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Hartford, CT — Over the course of a Saturday afternoon, more Connecticut political figures are urging for Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty's resignation following the backlash of her failure to remove her chief of staff. Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty has come under fire after it was revealed that her former ...
But if the governor and his allies really thought that prejudice against homosexuals was so pervasive in Connecticut, they would not have made such a ... emphasized McDonald's sexual orientation because their party, the perpetrator of identity politics, knows that these days there is great political power in ...

Who's in, who's out? It was an oft-repeated question in political circles in both Connecticut and Washington, D.C., last week. Out as future chief justice of the Connecticut Supreme Court was Justice Andrew McDonald, whose nomination was rejected by Republicans after a marathon state Senate hearing.
One outlier is Massachusetts, which has not seen an NRA dime, according to the Institute of Money in State Politics, which tracks campaign financing in all 50 states. There, a 200-year-old law that prohibits political contributions from groups that take money from businesses has curbed the spending ability ...
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Outspoken #MeToo advocate Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty finds herself in the awkward position of apologizing for not protecting female staffers from alleged violence, threats and sexual harassment by her former chief of staff. The Democrat from Connecticut issued a public ...
Connecticut is considering a proposal to create a super-charged individual mandate — one that could charge state residents a big chunk of their income .... I don't know Connecticut politics well enough to know whether it is the type of state that could get on board with this kind of plan (but if you do, shoot me ...

He says he is not deterred by the magnitude of Connecticut's projected budget deficits; he launched Conatus Capital Management in 2008, just as the national economy was about to be overtaken by the worst financial crisis ... Gary Rose, professor of political science at Sacred Heart University, isn't so sure.
For Mr. Petit, it was a long, painful road from the aftermath of one of the most shocking crimes in Connecticut's history to a seat in the state's House of .... Right before the election, however, a labor-financed political action committee unveiled an advertisement trying to tie Mr. Petit to Donald J. Trump's “attack ...
HARTFORD -- State Supreme Court Judge Andrew McDonald's nomination to be the next chief Justice is at an impasse. The Senate is divided about his potential ascension, which means the House will make what is sure to be a controversial outcome. Hartford Courant Capital Bureau Chief Christopher ...
“This was heart-breaking to see our state and our Connecticut Republicans embrace the playbook of (U.S. Senate Majority Leader) Mitch McConnell and the national Republicans, and we have to fight back,” said Bronin, who began his Connecticut political career managing McDonald's 2004 state-senate ...
The crowded field for governor means it could be the costliest year yet for Connecticut's public campaign finance program, intensifying criticism from Republicans who say taxpayer dollars shouldn't be used to fund political campaigns. With an expected price tag this year approaching $40 million, the ...
FILE - In this Jan. 29, 2018 file photo, Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens speaks in Palmyra, Mo. Missouri lawmakers are returning to the Statehouse for the first time Monday, Feb. 26, 2018 since Greitens was indicted, with plans to discuss assembling a committee whose investigation could lead to his ...
Sergio Pereira adds a completed Colt rifle to a rack of newly assembled guns at the company headquarters in West Hartford in this February 2013 file photo. Connecticut has the third-strongest gun laws in the country, according to a gun policy group's annual scorecard. (MICHAEL McANDREWS / Hartford ...
It depends on which Connecticut Democrats you ask about a scenario that's gone from whispers to the buzz — fielding a slate of candidates from the big ... The Courant interviewed more than a dozen senior Democrats, candidates and political operatives, several of whom said that the fluidity and parity of ...
“Hidden Agendas: Inside Town Hall” is loosely based on his three-decade career as an administrator in three Connecticut municipalities. It may be ... hire a prominent lawyer, and bring in an nefarious enforcer and “outside gun,” Dom “the Bomb,” to put pressure on the head of the town's political committee.
Ronald Schurin, a political-science professor at the University of Connecticut, said candidates such as Harris, who has a wealth of public service experience and an organization that has been operating for months, are still trying to organize, raise their statewide profile and identify a core constituency.
