February 2014

03/17/14

Democrat Lee Whitnum Enters Race for Governor

A Greenwich Democrat well-known for injecting controversy into elections has announced she's running for governor. Lee Whitnum, who last ran for Senate in 2010 against Chris Murphy, announced on her website Monday she is running for the seat. Whitnum is the first Democrat to announce her intention to run for governor, though incumbent Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is widely expected to announce he's running for re-election. In 2012, Malloy sought a protective order against Whitnum, who at the time was suing him alleging slander. Malloy filed the order so he did not have to respond discovery requests in the civil case he believed were improper. That case was later dismissed, according to CT News Junkie. Whitnum filed the slander lawsuit against Malloy in May 2010...

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03/12/14

Former Senate Candidate Kie Westby Eyes Attorney General Slot

A Republican attorney and former U.S. Senate candidate from Thomaston has stepped up to challenge incumbent Attorney General George Jepsen for his seat. Kie Westby filed paperwork to run for Attorney General earlier this week, and made the announcement on a campaign Facebook page Wednesday.  Westby ran unsuccessfully in the Republican primary for Senate in 2012. Jepsen, who has been in office since 2011, filed paperwork to run for re-election last week. Westby also filed paperwork to participate in the state’s citizen’s election program. An Attorney General candidate participating in the program can receive a grant of $406,275 in a primary and $812,550 in the general election. According to the biography listed on his law office’s site, Westby,...

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Governor's Race: Martha Dean is In, Toni Boucher is Out

03/11/14

Governor's Race: Martha Dean is In, Toni Boucher is Out

Martha Dean, a former candidate for Attorney General criticized last year for posting a video alleging the Sandy Hook shooting was a hoax, is running for governor she confirmed over text message Tuesday.

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Q Poll: Voters Say Malloy Rebate Plan is a 'Political Gimmick'

03/06/14

Q Poll: Voters Say Malloy Rebate Plan is a 'Political Gimmick'

There’s one positive thing Democrats and Republicans can agree in regard to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy—he’s great at handling snowstorms.

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Q Poll: Voters Support Aid in Dying, Still Don't Like Keno, Split on Scope of Gun Laws

03/06/14

Q Poll: Voters Support Aid in Dying, Still Don't Like Keno, Split on Scope of Gun Laws

Just about twice as many Connecticut voters support assisted suicide/aid in dying legislation than those who oppose it according to a recent Quinnipiac University poll.

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5 Things to Know Before Obama's Speech in Connecticut

03/04/14

5 Things to Know Before Obama's Speech in Connecticut

Before President Barack Obama makes a pitch to Connecticut, urging an increase in the minimum wage to $10.10, here are a few things to fill you in on his proposal and visit. 1.     Obama is pushing for a federal minimum wage increase, and urging all states to adopt it. Obama first called for a $10.10 minimum wage during in his State of the Union address, when he also announced he had signed an executive order increasing the minimum wage for all new federal contract workers. 2.     Gov. Dannel P. Malloy jumped on that plan, and suggested the legislature increase the minimum wage to $10.10 through a series of increases over the next three years. This would change the existing plans to increase minimum wage in the state....

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Foley is GOP Frontrunner, While Other Candidates Remain Largely Unknown

03/04/14

Foley is GOP Frontrunner, While Other Candidates Remain Largely Unknown

A majority of voters haven't heard enough about candidates for governor to decide if they like them enough to vote for them, except for the two who last fought for the governor's mansion in 2010.

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Poll: Connecticut Voters Overwhelmingly Support Raising Minimum Wage

03/04/14

Poll: Connecticut Voters Overwhelmingly Support Raising Minimum Wage

A Quinnipiac University Poll shows Connecticut voters support a raise in minimum wage by nearly a 3-to-1 margin.

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Malloy, Foley Tied in Latest Quinnipiac Poll

03/04/14

Malloy, Foley Tied in Latest Quinnipiac Poll

A Quinnipiac University Poll shows Governor Malloy and Tom Foley in a tie if the election were held today.

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Someone's Polling Esty v. Greenberg in the 5th District

02/28/14

Someone's Polling Esty v. Greenberg in the 5th District

With Election Day a little more than eight months away, internal polling is underway in Connecticut's fifth congressional district, where freshman Democrat Elizabeth Esty is running for a second term.

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Quinnipiac Poll of Connecticut Governor's Race is Underway

02/28/14

Quinnipiac Poll of Connecticut Governor's Race is Underway

Those waiting for Quinnipiac’s next rollout of polling numbers in the governor’s race won’t have to wait much longer.

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Connecticut Lawmakers Keep Their Promise on Shutdown Paychecks

02/27/14

Connecticut Lawmakers Keep Their Promise on Shutdown Paychecks

Members of Congress from Connecticut who pledged not to accept their salaries for time they worked during the federal government shutdown last year did as they promised and donated the money to nonprofit groups.

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02/26/14

President Obama is Coming to Hartford Wednesday

Apparently Governor Dannel P. Malloy's defense of the Obama administration's policies within earshot of the White House has paid off -- with a visit from the Commander in Chief himself.

