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Brian Lockhart covers the Connecticut General Assembly in Hartford

Only Mike Fedele can go to China

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Today Stamford resident and businessman Lt. Gov. Michael Fedele’s office announced he and his wife will be visiting China all next week on a “humanitarian and trade mission.” Republican Governor M. Jodi Rell imposed an out-of-state travel ban to help address the deficit, but Fedele’s office said the couple’s expenses are being footed by two […] [Read More]
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New laws in effect Oct. 1

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Nearly 80 new state laws take effect tomorrow. Some we’ve covered in The Advocate over the past several months, including: new criminal justice reforms enacted following the 2007 triple murders in Cheshire; a bill criminalizing the display of nooses; legislation allowing judges to reduce/revoke the pensions of corrupt state/municipal officials; and a requirement that new […] [Read More]
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Michael Coffey for Brian Petronella in the 142nd

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This afternoon Michael Coffey, former president of the Norwalk Common Council, called to share his two cents on a story I wrote last week about the possibility of the city’s Democrats cross-endorsing the Working Families Party candidate in the 142nd House District race. “I absolutely think the party should cross-endorse” Brian Petronella, said Coffey, who […] [Read More]
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Conn. Conference of Municipalities or of Crying Mayors?

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The Connecticut Conference of Municipalities, an organization which dubs itself “the voice of local government” at the capitol and beyond, today issued a report on the needs and challenges facing the state’s 169 cities and towns. CCM members are concerned about decreased state aid and increased unfunded legislative mandates in the face of rising healthcare, […] [Read More]
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The state DEP – Department for Encouraging Peeping…

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… of leaves. The DEP (really the Department of Environmental Protection) has launched a new program asking residents to submit their digital color photographs of Connecticut’s fall foliage for display on the agency’s website. “Leaf peeping and taking photographs is a great way to spend time with family and friends,” DEP Commissioner Gina McCarthy said. […] [Read More]
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Waiting for Wyman

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There has been a lot of talk this week at the capitol about how best and how quickly to address the current, 2009 state budget deficit of plus/minus $300 million. But the real action is not required by law to begin until state Comptroller Nancy Wyman enters the fray on October 1 and officially certifies […] [Read More]
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No word on whether Cafero or McKinney will cancel any debates

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The two leaders of the legislature’s Republican minority – Sen. John McKinney, R-Fairfield and Rep. Lawrence Cafero, R-Norwalk – visited the capitol press room following the hearing they hosted today on the growing state budget deficit. The two men reiterated their concern about the $1 billion budget holes projected for each of the coming three […] [Read More]
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If Malloy were Governor, what would he do about the deficit?

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Stamford Democratic Mayor Dannel Malloy was at the capitol today and briefly stopped by the GOP’s hearing on the state budget deficit to listen to testimony by budget staff. He predicted that the around $300 million deficit projected for the current, 2009 fiscal year would grow to between $500 million and $800 million in the […] [Read More]
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If you can’t stand the heat…

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In criticizing legislative Democrats’ proposal to address the budget deficit by hiring an outside firm to audit the state’s largest agency – the state Department of Social Services — Rich Harris with the Governor’s office yesterday said the majority party should review its own expenses. “Perhaps the consultants will offer a discount if they are […] [Read More]
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Slow and steady wins the race

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House Speaker James Amann, D-Milford, the only Democrat to so far pursue his party’s nomination for governor rather than wait for perennial favorite Attorney General Richard Blumenthal to make a move, has been racking up a modest and eclectic list of endorsements. Amann’s supporters range from iron and steel workers unions to the New Haven […] [Read More]
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