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Brian Lockhart covers the Connecticut General Assembly in Hartford

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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Governor, Democrats spend day discussing deficit with media

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The state’s current budget deficit grew this week and so did the intensity of lawmakers’ public relations campaigns over how to best address the $300 million hole. Earlier today Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell held a conference call with newspaper editorial boards throughout the state, including The Advocate’s, to emphasize her concerns over the current […] [Read More]
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Perone may take GOP up on invite to talk state deficit Thursday

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Democratic leaders of the General Assembly have been cool to the Republican minority’s scheduling a hearing on the status of the state’s finances – in particular the $300 million deficit – for Thursday. But Rep. Christopher Perone, D-Norwalk, a vice chairman of the legislature’s finance, revenue and bonding committee, said earlier today he was considering […] [Read More]
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Sooo, which party is more concerned you’ll freeze this winter?

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Today state Senate Democrats announced the creation of a “one stop shop for Spanish speaking families” to access information about heating and energy assistance. The humanitarian in me thinks that this is a good thing. But the cynic in me can’t help but note this is the third time within the past month an individual […] [Read More]
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CT League of Conservation Voters releases annual report card

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Check it out to see how your state legislators voted on environmental issues important to the league during the 2008 legislative session that ended in early May. Lori Brown, the league’s executive director, told me one of the biggest changes to this year’s report card is the decision to partially count when lawmakers were absent […] [Read More]
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State Dems announce their own budget hearing … sort of

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Last week The Advocate published a story about state Senate Minority Leader John McKinney, R-Fairfield, and state House Minority Leader Lawrence Cafero, R-Norwalk, scheduling a hearing for this Thursday on the mounting budget deficit and how it is expected to worsen as a result of the debacle on Wall Street. The GOP’s announcement was also […] [Read More]
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Problems with state Latino Affairs Commission

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Hartford Courant reporter Jon Lender had a nice write-up about problems at the top of the state’s Commission on Latino and Peurto Rican Affairs. This is one of a handful of such commissions lawmakers have established over the years to address the needs of specific constituencies within Connecticut. Others focus on the needs of African […] [Read More]
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