WASHINGTON — On Wednesday, about a dozen years after he died on a frozen Afghan mountain defending his teammates against an enemy attack, John Chapman of Windsor Locks received the nation’s highest military honor – the Medal of Honor.
A judge has given the Waterbury faction of the Independent Party sole control of valuable political real estate: A line on the 2018 ballot that allows it to cross-endorse major-party candidates or choose its own nominees for statewide offices, including governor. The competing Danbury faction plans to appeal.
More immigrants in Connecticut are applying for citizenship, creating a backlog that has led the federal government to send some applicants to New York to process their cases. Advocates say the backlog is, in part, caused by a deliberate slowdown aimed at discouraging new citizens from joining the ranks of fellow Americans.
Legalizing sports betting in Connecticut this year became a long shot Wednesday after Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said he has suspended talks with the state’s two federally recognized tribes over a new gambling compact — a recognition that the General Assembly is unlikely to return in special session for a debate on sports wagering.
The newly appointed CEO of the Connecticut Lottery Corporation may be inheriting an agency rattled by some scandal, but his optimism is not wavering.
The state has agreed to pay $1.3 million to a former inmate, who claimed correctional staff delayed identifying and properly treating his skin cancer, despite his rapidly deteriorating condition while incarcerated.
The number of in-state students who will begin their studies at the University of Connecticut this fall increased by 4 percent this year, with about 74 percent of the class made up of Connecticut natives.
After the disappointing Janus Supreme Court decision that eliminated the “fair share” laws that fund teachers unions like mine, thousands of educators from across the country marched through the streets of Pittsburgh to show support for their unions. After a year of blows to the teaching profession — a U.S. Department of Education that focuses less on protecting students and more on its own destruction, federal and state budget cuts, and the heavy, ever-looming threat of violence in the classroom — my heart warmed when I saw my colleagues resisting after yet another attempt to undermine our collective bargaining rights and disregard our voices. Teachers are willing to speak up on behalf unions. But unions will in turn have to show they understand teachers’ most pressing concerns and are ready to speak up for them.