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Brian Lockhart covers the Connecticut General Assembly in Hartford

Swan wants legislature to hold hearings on tax refund cards

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Sen. Minority Leader John McKinney, R-Fairfield, and Tom Swan, head of the Connecticut Citizen Action Group, rarely agree on policy matters. But Swan this evening backed up McKinney’s call for legislative Democrats to convene an informational hearing on the Department of Revenue Services’ announcement Monday the agency has replaced tax refund checks with JPMorgan Chase debit […] [Read More]
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Tong announces 4th quarter Senate $$$

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State Rep. William Tong, D-Stamford, raised $160,000 in the last quarter of 2011 and has roughly $300,000 cash-on-hand, according to a statement from his campaign for U.S. Senate. For those keeping track, ex-Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz, who also wants the nomination, announced this week that her Senate campaign raised “over $273,000 and has cash on […] [Read More]
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Malloy administration announces oxymoron

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Gov. Dannel Malloy today announced the formation of a Red Tape Review and Removal Taskforce charged with reviewing education mandates. That is the kind of name that only someone with a very serious appreciation for government and a strong belief in the things government can accomplish could suggest with a straight face. Perhaps this group […] [Read More]
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Which campaign will be 1st to exploit Grote & Weigel closure?

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You just know politicians are dying to figure out how they can turn the Grote & Weigel sausage company closing to their advantage during this election year where the focus is on jobs/the economy. So which local pol or congressional candidate is going to be the first to let the dogs out, so to speak? R.I.P delicious […] [Read More]
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Can you spot the celebrities in campaign finance reports?

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Those of us who spend election years sifting through candidates’ campaign finance reports know that special thrill of stumbling over celebrity, semi-celebrity and/or pseudo-celebrity donors. Here are some discoveries I made this afternoon… Saturday Night Live alum Jane Curtin of Sharon gave a small amount – $250 – of her Conehead cash to Democratic state House Speaker Chris Donovan’s bid to […] [Read More]
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Gambling supporters have upper hand at forum

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The chairs of the legislature’s Public Safety and Security Committee, which has oversight over gaming matters, have scheduled a February 2 forum to discuss Connecticut’s entry into the world of online gambling and online lottery sales. Looking at the current agenda, the groups that stand to benefit from more gambling opportunities outnumber those focused on gambling addiction, four to […] [Read More]
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Sen. Blumenthal’s old campaign manager in familiar territory

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In 2010 Mindy Myers helped then-Attorney General Richard Blumenthal portray his opponent for U.S. Senate – Republican Linda McMahon – as a wealthy, out-of-touch candidate using her own fortune to try and buy public office. In terms of public service, Blumenthal had McMahon beat, having served as the state’s popular chief civil lawyer for two […] [Read More]
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Don’t know what the state Claims Commissioner does? You should.

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Here are two stories we published Sunday taking a closer look at the little known but quite powerful Office of the Claims Commissioner, which decides whether or not to allow lawsuits to proceed against the state. The operation is likely to come under greater scrutiny in the coming months as new Claims Commissioner J. Paul Vance, […] [Read More]
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Office of Nonpartisan Truth-telling, Bubble-bursting and Bad-news-breaking

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I’m going to admit I’ve been enjoying watching Democratic Gov. Dannel Malloy and his staff contend this week with the nonpartisan Office of Fiscal Analysis’ current budget projections (click CT News Junkie here and CT Mirror here for two good stories). Often during Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell’s administration (I wasn’t up in Hartford to cover her GOP […] [Read More]
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Truck Lobbyist Mike Riley’s prayers may have been answered…

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… in Beacon Falls. Here’s our story about a local inventor who has patented a device for removing snow and ice from tractor trailers before the debris goes careening toward other motorists. Michael Riley, head of the Motor Transport Association of Connecticut, who for years has searched for some contraption to clean off rigs after storms and come up empty, thinks […] [Read More]
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