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Kevin Rennie of South Windsor is a lawyer and a former Republican state senator and representative.

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Shabazz Scores One For The Players

Shabazz Scores One For The Players

April 11, 2014

Look elsewhere in this newspaper for expert analysis of University of Connecticut basketball star Shabazz Napier's remarkable skill on the court. I hail him for his candor and willingness to speak truth to power last week as he declaimed on the conditions imposed on student athletes.

  • Tangled Deceit Will Cost Rowland — Again

    April 4, 2014

    Nursing home magnates Brian Foley and Lisa Wilson-Foley caught a nasty case of affluenza in politics. The wealthy couple spread some of their fortune around in places it shouldn't have gone. That brought them to a federal courtroom last week to plead guilty to conspiring with disgraced former Gov. John G. Rowland to violate federal campaign finance laws during Wilson-Foley's failed 2012 congressional bid for the open 5th District Congressional seat.

  • A Kennedy Stirs Connecticut's Politics

    March 28, 2014

    State Sen. Ed Meyer, D-Guilford, will not seek a sixth term in November. He has been a brave soldier in the endless battle to protect the public's right to know what its government is doing. This is harder duty than most people think. Those invested with public authority in Connecticut are always looking for ways to douse the spotlight on what they do your name.

  • Connecticut's Numbers Tell Gloomy Tales

    March 21, 2014

    College basketball brings weeks of numbers to popular culture. Tournament seeds, scores and predictions are everywhere. (Mine? Florida defeats Louisville, 69-65.) While you're in the spirit, let's look at some Connecticut numbers.

  • Republicans Must Rebuke Martha Dean

    March 14, 2014

    There is madness abroad in the land. Martha Dean is running for the Republican nomination for governor. Dean is the doyenne of guns who, in January 2013, signaled her agreement with an insane theory that the Sandy Hook slaughter of 20 children and six adults was a fictitious production aimed at boosting the advocates of stricter gun laws.

  • Foley Slips Democrats' Minimum Wage Trap

    March 6, 2014

    Here's a sentence I have not written before: Tom Foley did something smart last week.

  • A Teacher's Impact Beyond Measure

    February 28, 2014

    Miss Harding. Two words that could undermine the confidence of a couple of generations of students.

  • FBI Agents Turning Screws On CT Legislators

    February 20, 2014

    Federal criminal investigators returned Wednesday to their stomping grounds, the Legislative Office Building in the state Capitol complex. Agents were in search of information about ties among some Republican legislators, a staffer and a Florida printing company that produces gazillions of copies of post cards and assorted brochures for candidates, many of whom use public funds to finance their political campaigns.

  • Feds Circling — Rowland Feels Heat Rise

    February 14, 2014

    John Rowland again.

  • Malloy Shifts Into Full-On Makeup Mode

    February 7, 2014

    State leaders said weather delayed the opening of the year's legislative session from Wednesday to Thursday. I'm not so sure. Democrat and Working Families Gov. Dannel P. Malloy was still serving the detention imposed on him by the state's public school teachers.

  • Connections Smooth O'Garro's Cash Collection

    January 30, 2014

    Some lethal emails revealed by The Courant last week interrupted the genial flow expected in the week ahead. Trouble grows in Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's promiscuous grant-and-loan business.

  • Republican Governor Candidates Building Their Bases

    January 24, 2014

    The race for the Republican nomination for governor is an odd and complex affair. The candidates are campaigning around the state seeking support from the 1,200 people they expect to be delegates at the May nominating convention at the Mohegan Sun casino.

  • DCF Problems Merit Governor's Attention

    January 17, 2014

    Brace yourself. The state's Child Fatality Review Panel will issue a report next month that reveals deadly failures at the Department of Children and Families in protecting a Danbury child who was killed at the end of September. The child's father has been charged with first-degree manslaughter.

  • Christie's Presidential Hopes Finished

    January 9, 2014

    The George Washington Bridge claimed a casualty Wednesday. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's political ambitions were killed by a lethal stew of texts, emails and orange cones. You don't see that very often.

