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Connecticut State Senator and New Haven mayoral candidate Toni Harp.

Endorsement Cynicism Run Amok

Patrick Scully

  Once upon a time it was a good and prestigious thing when a candidate received the endorsement of a sitting elected official, a senior statesman, or any generally influential person. It was an indication that people who were thought to know what they’re talking… Read more »

Boughton, running for Lt. Governor with Tom Foley, on election night in 2010.  Photo: Chris Ware/CT

Boughton to Take First Step in Run for Governor

Patrick Scully

  Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton is entering the 2014 Connecticut gubernatorial race by announcing at Danbury High School Wednesday morning that he is forming an exploratory committee, according to reports. The move allows him to start raising money and forming a campaign staff.   Boughton will join state Senate Minority… Read more »

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Boughton, running for Lt. Governor with Tom Foley, on election night in 2010.  Photo: Chris Ware/CT

Don’t Underestimate Boughton in Potential GOP Gubernatorial Primary

Patrick Scully

  Political tongues have been wagging lately with the entry of state Senate Minority Leader John McKinney’s into the 2014 race for the Republican nomination for Governor; an interestingly harsh piece was written by former state Capitol reporter Greg Hladky, and there’s been a silly “No, you’re being coy” back and forth… Read more »

Rep. DebraLee Hovey. Hugh McQuaid photo.

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 »

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Connecticut Still Alone On Passing GMO Labeling Bill

Jacqueline Wattles

  Last month, Connecticut became the first state in the nation to pass a bill requiring labels on genetically modified foods.   The legislation will require sellers and producers of genetically modified foods to label their products as such.   But when Gov. Dannel P. Malloy signed the bill… Read more »

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Craft Beer: Definitely Constitutional

Joshua L. Durkin

  We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this… Read more »

Waterbury Hospital was nearly bought by the health care company Vanguard before Gov. Dannell Malloy vetoed a bill approving the sale. Photo courtesy of wbtv.com.

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 »

Jacqueline Wattles photo. Natalie Johnson is a campaign manager for ConnPIRG.

Consumer Advocates Say Government Is Subsidizing Obesity

Jacqueline Wattles

  The “Apples to Twinkies 2013” report, produced by the Connecticut Public Interest Research Group, says that the federal government continued its trend of doling out millions of taxpayer dollars per year to large-scale agribusinesses. The report indicates that between 1995 and 2012, about 75… Read more »

House Minority Leader Lawrence Cafero. Hugh McQuaid photo.

Count Cafero Out

Hugh McQuaid

  House Minority Leader Lawrence Cafero announced Thursday he will not seek the Republican nomination for governor in 2014.   At a press conference outside the hall of the House, Cafero told reporters he did not want to commit to a time-consuming campaign that would… Read more »

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Analysis | What Does the NSA Surveillance Program Mean For You?

Lon Seidman

  Yale constitutional law scholar Anjali Dalal suggests that when it comes to grilling the National Security Agency on domestic surveillance programs, it’s all about how one asks the question.   Since the latest revelations from a whistleblower revealed the government’s practice of collecting records of nearly… Read more »

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Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman. Christine Stuart photo.

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 »

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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 »

GMO free rally outside the state Capitol Tuesday morning.  Christine Stuart photo.

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 »

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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 »

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Then Vice-President Harry Truman playing piano for Lauren Bacall.

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 Connecticut State Capitol.  Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

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 »