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Brian Lockhart covers the Connecticut General Assembly in Hartford

An indicted contractor, 2 ex-DOT Chiefs, the Attorney General and a gubernatorial candidate walk into a bar…

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Check out this pair of stories our newspapers carried over the weekend about the Urban Transitway, a high profile, mostly-federally-funded infrastructure project in Stamford. http://www.stamfordadvocate.com/news/article/DOT-overrode-Blumenthal-kept-firm-on-hire-list-637755.php http://www.stamfordadvocate.com/news/article/Officials-Transitway-work-was-a-bumpy-road-637791.php These reports pretty much have it all. Federal money. An allegedly corrupt contractor. State Attorney General/Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Dick Blumenthal. The guy he wants to replace – retiring […] [Read More]
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Stamford Mayor Pavia says he’ll look into Malloy’s use of vehicle to campaign

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In the days prior to the August 10 Democratic primary, gubernatorial candidate Ned Lamont was doing his best to imply Democratic gubernatorial nominee Dannel Malloy, until this year Stamford’s long-time mayor, abused his power while in office. Some of the stuff Lamont dredged up was old news. Then there was the accusation Malloy never properly […] [Read More]
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A week in the U.S. Senate race: Dead wrestlers and McMahon’s longtime friend

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On August 17th our newspapers published this brief interview with self-funded Republican U.S. Senate candidate Linda McMahon about the recent death of 29-year-old Lance Cade, a former wrestler for her family’s company, Stamford-based WWE, who struggled with substance abuse issues. McMahon has been dogged by questions about WWE programming, how her company has treated talent […] [Read More]
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Rell administration withholding documents on DOT Chief’s departure

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I’ve been meaning to post this for a while now… Last month, following revelations that Department of Transportation Commissioner Joseph Marie was told to resign over unspecified allegations of inappropriate behavior, Hearst Connecticut Newspapers submitted a Freedom of Information Act request to the governor’s office. We specifically sought “any written complaints/concerns about the conduct/performance (of […] [Read More]
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McKinney finally endorses McMahon for U.S. Senate

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It’s taken some time, but today state Senate Minority Leader John McKinney, R-Fairfield, endorsed Linda McMahon’s bid to succeed retiring veteran Democratic U.S. Senator Christopher Dodd. “Connecticut Republicans are united in our support for Linda McMahon,” McKinney said in a statement issued this morning by the McMahon campaign. “Linda’s message has resonated with voters around […] [Read More]
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Aide to Sen. Baucus joins Blumenthal campaign

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Ty Matsdorf, spokesman for Montana Democratic Senator Max Baucus, has joined Connecticut U.S. Senate candidate Richard Blumenthal’s campaign communications team, according to the campaign. Baucus’ leadership PAC donated $5,000 to Blumenthal, according to opensecrets.org. Blumenthal’s self-funded Republican opponent, Linda McMahon, former head of Stamford-based World Wrestling Entertainment, has been deflecting criticism that she is trying […] [Read More]
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Linda McMahon and the ghost of Alan Schlesinger

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I wasn’t by her side the entire time, but I’d say Republican U.S. Senate nominee/former World Wrestling Entertainment CEO Linda McMahon got a very warm reception during her afternoon walk through downtown Shelton. “I’m proud of you,” John Burns, owner of The Little Tomato pizzeria and a one-time school mate of McMahon’s daughter, WWE performer/executive […] [Read More]
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Senator Toni Boucher stands up for Rell

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Retiring Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell has taken a beating during the ongoing gubernatorial campaign. Not only Democrats but Republicans who are faced with inheriting a $3 billion deficit have taken their shots. And I noted on this blog the subdued response to Rell’s speech at the GOP’s nominating convention in late May. So I […] [Read More]
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How independent is Independent guv candidate Tom Marsh?

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On Wednesday candidates representing the state’s Independent, Connecticut for Lieberman and Green parties are supposed to gather in Hartford for what is being billed as a “multi-party press conference … to highlight serious solutions to troubled times and why ALL candidates should be included in both debates and news coverage.” This struck me as a […] [Read More]
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Schiff vs. McMahon vs. Blumenthal over TARP

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Today Republican U.S. Senate nominee Linda McMahon’s camp in an e-mail entitled “Dick Blumenthal Takes Pandering to New Levels” criticized the Democratic U.S. Senate nominee/state Attorney General for telling a New York Times reporter federal bailouts were “too big” and “too risky.” “Funny how Dick Blumenthal now says he opposed (the Troubled Asset Relief Program), […] [Read More]
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