| Jul 9, 2013
| 12:20 PM
"Dark Money." It sounds like something Lord Voldemort would use if he was looking to bounce Harry Potter from office, but it's the sort of cash magic that could end up making Connecticut's state and local political parties relevant again.
| Jul 31, 2012
| 9:41 AM
There he was, looking earnest and working class in his shirt sleeves, hoping to somehow salvage what has become a Titanic of a political campaign, post-iceberg.
Christopher Donovan’s new TV ad has him talking about how he’s fired several...
| 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...
| 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 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...
| 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...
| 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....
| 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...
| May 13, 2013
| 6:35 PM
Connecticut's NAACP is in turmoil.
Fierce and prolonged infighting in Bridgeport and Waterbury has forced state and national officers of the civil rights group to step in and order "reorganizations" of those branches. A bitter election battle two...