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  • Landslide Leo goes to court.

    Good thing for Leo Canty that Charlotte is only two hours by air to Hartford, with plenty of direct flights. The Democratic National Convention delegate from Windsor is flying home for the day Wednesday.

    He has an important little chore: a court appearance relating to his contested one-vote win in the Democratic primary for the 5th Assembly District of Windsor and a portion of Hartford's North End.

    Canty, who also is an AFL-CIO official, hopes he will be back Thursday in time to see Barack Obama accept the Democratic nomination for president.

  • NHI: "Call him Surrogate General"

    When President Obama needed someone to warn of what's at stake if Republicans take over the White House, he called on Connecticut's governor to make the pitch. All day long.

    Gov. Dannel P. Malloy spent a full day Wednesday selling Obama at the Democratic National Convention here, including a speech on the floor of the convention at the Time Warner Cable Arena.

    In his six minutes in the spotlight, Malloy warned Republican nominee Mitt Romney would "shred the safety net," destroy Medicare and Medicaid, and rob women of their right to choose, if he beats Obama in the Nov. 6 presidential election.

  • More on Congressman John Larson's speech at #DNC2012.

    It was a cameo, its early evening time slot -- 5:49 p.m. -- a mute indicator that not all that much was expected from Rep. John Larson, the veteran Democratic congressman from East Hartford.

    John Larson was expected to stand up, present an argument for the benefits of the Affordable Care Act and get off the stage.

    Instead, he used his personal story and his considerable speaking skills to go on the attack, raising heads and putting hands together all over the hall.

    He used the story of his parents, and even stacked up to all the inspirational family stories we've heard over the past couple of weeks at conventions, he did it exceedingly well.

  • STATE SEN 20: State Sen. Andrea Stillman sparred with her Republican opponent.
  • Only in Bridgeport

    he bystander who stopped Christina Ayala as she fled the scene of a hit-and-run accident warned a 911 dispatcher the legislative candidate could drive off again and also said she may have been under the influence of alcohol.

    "You need to hurry because, listen, she has kids in the car. She may be intoxicated," Kenneth Stokes, of Stratford, said in the emergency phone call following Ayala's Aug. 14 collision, released through a Freedom of Information Act request to Hearst Connecticut Newspapers on Tuesday.

    The police report did not indicate Ayala was tested for alcohol, but Police Chief Joseph Gaudett said the responding officer told him Ayala did not appear to be under the influence.

    Gaudett also said that officer -- Migdalia Ayala -- is not related to Christina Ayala.

    In a brief interview Tuesday Christina Ayala said she was not intoxicated.

    The accident took place 24 hours after Ayala won the Democratic primary in the 128th Assembly District to succeed her cousin, Andres Ayala, in the state House of Representatives.

    The city also released a 911 call from Krystal Velez, the 26-year-old whose vehicle police said Ayala struck after running a red light at the intersection of North and Briarwood avenues around 9 p.m.

    Ayala is scheduled to be arraigned Sept. 11 on charges of evading responsibility, failure to obey a traffic signal and failure to renew her vehicle's registration.

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