| Jun 23, 2013
| 3:32 PM
In March of 2007, a 61-year-old West Hartford man sought to renew the pistol permit he had held for 25 years. But he balked when state police asked him to produce a birth certificate or passport as proof of citizenship — an enhanced requirement...
| Jan 17, 2013
| 11:52 AM
For much of his life, Dannel Malloy has been an avid fan of hockey and rugby.
Both rough-and-tumble sports are highly physical and require quick movements, sharp elbows and fast decisions. A rugby player for 22 years, Malloy finally quit when his...
| Jan 25, 2013
| 4:40 PM
Connecticut, one of the richest states per capita in the union, just can't seem to get on the plus side of the budget ledger.
It's past time that it did.
Despite a special session of the General Assembly called in December to eliminate a projected...
| Jan 8, 2013
| 7:25 AM
"I want to say I'm truly sorry for the mistakes I've made in my life," said former state Sen. Ernie Newton as he campaigned to regain his old seat last May. Those mistakes were spelled out in the corruption charges that landed Newton in prison in 2005....
| Apr 26, 2013
| 2:16 PM
Connecticut's chief medical examiner has fired a state employee who let her husband view the body of mass killer Adam Lanza in the morgue two days after the Dec. 14 Newtown school massacre, The Courant has learned.
The employee, Jean Henry, was...
| Jun 17, 2013
| 6:27 PM
Three governors crisscrossed the state Monday, all looking to bolster their business strength, and no, there won't be a punch line here — other than the knockout that Texas Gov. Rick Perry and South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard are trying to...
| Jun 14, 2013
| 3:15 PM
A court victory for 2,800 state employees laid off in 2003 will cost Connecticut taxpayers dearly.
The federal appeals court ruling will impose a big burden on any governor trying to negotiate with unions to ease a financial crisis.
Under the ruling, a...
| Jun 8, 2013
| 3:13 PM
The U.S. 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals on May 31 reversed a lower court ruling, and gave unionized state employees a major victory in a 2003 class action lawsuit against ex-Gov. John G. Rowland and his budget chief, Marc Ryan.
The appeals panel of...
| Jun 4, 2013
| 10:51 AM
The Democrat-dominated General Assembly has a funny way of "fine-tuning" Connecticut's reform-minded campaign finance laws.
Those laws, on the books since 2005 as a righteous reaction to the Rowland scandals, focused on getting tainted money out of...
| May 31, 2013
| 4:11 PM
Some Connecticut leaders must be ashamed. That can be the only reason they continue to conspire to diminish the state's worldwide reputation as a leader in freedom of information laws. Year after year, friends of liberty look to Connecticut for...
| May 17, 2013
| 4:00 PM
About a year ago, The Center for Public Integrity in Washington enlisted 50 journalists, including me, in a massive project measuring the degree to which state governments were accountable and open to public scrutiny.
To my surprise, Connecticut...
| Feb 8, 2013
| 3:12 PM
In the end, he decided to pretend. Politicians will do that, trumpet that something is different than we know it to be. It's not what we expect in so many large doses from Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, who revels in his reputation for rude candor. The state's...