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Brian Lockhart covers the Connecticut General Assembly in Hartford

Upset about the Blumenthal/Vietnam controversy? Blame a bunch of generous seniors.

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Well, technically it’s not their fault. Richard Blumenthal’s the guy who put his foot in his mouth. But if these folks hadn’t INVITED him to their event in the first place… So here’s the deal. That infamous video posted by the New York Times of Attorney General Richard Blumenthal falsely claiming (he says mistakenly, his […] [Read More]
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So if not Blumenthal, then who would the Dems tap for U.S. Senate?

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During a phone interview this morning on WNPR’s “Where We Live” about the New York Times’ piece on whether Richard Blumenthal has mislead the public about his military service during Vietnam, I was asked a smart question and gave a stupid answer. Colin McEnroe, himself a radio personality and Hartford Courant columnist who was a […] [Read More]
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Who’s worse: A candidate who fudges military service or one who gloats about the story?

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And this is why people are so cynical about politics and politicians. Just a few hours after the New York Times made waves in the Connecticut Senate race with a potentially devastating piece questioning whether Democratic contender Richard Blumenthal has mislead the public on his military service, Republican opponent Linda McMahon’s campaign shot out the […] [Read More]
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Does the NYTimes piece on Blumenthal’s military service matter? Ask a vet.

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The New York Times’ piece questioning whether Democratic U.S. Senate candidate/Attorney General Richard Blumenthal has mislead the public about his Vietnam service record focused on a two-year-old ceremony in Norwalk. So I put in a call to Norwalk resident David Cole, who served two tours of duty in Vietnam, has been the marshal of the […] [Read More]
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Fedele, a proud immigrant, taps a running mate being sued by day laborers

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Lt. Governor Michael Fedele of Stamford, who is pursuing the Republican Party’s nomination for Governor, today officially announced his choice of Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton as a running mate. Boughton had also been looking to succeed the retiring Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell before abandoning his campaign to be part of Fedele’s ticket. Boughton has […] [Read More]
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Baby, I endorse you. I endorse you so much!

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With the Democratic and Republican nominating conventions scheduled for next weekend, candidates for various statewide offices and for Congress are announcing endorsements, hoping to build momentum in these final days. Elected officials running for new jobs are endorsing candidates to take over their current positions. People who were running or thinking about running for an […] [Read More]
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State can’t get its act together on clean contracting

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Nearly three years after legislation was passed establishing a Contracting Standards Board to upgrade the state’s procurement policies and safeguard taxpayer dollars against corruption, the group has only met once, lawmakers recently gutted the board’s budget, and state union leaders want the just-appointed chairman ousted. Read our full story here. [Read More]
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Marconi sells his soul … I mean his tolls

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Ridgefield First Selectman Rudy Marconi used his just-abandoned bid for Governor to make the case for the return of tolls to Connecticut’s highways again … and again … and again. It really became a running joke of the campaign season, but you had to give the guy credit for taking a relatively unpopular position and […] [Read More]
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