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Energy bill gives a jolt to the final three days

Today the General Assembly begins a three-day countdown to its midnight Wednesday adjournment with a calendar crowded with bills deemed largely irrelevant to broad constituencies. Exceptions include an ambitious energy bill, education reforms, efforts to streamline environmental permitting and a budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1, a chore that brought key legislators and budget […]

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Malloy sounds a theme as first gubernatorial candidate to qualify for public financing

Jabbing at his independently wealthy opponent and thanking his base of 4,000 donors, Democrat Dan Malloy stood on the State Capitol steps Sunday and announced he is the first candidate for governor to qualify for public financing. On Monday, that opponent, Ned Lamont, will name a running mate, Mary Glassman, who strongly supported public financing […]

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Malloy qualifies for public financing, while Lamont chooses a running mate

The chief rivals for the Democratic nomination for governor are about to hit different milestones as Dannel P. Malloy qualifies for public financing and Ned Lamont names a running mate. Malloy will announce Sunday that he has become the first gubernatorial candidate to qualify for public financing under the voluntary Citizens’ Election Program. Lamont intends […]

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As session winds down, plans for a sweeping energy overhaul emerge

A thaw in one of the General Assembly’s chilliest relationships has produced a sweeping, 11th-hour proposal to overhaul Connecticut’s electric regulatory structure and subsidize solar energy. Setting aside three years of conflict, Sen. John W. Fonfara, D-Hartford, and Rep. Vickie O. Nardello, D-Prospect, are collaborating on what could be the biggest energy bill since deregulation […]

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Foley exempts GOP from blame for fiscal crisis at forum

BRIDGEPORT – At a crowded gubernatorial forum today, Republican Tom Foley exempted the GOP from any responsibility for the state’s fiscal crisis, despite controlling the governor’s office for 16 years. Foley, the Republican front-runner, was immediately ridiculed by Democrats, who asked why he was running for an office he saw as powerless compared to a […]

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U.S. DOT secretary says ‘Connecticut has its act together’

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood gave Connecticut a face-saving pat on the back Monday, saying the state is well-positioned to obtain federal transportation stimulus dollars to develop a high-speed rail corridor from New Haven to Springfield. “Connecticut has its act together,” LaHood said. “And Connecticut will be connected with intercity, high-speed passenger rail because of […]

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Health-care mandate debate resumes, this time over children’s eye drops

The Connecticut General Assembly’s annual battle over health-care mandates resumed Wednesday with a debate over prescription eye drops for children. On a 23-12 party-line vote, the Senate approved legislation requiring health insurers to cover the cost of an extra bottle of prescription eye drops for children, so they can keep one at school. Every Democrat […]

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Judges promises ‘deliberate speed’ in Bysiewicz case

“All deliberate speed.” That was the promise Superior Court Judge Michael R. Sheldon made this afternoon about how quickly he will resolve a question over Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz’s qualifications to run for attorney general. Sheldon is aware that delegates to the Democratic nominating convention will endorse a candidate for attorney general on […]