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Republicans seek to have new imprint on legislative session

Republican members of the Connecticut General Assembly have a sense of power they haven't felt for years, if ever.

After November's election, the GOP won enough seats to create the first Senate with an equal number of Democrats and Republicans since 1893. And in the House of Representatives, Republicans pared the Democrats' majority to just six votes from a recent high of 77 in 2009. It was originally seven, but one Democrat resigned this week to take another job.

"The whole thing feels different. The tone from certain people is different, the conciliatory tone versus the aggressive tone," said House Minority Leader Themis Klarides, R-Derby. "Because in this...