Political Capitol

Brian Lockhart covers the Connecticut General Assembly in Hartford

Simmons’ campaign chair: “If we win we’re running against Blumenthal.”

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According to Rob Simmons’ campaign chairman/friend, Eric Janney, the candidate is not technically waging a true primary campaign, but he is as in it to win it as a guy with few resources but lots of name recognition and a decent standing in the polls can be on August 10. “I don’t think anybody stays […] [Read More]
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Looking more and more like Simmons is actively campaigning

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Just got an e-mail a little while ago from Peter Schiff, the Weston economist who petitioned his way onto the August 10 Republican primary ballot. In it Schiff continues to criticize GOP nominee Linda McMahon of Greenwich for refusing to engage him in a debate before primary day. But the real news is the other […] [Read More]
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Despite his criticism of Rell administration, terms of DOT Chief’s departure have not changed

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A source familiar with the issue told me today that, although it could be argued former Transportation Commissioner Joseph Marie violated the terms of a stipulated agreement when he criticized Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell’s and her staff’s handling of┬áhis recent resignation, the administration continues to honor the deal. That, the source said, means Marie […] [Read More]
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Is the state’s film tax credit program being wasted on brokers?

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Here’s my report from the weekend looking into the little known, little understood practice of transferring the state’s film tax credits and whether there is a better, less costly way for Connecticut to entice movie-makers here. http://www.stamfordadvocate.com/local/article/Film-tax-credits-make-money-for-brokers-582521.php [Read More]
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Lieberman: Let the long-term unemployment benefits flow!

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Independent Democrat Joseph Lieberman was in his hometown of Stamford this morning for an event at CTE, Inc. Lieberman was touting a $500,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Labor that will be used to help provide job training and re-employment assistance to veterans. While on the topic of employment, I asked Lieberman to discuss […] [Read More]
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State employees love Dan Malloy. What will that mean for Gov. Malloy’s budgets?

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On Wednesday former Stamford Mayor Dannel Malloy, the Democratic nominee for governor, announced he had secured an endorsement from CSEA/SEIU Local 2001, which represents 25,000 current and former state employees. Union President Catherine Osten issued a statement calling Malloy’s candidacy a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to elect a governor who will be a true partner.” She called […] [Read More]
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Schiff to McMahon: We owe Republicans a primary debate

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After last night’s televised three-way Republican gubernatorial debate I made a mental note to contact Peter Schiff’s campaign today and find out whether there has been talk of his debating businesswoman/professional wrestling maven Linda McMahon. McMahon, a Greenwich resident whose family owns Stamford-based World Wrestling Entertainment, won the party’s nomination in late May. But Schiff, […] [Read More]
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NBC allows GOP candidates to question each other. More please!!!

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That’s more like it. Political debates this year have really been forums. Whether they’re running for U.S. Senate or governor, the candidates all stand behind podiums or sit side-by-side at a table and field questions from the moderator or moderators, hardly ever acknowledging their opponents. Very polite. Very boring. But tonight NBC Connecticut in the […] [Read More]
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