The State Elections Enforcement Commission was surprised Monday to find a provision added to campaign finance legislation that, arguably at least, might undermine the commission in its litigation against the Connecticut Democratic Party. One reason for the surprise was that the unwanted language appeared in a bill proposed by the commission itself.
As turbulence increased at the Capitol Monday around the state’s plan to start grading teachers based partly on student test scores legislators were skeptical of a new survey from the State Department of Education that purported to show substantial teacher support for keeping linkage as an option.
The Schaghicoke Tribal Nation has hired former Sen. Joe Lieberman – who once fought against the tribe’s efforts to win federal recognition — to help them sue the state over a gambling law that allows only the state’s two gaming tribes to open a new casino. In their legal challenge, the Schaghticokes’ have joined forces with MGM, which has also been blocked from building a casino in Connecticut.
WASHINGTON — Pratt & Whitney in East Hartford will build the engine for the Pentagon’s new super-secret, long-range bomber, Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James said on Monday.
On average, two people die of a drug overdose every day in Connecticut. This week the Connecticut Mirror and TrendCT are exploring data that illuminate the extent and growth of the crisis. First of four stories.
The recent groundbreaking for a casino just north of the Massachusetts border in Springfield promises to draw more customers from Connecticut than from their own region. Connecticut’s Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan Tribes are working to remain competitive in this new environment with a strategically located, jointly run facility that will directly compete with new gaming options on our border. Last session, the Connecticut General Assembly allowed the tribes to work together and accept proposals from towns interested in hosting this new facility. The tribes have been good neighbors and friends to the state for 13 generations, and business partners for the past two decades. They are asking the state to support a plan to protect jobs, business and revenue. Doing so is a win-win for all.
Capitalizing on a soft real estate market, the state purchased three Hartford office towers in the early 1990s. But two of the deals quickly proved to be losers, a cautionary tale as the Malloy administration is investing in real estate to escape expensive leases. So far, the state is having better luck this time.