By Mark Pazniokas –

In his fourth and final State of the State address before facing re-election, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy delivered a ringing defense of his response to an inherited fiscal crisis and a rebuke of critics who he says refuse to acknowledge a slow, yet measurable recovery from recession.

The first-term Democratic governor, who often displays a strident confidence, struck notes of both defiance and humility in a televised midday speech to the General Assembly that formally marked the opening of the 2014 session and a new phase in his undeclared candidacy.

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