  • No Holiday Peace For Politicians

    January 3, 2014

    The state's two major political parties engaged in spitball by press release through the holiday season. It will grow barbarous as the year advances. Partisans will become sensitive about the tone and substance of the exchanges as they grow more fierce. Reasonable people will recoil at the ones that offend our sense of fair play.

  • Bits Of Stuff, In Homage To Larry King

    December 26, 2013

    When the great Larry King would poll his late-night radio audience on Why Are You Up night, I was among his largest demographic, law school students. He remains a distinctive host and interviewer. King's also a fine guest, as he reminded fans of the irrepressible Norm Macdonald's podcast last summer.

  • Unrest, Violence Mar Peaceful Season

    December 20, 2013

    You'll be hearing and maybe warbling about sleeping in heavenly peace in the next few days. There is little peace in the corner of the world where Christendom looks to every December to mark the birth of Christ two thousand years ago. It's a bleak time for Christians in the Middle East.

  • Recalling A Hot Tub On A Trail Of Corruption

    December 13, 2013

    We can't remind ourselves too often of what the powerful will do to sustain themselves in office when caught abusing their public trust. We mark the 10th anniversary of a remarkable saga in Connecticut politics. A decade ago last week, former Gov. John G. Rowland issued a groveling, convoluted apology for his many greedy transgressions, extracting valuable services from cronies and contractors.

  • NU Fundraising Email Reveals Ugly Politics

    December 6, 2013

    Northeast Utilities Chairman, President and CEO Thomas May, a Massachusetts resident, is a successful executive with appalling instincts who made an ugly assault on decency in September. The wealthy executive used the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre as a fundraising tool for Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Connecticut's Democratic Party organization.

  • An Embarrassing Sandy Hook Report

    December 1, 2013

    Some high-ranking state officials continue to plunder their credibility in their quest to shut the public out of the people's business. The assault on the public's sensibilities reached a Captain Queeg-like level of madness with the release of Danbury State's Attorney Stephen J. Sedensky III's investigation of the slaughter of 20 first-graders and six adults at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown last Dec. 14.

  • Under A Cloud, O'Garro's Best Bet: Sing

    November 22, 2013

    With federal law enforcement agents serving subpoenas on Hartford and state officials, it was a good week for a cautionary tale from federal court. The sentencing of criminal, union activist, and federal informant Raymond Soucy provided it.

  • Kennedy Guided U.S. Through Tough Times

    November 15, 2013

    We might not be here with the mists of myths and hectoring of conspiracy theorists — all marking the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy's assassination — if he had not insisted on caution during the Cuban missile crisis of October 1962.

  • Private Emails Hide Work Of Malloy's Administration

    November 8, 2013

    The Malloy administration has created a far-flung network of private email accounts to conduct the public's business.

  • Feds Interested In 'Business As Usual'

    November 1, 2013

    While most people were donning frightful masks last week to mark Halloween, state Democratic Party chairwoman Nancy DiNardo slipped — revealing her ugly philosophy of politics.

  • Malloy Fund-Raising Machine In High Gear

    October 25, 2013

    If you are a lobbyist or the client of one, watch for a consumer alert warning of a political fundraising shakedown. You may get squeezed for as much as $100,000. The squeezer is one-time campaign finance reformer Democratic and Working Families Gov. Dannel P. Malloy.

  • Police Report Fatally Taints Foley Ambition

    October 18, 2013

    Republican Tom Foley has been conniving to keep a damaging secret for years. The release at any time in the past decade of a 1981 police report account of a chilling summer night on Long Island that tells a tale of an alleged assault with a motor vehicle driven by Foley would have snuffed out the Greenwich businessman's political ambitions.

  • Who's Got Hartford's Missing $669,997?

    October 10, 2013

    Nine students from High School Inc., Hartford's Insurance and Finance Academy, traveled to New York on Sept. 18 to ring the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange — a reward for having the highest scores on Connecticut Academic Performance Test. Congratulations to them and their teachers and parents.

