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Brian Lockhart covers the Connecticut General Assembly in Hartford

Swine flu trumps Lyme disease

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The state House of Representatives passed a pretty big deal bill today intended to protect physicians who buy into the controversial notion of chronic, tick-borne Lyme disease from being investigated for treating it with long-term antibiotics. Having been born and raised in Connecticut I’m familiar with Lyme disease, but I had no idea what a […] [Read More]
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State DOT Commish not interested in merger with DMV

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I just bumped into Joseph Marie, who about a year ago was hired by Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell to take over the Department of Transportation. I asked Marie for his thoughts on a proposal by legislative Republicans to merge the Department of Motor Vehicles into the DOT. The proposal was one of a over […] [Read More]
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Explore Cafero?

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As The Advocate reported over the weekend, House Minority Leader Lawrence Cafero, R-Norwalk, today filed paperwork with the state Elections Enforcement Commission to form an exploratory committee for an unspecified statewide office in 2010 or to seek re-election in his district. The name of his committee? “Explore Cafero,” which sounds like the title of a […] [Read More]
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The smartest person in the room

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So at the end of the Reps. Cafero/Wood budget forum that I referenced in the below Blog post, I went up to Tammy Langalis of Norwalk. Langalis, a registered Republican, was in the audience and appeared pretty interested in the budget process. She asked Cafero and Wood plenty of questions both during the forum and […] [Read More]
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Spend the evening listening to Larry Cafero’s budget presentation, or head outside and enjoy the last night of summer-like weather?

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Yeah, I would have gone with the latter, too. But my job brought me to Norwalk’s Roton Middle School at 7 p.m. tonight in the hope that House Minority Leader Lawrence Cafero’s, R-Norwalk, budget forum would draw a diverse crowd with some interesting questions. Five people have so far showed up, not counting reporters and […] [Read More]
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Patriotism trumps price when it comes to state government’s purchase of flags

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It is not uncommon for the state to seek the lowest responsible bidder when it’s in the market for goods and services. But as it turns out that approach is not used when Connecticut needs to purchase a new American flag to display on public property. A bill requiring that all American and state flags […] [Read More]
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Mayor Malloy featured this weekend on CPTV

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Capitol newsroom veteran Steve Kotchko interviews Stamford Mayor and potential Democratic gubernatorial candidate Dannel Malloy for his On the Record program on Connecticut Public Television. [Read More]
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House Minority Leader Lawrence Cafero on his “yes” vote for the same sex marriage bill

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I wasn’t able to catch up with House Minority Leader Lawrence Cafero, R-Norwalk, Thursday for a follow-up on the vote late Wednesday night approving same-sex marriage legislation codifying last year’s state Supreme Court ruling. But we spoke about it today. Despite unsuccessful efforts to amend the bill – specifically Cafero wanted to make it clear […] [Read More]
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Senate Democrats: “Free root canals for everyone!”

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Overshadowed by the debate over gay marriage was a bill passed by the legislature Wednesday that commits tens-of-millions in state funds for post-winter road repaving/surfacing throughout the state. The program is nothing new, but lawmakers and Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell wanted to start earlier this year to take full advantage of the construction/paving season […] [Read More]
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Yay! Everybody wins!!! Or should that read “Everybody spins”?

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In reponse to the legislature’s passage last night of the same sex marriage bill, which included limited language to protect churches and religious organizations, the National Organization for Marriage sent out an e-mail congratulating state residents “on their victory for religious liberty.” And a bit later Joe Solmonese, president of the Human Rights Campaign, sent […] [Read More]
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