Monthly Archives: March 2018

Jepsen turns up the heat on Facebook

Upon revelations that Cambridge Analytica had harvested extensive psychographic information from about 50 million Facebook users, Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen demanded that Facebook Chairman Mark Zuckerberg answer the questions many Americans were asking: “How and why was their personal data exploited?” He spoke with the Connecticut Mirror about why he launched a multi-state inquiry. Continue Reading →

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Esty apologizes for failing to protect staffers from abuse

WASHINGTON — Rep. Elizabeth Esty apologized to current and former staffers Thursday for failing to notice that her former chief of staff, Tony Baker, had been abusive to her staffers and for failing to take swifter action in firing him. “It’s awful and I feel terrible for everyone who was hurt,” said Esty, D-5th District. Continue Reading →

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Despite dissatisfaction, committee sends energy bill to the floor

The Energy and Technology Committee Thursday voted to send major energy legislation to the full legislature for consideration, despite widespread dissatisfaction with the bill as it exists now. The approval came after assurances from committee leadership that the bill would be revised further before it’s debated on the floor. Continue Reading →

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Boost in federal transportation money unexpected, but welcomed in CT

WASHINGTON — The massive federal omnibus spending bill increased transportation spending by $10 billion, a windfall for Connecticut’s struggling transportation system, which will benefit from Washington’s unexpected generosity. Continue Reading →

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Builders, trades launch ad to bolster CT’s transportation program

Though the text of the new ads from Move CT Forward — which are airing on television, radio and online — don’t specifically endorse establishing tolls and raising gasoline taxes — one of the key sponsors of this coalition is backing Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s proposals to do both. Continue Reading →

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Energy bill heads for committee showdown, uncertain future

With the Energy and Technology Committee’s approval deadline for bills this session on Thursday, committee leaders, the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, the governor’s office and environmental advocates are racing the clock on one of the most consequential energy bills in years. Solar policy could stop them — again. Continue Reading →

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Senate GOP blocks confirmation of McDonald as chief justice

Senate Republicans voted as a bloc Tuesday to deny the confirmation of Andrew J. McDonald as chief justice of Connecticut Supreme Court, stopping the ascent of a political and legal trailblazer for the gay community, a factor that opponents insisted was irrelevant and supporters said could not be ignored. Sen. Joan Hartley of Waterbury was the lone Democrat to vote against McDonald’s confirmation, which failed 19 to 16. Continue Reading →

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