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Brian Lockhart covers the Connecticut General Assembly in Hartford

Does Malloy have the solution for state’s IT woes?

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Governor Dannel Malloy has not tried to hide his contempt for the state’s information technology infrastructure, and his budget proposes a major shake-up of the agency put in charge of it all in the late 1990s. Here’s my story about the governor’s initiative, as well as the reasons he and many others believe the changes are […] [Read More]
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Gov. Malloy: Legislature should take on longevity pay

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Democratic Governor Dannel Malloy wants the General Assembly to tackle longevity payments – the bonuses paid union and non-union state workers who have been on the job for at least ten years. But he in a brief statement today was unclear about what exactly he expects legislators to do. The bonuses are issued each April […] [Read More]
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Why am I taking a vacation?

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Inevitably when I announce I won’t be posting here because I’m taking days off, some reader argues the timing is lousy because there’s so much news coming out of Hartford. So for those of you who are wondering why I’m taking some time off now, while Democratic Governor Dannel Malloy is still selling his plan […] [Read More]
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Insurance Dept. taking greater steps toward transparency

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I wrote earlier this legislative session about a flurry of bills intended to address what critics view as a lack of transparency in the Department of Insurance’s process for requesting/approving rate hikes. Today new Insurance Commissioner Thomas Leonardi announced the completion of Web site improvements he inherited when tapped earlier this winter by new Governor Dannel Malloy to […] [Read More]
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Dem, Repub leaders heading to Malloy’s old home turf

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The Business Council of Fairfield County has scheduled its annual breakfast with legislative leaders for March 25 at the Stamford Holiday Inn. Scheduled guests are Senate President Donald Williams, D-Brooklyn, House Speaker Chris Donovan, D-Meriden, Senate Minority Leader John McKinney, R-Fairfield, and House Minority Leader Lawrence Cafero, R-Norwalk. For political junkies, this should be good. […] [Read More]
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Our 2004 interview with missing NYTimes journalist Tyler Hicks

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Below is a six-year-old feature our newspapers carried on photographer Tyler Hicks of Westport, one of four New York Times journalists reported missing in Libya. Myself and a staff photographer spent a few hours with Hicks in New York City. The occasion for the article was his recently published book, “Histories Are Mirrors: The Path […] [Read More]
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Speaker Boehner to headline GOP dinner honoring Cafero

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State Republican Chairman Chris Healy just announced that new U.S. Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, will be the big draw at this year’s Prescott Bush Awards Dinner in Stamford. For an idea of what goes on at this event, check out our report from last year, when Mississipi Governor Haley Barbour was the featured […] [Read More]
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Might Rep. Tong replace the man who got him involved in politics?

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Christine Stuart over at CT News Junkie has a good story up about the possibility state Rep. William Tong, D-Stamford, the first Asian American elected to the General Assembly, will run to replace retiring U.S. Senator Joseph Lieberman in 2012. You can read Christine’s report here. Above is Tong’s man-of-action photo from his website. Doesn’t […] [Read More]
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GOP Chair Chris Healy and Q-Polls

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On the heels of Wednesday’s Quinnipiac University poll panning new Democratic Governor Dannel Malloy’s approach to closing a $3.2 billion deficit, state GOP Chairman Chris Healy called on the chief executive to change course. In a press release entitled “Poll Tolls For Thee; State Not Buying Malloy Budget” Healy wrote, “Residents in Connecticut have rendered […] [Read More]
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L. Scott Frantz didn’t ask for my advice…

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… but if I were a well off state Senator from Greenwich being courted to run for U.S. Senate to represent the ENTIRE state in Congress, I wouldn’t even joke in public about the rich folks seceding from Connecticut. No, not even with the Greenwich Chamber of Commerce. Yes, a loaded candidate from Greenwich can […] [Read More]
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