Around for Four Years, Expanded Elections Enforcement Unit Claims They’re Still the New Guys and Are Unfamiliar With State Regulations

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Granted, the US Second Circuit could turn the all-powerful, all-knowing, expanded State Elections Enforcement Commission into burueacratic dust bunnies any day now and throw out the state’s entire, highly touted 2005 campaign finance reforms. But until that day, we can muse on the recent audit of the SEEC. State Auditors Kevin Johnston and Bob Jaekle issued […] [Read More]

For You Folks Keeping Score at Home

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   The current scorecard of bills and vetoes shows Gov. Jodi Rell has signed 94 into law and vetoed seven, with some more, but nothing major like the energy-reform legislatrion she quashed the other day, still in the pipeline. [Read More]
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Blumenthal Loses 25 Percent of His Support and It Would Still Be a 25-point Landslide: Q Poll

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Doug Schwartz, Q Poll director, today speaking about the U.S. Senate smackdown between Attorney General Dick Blumenthal and wrestling impresario Linda McMahon: “He leads McMahon by 25 points. he has been hurt somewhat by the Vietnam controversay, but not that much. In our last poll two months ago, he was leading McMahon by 33 points, […] [Read More]
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Expo Center’s Final Insult: Lights Out

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The Blogster has decamped from the Democrats’…ah…party for the better wired confines of the Capitol, where the WiFi always works and the eletricity stays on. Promptly at 6:30, the power to the press tables went out and the Blogster’s hard-working laptop went into hibernation. Today’s score: WiFi outages 10. And the Democrats think they are […] [Read More]
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DiNardo: Cost of Dems’ Two-Day Party is $80K. Value of Energizing Democrats: Priceless

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Nancy DiNardo of Trumbull, the now-smiling Democratic State chairwoman, is finally looking relaxed and happy, having throw a successful two-day nominating party. Blogster: “What are you smiling for? You have primaries for lieutenant governor, governor, secretary of the state and comptroller. What did you accomplish for that $80,000 pricetag?” DiNardo: “We have a lot of […] [Read More]
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Primaries Ahead, Dems Gavel Convention Over at 5:26 p.m.

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The scramble is on for August 10. Cancel that house in Truro. [Read More]
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Kevin Lembo, State Health Care Advocate, Becomes the First Openly Gay Candidate for Constitutional Office

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Not that it matters, but Kevin Lembo of Guilfiord just introduced his spouse Charles, while accepting the nomination for state comptroller. Lost in the conversation about diversity in the Democratic slate (yes, except for Treasurer Denise Nappier, it’s pale and suburban) is the fact that a gay candidate is running for one of the top […] [Read More]
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Ice Cream Treats Reveal Intrigue on Comptroller Race

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Gerry Garcia of New Haven is sponsoring a tent outside the Connecticut Expo Center, offering free cups of Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream and raising his profile as a long-shot candidate for Secretary of the State. The Blogster didn’t see any Cherry Garcia, but talking with one of the ice creamers reveals that among the […] [Read More]

Dem Delegates Stagger Into the Expo Center

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It’s Saturday morning and delegates are arriving suitably late for the alleged starting time of 8:30, it being 8:29 as the Blogster types this and hits “publish.” Could be a nice long day before getting to that four-way comptroller throwdown at the very end. Kevin Lembo, state health care advocate, reminded the Blogster in the […] [Read More]
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Blumenthal, the New US Senate Nominee, Blows off the Press????

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Yikes, Attorney General Dick Blumenthal just did a John Rowland, essentially blowing off reporetrs at the Expo Center after his triumphant US Senate nomination. Good time to get into a bunker mentality, Dick. Wow.It’s going to be a long election season. The Blogtser is much more surprised by this behavior than the fact that the Democratic […] [Read More]
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