to a race in which Malloy’s endorsed candidate earned nearly double the amount of votes as the runner-up, it’s questionable if the governor deserves any of the credit, Foley says.

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Obama's Diplomacy Tack on Syria Relieves Connecticut Members of Congress

09/11/13

Obama's Diplomacy Tack on Syria Relieves Connecticut Members of Congress

After President Barack expressed a willingness to explore a diplomatic solution to the Syria chemical weapons crisis, the Stamford Advocate reached out to members of Connecticut's Congressional delegation for reaction.

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Primaries Set the Stage for Tough November Races

09/10/13

Primaries Set the Stage for Tough November Races

Primary races in big municipalities across the state have laid the groundwork for fierce campaigning for the next two months.

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Tom Foley Announces Exploratory Committee, Considers Public Campaign Financing

09/10/13

Tom Foley Announces Exploratory Committee, Considers Public Campaign Financing

Former U.S. Ambassador to Ireland Tom Foley is the fourth Republican to officially explore a gubernatorial run.

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22 Municipalities in Connecticut Hold Primaries Today

09/10/13

22 Municipalities in Connecticut Hold Primaries Today

Voters will pick their choice for Republican and Democratic representatives for the general election for a slew of different offices where the party nomination is contested.

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Tom Foley Likely to Announce He's Exploring Run for Governor Tuesday

09/09/13

Tom Foley Likely to Announce He's Exploring Run for Governor Tuesday

The 2010 Republican candidate for governor is expected to make an unsurprising announcement Tuesday morning.

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Former Chris Donovan Campaign Fundraiser, Robert Braddock, Sentenced to 38 Months in Prison

08/27/13

Former Chris Donovan Campaign Fundraiser, Robert Braddock, Sentenced to 38 Months in Prison

Robert Braddock, the former fundraiser for Chris Donovan's failed congressional campaign, was sentenced to 38 months in prison Tuesday for his role in conspiring to hide the sources of campaign contributions.

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State Sen. Toni Boucher Exploring Run for Governor

08/27/13

State Sen. Toni Boucher Exploring Run for Governor

Republicans have yet another candidate eyeing the governor’s mansion.

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After Homeland Security Told Blumenthal No Plum Island Visit, Senator Finds Plan B

08/22/13

After Homeland Security Told Blumenthal No Plum Island Visit, Senator Finds Plan B

U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney, D-2, and Connecticut and New York environmental advocates have talked for months about how important a natural resource Plum Island, N.Y., is.

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Cool Justice Opinion: Meriden Cop Gets $5,000 to Resign, Alleged Rape Victim Insulted

08/20/13

Cool Justice Opinion: Meriden Cop Gets $5,000 to Resign, Alleged Rape Victim Insulted

Connecticut’s newest federal judge, Michael Shea, got off to a bad start. Shea ran smack into a huge pile of “deliberate indifference” and “inadequate supervision” and blew it off. In a decision finalized earlier this month, Shea let the city of Meriden and its police chief off the hook on a $1.5 million judgment against a cop who allegedly raped a minor at least twice in 2007 and never was arrested.

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Hartford Business Journal: Connecticut to Have 1,000 Keno Vendors Starting in January

08/20/13

Hartford Business Journal: Connecticut to Have 1,000 Keno Vendors Starting in January

Harfordbusiness.com, a publication of the Hartford Business Journal, is reporting that "Connecticut plans to have 1,000 Keno vendors starting in January, as the state looks to add $31 million in gambling revenue to its budget, sources say." "They are going to move quickly. They are doing a lot of preparation work," said Mary Drexler, executive director of the Connecticut Council on Problem Gambling, in the Hartford Business Journal story, which goes on to say: "Since the General Assembly passed Keno legislation in June, the program's administrator — the Connecticut Lottery Corp. — has been tight-lipped on progress of implementing the game throughout the state. The lottery's board, and legislative and games committee each met in...

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08/14/13

Mark Boughton's disappearing tweets

[View the story "What happened to Mark Boughton's Twitter feed?" on Storify]

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Danbury Mayor Boughton: Democrats ‘Scared’ as He Weighs Bid for Governor

08/14/13

Danbury Mayor Boughton: Democrats ‘Scared’ as He Weighs Bid for Governor

The long-time Danbury mayor boldly tests the gubernatorial waters.

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