DEP Responds to Middletown Plant Explosion

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Dennis Schain, spokesman for the DEP, says the agency’s emergency response unit are on site, conducting air quality monitoring and assisting other state and local agencies in the search and rescue.  “At this point our first concern is to help in locating and providing care for anyone who may have been injured in the explosion,” […] [Read More]
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Lawmakers Playing Nice-Nice and Bipartisan for a Change? Thanks Goodness for Larry Cafero

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The Blogster was frightened a wee bit this week when Democrats responded to the governor’s Obama-style calls for civility with..well.. civility.  Fortunately, there’s House Minority Leader Larry Cafero, who’s hoping to grow his tony 36-member caucus in the 2010 elections.  Here he is on the budget and politics: “If I were some of the Democratic candiates […] [Read More]
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Blogster Announces Annual Paycheck-Envy Report on House and Senate Caucuses

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Here’s the annual report on those House and Senate staffers who a) work too hard for little money or b) hardly work for the big bucks. Pass these listings, courtesy of Legislative Management, around the office. As usual, the list, which was requested under the state Freedom of Information Act, doesn’t include title or job […] [Read More]
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Chris Shays Feeds the House Leader who Feeds Him

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Chris Shays, our former long-time congressman from the Fourth District, was among the gaggle of potential gubernatorial candidates in the state Capitol yesterday for the opening kickoff of the 2010 session. Unlike the other possible candidates, Shays no longer lives in the state. Also unlike the other candidates, Shays came up to the Capitol Press […] [Read More]
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Lobbyists Carroll Hughes and Jean Cronin Finally Get Some Love From the OSE

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The Office of State Ethics just issued revisions to its top-10 lobbyist list recently published in its “State of Lobbying” report. Hughes & Cronin Public Affairs Strategies was incorrectly left out of the list. They’re eighth in revenue generated, with $1,035,243.39 earned in 2009.  The overall lobbyist revenues and the total revenues of the top 10 communicators […] [Read More]
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Could the Field of Democratic Candidates for AG Spell Doom for Party’s Effort to Retain the Post?

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 Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz abandoned her bid for governor to focus on attorney general after AG Dick Blumenthal saw his main chance in running to fill Chris Dodd’s promised vacancy. But Blumenthal believes that a court could have to rule on whether Bysiewicz has enough “active” experience (you need 10 years) as a lawyer […] [Read More]
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25 Hours After Rell Administration (with a Little non-Help from Treasurer Denise Nappier) Promises Details on “Securitization,” Still No Info

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The Blogster is puzzled this morning. 25 hours ago, OPM Secretary Bob Genuario promised that details on the no-called securitization of $1.3-billion would be released in the afternon following Gov. Rell’s budget address. It never happened. So, if your trademark is “transparency and openness,” who was the information held up? It’s long-term borrowing on anticipated income […] [Read More]
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Can Dick Blumenthal Make AIG Execs Look Like Sympathetic Characters?

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 Given a chance to issue a press release, Attorney General Richard Blumenthal today asked the federal government to block the payment of $100 million in so-called retention bonuses to those AIG Financial Services employees in Wilton.  Blumenthal sent a letter to federal Special Master Kenneth Feinberg, who has jurisdiction over executive compensation at bailed-out companies. […] [Read More]
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