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Jon Lender is a reporter on the politics and government beat. He writes The Courant’s Sunday investigative column, Government Watch. A reporter and editor for 40 years, he has received numerous regional and national journalism awards, including the 2004 George Polk Award for investigative stories by him and two other reporters about corruption involving Connecticut Gov. John G. Rowland, who later served 10 months in federal prison. He began as a town reporter in Willimantic, Bristol, Southington and Middletown before switching to investigative reporting and government/politics coverage.

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Jon Lender

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GOP Seeks Probe Of Merrill In Licensing Of Official Who Didn't Disclose Drug-Felony Record

GOP Seeks Probe Of Merrill In Licensing Of Official Who Didn't Disclose Drug-Felony Record

December 20, 2014

Secretary of the State Denise Merrill said in November that there was no "political angle" to her office's 2011 decision to let a Bridgeport Democratic Party leader continue as a notary public despite his failure to list criminal drug convictions on his original 1988 application and four renewal applications.