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Ken Dixon

Malloy asks federal Agriculture Department to designate Long Island Sound “critical” conservation area.

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This from Gov. Malloy: “In a letter to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, Governor Dannel P. Malloy today urged the U.S. Department of Agriculture to designate the Long Island Sound and its watershed as a critical conservation area. The Governor requested that a portion of the $1.3 billion Congress provided the USDA’s Regional Conservation Partnership Program […] [Read More]
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Clock is now ticking on bill that would reduce the perimeter around schools, day care, housing complexes, for enhanced drug penalties, but create mandatory minimums for those caught dealing to kids

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  The 34-member Education Committee is meeting outside the Senate. Voting has begun on this bill and seems strictly partisan, but voting will continue as members not there now will track down committee clerks, until the start of the first legislative session. Tune in later for the status of this city-versus-suburb bill. Here’s the bill […] [Read More]
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Proposed state-administered retirement program will get roasted by Republicans, business execs, this morning

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Just in time for its arrival on the Senate “go” list, where it was passed temporarily last night, Republican opposition to a proposed retirement-account program for all state residents will crystalize later this morning. Senate Bill 249, would also require state employers to enroll their employees in the program and withhold as much as 5% of […] [Read More]
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Any “Thoughts”? Facing re-election battle, Gov. Malloy doubles down on state “revolution” mantra for tourism.

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Remember “Still Revolutionary” the state’s ho-hum marketing slogan to promote tourism? Neither does the Blogster. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy this morning announced the next phase of the campaign: a $3.4 million play on it. Here’s the release:   “Governor Dannel P. Malloy today announced the next wave of Connecticut’s still revolutionary campaign. The new advertising […] [Read More]
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Legislation to enhance penalties for assaults on fire marshals, inspectors, building officials, clears House 136-6

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  With little discussion, the House just approved a bill that would toughen penalties for assaults on fire personnel and local building inspectors. Partially inspired by a case of a building official assaulted in Stamford, the summary is below. “There has to be some notification given on who this individual is when the individual goes […] [Read More]
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One down….Judiciary Committee chairmen kill GAE’s “victim privacy” bill. One version still walks the earth

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Sen. Eric Coleman, D-Bloomfield and Rep. Gerald Fox III, D-Stamford, co-chairmen of the powerful Judiciary Committee, just “held” Senate Bill 381, the Government Administration & Elections Committee bill that would have created further obstacles for public review of crime-scene evidence. The hold kills the bill, although technically it could come up during tomorrow’s deadline for […] [Read More]
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Eastern CSU adjunct goes off the ranch in creative writing class, bashes Congressional Republicans and apologizes today after being lambasted in state House of Reps

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House Minority Leader Larry Cafero just demanded an apology from ECSU adjunct prof Brent Terry, for remarks yesterday bashing Congressional Republicans. “I am personally offended,” said Cafero, using an obscure rule allowing House and Senate members to defend themselves from attacks. Cafero called Terry’s rant “inappropriate.” Within minutes, this came from Terry: “During my creative […] [Read More]
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Malloy: Connecticut is home on the range-confident

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This from Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, after an Earth Day event featuring electric vehicles in Bushnell Park in Hartford, where he announced a growing system of charging stations to make the state “range confident:”   “For well over 90% of Connecticut residents, there is now a publicly-accessible electric vehicle charging station within 20 miles that […] [Read More]
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GAE approves smashing up, recycling CT Resources Recovery Authority, then rebranding it

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The legislative Government Administration & Elections Committee just approved a bill that would blow up the troubled Connecticut Resources Recovery Authority, the quasi-public regional trash agency, cut the 75 employees down to 45 and change its name to the Materials Innovation & Recycling Authority. The bill heads to the Senate. It’s part of the long-term […] [Read More]
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Correction chief says 65 percent of Connecticut prison inmates have mental-health issues

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James Dzurenda, commissioner of the state Department of Correction, just told a joint meeting of the Appropriations and Judiciary committees that 65 percent of the state’s prison population have measurable mental-health symptoms. “It doesn’t mean severe, it doesn’t even mean treatment but 65 percent of population has some sorts of issues,” Dzurenda said. [Read More]
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