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Brian Lockhart covers the Connecticut General Assembly in Hartford

Non-union state workers’ longevity pay safe … for now

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Here’s the story from today’s Hearst newspapers about how lawmakers can’t seem to get it together when it comes to trying to cancel non-unionized state employees’ longevity payments, at least for April. ——————— Cancellation of longevity payments held up Brian Lockhart, Staff Writer Legal questions and divisions among lawmakers are conspiring to prevent the Legislature […] [Read More]
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Rob Simmons courting GOP women

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This morning former Congressman Rob Simmons’ campaign for the Republican U.S. Senate nomination announced the formation of a 100-person statewide “Women for Simmons” coalition. It’s an interesting move. On the one hand Simmons’ chief competition – Republican Linda McMahon of Greenwich – according to the latest Quinnipiac University poll has a 22 point advantage with […] [Read More]
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You could cut the tension over health reform outside the Darien library with a scalpel

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I got to experience a little slice of the national health reform debate outside of the Darien Public Library this afternoon. U.S. Congressman Jim Himes, a Democrat from Greenwich who voted in favor of the controversial legislation, had just wrapped up a forum on flooding issues in the region which I covered. Two or three […] [Read More]
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Sleepy state Senate Dems call House Dems a bunch of chickens

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Something tells me Senate President Donald Williams, D-Brooklyn and Majority Leader Martin Looney, D-New Haven, can expect an angry phonecall from House Speaker Chris Donovan, D-Meriden today. Why? Early this morning, around 5 a.m., the Democratic-majority Senate passed a controversial deficit-mitigation (i.e. deficit-cutting) bill that Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell said she will veto. The […] [Read More]
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Legislature considering tax breaks for hiring offenders – just in time to release 4,000 of them

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Earlier this winter our newspapers wrote about a budget-driven decision to bring back controversial 45-day early release furloughs for prisoners. One of the complaints we heard at the time was that while the state was trying to decrease its prison population to cut costs in the midst of the budget crisis, the social safety net […] [Read More]
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Who’s going to phone Dan McCabe first today? McMahon or Simmons?

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Former Stamford GOP Chairman Dan McCabe, delegate to the party convention in May, was one of the very few people in the audience tonight at Borders Books on High Ridge Road listening to author Irv Muchnick discuss his book about the high-profile 2007 death of World Wrestling Entertainment performer Chris Benoit. Muchnick of California has […] [Read More]
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Norwalk Mayor Richard Moccia finally endorses Senate candidate…

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… and it’s Linda McMahon of World Wrestling Entertainment. Moccia several weeks ago had been torn between McMahon and former U.S. Congressman Rob Simmons, R-Norwalk. To read what he had to say then, go here. And this is the endorsement, issued by the McMahon camp: ————– It’s Time For Republicans To Unite Behind Our Candidate […] [Read More]
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Cafero supportive of Rell’s filling judicial vacancies

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House Minority Leader Lawrence Cafero, R-Norwalk has not always agreed with Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell’s budget choices, and he has accused the General Assembly’s Democratic majority of not taking the current fiscal crisis seriously enough. But while Democrats are pouncing on the retiring Rell’s decision to spend scarce state dollars filling 10 Superior Court […] [Read More]
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Will the General Assembly take up a deficit mitigation plan this week?

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There’s a rumor legislative Democrats will vote this week on another plan to take a bite out of the current, 2009-10 fiscal year’s deficit. Following their appearance this morning in Stamford before the Business Council of Fairfield County I asked both House Speaker Chris Donovan, D-Meriden and Senate President Donald Williams, D-Brooklyn about the likelihood […] [Read More]
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House Speaker Donovan and Minority Leader Cafero debate biz climate

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I’m working on a report of this morning’s hour long panel discussion among legislative leaders, hosted in Stamford by the Business Council of Fairfield County. Just to give you a flavor of how the discussion went, here’s an early exchange between House Minority Leader Lawrence Cafero, R-Norwalk and House Speaker Christopher Donovan, D-Meriden. Asked by […] [Read More]
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