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Brian Lockhart covers the Connecticut General Assembly in Hartford

Critics “jump the shark” over Linda McMahon’s film tax credits

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I’d like to think I know a little bit about the state’s still fairly new film and television production tax credits. Stamford’s the home of the Connecticut Film Center, whose founder, Kevin Segalla, helped lawmakers mastermind the legislation three years ago; the tax credits have drawn several high-profile films to lower Fairfield County, including some […] [Read More]
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Mini budget battle goes down this afternoon in House of Representatives

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A handful of state legislators, including House Speaker Christopher Donovan, D-Meriden and House Minority Leader Lawrence Cafero, R-Norwalk, made their way into an otherwise quiet capitol just after 4 p.m. this afternoon to hold a so-called technical session of the General Assembly. The purpose of the gathering? To formally close-out the special budget session convened […] [Read More]
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Sen. Duff not on board with overriding Rell veto

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Legislative Democrats continue to talk about the possibility of overriding Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell’s veto of a catch-all budget-related bill that, among other things, exempted the Judicial Branch from additional spending cuts and prevented the administration from privatizing/closing group homes. There had been talk of the legislature reconvening this week for a possible veto […] [Read More]
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Stephen Colbert takes on Sen. Lieberman’s opposition to public option

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This went down last night on Comedy Central’s faux-conservative Colbert Report “political” program. Stamford’s own self-described “independent Democrat” has been a favorite punching bag of Colbert’s since the 2006 Senate race when Lieberman declined an invitation to appear. Ned Lamont, the Greenwich millionaire who challenged Lieberman for the party’s nomination, did brave an interview with […] [Read More]
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Gov. Rell: Federal stimulus means 6,000 jobs in Connecticut

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Just a few weeks after Chris Healy, the chairman of her party, criticized the federal stimulus plan, Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell today proudly announced the investment has created/retained “more than 6,000 jobs in Connecticut.” “The proof is in the numbers and they tell a positive story for Connecticut workers in terms of creating and […] [Read More]
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State Dems, Republicans pointing fingers over latest bond rating news. But what does it really mean?

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In a letter issued today to legislative leaders Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell broke the news that Moody’s Investor Services downgraded the outlook of Connecticut’s general obligation bonds from stable to negative. The state relies on favorable credit ratings from Moody’s, Fitch and Standard & Poor’s to help market its bonds, used to fund large […] [Read More]
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State government spends money to save money

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We ran a story over the weekend about the possible fate of J.M. Wright Technical School in Stamford, which was shuttered for the current and next school year in order to save what the Governor’s budget office estimated to be about $5 million annually. But since the stated intention of the Connecticut Department of Education […] [Read More]
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Will President Obama return to Connecticut in the coming months?

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Because of the tight security at Friday night’s fundraiser in Stamford for U.S. Sen. Chris Dodd, we had to reach many of the attendees by phone afterward for a reaction to the keynote address by U.S. President Barack Obama. One of the first people I reached was state Democratic Party Chairman Nancy DiNardo, who was […] [Read More]
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State GOP Chairman on admission cost to Dodd fundraiser in Stamford: Nice to know Fairfield County residents can still fork over $1,000-per-person

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The ever quotable Chris Healy, chairman of the Connecticut GOP, had this to say about the $1,000-per-head cost of U.S. Sen. Chris Dodd’s fundraiser tonight in Stamford. “I’m relieved there are still some people in Fairfield County who have $1,000 to spend,” Healy said. Healy, according to Monica Potts, my colleague who interviewed him, was […] [Read More]
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Stamford state legislative delegation absent for Obama dinner at Hilton

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Plenty of prominent Democrats from Stamford and from around the state attended tonight’s $1000-per-head fundraiser for U.S. Sen. Christopher Dodd with special guest U.S. President Barack Obama. But the city’s five Democratic state legislators did not make it to the local affair. Ginny Fox, mother of state Rep. Gerald Fox, D-Stamford, did attend, sitting at […] [Read More]
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