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Brian Lockhart covers the Connecticut General Assembly in Hartford

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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Cafero talks taxes

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Norwalk’s own Larry Cafero, the state Republican House Minority Leader, was part of a panel discussion recorded earlier today at the capitol for Connecticut Public Radio’s “Where We Live” program. The topic was tax reform. Click here to listen. I haven’t had the chance yet. But I’ll bet Larry has some strong opinions considering about […] [Read More]
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Have the Shays/Himes campaigns asked you to appear in an ad?

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The two 4th Congressional District candidates have both used local “political insiders” in their television commercials, although they are not identified as such. Presumably the campaigns want to pass these folks off to viewers as just regular, non-partisan people they found out there on the streets of the district. Himes, a Greenwich Democrat challenging the […] [Read More]
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Rell wants 2nd stimulus package, bucks Bush, federal GOP

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Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell today reissued her call for a second federal economic stimulus package. In doing so, Rell threw her support behind Congressional Democrats who have been urging reluctant Republicans, including President George W. Bush, to pass a $50 billion proposal to: Fund infrastructure projects; provide more money for food stamps; and give […] [Read More]
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What price gouging? II

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In a follow-up interview this evening, Gene Guilford of the Independent Connecticut Petroleum Marketers Association said that in setting up a gasoline price gouging hotline over the weekend, Gov. M. Jodi Rell’s office created a self-fullfilling prophecy. “If we went on television today and said ‘everybody unhappy about the price of gas, call this number’ […] [Read More]
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