Auditors: State Treasurer Denise Nappier dropped ball on required rebidding of banking-services contracts

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 State auditors reported today that Treasurer Denise Nappier has failed to rebid four banking-service contracts, some of which date back 13 to 18 years. Here’s the section of the audit:  “Good businesses practices include a periodic rebidding of contracts. Section 4-216(a) of the General Statutes indicates that each personal agreement in excess of $50,000 shall […] [Read More]

Malloy opines, again, on the sandbox battle in Washington over the debt ceiling

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Gov. Dannel Malloy , a Democrat, last week issued a request to Congressional leaders to find a solution to the debt-ceiling crisis. Today, in the wake of the president’s speech last night, just issued this: “Last night, President Obama laid out a clear choice for the American people. The United States can honor the debts […] [Read More]

Malloy needs percussionist to provide responsive background ka-booms

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So one of the TV reporters is leaning back in a chair, asking the governor about how the vacationary month of August might interfere with thousands of union votes on the pending concessions, particularly among teachers. Reporter: “…Are you concerned about the vacation period?” Gov. Dannel Malloy: “I’m a Democrat. I would prefer people to […] [Read More]

Why shouldn’t the “Milford” mountain lion have traveled from South Dakota? Have you ever been to South Dakota?

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The most-interesting finding by the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, is that the young male mountain lion that was killed by a car in Milford last month, was actually monitored as it moved through Minnesota and Wisconsin on its way east to Greenwich and eventually the parkway, where it met its demise. Its DNA […] [Read More]

Malloy, General Assembly leaders, agree on promoting economic development at Oxford Airport

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Gov. Malloy recently vetoed a bill that would have created an enterprise zone for economic development around Oxford Airport. Last week he said that the new Connecticut Airport Authority should be given a chance to meet and review various proposals for Bradley International Airport and the state’s smaller landing strips. But today, in a joint […] [Read More]

Malloy to Congress: raise the debt ceiling!

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Gov. Malloy today wrote a letter to Republican and Democratic Congressional leaders asking them to get on the stick and come to an agreement on raising the debt ceiling.  ”…It is imperative that Congress do so to protect the US economy and the fragile, but ongoing economic recovery,” Malloy wrote. “Failure to increase the debt […] [Read More]

“In-state tuition” bill reminds Blogster of former Bridgeport lawmaker

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At this hour Gov. Dannel Malloy is holding a “ceremonial” bill-signing at Wilbur Cross High School. He already signed into law the bill that would allow undocumented foreigners to pay in-state tuiition at state universities, but he’s using the New Haven school as a backdrop to promote the legislation. Reporters call events like these “mock” […] [Read More]

Legendary rock writer Jane Scott dead at 92 in Cleveland

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  Jane Scott, longtime rock ‘n’ roll critic/enthusiast for The Cleveland Plain Dealer, who witnessed the major events of the era, from the four lads from Liverpool to the depths of rap and hip hop, died at 92 the other day. Here’s the PD’s obituary, followed by her last column, which appeared in April. http://www.cleveland.com/popmusic/index.ssf/2011/07/jane_scott_legendary_plain_dea.html […] [Read More]

Bridgeport lawmaker named advisor to Speaker Donovan on redistricting

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Rep. Andres Ayala Jr., D-Bridgeport, a third-term House member, has been named as a special advisor on Latino and African American issues as part of the Legislature’s reapportionment project. Speaker of the House Chris Donovan, D-Meriden, made the announcement Tuesday, when he also said that Rep. Toni Walker, D-New Haven, will join Ayala. “Redistricting of House districts […] [Read More]

Rep. Bill Tong raises half a million buck$ toward U.S. $enate bid

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 State Rep. William Tong, D-Stamford, announced this morning that he has raised about $550,000 in the 53 days since he filed his U.S. Senate campaign committee. “I am grateful so many people believe in my campaign for the U.S. Senate, and have invested so much in so little time.  This proves I am going to have the […] [Read More]