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House Democrats outline agenda with a pro-business flavor

EAST HARTFORD — Facing an electorate that gave the General Assembly a 24-percent approval rating, the House Democratic Majority unveiled a campaign framework Tuesday that focuses on job creation and fiscal responsibility and downplays labor issues, such as raising the minimum wage and making the tax structure more progressive. Continue Reading →

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GOP looking to gain CT House seats, despite presidential year

The last time Republicans won a majority in the Connecticut House, they had the assistance of a Ronald Reagan landslide and a party lever that encouraged straight ticket voting. But the GOP sees opportunity for gains this year in open Democratic seats and polls showing an electorate deeply dissatisfied with a Democratic governor and General Assembly. Continue Reading →

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CT lawmakers in Philly to help reshape party, press agendas

PHILADELPHIA- President Obama met a generally friendly crowd when he spoke to House Democrats at their retreat in Philadelphia Thursday evening, but not every lawmaker is completely on board with the agenda he’s promoting, including Reps. Rosa DeLauro and Jim Himes. Continue Reading →

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Feds secretly videotaped House leaders Donovan and Cafero

New Haven – In a secretly videotaped encounter in 2012, then-House Speaker Christopher G. Donovan, D-Meriden, seemed to cheerfully take credit for killing a tobacco tax bill, then recoiled from the idea seconds later. “I took care of ya, didn’t I?” a smiling Donovan told Harry Raymond Soucy, a union friend acting on behalf of smoke-shop owners trying to keep their roll-your-own cigarette business free of state tobacco taxes. Donovan and Soucy then embraced, a scene played Thursday in U.S. District on the fourth day of the trial of Robert Braddock Jr., who was the chief fundraiser of Donovan’s 2012 congressional campaign. But Donovan’s friendly tone abruptly changed when Soucy, who by then was an FBI cooperator trying to secretly gather audio and video evidence of political corruption, explicitly tied the death of the tax bill to $20,000 raised by Soucy for Donovan’s campaign and the prospect of more money. “I’ve got another ten grand to give Josh tonight for killing the bill,” Soucy told Donovan, referring to his campaign manager, Josh Nassi. Continue Reading →

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