Political Capitol

Brian Lockhart covers the Connecticut General Assembly in Hartford

2nd teachers union endorses Donovan as legislators turn to ed reforms

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The upcoming legislative session is supposed to focus in part on education reform, with Democratic Gov. Dannel Malloy and new Education Commissioner Stefan Pryor leading the charge. But obviously the General Assembly is a crucial player as well. So it’s interesting to note the American Federation of Teachers today endorsed state House Speaker Christopher Donovan’s candidacy in […] [Read More]
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Malloy to meet with UBS execs in Davos

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Democratic Gov. Dannel Malloy just held a conference call with reporters about his experiences so far at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. He told us he’s had an “interesting and grueling” few days. One of the topics for discussion has been bioscience. “I’m here. I’m working pretty hard,” Malloy said. I asked the […] [Read More]
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State of the Tong and Bysiewicz Senate campaigns

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Separate phone conferences held with reporters yesterday morning by former Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz and state Rep. William Tong of Stamford provided a glimpse into the state of their campaigns for the Democratic U.S. Senate nomination. The two – along with, I guess, out-of-nowhere candidate Matthew John Oakes - are competing with U.S. Rep. Chris […] [Read More]
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Where’d Chris Healy’s column about Shays, McMahon go?

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Earlier today immediate past-GOP Chairman Chris Healy posted a column on his blog, Make Blue Red. Chris was a very quotable guy when he was running the state Republicans and, agree or disagree with him, he’s also a good writer. This particular column took aim at former U.S. Rep. Chris Shays, who today launched a […] [Read More]
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Sure Shays backed Lieberman. So did McMahon and rest of GOP

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It’s fun to see ex-Republican Chairman Chris Healy get real now that he no longer has to play the role of honest broker among party candidates. Today on his blog – Make Blue Red – Healy has some interesting thoughts on ex-U.S. Rep. Chris Shays’ candidacy for U.S. Senate. (UPDATE: For some reason the links to Healy’s […] [Read More]
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“Poor, disabled, gay, crime victim” seeking out “middle” in U.S. Senate race

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Matthew John Oakes of East Hartford says he has entered the three-way race for the Democratic Party’s U.S. Senate nomination. Oakes announced on January 14 but just got around today to sending our Hearst newspaper empire an email. I can’t be insulted because it doesn’t appear – at least after a Google search – that anyone else […] [Read More]
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Someone’s gonna be in the dog house at Guv’s mansion

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Democratic Gov. Dannel Malloy’s administration today released a list of $78.6 million mid-year budget cuts to address a sharp decline in revenue. Although the state is investing $22 million in a tourism marketing campaign, arts and tourist attractions are not spared. Among those groups is the Greater Hartford Arts Council, run by First Lady Cathy Malloy, which […] [Read More]
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Maybe Gov should use Swiss trip to speed up UBS deal

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It was August when Democratic Gov. Dannel Malloy’s administration – after denying rumors Swiss banking giant UBS was considering pulling out of his hometown of Stamford – announced it was giving the company $20 million to keep 2,000 employees in state until its lease expires in 2017. In an interview at the time, Department of Economic […] [Read More]
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Tong endorsed by San Fran Mayor

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While other candidates for U.S. Senate – like Democrat U.S. Rep. Chris Murphy and Republican Linda McMahon - are touting endorsements from local leaders and organizations, state Rep. William Tong, D-Stamford today announced support from the West Coast. Tong in an email and on his website said his candidacy to replace retiring U.S. Sen. Joseph Lieberman […] [Read More]
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Linda McMahon wore blueeeeee velvetttttt

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During the 2010 U.S. Senate race a political consultant or an advertising guru (I can’t remember who) contacted me with an observation – Linda McMahon and her U.S. Senate campaign made excellent use of the color blue. Blue, this person said, is one of those colors folks in the industry use to manipulate consumers/voters into feeling […] [Read More]
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