Asked whether he might return to elective politics, Kennedy said not to count him out, adding how he's now redirecting his political activism. “I don't know what the future holds, but I know what's in front of me right now,” he said. “Nothing is more important to me than defending the rights of people with ...

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut state legislator was under pressure Thursday to resign because of a series of text messages he allegedly sent to a teenage girl in 2015. Democratic House Speaker Joe Aresimowicz called on Democratic State Rep. Angel Arce of Hartford to step down in a letter ...
FILE - In this Jan. 29, 2018 file photo, Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens speaks in Palmyra, Mo. Missouri lawmakers are returning to the Statehouse for the first time Monday, Feb. 26, 2018 since Greitens was indicted, with plans to discuss assembling a committee whose investigation could lead to his ...
Bolstered by an energized base of grassroots activists, Connecticut Democrats on Tuesday picked up a seat in the state House of Representatives that's been held by Republicans for more than 40 years. Democrat Phil Young, a former member of the town council, beat Republican Bill Cabral in the race to ...
Investment tax credits for fuel cells had been left out of the 2015 extension of the incentives, which gave an unfair advantage to the solar and wind power industries, according to Joel Rinebold, director of the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology. Larson visited the East Hartford-based nonprofit ...
“That's always the challenge with a multi-candidate field,” said Ronald Schurin, a University of Connecticut political scientist. While Boughton has high name-recognition among people who pay attention to state politics, others, such as Walker and Lumaj, do not. The party's rules, which narrowed the debate ...
Investment tax credits for fuel cells had been left out of the 2015 extension of the incentives, which gave an unfair advantage to the solar and wind power industries, according to Joel Rinebold, director of the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology. Larson visited the East Hartford-based nonprofit ...
Connecticut's Democrats in the legislature have their own take on what needs to be addressed in this legislative session, and their “values agenda” identifies items such as pay equity, a livable wage, free community college and paid family medical leave. Republicans wonder how some of those concepts ...
2018 Looks To Be Another Bruising Year For Connecticut Politics ... WSHU's Senior Political Reporter Ebong Udoma has been following developments leading to the upcoming session and recently sat down with Morning ... Klarides has her ambition set on being the next speaker of the Connecticut House.
A fourth is drawn toward politics but also wary of the negative connotations. The four are social work students from The University of Southern Mississippi who in early March attended a two-day “campaign school” in Hartford, Connecticut, that prepares social workers for the political arena as candidates, ...
Critics and supporters of Connecticut chief justice nominee Andrew McDonald have been rallying their bases in advance of a legislative hearing on his ... calling him an "activist" justice who has put his own liberal political views ahead of the law and has backed proposals later deemed unconstitutional.
Esty and the others said they would also push for federal adoption of the type of gun laws that were implemented in Connecticut after Sandy Hook, including a ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, legislation that is expected to face much tougher opposition in Congress. “If we cannot ...
Andrew Cuomo said his state created a mental health database after the 2012 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, where 26 children and adults were slain. It now contains the names of about 77,000 people who can't purchase a gun in New York. He said that information could ...
House Speaker Joseph Aresimowicz of Berlin rejected the idea that the legislature would consider repealing the gun laws Connecticut passed after 26 people, including 20 first-graders, were killed at Sandy Hook. In 2013, the state adopted some of the country's strictest gun legislation, including banning ...
The Courant responded with a Feb. 2 editorial (“Why, Rhode Island, Why?”), which argued that Rhode Island has its own significant economic problems and a long history of political corruption. It also noted that Rhode Island benefits from economic activity at Electric Boat, based in Groton, Connecticut.
With less than nine months before Election Day, a new poll shows there is still no clear front runner in the crowded race to be Connecticut's next governor. The poll, by a Hartford-based public affairs and lobbying firm, says that 26 percent chose the generic “Democratic candidate'' for governor as their top ...
“Theses candidates are showing Connecticut voters exactly who they would be as governors: a rubber stamp for Trump's agenda." Political scientists said that it's a challenge for Republicans, with the eight candidates invited for the debate and other potential hopefuls, such as New Britain Mayor Erin ...
