by Jennifer Swift
Connecticut Politics

01/12/14

David Walker Confirms He's Exploring Bid for Lieutenant Governor

WFSB 3 Connecticut The "major political announcement" David Walker is scheduled to make tomorrow in Hartford is that the former U.S. Comptroller General is exploring a run for lieutenant governor.  Walker, a Bridgeport resident who served in four presidential administrations and as the CEO of a now-defunct think tank, confirmed his intentions Sunday on WFSB's Face the State program.  Hearst Connecticut Newspapers first reported the news on Thursday.  State GOP chairman Jerry Labriola Jr. will join Walker for the announcement Monday at 11 a.m. on the north steps of the state Capitol.  Walker told Face the State host Dennis House he thinks he's qualified to run for governor, but thinks it's too late in the process to build...

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01/11/14

Elizabeth Esty, Jim Himes statements on Obamacare security bill

Spokeswomen for U.S. Reps. Elizabeth Esty, D-5, and Jim Himes, D-4 emailed statements to Connecticut Magazine on their "yea" votes on the Obamacare cypersecurity bill that passed the Republican-led House of Representatives Friday.  Here's the statement from Esty, released by spokeswoman Laura Maloney:  “I’m committed to making sure that the Affordable Care Act works well in Connecticut and that we’re continuing to expand access and assist people as they buy quality health insurance. “A great deal of effort has gone into putting procedures and plans in place to make the state and national marketplace websites secure. To my knowledge, there is no evidence of data breaches, and no personal information has been stolen from our...

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01/10/14

Filing Deadline for Candidates, Committees Today

Today is the filing deadline for any and all candidate and exploratory committees, political committees, town committees and state central committees. So far, two Connecticut candidates for governor have released numbers on fundraising. Shelton Mayor Mark Lauretti who only entered the race as a candidate at the end of last month has raised $1,200 so far.  State Senate Minority Leader John McKinney says he raised $101,080 from 1,109 donors in this quarter, for a total of $134,167. McKinney's campaign sent out a press release boasting that his fundraising had outpaced all other candidates. Campaign spokesman Michael Fox said that while they haven't seen the actual reports from other candidates, "there's pretty good intel out there, so we're...

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01/10/14

Elizabeth Esty, Jim Himes vote with GOP on Obamacare security bill

Two of the five members of Connecticut's all-Democratic congressional delegation broke with their party today and voted with the Republican majority on a bill aimed at adding security to healthcare.gov, the federally-run health exchange site set up as part of Obamacare.  Reps. Elizabeth Esty, D-5 and Jim Himes, D-4, were among the 67 Democrats who voted for the bill, which passed 291-122. Reps. John Larson, D-1, Joe Courtney, D-2, and Rosa DeLauro, D-3, voted against the bill, which was introduced by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia.  Last week, Himes went on MSNBC and questioned whether Republicans such as Cantor had been acting in good faith to improve the law. He said at the time he hadn't read the Cantor bill and couldn't...

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David Walker to Make 'Major Political Announcement' Monday

01/10/14

David Walker to Make 'Major Political Announcement' Monday

Former U.S. Comptroller General David Walker, a Bridgeport resident, will make what he says is a "major political announcement" Monday in Hartford. A news release issued by Walker on Friday doesn't directly say what the announc

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