Political Capitol

Brian Lockhart covers the Connecticut General Assembly in Hartford

Merrick Alpert on Blumenthal: “At the end of the day I can forgive him because he apologized.”

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When The New York Times’ last week reported Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Richard Blumenthal has inaccurately described his military service during the Vietnam War and also received deferments, Merrick Alpert was one of his harshest critics. Alpert, a Mystic Democrat, entered the race for his party’s Senate nomination a year ago, when long-time Democratic U.S. […] [Read More]
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Blumenthal not participating in public Memorial Day events

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Attorney General and Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Richard Blumenthal will not be out and about as he usually is this Memorial Day weekend attending parades and other events. Campaign spokesman Maura Downes told me he has chosen to instead spend time with his family and privately honor vets with low key visits to memorials. Blumenthal […] [Read More]
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Shays: Critics who don’t know Blumenthal being “unduly harsh.”

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For the past few days I’ve been troubled by reports I read last week in The New York Times and our newspaper chain quoting former Republican U.S. Congressman Christopher Shays on how Richard Blumenthal has described his military service. The Times earlier in the week reported that Blumenthal, who is the Democrat’s U.S. Senate nominee, […] [Read More]
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Judge Genuario sighted in Stamford

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One of our reporters was at the Stamford courthouse today and saw newly minted Judge Robert Genuario, former head of the Governor’s budget office and former Republican state Senator from Norwalk, shadowing another judge. Genuario was confirmed a few weeks ago. You can read more about it here. I’m told by the state Judicial Branch […] [Read More]
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The Left debates Malloy’s debates

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I could comment here on Democratic gubernatorial nominee Dannel Malloy’s proposal today to hold 17 debates around the state with Ned Lamont, who plans to mount a primary against the former Stamford Mayor this August. But the folks over at the liberal My Left Nutmeg are doing a fine job of debating the debates, calling […] [Read More]
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Rob? I can still call you once in a while, right?

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This whole “I’m in the primary but I’m not campaigning” thing Republican Rob Simmons is doing in regards to challenging but not really challenging GOP U.S. Senate nominee Linda McMahon is really confusing me. On the one hand, Simmons made it clear to reporters today that he is “scaling back” his campaign and staff are […] [Read More]
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Linda McMahon: From political outsider to “darling of the establishment” overnight

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Ahhhh, political spin. Republican Linda McMahon for months has been portraying herself as the political outsider best suited to bring a fresh perspective and common sense to Congress as Connecticut’s newest U.S. Senator. And, despite the fact her fortune from the family professional wrestling business has bought her campaign some of the best political insiders […] [Read More]
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Rell signs bill that would have made it tougher for her to close Wright Tech

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Gov. M. Jodi Rell, according to the state website, on May 18 without any fanfare or press releases┬ásigned a bill intended to strengthen the ┬ástate’s vocational technical schools. The legislation, passed with overwhelming bi-partisan support by the General Assembly, resulted in part from last year’s controversial closing by the Rell administration of J.M. Wright Technical […] [Read More]
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Simmons to remain on primary ballot, but won’t campaign

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At a 9 a.m. press conference in New London today, former Congressman Rob Simmons took perhaps the best out he could in his ongoing but ultimately uphill battle against Linda McMahon for the GOP’s U.S. Senate nomination. Simmons, who lost the nomination to McMahon at the party’s convention Friday night, told reporters he recognizes the […] [Read More]
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Simmons leaving race just days after pledging a primary?

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Late tonight Republican Rob Simmons’ campaign staff announced he would be holding an important press conference at 9 a.m. in New London, his neck of the state. Now television newsman Dennis House from WFSB is reporting on his blog that Simmons will be dropping his plans to launch a primary against Republican U.S. Senate nominee […] [Read More]
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