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Brian Lockhart covers the Connecticut General Assembly in Hartford

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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And critics say Dick Blumenthal can’t stake out a position. Make a decision, Rob!

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Hartford Courant columnist Rick Green is reporting that former U.S. Rep. Rob Simmons of Stonington might reactivate his campaign for U.S. Senate. This is the same Rob Simmons who lost the Republican Party’s nomination to Linda McMahon of Greenwich at the convention in late May, told the press minutes later he would challenge her in […] [Read More]
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When primary candidates drop the C-bomb, is there any hope of reconciliation?

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During a press conference today at the capitol I asked Lt. Governor Michael Fedele of Stamford, who is waging a primary against Republican gubernatorial nominee Tom Foley of Greenwich, whether he is concerned about the increasingly divisive tone of the campaign. The primary is August 10 and Fedele has been hitting Foley pretty hard recently […] [Read More]
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They don’t like Blumenthal, so will the GOP elect a governor who files frivolous lawsuits?

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While Democratic Attorney General/U.S. Senate candidate Richard Blumenthal wears criticism of his activist, two-decade tenure in office as a badge of honor, Republicans hoping to end his political career come November argue he has filed numerous lawsuits that have cost taxpayers money and made Connecticut even less business-friendly. So I chuckled a bit this afternoon […] [Read More]
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Rell dodges opportunity to endorse Fedele, send stronger message on public financing

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Minutes before Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell’s post-Bond Commission press conference this morning at the capitol a federal appeals court struck down portions of the state’s new public campaign finance law. So Rell began by reiterating her support for the law, which has been criticized by members of her own party. Proponents argue it removes […] [Read More]
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