New Laws Kick in at Midnight. Drivers With Hand-Held Cellphones Will Take Bigger Chances

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This from Gov. Jodi Rell today on new laws kicking in tomorrow morning, including expanded penalties for distracted driving and more protection for the young and elderly. Here’s the governor’s release and list of salient laws:              “Each of these new laws is a ‘step in the right direction’ for the people of our state […] [Read More]
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No Wonder Connecticut is in STEAP Budget Decline. Bonding Money Spread Like Election-Year Lard on Southwestern CT Toast

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Wonder how state debt service becomes $1.7-billion in a $19-billion budget? Here’s the list of Small Town Economic Assistance Program (STEAP) projects just in SW Connecticut that will get state ca$h for local projects totaling $20 million for 115 towns that was approved last month by the State Bond Commission. This list was compiled by the […] [Read More]
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Other Lawmakers’ Pork is Convenient Election-Year Bacon

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 The Blogster likes funding for the arts as well as the next person, although when Republican fiscal conservatives who bloviate against the state budget on the floor of the Senate gush about state bonding going to affluent communities, it does give one pause.  Such was the case yesterday, when Sen. Toni Boucher, R-Wilton, praised $200,000 […] [Read More]

New Q Poll Tightens the Governor’s Race to 3 Points, Leaving Us With Two Major-Party Candidates Claiming They Are Underdogs

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Democrat Dannel Malloy and Republican Tom Foley, speaking to reporters prior to a forum on tourism before about 1,000 people in the Connecticut Convention Center, both claimed to be the underdog candidates in the last five weeks of the campaign. So what does that make Chester First Selectman Tom Marsh, the Independent candidate for governor? […] [Read More]
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Linda McMahon Enjoying Dead Heat With Dick Blumenthal in New U.S. Senate Poll

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Too bad those pesky print/online reporters showed up at what was to have been an all-broadcast availability in Linda McMahon’s West Hartford office. The Blogster thinks it would have been very appropriate to give them the exclusive, since the bulk of her tens of million$ has gone to the TV blitz that seems to be […] [Read More]

Experts Say Next Governor Faces Many Transit Challenges

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Joseph J. McGee, vice president of public policy and programs at the Business Council of Fairfield County, said last week that the state needs a governor willing to invest in the state’s economic growth, because without it, there’s no way the state can meet its budget gap without raising taxes and cutting state jobs.  “We’ve […] [Read More]

Gov. Jodi Rell, at Pizzeria Tomorrow in Newington, Will Order a Pie to Set Tone for End of Her Term: Lame Duck With Buffalo Mozz

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At 3 p.m. tomorrow the governor will kick off the third annual “Connecticut Restaurant Week” at Joey’s Garlic Pizzeria, 150 Kitts Lane, in the Shaw’s Plaza off the Berlin Turnpike in Newington. The Blogster hopes the governor orders a lame-duck pizza symbolic of her status, but imagines she’ll instead sample the fresh tomato and mozzarella pie. Below are notes on […] [Read More]

Foley is Late-Breaking Participant in Gubernatorial-Education Forum

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Folks at the Connecticut Coalition for Achievement Now (ConnCAN) advocacy group just notified the Blogster that Tom Foley, the Republican gubernatorial candidate, has agreed to join Democrat Dannel Malloy and Independent Tom Marsh tomorrow night in Middletown to discuss education policy. The event will be held at Macdonough Elementary School. [Read More]
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New Q Poll on U.S. Senate Race Will Come Out Early Tomorrow. How Close Can World Wrestling Entertainment’s Linda McMahon Get?

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Quinnipiac University Poll Director Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., tomorrow will release the latest survey of likely voters and their preferences for U.S. Senate. The Blogster wonder how close Linda McMahon, of the WWE McMahons, can get to Attorney General Dick Blumenthal. The last poll showed that McMahon was within 6 points, turning it into a horse race. The […] [Read More]

Forget the Chocolate-Covered Bacon. This Year It’s Chocolate-Covered Jalapenos (?!?!?!) at the Big E

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Yeah, the bacon was pretty disgusting, in a tasty, sort of heart-stopping, gloriously self-destructive way. Don’t worry, that’s still there, but this year, cocoa heads might want to consider chocolate-covered jalapeno pepperss at the Big E in Springfield. Call them Montezuma’s Sweet Revenge, with their seeds and all. The Blogster doesn’t have to say anymore, does […] [Read More]
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