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Brian Lockhart covers the Connecticut General Assembly in Hartford

Cafero explains why Lt. Gov Fedele will be a different Gov than Rell

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House Minority Leader Lawrence Cafero, R-Norwalk, today endorsed Lt. Governor Michael Fedele of Stamford for their party’s gubernatorial nomination. On the one hand it’s not surprising. Cafero is close to Fedele. “I know the man’s soul, the way the man thinks, his character and his values,” Cafero told me. On the other hand, Lt. Governor […] [Read More]
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What is the Catholic Church’s Safe Environment Program?

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This past weekend our Fairfield County newspaper chain ran an article focusing on the role the state’s Catholic Bishops, including William E. Lori of the Bridgeport diocese, played in defeating legislation aimed at extending the statute of limitations for sex abuse. I interviewed Michael Culhane, executive director of the Connecticut Catholic Conference, for the piece. […] [Read More]
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Despite last minute pitch from Cappiello, Greenwich legislator picks Simmons over Linda

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Republican Rob Simmons’ campaign just announced their man has the endorsement of freshman state Rep. Fred Camillo, R-Greenwich, a delegate at the GOP convention in two weeks. I mention this because it confirms what I suspected when Republican Linda McMahon’s campaign manager, former state Sen. David Cappiello, was back up at the capitol last week […] [Read More]
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One reason Dan Malloy would tap Comptroller Wyman for Lt. Guv

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Hartford Courant columnist Kevin Rennie is reporting on his blog that former Stamford Mayor Dannel Malloy has chosen state Comptroller Nancy Wyman as his running mate as he pursues their party’s nomination for Governor. Wyman back in January announced she planned to run for re-election. The pairing makes sense to me given Malloy’s love affair […] [Read More]
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Oz Griebel scores major endorsement: Senate Minority Leader John McKinney

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Republican Oz Griebel, a businessman from the Hartford region (he lives in Simsbury), got dissed in today’s latest Rasmussen poll, but he got a nice little boost this evening with the endorsement of state Senate Minority Leader John McKinney, R-Fairfield. And considering that Griebel’s chief opponents are from Fairfield County, and one of them is […] [Read More]
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A power plant explodes and a bill dies quietly. Why?

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I’ve been puzzled for a few days about the lack of buzz in Hartford and in the media around an Energy Committee bill intended to improve power plant oversight here in Connecticut after the Kleen Energy plant explosion in February killed six. I wrote about the bill’s death Wednesday, the final day of the legislative […] [Read More]
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Legislative Dems made jobs priority. What does CBIA think?

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The General Assembly’s Democratic leaders today stood before a large sign with the word JOBS emblazoned upon it as they touted the accomplishments of the 2010 session. Here’s what the Connecticut Business and Industry Association had to say on the subject: LEGISLATURE PASSES SEVERAL POSITIVE MEASURES TO HELP ECONOMY May 6, 2010 by Nancy Andrews […] [Read More]
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The 2010 session ended Wednesday at midnight, right?

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A sharp-eyed member of the Capitol Press Corps noticed early Thursday morning that staff for the state Senate Democrats had conveniently blacked out the time on print outs of the consent calendar being handed reporters. In layman’s terms, the consent calendar is a package of bills that legislators agree to vote on all at once […] [Read More]
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Dem leaders insist Hartford is not broken, forget to tell Dannel Malloy

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During their post-legislative session press conference today, Senate President Donald Williams, D-Brooklyn and House Speaker Christopher Donovan, D-Meriden bragged about how, despite skeptical forecasts to the contrary, they were able to reach a budget deal with retiring Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell. Williams told reporters candidates campaigning on the Hartford-is-a-mess theme this election year now […] [Read More]
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When is the legislative session like a trapped bat?

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House Minority Leader Lawrence Cafero, R-Norwalk, held a post-2010 session wrap-up at noon at the capitol. As expected Cafero was critical of how the Democratic-majority ran the General Assembly, what they accomplished, and what they didn’t accomplish. A highlight of Cafero’s press conference was his comparison of the session to the chaos that ensued early […] [Read More]
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