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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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Himes not tapped for senior party position in House

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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., on Monday appointed Rep. Ben Ray Lujan, D-N.M., to head the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, the Democratic Party wing devoted to electing Democrats to the House in 2016. In naming Lujan, a third-term lawmaker who comes from a long line of political figures in New Mexico, Pelosi brushed aside […] [Read More]
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Shelton mayor eyes job of state GOP boss

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Emboldened by a $148,000 fundraising haul during his brief run for governor, longtime Shelton Mayor Mark Lauretti has emerged as a suitor for the job of state GOP chairman. Lauretti, 60, who is in his 24th year in office, confirmed Friday that the job is on his radar. “I have an interest in providing a […] [Read More]
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U.S. Rep. Jim Himes

Group tells Pelosi not to appoint Himes to DCCC

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A left-liberal group that identifies itself as the “Elizabeth Warren Wing’’ of the Democratic Party is calling on House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi not to name Rep. Jim Himes as the next chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. In an email to supporters, the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, which also goes by BoldProgressives.org, said: […] [Read More]
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Republican candidate for governor Tom Foley arrives by bus for a rally, Monday, Nov. 3, 2014, in Windsor Locks, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

Did Somers cost Foley the governorship?

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You’d never see John McCain driving the “Straight Talk Express.” Or Mitt Romney taking the wheel of his campaign bus. A political operative says that the Republican nominee for lieutenant governor asked to do just that, a request Heather Bond Somers’ campaign manager denies was ever made. Duh, she doesn’t have commercial driver’s license. Somers […] [Read More]
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Moving on up. Sen. Bob Duff of Norwalk becomes Senate majority leader

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Good things come to those who wait, especially for legislative veterans such as Sen. Bob Duff and Majority Leader Martin Looney of New Haven. In a vote today, the 21-member majority voted to make Looney the powerful Senate President Pro Tempore, taking over from the retiring Don Williams. And Duff was voted majority leader. “I am […] [Read More]
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