Political Capitol

Brian Lockhart covers the Connecticut General Assembly in Hartford

Could Malloy have done better vetting of TicketNetwork?

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ICE to CT: How do you like our immigration enforcement now?

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Just last week state officials were questioning a controversial U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) program being launched statewide after quietly operating in Fairfield County for nearly two years. ICE just announced the arrest of 40 “convicted criminal aliens” in Connecticut in a four-day operation launched Friday. ———— HARTFORD, Conn. — During a four-day targeted […] [Read More]
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Griswold, where justice is swift and they don’t need no stinkin’ badges

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When it comes to abolishing the death penalty in Hartford, state Rep. Steve Mikutel, D-Griswold ain’t a swing vote. Mikutel today gave colleagues a better understanding of his views on capital punishment when he explained during a legislative hearing how his constituents define law-and-order. Mikutel’s a member of the legislature’s Public Safety and Security Committee. The group […] [Read More]
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Donovan goes negative on Esty for refusing negative ad pact

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House Speaker Chris Donovan’s, D-Meriden campaign for the 5th Congressional District nomination Sunday called upon his opponents to lay down their arms and join in a voluntary ”no negativity” agreement. The Care Bears Donovan issued the call in a press release reprinted below and also at a forum in Southbury, where the idea originated with that […] [Read More]
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In light of arrest, Donovan/Murphy to donate Vaccaro’s $$$

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The Hartford Courant today reported Donald Vaccaro, CEO of TicketNetwork Inc., was arrested at an Oscars party last night and charged with a second-degree hate crime, second-degree threatening, breach of peace, first-degree criminal trespass and interfering with police. Vaccaro’s a somewhat controversial figure who gained a bit more notoriety last year when his company was among the […] [Read More]
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Will they serve booze or is it BYOB?

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Connecticut Package Store Owners, Legislators to Hold Rally Friday To Protest Proposed Changes to Connecticut’s Liquor Laws Friday, February 24 – 12:15 p.m. – Goshen Wine and Spirits, 61 Sharon Turnpike, Goshen, CT More than a dozen Connecticut package store owners will join concerned citizens and area legislators at Goshen Wine and Spirits (61 Sharon […] [Read More]
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Shouldn’t state officials have kept an eye on ICE’s Fairfield County activities?

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It took opposition from New Haven Mayor John DeStefano earlier this week to get folks to wake up and realize the federal immigration crackdown he and others don’t want rolled out in Connecticut has for nearly two years quietly been operating in Fairfield County with the cooperation of local cops. As we reported today, Secure […] [Read More]
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Bishop Lori’s birth control testimony skewered by Daily Show

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Daily Show host Jon Stewart offered his thoughts last night on Thursday’s hearing in Washington D.C. before the House Oversight Committee on the birth control debate. Bishop William Lori, leader of the Bridgeport Roman Catholic Diocese, was a participant. Stewart takes aim at Lori’s comments – specifically the Bishop’s story about a Kosher deli – […] [Read More]
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Legislative committee to consider Esty for DEEP Commish. What?!?!

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Talk about bureaucracy. Last year Democratic Gov. Dannel Malloy nominated Daniel Esty to take over the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). The legislature held a confirmation hearing and backed Esty. Tomorrow, however, Esty will make another appearance before the Executive and Legislative Nominations Committee to make the case for his appointment. Why? “He was confirmed as […] [Read More]
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When policy and management secretaries attack

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Office of Policy and Management Secretary Ben Barnes – the state’s budget czar – is out with a scathing rebuttal to the GOP’s alternative state budget plan. You can read it below. -Barnes Barnes, who has had a long professional relationship with Democratic Gov. Dannel Malloy, is proving to be far more combative in his role than mild-mannered […] [Read More]
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