TERRY COWGILL: The one fly in the ointment for Democrats is that at least one Democrat, Sen. Joan Hartley, has the annoying habit of occasionally siding with Republicans, both on budgetary and other issues. Hartley not only represents the western part of Waterbury but also the towns of Naugatuck and Prospect, both of which went for Trump in 2016. So if she wants to survive, Hartley has to keep an eye over her shoulder.
That means on some budgetary matters, the Republicans could have a working majority. Still, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy will have veto power and this year he has not appeared shy about using it.