Themis Klarides

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House Democrats block GOP bid to require votes on labor deals

In the first partisan fight of 2017, Democrats in the House of Representatives blocked a Republican proposal Wednesday that would have ended a longstanding practice of approving state employee contracts without a vote. Continue Reading →

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As the 2017 legislative session opens: What to know

The 2017 legislative session begins today, kicking off a five-month frenzy as lawmakers work to craft a budget in the face of bleak fiscal problems and debate topics ranging from school funding to legalizing pot. Here’s a look at what to expect. Continue Reading →

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Subtle GOP protest expected as House elects Aresimowicz speaker

Rep. Joe Aresimowicz, D-Berlin, can expect to be elected speaker of the House on the first day of the 2017 legislative session Wednesday without either opposition or support from the growing Republican minority – a calculated, if subtle, protest of Aresimowicz’s continued employment by a major public-sector union, AFSCME Council 4. Continue Reading →

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CT GOP pushes a tight message, even if Trump and RNC won’t

CLEVELAND — Republicans go home Friday to begin testing a convention-crafted message of Donald J. Trump as the only answer for an America imperiled by Islamic jihadists, bad trade deals, Black Lives Matter, stagnant wages, environmental regulations, unchecked immigration, Washington elites, activist judges, Obamacare, gay marriage, a biased media and Hillary Rodham Clinton. Continue Reading →

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Klarides says nothing political in late arrival at RNC

CLEVELAND — House Minority Leader Themis Klarides of Derby arrived here Thursday morning, saying she was delayed by a need to spend time with her ailing father, not a desire to distance herself from Donald J. Trump, the Republican National Convention or the GOP platform. Sen. Art Linares of Westbrook showed up Wednesday night. Continue Reading →

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Trump taps into angst of ’68, the foundation of gains for CT GOP

CLEVELAND — Richard Nixon, who opened a golden age of Republican presidential politics in Connecticut, promised a “silent majority” unnerved by assassinations, urban riots and war protests that “the long dark night for America is about to end.” Can Donald J. Trump do the same in an era of Twitter, 24/7 cable news, terrorism and police shootings? Continue Reading →

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Malloy zings GOP on bail reform, gets counter from Fasano

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and the Connecticut leader of the NAACP pushed back Monday at Republican opposition to Malloy’s proposed bail reforms, casting them as an overdue blow for racial and economic equality. One GOP leader said Malloy was playing the race card, while another made a counter offer. Continue Reading →

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Establishment well-represented among Trump’s CT delegates

Connecticut’s delegation to the Republican National Convention will be a mix of neophytes smitten with the outsider politics of Donald J. Trump, as well as pillars of a GOP establishment still adjusting to him as the party’s presumptive nominee. The delegation includes three former state chairs, six legislators and a Greenwich fundraiser who was an ambassador under George W. Bush. Continue Reading →

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Trump loyalty test for delegates may shut out many in CT GOP

WASHINGTON — Donald Trump’s big win in Connecticut means he’ll take dozens of Connecticut delegates and alternates to the Republican National Convention in Cleveland to support his presidential bid, but some state GOP insiders won’t be in the mix, and others will be screened for their loyalty to a candidate they had not openly endorsed. Continue Reading →

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