  • Politicians Well-Served Going Door-To-Door

    October 4, 2013

    The autumn of an odd-numbered year in Connecticut provides a vast classroom for politicians at every level. Municipal election campaigns are in season in most communities and local candidates are seeking the attention of the state's most engaged voters.

  • Governor's Pal Weds At Mansion

    September 27, 2013

    Governor uses official residence for wedding of state contractor and political crony.

  • Foley Steers Campaign Onto The Rocks

    September 19, 2013

    They raised the Costa Concordia on Tuesday. The 114,000-ton, 900-foot-long cruise ship had been on its side off the coast of Italy since January 2012, wrecked by a blundering captain who let the ship go off course and into submerged rocks. His name was not Tom Foley, but the similarities are striking.

  • Nora Dannehy Brought Down The Crooks

    September 13, 2013

    Fifteen years ago, corrupt officials at the highest levels of state government were perverting their public trust for personal gain. That dark time, however, coincided with a golden age of federal corruption in Connecticut. Felons and the just did battle; rectitude prevailed. Thank Nora Dannehy.

  • Republican Hopefuls Will Jostle For Contributions, Legitimacy

    September 6, 2013

    Four Republicans who have their eye on the 2014 race for governor are making their way to the starting gate. The next four months may narrow the field for the contenders who rely on taxpayer funds to finance of their campaigns.

  • Kennedy Passed On March As He Pushed Civil Rights

    August 30, 2013

    The nation and much of the world last week paid tribute on the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and Martin Luther King Jr.'s enduring call to justice, delivered that Wednesday to an audience of a quarter-million on the National Mall and a vast television audience. It was a Wednesday this year, too, but that was just a coincidence.

  • Tighten Rules, End Sweetheart State Hiring

    August 23, 2013

    Courant readers have been paying close attention to my colleague Jon Lender's stories on state government officials hiring relatives for summer jobs in their departments. It's a dispiriting enough tale to have caught the attention of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy.

  • Harp's Missteps Hobble Bid For Mayoral Coronation

    August 15, 2013

    Some city mayoral candidates are tripping at the starting gate, embarrassed or defeated by simple tasks. The bumbles have brought one contest to an end and made two others more intriguing.

  • Political Intrigue While State Vacations

    August 9, 2013

    It's the beginning of August and while you enjoy the height of summer pleasure, government and politics roll along, providing an opportunity to review some old items and touch on some new ones.

  • Connecticut Spends $22 Million Luring Gun Seller

    August 2, 2013

    Newtown did not change everything in Connecticut public life. The slaughter of 26 innocents at the Sandy Hook School has not caused Democratic and Working Families Gov. Dannel P. Malloy to shed his expensive addiction to corporate welfare. Last week, Malloy's administration announced that it will provide at least $22 million to Bass Pro Shops for a 150,000-square-foot store in Bridgeport.

  • Prince George Is The Envy Of U.S. Royal Wannabes

    July 26, 2013

    The birth of a future British monarch to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge captured the attention of the world. That island nation continues to hold the copyright on all things royal. There were, as Slate pointed out, 367,000 other babies born on the same day as Prince George, but only he was the subject of news alerts around the world.

  • Who Knew What And When Certain To Emerge In UConn Scandal

    July 19, 2013

    University of Connecticut President Susan Herbst doesn't wear a miter, a chasuble and a pair of red shoes, but she may be starting to know what the last few popes have felt like. The first public stirrings of an appalling sex scandal at the state's largest public university are raising uncomfortable comparisons with the Roman Catholic Church and its troubles with dirty doings between the powerful and their prey.

  • State Struggles To Feed Hungry In Summer

    July 12, 2013

    Let's think about food. Not the food you eat, but the food others struggle to obtain. Congress continues to shape and debate a bill on food policy as it determines how it will allocate hundreds of billions of dollars to farmers and low-income consumers.

  • Don't Just Stand There — Join The Democracy

    July 5, 2013

    Connecticut's two major political parties agree. They need public-spirited voters to fill the thousands of spots on ballots for November's local elections. Think about it.

