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Brian Lockhart covers the Connecticut General Assembly in Hartford
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Speaker Donovan: Healthcare reform bills will not be voted on today

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House Speaker Christopher Donovan, D-Meriden, said he had intended today to bring out a pair of bills for a vote that proponants argue will overhaul the state’s healthcare system – his healthcare pooling proposal and the SustiNet initiative. But a few minutes ago Donovan told me it’s not happening. Maybe later this week, he said. […] [Read More]
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Create your own 2009 budget season soundtrack

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I’m a member of the MTV Generation and we need a sound track for pretty much everything. So let’s put the ongoing budget stalemate in Hartford to music. Begin in early February when Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell delivered the sobering news that the state deficit is on the rise and state government needs to […] [Read More]
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Straighten Up and Fly Right

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Freshman Sen. L. Scott Frantz, R-Greenwich, was part of a bi-partisan group of lawmakers who today touted legislation they believe will improve operations at the state-owned Bradley International Airport and also better position the airport to help boost the surrounding area’s economy. The bill creates a Bradley enterprise zone and related tax incentives to lure […] [Read More]
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Jim Amann, the Abe Vigoda of Connecticut politics?

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An opinion piece in The Day newspaper over the weekend erroneously stated retired House Speaker James Amann, D-Milford, had dropped out of the race for Governor in 2010, causing the political rumor mill to churn for a bit. Amann is currently the only Democrat to officially declare his pursuit of the party’s nomination and he […] [Read More]
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TIME Magazine has bad news about Connecticut’s economy

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According to the latest issue of TIME that arrived in the mail this weekend, Connecticut, Michigan, Ohio, Vermont and Wisconsin are the five states with the lowest projected job growth for 2009 to 2019. Apparently the pending arrival of Jerry Springer in Stamford and Howie Mandel and his “Deal or No Deal” models in Waterford […] [Read More]
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State GOP head Chris Healy on Gov’s deal with the unions

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Spoke briefly this afternoon with Christopher Healy, chairman of the state Republican Party, about the concessions Rell struck with the state’s 13 employee unions. They were given final approval today by the state Senate. “I think given what the dynamics of the budget are and the lay of the political land the Governor got about […] [Read More]
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Freudian slip by state Dem Chair Nancy DiNardo

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I was speaking recently with Nancy DiNardo, chairwoman of the Connecticut Democratic Party, for a story about whether Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell is likely to seek re-election in 2010. DiNardo obviously is highly critical of Rell and does not think she wants the job during such tough times when the economy is in the […] [Read More]
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Senator Ed Meyer takes off the gloves, calls Rell’s “no lay offs” agreement with unions “bizarre”

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The state Senate just a few moments ago began the debate over the package of concessions reached between Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell and the state unions. The House of Representatives approved the package early this morning with only a few members voting “no.” Some Republicans in the House complained about pieces of the deal […] [Read More]
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