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Posted inPolitics

GOP state chair hopeful admits to adultery at state Capitol

Former state Sen. William Aniskovich, a leading candidate to be elected Republican state chairman later this month, admitted today to sexual misconduct with a lobbyist, intern or staff member while he was in the General Assembly, according to Courant columnist Kevin Rennie. In a column published online tonight, Rennie said Aniskovich confirmed what the columnist […]

Posted inPolitics

Murphy camp touts UAW nod, says more labor support to come

Chris Murphy’s bid for the U.S. Senate got a boost Monday with the endorsement from the United Auto Workers. Murphy’s campaign announced that the UAW Region 9A would back his campaign to succeed retiring Sen. Joseph Lieberman. “They become the first statewide organized labor union to endorse in the 2012 CT-SEN race,” Kenny Curran, Murphy’s […]

Posted inMoney, Politics

Woody Allen, the debt ceiling, and the congressional schedule

When discussing this year’s odd congressional schedule recently, Rep. Joe Courtney quoted Woody Allen’s famous phrase: “80 percent of success is showing up.” “At some point,” Courtney said, “in trying to get things done you have to have people here.” Hard to argue with that. By Courtney’s measure (or Woody Allen’s) it’s not clear how […]

Posted inHealth, Money, Politics

Lieberman outlines major Medicare proposal

Sen. Joseph Lieberman, a Connecticut independent, stepped into the fray over Medicare today, outlining a proposal to dramatically change the government health care program for the elderly. “Medicare is hurtling toward its demise – our government is approaching a cataclysmic fiscal tipping point – while Washington is busy posturing for the next election,” Lieberman writes […]

Posted inMoney, Politics

Delegation plans “Weekend Retreat” (i.e. fundraiser) at Foxwoods

Connecticut’s congressional delegation is planning a big get-together. The impetus? Raising campaign cash. All 5 of the state’s U.S. House members will be heading to the Foxwoods Resort Casino July 8th to 10th for a “Weekend Retreat.” The beneficiary of the event is Rep. Joe Courtney, according to the invitation, but there are ten “special […]

Posted inEnergy & Environment, Politics

Last-day legislative drama centers on Haddam land swap

With no major legislation remaining, the General Assembly was free today to mull and eventually approve the contentious Haddam land swap, one of the intensely personal issues, favors and grievances that add drama to the frenetic last day of every annual session. Bills are held to the last day for myriad reasons, often having nothing […]

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WWE jump-starts lobbying in D.C., this time for literacy programs

World Wrestling Entertainment has recently revived its moribund lobbying activities in Washington-working this time to promote literacy programs, instead of to kill tighter entertainment marketing regulations. WWE has long employed an advocacy firm in the nation’s capital. But for most of 2010, APCO Worldwide reported no activity on behalf of WWE. In its most recent […]

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Tong announces for U.S. Senate

State Rep. William Tong, D-Stamford, announced his candidacy for U.S. Senate today on WFSB’s “Face the State” and via an emailed statement. “After overwhelming support and encouragement from my family,constituents, State Democratic Leaders, and friends from aroundConnecticut, I’ve decided to run for the United States Senate,” Tong said. He enters the race for the Democratic […]

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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 […]