  • Murphy's Push To Strip Rights From Non-People Scary

    June 28, 2013

    Thursday brings our annual celebration of the signing of the Declaration of Independence in that storied year, 1776. The defiant document was preceded by Americans commanded by George Washington chasing their British masters out of Boston and followed by a string of disasters that nearly ended the war in its first months.

  • Connecticut Leaves Businesses Vulnerable

    June 21, 2013

    Texas Gov. Rick Perry made a splash by arriving in Connecticut on the wings of an advertising blitz declaring the Lone Star State "Open for Business." Perry wants Connecticut businesses to move to Texas. There's nothing new in governors alighting in other states to try to take home some businesses with them. All governors do it: It's their records of success that vary.

  • Spying On Us, But Missing The Bombers?

    June 14, 2013

    Most Americans understand that in a hostile world, governments need to engage in some snooping to monitor and thwart our enemies. We know they need to crack codes and keep secrets. In exchange for handing the government that extraordinary power, we expect it to be exercised with prudence within a rubric of restraints on abuse.

  • Legislators Pass Budget Unfettered By Reality

    June 7, 2013

    Scientists have long agreed that the human brain has tripled in size over the fullness of time. Connecticut's General Assembly this year put that settled conclusion in doubt. The legislative session, which ended at midnight on Wednesday, suggests that in Hartford the march of progress on some fronts is in retreat.

  • State's Reputation For Openness Must Be Sore Spot

    May 31, 2013

    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 instruction on how to build a system of access to government where none exists. At the same time, the law in Connecticut is under sustained attack from people who ought to be proud of the state's trailblazing heritage.

  • Influence Peddlers In Season At Legislature

    May 24, 2013

    Former Speaker of the House Christopher Donovan made a bizarre appearance at the federal courthouse in New Haven on Tuesday as a jury deliberated the fate Robert Braddock, the finance director of Donovan's disastrous 2012 congressional campaign. Donovan used the inappropriate opportunity to announce to the press that he never sold his vote in the campaign finance scandal that saw Braddock convicted later in the day.

  • House Leader Larry Cafero Fatally Tainted By Bribery Trial

    May 21, 2013

    The just completed federal criminal trial of Robert Braddock, a fundraiser for former Speaker of the House Christopher Donovan's unsuccessful 2012 congressional campaign, revealed corruption at the highest levels of the General Assembly. Law enforcement officials did their job, now politicians must act.

  • Obama's Really Bad Week Likely To Last Much Longer

    May 17, 2013

    A president, any president, is entering a trough when friends or detractors drag out creepy John Dean to offer an opinion on the scale of a scandal. The obstructor of justice from the Watergate scandal has been on display lately as a trifecta of controversies diminish the Obama administration.

  • No Wrongdoing Here, Just Some Distractions

    May 9, 2013

    You pay attention to the wrong things. That's what three politicians claimed when caught in betrayals of the public interest in the past two weeks. With no credible explanation for their bad acts, each branded their controversy a "distraction" as they wrote checks to try to make their foolish avarice fade from public view.

  • Privilege Penchant Still Dogging Katz

    May 3, 2013

    Please allow me to take a moment to begin this column with a few words of appreciation for sharp-eyed readers who add to my knowledge of a subject after I've written a column about it. Thank you also for helping to shine a light on some of the murkier corners of the people's business. Lately, I've seen an uptick in public-spirited readers who share a common dismay and nose for detecting the haughty sense of entitlement that infects some public officials. You are doing important work in your own way.

  • Health Center Bonus Veiled In Secrecy

    April 26, 2013

    "We collected the document at the end of our discussion so there were no copies floating around," reads a May 26, 2010, email from Mark Bonney, head of the board of directors of Community Health Center, to executive director Mark Masselli.

