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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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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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A call to arms: Second Amendment candidate enters governor’s race

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) An epicenter of the national debate over the right to bear arms since the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, Connecticut is about to find out whether there’s room for candidate for governor who is pro-guns. Republican Martha Dean, who twice ran unsuccessfully for state attorney general, announced her candidacy Tuesday for the state’s highest […] [Read More]
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Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy introduces President Barack Obama before Obama spoke about the minimum wage during an event in Kaiser Hall on the Central Connecticut State University campus in New Britain, Conn., Wednesday, March 5, 2014. Obama traveled to the Hartford, Conn., area to highlight the importance of raising the minimum wage and then will travel to Boston for a pair of Democratic fundraising. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

Labor-intensive: Malloy keynotes union conclave in D.C.

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If only Gov. Dannel P. Malloy could have hitched a ride on Air Force One. For the second time in a fortnight and book-ending a visit by President Barack Obama to Connecticut, the Democratic governor is in the nation’s capital. Malloy is scheduled to address an estimated 2,300 labor leaders Tuesday at the annual legislative […] [Read More]
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State Sen. Toni Boucher, R-Wilton, speaks during a Feb. 18, 2014, forum held by the Connecticut Citizens Transportation Lobby forum on Metro-North Railroad at the Pequot Library in Southport.

Boucher suspends exploratory bid for governor

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Unable to develop traction in a crowded GOP field — both in terms of fundraising and name recognition — state Sen. Toni Boucher, R-Wilton, has deflated her trial balloon for governor to concentrate on her own re-election campaign. Boucher, 64, announced Tuesday that she is dissolving her six-month-old exploratory committee for statewide office and will […] [Read More]
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