Repubs Pick Healy, Again

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Chris Healy, the Swamp Fox of Connecticut politics, whose guerilla-style hit-and-run sniping at majority Democrats makes the lives of political reporters more interesting, has decided that he’s not going to rent U.S. Sen. Chris Dodd’s cottage in Ireland for the summer. Instead, he will continue as chairman of the Republican State Central Committee. On Tuesday […] [Read More]
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Capitol Seismograph Notes Fall of O’Rourke House

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The Blogster is saddened by the long-delayed, but-inevitable fall of the house of Jim O’Rourke. No, not the state representative from Cromwell who’s still under investigation following an incident last winter in which a woman he met in a local bar got into his car and was let out in nearby Rocky Hill without shoes, […] [Read More]
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Amann Campaign Hits The Capitol

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Jim Amann, the former House speaker who’s a candidate for governor, picked some low-hanging fruit Monday during a news conference blasting a Connecticut Voice for Children report on the tax credits for the film and digital-media industry. Afterwards, he spoke with a couple of reporters about his campaign. “I’m the only official candidate on both sides of […] [Read More]
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Rell Signs Probate-Court Reforms

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Connecticut continues on track to eliminate under-performing Probate Courts, as Gov. Jodi Rell today announced she has signed the bill that would require the courts to become self sufficient. “This new law creates a system that is more responsive to the needs of people who need probate court services when they are already going through […] [Read More]

Time’s Running Out On Bridgeport Diocese

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It’s nearly 5 p.m. on Thursday, giving the Bridgeport Catholic Diocese 24 hours to appeal the recent state Supreme Court ruling that would require the release of thousands of pages of documents on pedophile priests. [Read More]

Rell Signs Higher-Ed Loan Bill

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Gov. M. Jodi Rell has signed a bill that would let more state students access college loans through a program that began last year with state credit unions. It takes effect immediately under the Connecticut Health and Education Facilities Authority, which can free up $3.5 million guarantee loans issued by credit unions through a statewide […] [Read More]
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If You Paid For It, Is It Really Junk Mail?

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It’s 7:30 on Friday night. The Capitol is still and the Blogster is a posting away from taking a few days off to get over the laughter, lies and hypocrisy of the 2009 regular session. But what were those things scattered all over the fourth floor of the historic Capitol this week? No, not the […] [Read More]
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Unlike Action On Death Row at Northern Correctional Institution, The End Comes Swiftly For Capital-Punishment Repeal Bill

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About 24 hours after receiving the bill from the Secretary of the State, Gov. M. Jodi Rell has vetoed the controversial repeal of capital punishment in Connecticut. This is a veto message that will be picked over for weeks, but it’s clear that this year, with this governor, there’s not enough support for either repeal […] [Read More]
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Lawmakers Ask Rell To “Fix” For Capital Punishment, Or Ratifiy Its Abolition

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The co-chairmen of the legislative Judiciary Committee today raised the heat on Gov. M. Jodi Rell, who has promised to veto the legislation that would repeal the Connecticut death penalty. Sen. Andrew McDonald, D-Stamford and Rep. Mike Lawlor, D-East Haven, challenged Rell to offer a “detailed” proposal to make the current law workable, if she […] [Read More]
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Senate Approves Resolution Regretting Slavery

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It’s 10:49 and the Senate just approved a House joint resolution on acknowledging, regretting and apologizing for slavery in Connecticut. Until 1848 slaves were property. In 1777, 1779 and 1780 the state rejected emancipation legislation. Connecticut, for you smug Eastern-liberal types, once had the largest number of slaves in New England. [Read More]
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