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Brian Lockhart covers the Connecticut General Assembly in Hartford
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Senate GOP seeks to inject greater sense of urgency into session

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Senate Minority Leader John McKinney, R-Fairfield, today unveiled a “deficit clock” on his caucus’ website to reflect what Republicans say is how much the state over-spends at a given moment while revenues drop in the current 2009 fiscal year. The Democrats quickly dismissed the clock as a gimmick. But it’s hard not to feel a […] [Read More]
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Minority leader Cafero really, really, really, really likes Donovan

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I don’t know if this bodes well for the upcoming session or if it’s just opening-day euphoria, but House Minority Leader Lawrence Cafero, R-Norwalk, was extremely complimentary of new House Speaker Christopher Donovan, D-Meriden, today. Cafero gladly seconded Donovan’s nomination, calling it “an honor and a priviledge.” “Now you’re thinking ‘he has to say that’. […] [Read More]
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New House Speaker recalls good times with Stamford delegation

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New House Speaker Christopher Donovan, D-Meriden, during his acceptance speech today recalled for his colleagues one of his favorite memories of serving in the legislature. The year was 1996 and Donovan, along with former Rep. Moira Lyons and the late Rep. Anne McDonald, both Stamford Democrats, were working on a managed care reform bill. “We […] [Read More]
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And a funny line from Rell

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Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell went off-script in today’s state-of-the-state remarks when she acknowledged outgoing Speaker of the House James Amann, D-Milford. Here’s the set-up. Amann is currently the only Democrat actively pursuing his party’s nomination for Governor in 2010 and may or may not face Rell, who is exploring whether to run again. And […] [Read More]
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The Governor’s awkward speech moment

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In the midst of her state-of-the-state address earlier this afternoon, Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell was forced to pause when an elderly television cameraman standing in the back of the room fainted. The incident occurred RIGHT AFTER the following paragraph from her prepared address: “The sacrifices will not be easy or painless. The recommended two-year […] [Read More]
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Mayor Malloy’s non-gubernatorial campaign hits the capitol

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Stamford Mayor Dannel Malloy is up at the capitol for the start of the 2009 session today. The Democrat attended a rally on behalf of some workers who clean public buildings and are facing a loss of health benefits. Some of those employees work at UCONN’s Stamford campus and the city’s train station. Then Malloy […] [Read More]
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Aaaaaannnnnnd they’re off!

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It’s 11 a.m. on the day BEFORE the General Assembly and Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell kick-off the start of the 2009 budget session in Hartford. And already I’ve gotten three press releases from lawmakers in both parties announcing new proposals. Returning Senate President Donald Williams, D-Brooklyn, and new House Speaker Christopher Donovan, D-Meriden, are […] [Read More]
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Bridgeport mayor wants reporters to empathize with him

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Bridgeport Mayor and former state Sen. Bill Finch was among the local elected officials to hold a press conference at the capitol today urging state lawmakers help cities and towns address their budget problems. The press conference, hosted by the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities, attracted several newspaper and television reporters, who are no strangers to […] [Read More]
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