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Republican gubernatorial candidates Tom Foley, left, andJohn McKinney shake hand at the conclusion of a debate held at the Hartford Courant building Thursday, July 17, 2014, for the two Republicans running for governor in Connecticut. Foley, is a businessman from Greenwich and former U.S. ambassador to Ireland. McKinney, of Fairfield, is the Senate minority leader in Connecticut. (AP Photo/Hartford Courant, Brad Horrigan, Pool)

McKinney, Foley eclipse $1M spending mark

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It’s raining money in the Republican primary race for governor, with Connecticut taxpayers providing the clouds. Both Tom Foley and John McKinney eclipsed the $1 million spending mark as of July 31, with most of their campaign expenditures coming during the past month and subsidized by the Citizens’ Election Fund, according to new filings with […] [Read More]
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Malloy: Obama can be my wingman anytime

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Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy could use a set of coattails. But does President Barack Obama — not on the ballot in the midterm elections and flirting with the label of lame duck — have any left to ride on in Connecticut? Down 9 points in a recent New York Times and CBS News poll […] [Read More]
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Foley ambushed by state Sen. Osten at news conference

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The media doesn’t have a patent on gotcha questions, as Republican gubernatorial contender Tom Foley learned Tuesday. Against the backdrop of a dying paper mill in the southeastern Connecticut town of Sprague, Foley blamed the administration of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy for the plant’s scheduled closing in September and loss of 140 jobs. The most […] [Read More]
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Malloy, Wyman capture Working Families endorsement

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Without their votes in the 2010 election, Republican Tom Foley would have been governor — not Dannel P. Malloy. On Tuesday, the Connecticut Working Families Party decided to stick with the Democratic incumbent, cross-endorsing Malloy and Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman. Popular with the unions, the left-wing party passed over petition candidate Jonathan Pelto in the […] [Read More]
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Bocce and ballots for Foley on primary night

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Tom Foley strikes us as more of a tuna melt kind of guy than the capicola type, more of a Scotch drinker than an Aperol spritz. This makes Foley’s choice of venue for his Aug. 12 primary night party in the Republican governor’s race somewhat unexpected: Waterbury’s Pontelandolfo Community Club. Named after a village in […] [Read More]
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Then-Gov. M. Jodi Rell waves after speaking during the Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce Breakfast in Cromwell, Conn., Monday, Dec. 13, 2010. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

Rell enlisted by Debicella to raise cash

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Out of the public eye since she left office in 2011, former Gov. M. Jodi Rell is gravitating back toward the political arena, this time to stump for two-time GOP congressional candidate Dan Debicella in the 4th District. Rell will headline a Aug. 7 fundraising reception for Debicella at the patrician Round Hill Club in […] [Read More]
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Visconti claims to qualify for gubernatorial race as petition candidate

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Shut out of the GOP primary for governor, West Hartford’s Joe Visconti says he’s collected more than enough signatures to get onto the general election ballot as a petition candidate. The former West Hartford town councilor announced Monday that he had surpassed the 7,500-signature threshold and is closing in on 9,000 names. Visconti, a former […] [Read More]
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Sunday Rewind: Tom Foley takes his turn on the political talk show hot seat

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Republican Tom Foley, reprising his 2010 candidacy for governor, sat down for extended interview with WFSB (Dennis House), Hearst Connecticut Media (Neil Vigdor) and  the Hartford Courant (Chris Keating) on “Face the State” that aired this Sunday on the Connecticut CBS affiliate. The former U.S. ambassador to Ireland and private equity manager from Greenwich was […] [Read More]
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NYT/CBS poll: Foley 42, Malloy 33

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Republican Tom Foley might want to hold off on canceling his subscription to the Gray Lady — if he hasn’t done so already. A new online poll conducted by the nonpartisan research firm YouGov in partnership with the New York Times and CBS News shows Foley leading Democratic incumbent Dannel P. Malloy 42 percent to […] [Read More]
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Walker: Somers “crashed the party” at Christie extravaganza

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Dave Walker wasn’t on the list. But Heather Bond Somers, one of Walker’s rivals in the GOP lieutenant governor’s race, got past the proverbial velvet rope Monday night to hobnob with Chris Christie at an exclusive fundraiser for the Connecticut Republican Party in Greenwich. And it tweaked Walker, who had been under the impression that […] [Read More]
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