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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Capitolologists Take Note: Blumenthal, Bysiewicz, are as Far Apart as Possible

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Attorney general Dick Blumenthal, wyho yesterday indicated that Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz may need a court ruling on whether she’s had enough practice as a lawyer to be attorney general, is seated at one end of the four constitutional officers, and Bysiewicz is at the other, separated by Comtroller Nancy Wyman and Treasurer […] [Read More]
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Jodi Rell Calls for New Spirit of Bipartisanship in 2010 Session, but Disses Kermit the Frog (!!??!!)

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The governor kicked off the 2010 budget-adjustment session by asking Democrats, Republicans, even the courts, to be nice and work together. From the governor’s State-of-the-State speech:  ”One area where we see a large number of new start-ups of small businesses is in green technology and clean, renewable energy.  Kermit the Frog had it wrong all […] [Read More]
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Talk About Papering Over the Budget Crisis in an Election Year! One Word: Securitization

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If there ever was a word that obfuscates, it’s “securitization.” It’s a term for borrowing against future revenues. Nestled in Gov. Rell’s budget-adjustment proposals is $1.3 billion in securitization. OPM Secretary Bob Genuario just declined to give reporters details of the caper, which will be the subject of a joint announcement this afternoon between OPM and […] [Read More]
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