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Brian Lockhart covers the Connecticut General Assembly in Hartford

State’s Commission on Compensation throws up its hands

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The Commission on Compensation is charged by legislators and the governor with recommending salary increases for lawmakers and judges. The group’s reports are often ignored by the former, who are concerned about how taxpayers will percieve politicians voting themselves pay raises (even though technically the increases would not go into effect until after the next […] [Read More]
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It’s a holiday, but Budget Director Genuario is crunching numbers

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Just got off the phone with Robert Genuario, head of the state’s Office of Policy and Management – in layman’s terms the Governor’s budget office. While most state employees are enjoying a day off in honor of Dr. King, Genuario, a former Republican state Senator from Norwalk, is in his office working on solving the […] [Read More]
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The honeymoon’s over for Cafero and Donovan

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On the opening day of the 2009 legislative session, House Minority Leader Lawrence Cafero, R-Norwalk, was practically gushing about incoming House Speaker Christopher Donovan, D-Meriden. But no longer after all of this business with Donovan’s immediate predecessor, James Amann. Cafero today said he gladly seconded Donovan’s nomination as Speaker Jan. 7 but now questions his […] [Read More]
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Ex-Speaker Amann resumes campaigning, defies critics

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On Sunday night Democrat Jim Amann’s gubernatorial campaign delivered a big “NUTS” to critics who believe he should drop out of the race if he takes the job offered recently by House Speaker Chris Donovan, D-Meriden. The campaign announced three appearances over an equal number of days. Today Amann was expected to speak at an […] [Read More]
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Rell vs. Donovan – Let’s play “whose pick is more controversial?”

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As the week comes to a close, Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell and new House Speaker Christopher Donovan, D-Meriden are vying for which can make the most controversial choice of candidate for a state job. Rell started off last weekend by nominating Greenwich’s Linda McMahon, chief executive of Stamford-based World Wrestling Entertainment, for a seat […] [Read More]
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Donovan assists Jim Amann in his bid for Governor?

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New House Speaker Christopher Donovan, D-Meriden, just announced he has selected his immediate predecessor, Democrat Jim Amann of Milford as a “senior advisor.” “In his new role, Amann will provide assistance and advice on legislative and administrative matters and will assist the Speaker with work groups that focus on key legislative initiatives. In addition he […] [Read More]
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Union lawyer skeptical of GOP’s proposal to cut lawmakers’ pay

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In a brief interview today, Dan Livingston, chief negotiator for the State Employee Bargaining Agent Coalition, scoffed at the notion House and Senate Republicans wanted to show solidarity with state unions during hard times by proposing cuts to legislative salaries. House Minority Leader Lawrence Cafero, R-Norwalk, and his colleagues during Wednesday night’s debate argued lawmakers […] [Read More]
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“No Child Left Behind” looks pretty tame compared to this…

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On Saturday Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell announced she tapped Stamford-based World Wrestling Entertainment’s chief executive, Linda McMahon of Greenwich, to join the 11-member state Board of Education for an initial, two-year term. McMahon, who founded WWE with her husband Vince McMahon, is, according to Rell, no stranger to education. She holds a bachelor’s degree […] [Read More]
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