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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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Environmentalists ready for Malloy

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I just ran into some Environmentalists on the third floor outside the Senate Chamber. “I think the fact that we have a governor who understood the environmental issues in Stamford and understands the concept of smart growth is a breath of fresh air,” said the president of 1000 Friends of Connecticut, a smart growth advocacy […] [Read More]
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First look at Blumenthal’s new digs

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Just got the grand tour of Richard Blumenthal’s modest suite in the Dirksen Senate Office Building. “The tour’s not too long,” Ty Matsdorf, Blumenthal’s communications director, quipped. Blumenthal and his staff will occupy the ground floor suite SD-G55 for about three months until he gets a permanent office assignment based on seniority. I counted about […] [Read More]
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Poignant moments as Malloy is sworn into office

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He’s officially the governor. Dan Malloy was sworn in at the Armory in Hartford by the Honorable Gerald Fox, the same person who swore Malloy into office as mayor of Stamford years ago. The ceremony was marked with poignant moments. One of the most memorable of those was when Mary Fox sang the ballad “Danny […] [Read More]
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