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U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., marches in the St. Patrick's Day Parade through downtown Milford, Conn. Saturday, Mar. 21, 2015.

Blumenthal raises $1M in three months for re-election bid

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A tough slog for Connecticut Republicans — challenging Richard Blumenthal in 2016 — is about to become more daunting. The state’s senior U.S. senator raised more than $1 million during the first three months of the year for his re-election bid, padding a war chest that is now up to $1.6 million cash on hand, […] [Read More]
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Malloy in no rush to endorse Hillary

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Hillary Clinton’s other half campaigned for Dan Malloy. So did Joe Biden, who has long been rumored to have presidential aspirations. Then you have former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, who is deliberating on his own bid for the presidency and has close ties to Connecticut’s chief executive through the Democratic Governors Association. So what’s Malloy, […] [Read More]
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In this Monday, Oct. 13, 2014 file photo, Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, speaks during an interview in Lebanon, Ohio. National environmental group the National Resources Defense Council has launched a $500,000 ad campaign against Portman in Ohio, claiming a federal budget amendment he introduced could undercut the enforceability of the federal Clean Air Act. (AP Photo/Al Behrman, File)

Former VP contender to mine campaign cash in Greenwich

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Remember when all the buzz was that Republican Rob Portman was going to be the next vice president? That was so 2012. The junior U.S. senator from Ohio, known for kayaking the length of the Rio Grande and playing Hillary Clinton in mock presidential debates, was bypassed by Mitt Romney in favor of Paul Ryan […] [Read More]
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Ian Sams, left, who the Democratic National Committee deployed to Connecticut last fall to work on Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's successful re-election bid, and Caitlin Donohue, campaign finance director for U.S. Rep. Jim Himes, D-Conn., have signed on with Hillary Clinton.

Former CT political operatives flock to team Hillary

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They passed the midterm election with flying colors. Their reward? A gig with Team Hillary. Two former Connecticut political operatives have landed positions with Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. Expect more to join them as the weeks go by now that the former secretary of state and former first lady is a declared candidate. Ian Sams, […] [Read More]
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Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton talks with Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., after taking part in a forum sponsored by the Center for American Progress, Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014 in Washington. Democrats are trying to persuade women to vote in the fall midterm elections as they work to keep their Senate majority. (AP Photo/Molly Riley)

DeLauro throws her support to Hillary Clinton

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Hillary Clinton’s street cred with liberal wing of the Democratic party in Connecticut is about to get a shot in the arm, courtesy of Rosa DeLauro. The far left elderstateswoman of the state’s congressional delegation has endorsed Clinton for president, tamping down speculation that a DeLauro could be wooed by a more liberal alternative to […] [Read More]
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Hillary Clinton seen with Yale Law School classmate and U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., during an April 2014 visit to the University of Connecticut for a speech. Contributed photo.

Blumenthal: Hillary Clinton ‘can make history’

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Yalies stick together, especially in the case of law schoolmates Hillary Clinton and Connecticut’s senior U.S. senator, Richard Blumenthal. Blumenthal gushed Friday over Clinton’s political stock, ahead of the former secretary of state’s announcement Sunday that she is running for president in 2016. “She literally can make history,” Blumenthal told Hearst Connecticut Media. “How many […] [Read More]
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Secretary of the State Denise Merrill, a Democrat, seen in this November 2014 file photo.

State: law blocks Republican presidential caucus

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The Connecticut GOP’s Iowa caucus experiment for 2016 may be a pipe dream. A spokesman for the state’s top election official said Thursday that Republicans can’t unilaterally change from a presidential primary to a caucus, as some in the state’s minority party have been pushing to gain relevance nationally. “So talking to our attorneys, the […] [Read More]
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Adam Gabbatt of The Guardian newspaper holds images of possible Republican candidates, from left, former Penn. Sen. Rick Santorum, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, Donald Trump, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., and below, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry  during the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Md., Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

CT law could allow GOP presidential caucus

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In presidential politics, Connecticut Republicans may ultimately control their own destiny. At first glance, there does not appear to be any statutory barrier to the state GOP switching from a presidential primary to a caucus for the 2016 election, so long as it jives with the party’s bylaws. Buried in Chapter 154 of the Connecticut […] [Read More]
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