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Brian Lockhart covers the Connecticut General Assembly in Hartford

Centralized voter system running smoothly for Tuesday

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The state’s centralized voter database, intended to help local registrars detect voter fraud, suffered a set back earlier this year during February’s presidential primary. “The system crashed several times on the day before the primary and has not yet been completely restored,” Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz complained soon afterward in a letter to […] [Read More]
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No 2nd debate for Democrat Duff and Republican Papadakos?

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Republican Steve Papadakos, who is challenging incumbent Democratic state Sen. Bob Duff to represent Norwalk and Darien, today rebuffed his opponant’s invitation to reschedule a candidate forum in the latter town. Papadakos last week missed a League of Women Voters forum because of what he said was a severe stomach illness. Clearly reacting to speculation […] [Read More]
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Shays goes where Lieberman would not

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In an interview with the Yale Daily News published over the weekend, U.S. Congressman Christopher Shays, a Republican representing Fairfield County, levels a major criticism against his friend U.S. Sen. John McCain’s bid for president. “He has lost his brand as a maverick; he did not live up to his pledge to fight a clean […] [Read More]
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Why don’t they mention same sex marriage in the ad?

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The Connecticut Catholic Conference has begun airing a new television spot urging residents to vote next Tuesday in favor of holding a constitutional convention. The ad is pretty innocuous. An unidentified woman stands in front of the capitol in Hartford, telling viewers a constitutional convention will “pave the way” for residents to have a more […] [Read More]
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Take a break from worrying about your own finances…

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… and start stressing out about the state’s. Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell’s office is encouraging taxpayers take advantage of a new budget forum on her website. The Governor said the forum will allow the public to follow work on the new, two-year state fiscal plan she and the legislature need to craft and approve […] [Read More]
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House Speaker tweaks Stamford Mayor; Amann’s on “fire”

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Retiring House Speaker James Amann, D-Milford, the only Democrat so far campaigning for governor, announced a pretty significant endorsement yesterday. The Uniformed Professional Firefighters Association of Connecticut held an event backing Amann in his hometown. “It was awesome. They had 30 guys there from all over the state,” said Amann, who wanted to make sure […] [Read More]
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Lyons, Lieberman and the Rep. George Wilber controversy

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The Advocate ran an Associated Press story today about the scandal involving state Rep. George Wilber, D-Colebrook, who announced Tuesday he was resigning after it came to light he paid $100,000 to settle a claim of sexual abuse in 2005. But the Hartford Courant has an interesting piece co-written by Christopher Keating, who worked for […] [Read More]
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Papadakos says illness kept him from second face-off with Duff

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Steve Papadakos, the Republican challenging Sen. Bob Duff, D-Norwalk, said a violent stomach illness kept him from appearing at a Tuesday night candidates’ forum in Darien. Duff’s district – the 25th Senate District – includes Norwalk and parts of Darien. For years it was held by Republican Robert Genuario, now the state’s budget director. Some […] [Read More]
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Gov. Rell still likes Palin, but don’t ask her how she’s voting

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Following her press conference in Stamford tonight on the economic crisis, I couldn’t resist asking Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell where she stands on Sarah Palin’s vice presidential candidacy. Unless you’ve been living under a rock you’ve probably heard Palin has not exactly been viewed as the biggest help to Republican Sen. John McCain’s bid […] [Read More]
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It just got a little tougher to hold state hearings on ACORN

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I wrote a story in today’s Advocate about two Republican lawmakers – Sen. Judith Freedman, R-Westport and Rep. John Hetherington, R-New Canaan – urging a legislative probe of the allegations against the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now. The state Elections Enforcement Commission has launched an investigation into complaints by Republican registrars in Stamford […] [Read More]
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