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Former U.S. Rep. Rob Simmons, R-Conn., seen in this file photo, lost the GOP Senate primary in 2010 to Linda McMahon.

Simmons rules out 2016 challenge of Blumenthal

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The window of opportunity for Republican Rob Simmons to the U.S. Senate is apparently shut. The former congressman from southeastern Connecticut doused water on speculation within the GOP that he could challenge U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., in 2016. In 2010, Simmons was passed in over for his party’s nomination, which went to professional wrestling […] [Read More]
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Obama calls Auriemma to congratulate Huskies

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President Obama, an avid basketball fan, called University of Connecticut Women’s Basketball Coach Geno Auriemma on Wednesday to congratulate him and the Huskies for winning the NCAA national championship.   According to a White House readout of the call, Obama noted that under Coach Auriemma’s leadership, the Huskies have won 10 national championship titles. His […] [Read More]
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Heath Fahle, seen in this March 31, 2014, file photo, was campaign manager for Mark Boughton during the Danbury mayor's run for governor.

Boughton’s former campaign manager signs on with state GOP

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A reference from Mark Boughton goes a long way with the Connecticut Republican Party. Heath Fahle, the Republican political operative who managed the Danbury mayor’s 2014 campaign for governor, has been retained as a consultant by the state GOP. That means that all three members of Boughton’s inner circle from his gubernatorial bid, which flamed […] [Read More]
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President Barack Obama, right, with then-U.S. Senate candidate Richard Blumenthal, left, during a fundraiser in Stamford, Conn., Thursday, Sept. 16, 2010.
Photo: Pablo Martinez Monsivais, AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais

Blumenthal: no rift with Obama on Iran oversight bill

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U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., says he is not defying President Barack Obama by supporting a measure that would give Congress the power to reject a nuclear deal with Iran. “I think there is common ground with the White House,” Blumenthal said Tuesday morning. “I certainly would withdraw from the legislation if it had the […] [Read More]
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Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy, left, with UConn head coach Geno Auriemma after a 93-60 win against Louisville in the women's NCAA Tournament finals at New Orleans Arena in New Orleans, Louisiana, Tuesday, April 9, 2013. (Getty Images)

No ‘friendly’ wager between Malloy & Pence on UConn/Notre Dame

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All bets are off between Connecticut’s Dan Malloy and Indiana’s Mike Pence. The governors will not be making it double-or-nothing on the result of tonight’s women’s NCAA title game between UConn and Notre Dame, a rematch a last year’s championship won by the Huskies that Malloy is slated to attend. “Not sure Governor Pence would […] [Read More]
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Kaylie Hanson, deputy communications director for U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., and Greg Vadala, communications director for U.S. Rep. Jim Himes, D-Conn., have left their positions for other jobs on the Capitol Hill.

Murphy, Himes lose key aides

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The 2016 effect is already taking a toll on the staffs of two members of Connecticut’s Washington, D.C., delegation. U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy and U.S. Rep. Jim Himes, both Democrats, recently lost key parts of their press shop operations. Both left for higher-profile gigs on Capitol Hill, where many political operatives are shuffling places ahead […] [Read More]
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Gov. Dannel P. Malloy basks in the afterglow of UConn’s victory over Kentucky in the Men’s NCAA Championship Game on Monday, April 7, 2014, the fourth title for hoops program in the last 15 years. Contributed photo.

Malloy may not watch men’s Final Four

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There’s always NetFlix, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy. The face of a public crusade against Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which he contends discriminates against gays, Malloy said Wednesday that he hasn’t decided whether he will watch the men’s Final Four on television this weekend. The culmination of the college basketball season gets underway Saturday with […] [Read More]
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Former Connecticut Gov. John Rowland arrives with his wife Patty Rowland, left, at federal court in New Haven, Wednesday, March 18, 2015, in New Haven, Conn. A federal court jury in New Haven convicted Rowland in September of federal charges that he conspired to hide payment for work on two congressional campaigns. His sentencing on Wednesday will come 10 years to the day that he was sentenced to a year and a day in prison for accepting illegal gifts while in office, including trips and improvements to his lakeside cottage. Photo: Jessica Hill, AP Photo/Jessica Hill

Rowland appeals prison sentence and campaign fraud conviction

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Former Gov. John G. Rowland, staring at a second prison stint of 30 months for campaign fraud, has embarked on his appeal of his latest conviction. A lawyer for the meteoric Republican, who resigned from office in 2004 and served 10 months in prison for accepting bribes from state contractors, quietly filed a notice of […] [Read More]
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