Political Capitol

Brian Lockhart covers the Connecticut General Assembly in Hartford

Newton gets his public campaign $$$, but not without a little drama

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State Senator-turned-felon-turned-state Senate candidate Ernest Newton raised enough small donations to qualify for participation in Connecticut’s public campaign financing program. As a result Newton will receive $80,550 to compete in a primary for his former seat, currently occupied by Sen. Ed Gomes, D-Bridgeport. Gomes also qualfied for the public cash, as did a third contender […] [Read More]
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Can CT count on McMahon to be truly independent?

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After losing his party’s nomination in 2006, Democratic U.S. Sen. Joseph Lieberman formed his own third party and won the general election with the help of Republicans, unaffiliated/independent voters and some still-loyal Democrats. So it makes sense that with Lieberman retiring and voters frustrated with gridlock in Washington D.C. the current Democratic and Republican nominees for […] [Read More]
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Malloy goes off on GOP in Virginia, catches CNN’s attention

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Here’s the link to CNN’s coverage of our travelin’ governor. [Read More]
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We’re seeking questions for Murphy/Bysiewicz debate

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Hearst Connecticut Media Group is co-sponsoring a debate between Democrats U.S. Rep. Chris Murphy and former Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz, who are competing in August’s primary to run for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by retiring Sen. Joseph Lieberman. Other sponsors are the Connecticut League of Women Voters and Cablevision. The July […] [Read More]
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Sec of State: # of uncontested Assembly races lowest since ’98

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Folks involved in politics often complain the atmosphere is so poisoned by partisanship and a general disdain for elected officials that it is hard to recruit candidates. But according to Secretary of the State Denise Merrill, the number of uncontested General Assembly seats in Connecticut is the lowest since 1998. ———- Hartford: Secretary of the […] [Read More]
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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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