Political Capitol

Brian Lockhart covers the Connecticut General Assembly in Hartford

Is the “block the box” bill dead?

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As someone who has, on occasion, tried to make a green light and wound up stuck in a busy intersection, I can’t say I am all that excited about a proposal allowing cities and towns to authorize their police to ticket selfish, self-centered drivers like myself. But I was surprised tonight when the bill, which […] [Read More]
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As another legislative session nears an end, another “open container” bill goes down for the count

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After a lengthier-than-expected debate Democratic leaders in the House of Representatives this afternoon “passed temporarily” legislation making it illegal for drivers or their passengers to have open containers of alcohol in their vehicles while on the road. That gives supporters an increasingly narrow window of opportunity before the session concludes at midnight tomorrow to work […] [Read More]
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DOT Commish didn’t use the word “dead” to describe Super 7, but…

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While on the topic of Super 7 I spoke briefly today with Department of Transportation Commissioner Joseph Marie, who was hired about a year ago to take over the agency, about whether he might consider selling off the land acquired for the long-dormant expressway linking Norwalk to Danbury. The state purchased the land decades ago […] [Read More]
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Sens. Boucher vs. Duff over Super 7 = Spy vs. Spy

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“Spy vs. Spy” is a nearly 50-year-old cartoon that originated in MAD Magazine depicting two spies – one garbed all in white, the other all in black – who are constantly at odds with no clear victor. Sometimes one wins, sometimes the other wins. I was reminded of those characters today while reading a catch-all […] [Read More]
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House Minority Leader Lawrence Cafero is a smart man, but…

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… he really needs to get the names of his sugary snacks correct. Cafero, R-Norwalk, is currently lambasting a piece of legislation that would require restaurant chains include calorie information on menus. In the midst of his speech he referred to junk food ingested by children, including something he called a “Yo Ho.” Larry, you’ve […] [Read More]
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