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Brian Lockhart covers the Connecticut General Assembly in Hartford

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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McMahon joins critics of White House birth control policy

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Potential U.S. Senate candidate Linda McMahon today joined fellow Republicans at the national level in criticizing a recent decision by the White House regarding birth control that Catholic officials and other critics view as an attack on religious freedom. McMahon’s statement, which you can read below, also attacks Democratic U.S. Rep. Chris Murphy, her possible rival in November’s general election […] [Read More]
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Greenberg to Donovan: Return lobbyist $$$

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Responding to a report we published in our Hearst newspapers, Mark Greenberg, Republican contender for the GOP’s 5th District Congressional nomination, called on Democrat Chris Donovan to return cash his own 5th District campaign accepted from lobbyists. Donovan – a veteran state legislator and current House Speaker – has received at least $25,000 from lobbyists whose […] [Read More]
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Uh oh. State unions won’t like Malloy’s GPS proposal for vehicles

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Tucked into Democratic Gov. Dannel Malloy’s package of budget adjustments is a proposal for a pilot program to install GPS tracking devices into some vehicles operated by employees of the Dept. of Children and Families. The Connecticut Mirror and our Hearst newspapers reported on this idea a few months back. Malloy’s budget estimates a savings […] [Read More]
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Reminder to House of Reps: Go easy on the voting equipment

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When the legislature convenes tomorrow for the three-month 2012 session, members of the House of Representatives will be using the same old vote tally boards that have hung in their chamber for 30 years. There was a minor controversy in late October when the state Bond Commission, chaired by Democratic Gov. Dannel Malloy, voted to […] [Read More]
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Tong weighs in on Hoekstra ad, wants apology

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State Rep. William Tong, D-Stamford, who is seeking his party’s nomination for U.S. Senate, is out today with a reaction to the controversial Super Bowl ad aired by Michigan Senate candidate Pete Hoekstra. The ad depicts a young Asian woman and apparently refers to American jobs being shipped to China, although China is not mentioned. […] [Read More]
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A lesson in CT geography from Linda McMahon

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I was born and raised in Connecticut and – until today - unaware or did not remember we have a Scotland. But thanks to Republican U.S. Senate candidate Linda McMahon’s campaign, now I know/remember. Former Scotland First Selectman Clark Stearns was among the latest group of officials to endorse McMahon’s bid for the GOP nomination, according to […] [Read More]
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