Mystery Solved! Marconi (???) Wants To Shine A Light In Guv’s Office

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Well, that would explain the first stop on next week’s Mystery Tour for Candidate X, who appears to be Ridgefield First Selectman Rudloph P. Marconi, a veteran Democrat who next week is expected to announce his statewide candidacy, in an exploratory way, during a four-stop statewide tour starting in Ridgefield and ending in Mansfield, with […] [Read More]
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Mystic Crystal Revelation! Another Pol Lining Up For Higher Office! But He/She Is Sparing Us Their Name

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The Blogster doesn’t know about you, but he thinks that Connecticut needs more nameless Democrats to announce for “higher office.” Newsrooms throughout the state this morning were inundated with mystery releases about an unnamed Democrat who will announce intentions to file an exploratory committee for something high-profile, presumably the governorship that has eluded Ds since […] [Read More]
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Capitol Inundated With Ennui: No Special Session Scheduled

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Let us count the way we love the General Assembly. After spending about $20,000 last week during a two-day session aimed at implementing the state budget that began July 1, no date has yet been set to resume their work. Sure, Gov. Jodi Rell vetoed the majority Democrats’ attempts to raise fees by $50 million, […] [Read More]
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If The Phillies Were Under-.500, Would We Have A Finalized Budget?

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One of the reasons why the House hemmed and hawed for hours last Thursday night over the controversial bills to implement the budget, might have had something to do with the Phillies-Brewers game. The Phillies are hanging on to first place in the NL East and Speaker of the House Chris Donovan, D-Meriden, is an […] [Read More]

Staycation? How about Paycation?

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The revised Democratic budget hammered through the Senate Thursday afternoon would make it even more expensive to drive and camp in Connecticut. It piles a net $50 million increase in fees, in addition to the $100 million in fees that were included in the $37.6-billion budget that Gov. Rell this month allowed to slide into […] [Read More]
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Genius Statue Nearing Completion, Heads Toward Chance to Again Fly Off The Capitol Dome

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The Blogster loves covering the State Capitol Preservation and Restoration Committee, mostly because no other reporters ever bother with it. But the appointed group of history buffs are at least interested  in the 1878 pile. They just got word from Eric Connery, facilities administrator for the Joint Office of Legislative Management, that the “Genius” statue […] [Read More]
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Implementer Session Will Raid Road Aid, Clean Water Fund, Delay In-School Suspension

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Just when the state was getting over its legislative hangover, the General Assembly is back today to approve bills that will implement the budget that began on July 1. Yes, reporters will be looking for rats, those furry, sepcial-interest pieces for which the slaient lobbyists make the big buck. Although no bill has been released this […] [Read More]
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Who’s More Outrageous Than Chris Healy? Not Even Nancy DiNardo.

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Nancy DiNardo’s weekend blather over Gov. Rell’s Machiavellian plan to announce she was going to veto $8 million in Democratic “pork” – that her lawyers knew she no power to veto – was nearly over the top. It reminded the Blogster that we’re heading into an election cycle. But as usual, GOP State Chairman Chris Healy […] [Read More]
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Fedele’s Schedule: Jodi’s Not The Only One Cutting Ribbons, Kissing Cows!

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  It’s Saturday night and rather than let another day go by without a posting, the Blogster offers a guest slot to Lt. Gov. Mike Fedele, who could become a candidate for governor next year if Gov. Jodi Rell decides to cut and run. This piece came from Fedele’s media person, Laura Fanelli, so we […] [Read More]
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GOP Lawmakers, Who Still Need Big Gains At The Polls To Be Relevant, Ask Dems to Give Munies A Break

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It’s Thursday afternoon and the top Republicans in the General Assembly – House Minority Leader Larry Cafero, R-Norwalk, and Senate Minority Leader John McKinney, R-Fairfield – just held a news conference to proclaim that next week, Democrats should give towns and cities a break when they vote on legislation implementing the budget that is retroactive […] [Read More]
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