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Doba leaving, Bergman to be gov’s spokesman

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Here’s the release from the governor’s office: Governor Dannel P. Malloy today announced that Andrew Doba will be stepping down as Director of Communications at the end of Governor Malloy’s first term, with Mark Bergman taking over in the position. “Doba has been a close adviser of mine since he joined this administration. I’ve valued […] [Read More]
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U.S. Rep. Jim Himes

Himes supports rollback of Wall Street derivatives regulation he helped author

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Liberal stalwarts such as Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and even President Obama opposed language in the $1 trillion omnibus spending bill that ratchets back provisions in the 2010 Dodd-Frank law restricting bank trading in potentially toxic derivatives. But Rep. Jim Himes, D-Conn., a key architect of the section in Dodd-Frank that put derivatives under regulatory […] [Read More]
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Barnes and Ojakian Malloy’s solid inner circle, gluttons for punishment, to stay for second term

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Governor Dannel P. Malloy has announced that Chief of Staff Mark Ojakian and Benjamin Barnes, secretary of the Office of Policy and Management, will remain on the job when his next terms starts on January 7, 2015.   “Mark and Ben have played critical senior roles in my administration, leading the work we’ve accomplished these […] [Read More]
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Bridgeport Election Day turnout was less than 38 percent; Stamford 51-plus; Greenwich 59 %; Danbury 46.57

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Let’s be kind and say that Election Day didn’t exactly galvanize Connecticut voters, who turned out at a mediocre 55.57 percent. That’s a whopping one percent higher than the 2010 throwdown between Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Republican Tom Foley of Greenwich. Secretary of the State Denise Merrill just released the final numbers that indicate […] [Read More]
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Blumenthal renews call to ban powdered caffeine

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Sen. Richard Blumenthal on Tuesday will renew a call for the FDA to ban powdered caffeine, a teaspoon of which is equal to the caffeine in 25 cups of coffee. Blumenthal and Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, will meet with the parents of an Ohio high school wrestler and prom king who died in May after […] [Read More]
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Former Sen. Joe Lieberman, shown with President Barack Obama (AP).

Cruz’ suggestion for Secretary of Defense: Joe Lieberman

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Texas U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, responding to the resignation Monday of Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, held out former Sen. Joe Lieberman as a possible successor. Cruz, one of President Obama’s harshest Republican critics, praised the Lieberman’s “unshakable commitment to the security of the United States.” It was an unusual endorsement from a member of […] [Read More]
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Lt. Governor candidate David Walker speaks to his supporters at Local Kitchen and Beer Bar in Fairfield, Conn. on Tuesday August 12, 2014.

Walker puts out feelers for Senate run in 2016

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For a political party in the grips of a famine, there appears to be little appetite in the Connecticut GOP to put a challenger up against U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., in 2016 — until now perhaps. Undeterred by his third-place finish in the Republican primary for lieutenant governor, former U.S. Comptroller General David Walker […] [Read More]
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Republican 5th District congressional candidate Mark Greenberg talks with the News-Times editorial board during an interview Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014, in Danbury, Conn.

Greenberg sets sights on GOP chairmanship

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Mark Greenberg’s next foray in Connecticut politics could be a charitable endeavor. Coming of his loss to U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty, D-5th District, in the Nov. 4 midterm election — the third time he has run unsuccessfully for Congress since 2010 — Greenberg is putting his name out there for the job of state Republican […] [Read More]
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