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Brian Lockhart covers the Connecticut General Assembly in Hartford

Woman at heart of roll-your-own controversy says knows nothing of Donovan scandal

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In the final days of the 2012 legislative session Traci Scalzi was a familiar face inside the Capitol in Hartford. Scalzi, owner of roll-you-own cigarette shops in Norwalk and Orange, was personally lobbying any legislator who’d listen to kill a proposal that would increase the taxes and fees paid by her and around 15 similar […] [Read More]
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Roraback on arrest of Donovan’s finance director

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State Sen. Andrew Roraback, R-Goshen, the GOP’s nominee to run for the 5th Congressional District seat, this afternoon said he was “shocked and speechless” by the news surrounding Democrat Chris Donovan’s campaign for the same position.  Roraback Donovan of Meriden is retiring from the job of state House Speaker to run for Congress. Like Roraback, […] [Read More]
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Ex-Rep. Caruso backing Sen. Gomes’ re-election bid

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Ex-State Rep. Chris Caruso, D-Bridgeport, is backing state Sen. Ed Gomes, D-Bridgeport, in the latter’s fight for his seat. Gomes lost the local party’s endorsement to his predecessor, Ernest Newton II. Gomes and state Rep. Andres Ayala earned enough support to face Newton in a primary in August. Caruso, who retired from the legislature last year […] [Read More]
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Oakes endorses Murphy over a beer, Star Trek novel

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As we reported May 15, regular guy Matt Oakes has formally abandoned his underdog race for U.S. Senate to instead back the Democratic Party’s endorsed candidate, U.S. Rep. Chris Murphy. Oakes had mentioned to me the two would be filming a humorous web ad, and here it is below. Oakes hasn’t always been so complimentary of […] [Read More]
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NAACP effort to block Bridgeport redistricting hasn’t moved forward

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When state Senator-turned-felon-turned-state Senate candidate Ernest Newton won the Bridgeport Democratic Party’s endorsement this week, political observers around Connecticut began paying attention to that race. Newton is challenging incumbent Sen. Ed Gomes, who succeeded Newton when he resigned from office in 2005 while under investigation for federal corruption charges. State Rep. Andres Ayala also wants the […] [Read More]
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Ernie Newton: Guv needs my help to get re-elected

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You know you want to read this story to find out why ex-state Senator-turned-felon-turned-state Senate candidate Ernest Newton of Bridgeport said, “The governor needs to get re-elected, and he’s going to need my help to do it.” [Read More]
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Newton using Guv’s comments to defend candidacy

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Myself and a few other staffers at Hearst newspapers today met with ex-legislator-turned-felon-turned-state Senate candidate Ernest Newton II to talk further about his winning the endorsement of the Bridgeport Democratic Party. We’ve reported Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch tried to convince Newton not to run. And this afternoon I spoke with several other folks who agreed Newton’s […] [Read More]
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Bysiewicz uses McMahon to raise primary $$$. Chris Murphy who?

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Ex-Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz’s campaign recently contacted supporters for donations. Bysiewicz lost the Democratic Party’s endorsement for U.S. Senate to U.S. Rep. Chris Murphy, but earned enough support at the May 12 convention to engage Murphy in a primary in August. But you wouldn’t know Bysiewicz’s status from the email, which mentioned neither the […] [Read More]
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Mayor Finch tried to talk Newton out of return to Senate

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State Senator-turned-convicted felon Ernest Newton II Monday night received the Democratic Party’s endorsement to run for his old seat in the legislature. State Senator-turned-Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch in a statement Monday expressed reservations about Newton’s return to politics. “As a former colleague Ernie and I worked together for many years,” Finch said. “While I wish […] [Read More]
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Where will anti-Sunday sales lobbyist be this Sunday?

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For years veteran Capitol lobbyist Carroll Hughes has lead the fight in Connecticut against allowing the sale of alcohol on Sunday. But this year the legislature passed and Democratic Gov. Dannel Malloy signed the bill, which lifts the ban as of this weekend, May 20. Might someone spy Hughes making his way out of one of Connecticut’s […] [Read More]
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