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A night on the town

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Denise Order strikes a pose as she arrives for the 2011 Inaugural Ball honoring Connecticut’s 88th Governor Dannel P. Malloy at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford, Conn., Wednesday evening, January 5, 2011. Thousands turned out for the ball, which is hosted by the Board of Trustees of the First Company Governor’s Foot Guard. [Read More]
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Gov. guard: Inaugural ball at “no cost to state”

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With all the talk about strapped state finances, Governor Malloy’s inaugural festivities at the Connecticut Convention Center bypasses talk of inappropriate extravagance with an event that will have “no cost to the state,” according to he First Company Governor’s Foot Guard, the event’s organizers. Tickets cost $2,250 a table for a sit down dinner, and […] [Read More]
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Gov Malloy: “Time for shared sacrifice.” Mayor Finch: “Cities already gave.”

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With lawmakers facing a $3.5 billion deficit, “shared sacrifice” is the new buzz word up in Hartford. Freshly sworn-in Democratic Mayor Dannel Malloy is particularly fond of the term, and employed it today during both his inaugural speech and his subsequent address to the full General Assembly. Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch, who backed Malloy’s opponent […] [Read More]
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Planes, trains and automobiles

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Even U.S. senators have a little Steve Martin in them. A mere three hours in office, Richard Blumenthal was skedaddling with his wife and four children to Union Station to catch an Amtrak train to Baltimore Washington International Airport to catch a commercial flight to Hartford for Gov. Dannel Malloy’s inaugural dinner and dance. [Read More]
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You say goodbye, I say hello

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WASHINGTON — With not a moment to spare until the newly-minted Sen. Blumenthal and his family were about to skip town for Hartford, former U.S. Rep. Christopher Shays, R-Conn., paid a congratulatory social call to Blumenthal at the Democrat’s office. “He’s got a great opportunity, and he knows it,” Shays said of his longtime friend. […] [Read More]
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Caruso says state needs to respond to cities’ needs quicker

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I found state Rep. Christopher Caruso outside the Chamber on the second floor. He did not get sworn in today as he has been tapped by Malloy to be his advisor for urban strategies. The state has been slow to respond to cities’ needs, Caruso said. He cited the brownfields cleanup in Bridgeport as an […] [Read More]
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Take 2: I do solemnly swear

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Both chambers of Congress are notoriously finicky about the use of cameras and electronic equipment — stow those iPhones and Blackberrys please — in the inner sanctum. So for the benefit of the fourth estate, both the Senate and House re-enact the swearing-in ceremony. Blumenthal’s was held in the Old Senate Chamber shortly after Republican […] [Read More]
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Blumenthal cashes in — literally

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Legend has it that Richard Blumenthal’s office used to be the money-counting room for the Senate restaurant back in the day. That may explain why there’s a safe in a tiny alcove. In case you were wondering, no, the senator doesn’t have the combination. [Read More]
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