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Brian Lockhart covers the Connecticut General Assembly in Hartford

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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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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