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Dan Gaita (contributed photo)

The few, the proud

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Dan Gaita is trading in his “dress blues” for a different kind of dress blue uniform — the suit kind worn by candidates. The Marine veteran from Bethel has filed paperwork to run for governor as an unaffiliated candidate, eschewing fundraising in lieu of social media to boost his name recognition. Gaita, 40, identifies himself […] [Read More]
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BlumenthalHoops

UConn homers

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Call him Dickie V Dickie B. The “B” is for brackets — and we’re not talking tax brackets. U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal is tied for seventh out of 190 participants in a NCAA men’s tournament pool organized by the Connecticut Democrats. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is — well, let’s just say it might be time […] [Read More]
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bev

Bevilacqua ponders another run for Trumbull seat

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Trumbull’s Louis Bevilacqua is contemplating another run for a seat in Hartford and this time he says he might force a primary to get there. The spokesman and local activist says that Republican Rep. Dave Rutigliano has been “ineffective” in representing the 123rd state House district and says he could do a better job. “Trumbull is still […] [Read More]
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Senate Majority Leader….Duff?

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At the Greater Danbury Chamber of Commerce annual Eggs & Issues breakfast Friday morning, state Sen. Bob Duff was introduced — albeit jokingly — as the next Majority Leader of the Senate. Chamber lobbyist Marshall Collins told the 130+ people in the room a rumor is going around the Capitol that Duff will be the […] [Read More]
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Nelson Gonzalez

Full Nelson: Retired GE exec seeks McKinney’s Senate seat

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Knocked by the political opposition for a lack of diversity among its candidates, the Connecticut GOP is stirring a melting pot in the home district of gubernatorial candidate and state Senate Minority Leader John McKinney. Nelson Gonzalez, 60, who recently retired as chief risk officer for GE Capital’s Europe, Middle East and Africa region, declared […] [Read More]
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Problem gambling: the looming temptations for GOP convention-goers

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) The Connecticut GOP might need a pit boss more than a party boss at its upcoming convention. Sixty days away from the Republican conclave, which will be held for the first time at a casino (Mohegan Sun), multiple campaigns are already on guard against the unprecedented distractions that could await delegates loyal to them, […] [Read More]
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Vice President Joe Biden speaks with Newtown First Selectman Pat Llodra as they sit together on stage at a conference on gun violence at Western Connecticut State University in Danbury, Conn., Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013. Congressman Jim Himes is right.

Standing Pat

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The woman who shepherded Newtown through its darkest days is standing Pat. The focus of an under-the-radar recruiting effort by some top Republicans in Connecticut, who slotted her as an ideal candidate for secretary of the state, Newtown First Selectman Pat Llodra is ruling out a run for higher office. “I have no political aspirations,” […] [Read More]
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State Rep. Livvy Floren, R-149th District, chats with colleague Tony Hwang, R-134th District, at the Capitol in Hartford, Conn. on Thursday, February 6, 2014.

Floren puts off retirement to seek re-election

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Eight is apparently not enough for Livvy Floren. Six weeks after announcing her plans to retire at end of the year — a decision that was met by an outpouring of well wishes from lawmakers on both sides of the aisle, including a telephone call from Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy — the dean of […] [Read More]
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