Political Capitol

Brian Lockhart covers the Connecticut General Assembly in Hartford

DEP wants to ban wild animals from aardwolfs to wallabies

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After Travis the Chimp mauled his owner’s friend in Stamford back in 2008, state lawmakers sought to ban the importation and possession of wild animals by ordinary residents not affiliated with zoos, circuses, research facilities, etc. (And yes, that’s a younger Travis below. He was shot dead following the incident and his owner, Sandra Herold, […] [Read More]
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Joan McDonald out of running for CT Economic Commish

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A few weeks ago Joan McDonald, commissioner of the state Department of Economic and Community Development, indicated a desire to remain in that post under new Democratic Governor Dannel Malloy. But today New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, as posted over on CT Capitol Report, announced McDonald will instead be returning to that state to run […] [Read More]
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Snow on your car roof? You’ve got 3 years to clean it off.

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Having House Minority Leader Lawrence Cafero, R-Norwalk on my phone as I gazed out the window at the mounds of snow in Bridgeport reminded me of the “ice missile” legislation he got passed last May. Cafero for a few years had been pushing to penalize drivers who fail to clean snow and ice from the […] [Read More]
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Rep. Livvy Floren, Dan Malloy’s GOP Ambassador?

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Assistant House Republican Leader Livvy Floren, R-Greenwich, isn’t the first person political insiders and reporters in Hartford will approach when gauging reaction to new Democratic Governor Dannel Malloy’s budget in mid-February. Once Malloy’s plan to address the $3.5 billion deficit he inherited is released, we’ll all want to know what House Minority Leader Lawrence Cafero, […] [Read More]
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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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