Monthly Archives: November 2017

Shays wrote the law, but wants reform of Congress’s sexual harassment policy

Former Connecticut Rep. Chris Shays, who sponsored the House bill that established the Office of Compliance 20 years ago, said secret settlements weren’t the goal of his legislation. He wants the House rules changed to increase transparency and shift responsibility for payouts to the accused. Continue Reading →

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Federal judge upholds law barring Ganim from public financing

A federal judge delivered a significant blow Wednesday to the gubernatorial ambitions of Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim by upholding a state law that bars Ganim, as a felon convicted of public corruption, from obtaining public campaign financing. He did not rule out an appeal — or running without public funds. Continue Reading →

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Days after protest, state poised to help police buy body cameras

Two days after a protest over the police shooting of a Bridgeport youth, the state Bond Commission is poised to approve $1.8 million to reimburse 14 police departments for the cost of body cameras and video storage devices as part of a state effort to improve police transparency and community confidence. Continue Reading →

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Thinking of entering the A.G. sweepstakes? You better read this

A Democratic legislator and a former Republican lawmaker took steps toward a run for Connecticut attorney general Tuesday, one day after George Jepsen’s surprise announcement he would not seek a third term in 2018. Both contenders appeared to meet the unique residency and professional standards defined by the Supreme Court in 2010. Others, if they are diligent, will do some research before making a move. Continue Reading →

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Gun background check bill wins key GOP support

WASHINGTON — An effort to strengthen the gun buyer background check system received a big boost on Tuesday as both Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer became co-sponsors of the legislation. The “Fix NICs” bill in the Senate now has 11 Republican co-sponsors and 11 Democratic co-sponsors, and Sen. Chris Murphy says its filibuster-proof. Continue Reading →

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CT nonprofits fear GOP tax overhaul will reduce charitable giving

WASHINGTON — Both the tax bill the Senate hopes to vote on this week and a House-passed tax overhaul would keep the popular charitable deduction, but Connecticut non-profits say the legislation still would shrink American help to those in need. Continue Reading →

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Bloody murder: Were teens wrongly convicted?

Shawn Henning and Ralph “Ricky” Birch, have been locked up since 1989 for a gruesome 1985 murder in New Milford they steadfastly insist they didn’t commit. The state’s case, never airtight to begin with, has diminished over the years as two prosecution witnesses have recanted, key defense testimony was uncovered, and DNA testing put an unknown person at the scene. Nonetheless, a state judge turned down their petition for a new trial last year, leaving the two with a slim chance of freedom. Continue Reading →

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