Political Capitol

Brian Lockhart covers the Connecticut General Assembly in Hartford

Where will your local legislator wield power in Hartford?

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Senate and House Democrats and Senate Republicans over theĀ past two days announced chairs, vice-chairs, ranking membersĀ and members of 28 legislative committees. If your local state Representative or Senator has yet to take a job with Governor-Elect Dannel Malloy’s administration, below are the areas where he/she will be focusing their efforts during the upcoming 2011 session. […] [Read More]
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Would Malloy have kept Ed Commish McQuillan after Wright Tech closure?

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Mark McQuillan, Connecticut’s commissioner of education under retiring Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell, resigned suddenly Wednesday after having expressed interest in working for Democratic Governor-Elect Dannel Malloy. In a letter to the state Board of Education, McQuillan wrote, “I realized that I no longer wanted to do this work and saw all too plainly that […] [Read More]
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They’re out $50 million, but it’s a good Christmas for Vince and Linda

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One of our editors got a surprise in the mail today – a Flip video camera in a black velvet pouch emblazoned with the World Wrestling Entertainment logo. Stamford-based WWE is owned by Vince and Linda McMahon. Linda, a Republican, recently spent $50 million on an unsuccessful self-funded bid for U.S. Senate. The $200 phones […] [Read More]
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What they’re saying about Gov. M. Jodi Rell as she approaches retirement

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Hearst Connecticut Media Group colleague Ken Dixon and I interviewed a lot of folks for this weekend’s piece on retiring Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell’s legacy. She leaves office January 5 after six years, two of which were to complete Republican Gov. John Rowland’s term after he resigned amidst an impeachment inquiry and a federal […] [Read More]
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Malloy on borrowing for more rail cars: “Clearly the votes weren’t there.”

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I took an opportunity this morning to ask Democratic Governor-Elect Dannel Malloy if he is pleased the state will not at this time borrow $81 million for the last 38 of 380 new Metro North rail cars. The bi-partisan state Bond Commission, chaired by retiring Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell, last Friday moved forward with […] [Read More]
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Commission hands “solid package of reforms” to Governor-Elect Malloy

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A bi-partisan commission, co-chaired by state Senator Gayle Slossberg, D-Milford, today formally approved 30 proposals members believe could save more than $450 million in fiscal years 2011 and 2012 if enacted by Democrat Dannel Malloy’s incoming administration. The Commission on Enhancing Agency Outcomes got off to a rocky start in 2009, but has slowly but […] [Read More]
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Dick Blumenthal gives Jamie Lee Curtis indigestion

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Attorney General/U.S. Senator-Elect Richard Blumenthal today announced the results of a multi-state lawsuit against yogurt-maker Dannon Company, Inc. Blumenthal and his colleagues went after Dannon’s claims about its Activia yogurt, promoted in numerous television commercials by actress Jamie Lee Curtis. According to the press release, which you can read in full below, Dannon was essentially […] [Read More]
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John Rowland not talking about Rell…

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… at least with me. Got the ex-Republican Governor on the phone tonight, pulling into his driveway, he said, en route from his afternoon radio show on Hartford’s WTIC 1080. I hoped he would answer a few questions about his former lieutenant governor – retiring Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell – who took over running […] [Read More]
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Rell to Malloy: Good luck with restructuring government

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Faced with an estimated $3.4 billion deficit when he assumes office January 5, Democratic Governor-elect Dannel Malloy has pledged to streamline and downsize state government. Last week Malloy told me his first, two-year budget, “will reflect my desire to combine some existing departments and will also presumably do additional consolidations and reorganizations in the second […] [Read More]
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Where are members of Linda’s campaign team now?

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Hearst Connecticut Media Group colleague Ken Dixon just reported on his blog that Jodi Latina, one of losing Republican U.S. Senate candidate Linda McMahon’s spokespeople, has been hired by the state Senate Republicans. And yesterday Mark Pazniokas at the Connecticut Mirror wrote that McMahon’s former campaign manager, one-time state Senator David Cappiello, has landed at […] [Read More]
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