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Ugh. Pols following Bieber?

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With the election 20 months away, predicting is perilous, but it’s still a pretty good bet that the next senator from Connecticut will be Congressman Chris Murphy.
Just weeks after announcing he’s running for what’s nearly a lifetime job in this state — Chris Dodd did 30 years, Joe Lieberman will have put in 24 — Murphy has won the endorsement of just about every Democrat who counts, except the governor, who’s presumably too busy for such frivolity.

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Scrambling for a piece of the budget pie

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Giving public employees the right to bargain collectively isn’t a very old idea or a very good one, but it’s not something you take back, certainly not in Connecticut.
In fact, Connecticut Democrats and a few Republicans in the Legislature are making some ill-timed noise about expanding public employee bargaining.

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Blumenthal speaks

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I see Sen. Blumenthal made his maiden speech the other day to remind us he’s still fighting for us. Don’t you wish he’d stop with the fighting?
Blumenthal started fighting for us in his Senate campaign when his opponent’s reluctance to speak to real issues let him get away with it, but he’s continued to use that very tired refrain as a senator.

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A cluttered field

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The field of Republican candidates for president is “cluttered with careless, delusional, egomaniacal, spotlight-chasing candidates to whom the sensible American majority would never entrust a lemonade stand, much less nuclear weapons.”

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Can a Republican win?

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Connecticut hasn’t elected a Republican senator for 30 years, or maybe 60 years, if you don’t want to count Lowell Weicker, and there are surely Republicans who don’t.
Weicker was elected as a bona fide Republican senator three times from 1970 to 1982 but wasn’t exactly a party favorite during much of his Senate career, which ended in 1988 when Republican defectors helped elect Joe Lieberman. Weicker then left the party and was elected governor as an independent in 1990.

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UConn and Burton make up

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I’m sure you’ve heard the University of Connecticut and the Burton family of Greenwich are friends once more. The UConn football operation will keep the family’s $3 million donation and the Burton Family Football Center will keep its name.
You’ll recall Robert Burton, the family patriarch, had angrily sought a refund because he was unhappy with the selection of the new UConn football coach, a choice made without the proper input, as he saw it, from the generous Robert Burton.

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Names change, for better — or worse

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I’m sure you’ve heard the University of Connecticut and the Burton family of Greenwich are friends once more. The UConn football operation will keep the family’s $3 million donation and the Burton Family Football Center will keep its name.
You’ll recall Robert Burton, the family patriarch, had angrily sought a refund because he was unhappy with the selection of the new UConn football coach, a choice made without the proper input, as he saw it, from the generous Robert Burton.

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Win, one-term governor; lose, maybe a second term

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If Connecticut history is an accurate guide, Dannel Malloy declared himself a one-term governor when he presented the voters with a budget containing something to offend just about all of them.
It’s not easy to be a one-term governor; you have to do what you think is right, without regard for the consequences. This usually involves taxes, and proposing the highest tax increases in state history surely puts Malloy in the running. When he added give-backs from unionized state employees, thereby alienating his most potent support group, he’s looking like a sure thing.

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Win, one-term governor; lose, might just win a second term

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If Connecticut history is an accurate guide, Dannel Malloy declared himself a one-term governor when he presented the voters with a budget containing something to offend just about all of them.

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Can a lousy winter sap all sense?

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It must be the weather. The winter of 2010-11 has turned into the silly season in Connecticut politics, giving credence to the theory that extreme weather can cause a person to temporarily abandon his common sense. You could look it up.
To review: We have Sen. Richard Blumenthal indulging once again in an exaggeration of his personal history and his top aide compounding the felony by telling the person who reported it she’ll never work in this town again.

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