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Where Do They Stand for 2014?

By Patrick Scully

  What are the governor’s chances? What about Tom Foley? John McKinney? Larry Cafero? Mark Boughton? Linda McMahon? Mike Fedele? Now that it’s all over but the national scandals for 2012, people are handicapping the 2014 Connecticut gubernatorial race. Never wanting to be left out,… Read more »

U.S. Senate Says No GMO Labeling

Hugh McQuaid

  As state lawmakers have debated the merits of requiring labels on foods with genetically engineered ingredients last week, U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal has been involved with a similar debate on the federal level.   Early Friday morning, the state House of Representatives passed an amended bill which… Read more »

Two Sides in Waterbury Hospital Bill Veto Entrench Deeper

Patrick Scully

  Depending on who you believe, the process that led to Gov. Malloy vetoing a bill affecting Waterbury Hospital was either a complete betrayal and breaking of an agreement that will have dire consequences for future negotiations or a case of a bill with many… Read more »

The Silver Screen in the Oval Office

Sherri Hill

  United States presidents have danced with Hollywood’s image-makers since the 1920s, a phenomenon Dr. Burton W. Peretti, professor of history at Western Connecticut State University, explores in a new book, The Leading Man.   Peretti shows that George Washington set the stage for presidents… Read more »

The Award for Best Paranoia?

Joshua L. Durkin

  It happened quickly, and near the end of the night. It even involved Jack Nicholson, who for reasons I’ll wit upon in a moment may have been acting on more than one stage while beaming in First Lady Michelle Obama to reveal and award… Read more »

Senate Approves Bill Requiring GMO Labeling 35-1

Jacqueline Wattles

  Connecticut business owners, legislators, farmers, and residents rallied outside the capitol Tuesday morning to press state legislators to move on a bill that would require labels on genetically modified foods.   Their calls were answered Tuesday night when the state Senate took up a bipartisan… Read more »

Positions Vary After Newtown FOI Panel’s First Meeting

Hugh McQuaid

  A legislative panel considering privacy and government transparency issues raised by the Newtown shooting began working Thursday with advocates on both sides of the controversial issue favoring very different outcomes.   The task force was formed as part of a new law which prevents… Read more »

Politics Unraveling Post-Newtown Bipartisan Efforts

Patrick Scully

  Much was made of the bipartisan spirit with which Connecticut legislative leaders announced the formation of the special task force charged with coming up with legislation to deal with post-Newtown issues. It seems that spirit has given way to politics as usual, as several lawmakers tell… Read more »

No ‘Kumbayah’ in Budget Process

Patrick Scully

  Last December, majority Democrats and minority Republicans in the General Assembly came together to pass a deficit mitigation plan that eased the state’s budget shortfall. Last week, the legislation that addressed post-Sandy Hook issues was hailed as a bipartisan effort (although there were many… Read more »

More Than Two Dozen Bills In Response To Newtown

Christine Stuart

  The deadline to submit legislation has passed and so far Connecticut lawmakers have submitted an estimated 27 bills aimed at preventing gun violence and improving school safety and mental health.   The legislation is a response to the shooting that claimed the lives of… Read more »

Mayor Boughton’s 2012 State of the City Address

Mercurial Staff

  Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton has posted his 2012 State of the City Address on his blog.  The address, written prior to the Sandy Hook tragedy, details business growth, economic growth, downtown revitalization, educational improvement, infrastructure, and various challenges Danbury will will face in the… Read more »

Malloy’s Budget: Visionary or Disingenuous?

Hugh McQuaid and Christine Stuart

  Depending upon which lawmaker you speak to, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s two-year budget is either visionary or disingenuous.   The two-year $43.8 billion budget increases spending 9.7 percent and makes radical changes to municipal funding. The budget stays within the state’s spending cap, but… Read more »

Malloy Signs Minimum Wage Hike

Jacqueline Wattles

  Gov. Dannel P. Malloy signed a bill Thursday that will increase the minimum wage in Connecticut to $9 dollars by 2015.   The increase will be implemented in two parts: it will rise from the current $8.25 to $8.70 on January 1, 2014, and… Read more »

Lawmakers Give Newtown First Responders a Boost

Hugh McQuaid

  Lawmakers in the House and Senate voted unanimously Wednesday to pass an emergency certified bill to establish a privately-funded foundation to assist school staff and first responders suffering from psychological trauma as a result of the Newtown shooting.   The foundation will be funded… Read more »

Join the Danbury Citizens Government Academy

Elisa Munoz

  Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton is inviting the public to participate in the second “Mayor’s Citizens Government Academy.” This eight-week academy allows individuals an opportunity to learn about city government through first-hand experience and gain exposure to the wide range of government services, functions, and… Read more »