Thursday, April 12, 2007


Lots going on...

Former Congressman Rob Simmons won the support of the state Senate, and his confirmation as the state's new and first-ever business advocate is complete. The vote came with lots of advice from Democrats on exactly what he needs to do to spur the state's economic development.

The legislature's Appropriations Committee is expected to release its version of a state spending bill sometime today. The Revenue, Finance and Bonding Committee is scheduled to release its version of how to pay for it next week. Then the fun begins as the Democratic leadership and the governor's office spar over their differences.

On the national level, former Tenn. Sen. Fred Thompson appears poised to throw his hat into the presidential sweepstakes next week. That will certainly shake up the Republican side of the ledger.

And tomorrow we get a look at how well U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney, D-2nd District, did in the fundraising category when his office releases the first quarter Federal Elections Commission's campaign finance report. Courtney, who visited with the Norwich Bulletin's Editorial Board yesterday, wouldn't say how much - only that it will be higher than $200,000.


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