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Brian Lockhart covers the Connecticut General Assembly in Hartford

Fare hikes prove Malloy doesn’t want to be Mr. Popular

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You’d think a governor might not choose the day after a poll showed even fellow Democrats aren’t enthusiastic about his stewardship for his transportation department to announce train and bus fare hikes. But this is Gov. Dannel “Polls Come and Go” Malloy we’re talking about, so here you go, commuters. Sen. Toni Boucher, R-Wilton, ranking member of the […] [Read More]
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Rain, confused senior wash out heating aid press conference

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State Sen. Bob Duff, D-Norwalk, Rep. Bruce Morris, D-Norwalk and one of U.S. Congressman Jim Himes’, D-Greenwich staffers tried today to put a face on the ongoing debate over federal winter heating aid. As we’ve reported over the past couple of weeks, the White House and Congress are expected to dramatically slash the annual Low Income […] [Read More]
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Gotta love the Ron Paul supporter seeking FEMA aid

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Swung by the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s temporary offices at Housatonic Community College in Bridgeport today, set up to help folks seeking financial aid for damages from Tropical Storm-turned-Hurricane Irene. My job was essentially to ask visitors how it feels to be picking up the pieces of their lives while Congress dithers over exactly how to […] [Read More]
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Is Governor Malloy’s heating aid proposal illegal?

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A trio of legislative committees Tuesday will hold a public hearing on Democratic Governor Dannel Malloy’s proposal to deal with a major cut in federal winter heating aid by disqualifying low-income electric and gas users who benefitted in the past. The administration figures since electric and gas customers are by law protected from shutoffs between Nov. 1 and […] [Read More]
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Sen. Maynard still not cool with Real ID

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Two years ago state Sen. Andrew Maynard, D-Stonington, made an unsuccessful attempt to pass a bill preventing Connecticut from participating in the controversial federal Real ID program. Yesterday state and federal officials held a press conference in Hartford promoting the Department of Motor Vehicles’ Oct. 3 launch of Real ID, which essentially creates a special […] [Read More]
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Do u know what Real I.D. is? Congrats! Here’s your gold star

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We reported in March on the state Department of Motor Vehicles’ successful efforts to delay implementation of the controversial federal Real ID program in Connecticut. How time flies. The October 3 launch date is almost upon us and the DMV, as fellow Hearst colleague Ken Dixon reports, is working in earnest to notify drivers of what it […] [Read More]
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Lawmakers pressuring Washington on heating aid cuts

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Stories like the one our Hearst newspapers published this weekend about cuts to federal heating aid have Connecticut officials firing off letters to the decision-makers in Washington D.C. If only the heat being generated by deficit-reduction fever could be used to warm households this winter… First Democratic Gov. Dannel Malloy’s office today released a letter he […] [Read More]
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AG Jepsen continues to differentiate self from Blumenthal

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It was pretty clear early on in his first term Attorney General George Jepsen was bringing a different style to the role than fellow Democrat Richard Blumenthal, who after two decades left the job in January after a successful campaign for U.S. Senator. Blumenthal was more confrontational and more populist, known for launching investigations and lawsuits and […] [Read More]
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Let’s get more Senators out on our sidewalks

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I recently received notices state Sen. John Kissel, R-Enfield and Sen. Joe Markley, R-Southington are making themselves available to constituents at self-explanatory “Senator on Your Sidewalk” events. Whatever one’s opinion of their politics/positions, they deserve credit for finding various ways to listen to voters. These events - along with state Democrats’ use of Twitter and Facebook to […] [Read More]
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Malloy bolsters ranks at beleaguered crime lab

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There has been plenty of bad news surrounding the understaffed state police crime lab, including today’s reports by our Hearst newspapers and other media outlets about a backlog in testing evidence of sexual assaults. Governor Dannel Malloy’s office just announced a staffing increase to try and begin turning the situation around. Malloy, who inherited the […] [Read More]
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