Don’t You Hate It When Lawmakers Can’t Obey The Law?

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The Blogster just heard that second-term state Rep. Jason Bartlett, D-Bethel, vice chairman of the Appropriations Committee, was busted this week in Newtown for motor vehicle violations, including driving without a license; a suspended registration; and no insurance. To top it off, he was using a hand-held cell phone, with an outstanding cell-phone violation hanging […] [Read More]
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Wanna Run For The General A$$embly Next Year? Think Twice

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Geary Maher, who’s soon retiring as director of the Legislature’s nonpartisan Office of Fiscal Analysis, is retiring while the gettin’ is good. Right now, he’s painting a very-grim picture indeed for lawmakers during a hearing in the Legislative Office Building. Forget the generally minuscule $386-million deficit in the current budget. Starting in the budget that […] [Read More]
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Healy To Slammin’ Sam: Here’s Your Candidacy. What’s Your Hurry?

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   Some intraparty foibles boggle even the Blogster, who has seen alot of weird things over the years in Connecticut politics. Here’s the latest e-mail from Chris Healy, the GOP state chairman. It arrived minutes after a separate e-mail announcing the candidacy of Mark Greenberg, a Republican hopeful for the Fifth District seat held by U.S. Rep. Chris […] [Read More]
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Foundation Getting Set For Flying Babe, Mine Hoist

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Masons are in the Capitol rotunda today preparing a plinth for the “Genius of Connecticut” statue, which is expected to arrive next month from the New York art foundry that poured the replica of the plaster version of the winged goddess that sits inside the north entrance. When it arrives, the 16-foot-tall bronze, identical to the […] [Read More]
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Dick Belden To Be Inducted Postumously Into The Connecticut Vets Hall of Fame

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Richard O. Belden, R-Shelton, the longest-serving member of the General Assembly before his death in 2007, will be among those inducted tomorrow into the Connecticut Veterans Hall of Fame, during a 5 p.m. cerremony in the atrium of the Legislative Office Building.             “It is most appropriate that we pause each year to recognize and honor […] [Read More]
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Chestnuts Roasting on Some Open Steroids, Jesse the Body Mumbling Some Prose

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    One of the more-interesting aspects of World Wrestling Entertainment mogul Linda McMahon joining the mix for U.S. Senate is that it apparently puts political reporters on the WWE’s list for PR releases, so the Blogster just received news that former Minnesota governor Jess “The Body” Ventura will soon host ”WWE: A Raw Thanksgiving,” The Blogster […] [Read More]
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Linda McMahon Learns What the Beatles Sang 45 Years Ago: Money Can’t Buy You Love (But It Can Raise Your Statewide Profile)

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 Forget the wrestling metaphors, let’s get back to 60s pop music where we belong with today’s Quinnipiac University Poll. Rob Simmons, the former U.S. Rep from eastern Connecticut,  leads Linda McMahon, the WWE executive, in the GOP primary race and would beat U.S. Sen. Chris Dodd 49-38 percent, in the general election. But McMahon, if […] [Read More]
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How Do You Really Feel, Governor?

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A few print reporters including the Blogster drove down to New Britain this afternoon to catch Lame Duck Rell in the field. She swore-in the new GOP mayor of the city, then took a few day-after questions on her attitude toward the final 14 months of her tenure. As the ‘avail’ was winding down and […] [Read More]
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