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Brian Lockhart covers the Connecticut General Assembly in Hartford

Malloy: Internet gambling likely means CT must invest more to fight addiction

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We caught up with Gov. Dannel Malloy during his visit this morning to Newtown about this Internet gambling news that’s been making waves this week. Although plenty of questions remain, it appears a recent Department of Justice decision – first reported last week by the Wall Street Journal - paves the way for online gaming nationwide. […] [Read More]
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Get well, Senator Prague

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Dennis House, host of Face the State, is reporting Sen. Edith Prague, D-Columbia has been hospitalized with a stroke. I don’t care whether you agree with her political positions or not. She should be admired for remaining active and engaged at the age of 86. Just yesterday I was reading a letter she sent last week to […] [Read More]
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NU to state regulators: Stay out of NSTAR merger or hurt Malloy’s jobs agenda

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I’m thumbing through Northeast Utilities’ December 23 response to requests state regulators reconsider a June decision to stay out of the company’s controversial merger with Massachusetts’ NSTAR. The Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) is, according to a spokesman, scheduled next Wednesday to issue a draft decision on whether it will reverse that earlier position and join Mass’ regulators in reviewing […] [Read More]
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Sullivan monitoring impact of paycheck problems on surplus

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There’s a good chance you had better things to do Sunday than read my report on the continuing havoc Gov. Dannel Malloy’s and Democratic lawmakers’ retroactive income tax is playing with paychecks. We first wrote about this back in November. Since then things have just gotten worse, with everyone from 1,000 workers at Electric Boat […] [Read More]
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Prosecutor’s grievance over concessions deal with Malloy dismissed

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The state Board of Labor Relations has recommended dismissal of Lisa Herskowitz’s complaint that state union leaders violated collective bargaining laws when they salvaged a $1.6 billion concessions deal this summer with Governor Dannel Malloy. Herskowitz, a state prosecutor, took issue with several actions, particularly the successful effort by union heads to change their rules […] [Read More]
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Education union makes punctuation error, I get on soapbox

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I feel kind of petty blogging about this. Then I think about the readers who point out spelling, punctuation and grammar errors in my stories and the teachers who did the same and that makes it easier. The Connecticut Education Association issued a response today to Governor Dannel Malloy’s call to focus on education reforms in 2012. The following paragraph of […] [Read More]
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Highway service plaza deal approaches milestone, faces delays

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Around this same time in 2009 then-Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell’s administration inked what some lawmakers later considered a bad 35 year deal to turn over operation of the state’s 23 highway service plazas to a partnership with no prior experience in that area. Project Service of Milford, made up of representatives from Subway sandwiches and […] [Read More]
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Gov. Malloy supports portrait of Rell

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Our Hearst newspapers today reported that, nearly a year after she retired from office, there are no plans nor funds in place for the state to commission a portrait of ex-Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell. In response, her successor, Democratic Gov. Dannel Malloy, just issued the following statement: “The Governor plans to address this issue with […] [Read More]
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Is CL&P handing out outage credits to the wrong people?

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There’s been plenty written this week about how folks gamed the system set up by the Department of Social Services to hand out disaster assistance after Tropical Storm Irene. Tonight a reliable coworker who edits our stories told me about a curious call she received today from Connecticut Light & Power. The utility last week announced customers left in […] [Read More]
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CL&P’s 100,000 outage worst-case scenario in place for years

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Our Hearst newspapers today reported state regulators share partial blame for Connecticut Light & Power’s failure to prepare for the 809,097 outages caused by the October 29 nor’easter. An independent analysis of the company’s storm response, released last Friday, concluded CL&P’s worst-case scenario in the utility’s emergency response plan only considered outages of over 100,000 customers. […] [Read More]
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