Political Capitol

Brian Lockhart covers the Connecticut General Assembly in Hartford

Budget time, when everyone thinks THEY’RE the biggest loser

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I had to take a photo of this bulletin board outside of the cafeteria in the Legislative Office Building in Hartford. Someone decided to organize a weight loss challenge at the capitol and name it after “The Biggest Loser” television program on NBC. But it’s such an appropriate sign for this budget season, which new Democratic Governor […] [Read More]
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Dodd’s Hollywood gig likely great for Connecticut

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After reading about former Democratic U.S. Senator Chris Dodd’s potential gig running the Motion Picture Association of America, I put in a call to George Norfleet. Norfleet is director of Connecticut’s Office of Film, Television and Digital Media, which has become a far more active and important operation in recent years as a result of the state […] [Read More]
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Could this be the start of a great bro-mance?

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New Democratic Governor Dannel Malloy and his staff have been reaching out to Republican Minority Leader Lawrence Cafero, R-Norwalk and Senate Minority Leader John McKinney, R-Fairfield. And the effort has not gone unappreciated, as you’ll read in our story. Is this the start of a deep “bro-mance” bond between these three political leaders? Referring to Malloy’s recent […] [Read More]
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Malloy not planning changes to school aid formula … yet

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As mayor of Stamford, new Democratic Governor Dannel Malloy often railed against what he considered the inequities of the state Education Cost Sharing formula used to divvy up school aid among the state’s cities and towns. Fairfield County lawmakers from Stamford and Norwalk have continually argued the existing formula penalizes their affluence without also considering […] [Read More]
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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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