Senate Cancelling Old Bond Authorizations. Bridgeport “Losing” About $28 Million

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The Senate just placed on its consent calendar for unanimous approval the cancellation of $422 million in lingering bond authorizations that Gov. M. Jodi had no intention of putting before the State Bond Commission. In all, 255 capital projects would be axed under the bill, which next heads to the house. It’s part of an effort […] [Read More]
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Pedophile-Reachback Bill is Dead For 2010

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Rep. Mike Lawlor, D-East Haven, Rep. Beth Bye, D-West Hartford, and Sen. Mary Ann Handley, D-Manchester, just announced they are pulling from consideration a bill that would extend the statute of limitations on child sex-abuse cases that in recent years have rocked the Roman Catholic Church and lately, St. Francis Hospital in Hartford, where a […] [Read More]
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Mad Dogs and Gubernatorial Candidates, Accepting Endorsements in the Noonday Sun

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Oz Griebel, Republican hopeful for the GOP gubernatorial nomination, just held a news conference in the blasting prenoon sun of the Capitol grounds, to trumpet the endorsement of former long-time Fifth District Congresswoman Nancy Johnson, who lost her seat to U.S. Rep. Chris Murphy nearly three-and-a-half years ago. [Read More]
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Speaker Donovan Says Democrats Are Getting “Pushback” on Rell’s Securitization-Light Proposal

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Speaker of the House Chris Donovan, D-Meriden, told reporters today that Gov. Rell’s proposal to raid two conservation programs to the tune of $100 million over the next two years, is resulting in “pushback” from some democratic lawmakers and environmentalists. “The good news is everyone’s talking in an open way,” he said. The plan to […] [Read More]
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Gov. Rell Wants to Change Horses in Mid-Revenue Stream. Dems Ponder the Saddle, Partner.

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Gov. Rell threw Democrats – and probably Republicans if there were enough of them to matter when it comes to votes in the House and Senate – yesterday when she offered a securitization-light program to save some money on interest in attempt to wrangle the upcoming $700-million deficit. The scheme would borrow about a billion […] [Read More]
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Senate Begins Debate on Workers’ Compensation for Police Officers Involved in Animal Confronttations

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The Senate is on the verge of voting on a bill that would provide workers’ comp benefits to police officers, including state police, for mental and emotional distress such as the one in Stamford who shot, at close range, the 220-pound chimpanzee that nearly killed a woman in Stamford last year. “We have not changed in any […] [Read More]
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House Passes Bill That Might Protect Trumbull From One-MW, Natural-Gas Fuel Cell

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It’s nearly 8 p.m. and the House just voted 139-0 in favor of legislation that would require the Siting Council to consider public safety issues when reviewing planned fuel cell plants that generate more than one megawatt, such as the one envisioned for a residential neighborhood in Trumbull. Rep. T.R. Rowe, R-Trumbull, who spoke in favor […] [Read More]
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Tere Caruso, Mother of State Rep. Chris Caruso. Dies at 85

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Teresa C. Caruso, 85, mother of veteran state Rep. Chris Caruso, D-Bridgeport, died over the weekend. She was remembered during a brief moment in the state House of Representatives this afternoon. [Read More]
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Bill Perceived as Anti-Newspaper Dies in P&D

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 A bill – SB 365 – that would have allowed cities and towns to quietly post requests for bids on their municipal Web sites, away from the eyes and scrutiny of general readers who buy newspapers, died yesterday in a 9-11 vote in the legislative Planning and Development Committee. The bill was the recent target of […] [Read More]
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Forget the Hotdogs. DEP Charges Canine Poisoning. What’s Wrong With the Water in Windsor?

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Here’s a news release from the DEP about the arrest of a brainiac in Windsor. “The Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Environmental Conservation Police  (EnCon) have arrested a 49-year-old man on charges that he used chemicals to kill wildlife.The man, William Bednarz of Windsor, was released on a promise to appear and is scheduled […] [Read More]
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