Mark Pazniokas

Mark, a winner of numerous journalist awards, is the former state politics writer for The Hartford Courant and a former contributing writer for The New York Times. In more than 30 years as a reporter, he has covered some of the most compelling stories in the state, including the impeachment inquiry and resignation of Gov. John G. Rowland in 2004 and the nationally watched Senate race won by Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman as an independent in 2006. Mark is a graduate of Boston University. E-mail him at

Recent Posts

Fact, fiction and dead voters: ‘There’s never been a case here’

Casting ballots at the Hartford Public Library last November

Don’t bother to look for a case of someone voting in the name of the dead at the polls in Connecticut, even if Donald J. Trump frets that 1.8 million dead Americans are still registered to vote. Proven voter fraud is rare here, and it’s never involved impersonation at the polls. Continue Reading →

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Fundraising for GOP congressional candidates in CT hits new low

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Donors are shunning all five Republican campaigns for the U.S. House of Representatives in Connecticut, setting a new mark for fundraising futility: Contributions in the 4th and 5th Congressional Districts are less than 10 percent of what previous GOP challengers raised in previous cycles. Continue Reading →

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Joe Lieberman sues CT for $610M for tribe he fought as senator

Joseph I. Lieberman:

A dozen years after making the case in Washington that the Schaghticoke Tribal Nation wasn’t really a tribe, former U.S. Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman was introduced Friday as one of the lawyers demanding the state of Connecticut pay $610 million to compensate the Schaghticokes for 2,000 acres of tribal lands taken over 117 years, beginning in 1801. Continue Reading →

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Esty and Cope disagree, if amiably, on gun control and climate change

Republican Clay Cope and U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty, D-5th District.

DANBURY — America’s approach to regulating the sale of guns was the brightest line dividing U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty, D-5th District, and Republican Clay Cope, on Thursday in the first debate of what’s been an unexpectedly quiet congressional campaign. Another wedge issue was climate change: Cope is unsure about its cause, saying, “I’m not a scientist.” Continue Reading →

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From prison to freedom: ‘Our goal is to bat a thousand, but obviously that isn’t going to happen’


Edwin Glass went to prison with the expectation he would serve 51 months of a 60-month sentence, the 85-percent standard for a violent crime. He ended up doing 56 months, or 93 percent. Does that make Connecticut tough or lenient? Continue Reading →

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CT GOP wonders how to change the topic from Trump to economy

Donald J. Trump exits the stage with his wife, Melania

Connecticut Republicans struggled over the weekend to gauge how badly their campaign to win control of the Connecticut General Assembly has been sidetracked by the spectacle of a defiant Donald J. Trump facing off against the establishment of both parties over a video showing him crudely boasting of his ability as a celebrity to molest women with impunity. Continue Reading →

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Henkel to move business from Arizona to Stamford, with state aid

Some of Henkel's best-known consumer products.

Henkel, a German manufacturer of soaps, beauty products and industrial sealants, is expanding operations in Connecticut by moving its laundry and beauty divisions from Scottsdale, Ariz., to Stamford with the assistance of up to $20 million in forgivable loans from the state’s “First Five Plus” program. Continue Reading →

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Price quits, asks SOTS to give Independent line to GOP’s Carter

Rep. Dan Carter. R-Bethel

John R. Price says he is relinquishing his claim to the Independent Party’s nomination for U.S. Senate, a move intended to end an intra-party fight and give Republican Dan Carter the party’s cross-endorsement and a second line on the ballot. But with many ballots printed and optical scanners programmed, is it too late? Continue Reading →

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