The General Assembly’s Republican minority moved Thursday to shape the debate on Connecticut’s system of publicly financing campaigns, demanding that Democrats close loopholes undermining the state’s clean-elections law. The GOP offers itself as the savior of a system whose creation was opposed by most Republicans.
PHILADELPHIA- President Obama met a generally friendly crowd when he spoke to House Democrats at their retreat in Philadelphia Thursday evening, but not every lawmaker is completely on board with the agenda he's promoting, including Reps. Rosa DeLauro and Jim Himes.
Kenneth Ireland, who was wrongly imprisoned for 21 years and subject to the constant threat of abuse in some of the nation’s toughest prisons as a man labeled a rapist and murderer, was awarded $6 million and an apology Thursday by Connecticut's claims commissioner.
In a settlement with a lobbyist, the Citizens Ethics Advisory Board made clear Wednesday that contingency fees for lobbying are illegal in Connecticut, but that having to pay a fine also can be contingent. Continue Reading →
WASHINGTON – Interested in wine, soccer, bicycles or corrosion prevention? In Congress there’s a caucus for that. In fact there are more than 700 member organizations, most of them informal, and Connecticut’s lawmakers are some of the biggest joiners. Continue Reading →
In New York, the second-guessing of Gov. Andrew Cuomo was well under way when Gov. Dannel P. Malloy stepped to the microphones in Hartford for a final briefing Tuesday on a blizzard that could have been named Storm Goldilocks in Connecticut. Politically, it was just about right. Continue Reading →
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, who lifted a travel ban on local roads in Litchfield and Fairfield counties at 8:30 a.m., opened the remainder of the state's roads at 2 p.m., though he warned that many eastern communities still were digging out from two feet of snow. Continue Reading →
WASHINGTON – Gov. Dannel Malloy said he’d participate in President Obama’s plan to provide free tuition to community college students, but he’d find it tough to fund the program, given Connecticut's tight budget and spending cap. Continue Reading →
The panel searching for the state’s next education commissioner wants someone who has a long background and an advanced degree in education – qualifications the last commissioner did not have and which one of the state’s teachers’ unions called for during the campaign. Continue Reading →
Connecticut’s unemployment rate dropped slightly to 6.4 percent in December, buoyed by 4,800 new jobs created during the holiday shopping season, the state Labor Department reported Monday. The state closed 2014 with 26,700 jobs gained, up from the 18,400 positions added in 2013. Connecticut now has regained 96,300, or 80.9 percent, of the 119,100 jobs lost during the last recession. Continue Reading →