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Brian Lockhart covers the Connecticut General Assembly in Hartford

The special elections ain’t over yet, at least for Stamford

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When Democrat Dannel Malloy, Stamford’s mayor for 14 years, won November’s gubernatorial race, he tapped several legislators for jobs in his new administration. That required those seats – along with some other vacancies - be filled through special elections scheduled for this past Tuesday. Well, it ain’t over yet, as Secretary of the State Denise Merrill noted […] [Read More]
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Gov. Malloy names 8 to state Ed Board under new rules

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New Democratic Governor Dannel Malloy today announced he has tapped eight new members of the 13-seat state Board of Education. A few of the choices are particularly noteworthy. Two – Patricia Keavney-Maruca and Terry Jones - meet new membership requirements enacted last year by the legislature with the goal of making the board more sensitive to the […] [Read More]
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Governor Rugby vs. Governor Snooki

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Fully recognizing the industry that employs me is having a field day over the smack-talking between Dannel Malloy, Connecticut’s Democratic governor, and Chris Christie, New Jersey’s Republican chief executive, I’m finding the whole thing more than a little juvenile. Malloy went after Christie in a New York Times interview. Christie and Malloy traded barbs Wednesday on […] [Read More]
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Will Malloy veto a budget that doesn’t share the sacrifice?

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During a meeting today with the Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce over his first state budget, Governor Dannel Malloy was asked, “How can we help you?” “I can assure you this budget is better than anything else that’s going to pass,” Malloy told the group, which sat around an impressive oval table more appropriate for planning world […] [Read More]
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Malloy hiring “corporate turnaround expert” as economic czar

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New Democratic Governor Dannel Malloy is as I type this sitting down with members of the Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce to explain his first two-year budget and answer their questions. New Haven Mayor John DeStefano just asked Malloy to explain the qualities he’s seeking in a new commissioner of the Department of Economic […] [Read More]
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Maria Vereb vs. Governor Malloy over state employee concessions

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New Democratic Governor Dannel Malloy was about to wrap-up his first budget town hall tonight when Maria Vereb, a state worker, asked to squeeze in a final question. The social worker from Stratford drove to Bridgeport to ask Malloy to reconsider his position that public employees like herself must agree to $2 billion worth of […] [Read More]
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Malloy on sunsetting his tax hikes: It’s up to legislature

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A member of the audience at tonight’s state budget hearing in Bridgeport, concerned about the tax hikes proposed by new Democratic Governor Dannel Malloy, asked Malloy if he’ll consider allowing them to sunset. As our Hearst newspapers reported last week, there has been some talk about attaching expiration dates to Malloy’s taxes. Malloy’s advisors weren’t […] [Read More]
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Malloy admits to a bit of town hall stage fright

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He’s a former prosecutor, Stamford’s mayor for 14 years, and has been through two gubernatorial campaigns, winning the second last November. Still, when Democratic Governor Dannel Malloy arrived at the podium at Bridgeport’s City Hall Annex tonight to kick-off the first of 17 town hall budget meetings, he told the crowd: “I have to admit […] [Read More]
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Sec of State Merrill saves Rep. Reeves from one-term obscurity

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My interactions with state Rep. Peggy Reeves, D-Wilton, who in 2008 won the seat vacated by now Republican state Senator Toni Boucher, mainly involved budget matters. Her fellow Democrats’ efforts to hike income taxes on the rich often put Reeves in a tough spot politically, which made her a good interview in the midst of budget debates […] [Read More]
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Now Hindus are angry at Malloy

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Democratic Governor Dannel Malloy’s first budget, crafted to close a $3.2 billion deficit, has ticked off a variety of constituencies. Add Hindus to the list. —————- For immediate release   Hindus critical of Connecticut yoga tax proposal   Hindus are critical of Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy’s new proposal of imposing tax on yoga.   Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, […] [Read More]
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