Political Capitol

Brian Lockhart covers the Connecticut General Assembly in Hartford

Frosh Stamford Representative Patricia Billie Miller gets hazed OR Since when did the GOP want all of our flags made in China?

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Late tonight Freshman Rep. Patricia Billie Miller was given the responsibility of bringing out a bill for vote requiring all American flags flown at public places in the state be made in the U.S.A. and not China or elsewhere. Though not the sponsor of the legislation, Miller was confronted with several questions about it from […] [Read More]
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The General Assembly plans to vote tonight and Friday on union deal

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The House of Representatives is expected to vote either tonight or early Friday morning on the $700 million worth of union concessions struck between 29 bargaining units and Republican Governor M. Jodi Rell last Friday. Then the Senate will come in later Friday to take up the package, intended to put a dent in the […] [Read More]
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Signs, signs, everywhere a sign, blockin’ out the scenery, breakin’ my mind

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Following last night’s in many ways quite impressive debate over the death penalty, lawmakers in the state House of Representatives spent a bit of time early this evening on another pressing legal matter – whether to require businesses to post two foot by three foot signs notifying customers of surveillance cameras. Tasked with bringing the […] [Read More]
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How co-chairing the legislature’s Energy Committee is like a Sammy Hagar song

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Sen. John Fonfara and Rep. Steve Fontana at one time co-chaired the legislature’s Energy Committee and had a reputation for not seeing eye to eye on reforms and other initiatives, despite their similar sounding last names. So this session Democratic leaders shifted things around and replaced Fontana with Rep. Vickie Nardello. Problem solved, right? Nope. […] [Read More]
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Bishops issue “action alert” regarding death penalty

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The Advocate published a piece today about the Catholic Church’s position on abolishing the death penalty. Specifically some death penalty opponents have accused the Catholic bishops of working hard to rally the faithful against the controversial church finances bill in March but doing little to encourage those same parishioners to urge lawmakers to end executions. […] [Read More]
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Chief Justice Chase Rogers faces her public

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Connecticut Supreme Court Chief Justice Chase Rogers of New Canaan today delivered the first “State of the Judiciary Address” to the General Assembly since April, 2001. Afterward I took the opportunity to ask her to share her thoughts on the death penalty, since hours earlier in the same chamber the House of Representatives passed a […] [Read More]
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It wouldn’t be a death penalty debate without Bill Dyson

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Although Rep. William Dyson, D-New Haven, retired recently from the legislature after over three decades of service, he is at the capitol today observing another debate over a bill to abolish the death penalty. I never really got to know Dyson that well in my limited time here, but even I know one of his […] [Read More]
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Life and death at the capitol

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In a curious confluence of events that typically occurs when various special interests jockey for space to plead their cause to lawmakers, a bi-partisan group of legislators held a press conference at the capitol in support of the death penalty this morning while supporters of a universal healthcare proposal rallied nearby and sang hymns. The […] [Read More]
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Democrats say they are focused on 2009′s “fiscal crisis” even as they debate the 2000 Presidential Election

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Doug Whiting, spokesman for House Speaker Christopher Donovan, D-Meriden just visited the capitol press room with a release about the budget from his boss and Senate President Donald Williams, D-Brooklyn. Lawmakers are working to address not only the current fiscal year’s deficit, which somehow is still around $1 billion even though they’ve voted on a […] [Read More]
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House of Reps gives final passage allowing three-year reval delay, but not without a couple of interesting votes

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Frank Esposito was the long-serving Republican Mayor of Norwalk who continued to be re-elected through the late 1980s and 1990s in part because of his success in delaying the implementation of property revaluations and their related property tax increases (before the legislature cracked down on the practice and set stricter guidelines). It was a revaluation […] [Read More]
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