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Ken Dixon

State Dept of Ag, losers in the legislative session, now changing the regulations for shellfishing

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Laws that would have changed the way shellfish beds are leased and reduce the size of harvestable oysters to 2.5 inches, down from 3 inches, failed in the last days of the General Assembly. But the Department of Agriculture is going its own way on new regulations, which are angering some shellfishers, who have complained […] [Read More]
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State property taxes a heavy load on municipalities: CCM issues annual report it hopes will affect election debates

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The Connecticut Conference of Municipalities continues its annual battle with municipal property taxes today, issuing a report it hopes will influence legislative and congressional races. “Towns and cities in Connecticut are responsible for providing the majority of public services in our state: pre-K-12 education; public safety; roads and other infrastructure; elderly and youth services; other social […] [Read More]
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Imperious judge in Rowland trial a closet Yankee fan?

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It’s no secret that U.S. District Judge Janet Bond Arterton is a no-nonsense jurist. Just ask Joe Ganim, who thought going to trial on corruption charges was a good idea back in 2003, then got whacked with a nine-year federal prison sentence for accepting half a million bucks in bribes. Or ask Josh Nassi and […] [Read More]
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Low hanging fruit! DOT starts crackdown on texting while driving

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The Connecticut Department of Transportation’s Highway Safety Office has announced that starting tomorrow, a new anti-texting enforcement project called “U Drive. U Text. U Pay” will start. It will run through September 24 in at least 25 towns across the state. The enforcement will use federal funds to discourage the unsafe behavior. Violations include $150 for […] [Read More]
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State Police: holiday weekend had three fatal DUIs.

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  Here are the Labor Day Weekend statistics from the Connecticut State Police. For reporting purposes the holiday weekend began on Friday at 12:01 a.m. and ended Monday at 11:59 PM.            ___1727__ speeding        ___200___ seat belt violations        ___3720__ other hazardous moving violations cell phone follow, too close etc        ___35____ driving while under the influence        ___315___ total accidents […] [Read More]
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Rowland’s latest corruption trial scheduled for tomorrow. Pretrial meeting today

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A pretrial conference has just been scheduled for 4:00 PM in Courtroom Two, 141 Church St., New Haven, CT before US District Court Judge Janet Bond Arterton  [Read More]
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Starting tomorrow, it’s not a barrier to the public. New x-ray scanners and entrance restrictions are “security enhancements.”

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Brave New World alert! Here is the latest from the State Capitol Police, complete with their bold-face fonts, to workers in the state Capitol, including the Connecticut General Assembly: “It is important to remember, your CGA issued ID/Access badge will be  required in order to gain access into the buildings through the staff/legislator entrances. So […] [Read More]
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UConn management torched in new audit report: credentials of prospective employees are not being reviewed

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Here are the recommendations of the state Auditors of Public Accounts, who just released a review of 2010 and 2011 at the state’s flagship basketball academy/higher education institution. Boldfacing was done by the Blogster. Really: contractor work beginning on projects before actual contracts are finalized? Whoa! The credentials of prospective employees are not being checked? […] [Read More]
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State Correction Commish heading to NYC

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After less than a year in office, James E Dzurenda of Stratford, commissioner of the state Department of Correction, is leaving for a new job as First Deputy Commissioner for New York City Department of Correction. He will be in charge of all the city jails in all five boroughs in NYC as well as Rikers Island, […] [Read More]
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Controversial Education Commissioner Stefan Pryor is on the way out.

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Stefan Pryor, the controversial state Department of Education commissioner who joined the Malloy administration in September of 2011, is looking for a new job. The governor’s office just announced that he will not be seeking a second term, which would coincide with the re-election of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy. Pryor’s tenure was marked by major […] [Read More]
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