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Brian Lockhart covers the Connecticut General Assembly in Hartford

Legislators take another shot at cell towers

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The House of Representatives today unanimously passed a bill supporters say will improve the transparency around cell tower applications and provide municipalities a greater role in the process. Similar legislation passed in 2011 but had the distinction of being one of the first bills vetoed by then-newly elected Democratic Gov. Dannel Malloy. Malloy at the […] [Read More]
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Sunday sales AND Sunday hunting?

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In the Land of Steady Habits allowing things on Sunday is a battle. Just ask the folks who for years have been trying to alter state laws to allow the sale of booze. But it appears the liquor laws are poised to change this session. Can hunting deer on Sunday be far behind? Critics think […] [Read More]
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National GOP reconsidering punishing Florida for early primary

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While states like Connecticut agreed to push back their presidential primaries at the request of the two major parties – and paid for it with abysmal turnout – Florida went its own way and held a January vote. National GOP officials initially punished the Sunshine State by taking away half of Florida’s delegates to the […] [Read More]
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CT Conference of Municipalities worried about fed immigration policy

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I hadn’t expected to see James Finley, executive director of the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities, at a protest of the federal Secure Communities initiative. Launched in Connecticut earlier this year, Secure Communities uses local arrest data to help federal immigration officials track, detain and deport dangerous illegal immigrants. Critics in Connecticut and nationwide claim despite how it’s been marketed since […] [Read More]
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Yay! The GOP’s Deficit Clock returns to the Capitol!

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The Deficit Clock has become a common sight at the Capitol in recent years outside either the Senate or the House Republican chambers. Unveiled in early 2009 by GOP lawmakers, the countdown-to-the-end-of-the-fiscal-year-on-wheels appears whenever Republican legislators want to emphasize the Democratic majority is not addressing the state’s fiscal woes. House Minority Leader Larry Cafero’s family […] [Read More]
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Protestors urge legislators to oppose telecom dereg bill

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Here’s the telecommunications bill in question. Here’s our story about why the Working Families Party, the Sierra Club, AT&T employees and a chairman of the legislature’s Energy & Technology Committee don’t want it passed by the full General Assembly this session. And here are the shirts the bill’s opponents are wearing at the Capitol. Not to be […] [Read More]
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Malloy Chief of Staff says Guv supportive of revised booze bill

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The House of Representatives just passed a bill updating the state’s liquor laws, including allowing Sunday sales. The vote was 116 to 27 following a two hour debate. The legislation – spearheaded by Democratic Gov. Dannel Malloy – omits some deregulation proposals the administration had pursued, opting instead to study those ideas. During the debate […] [Read More]
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Class picture day for the General Assembly

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Earlier this year Hartford Courant columnist/radio host Colin McEnroe compared the legislature to high school. If that’s the case, yesterday was class picture day. In-between votes members of the General Assembly’s various committees gathered on the first floor of the Capitol for photos. Here’s my shot of the photographer taking a photo of the Public Health and Safety […] [Read More]
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Gingrich, Santorum campaign officials in CT open to Romney

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They don’t have kind things to say about Mitt Romney, but they’ll take him over President Barack Obama. Following ex-Massachusetts Governor Romney’s victories in today’s primaries, including Connecticut’s, officials with conservative opponents’ campaigns offered hope to those concerned the GOP will be unable to unite by November. Chris O’Brien with former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum’s […] [Read More]
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MSNBC highlights Tong’s candidacy

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State Rep. William Tong’s, D-Stamford campaign for his party’s U.S. Senate nomination is promoting the candidate’s recent appearance on MSNBC. It’s always interesting to see the national media focus on a Connecticut politician other than Sen. Joseph Lieberman, the “independent Democrat” from Stamford that Tong and others are vying to replace. The segment focuses heavily on Tong’s oft-told […] [Read More]
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