house speaker http://wamc.org en Vermont Representative Poirier Drops Plans to Run for Speaker http://wamc.org/post/vermont-representative-poirier-drops-plans-run-speaker <p>Vermont State Representative Paul Poirier is no longer running for speaker of the House.<br><br>The Barre independent sent an email to House members on Wednesday saying he has dropped his plans to challenge Democratic incumbent Speaker Shap Smith because he says he couldn't win.<br><br>The Burlington Free Press reports that Poirier said he didn't want to waste time on a hopeless challenge and start the new session with bad feelings.<br><br>The House will elect a speaker when the legislative session opens on Jan. 9.<br><br><em>Copyright 2012 Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.</em></p> Thu, 20 Dec 2012 22:30:00 +0000 Pat Bradley 54314 at http://wamc.org Vermont Representative Poirier Drops Plans to Run for Speaker CT House Speaker: No One Bought My Influence http://wamc.org/post/ct-house-speaker-no-one-bought-my-influence <p>Defiant and emotional, Connecticut House Speaker Christopher Donovan denies that he did anything wrong as federal investigators look into his congressional campaign&#39;s finances.</p><p>Donovan held a sidewalk news conference Sunday evening outside his campaign office in Meriden.</p><p>Federal prosecutors had announced Thursday that Donovan&#39;s campaign finance manager had been arrested for allegedly conspiring with others to hide the source of $20,000 in campaign contributions.</p> Mon, 04 Jun 2012 11:01:49 +0000 40350 at http://wamc.org CT House Speaker: No One Bought My Influence