| Jan 28, 2013
| 6:17 PM
They have been largely silent these past six weeks as the debate over gun control has grown nastier. But they are the elephant in the firearms room, and Monday they came together publicly for the first time anywhere since the Newtown tragedy.
| Jan 18, 2013
| 3:48 PM
A bill before the Connecticut General Assembly would legalize physician-assisted suicide. The legislature's debate about dying patients' rights should focus instead, or at least in addition, on their right to receive compassionate care. Assuming the...
| Apr 24, 2011
Up to now, the Connecticut General Assembly has never approved any of the bills offered in recent years that would enable cities and towns to install cameras at red lights and collect fines by mailing tickets to violators.
But this year's bill —...
| Jun 19, 2012
| 1:25 PM
A Connecticut law prevents candidates for the state legislature from accepting donations from lobbyists. But there is no law against state lawmakers accepting such money for their campaigns for federal office, even if the donors have a stake in bills...
| Sep 17, 2011
| 6:13 PM
Gen. Nathaniel Lyon died at the right time.
Raised in eastern Connecticut, the 43-year-old West Point graduate was killed while commanding the Union forces at the Battle of Wilson's Creek near Springfield, Mo., on Aug. 10, 1861.
He became the first...
| Aug 12, 2011
| 7:00 AM
Malloy Moves Connecticut Toward A One Branch System of Government.
Up until six weeks ago a Connecticut Governor had the authority to cut (rescind) up to 5 percent of any budget line item without legislative review.
It was an extremely powerful tool to...
| Feb 28, 2012
| 11:25 AM
The federal minimum for an hourly wage has risen three times in three decades. It was $3.35 in 1982. It's now $7.25, up 120 percent. Inflation, meanwhile, has climbed by 135 percent. Now Connecticut is considering legislation to boost the wage up to $9.75...
| Sep 6, 2011
| 1:00 PM
Workers in Connecticut were able to recover more than $6 million last year in unpaid wages through the Department of Labor. The bad news is that's about a million dollars less than what they received the year before, and two million less than what they...
| Oct 3, 2011
| 11:54 AM
When wealthy developer Monty Blakeman died in April, his heirs knew they would inherit his multimillion-dollar estate.
What they didn't know was that the state legislature on May 4 — only 11 days after Blakeman's death — would increase the...
| Oct 16, 2011
| 6:29 AM
(cross-posted from The Courant and Wait, What?)
Although still on a “self-assigned” break from writing while I contemplate life and deal with some things, I felt strongly that the issue of the longevity bonuses needed to be discussed....
| May 31, 2011
| 3:18 PM
Underscoring the wisdom of the old adage “Never look a gift horse in the mouth,” consider the strange three-year stewardship of the Penfield Reef Lighthouse off the coast of Fairfield Beach by Beacon Preservation, a nonprofit environmental...
| Mar 13, 2012
| 7:45 AM
The butt-ugly, Super Pac-polluted landscape of the Republican presidential primary battlefield may be the best argument yet for liberals who want a constitutional amendment to overturn “Citizens United.”
That’s the code name for the...