Last Day For Thousands of State Employees, But Don’t Say RIP

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Yes, it’s ghoulish to refer to the state’s Retirement Incentive Program by its acronym. C’mon, they’re about to embark on the next phase of their careers and lives at age 65, 60, 55, whatever. Even with a tidy pension of forty or fifty grand, many of the 3,500 or so soon-to-be-former state employees will probably […] [Read More]
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Malloy Joins Dems In The Budget Fight

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  It’s Saturday night at 11 o’clock and the Blogster has been reminded that in the hubbub of Friday’s House vote to send its eminently veto-friendly budget on to Gov. Jodi Rell for her imminent action, he forgot to give Democratic Stamford Mayor Dan Malloy some space to chime in. Before we print the statement, let’s […] [Read More]
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House Vote A Study In Apathy

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It’s 11:20 and the House just approved the budgetary revenue projections, mostly along party lines, 86-35. So a whopping 121 lawmakers of the 151-member chamber took time out from their summer commitments to come to the Capitol to do the people work. There is a total of 151 in the House, so 20 percent of […] [Read More]
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Wow. Rell Signs Senate Vacancy Bill

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It’s 11 a.m. Gov. Rell just announced she has given up her power to fill US Senate vanacies. Here’s the release from her office. Governor M. Jodi Rell today announced that she has signed legislation that requires vacancies in the office of a United States Senator to be filled by direct elections rather than by […] [Read More]
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Dems’ ‘Titanic’ Budget Sets Sail In The Senate, Bound For Veto Iceberg

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It’s 11 o’clock, around the time that the Senate was scheduled to go into session. But it’s doubtful that the fractured caucus will start before 2 p.m. on this day where they’ll go through the charade of approving a two-year nearly $38-billion budget. With only 20 votes, tops, among the 24 Democatic senators, it means that […] [Read More]
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Amann: Budget Mess Is A Game Of Political “Chicken”

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Jim Amann of Milford, the former speaker of the House, visited reporters in the Capitol Press Room this afternoon to say that it’s time for Gov. Jodi Rell to put her huge approval rating on the line and finally hammer out a new budget with majority Democrats. Amann, who’s running for next year’s Democratic gubernatorial […] [Read More]
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More News for the Thirsty on Sunday Alcohol Sales

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The Blogster personally believes that if you’re in a panic on a Sunday because you didn’t plan well enough on Saturday, maybe you should ease back and assess your lifestyle.  But far be it from me to be judgmental. And indeed, following Saturday’s story in the Connecticut Post about how Sunday sales might become part […] [Read More]
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Lapses Are In The Eyes Of The Beholder

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Just when you thought the Democrats were on the same page…Spring’s winding down to a close this weekend and the majority Democrats still can’t give the Press Corps a straight answer on whether they’ll run a budget next week without Republican Gov. Rell’s support. Well, it’s not as if this is going to come easy. […] [Read More]
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Garfield Not Quite Ready To Ride Off Into the Golf Course of Retirement

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Jeffrey B. Garfield, executive director and general counsel of the State Elections Enforcement Commission, is retiring after 30 years in the agency. Although it’s effective at the end of the month, he’s going to stay around for a few months until a replacement is hired.  During the monthly meeting yesterday of the SEEC, the Blogster […] [Read More]
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State’s Attorney Clears Rep. O’Rourke From Criminal Charges; Donovan Responds

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Here’s the report that just came out about Rep. Jim O’Rourke, D-Cromwell, who’s been under a cloud most of the year after an incident in Rocky Hill. Chief State’s Attorney Kevin T. Kane just released this statement. The report, which clears him in the second-to-last-paragraph, is followed by a statement from Speaker of the House […] [Read More]
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