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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 […]

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A month later, Blumenthal offers regrets, not introspection

Richard Blumenthal, with veterans. Maureen Dowd wasted no time before psychoanalyzing Richard Blumenthal in the New York Times, wondering if “residual guilt about avoiding Vietnam” was responsible for misstatements about his military record. The Associated Press talked to a former FBI agent who mused about a need for “an ego boost,” and to a historian […]