Lawlor’s first interview as deputy OPM designee

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  Soon-to-be-former Rep. Michael P. Lawlor, D-East Haven, abandoning the Legislature after 24 years to become the criminal justice deputy in the Office of Policy and Management: “There are three goals here. Number one is to reduce crime. Number two is to save money. Three is to restore trust in the criminal justice system. Many […] [Read More]
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Judiciary Committee is losing its co-chairmen. Sen. Andrew McDonald to become Malloy’s legal counsel. Rep. Mike Lawlor to OPM

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Gov.-elect Dan Malloy just announced that Lawlor, D-East Haven, a long-time lawmaker and co-chairman of the Judiciary Committee, will become underscertary of the governor’s budget office, specializing in criminal justice policy and planning. This, on the heels of this afternoon’s announcement in Stamford that Sen. Andrew McDonald, the committee’s other co-chairman, will be Malloy’s chief […] [Read More]

Smokes clears, railcars – and Bpt tornado money – failed in Bond Commission last week. New commission meeting scheduled for December 22

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Because Attorney General Richard Blumenthal and Comptroller Nancy Wyman took walks away from last week’s State Bond Commission meeting, a plan to purchase $81 million in new rail cars has ultimately failed. Because voice votes were held, the actual votes were thrown into doubt and the way bond counse lawyer types are – color them […] [Read More]

CBIA to Legislature: reduce costs and create jobs, for cryin’ out loud

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The 10,000-member Connecticut Business & Industry Council, so ignored by majority Democrats in recent years, has issued its 2011 legislative agenda at a crucial time, as Gov.-elect Dannel Malloy prepares to become the first Democratic governor in 20 years. “Policymakers must understand that private-sector investment is the key to job creation and economic growth,” said […] [Read More]

Who cares about what a cartoon portrays about Bridgeport? And have you driven up Main Street from the Golden Hill Street intersection lately?

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If you drive in that corridor which is now so desolate and sad, across from the old Majestic and Poli Theaters that for decades have been pigeon condos, you can just make out, if you know where to look, the old Art Deco sign that once wrote out “Ocean Sea Grill” at that former Bridgeport landmark. […] [Read More]
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Jepsen’s pick for deputy AG, Nora Dannehy, put Rowland behind prison bars

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Attorney General-elect George Jepsen just held a news conference announcing that veteran deputy U.S. Attorney Nora Dannehy has agreed to be his chief deputy. After the brief news conference in the Legislative Office Building, the Blogster approached Dannehy, who was the federal prosecutor for the Rowland (he served 10 months in prison and now has […] [Read More]
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Wanna drink and drive during the holidays? The State Police will be looking for you.

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 The Blogster doesn’t like inebriated drivers at all and had second thoughts about posting this schedule of State Police holiday patrols. Why tip off the drunks on locations where they might get busted? But it is already on the Department of Public Safety’s website, so here goes. Maybe it’ll stop that one idiot for getting […] [Read More]
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If Stamford wins the “Democracy Cup,” what does Bridgeport get?

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Some kind of penny-saving award, possibly, in honor of the Bridgeport voter registrars low-balling the number of ballots they ordered for the state’s largest city? Or how about a voter-suppression award bearing the visage of, say, GOP State Chairman Chris Healy, on a plaque that can be displayed prominently in the heavily Democratic city?  Secretary of […] [Read More]

Blumenthal hires D.C. insider as chief of staff

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Sen.-elect Dick Blumenthal today announced that he has hired a former aide of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton named Laurie Rubiner, to be his chief of staff. “Laurie brings to my office and to the people of Connecticut a passion for public service, invaluable experience in the Senate, unparalleled policy expertise, and mostly importantly, she shares my commitment […] [Read More]
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One Jodi leaves the Capitol, another arrives

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Gov. Jodi Rell will be decamping the Capitol for retirement in less than a month, but former TV reporter Jodi Latina will be joining the Senate Republicans’ communications department next week. Latina, a former Channel 8 and News 12 Connecticut reporter, was Linda McMahon’s press person during the wild US Senate campaign. She will now fill […] [Read More]
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