CT Public Financing, Which Keeps Getting Slashed by Lawmakers, Has a Higher Approval Rating Than Even Dick Blumenthal

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   Remember back in 2005 when lawmakers nearly dislocated their arms patting themselves on the back for passing campaign-finance reforms? So what if the state Senate created huge obstacles for minor and third parties. Who cares if lobbyists and contractors were totally banned for contributing even nominal $100 amounts to statewide candidates like the rest […] [Read More]
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Spallone Joins Merrill in Exodus From House. Both Hope for the Lone Seat in SOTS Lifeboat

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It was a dire enough sign of the state’s crumbling financial picture when House Majority Leader Denise Merrill, D-Mansfield announced she was bailing out on a second two-year term as caucus leader and formed an exploratory bid for secretary of the state. Now Rep. James Spallone, D-Essex, co-chairman of the Government Administration & Elections Committee, […] [Read More]
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Give Nathan Hale an Umbrella! It’s Raining Inside!

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There are four little garbage cans set up in the Capitol’s east atrium and the muffled plunk of rain water can be heard this morning as the raging storm tests the aging specifications of the flat roof above the fifth floor. What makes this unusual is that for the past couple of years, big tarps […] [Read More]
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Ganim “Declines” Chance To Come Clean on How He Shaved Time Off Prison Sentence

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Word came late this afternoon from federal Bureau of Prison regional offices in Philadelphia that Joe “I Will Be Fully Vindicated” Ganim “declines” a request for an interview in his new digs at the elegant, 1870-era Second Empire brick halfway house for 64 federal and state inmates on Hartford’s Asylum Hill. So gentle readers will be […] [Read More]
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Fedele in Control As Rell Prepares for a Weekend in Phily

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He may not be willing to persobnally finance his gubernatorial bid like Republican Tom Foley and Democrat Ned Lamont, both of whom live in that section of Westchester County called Greenwich, CT. But Lt. Gov. Mike Fedele will be actually in in charge of the state this week when his boss, Gov. M. Jodi Rell, […] [Read More]
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Ganim’s Out of Prison! Hide the Hand-Made Shirts!

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How time flies. Joe “I Will Be Fully Vindicated” Ganim, the disgraced former Bridgeport mayor, is at the Watkinson House, a transitional facility, in Hartford today, for the last six months of his sentence on corruption that kept him in a minimum-security federal prison since 2003. [Read More]
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Will Surpeme$ Ruling on Campaign Buck$ Trickle Down To State Politic$?

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Al Lenge, executive director of the State Elections Enforcement Commission, opins on today’s US Supreme Court decision that allows corporate buck$ in Senate and presidential elections: “This is a critical time for democracy.  This decision has the potential to flood the state electoral process with corporate money.  The only solution lies in strengthening the Citizens’ […] [Read More]
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Good News For Greenwich-Millionaire-Political Novices! Foley and Lamont Out Ahead in Today’s Q Poll. Lamont Wins Hypothetical (?) November Battle for Governor’s Office

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   Ned Lamont, the Greenwich telecom millionaire who used his brief experience on the local board of finance and board of selectman – and his cash – to win the 2006 US Senate primary, then went on vacation to Vermont as Joe Lieberman sealed his independent re-election run, is ahead in the race for governor, but half […] [Read More]
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