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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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Malloy’s former mouthpiece lands at top NYC communications shop

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Through the gauntlet of deficits, storms and violence in Newtown, he was the loyal gatekeeper of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, charged with insulating his boss from negative press and the wrath of the Republican minority. Now, Andrew Doba is parlaying his eventful tenure as the head of Malloy’s press shop into a communications and consulting […] [Read More]
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Esty, Murphy team up on DOD contracts & U.S. jobs

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Rep. Elizabeth Esty and Sen. Chris Murphy are teaming up on legislation aimed at thwarting Pentagon contract awards to overseas manufacturers.   The American Jobs Matter Act would require the Defense Department to view its contracts through the prism of creating or retaining U.S. jobs. From 2007 to 2013, the U.S. Department of Defense spent […] [Read More]
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Nancy DiNardo, the outgoing chairwoman of the Connecticut Democratic Party, shown with her successor, Nick Balletto, Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015, at the state party headquarters in Hartford. Contributed photo.

Connecticut Democrats elect new chairman

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The changing of the guard is now official for the Connecticut Democrats, who have a power monopoly in Hartford and haven’t lost a statewide election since 2006. Nick Balletto, the party’s No. 2 leader and a tax accountant from Guilford, will assume the reins as Democratic boss on Feb. 1 from longtime chairwoman Nancy DiNardo […] [Read More]
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Blumenthal won’t exercise subpoena powers over “DeflateGate”

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U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., will not be subpoenaing Bill Belichick. Somewhat out of character for the U.S. Senate’s resident ombudsman on all things involving the National Football League, Blumenthal is staying out of the “DeflateGate” controversy that has cast a dark cloud over the New England Patriots’ run to Super Bowl XLIX. It’s not […] [Read More]
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Live: Watch Obama deliver State of the Union address

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President Barack Obama delivers the State of the Union at 9 p.m. Tuesday. Watch live above. Key elements of the economic proposals President Barack Obama will outline in his State of the Union address Tuesday appear to be aimed at driving the debate in the 2016 election on income inequality and middle-class economic issues, rather […] [Read More]
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