Political Capitol

Brian Lockhart covers the Connecticut General Assembly in Hartford

State’s campaign finance reforms struck down, Sen. McDonald says “I told you so.”

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Before I head out on vacation I wanted to copy/paste this lengthy e-mail Sen. Andrew McDonald, D-Stamford, sent out a few minutes ago in response to the news a federal judge has determined Connecticut’s new campaign finance law to be unconstitutional. McDonald, an attorney, is co-chairman of the legislature’s Judiciary Committee. Here’s the e-mail. The […] [Read More]
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Rell drops Keno, Dems abandon DMV dissolution?

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Just to prove the Governor isn’t the only lawmaker in Hartford who tosses out a big, new idea as part of budget talks, then changes her mind… As previously mentioned on this blog, Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell, who in May called Keno gamingĀ  a “much-needed revenue stream for our state” quietly backed off of […] [Read More]
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Political Capitol closed for vacation

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I’ll be gone beginning tomorrow, August 28, and return to work on September 14. Please don’t delay passing a budget on my account. [Read More]
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Guarding Lt. Governor Fedele

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In early March we ran a report headlined “Fedele Defends Need for Security: Trooper Made $142K Last Year.” The story, which I wrote, focused on the fact that part-time Lt. Gov. Michael Fedele of Stamford is, besides the Governor, the only other state official assigned a state trooper. That trooper – Massimo Delia, who grew […] [Read More]
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Rell releases new budget while gubernatorial candidate Jim Amann … announces a groundbreaking for an elevator?!?!?!?!

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No joke. While most lawmakers, state officials and political observers are picking apart Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell’s latest budget proposal and the tax hikes and cuts contained therein, former House Speaker James Amann, D-Milford, the only declared candidate for Governor in 2010, announced he will be attending a ground breaking ceremony tomorrow for a […] [Read More]
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Keno officially no longer part of Rell’s budget proposal

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Jeffrey Beckham, a spokesman for Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell’s budget office, officially confirmed today what I blogged about yesterday – she no longer wants to introduce Keno as a new revenue source. Asked why, Beckham said: “No particular reason. When you do a budget there’s lots of moving parts. Some get included, some don’t.” […] [Read More]
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Rell comes out swinging

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The devil’s always in the details, but at first blush Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell’s latest budget offer, unveiled earlier today, is a savvy political move. Rather than appearing to buckle under to Democrats’ demands, she offers some movement on the income tax side but also introduces some tax cuts for her high income Republican […] [Read More]
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KeNO!!!

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It is appearing more and more likely that Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell is preparing to announce some sort of a budget deal (finally) with the Democratic-majority legislature. And one of her proposals for balancing the budget – introducing the game of Keno to the state – is being left on the cutting room floor. […] [Read More]
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Does the state Board of Education need to vote to close Wright Tech?

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When in late July Allan Taylor, chairman of the state Board of Education, said in an interview that J.M. Wright Technical School would not be re-opening Aug. 27 for the new academic year, I asked him if the full board needed to vote on the closure. The board proposed closing Wright Tech for two years […] [Read More]
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Mayor Malloy continues practicing the income tax shuffle

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My Hearst colleague, Ken Dixon, today tried to get Stamford Mayor and potential Democratic gubernatorial candidate Dannel Malloy to take a position on his party’s efforts in Hartford to hike income taxes on households earning $500,000 or more. Malloy would not give a clear answer. During another stop at the capitol in April I asked […] [Read More]
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