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Brian Lockhart covers the Connecticut General Assembly in Hartford

Remember kids, adopting a deficit clock is a big responsibility

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One of my favorite past times at the capitol recently has been watching the legislature’s Republican-minority wheel around the televised deficit clock they unveiled in early January. Most of the time it sits outside of their offices at the capitol to instill those passing by with a feeling that the state is a financial wreck […] [Read More]
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Rell parachutes into Stamford, steals plans, rescues hostages

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If Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell were any stealthier about this afternoon’s visit to Stamford, she would have been dressed in black, her face smudged with black paint, with night vision goggles over her eyes and a cyanide pill under her tongue in case she was captured by the enemy. Rell visited Southport this morning […] [Read More]
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Bob Duff, attorney at law

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Sen. Bob Duff, D-Norwalk, joined Rep. Terry Backer, D-Stratford, this morning along the banks of the Norwalk Harbor to decry new fees being imposed on the state’s shellfishermen by the Department of Agriculture. Backer was reliably casual in his jeans, jean jacket and boots, and the dozen or so shellfishermen were dressed for work on […] [Read More]
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What fewer reporters means

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By now the news of the layoffs at The Hartford Courant has begun to circulate. Having more reporters covering the capitol makes us all better. We all don’t write the same stories and a piece by one journalist in the Courant or another paper might inspire me to explore the same issue in lower Fairfield […] [Read More]
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Ash Wednesday at the capitol

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It’s a tradition to have a priest on hand when legislative business occurs on Ash Wednesday so lawmakers, their staff, lobbyists and anyone else can have their foreheads blessed. So a lot of folks are walking around with ash smudges, including former House Speaker James Amann, D-Milford. Amann, who retired early this year from the […] [Read More]
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The Rochambeau Project

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So on the Democrats’ list that I discussed in the previous post, there’s something called “Rochambeau Project.” And after a few seconds on the Internet it appears the “Rochambeau Project” is this. But I prefer to think it’s actually a study involving the word’s other meanings – either the game of “rock-paper-scissors” or it’s more […] [Read More]
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Democrats hunting for spare change

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It seems like every other day some news program or talk show has an “expert” on discussing ways households can cut back on their costs during the recession. And inevitably the advice is always stuff I’m already doing – bringing lunch and sometimes dinner from home, making coffee at home, dining-in more on weekends, cutting […] [Read More]
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Deputy Commissioners likely to keep jobs for now

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A few weeks ago as part of their 2008-09 deficit mitigation proposal, legislative Republicans recommended eliminating the various deputy commissioners working in state agencies to save an estimated $2.1 million. When Democratic lawmakers proposed their own deficit mitigation plan around 5:30 p.m. today, it adopted the GOP’s suggestion. Democrats made a point of noting they […] [Read More]
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How hard is it to actually get together and talk?

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Sometimes being a reporter is akin to finding yourself in the middle of a dispute among family members or friends. One side comes to you with their position. You nod, listen, ask some questions to get a better understanding, challenge some of their assumptions. Then a few hours later you do it all over again […] [Read More]
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Dems balk at extending hours liquor can be served at casinos

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When Senate President Donald Williams, D-Brooklyn, and House Speaker Christopher Donovan, D-Meriden, outlined details of their 2008-09 deficit mitigation plan, they left out a Republican bid to raise revenues through round-the-clock liquor sales at Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods. “Drinking and gambling all night is not a responsible response to our deficit crisis,” Williams told reporters. […] [Read More]
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