Political Capitol

Brian Lockhart covers the Connecticut General Assembly in Hartford

West Coast author who is dogging Linda McMahon coming to Stamford

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Irvin Muchnick has been doing quite a bit of writing recently on his blog about World Wrestling Entertainment and former CEO Linda McMahon’s U.S. Senate bid. And reporters, including myself, who have been covering the race have relied on Muchnick as a source even as Muchnick has been pressuring the local and national media to […] [Read More]
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Blumenthal to take on Toyota over faulty gas pedals

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Attorney General/Democratic U.S. Senate Candidate Dick Blumenthal of Greenwich today announced he is “demanding that Toyota provide his office, consumers and dealers with more information about the safety and repair of its recently recalled vehicles.” We’ve all seen this movie before, right? You know, the giant American robot versus the Japanese monster. I understand tomorrow […] [Read More]
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Preview of Congressman Himes on “Face the State”

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Dennis House, host of “Face the State,” invited myself and Mark Pazniokas, formerly of the Hartford Courant/currently of the new The Connecticut Mirror, to be the guest panelists during tonight’s taping with freshman Democratic Congressman Jim Himes of Greenwich A few highlights from the show, which airs Sunday morning: 1. Himes is open to a […] [Read More]
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Ashton Kutcher was heading for a movie theater near you and Chris Shays said “no” to the Gov’s job

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If you guessed January, 2004 you’re correct. An editor recalled the following report in the Stamford Advocate from Jan. 16, 2004 when then-Republican John Rowland was on his way out the door and there were rumors Shays might run for the job in 2006. Oh, and that Ashton Kutcher movie? Something called “The Butterfly Effect,” […] [Read More]
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So now we’re importing gubernatorial candidates?

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U.S. Congressman Chris Shays this week sent some pretty mixed messages about whether he might jump into the already crowded race for Governor. In a phone interview Monday night Shays, who relocated to a waterfront “dream home” in Maryland following his 2008 loss to Democrat Jim Himes, told me some of his friends have been […] [Read More]
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Oz Griebel to challenge Fedele, Malloy on their home turf

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Hartford business executive Oz Griebel is launching his long-rumored gubernatorial bid tomorrow with four campaign stops, concluding at 6:15 p.m. at the Stamford train station. In doing so Griebel, a Republican, will be launching his statewide campaign in a city that two other contenders call home – recently retired Stamford Mayor Dannel Malloy, who wants […] [Read More]
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Lieberman Tweets

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Stamford’s own U.S. Sen. Joseph Lieberman’s staff today announced that he is now participating in (On? With? What do the kids say?) Twitter at http://twitter.com/joelieberman. “The Senate Twitter Caucus has gone tri-partisan!” read the announcement, referring to Lieberman’s self-described status as an “independent Democrat.” Lieberman remains a registered Democrat in Stamford but in 2006 after […] [Read More]
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A history of awkward gubernatorial press conferences

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The New Haven Independent story about Democratic New Haven Mayor John DeStefano being snubbed by Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell during her visit to that city today reminded me of Rell’s odd trip to Stamford last year. [Read More]
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Shays on Gov race: “I think it’s unlikely I would run.”

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Rumors are circulating that former U.S. Congressman Christopher Shays, a Republican who for years represented Connecticut and more specifically Fairfield County in Washington D.C., may run for Governor. This piece at Politico.com fanned the speculative flames and Shays during a phone interview tonight said he has not ruled it out. “The one thing I don’t […] [Read More]
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I’ve found the next Scott Brown!!! His name is Scott Brown.

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State Republicans running for various offices think Connecticut voters are hungry for another Scott Brown – the obscure political outsider from Massachusetts who won the late U.S. Sen. Ted Kennedy’s Congressional seat last week and freaked Democrats out. Rob Simmons, who is running to succeed retiring Democratic U.S. Sen. Chris Dodd, thinks he’s the next […] [Read More]
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