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Brian Lockhart covers the Connecticut General Assembly in Hartford

Governor Malloy wants to be called “Dannel”

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Even those of us working for the Hearst Connecticut Media empire, which covers lower Fairifield County and new Democratic Governor Dannel Malloy’s hometown of Stamford, have debated whether to refer to him in print as “Dan.” During a press conference today at the capitol in which he fielded a host of serious questions, Malloy took […] [Read More]
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Malloy team says transition e-mails not required to be stored

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During his first official day on the job, Democratic Governor Dannel Malloy Wednesday signed an executive order preserving the e-mails of his predecessor, Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell’s, administration, “for historical use and archival purposes.” Concerns about the fate of those e-mails were raised recently by The Hartford Courant’s Jon Lender. Malloy praised yesterday’s order […] [Read More]
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The Party’s Over OR Malloy meets the press at 1 p.m.

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New Democratic Governor Dannel Malloy’s staff announced he will hold a press conference with reporters at 1 p.m. today in his new office at the capitol in Hartford. Now that yesterday’s inauguration festivities, including last night’s gala ball, have ended, I expect Malloy will talk about getting down to business and figuring out what all […] [Read More]
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Gov Malloy: “Time for shared sacrifice.” Mayor Finch: “Cities already gave.”

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With lawmakers facing a $3.5 billion deficit, “shared sacrifice” is the new buzz word up in Hartford. Freshly sworn-in Democratic Mayor Dannel Malloy is particularly fond of the term, and employed it today during both his inaugural speech and his subsequent address to the full General Assembly. Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch, who backed Malloy’s opponent […] [Read More]
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Union reminds Malloy who helped get him elected

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Around the same time new Democratic Governor Dannel Malloy had reached the point in today’s inaugural address where he urged the state to “engage in a shared sense of sacrifice” to help him address a $3.5 billion budget deficit, one state union issued a statement emphasizing the role members played in Malloy’s election. At a […] [Read More]
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Lt. Gov. Wyman realizes she gets personal security now

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During this afternoon’s swearing-in of new Governor Dannel Malloy, Lt. Governor/outgoing state Comptroller Nancy Wyman told the audience gathered at the State Armory in Hartford her door is always open, “if they let you in.” “Didn’t know about having these state troopers around,” Wyman said to some laughs. She was referring to the fact that […] [Read More]
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Please visit our Inauguration 2011 blog

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I’ll be posting some coverage of today’s gubernatorial inauguration/2011 legislative session kick-off here, but for the most comprehensive news, please visit our special Hearst Connecticut Media Group blog set up for the occasion. A lot of talented reporters and photographers, myself included, are posting regular updates. So even if you hate what I write, chances […] [Read More]
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When Speaker Donovan says “everyone” does he mean state unions?

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State House Speaker Christopher Donovan, D-Meriden, just wrapped up his inauguration day speech to the chamber, emphasizing his eagerness to get to work in the 2011 session growing Connecticut’s economy and creating jobs. Donovan must also work with new Democratic Governor Dannel Malloy of Stamford to address an estimated $3.5 billion budget deficit. “Everyone has […] [Read More]
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Senator Frantz hopes Malloy takes tax cues from Cuomo

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It’s inauguration day and I caught up with state Sen. L. Scott Frantz, R-Greenwich, this morning just prior to his being sworn-in for another term in the General Assembly. We spoke a bit about whether new Democratic Governor Dannel Malloy will hike taxes on the wealthy, particularly those living in lower Fairfield County and Greenwich, […] [Read More]
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Ken Krayeske not sure if he’ll attend inaugural parade

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Ken Krayeske, the activist, free-lance journalist, recent Congressional candidate and attorney arrested during Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell’s inaugural parade four years ago, is uncertain whether he’ll show up at tomorrow’s festivities. Rell, pictured with Krayeske in the above photo from his website, is retiring and Democrat Dannel Malloy will be sworn in as her […] [Read More]
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