Political Capitol

Brian Lockhart covers the Connecticut General Assembly in Hartford

Successive E-mails in my in-box give snapshot of ongoing health reform fallout

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At 9:41 this morning the Democratic National Committee sent out a link to a headline in the Daily Caller portraying this week’s passage of health-care reform as a solid victory for Congressional Democrats. “The health-care bill that hung around Democrats’ necks for the last several months – right up to the final vote Sunday when […] [Read More]
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T.R. Rowe’s endorsement: Proof WWE is not hurting Linda McMahon’s candidacy

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Who is T.R. Rowe and why is his endorsement today of Republican Linda McMahon’s U.S. Senate candidacy important? McMahon has come under fire over the past several months because of her family business, Stamford-based World Wrestling Entertainment. Although WWE defends its current programming as PG-rated, it’s not hard to search the Internet and find plenty […] [Read More]
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$90 million state deal bringing Starwood to Stamford quietly becomes reality

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On February 18 the legislature’s Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee approved a $90 million incentive package to bring Starwood Hotels and Resorts to Stamford. The tax credits, sales tax exemptions and loans were offered Starwood by Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell and her Department of Economic and Community Development. The Finance Committee’s bipartisan vote allowed […] [Read More]
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Blumenthal: Dems’ proposal to tax TARP bonuses “likely Constitutional.”

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State Senate Democrats have for weeks been pushing a job creation bill funded by a tax on bonuses paid Connecticut residents who work for federally-bailed-out companies. Many of these folks live in our neck of the woods – lower Fairfield County. But, as Hearst Connecticut Newspapers reported a few weeks back, the Democrats never obtained […] [Read More]
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What would you ask CL&P and UI about their handling of last week’s storm clean-up?

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Here are the questions the Department of Public Utility Control, at the request of Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell, sent the two utilities in response to concerns about how long it took to return power to households in lower Fairfield County. Rell is also urging utility customers to contact the DPUC at 1-800-382-4586 or fill […] [Read More]
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If you applied for the state’s furnace rebate program, please read this

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The state Office of Policy and Management today announced that, because of a potential incident of attempted identity theft related to the recently concluded furnace rebate program, identity theft protection is being offered residents who signed up to participate in the initiative prior to May, 2009. OPM Director Robert Genuario of Norwalk explained that late […] [Read More]
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Delving further into the impact of wealth on the 2010 campaigns

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Had the pleasure of being one of three guests this afternoon on Colin McEnroe’s 1 p.m. show on WNPR Connecticut Public Radio. The topic was “Bling and Benz in 2010″ and how wealth is playing a role in Connecticut’s gubernatorial and U.S. Senate races. It’s worth downloading the broadcast just to hear the variety of […] [Read More]
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Which candidate for Governor wants to decriminalize marijuana?

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Scott Merrell, the so-called Rowayton Cowboy, was at the capitol Friday sitting patiently in a hearing room, his trademark cowboy hat on his lap, awaiting his turn to testify in favor of legislation making marijuana possession an infraction, not a crime. Merrell of Norwalk’s seaside Rowayton village is a Republican running for Governor, although you’d […] [Read More]
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Merrick Alpert, the mature candidate

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When Hearst Newspapers offered to include Mystic Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Merrick Alpert in this past weekend’s story about candidates’ wealth, he declined, basically saying there are more important issues to talk about. He did have time to mail rubber chickens to the media to mock Democratic opponent Richard Blumenthal’s refusal to participate in another […] [Read More]
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Ten things you should know about tonight’s Dem gubernatorial debate

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1. Greenwich businessman Ned Lamont arrived a few minutes late for the event, hosted by WVIT Channel 30, blaming traffic. All that money and Lamont still doesn’t own a hover car or a transporter. What the heck?! 2. None of the candidates have any interest in ruffling the feathers of typically pro-Democrat organized labor, including […] [Read More]
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