Political Capitol

Brian Lockhart covers the Connecticut General Assembly in Hartford

Governor-Elect Malloy returns to Washington

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Democratic Governor-Elect Dannel Malloy will be spending the next few days back in Washington D.C. This will mark his second trip to the nation’s capitol since his election November 2. During his November 16 visit Malloy made headlines when the National Journal reported he “blasted” the White House for its “weak job” communicating President Barack […] [Read More]
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Rell: I was just kidding about cutting rail service. Chill out.

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Responding to the outcry over her decision last week to include the Metro-North branch lines on a list of potential budget cuts, Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell today in a statement indicated she didn’t mean it. “In hindsight, I can see how inclusion of this item on the list sent the wrong message,” Rell said, […] [Read More]
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Malloy launches transition website

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Democratic Governor-Elect Dannel Malloy this morning launched a new website – www.transition.ct.gov – residents can use to stay updated on the incoming administration’s activities and submit suggestions. Job seekers are asked to e-mail a cover letter and resume to transition.team@ct.gov. Malloy will be sworn in to replace retiring Republican Governor M. Jodi Rell on January […] [Read More]
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No surprise cop who photographed body for friends is back on job

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The New London Day today reported a city police officer fired for taking cell phone photos of a dead body and e-mailing them to friends won his job back after pleading his case to state arbiters. No big surprise there. I and other Hearst reporters a few years back chronicled the case of Liam Callahan, […] [Read More]
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Rell: Want to warm the poor? Consider these cuts…

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Retiring Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell and the Democratic-majority General Assembly are at odds over how to fund an anticipated, $33 million shortfall in Connecticut’s low income heating/energy assistance program due to a drop off in federal funds. With the state already in the red by an estimated $3.4 billion, Rell has refused to borrow […] [Read More]
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Not everyone pleased with Chief of Staff Bannon

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While writing today’s profile of Tim Bannon, Governor-Elect/former Stamford Mayor Dan Malloy’s new chief of staff, I came across a recent editorial in the Pacific Northwest-based Salem-News. The author does not approve of Connecticut’s new governor’s decision to hire a man who was a mouthpiece for Stamford-based Purdue Pharma during the OxyContin scandal. [Read More]
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How to transition to power on $100,000

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One of our Hearst Connecticut Newspapers – The Stamford Advocate – reported today that Democratic Governor-elect Dannel Malloy and his wife Cathy will miss the city’s annual UBS Parade this weekend to attend a seminar for new governors in Colorado. Since Malloy will not be sworn in until January 5 I wondered how he was […] [Read More]
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State tax incentive study due Jan. 1 – just in time for new Guv

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Our newspapers today reported Governor-elect Dannel Malloy, who when sworn in Jan. 5 inherits an estimated $3.4 billion budget deficit, wants a review of film/television/digital media tax credits and all other such incentives offered by state government. Turns out just such a project is already underway. According to Jim Watson, a spokesman at the Department […] [Read More]
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Governor-Elect Malloy’s possible choices for cabinet posts

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There is, naturally, plenty of speculation about who Democratic Governor-elect Dan Malloy will tap to run various state departments. Malloy is scheduled to announce “a major administration appointment” today at 1 p.m. Our newspapers recently ran an excellent report by Magdalene Perez, who covered Malloy’s final term as mayor of Stamford, in which she lists […] [Read More]
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This Blumenthal press release has been brought to you by the letters…

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Attorney General/Democratic U.S. Senator-elect Richard Blumenthal’s office just issued an absurdly titled press release heavy on the acronyms: “AG calls DCP to halt AED sales immediately after FDA ban.” I immediately thought, “WTH?!?!” and then had to LOL!!!! [Read More]
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