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Sen. Prague returns to Bridgeport to campaign for Gomes

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Retiring state Sen. Edith Prague, D-Columbia, made a second trip to Bridgeport today to campaign for Sen. Ed Gomes. Gomes lost the party’s endorsement to predecessor Ernie Newton and is now locked in a three-way primary with Newton and state Rep. Andres Ayala. Voters head to the polls Tuesday. A scheduling conflict kept me from […] [Read More]
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Newton: Who needs labor, Mayor Finch? God’s on my side.

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Caught up today with Ernest Newton, veteran state legislator-turned-felon-turned-endorsed Democratic candidate for his former state Senate seat. Newton is being challenged in next Tuesday’s primary by incumbent state Sen. Ed Gomes and state Rep. Andres Ayala. Before our afternoon meeting at his headquarters Newton addressed campaign workers who were heading out into the neighborhood to knock on doors […] [Read More]
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Blumenthal applauds lack of base closures

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The Pentagon’s decision to back away from another round of military base closings next year won applause Tuesday from Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta announced that the Obama administration had no hope that Congress would approve its proposal for another round of BRAC (Base Realignment and Closure) in 2013. “Now may not […] [Read More]
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Local Government > Federal Government?

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Here’s an ironic realization: One of the most interesting observations I’ve heard about town government in Westport came while I was reporting Monday on the visit of the totem of federal government, President Barack Obama, for a fundraiser at Harvey Weinstein’s house. During an interview with Frank Costello, a Westport resident who lives a few […] [Read More]
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Obama’s night in Connecticut on Twitter

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President Obama spent Monday evening in Fairfield County, attending fundraisers in Stamford and Westport before heading back to Washington. Here’s how the night unfolded on Twitter: [View the story "#obamainct recap " on Storify] [Read More]
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Obama lands in Westport, not Stamford

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The first of President Obama’s two fundraising stops Monday evening was at the Stamford Marriott Hotel & Spa. But unlike Obama’s trip to Stamford in 2010 — when the President headlined a fundraisser for Richard Blumenthal’s Senate campaign — Marine One, the helicopter carrying the president, didn’t land in the City that Works. Kosciuszko Park, […] [Read More]
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Lights, cameras … not much action so far

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While there will likely be very limited — if any — public access in the stretch of Beachside Avenue in Westport tonight during the hours that President Obama attends a fundraising reception hosted by movie producer Harvey Weinstein at his waterfront estate, the street through the exclusive neighborhood was open most of the day beforehand. […] [Read More]
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Real political ‘power’?

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People talking about Greenwich’s massive town-wide power outage seem to think it’s all a conspiracy related to President Barack Obama’s visit this evening to Stamford and Westport. One woman, who wouldn’t give her name, sitting outside the Greenwich Avenue Starbucks, theorized that Connecticut Light & Power had taken away electricity from Greenwich to make sure […] [Read More]
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West Wing creator hanging with Obama

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“West Wing” creator Aaron Sorkin is reportedly one of the co-hosts of the Harvey Weinstein reception for President Obamain Westport tonight. Sorkin’s latest show, “The Newsroom,” featured a segment Sunday night that showed the cable TV newscast covering the killing of Osama bin Laden. It was classic Sorkin — black humor laced with rapid-fire repartee […] [Read More]
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A look at Weinstein’s Westport abode

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Hollywood movie mogul Harvey Weinstein’s is set to co-host a $38,500-a-head fundraiser for the President Barack Obama tonight at his beachfront Westport home. The main home, located at 26 Beachside Avenue, is worth about $6.7 million, according to Zillow. There are six bedrooms and eight-and-a-half bathrooms in the 8,896 square foot house. The 2.4-acre lot […] [Read More]
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