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President Barack Obama shakes hands with former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott of Mississippi, as Connecticut State Sen. Ted Kennedy Jr., watches during the dedication of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate in Boston, Monday, March 30, 2015. The $79 million Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate dedication is a politically star-studded event attended by President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and past and present senators of both parties. It sits next to the presidential library of Kennedy’s brother, John F. Kennedy. From left are, Lott, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, first lady Michelle Obama, the president, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Sen. Edward Markey, D-Mass.   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Connecticut’s Kennedy shares stage with Obama

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It’s every New England liberal’s dream: Ted Kennedy Jr. and Elizabeth Warren sharing a stage with President Barack Obama. The so-called progressive wing of the Democratic Party got a taste of that scenario on Monday, with the freshman Connecticut state senator front and center at the dedication of a $79 million institute memorializing his iconic […] [Read More]
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Blumenthal: Moratorium on NFL blackouts a victory for fans

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The camera-friendly persona of U.S. Sen Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., is apparently rubbing off on the National Football League. On Monday, team owners voted to suspend the league’s controversial television blackout policy for the 2015 season, capitulating to fans and members of Congress such as Blumenthal who had introduced legislation that could threaten the NFL’s business […] [Read More]
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Former Gov. John G. Rowland leaves the Federal Courthouse after his trial in New Haven, Conn., on Friday Sept. 19, 2014. Rowland was found guilty on all seven federal counts of violating campaign laws.

Judge rejects Rowland’s motion for new trial

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Former Gov. John G. Rowland appears to have exhausted his legal options for overturning his latest felony conviction. A federal judge on Monday denied Rowland’s motion for a new trial, setting the stage for his sentencing to finally go forward at 10 a.m. Wednesday in U.S. District Court in New Haven after more than two […] [Read More]
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Himes waffles: congressman harvests maple syrup

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Tapped the trusty Himes maples this pm. No sap flow yet. Thinking it’s still early. pic.twitter.com/mQcinRzZeZ — Jim Himes (@jahimes) March 12, 2015   The farm-to-table congressman is at it again. U.S. Rep. Jim Himes, D-Conn., who has made it a pastime brewing his own beer, canning his own pickles and going clamming with constituents, […] [Read More]
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A geographic representation of baseball allegiances in Connecticut prepared by the Hartford Sports Analysis Collective, which used Facebook "likes" to track support of the Yankees and Red Sox in Connecticut.

Navy blue state: Connecticut favors Yankees over Red Sox

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Connecticut lawmakers were prophetic when they picked “Yankee Doodle” as the state song. The New York Yankees lead the archrival Boston Red Sox in fan allegiances in the Constitution State, 44 to 37 percent in a new Quinnipiac University public opinion poll. The gap between the fan bases is the widest it has been since […] [Read More]
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George Gallo, seen in this 2006 file photo when he was state Republican Party chairman, abruptly resigned in February 2014 as chief of staff of the House GOP amid a federal probe into the alleged steering of direct mail contracts to printing companies in Florida and Ohio.

Taxpayers shoulder $27K from House GOP contracting probe

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The collateral damage from a Justice Department probe into a contracting scandal in the House Republican caucus now has a price tag for Connecticut taxpayers: $27,126.74. That’s how much the Office of Legislative Management says it spent to hire an attorney for the House GOP office, which was subpoenaed in February 2014 for all records […] [Read More]
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Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy delivers his budget address to the senate and house inside the Hall of the House at the State Capitol, Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015, in Hartford, Conn. While acknowledging the state's economy continues to recover, Malloy told a joint session of the General Assembly that "significant investment" is still needed to improve highways, bridges and rail over the next three decades to improve economic development and quality of life.

Malloy’s approval rating erodes to 43 percent

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The second honeymoon Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, the toast of national Democrats last November for his re-election in a Republican year, appears to be over. Malloy’s approval rating has sunk to 43 percent in a new Quinnipiac University poll, dragged down by his austerity plan, billion-dollar deficits and proposed budget cuts that critics say will […] [Read More]
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A screen capture from YouTube shows the Hartford studios of the Back9Network. Contributed photo.

Board chairman resigns from beleaguered Back9Network

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A former appointee of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy resigned Thursday as the board chairman of the Back9Network, the beleaguered golf and lifestyle channel that suspended its operations last week after receiving $5.1 million in economic incentives from the state. Sanford Cloud Jr., a Hartford businessman and former Democratic state senator who served on Malloy’s transition […] [Read More]
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Former Gov. John G. Rowland leaves the Federal Courthouse after his trial in New Haven, Conn., on Friday Sept. 19, 2014. Rowland was found guilty on all seven federal counts of violating campaign laws.

Rowland makes last ditch appeal for new trial

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Running out of time and legal options ahead of his sentencing next week for campaign fraud, former Gov. John G. Rowland is making a last-ditch effort to have his conviction overturned. In a 26-page filing late Wednesday with the U.S. District Court in New Haven, lawyers for the previously incarcerated governor petitioned Judge Janet Bond […] [Read More]
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Former Gov. John G. Rowland leaves the Federal Courthouse after his trial in New Haven, Conn., on Friday Sept. 19, 2014. Rowland was found guilty on all seven federal counts of violating campaign laws.

Judge denies Rowland’s request for new trail

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A federal judge has denied former Gov. John G. Rowland’s request for a new trial in his election fraud case and set his sentencing for March 18, the latest setback for the twice-convicted Republican who resigned from office a decade ago. During a conference call with Rowland’s lawyers and prosecutors Monday, U.S. District Court Judge […] [Read More]
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