State government continues to reduce its backlog of employee “whistleblower” complaints, the state auditors reported Friday, whittling the pending case list down by almost 70 percent since 2008. Auditors John C. Geragosian and Robert M. Ward also used their annual report to the General Assembly to call for tighter controls on bid purchases, lost state property, and ethics violations reporting.
The Connecticut legislature Friday ignored an NRA campaign to block the judicial nomination of a former legislator who co-sponsored the post-Newtown gun controls, voting overwhelmingly to confirm Auden C. Grogins of Bridgeport as a judge of the Superior Court.
Education reform in Connecticut has a paint-by-numbers quality that, while stifling creativity and individualism, produces paint-by-numbers results. It is time to think more clearly about what is motivating this so-called reform and who stands to gain from it. Continue Reading →
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. Continue Reading →
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. Continue Reading →
Kenneth Ireland, who was wrongly imprisoned for 21 years and subject to the constant threat of abuse as a man labeled a rapist and murderer, was awarded $6 million and an apology Thursday by Connecticut's claims commissioner. Continue Reading →
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 →