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Brian Lockhart covers the Connecticut General Assembly in Hartford

Rell vs. Donovan – Let’s play “whose pick is more controversial?”

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As the week comes to a close, Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell and new House Speaker Christopher Donovan, D-Meriden are vying for which can make the most controversial choice of candidate for a state job. Rell started off last weekend by nominating Greenwich’s Linda McMahon, chief executive of Stamford-based World Wrestling Entertainment, for a seat […] [Read More]
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Donovan assists Jim Amann in his bid for Governor?

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New House Speaker Christopher Donovan, D-Meriden, just announced he has selected his immediate predecessor, Democrat Jim Amann of Milford as a “senior advisor.” “In his new role, Amann will provide assistance and advice on legislative and administrative matters and will assist the Speaker with work groups that focus on key legislative initiatives. In addition he […] [Read More]
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Union lawyer skeptical of GOP’s proposal to cut lawmakers’ pay

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In a brief interview today, Dan Livingston, chief negotiator for the State Employee Bargaining Agent Coalition, scoffed at the notion House and Senate Republicans wanted to show solidarity with state unions during hard times by proposing cuts to legislative salaries. House Minority Leader Lawrence Cafero, R-Norwalk, and his colleagues during Wednesday night’s debate argued lawmakers […] [Read More]
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“No Child Left Behind” looks pretty tame compared to this…

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On Saturday Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell announced she tapped Stamford-based World Wrestling Entertainment’s chief executive, Linda McMahon of Greenwich, to join the 11-member state Board of Education for an initial, two-year term. McMahon, who founded WWE with her husband Vince McMahon, is, according to Rell, no stranger to education. She holds a bachelor’s degree […] [Read More]
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Dems dip into Charter Oak funding to help address deficit

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Citing what they argue are lower-than-anticipated enrollment numbers, the General Assembly’s Democratic-majority yesterday took $3.7 million out of the Charter Oak health plan’s remaining budget to help address the state deficit. The move leaves a balance of $7.3 million for the current fiscal year that ends June 30. “The slow start of the Charter Oak […] [Read More]
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Sen. Nickerson’s retirement roast a victim of special session

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Retired Sen. William Nickerson, R-Greenwich, is being feted tonight from 6:30 p.m. until 9 p.m. at Richards of Greenwich. The event is sponsored by Soundwaters and the bipartisan list of guests includes “honorary chair” Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell, Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, a Democrat and Greenwich resident, Sen. Minority Leader John McKinney, R-Fairfield, Sen. […] [Read More]
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Film industry hires lobbying firm to help save their tax credits

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I’ve written about how lawmakers are weighing the value of the state’s film and television tax credits, which have lured many big stars to lower Fairfield County, in the face of a growing budget deficit. Now it turns out the industry has gone and hired some lobbyists – Gaffney, Bennett and Associates, Inc. I guess […] [Read More]
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Rell throws Lt. Gov. Fedele into the pool…

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… the health insurance pool, that is. According to House Speaker Christopher Donovan, D-Meriden, Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell has assigned Stamford’s own Mike Fedele to participate in legislative negotiations about opening up the state employee health insurance to municipalities, non-profits and small businesses. Donovan got a bill opening the state insurance “pool” passed by […] [Read More]
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