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Brian Lockhart covers the Connecticut General Assembly in Hartford

Rell wants belts on vo-tech buses, but what about all the other school students?

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Late Thursday Gov. M. Jodi Rell’s office told me she was preparing to borrow $2 million to replace 40 of the 90 aged (some more than ten years old) state-owned buses serving Connecticut’s vocational-technical school students. Rell’s announcement just happened to come as myself and reporters at the Hartford Courant were preparing separate stories for […] [Read More]
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CT Food Association circulating post cards backing Sunday booze sales

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During a visit to the southeastern corner of the state today I stopped at a supermarket and discovered post cards, sponsored by the Connecticut Food Association, that supporters of Sunday alcohol sales can mail to their legislators and/or the Governor at the Capitol in Hartford. The issue is once more up for debate as state […] [Read More]
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Who Watches the Watchmen? OR Ken Bernhard’s rocky tenure running CT. Ethics Brd.

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Jon Lender at The Hartford Courant wrote a piece today about G. Kenneth Bernhard, former Republican state Representative from Westport/current head of the state Citizen’s Ethics Advisory Board, being guilty of violating the rules he’s supposed to uphold. As we reported a few months ago when Bernhard assumed the chairmanship, he was off to a […] [Read More]
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Psssst. Want a ticket to watch Merrick Alpert trounce Dick Blumenthal?

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The Hartford Courant/Fox 61 are sponsoring Monday night in Hartford the first U.S. Senate debate between Attorney General Dick “20 Years in Office” Blumenthal and Merrick “For a Change” Alpert. As Daniela Altimari at The Courant notes, this is a good opportunity for Alpert. The popular Blumenthal is the presumed Democratic nominee because his party […] [Read More]
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Why should you choose Oz Griebel over Mike Fedele for Governor?

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It was a pleasure earlier tonight to be a very last minute, back-up guest on Face the State with Dennis House along with Rick Green from the Hartford Courant (if you watch, this will explain my lack of a tie, if you care about such things…) Republican gubernatorial candidate Oz Griebel was the guest and […] [Read More]
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Man arrested because of altercation over … M. Lisa Moody!?!?

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Hearst Newspapers today carried a story about an altercation Wednesday night at an event attended by Lt. Governor Michael Fedele of Stamford, who is seeking the Republican nomination for Governor. According to police Fedele was dining when a former state employee began loudly accusing him of planning to keep Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell’s sometimes […] [Read More]
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Stamford cops offer lawmakers glimpse at chimp crime scene photos

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The legislature’s Labor and Public Employees Committee today heard testimony on a bill the origins of which date back to last February’s savage chimpanzee attack in Stamford on Charla Nash. The legislation would allow police officers who use lethal force on an animal in the line of duty to receive workers’ compensation benefits. Stamford Police […] [Read More]
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Rell wary of Senate Democrats’ tax on executive bonuses

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Yesterday state Senate Democrats held a press conference in Meriden to promote what their spokesman referred to as “growing momentum” behind the jobs-creation package they unveiled earlier this month. But a key element of the proposal – a surcharge on bonuses paid Connecticut executives working for federally-bailed-out banks and insurers – is in trouble. Last […] [Read More]
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Governor Rell still not ready to endorse a Republican successor

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It’s been over three months since Lt. Governor Michael Fedele of Stamford said he had the personal endorsement of his boss, retiring Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell, and she subsequently told reporters she was not ready to back any candidate. Asked during a visit this morning to Norwalk Community College if she was finally prepared […] [Read More]
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Would CT voters want to replace Blumenthal with the guy who defended Rowland/AIG?

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Tom Dudchik over at Capitol Report discovered an ongoing effort on Facebook to recruit attorney Ross Garber to run for Attorney General. Garber is a Republican and his name was one of the first mentioned to me when current Democratic Attorney General Richard Blumenthal in January announced plans to, after 20 years in office, run […] [Read More]
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