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Brian Lockhart covers the Connecticut General Assembly in Hartford

Senators offer Malloy more power to cut budget

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There’s a quirky bill that was filed by three of the state Senate’s occasional troublemakers – Democrats Bob Duff, Norwalk, Joan Hartley, Waterbury, and Gayle Slossberg, Milford. I say troublemakers because during recent legislative sessions they – along with Senator Andrew McDonald, D-Stamford, before he took a job in new Governor Dannel Malloy’s administration – […] [Read More]
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Renewing your driver’s license on-line? Don’t hold your breath.

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Earlier this week legislative Republicans unveiled a package of suggested spending cuts/reforms they want new Democratic Governor Dannel Malloy to consider as he grapples with Connecticut’s $3.5 billion deficit. You can watch their press conference and read the full proposal here. One suggestion that caught my eye was streamlining Department of Motor Vehicles operations through […] [Read More]
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New Attorney General Jepsen offering olive branch to biz?

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During the 2010 race for U.S. Senate, Democrat Richard Blumenthal – then Connecticut’s attorney general – was portrayed by critics as a lawsuit happy politician who poisoned Connecticut’s business climate during his two decades in office. The man who successfully ran to replace Blumenthal – George Jepsen, a former state Senator from Stamford – has carefully […] [Read More]
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Awwww. Mayor Malloy’s First Blizzard.

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New Governor Dannel Malloy, whose first few weeks in office have been marked by record amounts of snowfall for January in Connecticut, has been reminding reporters he was Stamford’s newly-sworn mayor during the blizzard of January, 1996. Our Stamford Advocate librarian was kind enough to dig up the 15-year old report below. [Read More]
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Question: How many commissioners does it take to run CT?

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Answer: Possibly fewer than the 50 that huddled with new Democratic Governor Dannel Malloy today at the capitol. Malloy, sworn in January 5, held an open meet-and-greet with his commissioners. Critics say Connecticut is top heavy. Judge for yourselves. Some commissioners had to take seats at the edge of the room and balance their name […] [Read More]
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No longevity bonuses for Gov. Malloy’s commissioners

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Our newspapers reported last year on the decades-old but under-publicized practice of paying extra money every April and October to tens of thousands of union and non-unionized public employees for staying on the job at least ten years. Some said the longevity bonuses were key to attracting and keeping good workers. Others that payments, which cost […] [Read More]
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Malloy ends delay in funding criminal justice overhaul

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Democratic Governor Dannel Malloy’s first Bond Commission agenda, released Friday, commits the state to a $23.4 million upgrade of Connecticut’s criminal justice information technology. Following the 2007 Cheshire home invasion/triple homicide, gaps were discovered in how various criminal justice/law enforcement agencies communicate/share information. So lawmakers – including Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell – in 2008 […] [Read More]
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Malloy releases first bond agenda, including rail cars

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This evening brand new Democratic Governor Dannel Malloy announced tomorrow he will unveil his very first bond agenda, which the bi-partisan Bond Commission will be asked to approve on January 27. Malloy said the unidentified 34 projects he, as chairman, wants commissioners to borrow money for will create/save 6,600 jobs. But actually the agenda is […] [Read More]
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Ben Barnes on Fred Manfredonia’s “betrayal”

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Hearst Connecticut Media Group colleague Ken Dixon has been covering today’s confirmation hearing for Ben Barnes, the guy new Democratic Governor Dannel Malloy tapped as his budget czar during these trying fiscal times. Barnes worked for several years for Malloy when the latter was Stamford’s mayor. A few of us were wondering whether any legislators […] [Read More]
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AG Jepsen: Don’t fret over airport body scanners

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One of new Democratic U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal’s final acts as Connecticut’s long-time attorney general was to seek information during the height of the holiday travel season on the safety of airport x-ray backscatter machines. Here’s the press release the famously publicity hungry Blumenthal issued in early December when travelers were freaking out over the new security […] [Read More]
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