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Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., smiles as he speaks to attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, before the Senate Judiciary Committee's confirmation hearing. If confirmed, Lynch would replace Attorney General Eric Holder, who announced his resignation in September after leading the Justice Department for six years. She is now the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York. This is the first nomination hearing under the new Republican majority. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Off and running: Blumenthal starts fundraising for re-election bid

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A Hillary Clinton presidency could have at least one upside for Connecticut Republicans — the prospect of a Cabinet appointment for U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal. That could be the best hope of the GOP of dislodging Blumenthal from his Senate seat, albeit after the 2016 election and with a sitting Democratic governor picking Blumenthal’s interim […] [Read More]
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Malloy’s former mouthpiece lands at top NYC communications shop

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Through the gauntlet of deficits, storms and violence in Newtown, he was the loyal gatekeeper of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, charged with insulating his boss from negative press and the wrath of the Republican minority. Now, Andrew Doba is parlaying his eventful tenure as the head of Malloy’s press shop into a communications and consulting […] [Read More]
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Esty, Murphy team up on DOD contracts & U.S. jobs

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Rep. Elizabeth Esty and Sen. Chris Murphy are teaming up on legislation aimed at thwarting Pentagon contract awards to overseas manufacturers.   The American Jobs Matter Act would require the Defense Department to view its contracts through the prism of creating or retaining U.S. jobs. From 2007 to 2013, the U.S. Department of Defense spent […] [Read More]
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Nancy DiNardo, the outgoing chairwoman of the Connecticut Democratic Party, shown with her successor, Nick Balletto, Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015, at the state party headquarters in Hartford. Contributed photo.

Connecticut Democrats elect new chairman

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The changing of the guard is now official for the Connecticut Democrats, who have a power monopoly in Hartford and haven’t lost a statewide election since 2006. Nick Balletto, the party’s No. 2 leader and a tax accountant from Guilford, will assume the reins as Democratic boss on Feb. 1 from longtime chairwoman Nancy DiNardo […] [Read More]
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Blumenthal won’t exercise subpoena powers over “DeflateGate”

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U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., will not be subpoenaing Bill Belichick. Somewhat out of character for the U.S. Senate’s resident ombudsman on all things involving the National Football League, Blumenthal is staying out of the “DeflateGate” controversy that has cast a dark cloud over the New England Patriots’ run to Super Bowl XLIX. It’s not […] [Read More]
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Live: Watch Obama deliver State of the Union address

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President Barack Obama delivers the State of the Union at 9 p.m. Tuesday. Watch live above. Key elements of the economic proposals President Barack Obama will outline in his State of the Union address Tuesday appear to be aimed at driving the debate in the 2016 election on income inequality and middle-class economic issues, rather […] [Read More]
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Ernie Newton found guilty of campaign finance fraud

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HARTFORD- A Superior Court jury found former State Sen Ernie Newton guilty on 3 charges of campaign finance fraud. The jury cleared him of a witness tampering charge. The panel could not reach a verdict on the remaining 4 charges. Sentencing set for March 13. The conviction also means Newton is in violation of his […] [Read More]
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Greenwich roots run deep for Hartford mayoral contender

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While the voters will ultimately decide if the “force” is strong in this Luke, it won’t be for lack of cash. Democrat Luke Bronin, a Rhodes scholar who was raised in Greenwich and served as the general counsel of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, thrust himself into the Hartford mayoral race Wednesday as expected. Those close […] [Read More]
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