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Brian Lockhart covers the Connecticut General Assembly in Hartford

But will Stamford’s registrars drink beer out of it?

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The Secretary of the State’s office today announced the four winners of her annual “Democracy Cup”. The annual award goes to the small, medium and large-sized towns with the highest voter turnout on election day. Those were New Hartford with 94.78 percent voter turnout; Avon with 95.65 percent turnout, Newtown with 88.97 percent turnout; and […] [Read More]
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DSS: Docs NEVER have to join Charter Oak. EVER …

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… unless they want to. Gov. M. Jodi Rell and the state Department of Social Services announced last Friday healthcare providers were no longer required to join BOTH Rell’s new Charter Oak Health Plan or HUSKY for low-income children. But since then some observers have questioned whether the administration meant physicians do not have to […] [Read More]
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Is Cafero right about Donovan?

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House Minority Leader Lawrence Cafero, R-Norwalk, a few days ago told me he was concerned the new House Speaker – Rep. Christopher Donovan, D-Meriden – is too closely allied to the state unions whose cooperation lawmakers need to help address the budget crisis. Donovan, the former House Majority Leader, has made a career out of […] [Read More]
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Monday’s special session will not take care of the state deficit

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The General Assembly convenes for a special session Monday to enact a deficit mitigation plan intended to address the current, 2009 fiscal year’s budget hole. But the proposal, being crafted by Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell and the legislature’s Democrat-majority, only goes so far. According to Jeffrey Beckham, spokesman for Rell’s budget office, the deficit […] [Read More]
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What is the Department of Social Services looking for?

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Late last week DSS sent Freedom of Information requests to a handful of Democratic lawmakers and other state officials seeking their internal correspondence on the controversial Charter Oak Health Plan. It’s a rare move. Typically lawmakers are the ones who, in their oversight capacity, file FOI requests of departments if they feel they are getting […] [Read More]
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What exactly does “smoke-free” mean to hospitals?

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Earlier today the Connecticut Hospital Association and state Attorney General Richard Blumenthal held a press conference in Waterbury announcing a two-year campaign to make all 29 CHA member campuses smoke-free by 2010. Those campuses include Norwalk, Stamford and Greenwich hospitals. I asked Leslie Gianelli, a CHA spokesman, if “smoke-free” also meant the hospitals would not […] [Read More]
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Are the state’s finances really in THAT much trouble?

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A tag sale was held today in a hallway outside of the capitol hearing room where state legislators and budget staff huddled to discuss the bleak budget outlook. Used books, CDs and videos were among the items for sale. Some observers joked the state is doing EVERYTHING possible to close its billion-dollar-deficits. But really the […] [Read More]
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Sen. Lieberman uses up another political life, releases statement

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Here’s the statement Stamford resident and “independent Democrat” Sen. Joseph Lieberman released a short time ago following the decision of his Senate colleagues not to seek retribution this morning for his campaigning against Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois. “I was pleased with the discussion we had at the Democrat Party caucus this morning. There was a […] [Read More]
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