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Brian Lockhart covers the Connecticut General Assembly in Hartford

Republican leaders split on Dems putting off special session

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House Minority Leader Lawrence Cafero, R-Norwalk, earlier this afternoon “applauded” the announcement by Sen. President Donald Williams, D-Brooklyn, and incoming House Speaker Christopher Donovan, D-Meriden, to hold a vote on a deficit mitigation plan Jan. 14. Cafero had ideally wanted the Democratic majority to agree to return to the capitol Friday to take up Republican […] [Read More]
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Radio personality and Norwalk resident Diane Smith laid off

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According to the Hartford Courant, Diane Smith, a familiar face at various charity events and self-written book signings in lower Fairfield County, has lost her job co-hosting a morning talk show on Hartford’s WTIC 1080 radio station. [Read More]
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Cafero: If no special session Jan. 2, then when? Give me a date.

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State House Minority Leader Lawrence Cafero, R-Norwalk, said he will not fight Democratic leaders’ opposition to a special session this Friday on the deficit if they come up with an alternative date. The special session was called by Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell to vote on her proposal to address the current fiscal year’s $356 […] [Read More]
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DiNardo mum on time and place of meeting with Lieberman

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Nancy DiNardo, chairman of the state Democrats, said this morning she has scheduled a meeting with black sheep (my words, not hers) U.S. Sen. Joseph Lieberman for this week. But she declined to give any specifics. “It’s this week. It’s not today,” DiNardo said. Lieberman, a long-time Democrat and Stamford native, has had an increasingly […] [Read More]
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The legislature has to spend money to save money

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One argument against convening a special legislative session Jan. 2 to address the budget deficit is it would cost taxpayer dollars that might be saved if the vote took place during the regular session. The regular 2009 legislative session begins Jan. 7. It is true that special sessions do not come cheap. When legislators returned […] [Read More]
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I’ll ask again – Why can’t Lt. Gov. Fedele be the biz advocate?

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Back in November I wondered why the state needs to spend money on a business advocate when it has Lt. Gov. Mike Fedele of Stamford, who clearly wants to make economic development a hallmark of his tenure in office. Since that initial blog post, current business advocate Rob Simmons has decided to leave the job. […] [Read More]
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‘Tis the season for trains under the tree, but not railyard audits

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There’s a rumor floating around the capitol that the long-anticipated audit of the over-budget New Haven Rail Yard project will now not be released until AFTER Christmas. Although there is still the paranoid part of me that thinks Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell’s administration will issue the findings some time tomorrow afternoon, when reporters are […] [Read More]
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Lieberman supports special elections to fill Senate vacancies

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U.S. Sen. Joseph Lieberman, the self-described “independent Democrat” from Stamford, said yesterday he backs a proposal being floated by some state officials to let voters address future senate vacancies. Currently the decision is left up to the Governor. “In my opinion it’s always better to have somebody in a high office be elected as opposed […] [Read More]
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State employees give generously for holidays

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State employees get a bad rap in the media since newspapers generally write about when they screw something up and cost taxpayers money. So it’s only fair to give them good publicity as well, like today’s announcement from the Governor’s office that state employees gave nearly six tons of non-perishable food and $11,000 to her […] [Read More]
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My first newspaper officially closes

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I found out last week from an old editor that the first newspaper I worked for – the Regional Standard – has been shut down as part of the cuts announced by the Journal Register Company, owner of the New Haven Register. I was hired as a reporter for the Standard, based at the time […] [Read More]
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