For a crystal-clear example of the corrupting influence of the gun lobby on the spineless, Connecticut need look no further than the latest news from the gubernatorial campaign trail. Prasad Srinivasan, a Republican state legislator from Glastonbury, has recanted his support for Connecticut's excellent gun ...
The University of Connecticut says that “political leanings … played no role whatsover'” in the decision to sever its 26-year broadcasting partnership with WTIC-AM 1080, but rather that it wanted a radio partner that would package more sports-related programming. IMG Network, which holds the rights for ...
Investment tax credits for fuel cells had been left out of the 2015 extension of the incentives, which gave an unfair advantage to the solar and wind power industries, according to Joel Rinebold, director of the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology. Larson visited the East Hartford-based nonprofit ...
The volatility of Connecticut politics can be reduced to one question: Is it a bigger surprise that this blue state's gubernatorial race is rated a toss-up by respected national prognosticators, or that Democrats still have hopes of winning the governor's office and keeping control of the General Assembly?
High school students in Connecticut are joining classmates around the country to press Congress to adopt stricter gun laws with a new sense of urgency after 17 people were gunned down at a Florida high school last week. Teens are organizing largely through social media and have already formulated ...
Zinke's associate deputy secretary, Todd Willens, called the resignations a "political stunt" because another meeting was planned and because the agency was working to renew its charter. Similar action has been promised for idled advisory boards at the Bureau of Land Management. Under Trump, the ...
Congress has failed repeatedly to pass any gun-control measures after past calamities, even the 2012 massacre of 20 first-graders and six teachers at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Yet this world-weary defeatism is self-fulfilling in its own way, and helps explain why Washington ...
As political leaders scratch their heads to find ways to balance the state budget, there's a move afoot for the state to sell the Connecticut Lottery Corp. — or more precisely, hand it over to the treasurer's office. The plan, not yet fully formed, comes with kinks that need to be worked out. But it could save billions ...
Our futures — at this crucial moment, with The Swamp increasingly mucky, and Connecticut in a seemingly continuous deficit — are hinging on government, public life and, yeah, politics. But with no national election, is this gonna be a year when you pay more attention, instead of complaining, then tuning ...
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Marketing companies and other private entities would no longer be able to buy Connecticut's state voter list for about $300 and use the data for solicitations and other purposes under new legislation being considered by state lawmakers this session. Instead, only political party ...
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency officials are planning to deny a Connecticut petition to force federal action to halt pollution from an old, coal-burning power plant in Pennsylvania that is hurting this state's air quality. Connecticut officials plan to protest the EPA's planned denial at a federal hearing in ...
President Donald Trump's tumultuous administration and his sagging job approval numbers in Connecticut pose a delicate dilemma for the Republicans ... Lumaj acknowledged that some of his fellow Republican candidates might be turned off by Trump's volatile personality and unorthodox political style.
The bill, known as HB5031, will equalize access to higher education and institutional aid to immigrant students in Connecticut. Currently, undocumented students pay fees that contribute to institutional aid for U.S. citizen students, but are not eligible for the aid themselves. As they are not U.S. citizens, ...
Burke is among an estimated 800 veterans with other-than-honorable discharges, collectively known as “bad paper,” in Connecticut who suffer from PTSD or traumatic brain injuries attributed to the time they served, or who were sexually assaulted while serving, according to a report released Monday and ...
But Colin McEnroe '76, a left-leaning radio host who holds a weekly political roundtable on Connecticut politics, said that Malloy did not create this situation; he inherited it from his predecessor. Although he could have dealt with fiscal issues better, said McEnroe, who is teaching a political journalism course ...
"Now it's for politics to take over," Bach said during a visit to The Associated Press office at the Olympics. "You know sport cannot create peace. We cannot lead their political negotiations. We have sent this message — this dialogue — that negotiations can lead to a positive result. Now it's up to the political ...
Connecticut's Democrats in the legislature have their own take on what needs to be addressed in this legislative session, and their “values agenda” identifies items such as pay equity, a livable wage, free community college and paid family medical leave. Republicans wonder how some of those concepts ...



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