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 […]
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 […]
He has yet to announce, but House Speaker Christoper G. Donovan’s congressional ambitions are on display tonight at the Jefferson Jackson Bailey dinner. Diners are being offered a Donovan for Congress sticker as they enter the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford for the Democratic Party’s annual fundraising dinner.
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 […]
Theresa Gerratana sat unnoticed Monday night at the end of a bank of desks in a hearing room, a freshman senator overlooked by witnesses for or against the death penalty. Whether Connecticut keeps capital punishment is largely up to her. Elected three weeks ago in a special election, Gerratana would be the 18th senator to […]
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 […]
The job requires the toughness of a traffic cop, the warmth of a den mother and tact of a diplomat. On January 5, the first day of the 2011 legislative session, it will belong to Rep. J. Brendan Sharkey, D-Hamden. Sharkey, 48, a five-term legislator best-known as an advocate of “smart growth” and regionalism, becomes […]
NEW HAVEN — Science and politics met awkwardly Thursday afternoon at a Yale forum on stem cell research promoted by Attorney General Richard Blumenthal’s campaign for U.S. Senate. Blumenthal told scientists and research advocates that he would do whatever he could as attorney general and a potential senator to reverse a judge’s ruling that halts […]
Tom Foley insists he can eliminate what effectively amounts to the largest state budget deficit in Connecticut history without raising taxes.
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 […]
STAMFORD – It was a night for Republicans to gloat a bit about the Democrats’ Black Tuesday, tell a new joke about Dick Blumenthal, recognize John G. Rowland and say good-bye to Gov. M. Jodi Rell. Nearly 800 Republicans crowded into an under-sized ballroom Wednesday night for the annual Prescott Bush fundraising dinner, bringing in […]
Peter Schiff North Haven — The two worlds of Peter Schiff merged over the weekend at a Holiday Inn hard by I-91, where he pitched investment advice and his U.S. Senate candidacy to Tea Party activists. Schiff covered subjects never broached in last week’s tepid debate with two rivals for the Republican nomination, things like […]