Keith M. Phaneuf

Keith, with Jacqueline Rabe Thomas, won first prize in investigative reporting from the Education Writers Association in 2012 for a series of stories on the Board of Regents for Higher Education. The former State Capitol bureau chief for The Journal Inquirer of Manchester, Keith has spent most of 24 years as a reporter specializing in state government finances, analyzing such topics as income tax equity, waste in government and the complex funding systems behind Connecticut's transportation and social services networks. A former contributing writer to The New York Times, Keith is a graduate of and a former journalism instructor at the University of Connecticut. E-mail him at kphaneuf@ctmirror.org.

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 mpazniokas@ctmirror.org.

Clarice Silber

Clarice Silber joined The Mirror as General Assignment Reporter in November 2017. She formerly worked for The Associated Press in Phoenix as a legislative and general assignment reporter. In 2016, she conducted extensive interviews and research in Portuguese and Spanish for the Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative team at McClatchy, which was the only U.S. newspaper to gain initial access to the Panama Papers. She is a Rio de Janeiro native and graduated from the University of Maryland’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism.

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Shawn Wooden endorsed for treasurer, faces 3-way primary

Former Hartford City Council President Shawn Wooden won the Democratic endorsement for state treasurer Saturday, but will face off in a primary with fellow Hartford lawyer Arunan Arulampalam and former Wall Street trader Dita Bhargava of Greenwich. Continue Reading →

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Bysiewicz endorsed, but dogged by surging Zimmerman

The Democratic nomination for lieutenant governor will be settled at an August primary between former Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz of Middletown and Eva Bermudez Zimmerman of Newtown, whose protest candidacy blossomed into a full-blown campaign in just three days. Continue Reading →

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Democrats nominate Lembo, Merrill for third terms

Democrats nominated the unopposed Comptroller Kevin P. Lembo by acclamation and Secretary of the State Denise Merrill by a roll call vote Saturday, an easy warmup before tackling contested endorsements for the other underticket offices of attorney general, treasurer and lieutenant governor. Continue Reading →

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Mark Boughton wins GOP endorsement on third ballot

MASHANTUCKET — Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton won the Republican endorsement for governor Saturday, emerging as the choice of GOP delegates from a field of eight candidates on the third ballot. But he faces a primary in August with at least three and as many as seven candidates, including two wealthy businessmen who bypassed the state convention. Continue Reading →

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Gray narrowly tops Linares for treasurer, Miller gets GOP nod for comptroller

MASHANTUCKET — The Republican State Convention endorsed retired investment executive Thad Gray of Salisbury for state treasurer over Sen. Art Linares of Westbrook by a razor-thin 14 votes. It also endorsed Seymour First Selectman Kurt Miller for comptroller over Litchfield businessman Mark Greenberg, though that nomination also might be settled at a primary. Continue Reading →

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Hatfield endorsed for AG, but Shaban may primary

MASHANTUCKET — Susan Hatfield, a state prosecutor from eastern Connecticut, won the Republican State Convention endorsement for attorney general Friday, but former state Rep. John Shaban of Redding probably will contest the nomination in a primary. Republicans also unanimously nominated Susan Chapman of New Fairfield to run for secretary of the state. Continue Reading →

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Manny Santos wins in 5th CD, but Ruby O’Neill to primary

MASHANTUCKET — Manny Santos, the former mayor of Meriden, won the Republican endorsement for the open seat in the 5th Congressional District on a second ballot Friday, but he faces a primary from at least one challenger, Ruby O’Neill, a founder of the National Latino Republican Coalition. It was the only district with a contest for the GOP nomination. Continue Reading →

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Regents: Extra state funds not a cure-all for a system in crisis

A last-minute boost in state funding won’t stave off a looming fiscal crisis for Connecticut’s public colleges and universities, the Board of Regents for Higher Education reported Thursday. Continue Reading →

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Holocaust bill gets a vote, and CT House gets a blessing

It was a unique ending to a legislative debate: Rabbi Philip Lazowski, a Holocaust survivor who has watched the rise of a neo-Nazi movement that denies history, blessed the House of Representatives on Monday after it unanimously passed a bill requiring schools to teach a lesson about the Holocaust and other genocides. Continue Reading →

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