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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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Rep. Esty unsuccessful in her bid to maintain high-tech-assistance funding.

Esty fights GOP tide on funding for high-tech advice-giving

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Rep. Elizabeth Esty cited a Danbury manufacturer Wednesday in her unsuccessful bid to restore full funding for a federal initiative to aid businesses that are a source of high-tech jobs in Connecticut and elsewhere. Hologic, which produces state-of-the-art digital imaging for mammography uses, saved almost $300,000 and generated $80 million in projected new sales after […] [Read More]
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Florida Sen. Marco Rubio gestures as he speaks to supporters as he announces that he is running for the Republican presidential nomination, during a rally at the Freedom Tower, Monday, April 13, 2015, in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Rubio to swing through Stamford on presidential run

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Giving the keynote at the Connecticut GOP’s marquee fundraiser is becoming a rite of passage for running for president. U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., is the latest presidential contender to commit to the Prescott Bush Awards Dinner, GOP leaders confirmed Monday to Hearst Connecticut Media. This year’s installment of the event, which is named for […] [Read More]
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Former Connecticut Gov. John Rowland leaves federal court in New Haven, Wednesday, March 18, 2015.  Rowland was sentenced to 30 months in prison for his role in a political consulting scheme on Wednesday, exactly one decade after he was ordered behind bars in an earlier scandal that forced him from office.

Rowland wants to remain free during appeal

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Former Gov. John G. Rowland is asking a court to grant him bond — delaying the start of his 30-month prison sentence — while his appeal of his latest felony conviction for campaign fraud is heard. “There can be no dispute that Mr. Rowland does not pose a risk of flight or danger to the […] [Read More]
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Chelsea Clinton to visit Greenwich 

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   If her parents return to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., this time it’ll be as empty-nesters.  Against the backdrop of her mother’s latest run for president, Chelsea Clinton will visit Greenwich next month to raise money for her family’s foundation, Hearst Connecticut Media has learned.  From first daughter to new mom, Clinton remains very much in […] [Read More]
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Blumenthal wants Positive Train Control to gather steam

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Sen. Richard Blumenthal this morning unveiled legislation to speed up introduction of Positive Train Control on passenger rail lines and tracks that carry crude oil or ethanol. Positive Train Control, mandated by Congress in 2008, “is a little bit like GPS for trains,’’ said Blumenthal in an interview. “It knows where trains are, what track […] [Read More]
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U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., marches in the St. Patrick's Day Parade through downtown Milford, Conn. Saturday, Mar. 21, 2015.

Blumenthal raises $1M in three months for re-election bid

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A tough slog for Connecticut Republicans — challenging Richard Blumenthal in 2016 — is about to become more daunting. The state’s senior U.S. senator raised more than $1 million during the first three months of the year for his re-election bid, padding a war chest that is now up to $1.6 million cash on hand, […] [Read More]
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Malloy in no rush to endorse Hillary

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Hillary Clinton’s other half campaigned for Dan Malloy. So did Joe Biden, who has long been rumored to have presidential aspirations. Then you have former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, who is deliberating on his own bid for the presidency and has close ties to Connecticut’s chief executive through the Democratic Governors Association. So what’s Malloy, […] [Read More]
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