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Author: Neil Vigdor

State Rep. Gail Lavielle, R-Wilton, holds the Oscar statuette of the late actor and Connecticut resident Art Carney.  Her Republican colleague Devin Carney is the grandson of the 1974 Best Actor for the movie "Harry and Tonto." Contributed photo.

And the Oscar goes to…

Here, you can filibuster and the orchestra won’t cut you off. It was indeed the best of both worlds this week for a handful of Connecticut lawmakers, who got their hands on Oscar without having to eat
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State Rep. Jason Perillo, R-Shelton, is the target of a parody website created by the state Democratic Party, shown in this screen capture taken Monday, Feb. 22, 2016.

Democrats create parody website for Shelton GOP lawmaker

Two can play at the game of cybersquatting. A GOP lawmaker who stockpiled the Internet domain names of political friends and foes is the target of a new parody website created by the state Democratic
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Blumenthal backs Iran nuclear deal 

  U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., will back the U.S. nuclear deal with Iran, joining the rest of Connecticut’s Democratic congressional delegation and defying foes of the pact that include
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Lamont, Lieberman renew rivalry over Iran

   A notorious hawk promulgates a hard-line approach against a Middle East regime, while his dove counterpart errs on the side of caution. Where have we heard that before, Connecticut? It’s
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John Kleinhans listens to Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton during an interview with Boughton and his campaign team at his campaign office in Danbury, Conn, on Monday, March 31, 2014.

Former Boughton lieutenant starts political consulting shop

The former No. 2 man at the state GOP is now hanging his shingle at his own political consulting shop. John Kleinhans, who was the party’s executive director for the first half of this year, recently
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Poll: Which Democrat deserves to be new namesake for state party dinner?

Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson have gone from immortals in the Connecticut Democratic Party to mothballs. Party leaders have voted out the presidents as two of the namesakes of the party’s annual
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A screen shot taken July 14, 2015, of LifeZette, a new online venture of Connecticut native and conservative commentator Laura Ingraham.

Conservative by way of CT: Laura Ingraham launches media start-up

Laura Ingraham has a new slant on media bias. The Connecticut-raised conservative commentator and fill-in for Bill O’Reilly debuted a new media start-up Tuesday, LifeZette. The website is curated with
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Linda McMahon swings from a bungee cord

Yes, this is me! Truly having fun with my grandchildren! This was just before the zip line. #brave #grandmother pic.twitter.com/AiC3HrLxLX — Linda McMahon (@Linda_McMahon) July 8, 2015 Linda McMahon
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GOP leader flies Confederate flag

   UPDATE 5:30 p.m. Saturday: The Confederate flag has been removed from a Republican State Central Committee member’s house, according to perennial GOP candidate Joe Visconti. Visconti said
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Dinner with Malloy: $3K

Remember, the bread plate is always to the left, especially with this crowd. If you’ve ever wanted an audience with Gov. Dannel P. Malloy over rubber chicken, here’s your chance, only it’ll cost you
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