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As ex-colleagues are sworn in, Gaffey pleads guilty

As his former colleagues were sworn in down the street, state Sen. Thomas P. Gaffey pleaded guilty to six larceny charges and received a six-month suspended sentence. He also officially resigned from office Wednesday. The charges stem from allegations that the eight-term legislator double-billed the legislature and his political action committee for travel expenses totaling […]

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A new era begins at the Capitol

The main event today is the inauguration of Dannel P. Malloy as Connecticut’s first Democratic governor in a generation, but the day also belonged to 24 new House members and five new senators who began their legislative careers on a day of celebration and sober talk, endings and beginnings. “Guess what? We may be dysfunctional […]

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Hitting up lobbyists is a bipartisan affair

Democratic and Republican legislative leaders prepared for the 2011 session the way they did prior to the passage of campaign finance reforms in 2005: Hitting up lobbyists to replenish their political action committees. Banned from making political contributions in 2005, lobbyists are free again to contribute to Connecticut politicians, the result of a court decision […]

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Stillman to co-chair Education Committee

Sen. Andrea Stillman has been selected to co-chair the legislature’s Education Committee, following former chairman Sen. Thomas P. Gaffey’s resignation after deciding to plea guilty to larceny. Stillman, D-Waterford, has been on the Education Committee for two years and leads a task force that is looking into modifying how Individualized Education Programs in schools are […]

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Bysiewicz exits, Wyman enters

Susan Bysiewicz completed her last duty as secretary of the state at 10:22 a.m., administering the oath of office to the state Senate and presiding over the chamber until Senate President Pro Tem Donald E. Williams Jr., D-Brooklyn, was formally re-elected to his leadership post. “Good morning, everyone,” Bysiewicz said. “We are calling the Senate […]