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Brian Lockhart covers the Connecticut General Assembly in Hartford

Is CL&P winning PR battle or has public just moved on?

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This was the scene at tonight’s forum at Norwalk City Hall on Connecticut Light & Power’s handling of the October 29 nor’easter and August’s Tropical Storm Irene. Sen. Bob Duff, D-Norwalk, who organized the event admitted he was surprised at the turnout given the outrage earlier this month over the widespread and lengthy power outages. It did […] [Read More]
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State union no longer sharing paycheck woes with public

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This is a bit insider baseball, but it’s worth noting in case anyone’s interested… Today our Hearst newspapers published a story about problems public and private employees are having with their paychecks because of lawmakers’ decision in the spring to pass a retroactive income tax hike. For reasons described in our report, folks with sudden […] [Read More]
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Wanted: Utility COO. Must have personal appeal, je ne sais quoi

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It will be December 1 before the first of several reports about Connecticut Light & Power’s handling of the power outages caused by the October 29 nor’easter is complete. Even CL&P’s own internal review won’t be ready until early January. That means it is also too soon to conclude CL&P President and Chief Operating Officer Jeffrey Butler, […] [Read More]
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CCM planning to connect members with FEMA over disaster aid

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In just over two months the White House has twice declared Connecticut a disaster area, paving the way for state and local governments to obtain federal reimbursement for damages that occurred during severe weather. First there was Tropical Storm Irene in late August. Tonight the White House issued a declaration in response to the freak […] [Read More]
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Union head to Butler: Don’t let door hit u on way out

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According to one electric worker union official in California, just-resigned Connecticut Light & Power head Jeff Butler had a good relationship with workers on the West Coast. “Jeff Butler was an operations-oriented executive, as contrasted with executives with a regulatory or financial focus. He is an engineer, grew up in a Pacific Gas & Electric (where […] [Read More]
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Malloy’s in Middle East, so Lt. Gov. Wyman releases her (yawn) schedule…

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While Democratic Gov. Dannel Malloy visits troops in Kuwait and Afghanistan through a Department of Defense outreach program, Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman is keeping her commitments and representing the administration at events back home. I feel bad for Nancy, having to release a schedule of – no offense to the hosts – important but pretty mundane appearances […] [Read More]
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Don’t fire until you see the whites of their … teeth?

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MEDIA ADVISORY   EVENT:                  PRESS CONFERENCE: Connecticut Entrepreneurs Announce Major Federal Lawsuit To Fight Back Against State Dental Commission’s Attempt to Shut Down Teeth-Whitening Businesses.    TIME/DATE:            10:00 a.m./Thursday, November 16, 2011 PLACE:                     Front Steps           U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut           Abraham Ribicoff Federal Building 450 Main Street Hartford, CT 06103 PARTICIPANTS:      Dana Berliner, Senior […] [Read More]
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CL&P’s performance worst in CT? Tell that to Mass.

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The narrative over the past week is that Connecticut Light & Power really blew it in Connecticut and our state was severely short changed when it came to turning back on the lights knocked out by the October 29th snow storm. But the folks in neighboring Massachusetts, with whom we’ve been compared, don’t quite see it […] [Read More]
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Does Witt Associates have an ulterior motive?

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Sometimes I’ve got to step back and chuckle at my own profession and our skepticism.  No sooner was it announced Witt Associates is conducting a free review of Connecticut Light & Power’s response to the October 29th snow storm, than we in the media (myself included) turned our attention from CL&P to asking, “What’s in […] [Read More]
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Your handy storm probe checklist

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Two historic storms. Numerous inquiries/investigations. With several state entities probing how Connecticut - and particularly its utilities – handled Tropical Storm Irene in late August and the October 29th snow storm, things can get pretty confusing. And it seems like more inquiries are announced every day. On Friday our congressional delegation asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to get […] [Read More]
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