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Brian Lockhart covers the Connecticut General Assembly in Hartford

Many lawmakers trying to take credit for improving storm response

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State Senate Democrats this morning held a press conference to highlight their proposals for turning the lights on faster following major storms like August’s Irene and the October 29 nor’easter. Their ideas – establishing utility performance standards and related penalties, improving tree maintenance and upgrading infrastructure – mirror the various concepts lawmakers have been floating […] [Read More]
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If not 1,248 state troopers, what’s the magic number?

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You may have heard/read recently about the battle between Democratic Gov. Dannel Malloy’s administration and the state police union over whether lawmakers should comply with a 1998 law requiring Connecticut hire a minimum of 1,248 troopers. There are 1,080 state cops on the payroll. In January a judge sided with the union and said the […] [Read More]
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Gov. Malloy pushes changes to liquor laws in Orange

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Democratic Gov. Dannel Malloy will be at Dichello Distributors in Orange Tuesday to push Sunday booze sales and other proposed changes to what critics argue are Connecticut’s archaic liquor laws. Malloy detailed his plans a month ago, a marked change from his previous passive support of Sunday sales. As colleague Ken Dixon reported Friday, while the public […] [Read More]
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Donovan, McMahon burnishing outsider images, reality be damned

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Over the weekend state House Speaker Christopher Donovan’s, D-Meriden congressional campaign issued an email to supporters of his bid for the 5th District seat. The email stated the following (highlights are mine): ”Over the last few decades, politics in America has become too much about raising large sums of money from rich, connected insiders, and too little about […] [Read More]
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Jepsen on national stage

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Check out this photo, prominently featured today on CNN’s website, from Thursday’s White House press conference on the $26 billion mortgage settlement deal. That’s Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen on the far left wearing the orange-ish tie. It’s refreshing to see the mug of a state politician other than Gov. Dannel Malloy on the national stage. [Read More]
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Guv. Malloy’s afraid of a snowboarding squirrel

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For some it’s easy to look at Democratic Gov. Dannel Malloy’s recent $22 million investment in a campaign to brand and market Connecticut to tourists as a waste of money in tough fiscal times. But for those doubters I offer up the snowboarding squirrel… The above is an advertisement for Massachusetts currently in rotation on our Hearst blogs, mine included. […] [Read More]
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Loftus-Levine, teachers association gird for tenure war

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“I was shocked at some of the times there were so much applause,” Mary Loftus-Levine, head of the 41,000-member Connecticut Education Association, told a meeting of our Hearst editorial board a few minutes ago. Loftus-Levine was responding to my question about whether CEA sees the Democrat-lead General Assembly as a breakwater against the wave of education […] [Read More]
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Citizen Action credits other states’ AGs, not Jepsen, for “flawed” mortgage settlement

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It’s being portrayed as an historic multi-state settlement, but the $25 billion deal Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen helped broker with the nation’s five largest mortgage services over foreclosure abuses and fraud doesn’t impress the grass roots Connecticut Citizen Action Group. In a statement Tom Swan, CCAG’s executive director, called the settlement “a tiny drop in a big […] [Read More]
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