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Brian Lockhart covers the Connecticut General Assembly in Hartford

Going beyond the Governor’s breathalyzer press release

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Yesterday, just in time for New Year’s Eve, Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell’s office issued a bare bones press release about federal funding to update the state’s breathalyzers, used by police to help convinct drunk drivers. Here’s the text: Drunken driving, one of the deadliest and most senseless crimes, tragically claimed 111 lives on Connecticut […] [Read More]
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Update on wine sales in supermarkets OR welcome to the rough and tumble world of Connecticut winemaking

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I promised a few weeks ago more details on whether state lawmakers will allow the sale of wine in Connecticut supermarkets to help boost revenues. Here’s the story that ran in today’s Hearst newspapers. The story touches on the division among state wineries over the proposal. Want further proof? Read the following e-mail sent out […] [Read More]
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You know you’re in the political fight of your Congressional life when…

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… your state is one of the first BBC radio chooses to visit as it begins reporting on November’s mid-term elections. Just got off the phone with a BBC reporter who is planning a visit to Connecticut in the coming days to report on U.S. Sen. Chris Dodd‘s re-election battle as well as other Congressional […] [Read More]
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Why not “million-heiresses”?

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In response to Governor M. Jodi Rell’s decision to veto legislation postponing changes to the estate or so-called death tax, state Senate President Donald Williams, D-Brooklyn, charged her with protecting “millionaire heiresses.” The changes, passed earlier this year, would have been delayed so that the state does not stand to lose additional revenue during the […] [Read More]
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Legislature this week may have caused more problems for the state’s firearms permitting process

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On Monday, during the latest special session at the capitol to deal with the budget crisis, some staffers were grumbling about a proposal in the deficit mitigation bill that transfers the Board of Firearms Permit Examiners from the Department of Public Safety to the Department of Administrative Services and eliminates the one BFPE staffer. And […] [Read More]
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More cracks in the post-Cheshire criminal justice reforms

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A few weeks ago our Hearst newspapers carried a report outlining how lawmakers during the recent budget battle quietly agreed to bring back re-entry furloughs for offenders to cut costs in the Department of Corrections. The furloughs – essentially an early release program – were done away with as part of a package of criminal […] [Read More]
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Sen. McKinney to ponder gubernatorial run over the holidays, announce decision in early 2010

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Sen. Minority Leader John McKinney, R-Fairfield, has not ruled out a run for governor now that incumbent Republican M. Jodi Rell has decided to not seek re-election in 2010. And he plans to make his decision known in the new year. “My decision is a personal one and the holidays give me the most time […] [Read More]
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Sens. Duff, McDonald, swap votes during special session

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State Sen. Bob Duff, D-Norwalk and Sen. Andrew McDonald, D-Stamford, caste interesting votes during today’s special session of the General Assembly to deal with the deficit. The two lawmakers have their share of wealthy constituents – their districts meet in the town of Darien – and, at election time, would characterize themselves as fiscal conservatives. […] [Read More]
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Cafero will seek re-election, not running for Governor

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A source close to House Minority Leader Lawrence Cafero, R-Norwalk, just confirmed that when he meets with the capitol press corps at 2 p.m., he will announce plans to run again for his legislative seat in 2010. Cafero had been hinting at a run for Governor in recent months and earlier this year formed an […] [Read More]
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Linda McMahon’s using Lincoln to defend wrestling is nothing new

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Linda McMahon’s referencing President Abraham Lincoln’s time as a wrestler¬† during our interview with her to lend credibility to her business, World Wrestling Entertainment, is being mocked by her critics. This is not the first time McMahon has invoked Lincoln to defend the company and its programs. She dropped Honest Abe’s name early this year […] [Read More]
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