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Brian Lockhart covers the Connecticut General Assembly in Hartford

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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Legislature’s Banks Committee to ? Jepsen’s foreclosure deal

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State Sen. Bob Duff, D-Norwalk and state Rep./U.S. Senate candidate William Tong, D-Stamford have scheduled a meeting of the legislative banks committee they co-chair to review the terms of that $25 billion multistate settlement with mortgage servicers. Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen was a key figure in the deal, which critics nationwide argue did not go […] [Read More]
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Tong’s Lin stunt catches politicos’ attention, but how about voters’?

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State Rep. William Tong, D-Stamford has again turned to a prominent member of the Asian-American community to help boost his campaign for the party’s U.S. Senate nomination. Tong, the first Asian-American elected to the Connecticut General Assembly, has touted endorsements from ex-U.S. Secretary of Commerce/Transportation Norman Mineta and San Fransico Mayor Ed Lee. Today the campaign sent out a […] [Read More]
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Guv Malloy to make Cafero’s hometown whole on ed $$$

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Democratic Gov. Dannel Malloy’s administration will find a way to restore education dollars to Norwalk cut from the proposed budget. How much of the lost $650,000 still needs to be clarified. Norwalk is home to House Minority Leader Lawrence Cafero and is the only municipality losing aid under the governor’s new fiscal plan. “I think the […] [Read More]
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Gov. Rell tried same arts cuts as Malloy, got same reception

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If you’ve been paying attention to the news this week, you’ll know several prominent arts organizations are up in arms over Democratic Gov. Dannel Malloy’s proposed changes to their funding. Here’s a weekend column on the matter from Hearst colleague Ken Dixon, plus articles from the CT Mirror and Hartford Courant. Rather than doling out […] [Read More]
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Rep. Nardello to Senate Dems: Thanks for invite to your press event, NOT!!!

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Earlier I posted about a press conference held by state Senate Democratic leaders and their energy committee chairman on ideas for improving how utilities respond to major storms. I noted that curiously absent from the event were Democrats from the House of Representatives, even though supposedly everyone agrees on the legislative remedies needed to prevent the long-term outages suffered in August […] [Read More]
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Mass. Guv strikes deal to allow NU/NStar merger. What’s it mean for CT?

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Connecticut regulators have just begun reviewing Northeast Utilities’ proposed merger with Massachusetts-based NSTAR. But Massachusetts has been grappling with this issue for a while. Just a few minutes ago that state’s Democratic governor, Deval Patrick, announced at a press conference that his administration has agreed to bless the union in return for some concessions: 1. The electricity distribution rate […] [Read More]
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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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