Monthly Archive for August, 2009

: August, 2009

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

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

Rell drops Keno, Dems abandon DMV dissolution?

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.

Political Capitol closed for vacation

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.

Guarding Lt. Governor Fedele

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

Rell releases new budget while gubernatorial candidate Jim Amann … announces a groundbreaking for an elevator?!?!?!?!

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

Keno officially no longer part of Rell’s budget proposal

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

Rell comes out swinging

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


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

Does the state Board of Education need to vote to close Wright Tech?

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

Mayor Malloy continues practicing the income tax shuffle

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