A cavalcade of states, including CT, get education waivers today

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Right now, federal Education Secretary Arne Duncan is joining Gov. Dannel Malloy and members of the state’s congressional delegation in announcing that the state has won a waiver on the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) requirements. In case you think we’re special, other states also getting the waiver today are Delaware, Louisianan, Marylanbd, New York, […] [Read More]

With a month left in the fiscal year, the red ink has stopped flowing, kind of

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  The nonpartisan Office of Fiscal Analysis just issued its monthly update on the budget crevasse. “We are currently projecting a $249.2 million deficit in the General Fund,” the report says. “This reflects a net improvement in the projected deficit of $35.4 million since last month. Projected expenditures have decreased by $29.4 million and projected […] [Read More]
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War memorial vandals will face tougher consequences

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Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, out of state at a Democratic Governors Association function, announced Thursday that he has signed legislation enhancing penalties against those of desecrating, stealing or selling war and veterans’ memorials.   “Over the past decade, Connecticut has lost nearly 70 service members in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, joining the countless number of heroes who lost […] [Read More]
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Rowland, with security camera eyeing him, is no threat to Gov. Malloy

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 Gov. Dannel Malloy this morning attended the 2011 awards ceremony for the Governor’s Summer Reading Challenge. He was introduced by State Education Commission Stefan Pryor, who almost pronounced the governor’s first name correctly. He put the accent on “dan-NELL,” instead of “DAN-ell.” Be that as it may, they posed for photos with dozens of kids in […] [Read More]

Malloy non-committal on campaign-finance reform bill

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Gov. Dannel Malloy, caught in the Capitol this morning, didn’t tip his hand on the campaign-finance reforms that will reach his desk before the end of the month, following passage Tuesday in the House and Senate: “I haven’t had time…I’ve been a little busy with education, so I have plenty of time to take a […] [Read More]

Rep. Bob Godfrey: campaign-finance bill is lawsuit bait; too scary to approve

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Rep. Bob Godfrey, D-Danbury, was one of several Democratic members to vote against the campaign-finance and voting reforms that were approved in the House earlier today. “The ACLU is right,” Godfrey, the immediate past president of the Council of State Governments said in an interview later. “It’s overly broad. It’s inviting litigation. It needed a lot […] [Read More]

Republicans leaders were invited to attend governor’s news conference, but…

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But House Minority Leader Larry Cafero, R-Norwalk and Senate Minority Leader John McKinney, R-Fairfield, never saw the bill. Speaking to reporters at about 10:30 p.m. Monday, they said that a hold-up in the deal spiked a tentative noon news conference where Gov. Malloy was going to announce a deal. It got pushed back to 10 […] [Read More]
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Teachers’ union president has own view of “historic” education deal in General Assembly

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Sharon Palmer, president of the state’s American Federation of Teachers, notes the evluation portion of the new education bill will be limited to a “pilot” in about 10 low-performing school districts. She said that if Gov. Dannel Malloy had reached for that in his original bill, he might not have been met with a statewide teacher […] [Read More]
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House bids adieu to T.R. Rowe, who “put the TR in Trumbull.”

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   During his seven terms in the state House, Rep. T.R. Rowe of Trumbull never served in a majority caucus.  But on Monday, as part of an annual tradition, the veteran Republican lawmaker got to stand atop the chamber’s podium and take over the role of speaker.  And while he was supposed to lead a […] [Read More]