Political Capitol

Brian Lockhart covers the Connecticut General Assembly in Hartford

Shays is in the building

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Former U.S. Congressman Christopher Shays is at the capitol for today’s opening day of the 2010 legislative session. The veteran Republican lawmaker, who lost his Fourth District (Fairfield County) seat in 2008 and last fall moved to Maryland, is thinking about entering the already crowded gubernatorial race. Shays, who was talking with former aide Rob […] [Read More]
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Was Genuario’s replacement being groomed last summer?

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Fairfield County Weekly reporter Greg Hladky has been delving into rumors former Republican state Senator- turned-state Budget Czar Robert Genuario of Norwalk may become a judge. If that is true, who might Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell tap to replace Genuario during the budget crisis? According to Hladky, Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner […] [Read More]
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Malloy keeps eyes on prize, retiring Rell ready to tackle debt, enact greater cuts

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My e-mail inbox was filled today with reactions from various politicians and assorted candidates to either: A.) Talk of New Haven being considered as an alternate host for the 9/11 terror trial or B.) Democrat Susan Bysiewicz’s latest setback in her bid to trade the Secretary of the State’s office for that of Attorney General. […] [Read More]
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Bysie-quitz!!!

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Just in case the continued drama surrounding her campaign for Attorney General causes Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz to exit the race, I’m offering this headline to interested media outlets/bloggers. [Read More]
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Wright Tech: Closure vs. Suspension

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Over and over during his testimony Monday before the General Assembly’s Education Committee, Department of Education Commissioner Mark McQuillan insisted on correcting anyone who referred to the closure of J.M. Wright Technical School as, well, a “closure.” “It’s not a closure,” McQuillan said. “It’s a suspension.” The frequency of his assertion bordered on comical, although […] [Read More]
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Drawbridge not opening properly? Thank the budget crisis

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While sifting through various e-mails I’d obtained for a story about the closure of J.M. Wright Technical School in Stamford, I found an interesting exchange about efforts to find a job for one of the displaced workers. Around a year ago Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell and the Democratic-majority legislature reached a deal with the […] [Read More]
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Shays: Sohn’s arrest would not impact gubernatorial bid

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While interviewing former Republican Congressman Chris Shays on Friday about whether his residency situation will impact a gubernatorial bid (Shays recently moved to Maryland but wants to buy/rent property in Connecticut) we also talked about Michael Sohn. Sohn, Shay’s former campaign manager, was arrested in December for allegedly embezzling campaign funds from 2005 to 2008. […] [Read More]
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