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Wyman, introducing Sen. Beth Bye, D-Hartford, left the town of Burlington out of the list of the communities she represents. When told Burlington is in the list, Wyman glanced at her staff: “Somebody’s fired. Well, we had to cut down on those state employees anyway. Just kidding, state employees.”
House Minority Leader Larry Cafero, R-Norwalk, just told members of the House to look around and get used to seeing fellow members of the House. “We might be dysfunctional, but from this day forth, we’re family,” said Cafero, whose own family joined him for the opening day festivities.
Nancy Wyman is being joined by Gov.-elect Dannel Malloy in the crowded Senate chamber, as she takes the oath of office, becoming the state’s 73rd lieutenant governor. Wyman, 64, thanked Malloy for letting her be his running mate. “I stand here fully believing your vision, governor, your intellect and work ethic is exactly what we Read More
As the House and Senate were approving new two-year terms for Speaker of the House Chris Donovan, D-Meriden and Minority Leader Larry Cafero, R-Norwalk, upstairs in the Senate, Sen. Gary LeBeau, D-East Hartford questioned Majority Leader Marty Looney, D-New Haven, on rules. LeBeau noted that since there are only 36 senators, compared to 151 members Read More
Senate Minority Leader John McKinney, R-Fairfield, in opening remarks for the session, welcomed new members and praised Senate President Don Williams. He wondered how anyone could smile today, when the state faces such a fiscal mess. “I often say the people with the biggest smiles are former members of this chamber,” McKinney noted, smiling only Read More
The House just gave rousing ovations for Connecticut’s former speakers of the House, including Nelson Brown, Ernie Abate, Richard Balducci, Tom Ritter The House just gave rousing ovations to the state’s living former speakers of the House. Nelson Brown, Ernie Abate, Richard Balducci, Tom Ritter, Moira Lyons and Jim Amann all took bows and waves Read More
Williams, D-Brooklyn, unanimously won another two-year term as top Senate dog. He has led the Senate since July 2004, after Kevin B. Sullivan moved up to lieutenant governor in the wake of the resignation of John Rowland. “It’s important that we put partisanship aside,” Williams said in his acceptance speech. “It will take sacrifice, ingenuity Read More
Rep. Bob Godfrey, D-Danbury, just presented Denise Merrill, the outgoing House majority leader, with a megaphone as she got ready to help kick off the 2011 session by calling the roll. The joke gift sparked big applause in the body, which she is leaving to become secretary of the state. “I guess it really is sort Read More
The House Republican caucus held a breakfast fund-raising event, $100-a-head and above, this morning in the Officer’s Club at the William A. O’Neill Armory. Once the session is gaveled at around 10 o’clock, lawmakers can no longer accept contributions until the end of the session June 8. House Democrats did their version of the event Read More
The Resonance Chamber Artists are serenading folks in the Capitol’s west atrium from 8 until 10. They’re graduate students from the Hartt School of music, cranking through books of romantic and classical hits on cello, viola and violin. Mozart anyone, to take away the ugly taste of a $3.5-billion budget deficit?