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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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State Board names interim education commissioner

The State Board of Education selected a veteran educator Wednesday to fill in as state education commissioner until the job is filled permanently by Gov. Dan Malloy. George A. Coleman, deputy commissioner at the State Department of Education, was appointed to replace Mark McQuillan, who resigned unexpectedly last month. The appointment comes as the education […]

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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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Report: ‘Orphan earmarks’ cost states millions

States have lost out on some $7.5 billion in federal highway money–including $149 million in Connecticut–because of unspent Congressional earmarks for transportation projects, USA Today says. Transportation earmarks, in which a member of Congress directs spending toward a particular project, are a popular way to send money back to the home district. But a lot […]

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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 […]