  • Consumer Advocate Took Handicapped Space

    April 19, 2013

    If you believe some dings and scratches on your car are indignities to avoid by flouting the law, you have something in common with the state's public utility consumer advocate, Elin Katz. If, however, you join the rest of us in honoring the reservation of certain parking spaces for people with disabilities, you will want to read this story that tells a tale of callous, grasping entitlement.

  • Mrs. Thatcher A Forceful Agent For Change

    April 12, 2013

    Margaret Thatcher's remarkable career teaches essential enduring lessons in freedom and the ordeal of change. They did not end with her death Monday at London's Ritz Hotel, a luxury departure lounge where since late last year she awaited for her trip to glory at age 87.

  • Katz Stored Sports Car In State Parking Spot

    April 5, 2013

    Commissioner of the Department of Children and Families Joette Katz's sense of entitlement reminds us that the taste for privilege appears in unexpected places.

  • Foley's Talk Of Ethics Unsettles Legislators

    March 29, 2013

    Republican Tom Foley, the 2010 Republican nominee for governor who hopes to reprise that role next year, ventured into a legislative public hearing last week. What a lesson the former ambassador to Ireland learned. You mention ethics at your peril in the presence of Connecticut's insular governing class.

  • Helping Poor Brings Health CEO Big Payday

    March 22, 2013

    There's money in poverty. Learning to work the system of government payments can mean lavish salaries under the guise of helping the poorest among us. Just ask Middletown-based Community Health Center Inc. CEO Mark Masselli, though he probably won't speak to you.

  • Paid, Volunteer Blurred In Ritter's CRRA Deal

    March 15, 2013

    Reviewing a couple thousand pages of documents exchanged among the Connecticut Resources Recovery Authority, Democratic former Speaker of the House Thomas D. Ritter and House Minority Leader Lawrence Cafero, R-Norwalk, provides a look at the lucrative and complicated relationship that they would rather the public and ethics regulators not see.

  • Short-Term Judges Win Pension Lottery

    March 8, 2013

    You are right to wonder why a hefty tax increase and claims to have gotten spending under control have not brought stable finances to state government. Sometimes a jarring example will help explain something as complex as Connecticut's troubled, growing budget.

  • Cafero, Ritter Dealings Benefit CRRA Officials

    March 1, 2013

    House Minority Leader Lawrence Cafero and Democratic former Speaker of the House Thomas Ritter have blurred the lines between Cafero's public office and the Connecticut Resources Recovery Authority, a client of the law firm where they are partners.

  • State's Leaders Talk Cuts, Enact Spending

    February 22, 2013

    The state's political leaders may not set out to confuse the public, but they don't mind if that's one result of their conflicting declarations and policies. It may be easier to win the hefty new Breakthrough Prize for Life Sciences that were handed out last week — and you need to be very smart indeed to snag that $3 million prize — than it is to reconcile the claims and proposals concocted in state government this year.

  • GOP Hopefuls Circling For Gubernatorial Bid

    February 15, 2013

    Abraham Lincoln's birthday last Tuesday marked the start of months of local Republican organization dinners and fundraising events. The annual ritual of honoring Lincoln provides an informal start to the party's 2014 race for governor.

  • Malloy Spends On As State Budget Burns

    February 8, 2013

    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 finances continue to challenge and defeat his hopes.

  • Legislature Resisting Federal Investigators

    February 1, 2013

    Clues to how serious the federal investigation of corruption at the General Assembly is come from the reaction of state officials to routine requests for documents under the Freedom of Information Act. Facts surrounding a list — that an official's office declined to acknowledge existed in December — were recognized last week with multiple caveats. A request for documents late last year was missing from a recent disclosure of documents but turned up on Wednesday when specifically requested.

  • State Spending Habit Still Out Of Control

    January 25, 2013

    Prepare for weeks of talk about the state's deteriorating finances as Gov. Dannel begins another unhappy chapter of the tale of declining fortunes. The problem is that state government spends more than is produced by the array of taxes it imposes. The bigger challenge is that spending continues to grow faster than economic activity.

