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Brian Lockhart covers the Connecticut General Assembly in Hartford

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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Fired Donovan campaign manager taps Donovan donor for attorney

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Political observers speculated Joshua Nassi, Chris Donovan’s ex-congressional campaign manager/confidante, was an unidentified co-conspirator referenced in the federal affidavit released last week following the arrest of Donovan’s finance director. The affidavit identified one co-conspirator as a male Donovan campaign aide. Donovan, following Robert Braddock Jr.’s arrest for allegedly concealing the source of campaign donations, fired two other campaign workers – Nassi […] [Read More]
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Donovan’s secret weapon: Campaign manager’s baby

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As he works to salvage his 5th District congressional campaign and reputation, state House Speaker Chris Donovan, D-Meriden, might want to seriously consider borrowing his campaign manager’s baby for all public appearances. Fifteen-month-old Mirae, daughter of progressive activist/lobbyist Tom Swan and his wife, union worker Suzanne Haviland, has made occasional appearances at the Capitol. Now that Swan has taken […] [Read More]
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Murphy campaign on Q-Poll: Holy #@%*%!!! Send money!!!

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Read into it what you will – panic or mock panic. In the wake of this morning’s Quinnipiac University poll showing Republican Linda McMahon within three points of Democrat Chris Murphy in the general election, the latter’s campaign sent out a fundraising email sounding the alarm. I’ve highlighted the section where Murphy campaign manager Kenny […] [Read More]
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Can Tom Swan prevent Donovan’s Swan Song?

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Hours before the U.S. Attorney’s office Thursday afternoon announced Wednesday’s arrest of Chris Donovan’s finance director, Tom Swan met with the congressional candidate and agreed to take over as manager of his soon-to-be-embattled campaign. “There was stuff going through the grapevine,” Swan, a long time friend and political ally of Donovan’s, recalled in an interview Tuesday. Swan Swan said […] [Read More]
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Working Families Party stands by Donovan

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The Connecticut Working Families Party in late December endorsed state House Speaker Chris Donovan’s, D-Meriden, bid for Congress. Donovan’s campaign was rocked last week when his finance director was arrested on federal charges of allegedly concealing the source of certain donations related to a little-noticed piece of legislation. Donovan has said he knew nothing of […] [Read More]
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