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Connecticut Insurance Commissioner Thomas Leonardi. Contributed photo.

Foley blasts Malloy over insurance commissioner’s frequent travel

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The insurance capital has an ambassador: his name is Thomas Leonardi. Leonardi’s frequent travel out of state as Connecticut’s insurance commissioner — a pattern of 115 tips in three years chronicled by the Hartford Courant — on Monday drew major criticism from a bona fide former ambassador, Tom Foley. Foley blasted Leonardi in a statement […] [Read More]
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U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, center speaks at a news conference to announce a new effort to reduce gun violence in the state's major cities, as U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., left, and U.S. Attorney David Fein, right, look on, in New Haven, Conn., Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012.  (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

Blumenthal mum on attorney general vacancy

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He’s sued Microsoft and Big Tobacco. You might say it’s in his DNA. But before you go penciling in the name of Richard Blumenthal as the next attorney general, as some media outlets have speculated, consider this: it’s a two-year gig. At age 68, Connecticut’s senior U.S. senator and former longtime activist state attorney general […] [Read More]
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NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 25:  (AFP OUT) U.S. President Barack Obama attends a bilateral meeting with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-SiSi at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel on September 25, 2014 in New York City. Obama and other world leaders are in New York for the 69th Session of the United Nations General Assembly. (Photo by Anthony Behar-Pool/Getty Images)

Obama Greenwich bound for fundraiser, but not for Malloy

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Connecticut can now add President Barack Obama to the carousel of Democratic standard-bearers to visit the battleground state in the build-up to the midterm elections. Preceded by Vice President Joe Biden and former President Bill Clinton, Obama will be in the Nutmeg State for an Oct. 7 fundraiser in Greenwich, Hearst Connecticut Media has learned. […] [Read More]
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Republican candidate for Connecticut governor Tom Foley rides during a campaign stop, Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, in Middletown, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

Foley denies that he lifted parts of his urban action plan

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Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Foley disputed claims by the Connecticut Democrats that passages from his urban action plan, unveiled Wednesday in New Britain, are plagiarized. Giving A through F letter grades to public schools as he has proposed, Foley told Hearst Connecticut Media, is hardly a unique concept. “It’s not plagiarism to say that we […] [Read More]
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Carla Zilka demonstrates aerial yoga at Mantra Yoga studio in Old Greenwich, Tuesday afternoon, Jan. 21, 2014. Zilka is the owner of the business.

Namaste: Foley at odds with Malloy over sales tax on yoga

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Tom Foley is going to the mat against Dan Malloy. But will this constituency, one that seemingly doesn’t bat an eyelash over dropping a C-Note on a pair of yoga pants, get all bent out of shape over the 6.35 percent sales tax that Connecticut charges for yoga classes and memberships? In a Tweet to […] [Read More]
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Clint Eastwood speaks to an empty chair representing President Barack Obama during the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Fla., Aug. 30, 2012.

Foley balks at Fairfield and New Haven county gubernatorial debates

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There will be no “Dirty Harry” moment for Gov. Dannel P. Malloy. Nope, the Democratic incumbent will not get to debate an empty chair Tuesday night à la Clint Eastwood at Hamden Middle School, site of a planned debate by the Connecticut Mirror, the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities and AARP. Organizers say they had to […] [Read More]
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Foley to introduce Jeb Bush at CEO networking dinner in Greenwich

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Jeb Bush — that was Tom Foley’s answer when asked to name a governor past or present that he would seek to emulate if elected to Connecticut’s highest office. The two Republicans will share the dais Thursday night at an off-the-record networking dinner for CEOs in Greenwich, Hearst Connecticut Media has learned. Staked to a […] [Read More]
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Foley brands Malloy as “Angry Dan” in new campaign ad

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Bully pulpit has taken on new meaning in the governor’s race. Republican Tom Foley unleashed a new television ad titled “Angry Dan” Monday against Democratic incumbent Dannel P. Malloy, accusing the first-term governor of bullying teachers, state employees and taxpayers to get his way. “Dan Malloy is angry. His failed policies are hurting Connecticut. But […] [Read More]
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Super PAC spending tops $4M in governor’s race

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Dan Malloy and Tom Foley are getting by with a little help from their friends — and then some. In the case of the Democratic incumbent Malloy, it’s two of the nation’s most powerful unions, which this week directed $1.25 million to a super PAC opposing Foley in the governor’s race. The American Federation of […] [Read More]
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The gay pride flag flies outside the Governor's Residence in Hartford on June 26, 2013, after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a key part of the Defense of Marriage Act. Contributed photo.

Group opposing gay marriage and abortion endorses Foley

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The race for governor has its first social issues litmus test, from same-sex marriage and abortion to doctor-assisted suicide and public accommodations for transgender individuals The Family Institute of Connecticut Action Committee on Wednesday endorsed Republican Tom Foley in the governor’s race, saying that the second-time candidate’s social values are more representative of its own […] [Read More]
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