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    Gov. Dannel P. Malloy was in Kuwait Tuesday, “visiting service members currently deployed in support of U.S. military operations in Iraq and the drawdown of U.S. troops” as part of a U.S. Department of Defense program, the governor’s press office announced late in the afternoon.

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    It is a new era in New Britain as Democrat Timothy O'Brien was sworn in as mayor to replace Republican Tim Stewart, a huge figure in city politics for the past eight years.

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    Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is currently in Afghanistan, and he spoke to the Associated Press and other media outlets in a conference call.

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    In Afghanistan this week, they were side by side.

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    A Stamford man who runs a non-profit to help homeowners avoid foreclosure has formally kicked off his campaign for Congress in the 4th District.

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    Customers’ complaints led the state Department of Motor Vehicles Thursday to quietly reverse a decision, which it had announced in July, to stop processing vehicle registration renewals at its branch offices and require that such renewals be done only by mail or online.

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    Jeffrey D. Butler, president of Connecticut Light & Power Co., resigned Thursday after a brutal series of weeks in which he became the focus of outrage and the public face of failures by his utility company in the wake of two paralyzing storms, Aug. 28 and Oct. 29, that left hundreds of thousands of state residents in the dark for periods as long as 11 days.

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    Sen. Joseph Lieberman took a leading role in repeal of the military's Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy last year, but his stance on another gay rights issue is frustrating some activists.

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    Jeffrey D. Butler, president of Connecticut Light & Power Co., resigned Thursday after a brutal few weeks in which he became the lightning rod for outrage — and the public face of failures by the utility — in the wake of two paralyzing storms that left hundreds of thousands of customers in the dark for periods as long as 11 days.

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    President Obama declared Thursday that Connecticut suffered a "major disaster'' in the pre-Halloween storm - a designation that makes reimbursement easier for cities and towns.

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    Jon Green of West Hartford, the Connecticut Working Families Organization's executive director, has agreed to pay a $10,000 fine to the Office of State Ethics for failing to wear the required badge identifying him as a lobbyist when he lobbied state legislators on the paid sick leave bill that passed this year, the ethics agency announced Thursday.

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    HARTFORD — President Obama declared Thursday that Connecticut suffered a "major disaster'' in the pre-Halloween snowstorm, a designation that makes reimbursement easier for cities and towns.

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    Sens. Joseph Lieberman and Susan Collins, under fire from some gay activists for not signing on as co-sponsors to legislation that would repeal the federal Defense of Marriage Act, reintroduced a bill Friday to extend benefits to the domestic partners of federal workers.

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    Jeffrey Butler, who resigned Thursday as Connecticut Light & Power president after weeks of controversy over his company's response to two paralyzing storms, issued a brief statement Friday - but said he is not interested in doing news interviews.

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    As the state continues to struggle to balance its budget, the state will "probably not'' have any additional money to help the towns pay for the pre-Halloween storm cleanup, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said Friday.

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    A government job for the ex-convict son of a state legislator has ended about 2½ years after he was hired by the Metropolitan District Commission to work in its section of the trash-to-energy generating plant in Hartford's South Meadows. See this week's Government Watch column for details.

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    State regulators looking at the storm response plans of power companies should also be investigating how prepared telecommunications, natural gas and water utilities were, state Attorney General George Jepsen and Consumer Counsel Elin Swanson Katz said today.

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    President Obama's jobs bill remains stalled in Congress at the moment, but the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities is calling for its passage.

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    Twelve protestors are expected to perform community service next month after briefly blocking the Interstate 84 entrance near the state armory last week in an act of civil disobedience.

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