  • McDonald In Line For Democrats' Easy Pass

    January 18, 2013

    Academy Award voters will probably have more time this year to consider the nominees for best costume design than the General Assembly will spend reviewing Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's nomination of Andrew McDonald to the state's highest court. This is one more sign of life in a one-party state.

  • Malloy Misses Chance To Lead, Set Tone

    January 11, 2013

    Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's state of the state address Wednesday began with notes of promise. It started with a meditation on the slaughter of innocents in Newtown last month. It would have been appropriate for the governor to devote his speech only to the tragedy at the Sandy Hook Elementary School.

  • Insider Dealing Serves Special Interests

    January 4, 2013

    Tim O'Brien, a Democrat serving his first term as mayor of New Britain, makes the case that state assistance to municipalities may be more generous than it needs to be as an age of austerity dawns. O'Brien did not intend to become a leading urban voice for cutting aid but he's provided a vivid example of why the public often believes more can be chopped from government spending.

  • Guns, Budget To Take Center Stage

    December 28, 2012

    The New Year marks the start of the 2013 regular session of the General Assembly on Jan. 9 as well as the beginning of the second half of Gov. Dannel Malloy's term. Events have imposed an urgent expectation of serious action on the lawmakers.

  • Shooting Raises Vexing Mental Health Issues

    December 21, 2012

    Despair at the massacre of innocents at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown will spur action from political leaders. It will also remind us of our limitations.

  • Democrats Pull Shroud Over Fed Subpoenas

    December 14, 2012

    Federal law enforcement agents visited the Legislative Office Building in October to examine the illegal intersection of legislating and campaign fundraising. What a dispiriting tale continues to unfold at the heart of state government.

  • Republicans' Hand Needed With State's Grim Finances

    December 7, 2012

    Life in a one-party state may require Republicans in the General Assembly to serve only as noisy spectators as Democrats wrestle with exploding budget deficits. The way forward for all remains murky and uncertain.

  • State Deficit Grows As Spending Roars Along

    November 23, 2012

    Put out more state employee suggestion boxes. Democratic and Working Families Gov. Dannel P. Malloy assured us that employee suggestions would save $180 million in spending over two years. Like so much of what Malloy promised, it isn't working. The surly governor is on the brink of irretrievable failure as he acknowledges that the state's finances are in precarious deterioration.

  • Taint Of Petraeus Mess Likely To Spread

    November 16, 2012

    The Oxford English Dictionary unveiled its word of the year last week, helpfully providing a succinct description of the scandal that has claimed Gen. David Petraeus' glittering career and appears to have only begun its cull. Omnishambles: "a situation that has been comprehensively mismanaged, characterized by a string of blunders and miscalculations."

  • GOP Must Act With Resolve, Not Recriminations

    November 9, 2012

    You probably hold the same beliefs on matters large and small that you did a week ago, notwithstanding Tuesday's election. So do the hundreds of candidates elected to serve in Washington, only more so. Navigating through other people's convictions will be their challenge.

  • Once We Elect Them, Don't Be Surprised

    November 2, 2012

    You will note that the Opinion section of the newspaper is devoid of comment and revelation on Tuesday's election. We leave you to the crystal waters of cool reflection on your own as the moment to cast your secret ballot grows near.

  • Moderate McMahon Offers Promise Of Revival

    October 26, 2012

    The left, which possesses the loudest voice in Connecticut's public life, encourages diversity in everything but thought. You must adhere to the orthodoxy that government is good, bigger government is better, except for law enforcement, which is always suspect in their eyes.

  • Roraback Clear Choice In 5th District Battle

    October 19, 2012

    The 5th Congressional District will tell us if voters mean what they say. You've heard it, you may have uttered the same sentiments yourself. Why can't our elected officials stop being so partisan and nasty? Why won't they work together?

  • Congressman Larson's Wife Gets A Job

    October 18, 2012

    When Connecticut Innovations Inc., a quasi-public state agency, sought an executive assistant to its executive director and CEO in the spring, 199 hopefuls applied. The winner: Leslie Larson, wife of seven-term U.S. Rep. John Larson. The documents Mrs. Larson submitted with her application stretch our faith in fairness.

