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Brian Lockhart covers the Connecticut General Assembly in Hartford

Unlike McMahon, Blumenthal plans on accepting Senate paycheck

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In April well-to-do, self-funded Republican U.S. Senate candidate Linda McMahon of Greenwich told a bunch of Tea Partiers she will forgo the standard, $174,000 salary if elected to Congress. McMahon plans on spending as much as $50 million of her family’s professional wrestling wealth (they own Stamford-based World Wrestling Entertainment) on the race. A reader […] [Read More]
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Ned Lamont wants to be the next Lowell Weicker, just smaller and nicer

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A day after former Republican-turned-independent Governor Lowell Weicker delivered a blistering assessment of Connecticut’s current lawmakers, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ned Lamont said if elected he would bring Weicker’s tough approach to the job. “I respect Lowell Weicker  because he doesn’t duck tough choices,” Lamont, a Greenwich businessman/millionaire said of the one-term, bear-of-a-man Governor who pushed […] [Read More]
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John Mertens: What do I have to do to get some traditional media attention!?!?

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I’m working on a story about the candidates for U.S. Senate and Governor and the media. Who is accessible to the press? Who isn’t and why? Who is willing to give reporters their schedules so we can show up unannounced at a public event or outside a private venue and ask them some questions? Who […] [Read More]
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Will General Assembly’s Democrats reverse tax on foreclosures?

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The Democratic-majority General Assembly is expected to meet in special session June 21 to yet again extend increases in the conveyance tax applied to real estate transactions. But it is uncertain whether legislators will simultaneously eliminate a new conveyance tax which, since January 1, has been levied on foreclosures. A few years ago state lawmakers […] [Read More]
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Want a plum job with a campaign? It can’t hurt to write a bunch of negative stuff about their opponent

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Republican U.S. Senate candidate Linda McMahon’s campaign today confirmed in recent weeks it has hired columnist D. Dowd Muska, formerly of the Yankee Institute for Public Policy, a Hartford-based taxpayer watchdog group. McMahon spokesman Ed Patru said Muska, who referred questions to the McMahon campaign, fills a hybrid position that will include communications and political […] [Read More]
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Uh oh. Time to retool that anti-Blumenthal ad…

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Last week I wondered when voters might see Republican U.S. Senate candidate Linda McMahon run an ad against Democratic opponent Attorney General Richard Blumenthal featuring a recent and pretty expensive failure on the part of his office. That would be the case of Gina Malapanis, who in January was awarded $18 million by a jury […] [Read More]
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Does Hine have an ax to grind against Blumenthal?

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Does Richard Hine, the Assistant Attorney General who has been claiming Blumenthal lied to him 19 years ago claiming he served IN Vietnam rather than stateside in the Marine Corps Reserves, have an ax to grind against the Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate? [Read More]
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Lowell Weicker to talk budget crisis

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The Connecticut Conference of Municipalities has snagged former Governor Lowell P. Weicker to discuss the state’s fiscal crisis during this election year at the organization’s annual meeting June 17 in Cromwell. Weicker, a Republican-turned-independent whose political career also included turns as Greenwich First Selectman, state Representative, U.S. Representative and U.S. Senator, was elected Governor in […] [Read More]
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