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An out-of-state shopper is parked in the parking lot at the Danbury Fair in Danbury, on Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013. The mall is becoming a destination shopping area, seeing an increase in out-of-state shoppers with the upscaling of its tenants.

Boughton: highway tolls could cripple mall traffic

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On the eve of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s budget address, Danbury’s circumspect Mayor Mark Boughton said New England’s largest mall could suffer acutely under the Democrat’s plan to raise revenues for transportation improvements, including the proposed widening of Interstate 84 in the border city. “I think he very well could say tolls are coming,” Boughton […] [Read More]
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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, left, stumps for Connecticut gubernatorial candidate Tom Foley, right, at Curley's Diner in Stamford, Conn., on Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014. File photo by Jason Rearick.

Christie, Bush test Foley’s allegiances

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The bromance between Tom Foley and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is still going strong. Don’t think that Jeb Bush, who prepped with Foley at the prestigious Phillips Academy Andover and could compete with Christie for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016, didn’t take notice. Foley, who ran unsuccessfully for governor in 2010 and 2014, […] [Read More]
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Al Sharpton explains reason for Bridgeport cancellation in video

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BRIDGEPORT – The day after Reverend Al Sharpton cancelled a scheduled appearance to a East End church after controversy surrounding whether his visit was an endorsement, a video played at the church has been released. The campaign for Kenneth Moales, a candidate for state Senate in the 23rd District special election, posted a video played […] [Read More]
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Rep. Esty won reassignment to an important House subcommittee.

Esty wins re-appointment to key science-technology subcommittee

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Rep. Elizabeth Esty has won reappointment to the House Science, Space and Technology Committee’s research & technology subcommittee, which she says will help her involvement in fostering high-tech job growth in Connecticut.   “Basic scientific research and development has transformed our world and led to breakthroughs throughout our nation’s history,’’ Esty said. “In order to […] [Read More]
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Feds seek to block Rowland’s bid for new trial

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Prosecutors have called on a federal judge to block John G. Rowland’s request for a new trial and evidentiary hearing in his campaign fraud case, arguing that the former governor’s claim that he was denied key evidence is full of “overheated rhetoric.” “Mr. Rowland received a fair trial in every respect,” the prosecutors wrote in […] [Read More]
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A screen shot shows the Facebook profile of Linda McMahon, the 2010 and 2012 GOP nominee for U.S. Senate and former CEO of the WWE.

McMahon heaps praise on Blumenthal for vets bill

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This is one endorsement U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., probably didn’t count on. It’s from Linda McMahon, who on Wednesday took to Facebook to applaud her 2010 election rival for shepherding the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act through the Senate this week by unanimous consent. “Congratulations to Sens. John McCain and Richard […] [Read More]
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U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy speaks during the Democratic Election Night gathering at the Society Room in downtown Hartford, Conn. Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014.

Murphy launches new lefty foreign policy website

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Connecticut has gone from having a hawk in the Senate to a dove. Democrat Chris Murphy is leaving no doubts that he is the antithesis of hawkish forebear Joe Lieberman, launching a foreign policy website Thursday that seeks to establish himself as the go-to voice for progressives on issues such as domestic surveillance, the use […] [Read More]
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Republican Tom Foley, left, walks with campaign manager Justin Clark, right, to a news conference to announce a committee to explore his prospects for the 2014 Connecticut governor's race in Bridgeport, Conn., Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013.  (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

GOP firm that reaped $447K from Westby campaign dissolves

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A Republican consulting firm that was started by Tom Foley’s campaign manager and was a significant beneficiary of taxpayer dollars thanks to Connecticut’s public financing of elections quietly shut down Friday amid questions about the nature of the work it did and its profit margins. Down East Strategies filed paperwork at 8:53 a.m. Friday dissolving […] [Read More]
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Blumenthal’s vet suicide prevention bill passes Senate

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Sen. Richard Blumenthal’s measure aimed at preventing suicide by returning military veterans passed the Senate 99-0 on Tuesday and appears headed to President Obama’s desk for enactment. Near-unanimous Senate approval comes a month after the House approved a similar bill by voice vote. Co-authored with Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., Blumenthal’s bill, the Clay Hunt Suicide […] [Read More]
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Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., co-authored vet suicide-prevention bill that passed Senate.

Off and running: Blumenthal starts fundraising for re-election bid

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A Hillary Clinton presidency could have at least one upside for Connecticut Republicans — the prospect of a Cabinet appointment for U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal. That could be the best hope of the GOP of dislodging Blumenthal from his Senate seat, albeit after the 2016 election and with a sitting Democratic governor picking Blumenthal’s interim […] [Read More]
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