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In their first week, Malloy keeps Wyman in spotlight

When Gov. Dannel P. Malloy ordered non-essential state employees to stay home during the storm Wednesday, Lt. Gov. Nancy S. Wyman came to work. Malloy says that was a policy decision, not a punch line. Wyman, 64, holds the job often dismissed as the spare part of government. Its formal duties are ill-defined beyond presiding over the state Senate and being available if the governor is out of state or incapacitated. But since their inaugural a week ago, Wyman has been with Malloy at every public appearance, including televised briefings on the storm, and significant private meetings on personnel and the budget. Continue Reading →

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At the State Capitol, a Tea Party of one

As the only avowed Tea Party adherent to win election in Connecticut, Joe Markley is a curiously laid-back representative of a movement known for its anger and frustration with government spending and policies. “I’ve not the hard-driving sort,” said Markley, who has degrees in English from Amherst and Columbia. “I’m a very relaxed firebrand.” Markley’s brand of small-government Republicanism has not sold well in Connecticut since 1984, when he and 11 other GOP challengers won state Senate seats on Ronald Reagan’s coattails, only to lose them two years later on a changing political tide. After an absence of 24 years, he’s coming back in January to take the same seat, allied with minority Republicans and the even smaller Tea Party, an anti-tax movement that failed to coalesce here into a coherent political vision or strategy. Continue Reading →

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