Amid Recessionary Gloom, a Bright Spot for State Finances:Nappier

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State Treasurer Denise Nappier, who started out the week watching Moody’s Investment Services place a “negative” outlook on the state’s Aa3 rating, had some good news this morning for the State Bond Commission: major savings in a more-than-half-billion-dollar bond issue this week. “We’re going to end the week with very good news,” she said detailing […] [Read More]
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Fred Biebel, Who Put The “G” in GOP, Is Dead at Age 83

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The Blogster is sad to learn that Fred Biebel of Stratford, a grand-old man of the GOP who was born on April 5, 1926, is dead. Here’s the statemetn from Chris Healy, chairman of the Republican State Central Committee: “The Connecticut Republican Party and Republican everywhere mourn the loss of Chairman Emeritus Frederick K. Biebel. […] [Read More]
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News Conference Rescheduled at UConn

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This came through at about 10:45 from Mike Kirk, UConn spokesman. “University of Connecticut Police and CT State Police will announce significant developments in the investigation into the stabbing death of football player Jasper Howard at a press conference to be held today, Tuesday, October 27 at 12:30PM at UConn Police Headquarters, 126 North Eagleville […] [Read More]
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Breakthrough in UConn Stabbing Case! Maybe Yes, Maybe No.

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What’s up with the State Police? They sent out a news advisory this morning for a 10 o’clock news conference at the University of Connecticut to make a “major announcement” into the investigation into the stabbing death of Jasper Howard, the UConn football star who was knifed outside the Student Union early on October 18. […] [Read More]
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Pelto, a Thorn In Rell’s Side, Quantifies The Big Retirement Incentive Plan

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Jonathan Pelto, a former Democratic lawmaker who is a political consultant, recently filed for a potential annuity with the State Elections Enforcement Commission over alleged in-kind contributions to Gov. Jodi Rell’s exploratory political campaign made by Ken Dautrich, a UConn professor who led a $220K, state-funded “study” of the state budget.  Now, Pelto has broken down […] [Read More]
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What? You Didn’t Have a Cool $1,000 Sitting Around To Give Chris Dodd?

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Well, here’s the transcript of what went down in Stamford last night when the President appeared at a fund-raiser for Sen. Dodd. The White House Press Office cranks these out for nearly every presidential appearance. Enjoy. THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary ________________________________________________________________ For Immediate Release                          October 23, 2009 REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT […] [Read More]
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Merrick Alpert Wants To Be Chris Dodd’s Worst Democratic Nightmare

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    The stunt of the week belongs to Democratic U.S. Senate hopeful Merrick Alpert of Mystic, whose most recent news release has him requesting a meeting with President Obama when he comes to Stamford tomorrow to be the key attraction at a fund-raiser for embattled U.S. Sen. Chris Dodd. Barring the Blogster’s believe that […] [Read More]
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Garfield Speaks During Apparent Illegal Session of Legislative Committee

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At 10:45 this morning, 15 minutes before the scheduled informational meeting of the Government Administration & Elections Committee, Jeff Garfield, outgoing executive director of the State Elections Enforcement Commission (see yesterday’s post), was allowed a few minutes of valedictory remarks to the committee. Rep. James Spallone, D-Essex, allowed this “point of personal privilege” to occur, […] [Read More]
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Garfield’s 120-day Bonus Draws Nearer to End and SEEC Hires Lenge, Long-time Counsel, To Replace Him

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  Jeff Garfield is finally finishing his double-dipping stint as a retirement-collecting former director of the State Elections Enforcement Commission, back on the state payroll, receiving 70 percent of his pay as, yes, executive director of the SEEC. To be fair (and the Blogster loathes being fair in this case, since Garfield didn’t return a call […] [Read More]
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Jazz Howard, Survivor of Miami’s Little Haiti, Becomes Victim Of Black-on-Black Crime in Storrs

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STORRS – The Blogster never thought it was a good idea for UConn to go “big time” and turn its football program into a Div. 1-A contender. That kind of program means more out-of-staters getting taxpayer-financed scholarships and takes away opportunities for in-state kids to experience intercollegiate athletics while earning degrees and preparing for the […] [Read More]
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