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02/26/14

Senate President Don Williams Won't Seek Re-Election

State Senate President Don Williams, D-Brooklyn, announced today he will not seek re-election. Williams has served in the state senate since 1993, and as senate president since 2004.  “After serving 10 years as President Pro Tempore of the State Senate, I look forward to pursuing other challenges at the end of this term,” Williams said in a press release. “It has been a great privilege and honor to serve the people of our state and my constituents in the great northeastern corner of Connecticut. The progress we have made when facing difficult challenges, particularly in the past four years with the help of Governor Malloy, has been substantial, and Connecticut is well positioned for new growth in the years ahead. The Hartford Courant broke...

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Round Two of Malloy v. Jindal Starts on Twitter

02/25/14

Round Two of Malloy v. Jindal Starts on Twitter

An argument between Gov. Bobby Jindal, R-La. and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, which began steps from the White House, took to Twitter and cable news Tuesday, following Jindal's assessment of President Barack Obama's hope to raise the minimum wage as creating an American "minimum-wage economy." Jindal made the comment at a press conference Monday, where members of the National Governor's Association stood to brief reporters on their series of meetings at the White House throughout the weekend. Malloy quickly took to the mic after Jindal's comments—prompting another rebuff from Jindal.  But apparently that back and forth wasn't enough for either governor, who both then spoke on the issues with cable news and directly at each other on Twitter....

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Gov. Dannel P. Malloy pushes back after Louisiana Gov. Jindal rips Obama

02/24/14

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy pushes back after Louisiana Gov. Jindal rips Obama

A news conference meant to brief reporters on bipartisan talks between the nation’s governors and President Barack Obama disintegrated into partisan squabbling Monday, with Gov. Dannel P. Malloy jumping into the fray to push back against Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal.

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Presidential Popular Vote Gets Support of Gov. Malloy, Senate President

02/24/14

Presidential Popular Vote Gets Support of Gov. Malloy, Senate President

An act being discussed by the General Assembly to support an multi-state pact to elect the president by a national vote gained the support of Governor Dannel P. Malloy and Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman Monday.

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02/23/14

Reports: FBI Investigating House Republicans Relationship with Direct Mail Company

The Chief of Staff for House Republicans George Gallo resigned abruptly Thursday, admitting he was a person of interest in a federal probe into Republican legislators using the services of a direct mail company in Florida, multiple media outlets reported. The FBI appears to be investigating whether candidates were steered to use the firm Direct Mail Systems, and if there were any kickbacks. In a statement, House minority leader Larry Cafero, R-Norwalk, said he and other lawmakers were cooperating fully with the investigation. Here’s what has been reported so far: -          Kevin Rennie’s Daily Ructions Blog first broke news of the FBI investigation and subpoena of republican leaders. Gallo apparently resigned later...

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 Tea Party Activist Walter Reddy Has Eyes on Toni Boucher's Senate Seat

02/20/14

Tea Party Activist Walter Reddy Has Eyes on Toni Boucher's Senate Seat

State Sen. Toni Boucher’s decision on whether to run for the governor’s mansion or hold on to her Senate seat may have just gotten a little more complicated.

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02/19/14

House Speaker Calls for Repeal of Keno

More leading legislators are calling for the repeal of Keno.

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02/18/14

John McKinney Wants Ten Republican Debates with Gubernatorial Candidates

The gubernatorial candidate is putting the pressure on his fellow candidates.

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Republican Candidates Take on Several Issues in First GOP Debate

02/18/14

Republican Candidates Take on Several Issues in First GOP Debate

Here is a breakdown of the candidates' stances on the issues from the first debate.

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02/17/14

Spokesman says Tom Foley Plans to Attend Future Debates

Two of the six Republicans vying for the party's gubernatorial nomination weren't at Sunday's debate in Brookfield.

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02/17/14

John McKinney Reveals He's Engaged to Kristin Fox

Regardless of whether state Sen. John McKinney is Connecticut's next governor, he’ll be a winner after the election.

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Live Blog: First Republican Gubernatorial Primary Debate

02/16/14

Live Blog: First Republican Gubernatorial Primary Debate

Follow along as John McKinney, Mark Boughton, Toni Boucher and Joe Visconti debate at Brookfield High School.

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Mark Lauretti Withdraws from Republican Debate

02/16/14

Mark Lauretti Withdraws from Republican Debate

Shelton Mayor Mark Lauretti has withdrawn from today's Republican gubernatorial primary debate.

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Gov. Malloy Accepts Some Assault Weapon Applications Received After Due Date

02/14/14

Gov. Malloy Accepts Some Assault Weapon Applications Received After Due Date

Gun and gun magazine owners who made an effort to abide by the state’s new laws and register their equipment, but missed the deadline by a few days, are getting a pass from the governor.

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State GOP and Democrats Release Dueling Valentine's Day Cards

02/14/14

State GOP and Democrats Release Dueling Valentine's Day Cards

Connecticut Democrats and Republicans are sharing Valentine’s Day cards today, though they aren’t the sort of conversation hearts common for today’s holiday.

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