IS BYSIEWICZ QUALIFIED FOR AG? ARGUMENTS TODAY

A Connecticut Superior Court Judge will hear arguments this afternoon on whether Secretary of State Susan Bysiewicz is qualified to run for attorney general. Bysiewicz is seeking a declaratory ruling from the judge as to whether she has spent at least 10 years as a “practicing attorney.” Absent that, she wants the judge to strike down the 10-year requirement as unconstitutional.

Since Bysiewicz announced she would seek the rulings, the Republican party entered the picture, hiring an attorney to argue that Bysiewicz is not qualified to run. The arguments are scheduled for 2pm this afternoon. The ruling could seriously affect the political landscape, particularly in the race for AG. Bysiewicz leads in the latest polls, just as she did in the race for the Democratic nomination for governor before abandoning that race in favor of running for AG.

Also watching closely are two other Democrats seeking the attorney general’s office—State Rep. Cameron Staples and former Senate Majority Leader George Jepsen.

Entering the attorney general’s race soon will be Republican Martha Dean, Richard Blumenthal’s opponent in 2002. Blumenthal easily dispatched her.
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The chairman of the state ethics board resigned yesterday after more than a week of controversy over campaign contributions he made in violation of state law. Ken Bernhard said he didn’t want the board’s work to be overshadowed by the controversy.

From the office of the obvious, it took this long for the chairman of the ethics board to figure out he shouldn’t be making partisan campaign contribution?
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For all you folks who have bragged to your out-of-town friends about the prowess of the UConn women’s basketball team, it’s time to pony-up and put your money where your mouth is. The Big East women’s basketball tournament starts today and runs through Tuesday at the XL Center.

It’s going to be spring-like this weekend—a perfect weekend to dine in downtown Hartford and take in some games of the tournament. UConn, of course, is undefeated and has not won by less than double digits during this latest unbeaten streak. Go Huskies.