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How much did your state legislator spend per vote?

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Connecticut taxpayers shelled out $33.4 million in 2014 to 287 candidates for statewide office as part of the state’s so-called clean elections program, with 217 having returned a combined $804, 961 in unspent funds to the public coffers so far. The state could recoup some additional from the remaining candidates, most of whom were chosen […] [Read More]
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State GOP says House leader is a credit to her gender?

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Wouldn’t a People’s Choice award or something be more gender neutral in the 21st Century? This from the Republican State Central Committee: “Connecticut Republican Party Chairman Jerry Labriola Jr. announced today that House Republican Leader Themis Klarides will receive the Women’s Leadership Award at the 37th Annual Prescott Bush Awards Dinner. ‘Themis Klarides is a true […] [Read More]
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U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., left, and Joe Visconti, a former petitioning candidate for governor, as seen in this contributed graphic from Visconti.

Visconti exploring 2016 Senate run

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Say it ain’t so, Joe? Joe Visconti, who confounded some fellow Republicans with his petition candidacy for governor in 2014, is exploring a run for the U.S. Senate in 2016. “There’s no (Republican) bench in Connecticut. I am the bench in Connecticut,” Visconti told Hearst Connecticut Media Friday. Embracing the Second Amendment and packing a […] [Read More]
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Dannel P. Malloy, seen in this 2010 file photo when he was the governor-elect, walks his Jack Russell terriers, Puck, foreground, and Zoe outside his then-Stamford home.

Connecticut’s “first dog” dies

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He was the governor’s original running mate. From the streets of Stamford to the Governor’s Residence in Hartford, rarely has there been a time when Puck, the 17-year-old Jack Russell terrier of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and first lady Cathy Malloy, hasn’t been at the side of Connecticut’s chief executive. Until this week, when the […] [Read More]
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Former Esty congressional intern drafted by Dallas Cowboys

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“America’s Team” has a new cornerback. And Elizabeth Esty has a new nickname. The second-term congresswoman from Connecticut’s 5th District was referred to as Elizabeth “ESPY” — a play on the name of the annual ESPN awards show — by Chris “Boomer” Berman during Thursday night’s telecast of the the 2015 NFL Draft. Berman gave […] [Read More]
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Jerry Labriola Jr., center, chairman of the Connecticut Republicans, seen in this August 2011 contributed photo following a fishing junket paid for by Direct Mail Systems, the Clearwater, Fla., firm under investigation for paying kickbacks.

Firm in Gallo kickback probe hosted state GOP boss on fishing junket

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The Florida direct mail company that was the source of kickbacks paid to a former House GOP chief of staff, who steered taxpayer-funded candidates to the firm, hosted Connecticut’s top Republican on a fishing junket in 2011. State GOP Chairman Jerry Labriola Jr. was a guest of Direct Mail Systems Inc. on a fishing charter […] [Read More]
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Sen. Elizabeth Warren to speak at state Democrats’ fundraiser

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Massachusetts U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren , a liberal icon who many Democrats would like to see join the 2016 presidential field, will be the keynote speaker at this year’s Jefferson Jackson Bailey Dinner, the state party’s annual fundraiser. It will be held June 29 in the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford. “Senator Warren is a […] [Read More]
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Rep. Himes calls hostage deaths in U.S.  drone strike tragic but inevitable.

Himes calls hostage deaths a tragic but unavoidable result of war

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Rep. Jim Himes called the deaths of two al-Qaida hostages _ an American and an Italian _ a “tragic mistake’’ that is an inevitable byproduct of war. “I don’t want to sound callous,’’ said Himes, a member of the House Select Committee on Intelligence. “It is a horrible tragedy when any noncombatants are killed.’’ President […] [Read More]
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