Political Capitol

Brian Lockhart covers the Connecticut General Assembly in Hartford

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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Oz Griebel drops Wright Tech School on Foley, Fedele

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We published a report today about whether the two gubernatorial nominees – Democrat Dannel Malloy and Republican Tom Foley – plus the three candidates who plan to mount primaries – Democrat Ned Lamont, Republican Michael Fedele and Republican Oz Griebel – are willing to spend the money necessary to renovate and re-open J.M. Wright Technical […] [Read More]
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Why are we surprised Lieberman might back McMahon? She gave him $$$ in ’06.

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An interesting sideshow to the U.S. Senate race in Connecticut is self-described independent Democratic U.S. Senator Joseph Lieberman’s refusal in recent days to endorse Democrat Richard Blumenthal for the job. Blumenthal’s Republican opponent, Linda McMahon, and her family built and run World Wrestling Entertainment, which is located in Lieberman’s hometown of Stamford. Lieberman in the […] [Read More]
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Assistant Attorney General says Blumenthal was embellishing war record 19 years ago

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A letter penned by Richard Hine of New Britain, a Connecticut Assistant Attorney General and a Republican, was published today on columnist Don Pesci’s blog. It is likely to keep alive the controversy over whether Attorney General/Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Richard Blumenthal intentionally embellished his Vietnam-era service record over the years. “More Blumenthal Lies Emerge” […] [Read More]
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Rell vetos transportation bill, blames Stamford

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Earlier this evening Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell’s office announced she has vetoed the mammoth transportation bill passed a few weeks ago by the General Assembly. While the bill as a whole contains plenty of important projects, Rell was not happy with an amendment related to the Stamford train station that was “hurriedly and quietly” […] [Read More]
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Fitch takes “+” out of our bond rating. Gubernatorial candidates want residents to remain indoors.

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You may have heard the news by now that Fitch Bond Rating Agency downgraded the state’s “AA+ rating with a Negative Outlook” to “AA with a Stable Outlook.” If you just read that and it sounded like something you’d order off a Starbucks Coffee menu, let me try to simply things… Government entities rely on […] [Read More]
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Malloy gets his grant under new public campaign finance system

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Former Stamford Mayor Dannel Malloy won the Democratic Party’s gubernatorial nomination two weeks ago and today the state Elections Enforcement Commission announced he has made a bit of political history… —————- STATE ELECTIONS ENFORCEMENT COMMISSION AWARDS FIRST GRANT TO GUBERNATORIAL CANDIDATE HARTFORD, CT—June 3, 2010 – Today the State Elections Enforcement Commission awarded the first-ever […] [Read More]
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