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Brian Lockhart covers the Connecticut General Assembly in Hartford

U.S. Sen. Lieberman defends FEMA

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Retiring U.S. Sen. Joseph Lieberman, D-Stamford, just held a phone conference with Connecticut journalists to discuss Hurricane-turned-Tropical Storm Irene. I asked Lieberman to weigh in on the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, also of Stamford, today on CNN took issue with the suggestion by U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, a Tea Party favorite […] [Read More]
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Street free of debris? How do u like public sector workers now?

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Just got off the phone with Tom Swan, head of the Connecticut Citizen Action Group. We spoke a bit about the state of public sector unions in Connecticut post-ratification revote for a Labor Day piece I’m writing. Swan said he hopes citizens appreciate the effort of municipal and state workers to prepare for and get things cleaned-up in […] [Read More]
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Current legislative leaders co-sponsored state cop minimum

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With Hurricane Irene bearing down on Connecticut and public safety officials scrambling to prepare, there will be a few folks lamenting Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s decision this week to layoff state troopers. The union representing state cops has been trying to thwart the cuts, arguing they defy a state law mandating a minimum staffing level of […] [Read More]
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Not THAT desperate: Malloy administration declines to cash in on state worker deaths

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A few weeks ago we, through the Freedom of Information Act, obtained dozens of emails from Gov. Dannel Malloy’s administration sent in late June, the week state employee unions voted down a $1.6 billion concessions package. The idea was to gain a bit of insight into what the administration was talking about behind-the-scenes when the deal […] [Read More]
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GOP Sen. Frantz says Malloy’s deal with UBS “good defense.”

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Republican leaders have so far not displayed much enthusiasm for Democratic Gov. Dannel Malloy’s deal, announced Tuesday, to essentially pay financial titan UBS $20 million in taxpayer dollars to maintain a mimimum of 2,000 employees in Connecticut for the next five years. That doesn’t sound bad until you consider the company currently claims it has 3,500 workers statewide and […] [Read More]
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State cops, once Malloy’s allies, ongoing thorn in Guv’s side

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The Hartford Courant is reporting that Connecticut’s state troopers have again rejected the $1.6 billion concessions the State Employees Bargaining Agent Coalition negotiated this spring with Democratic Governor Dannel Malloy. Although the rejection does not prevent ratification of the deal by the majority of unionized state workers, it does mean the troopers forgo Malloy’s promised four years […] [Read More]
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Claims Commissioner’s quote concerns Charla Nash’s attorney

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As reported this week by the Waterbury-Republican American, Democratic Governor Dannel Malloy has chosen his candidate for one of the most powerful, yet below-the-radar, positions in state government. As Claims Commissioner, J. Paul Vance Jr. is now the man who will determine whether to allow certain lawsuits against Connecticut to move forward. And he inherits from his […] [Read More]
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Guv Malloy’s ed aid study moves ahead, deadlines pushed back

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Democratic Governor Dannel Malloy when mayor of Stamford often complained his city did not receive it’s fair share of state education aid. It’s a frequent complaint of Fairfield County lawmakers, who argue the current Education Cost Sharing formula unfairly penalizes them for their wealth without taking other issues into consideration. Now – as promised earlier this […] [Read More]
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Dems already after McMahon’s wealth. Can’t we at least get through summer?

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I don’t know about the rest of you, but it feels like the heated 2010 race for U.S. Senate between Democrat Richard Blumenthal, Connecticut’s former attorney general, and businesswoman/wrestling matriach Republican Linda McMahon just ended. Has my mailbox really been blessedly free of glossy campaign brochures for nine months? Has it really been that long since Blumenthal’s handlers launched their […] [Read More]
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National Republican Congressional Committee’s selective use of polls

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Got two e-mails today from the National Republican Congressional Committee criticizing U.S. Rep. Jim Himes, D-Greenwich. In one – highlighting today’s appellate court ruling striking a blow against a key portion of the federal health reform package - the NRCC points out a recent Rasmussen Reports poll found 54 percent of likely voters at least somewhat favor […] [Read More]
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