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Is The Government’s Rhetoric Against Lauretti Fair?

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The trial of developer James Botti, whom the government accuses of greasing Shelton Mayor Mark Lauretti, except the mayor hasn’t been charged with wrongdoing, just took another kooky twist. U.S. District Judge Charles Haight dismissed a juror for sharing notes from a personal journal with other jurors, a no no, according to the judge. The jury […] [Read More]
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Wet, Wet, Wet

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Is the South End under water? What about Black Rock and the East End? I hope folks in Seaside Village near Seaside Park are okay. I published the Bridgeport Light, a community weekly paper, 20 years ago. When it rained like this water cascaded into our building in the South End. I had a wet […] [Read More]
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A Mouthful Of Baccala

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Connecticut Post scribe Michael Mayko, the dean of federal court reporters and my brother in arms covering the dark side of political life (yeah, yeah, I know some of us went too dark) understands the nuances of witness testimony. Willie Dow, the attorney representing Shelton developer James Botti who the government accuses of greasing Shelton […] [Read More]
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Big Lead For ‘Undecided’ Party

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Today’s Q Poll shows again why moolah matters. But the gubernatorial race is still wide open. Tom Foley will continue to maintain a nice lead until the largely unknown GOP gubernatorial candidates launch their faces and voices electronically. On the Democratic side Ned Lamont leads former Stamford Mayor Dannel Malloy by 10 points. Lamont is loaded, and […] [Read More]
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Why Money Matters

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Nice to have plenty of loot to build name recognition. Linda McMahon spends millions on television, radio, direct mail then — swoosh — the effort juices her to a polling lead among candidates for the GOP U.S. Senate nomination. Former Congressman Rob Simmons and economic guru Peter Schiff could be eating her dust if they don’t […] [Read More]
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You Don’t See Lauretti, Do You?

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I’ve covered lots of federal court trials through the years — was a key witness in one as well — but I can’t recall anything like what’s playing out in New Haven where developer James Botti is on trial for allegedly greasing Shelton Mayor Mark Lauretti. Sounds straight forward right? A developer greases a public […] [Read More]
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Sanity Prevails

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Say what? No Jodi’s Jail! It’s not easy for a high-profile pol to reverse course. Governor Jodi Rell did that today when she announced Bridgeport was not a fit for her proposed juvenile detention center for girls that drew howls from the local neighborhood and political communities. Nice to know Jodi wouldn’t be so stubborn […] [Read More]
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Shays: State In Deep Doo-Doo

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Although not running for governor former Congressman Christopher Shays has this to say about the state of the state. From www.ctcapitolreport.com Betsi and I wrestled with the fact I would relish the challenge of leading our state; felt a moral obligation to step forward; and believed I could effectively move our state government in a […] [Read More]
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File A Lawsuit, Create A Job

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Merrick Alpert had everything to gain. Dick Blumenthal had everything to lose. Bottom line of the debate between the two Democratic candidates for Chris Dodd’s U.S. Senate seat: Dick lives and Merrick rises. Alpert went right after the state attorney general’s rep as a relentless litigator. We’ve had 20 years of lawsuits and 20 years of press conferences. […] [Read More]
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