Political Capitol

Brian Lockhart covers the Connecticut General Assembly in Hartford

Westport’s Paul Newman to be INDUCTED into Connecticut Hall of Fame

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It was just announced that Paul Newman, the late actor and philanthropist who called Westport home for decades until his death in September, will be inducted into the Connecticut Hall of Fame during a ceremony at the capitol tomorrow at 10:30 a.m. The legislative aide who sent out the press release entitled it “Newman to […] [Read More]
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Joseph Tarzia donates to Malloy’s gubernatorial campaign

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I don’t know if the name “Joseph Tarzia” means a lot to folks outside of Stamford. Tarzia, a Republican on the Stamford Finance Board, has long been a thorn in the side of Stamford Democratic Mayor Dannel Malloy and the Democratic Party. He’s a constant and vocal critic in a city where Republicans have, at […] [Read More]
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Healthcare Advocate Kevin Lembo can breathe a pretty big sigh of relief

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In late March the House of Representatives voted to re-appoint Healthcare Advocate Kevin Lembo – the guy residents call when they are having trouble with their insurance companies – to a second four-year term. Today the Senate took similar action. So unless the majority Democrats suddenly change their minds and agree to a new two-year […] [Read More]
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Curious battle brewing over stimulus funds at the capitol

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The legislature’s Appropriations Committee today passed Sen. Majority Leader Martin Looney’s, D-New Haven, bill setting up a legislative committee to recommend to the Governor how she should spend the state’s share of the federal stimulus package. The proposal now heads to the Senate where I bet it will pass, given, you know, that Looney is […] [Read More]
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Congressman Jim Himes, Goldman Sachs and AIG

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Freshman U.S. Congressman Jim Himes, a Democrat from Greenwich, has found his background as a vice president at Goldman Sachs to be a double-edged sword during the financial meltdown. On the one hand Himes said his experience is proving valuable as Congress wrestles with issues like the controversial AIG bonuses (paid with federal bailout dollars) […] [Read More]
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While the rest of the state prepares to hunt for Easter Eggs, Dems still seeking spare change

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On March 24th the co-chairmen of the legislature’s Appropriations Committee in a letter to Democratic leaders asked for a little more time to scour $1.6 billion worth of appropriated but unspent funds in search of about $220 million that could be used to address the current fiscal year’s deficit. Their new requested deadline at the […] [Read More]
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Cities and towns rally at capitol to oppose budget cuts and actually ask for more $$$

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The Connecticut Conference of Municipalities rounded up a hearing room full of municipal and school leaders, including Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch, Stamford Mayor Dannel Malloy, New Haven Mayor John DeStefano and Hartford Mayor Eddie Perez, to decry proposed cuts in aid made by both Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell and legislative Democrats. The gyst of […] [Read More]
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Lt. Governor Fedele mourns Italy earthquake victims

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Lt. Governor Michael Fedele of Stamford is proud of his Italian heritage and today issued a statement about the devastating earthquake that occurred in L’Aquila, which he said is about an hour from Minturno, where he was born and lived until the age of 3. “Minturno is only one hour away from L’Aquila, Italy but […] [Read More]
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