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Brian Lockhart covers the Connecticut General Assembly in Hartford

Dr. Heathcliff Huxtable in Hartford

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Bill Cosby will be at the capitol Monday to address the legislature’s Task Force on Fatherhood and Fatherlessness. The announcement was just made by House Speaker James Amann, D-Milford, who earlier this year organized the task force to study the causes of fatherlessness in Connecticut and whether the state could do a better job of […] [Read More]
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Legislators issue press release about trying to save newspapers

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A staffer for nine state lawmakers who represent the Bristol and New Britain communities just sent out a statement touting a meeting their bosses had in Hartford today about the future of the Bristol Press and New Britain Herald. Those two newspapers, owned by the faltering Journal Register Company, are slated to shut down if […] [Read More]
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Gov. Rell’s holiday plans

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Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell today released the schedule for the annual Holiday Open House she hosts each season at her mansion in Hartford. “This house truly belongs to the people,” Rell said. “This free open house gives families from across the state the opportunity to see the Governor’s Residence decorated for the holidays. I […] [Read More]
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The honeymoon between Lieberman and Obama continues

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While stumping for Republican Sen. John McCain’s presidential campaign, Sen. Joseph Lieberman, the self-described independent Democrat from Stamford expressed deep reservations about then-Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama’s foreign policy positions. His intent was clear – to paint McCain as the best candidate to protect America and deal with its enemies and allies abroad. But after […] [Read More]
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Now for the talent portion of our competition…

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It’s interesting to note the two new leaders of the state House of Representatives share musical hobbies. Current House Majority Leader/Incoming Speaker Christopher Donovan, D-Meriden, plays guitar while incoming House Majority Leader Denise Merrill, D-Storrs, is a classical pianist. I asked Donovan during a recent interview what their different choice of instruments says about the […] [Read More]
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Cafero talks, Amann mocks

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For those who have never witnessed a session of the state House of Representatives, the Speaker – currently Rep. James Amann, D-Milford – basically guides the debate. A bill is raised and Amann, standing behind the podium at the front of the hall, recognizes fellow lawmakers who want to speak for/against the legislation, confers with […] [Read More]
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Will Senator Lieberman’s photo ever be re-hung at Dem HQ?

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U.S. Sen. Joseph Lieberman held a 12:30 p.m. press conference today at his offices in Hartford. The economy topped his agenda, but he also heaped praise on the man he tried to help defeat in the presidential election – fellow Democrat and U.S. Senator from Illinois President Elect Barack Obama. Lieberman noted it was Obama […] [Read More]
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Why not Lt. Gov. Fedele for the job of Business Advocate?

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There was talk earlier today the legislature’s Democrats were eliminating the position of state Business Advocate, created in 2006 by Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell and the General Assembly, to help cut the deficit. Rell tapped former Republican U.S. Congressman Rob Simmons for the job in February, 2007. But ultimately the Democrats decided today instead […] [Read More]
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