Good Guy Carl Dickman, former state rep from Fairfield, dies at 84

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Former multi-term selectman and state representative Carl Dickman, a good-natured Republican from Fairfield, who once described on the floor of the House of how he was so hooked on cigarettes that he was smoking while on the stretcher as EMTs were taking him to the hospital after a heart attack, died Sunday at age 84. […] [Read More]
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Donovan taking a look at U.S. Rep. Murphy’s vacancy

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U.S. Rep. Chris Murphy of the Fifth District is running for the 2012 U.S. Senate vacancy when Joe Lieberman moves on. Speaker of the House Chris Donovan, D-Meriden: “It’s early but I am interested,” Donovan told the Blogster. “It’s something I am looking at.” [Read More]

Lawlor, former lawmaker now in Malloy’s budget office, gets $23 million on to the State Bond Commission agenda

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 Governor Dannel P. Malloy today defended his planned $8 million investment in upgrades to the criminal justice system scheduled for next week’s State Bond Commission. The issue dates back to 2008, when lawmakers were stumbling over each other to try to react to the Cheshire home invasion that left a mother and her two daughters […] [Read More]

Malloy was recipient of unexpected star-power reflections at SOTU

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  Gov. Dannel Malloy, who expected to sit on the House floor Tuesday as US Rep. John Larson’s guest for the State of the Union speech, had a change of plans.  “I was on the aisle. I didn’t sit on the floor,” he said earlier today. “More members showed up than originally anticipated. I sat […] [Read More]

Salary porn 2011. HRO, SDO, SRO, HDO!

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Here is the Blogster’s annual listing of staff salaries for House Democrats (HDO) Republicans (HRO)  Senate Ds and Rs (SDO) (SRO) and other offices.  AAC is African American Affairs Commission; LM is Legislative Management. But you already knew.     bt    AAC    Cassis, Glenn $106,200                   AAC Drummond, Denise        53,857 APC Havnurkar, Nakul        […] [Read More]
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Malloy gives State Bond Commission his first snow job: postpones meeting until next Wednesday

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The governor has postponed the State Bond Commission meeting, which is usually on the last Friday of the month but had been rescheduled for tomorrow, until next Wednesday, because of the anticipated storm. So those final 38 rail cars that were so crucial to Gov. Rell’s legacy last month, but the procurement of which was […] [Read More]

Cool: more snow tonight. Maybe it’s a good time to oil your baseball glove(s)

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Because a month from today, Feb. 26, it’s mandatory reporting for all major league ball players. Voluntary spring training begins for pitchers and catchers on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14. The Blogster thinks you should know. [Read More]
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Chris Healy, GOP state chief and the anti-Malloy, opines on the State of the Union delivery

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  Here’s Healy’s react to last night’s doings in DC: “President Obama and the Democrats continue to perpetuate the illusion that you can spend your way to prosperity. “ “After offering well chosen words for the need to tackle a $13 trillion deficit that he and the Democrats in Congress created, the President pivoted to […] [Read More]
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Malloy took in State of the Union as guest of US Rep. John Larson, D-1

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Here’s Gov. Dannel Malloy’s statement after witnessing the State of the Union Speech last night on the floor of the U.S. House as a guest of Congressman John Larson: “I appreciate President Obama’s frank talk about the challenges that lie ahead and what we need to be willing to do to overcome them. I share […] [Read More]

Malloy: I didn’t ask Democrats on the Bond Commission to hold up train car purchases

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The governor this morning said that last month, when Democrats held up action on the State Bond Commission to purchase a final batch of 38 rail cars (for $81.6 million), they weren’t doing it at his bidding. Still, the fact that Democrats delayed  the purchase and embarrassed Gov. Rell, thus giving Malloy the credit when […] [Read More]