Free shuttles for the dead? Auditors: State Dpt of $ocial $ervices paid thou$and$ for deceased client transportation

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Here, with my bold-face highlighting, is an excerpt from the new report from the state Auditors of Public Accounts on the state Department of Social Services: “Background: DSS contracts with two vendors to administer non emergency medical transportation for some recipients on the State of Connecticut Supplemental Benefits Program and Medicaid. The vendors receive a […] [Read More]

Gov. Malloy relieved that Bridgeport’s primary vote went smoothly

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The governor, speaking with reporters this morning, said he hadn’t yet congratulated Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch for his Democratic primary victory over Mary-Jane Foster in a race where he declined to endorse a candidate. “I will be calling Mayor Finch to congratulate him….Any day that all the votes are counted in a timely fashion is […] [Read More]

Political merry go round in General Assembly. Senate caucuses get new chiefs of staff

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Jack Shannon, a top adviser for Senate Minority Leader John McKinney, R-Fairfield, will be the new chief of staff for Senate Republicans. On the other side of the aisle, Derek Slap, communications director for the Democratic Senate majority, will take over chief of staff duties following the departure of Kevin Graff. [Read More]

Malloy plans for jobs “summit,” with lunch included, on October 6.

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This came a few minutes ago from the governor’s office: “Economic Summit Will Highlight Ways to Lead In 21st Century Economy (HARTFORD, CT) – Nearing the completion of his Jobs Tour, Governor Dannel P. Malloy announced the agenda for the upcoming October 6 Economic Summit, which combines experts and speakers from academia, the private sector […] [Read More]

Gov Malloy, with no endorsement for the Bridgeport mayoral primary, still has an interest in the city that nearly hung him out to dry last November

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Gov Dannel Malloy, speaking in reaction to the Blogster’s question today gauging his interest in how the Registrar of Voters’ office in Bridgeport reacts during the mayoral primary next Tuesday between Mayor Bill Finch and challenger Mary-Jane Foster: “I have a special appreciation for the registrar’s office in Bridgeport, as you well know,” said Malloy, […] [Read More]

Auditors: DOT spinning wheels on bridge repairs

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Today’s release of the audit of the state Department of Transportation for 2009 and 2010 indicates a number of shortcomings. Mandated reports are not being completed because of a “lack of funding,” which the Blogster takes as a euphemism for “lack of leadership.” Another recommendation indicates that the bridge-inspection program could use some leadership that […] [Read More]

Malloy is examining possibly seeking federal waiver on No Child Left Behind requirements

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Gov. Dannel Malloy, spoke Tuesday to reporters on the status of the Bush-era No Child Left Behind standards: “The reality is the way No Child Left Behind is set up, in a few years 96 percent of all schools in the United States will not meet the standard. I have spoken to the secretary in […] [Read More]

Malloy, not even noting that Linda McMahon spent $50 M of her own wealth to lose Senate race in 2010, says she will stimulate state economy, again

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Gov. Dannel Malloy, speaking a few minutes ago to a small group of reporters in the Legislative Office Building: Reporter: “Governor, you said some partisan things down in Jersey yesterday. Do you have a comment on Linda McMahon’s candidacy for Joe Lieberman’s Senate seat?” Malloy, tongue in cheek: “Ur…Umm… Linda McMahon’s entrance into the race […] [Read More]

For whom does the retirement bell toll? 216 in September, so far

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The State Comptroller’s office, in response to a query today by the Blogster, says that the total retirements for the year are up to 2,353, including 216 since September 1. There should be more coming as the less-lucrative retirement benefits recently agreed upon by statewide unionized employees take effect on October 1. [Read More]

It will be ‘official’ tomorrow, when Linda McMahon’s Senate campaign II kicks off in Southington

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The 62-year-old former wrestling executive from Greenwich has selected the Coil Pro Machinery Co. in Southington as the site where she’ll announce for the Senate seat that will be vacated by US Sen. Joe Lieberman. After the announcement, which will likely focus on the issue of “jobs,” the Republican is offering brief, 15-minute one on […] [Read More]
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