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Brian Lockhart covers the Connecticut General Assembly in Hartford

State lawmakers still hoping to restructure government

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At the beginning of the 2009 legislative session lawmakers from both parties were talking about the need to radically restructure how Connecticut government delivers services in the face of the budget crisis. And a few months later the General Assembly formed a bi-partisan Commission on Enhancing Agency Outcomes charged with studying how to streamline government. […] [Read More]
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Cafero to Foley: Running for Governor is different than running for Congress

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House Minority Leader Lawrence Cafero Jr., R-Norwalk, said Tom Foley of Greenwich called him to talk about Foley’s considering running for Governor instead of U.S. Senate. Cafero earlier this year launched an exploratory committee for an unspecified statewide office in 2010. Now that Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell has decided not to seek re-election, Cafero […] [Read More]
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Governor Rell: Happy Thanksgiving, I’m cutting your budget

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Just a few hours after issuing her Thanksgiving message, Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell this afternoon issued her latest round of budget cuts. “One word sums it up – devastating,” said Terry Edelstein, head of the Connecticut Community Providers Association, which represents human services organizations. [Read More]
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Connecticut politics has become a “Scooby Doo” chase scene

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Today Tom Foley of Greenwich, who has been eyeing the Republican nomination to challenge Democratic U.S. Senator Christopher Dodd, said he is instead thinking about running for Governor now that Republican incumbent M. Jodi Rell has decided to retire (to the surprise of some). Also today state Senator Sam Caligiuri, R-Waterbury, who likewise had been […] [Read More]
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Stamford one of only 3 municipalities to profit from pooches

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Reporters today received copies of the most recent study by the Yankee Institute of Public Policy, a think tank founded in the early 1980s by Bernard Zimmern, “a French entrepreneur who had set up shop in Norwalk to market his improved compressor technology.” The report took a look at the licensing and other fees associated […] [Read More]
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Rep. Hetherington of New Canaan speaks out against terror trials in NYC

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Rep. John Hetherington, R-New Canaan, today publicly criticized the decision by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to try the suspects in the 9-11 attacks in New York City. “This will require towns like New Canaan and Wilton to bear the stress of increased preparedness to deal with another possible attack in our backyard,” Hetherington said. […] [Read More]
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The DOT’s new deal for highway rest stops will make you ponder THE FUTURE!!!

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Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell today announced that the state has “entered into a sweeping, long-term concession agreement to transform all 23 (highway) service plazas with more restaurant choices and stores and upgraded comfort facilities.” The state Department of Transportation struck the 35-year deal with Doctors Associates/Paul Landino (DAI) which represent the Subway sandwich chain. […] [Read More]
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Hmmm. Maybe Bysiewicz’s critics are on to something…

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For a couple of years now Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz has been driving around Connecticut conducting ceremonies to honor the state’s World War II veterans. The practice, as I wrote about in today’s Advocate,  is coming under fire now that Bysiewicz is exploring a bid for Governor. Critics argue her office has nothing […] [Read More]
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Susan Bysiewicz sure does get around the state

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I wrote a story in today’s Advocate/Connecticut Post about questions surrounding Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz’s decision to put herself in charge of honoring the state’s World War II veterans. Some critics, both her fellow Democrats along with Republicans, see the ceremonies as a way for Bysiewicz to drive around the state, meet lots […] [Read More]
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Linda McMahon’s list of supporters. Print, clip and save for future use.

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Fellow capitol reporter Chris Keating of the Hartford Courant wrote a story that is deservedly garnering plenty of attention today. Keating interviewed Billy Graham, a wrestling superstar from the 1970s and 1980s who does not have nice things to say about his former boss, Linda McMahon. McMahon, head of Stamford-based World Wrestling Entertainment, earlier this […] [Read More]
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