Political Capitol

Brian Lockhart covers the Connecticut General Assembly in Hartford

Member of a private club? Smoke ‘em while you can.

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The legislature’s Public Health Committee has scheduled a hearing tomorrow at 11 a.m. on a proposal to extend the state’s ban on smoking in restaurants and bars to private clubs. Clubs were exempted from the original law, passed in 2003. And while extending the ban to those organizations has been talked about during past sessions, […] [Read More]
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Sec of State Merrill wants ballot buck to stop with her

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New Democratic Secretary of the State Denise Merrill is pursuing legislation that would allow her office to require cities/towns order more ballots should she determine they might face Election Day shortages. You can read the full story about her proposal and the reaction from some key lawmakers and a state registrars group here. Although her […] [Read More]
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Brother Malloy’s Travelling Salvation Show

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Popular ex-Republican Governor M. Jodi Rell was criticized for squandering her political capital and failing to use the bully pulpit to sell her proposals to the public. So it will be interesting to see what her successor, Democrat Dannel Malloy, meant when he told an editorial board of the Hearst Connecticut Media Group today that he […] [Read More]
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Commuter Spokesman to Malloy: Want to fix train mess? Grab an ice scraper.

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James Cameron, the often outspoken head of the Connecticut Rail Commuter Council, was not impressed by new Governor Dannel Malloy’s efforts yesterday to involve himself in the weather-related cuts to Metro-North rail service. Faced with a backlog of aging cars needing repairs as a result of the harsh winter weather, Metro-North Wednesday announced it will cut […] [Read More]
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Governor Malloy: State’s IT pretty much a disaster

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During an editorial board meeting today with Hearst Connecticut Media Group, new Democratic Governor Dannel Malloy lamented the antiquated status of the state’s information technology systems. He referred to the problems twice when fielding questions about other topics. First he was asked about the lack of responsiveness over this past year to a handful of […] [Read More]
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Legislature weighing job impact statements for bills

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The General Assembly’s Commerce Committee is scheduled Thursday to consider a proposal requiring job impact statements be attached to all bills affecting employment. The idea is a favorite among Republicans who argue the Democrat-controlled legislature has made it harder and harder for businesses to survive in Connecticut. When, for example, news broke Tuesday pharmaceutical giant Pfizer was […] [Read More]
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