Monthly Archives: January 2015

State continues to shrink backlog of ‘whistleblower’ complaints

State government continues to reduce its backlog of employee “whistleblower” complaints, the state auditors reported Friday, whittling the pending case list down by almost 70 percent since 2008. Auditors John C. Geragosian and Robert M. Ward also used their annual report to the General Assembly to call for tighter controls on bid purchases, lost state property, and ethics violations reporting.
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NRA fails to block judicial nomination of ‘anti-gunner’


The Connecticut legislature Friday ignored an NRA campaign to block the judicial nomination of a former legislator who co-sponsored the post-Newtown gun controls, voting overwhelmingly to confirm Auden C. Grogins of Bridgeport as a judge of the Superior Court. Continue Reading →

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A struggle for high ground on campaign reform in CT

Senate Minority Leader Len Fasano points to GOP  campaign reforms.

The General Assembly’s Republican minority moved Thursday to shape the debate on Connecticut’s system of publicly financing campaigns, demanding that Democrats close loopholes undermining the state’s clean-elections law. The GOP offers itself as the savior of a system whose creation was opposed by most Republicans. Continue Reading →

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Murphy named to five Senate appropriations panels

Washington – Sen. Chris Murphy said he’s been named to five Senate Appropriations Committee panels.
He will sit on appropriations subcommittees with authority over the budgets of the Department of Transportation and the Department of Housing and Urban Development; the State Department, the Commerce and Justice departments, military construction and the Department of Veterans Affairs and a panel that has jurisdiction over Congress’ operating budget. Continue Reading →

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CT lawmakers in Philly to help reshape party, press agendas

President Obama in a light moment speaking to his Democratic colleagues.

PHILADELPHIA- President Obama met a generally friendly crowd when he spoke to House Democrats at their retreat in Philadelphia Thursday evening, but not every lawmaker is completely on board with the agenda he’s promoting, including Reps. Rosa DeLauro and Jim Himes. Continue Reading →

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Himes officially replaced as DCCC finance chairman

U.S. Rep. Jim Himes, D-4th District

WASHINGTON – Newly appointed Democratic Congressional Campaign Chairman Ben Ray Luján officially announced his picks to be his top lieutenants Wednesday, turning to a long-time ally of Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to succeed Connecticut U.S. Rep. Jim Himes as the group’s finance chairman. Continue Reading →

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CT lawmakers big joiners of special-interest caucuses

Wine caucus shot

WASHINGTON – Interested in wine, soccer, bicycles or corrosion prevention? In Congress there’s a caucus for that. In fact there are more than 700 member organizations, most of them informal, and Connecticut’s lawmakers are some of the biggest joiners. Continue Reading →

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