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

Gubernatorial candidates submit to 12-minute job interviews on CPTV

Mark Boughton watches NASCAR and does yoga, though not at once. In ninth grade, Ned Lamont played keyboard in a band called Flower Pot. Timothy Herbst played offensive line in high school for a legendary football coach. Steve Obsitnik’s kids didn’t want him to run for governor, but they got over it. Are you ready to hire one of them for governor? Continue Reading →

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Stefanowski gets closer on less-traveled path to GOP primary

Bob Stefanowski has campaigned for governor of Connecticut in something of an alternate universe, a place where there was no Republican state convention, no delegates deciding who gets access to the primary ballot. Instead, Stefanowski’s path to the primary brought him, his volunteers and paid staff to the homes of more than 12,000 Republican voters. Continue Reading →

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With no one on his right, Herbst takes aim at Boughton

Timothy Herbst is in a good mood. At the Cromwell Diner, where he just chatted with the mayor and former police chief over a breakfast of coffee, eggs and politics, he says he can see a path through a crowded field to the Republican nomination for governor — even if it means stealing a page from the GOP’s bête noire, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy.
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Malloy vetoes ECS bill, declines to sign health measure

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy on Friday vetoed a bill that would have prohibited him or future governors  from cutting education-cost sharing grants to cities and towns as a means of addressing a budget shortfall that develops during the fiscal year. He also allowed a bill to become law without his signature, a first for the governor. Continue Reading →

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Seldom retiring, Betty Gallo is quitting nonetheless

On every hot-button issue of the past four decades, Betty Gallo seemed to have a client, dogging legislators on behalf of the ACLU, Planned Parenthood, the Innocence Project and a long roster of other advocacy groups, taking up causes that often traveled the arc from Quixotic in one session to law in another. No more. Gallo says the 2018 session was her 41st and her last, ending a remarkable run as the lobbying voice of progressive politics in Connecticut. Continue Reading →

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Interior relents on Connecticut casino deal

Without explanation, the Department of Interior said Thursday it has reversed course and is accepting at least one of the two gambling amendments necessary for the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes to jointly construct a casino in East Windsor. The tribes still face obstacles, including a promised legal challenge by its competitor, MGM. Continue Reading →

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In prison, ‘Reimagining Justice’ — and a governor’s legacy

CHESHIRE — In a century-old maximum security prison, a “60 Minutes” news crew recorded visitors mingling Wednesday among inmates and correction officers in a re-purposed cellblock,  participants in a criminal-justice experiment that seems destined to become the praised legacy of an unpopular governor, Dannel P. Malloy. Continue Reading →

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Arulampalam quits as Democrats debate diversity

Arunan Arulampalam ended his campaign for the Democratic nomination for state treasurer Tuesday with a concession and a challenge: He declined to risk a potentially racially divisive primary, but challenged Democrats to look at diversity with a broader lens than a tradition of nominating only African-Americans for treasurer. Continue Reading →

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In this neighborhood, at least, no one says no to Joe Ganim

On a brick sidewalk along Park Street in Hartford, Henry Jemison was railing about the stupidity of corrupt politicians, potentially an awkward encounter for Bridgeport Mayor Joseph P. Ganim. But no, Jemison was talking about Eddie A. Perez, who never went to prison. And not Ganim, who did. Now, Ganim was asking Henry Jemison to help him run for governor,to give him one of 15,458 signatures he needs to get on the ballot. Continue Reading →

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Connecticut’s lieutenant governor primaries confront gender, generation and race

The office is derided as the spare part of government, a job with few duties other than being available should the boss fall ill or worse. But primaries for lieutenant governor in Connecticut are asking Democrats and Republicans to think about their openness and appeal to millennials and minorities in a decidedly unsettled election cycle. Continue Reading →

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