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Neil Vigdor

Air ball: GOP trolls Malloy over Auriemma mispronunciation

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Just because you’re in the pantheon of college basketball coaches and the highest paid employee of the State of Connecticut doesn’t mean the governor can pronounce your name. Case in point, Geno Auriemma. That’s Oar-EE-Emma for you non-Italophiles. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy garbled Auriemma’s name during a victory rally Sunday outside the Capitol for the […] [Read More]
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No retreat: Bush stands by his rhetoric on illegal immigration

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STAMFORD — In the dog house of hard liners in his party who oppose amnesty for undocumented immigrants, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush doubled down Thursday night on his recent remark that those who stay in the country illegally are doing so out of an “act of love.” “The simple fact is, there is no […] [Read More]
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Gov. Dannel P. Malloy basks in the afterglow of UConn's victory over Kentucky in the Men's NCAA Championship Game on Monday, April 7, 2014, the fourth title for hoops program in the last 15 years. Contributed photo.

UConn titles a validation of Malloy’s hoops IQ, ahem luck

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Even Gov. Dan Malloy isn’t above “jersey popping.” No, that’s not a reference to Chris Christie. Connecticut’s top office holder is puffing up his chest after his top-3 finish in a NCAA tournament pool organized by state Democratic Party, in which Malloy correctly picked the UConn Huskies to cut down the nets Monday night against […] [Read More]
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Parties send in reinforcements in the 61st House District

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It’s a dress rehearsal for November. Republicans and Democrats are treating this week’s special election in the 61st House District that way. Voters in East Granby, Suffield and part of Windsor will go to the polls Friday to fill a vacancy created by the death of Democratic State Rep. Elaine O’Brien of brain cancer in […] [Read More]
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Jason Paul, Democratic candidate for General Assembly in the 48th House District, holds up a pro-gun control side at a Second Amendment rally outside the Capitol in Hartford Saturday, April 5, 2014. Contributed photo.

If you want to destroy my sweater

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Argyle was a bold choice. Even more so, was the decision by Jason Paul, a Democrat from Colchester running for the General Assembly on a gun control platform, to picket a Second Amendment rally outside the Capitol in Hartford this past Saturday all by his lonesome. Paul, 27, posted the photo above on his Facebook […] [Read More]
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Elizabeth Kerr, communications director for Congressman Jim Himes, D-Conn., during a meeting of the editorial board of the 
Connecticut Post May 1, 2013.

Help wanted: Himes loses longtime aide Kerr

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If you can’t explain what a derivative is, this probably isn’t the job for you. And don’t count on lunching with the boss at Five Guys. But so far as the food chain of Capitol Hill flacks goes, your prospective employer is no back bencher — Jim Himes is on the House Financial Services Committee […] [Read More]
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Ted Kennedy Jr. to run for state Senate

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An American political dynasty has set its sights on the “new frontier” of the 21st Century: Connecticut. Ted Kennedy Jr., the eldest son of the late lion of the U.S. Senate, will make his debut Tuesday as a candidate for the Legislature in his hometown of Branford, multiple sources tell Hearst Connecticut Media. The 52-year-old […] [Read More]
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“My blue heaven” — how Democratic delegates are apportioned

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Learn About Tableau In six weeks, 1,737 delegates from across Connecticut will assemble in Hartford for the state Democratic convention, where they are expected to endorse Gov. Dannel P. Malloy by acclamation for a second term. The party’s monopoly on the state’s largest cities is quite pronounced in the interactive map above and represents a […] [Read More]
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Conventional wisdom: which towns have the most GOP delegates

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Learn About Tableau The deadline for both state parties to certify their lists of delegates to their upcoming conventions is Wednesday. With that in mind, we thought we would take a closer look at which cities and towns command the most delegates, starting with the Republicans and using a valuable new interactive mapping tool called […] [Read More]
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A screen capture from the re-election campaign website of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy taken Friday, March 28, 2014.

Game on: Malloy declares for re-election

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The schadenfreude is over. After months of playing it coy about his re-election plans, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy declared his bid for a second term Friday in an email to supporters that linked to his official campaign website. It sets in motion what is expected to be a tough grind for the Democrat, who has […] [Read More]
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