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McKinney: lawmakers will need luck

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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]
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Former speakers of the House are applauded

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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]
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“We all have much to do in the next two years, so let’s get started.”

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The new senators were just sworn in and welcome into the Legislature. State Sen. Eric Coleman walked in late and had to be sworn in seperately, drawing laughter from the crowd. The new governor has already impressed the state with his bold appointments, said Dan Williams, who was just sworn in as president pro-tem of […] [Read More]
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Senate President Pro Tempore Donald E. Williams Jr. gets re-elected

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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]
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Merrill, in last appearance as House majority leader, gets megaphone

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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.┬áThe 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]
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Healthcare activists stationed in the Capitol

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Lt. Gov.-elect Nancy Wyman stopped by and shook hands with the volunteers. She co-chaired the SustiNet Board with Kevin Lembo, who gets sworn in today as comptroller. Denise Merrill, who will be sworn in as attorney general, also shook hands with the volunteers. In 2009, legislators created a SustiNet Board ┬ácharged with coming up for […] [Read More]
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Last lunges for ca$h before the session starts

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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]
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Sweet music for gnarly fiscal times

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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? [Read More]
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