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Brian Lockhart covers the Connecticut General Assembly in Hartford

AT&T lobbyist says telcom industry not declaring open season on CT parks

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John Emra, an AT&T lobbyist, emphasized in an interview Thursday that controversial legislation opening up state parks and forests to telecommunications towers remains a work in progress. Emra said although the industry wants to stop prohibiting equipment on state property, telcom companies are fine with revised language allowing the state Department of Energy and Environmental […] [Read More]
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State cops bring in Amann for help against Guv’s staffing bill

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State troopers were recently dealt a blow in their ongoing battle with Democratic Gov. Dannel Malloy over his efforts to eliminate a minimum staffing law on the books since 1998. State statutes call for lawmakers to maintain a force of 1,248 troopers. This minimum had been rarely met under prior Republican governors (three times – […] [Read More]
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Energy Committee bill would open state parks to cell towers

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Proponents argued legislation passed out of the General Assembly’s Energy and Technology Committee this afternoon will allow Connecticut and state companies to better compete in the telecommunications industry. “If you’re going to have competition you want to ensure that’s as unfettered as possible so the customer prevails in that environment,” Sen. John Fonfara, D-Hartford, a […] [Read More]
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Donovan dances around ed reform questions

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I joined CT News Junkie‘s Christine Stuart in approaching state House Speaker Chris Donovan, D-Meriden this morning at the capitol for his reaction to a legislative committee’s decision to gut Democratic Gov. Dannel Malloy’s controversial education reform bill. The proposal – particularly changes to tenure (job security) – has been opposed by the very teachers’ […] [Read More]
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Malloy admin acknowledges legislative process but not defeat

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After his successful first legislative session as governor, Democrat Dannel Malloy this year has found the General Assembly less inclined to fall into line and back his proposals. They’re up for election in November, he is not. Take the amendments to Malloy’s sweeping education reforms. It shouldn’t come as a surprise Democrats on the education committee have, […] [Read More]
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Tong fundraising email targets August primary, ignores May convention

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Even as he courts the Democratic delegates needed to remain competative at the party’s May nominating convention, U.S. Senate candidate William Tong is telling supporters he will mount a primary in August and take the decision out of the hands of those same “party insiders.” In a fundraising email Marc Bradley, Tong’s campaign manager, totally ignores the convention. Bradley […] [Read More]
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We want to hear all your CT stories … except maybe THOSE…

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I’ll be off beginning March 14 and returning March 26. I thought it would be appropriate to use this last pre-vacation blog post to share an observation involving the state’s new tourism campaign. As part of Democratic Gov. Dannel Malloy’s $22 million effort to brand and market Connecticut and its attractions, state tourism officials have launched a […] [Read More]
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Democrats! It’s OK to back Guv’s ed reforms. Prez Obama says so!

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Celebrity education reformer Michelle Rhee will be in Hartford Wednesday for a rally supporting Gov. Dannel Malloy’s divisive ed reforms. But first, during Tuesday evening’s news, her organization – StudentsFirst – will air this ad encouraging/pressuring (you decide) the legislature’s Democratic majority to back Malloy. It’s part of a six-figure buy that will last a […] [Read More]
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Whitnum: I’m a Democrat and I’m not going anywhere.

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Between her divisive – critics say anti-Semitic – positions on Israel, her attacks on party stalwarts and her lawsuit against the governor, it’s difficult to imagine what else Lee Whitnum of Greenwich could do to attract the anger and disdain of members of the Democratic Party. Whitnum’s recent appearance on Channel 3′s Face the State […] [Read More]
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In sad twist, taxpayer $$$ not being used to maintain tax dept. parking

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Visitors to the state Department of Revenue Services in Hartford as of March 13 will no longer have access to the Sigourney Street parking garage because it’s falling apart. DRS announced this afternoon that the state Department of Adminstrative Services made the call to shutter the facility “We sincerely regret that this change to visitors’ access to […] [Read More]
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