WASHINGTON – Images of Ferguson police dressed in riot gear, riding in massive armored vehicles and using high-power rifles like those used by the U.S .military has touched off a debate on the wisdom of militarizing police forces across the nation, including those in Connecticut, by giving them cast off Pentagon equipment.
Fear of the federal government’s interference with Second Amendment rights and suspicion that elected officials are ignoring the “will of the people” have provoked a resurgence of self-described patriots who say they are preparing to defend themselves and their rights by any means necessary.
James E. Dzurenda is resigning as Connecticut's correction commissioner to accept one of the toughest jobs in corrections: Overseeing New York City's system of jails, including the vast Rikers Island complex that has come under the scrutiny of the U.S. attorney's office for allegations of brutality by guards.
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Kevin Counihan is resigning as the chief executive of Connecticut’s health insurance exchange to lead the once-troubled federal Obamacare marketplace. State officials announced a national search for a successor.
A News21 investigation found that more people were murdered by intimate partners with guns than by criminals they didn’t know. Analysis of FBI data showed at least 3,464 people were shot to death in an act of domestic violence from 2008 to 2012, compared to 3,226 people killed in the same period — by guns or other means — by attackers they did not know, or where the relationship to the victim was unknown. Continue Reading →
State Rep. David Scribner didn’t intend to intervene Monday in the race between Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Republican challenger Tom Foley. But when the Republican lawmaker from Brookfield attended the Democratic governor’s event to tout a local bridge program, he struggled to praise the initiative without crediting Malloy – or discrediting Foley. Continue Reading →
Can Twitter, the Outdoor Channel and a commercial starring the “Buckmobile,” a customized convertible that once belonged to country star Buck Owens, bring enough national gun money into Connecticut to make pistol-packing, third-party candidate Joe Visconti a factor in the race for governor? Continue Reading →
President Obama returns from his two-week vacation in Cape Cod, but Congress remains on its summer break. That does not mean Connecticut lawmakers won’t be busy. Rep. Jim Himes, D-5th District, continues his “17 Towns in 17 Days Tour” and other state politicians will be touching base with constituents, too. Continue Reading →
The Democratic Governors Association has made its first major expenditure supporting the 2014 re-election of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, giving $1.25 million to its Connecticut affiliate for television ads attacking the Republican nominee, Tom Foley. Its first ad takes viewers back to Fusion Paperboard in Sprague, where Foley went to criticize Malloy's economic policies, but ended up in an argument with a local official and workers. Continue Reading →
The Connecticut Department of Children and Families needs to do a better job of tracking children who age out of its care. Until that happens, a state report says, it is hard to gauge the effectiveness of its programs for seeing children into a productive adulthood. Continue Reading →