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Brian Lockhart covers the Connecticut General Assembly in Hartford

As June ends can Donovan MoveOn from campaign scandal?

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As I type this at 5 p.m. Friday, these final two weeks of June have generally been good for Chris Donovan, particularly compared to how the month began for the 5th District candidate. On May 30 federal authorities arrested the retiring House Speaker’s congressional campaign finance director for alleged fundraising misdeeds. Donovan subsequently fired Robert […] [Read More]
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Bysiewicz’s 1st TV ad focuses on women, legislative past

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Ex-Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz’s campaign just provided the media with a preview of an advertisement the campaign will begin airing Saturday morning. Bysiewicz is competing with fellow Democrat U.S. Rep. Chris Murphy in their party’s August primary for U.S. Senate. She’s been attempting to portray Murphy as a friend of Wall Street executives […] [Read More]
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Aug. 10 hearing on Stamford chimp victim’s suit against state

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Some significant developments this week in Charla Nash’s efforts to sue the state Department of Energy & Environmental Protection for $150 million. Nash is the ex-Stamford resident who in 2009 was mauled by late friend Sandra Herold’s pet chimpanzee, Travis, after responding to Herold’s request to help capture the loose animal. The tragedy made national and international headlines. […] [Read More]
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Bob will talk mattresses, not the politics of mattresses

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When city, state and federal officials gathered in Bridgeport today to celebrate the grand opening of Park City Green, a nonprofit mattress recycler, client Bob Kaufman was on hand. You might not immediately recognize the name, but as Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch noted, anyone who watches television should recognize the bearded face of the owner of […] [Read More]
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Where State failed, Bridgeport to lead way in mattress recycling

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State legislators during the recently concluded 2012 session failed to pass a law making Connecticut the first state in the nation requiring mattress producers recycle old mattresses. The bill – intended to stop folks from littering the landscape with discarded mattresses – made it through the Senate but was not called for a vote in the House of […] [Read More]
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Whitnum running as small “i” independent

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For those of you who care about the political future of Israel-opposing, Chris Murphy-bashing, lawsuit-filing, ex-Democrat Lee Whitnum of Greenwich… This weekend we published my report about how infighting among members of the state’s Independent Party complicates Republican Linda McMahon’s efforts to appear on the November ballot as both the GOP candidate and the Independent candidate for U.S. […] [Read More]
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Bysiewicz campaign breaks silence, calls primary momentum “incredible”

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Is there really a Democratic primary for U.S. Senate in August? I was beginning to wonder if perhaps ex-Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz had decided after losing ground in the June 6 Quinnipiac University poll to throw in the towel and cede the party’s endorsement to U.S. Rep. Chris Murphy. Republican nominee Linda McMahon has […] [Read More]
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Murphy on Donovan: Primary voters will decide

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U.S. Rep. Chris Murphy today kicked off his Senate campaign’s jobs tour with visits to Manchester and Stamford. I caught up with Murphy at the latter stop – Total Image Beauty and Barber. Most of the news coming out of Murphy’s 5th Congressional District in the past few weeks has involved state House Speaker Chris Donovan’s, […] [Read More]
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How Guv Malloy’s first 2 yrs. in office are like a day at Beardsley Zoo

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According to staff at Beardsley Zoo in Bridgeport, when Gov. Dannel Malloy visited this afternoon in honor of the attraction’s 90th birthday, he was the first Connecticut chief executive to stop by on official business in 20 years. “What the heck were they doing?” Malloy, a Democrat in the middle of his first term, said of his predecessors. “This […] [Read More]
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Roll-your-own bill a complex issue

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Some Democrats are saying when the legislature meets in special session tomorrow members must pass legislation aimed at taxing the roll-your-own tobacco industry because of the related scandal embroiling Speaker Chris Donovan’s, D-Meriden, congressional campaign. Some Republicans are saying they must oppose the bill because it hurts small businesses. Both sides are oversimplifying. As we reported […] [Read More]
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