<![CDATA[NBC Connecticut - Connecticut Political News, NY and CT Politics, and More]]> Copyright 2015 http://www.nbcconnecticut.com/news/politics http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC_Connecticut.png NBC Connecticut http://www.nbcconnecticut.com en-us Tue, 27 Jan 2015 20:24:19 -0500 Tue, 27 Jan 2015 20:24:19 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Hartford City Council Passes Proposal to Remove Registrars]]> Tue, 27 Jan 2015 02:00:10 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/hartford+registrar+of+voters+2.jpg
Undeterred by the blizzard that prompted a state of emergency and travel ban throughout Connecticut, the Hartford City Council convened Monday night to push through a proposal that will start the process...]]>
<![CDATA[Christie Woos Iowa Conservatives]]> Sun, 25 Jan 2015 01:46:55 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/12415chris.jpg
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie tried to connect with Iowa conservatives at the Iowa Freedom Summit on Saturday by assuring them that "you'll always know who I am" if he runs for president. While still...]]>
<![CDATA[New Criticism of State Capitol Security Measures]]> Fri, 23 Jan 2015 19:48:39 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/connecticut+state+capitol+722.jpg
A pair of Democrats from Waterbury and Danbury want the entire General Assembly to consider changing the security systems installed at the state capitol over the summer.

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<![CDATA[Governor Announces $31.4M in Budget Cuts]]> Fri, 23 Jan 2015 19:49:22 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/connecticut+state+capitol+building.jpg
Gov. Dannel Malloy has announced more than $31 million in rescissions to combat the state's predicted budget shortfall.]]>
<![CDATA[Sen. Rubio Taking Steps Toward Possible 2016 Run]]> Fri, 23 Jan 2015 18:51:11 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/121113+marco+rubio.jpg
U.S. Senator Marco Rubio rode into Washington on a wave of anti-Obamacare sentiment in 2010. He may soon be hoping to ride a similar wave all the way up Pennsylvania Avenue to the White House in 2016.

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<![CDATA[Raises Proposed for Governor, Elected Officials]]> Thu, 22 Jan 2015 18:48:49 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/connecticut+state+capitol+building.jpg
The Connecticut Compensation Commission for Elected State Officers and General Assembly Members recently took steps that could lead to a 10 percent increase in compensation for all statewide elected officers and...]]>
<![CDATA[State Senator Pitches New Kind of Car Tax]]> Thu, 22 Jan 2015 18:51:45 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/6558-000166.jpg
The top Democrat in the Connecticut says it’s time for a change in the way the state and municipalities charge their residents for their cars.

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<![CDATA[East Haven Mayor Maturo to Seek Re-Election]]> Thu, 22 Jan 2015 13:53:45 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Mayor+Joe+Maturo+1200.png
East Haven Mayor Joseph Maturo Jr. is running for an eighth term as mayor.

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<![CDATA[Top NY Lawmaker Arrested on Corruption Charges: Source]]> Thu, 22 Jan 2015 22:21:24 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/silver7.jpg
New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was arrested Thursday on federal corruption charges, a law enforcement source familiar with the investigation told NBC 4 New York Officials did not disclose...

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<![CDATA[Malloy on Projected Deficit: "We'll Address It"]]> Wed, 21 Jan 2015 18:56:21 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/111714statebudgetdeficitj00000000.jpg
The Office of Policy and Management projects a fiscal year shortfall of more than $120 million, according to a memo sent from OPM Secretary Benjamin Barnes to Comptroller Kevin Lembo.

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<![CDATA[Pilot Program Aimed at Trimming College Debt]]> Wed, 21 Jan 2015 18:42:45 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/SERVEherePIC00000000.jpg
Some Democratic lawmakers are backing a new program designed to help recent college find jobs, provide incentives to employers who hire them and offer student loan debt relief.

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<![CDATA["Pivotal": LGBT Groups Praise Obama's "Historic" SOTU]]> Wed, 21 Jan 2015 18:38:42 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/obama+state+of+union.JPG
LGBT rights activists and organizations across the country laud President Barack Obama who became the first U.S. president to ever use the words "lesbian," "bisexual" and "transgender" in a State of the...

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<![CDATA[New Md. Gov: What to Expect]]> Wed, 21 Jan 2015 16:02:30 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/20141104+Hogan.jpg
Larry Hogan was sworn in as Maryland governor Wednesday, becoming just the second Republican to hold the post in more than 45 years. He'll face a $750 million budget deficit, a legislature controlled by...]]>
<![CDATA[GOP Congressman Slams Obama for "Deportable" SOTU Guest]]> Tue, 20 Jan 2015 20:52:56 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/AP060731031104.jpg
A Republican congressman slammed the White House over one of its young State of the Union guests Tuesday, tweeting that the first lady would have a "deportable" joining her. Iowa Rep.

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<![CDATA[Hartford Lawmakers Seek to Remove Registrars]]> Wed, 21 Jan 2015 00:30:01 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/hartford+registrar+of+voters+2.jpg
The Hartford City Council is pushing to remove the city's three registrars of voters as officials probe problems at the polls that caused confusion and delays on Election Day.]]>
<![CDATA[Marine's Widow to Attend State of the Union]]> Tue, 20 Jan 2015 18:23:05 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/SOTUguestPic00000000.jpg
The widow of a U.S. Marine who took his own life in October 2013 will join Sen. Richard Blumenthal at the State of the Union Address to drum up support for the

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<![CDATA[Gov. Touts "Massive" 30-Year Transportation Plan]]> Tue, 20 Jan 2015 19:06:32 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/malloy+transportation+presser.JPG
Gov. Dannel Malloy held a news conference Tuesday morning to announce "massive" and "comprehensive" long-term transportation plan coming within the next few weeks.

