Political Capitol

Brian Lockhart covers the Connecticut General Assembly in Hartford

New Haven Railyard audit out this week?

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Perhaps. Sources at the capitol last week said the state budget office was close to finalizing the audit of the New Haven Rail Yard. The project caused a PR headache for Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell earlier this year when it was made public the costs had exploded from $300 million in 2005 to over […] [Read More]
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All he wants for Christmas is his Super 7, Super 7, Super 7

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I’ll say this for Sen. Bob Duff, D-Norwalk – he’s persistent. Completion of the Super 7 Expressway between Norwalk and Danbury is less likely than ever. Rather than reviving the decades-old project, fought by suburban/rural municipalities and environmentalists, state officials are in the midst of widening the old Route 7 to accommodate modern traffic flows. […] [Read More]
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Movies filmed in Connecticut getting some respect

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It’s been called “the curse” by some folks I know. Sure, Indiana Jones 4 was filmed in-state. But for every hit production lured to Connecticut by the new film tax credits, there’s a “College Road Trip” or a “Righteous Kill” that quickly disappears from theaters. But following last week’s Golden Globe nominations, House Speaker James […] [Read More]
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Perone and the “Bad Reps” to play on 99.1 WPLR

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Rep. Christopher Perone’s re-election in November meant not only would the Norwalk Democrat be returning to the General Assembly, but it assured him a continued spot in the “Bad Reps” band of lawmakers. The group, organized by incoming House Speaker Christopher Donovan, D-Meriden, has a gig tomorrow morning around 7 a.m. on Chaz & AJ’s […] [Read More]
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Rell continues push for Congress to pass stimulus plan for states

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Last week Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell joined her colleagues from throughout the nation in Philly and asked Democratic President-elect Barack Obama to include financially troubled states in the next federal economic stimulus package. Connecticut is facing a $6 billion plus budget deficit in the coming two fiscal years. Today Rell released testimony her office […] [Read More]
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Give Bill Cosby credit

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Some celebrities might lend their face and voice to an issue for a few minutes or so. You know – travel to the capitol, hold a press conference with lawmakers, make a few comments, answer a question or two, shake some hands, sign some autographs and leave. But Cosby, in town to discuss the importance […] [Read More]
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What should residents expect of their Governor?

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I just got around to reading a story that made some waves last week among political junkies. A weekly newspaper obtained Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell’s daily schedule from the past few months and wrote a pretty critical story┬áthat she doesn’t do a hell of a lot. That take on how the Governor spends her […] [Read More]
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We’re pathetic

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So THIS is how Connecticut celebrated the 75th anniversary of the repeal of prohibition today. According to a press release from the state Department of Consumer Protection, DCP Commissioner Jerry Farrell, Jr., who wears a second hat chairing the state Liquor Control Commission … get ready for it … paid visits to a pub and […] [Read More]
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