Roughly Speaking: The president vs. the press

Martin M Looney

Senate leaders reach deal on managing split chamber

The two top leaders of the incoming Connecticut state Senate announced Thursday they have reached an agreement on how to manage the chamber, which will have 18 Democrats and 18 Republicans as of January.

The agreement avoids a lawsuit from being filed by the GOP. Already written, the suit questioned whether Democratic Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman had the ability to break a tie vote when it came to leadership appointments.

"It would have been painful, debilitating and not a good way to get started if the whole process started with litigation," said Senate President Pro Tempore Martin Looney, D-New Haven. Looney, who underwent successful kidney transplant surgery on Tuesday,...