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<![CDATA[Va. Gov. Suffers 7 Broken Ribs in Fall From Horse]]> Mon, 19 Jan 2015 18:09:49 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/0115-mcauliffe.jpg
Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe is recovering from injuries he received after being thrown from a horse while on a family trip to Africa, several media outlets are reporting.]]>
<![CDATA[State of the Union: What To Expect]]> Mon, 19 Jan 2015 11:31:05 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/NC_sotupreview0119001_1500x845.jpg
President Obama's upcoming State of The Union address is already being met by Republican criticism.]]>
<![CDATA[Chicago Teen Who Asked Santa for Safety Invited to State of the Union]]> Tue, 20 Jan 2015 18:54:02 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/217*120/letter+to+santa+safety.jpg
A South Side Chicago teen who wrote a letter to Santa asking for safety and received a reply from President Barack Obama has now earned an invitation from the first lady. Michelle Obama invited 13-year-old Malik...]]>
<![CDATA[Romney Hints at Presidential Run]]> Sat, 17 Jan 2015 19:15:09 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/mitt+romney+rnc+011615.JPG
Mitt Romney is addressing the GOP's winter meeting delegates aboard the USS Midway Museum on the Embarcadero Friday evening, a week after he told donors he would consider another presidential run in 2016. The...]]>
<![CDATA[Mortgage Insurance Reduction Could Spike Home Sales]]> Fri, 16 Jan 2015 20:55:59 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Mortgage_Insurance_Reduction_1200x675_385565763757.jpg
With the Federal Housing Authority reducing fees for agency-backed mortgage insurance plans, more potential home buyers in Connecticut will have more money to spend on housing.]]>
<![CDATA[Segarra Challenger Says Hartford Needs New Leadership]]> Thu, 15 Jan 2015 18:47:33 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/6pbroninstill011515max00000000.jpg
For a Yale Law School graduate, Rhodes Scholar and former adviser to Connecticut's governor, Luke Bronin certainly looked the part as he stood in front of Hartford City Hall to address his candidacy for Hartford...

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<![CDATA[Millionaires Make Up Half of Congress: Report]]> Thu, 15 Jan 2015 16:32:59 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/capitol+generic+federal+government+generic.jpg
Congress is getting richer and seeing its number of millionare members grow, as average Americans continue to struggle to recover from years of economic turmoil, according to a new report.

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<![CDATA[Proposal Would Allow for Sale of Tesla Cars]]> Thu, 15 Jan 2015 14:14:05 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/209*120/10-09-2014-tesla-model-s-470486031.jpg
Connecticut lawmakers will consider passing a law allowing for the sale of Tesla Motors cars in the state during the current session of the General Assembly.

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<![CDATA[Tolls on the Table in Connecticut General Assembly]]> Wed, 14 Jan 2015 16:19:29 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/toll-booth1.jpg
The five-letter word that hasn't reared its head in Connecticut in decades could be making a comeback: tolls.

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<![CDATA[New Train Cars Coming to New Canaan Branch]]> Tue, 13 Jan 2015 19:10:12 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/metro_north_still_011315.jpg
The imagery was exactly what Gov. Dannel Malloy was looking for as he walked the aisle of a brand new train car making its way from Springdale to New Canaan as part of the Metro-North New Canaan Branch...

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<![CDATA[PURA Commissioners Want Autonomy]]> Wed, 14 Jan 2015 17:27:20 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/connecticut+state+capitol1.jpg
The state Public Utilities Regulatory Authority is pushing for more independence in the wake of a 2011 merger that put it under the aegis of the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.]]>
<![CDATA[Lawmakers Consider Statewide Ban on Plastic Shopping Bags]]> Mon, 12 Jan 2015 19:05:14 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/tlmd_plastic_bag_ban_115.gif
Connecticut lawmakers are in talks to reintroduce legislation that would either ban the use of disposable plastic bags at grocery stores and similar retailers or impose new restrictions on them.]]>
<![CDATA[State Approves $5.75M in Funding to Expand Rail Lines]]> Mon, 12 Jan 2015 19:37:09 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/216*120/Railroad+Crossing+Train+Generic.JPG
The governor has announced $5.75 million in funding to revamp the 62-mile rail line spanning from New Haven to Springfield and build new stations along the Metro-North New Haven Line.

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<![CDATA[Malloy Wants Amendment for Transportation]]> Fri, 09 Jan 2015 21:09:43 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Malloy_Interview_5pm_1200x675_382520899604.jpg
Gov. Dannel Malloy told NBC Connecticut in an exclusive interview Friday that if the state is going to get serious about improving its roads and railroads, then two things must take place.]]>
<![CDATA[Celebrations Conclude With Inaugural Ball]]> Wed, 07 Jan 2015 23:02:33 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/2015+inaugural+ball.jpg
After a day of ceremonies and celebration, state officials walked the red carpet Wednesday night, escorted by the Governor's Guard, to kick off the 2015 Connecticut Inaugural Ball.]]>
<![CDATA[Ted Kennedy Jr. Sworn In as State Senator]]> Thu, 08 Jan 2015 14:54:53 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/ted+kennedy+jr+state+senator.jpg
Ted Kennedy Jr. officially gained the title of state senator Wednesday, becoming the newest member of the powerful family to take office.

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