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Nancy DiNardo, the outgoing chairwoman of the Connecticut Democratic Party, shown with her successor, Nick Balletto, Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015, at the state party headquarters in Hartford. Contributed photo.

Connecticut Democrats elect new chairman

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The changing of the guard is now official for the Connecticut Democrats, who have a power monopoly in Hartford and haven’t lost a statewide election since 2006. Nick Balletto, the party’s No. 2 leader and a tax accountant from Guilford, will assume the reins as Democratic boss on Feb. 1 from longtime chairwoman Nancy DiNardo […] [Read More]
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Blumenthal won’t exercise subpoena powers over “DeflateGate”

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U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., will not be subpoenaing Bill Belichick. Somewhat out of character for the U.S. Senate’s resident ombudsman on all things involving the National Football League, Blumenthal is staying out of the “DeflateGate” controversy that has cast a dark cloud over the New England Patriots’ run to Super Bowl XLIX. It’s not […] [Read More]
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Greenwich roots run deep for Hartford mayoral contender

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While the voters will ultimately decide if the “force” is strong in this Luke, it won’t be for lack of cash. Democrat Luke Bronin, a Rhodes scholar who was raised in Greenwich and served as the general counsel of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, thrust himself into the Hartford mayoral race Wednesday as expected. Those close […] [Read More]
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FILE PHOTO: Craig Roberts Stapleton, former U.S. ambassador to France and the Czech Republic before that under President George W. Bush, in his Greenwich, Conn., office in 2007.

Bush’s France ambassador apoplectic about no-show

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Likening the scourge of terrorism in France to 9/11, the former top U.S. envoy to “America’s oldest ally” under President George W. Bush blasted the Obama administration for its no-show at a solidarity march Sunday in Paris. Craig Roberts Stapleton, a Greenwich resident who served as ambassador to France to from 2005 to 2009, said […] [Read More]
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Jeb Bush takes swipe at Hillary Clinton

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GREENWICH — A physically-fit and newly “unemployed” Jeb Bush took a veiled shot at Hillary Clinton Wednesday night when the former Florida GOP governor was asked to handicap the 2016 presidential field by a well-heeled network of contributors in his father’s hometown. Bush, 61, did not mention Clinton by name but told supporters at a […] [Read More]
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Malloy: Time to put politics on the backburner

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HARTFORD — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy expressed relief Wednesday morning that the rough-and-tumble midterm election is in his rear-view mirror. Speaking to Hearst Connecticut Media from inside the governor’s office, the newly-re-elected Democrat said he is eager to roll up his sleeves tackle a second term agenda that will be marked by fiscal challenges and […] [Read More]
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State Supreme Court Justice Andrew J. McDonald, a former state senator from Stamford who had been Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s chief legal counsel, will administer the oath of office to his former boss Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015, at the state armory in Hartford.

Stamford’s McDonald to administer oath to Malloy

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HARTFORD — Sixty-three words. When Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is sworn-in to a second term Wednesday afternoon at the state armory in Hartford, his longtime Stamford confidante Andrew McDonald will do the honors of administering the oath of office. “I think I pretty much know it by heart,” McDonald told Hearst Connecticut Media Wednesday morning. […] [Read More]
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President Barack Obama raises the hand of Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, right, during a rally at Central High School in Bridgeport, Conn. Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014. Obama visited Bridgeport to rally the heavily Democratic city in an effort to re-elect Malloy in Tuesday's midterm election where he will rematch with GOP candidate Tom Foley. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Malloy scraps visit to White House because of weather, flight delay

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Gov. Dan Malloy’s victory lap was supposed to take the midterm election survivor to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. on the eve of his second inaugural. But a flight delay caused by wintry weather in the Northeast Tuesday has forced Malloy to scrap his travel plans. For the first time since President Barack Obama campaigned for him […] [Read More]
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Rowland sentencing postponed

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Fears that the sentencing of former Gov. John G. Rowland would cast a pall over Wednesday’s inaugural of incumbent Dannel P. Malloy were allayed Monday, with prosecutors reaching an agreement with Rowland’s lawyers to delay his appearance before a federal judge. No makeup date has been set yet for Rowland’s sentencing for campaign fraud. In […] [Read More]
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CPTV apologizes after Downton premiere gets chopped

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The weekend ended on down note for Connecticut’s public television affiliate. Just as a fire consumed Lady Edith’s bedroom at Downton Abbey, the highly-anticipated season premiere of the British television series came to an abrupt end Sunday night on CPTV. Viewers suddenly found themselves watching an ad for the Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven, […] [Read More]
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