  • Arrogant Regents Should Step Aside

    October 12, 2012

    These straitened times have struck even the Nobel Prize Committee. Laureates will receive financial rewards that are 20 percent less than previously. It is a bow to reality that there's not as much money for even the most accomplished among us. Connecticut's grandly named Board of Regents refuses to recognize life in the world where the rest of us live.

  • Candidates, Financiers Reap Public's Dough

    October 5, 2012

    While the marquee races for the U.S. Senate and the 5th Congressional District continue to dominate political news, politics and government continue in many other places. Some dispiriting statistics indicate Connecticut's decline will continue.

  • Murphy's Shifting Explanations Suspicious

    September 28, 2012

    Candidates apply their cunning and resources to introducing you to their opponents. The next five weeks will feature heavy doses of ominous music and grainy photos on your television screen. The truth faces mighty obstacles on its journey to you.

  • Beyond The Baloney — Red Meat Questions

    September 21, 2012

    Debate season is upon us. Candidates take time from fundraising to prepare, so you know they understand the stakes. If you have not been watching the wild series "Boss" on the Starz premium cable channel, you missed a candidate's ultimate debate nightmare. A smarmy candidate for governor is touting his love of his wife and children at the start of a town hall format encounter with his opponent when a newspaper breaks a story online of his affair with the wife of another politician.

  • Forgetting Mortgage Payments Not All That Easy

    September 14, 2012

    The U.S. Senate campaign in Connecticut has become a test of who pivots best. Moving the public's attention to a candidate's strength or an opponent's weakness is an essential skill in an era of the ceaseless campaign. Democratic Senate candidate Christopher Murphy, embroiled in his eighth campaign for state or federal office, has looked clumsy for more than a week as he fumbles the details of lawsuits filed against him for not paying recurring monthly obligations.

  • Massachusetts Home To Politics Unusual

    September 7, 2012

    A large chunk of Connecticut is being drawn into a new orbit: Massachusetts draws us in through gaming and transportation.

  • Chris Murphy Faced Foreclosure On Home

    September 5, 2012

    U.S. Rep. and Democratic Senate candidate Christopher Murphy was sued for foreclosure of his mortgage two months after he became a member of Congress. Murphy's mortgage odyssey would prove different than those of millions of others who fell behind on monthly payments as the real estate market declined in 2007.

  • A Whole Lot Of Sticking To The Script

    August 31, 2012

    Armageddon or paradise. That's our choice once more. Last week, the Republicans delivered three nights of indictments of the Obama administration. This week it'll be four nights, barring weather interruptions, of the Democrats taking it to the Republicans.

  • McMahon Scores Early With Shot At Murphy

    August 24, 2012

    Linda McMahon tripped Democratic Senate hopeful Christopher Murphy at the starting gate in his contest with her. The three-term U.S. Representative should expect McMahon to find more ways to hobble him as she introduces the Cheshire Democrat to many voters her way.

  • Bruised Losers Face Campaigns' Bumpy Finish

    August 17, 2012

    "Politics is tough," Simsbury Republican Lisa Wilson-Foley observed as she conceded the 5th Congressional District party primary to state Sen. Andrew Roraback Tuesday night. A last-minute attack on second-place finisher Mark Greenberg revealed Wilson-Foley as mistaking a wild pitch for a fastball. Despite heavy spending, Wilson-Foley failed to crack 10 percent of the vote in more than a quarter of the district's 41 towns.

  • History Can Turn On A Sketchy VP Pick

    August 10, 2012

    My horse is out of the race to join Mitt Romney on this year's Republican ticket as the party's vice presidential candidate. New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez said several times that she is not interested in a spot on the national ticket. Her statements were not carefully couched to allow for a reversal of meaning. She has not been vetted. It is done.

  • Cracking The Campaign Contribution Code

    August 3, 2012

    Fifth District Republican congressional candidate Andrew Roraback started cracking the code of rival Lisa Wilson-Foley's generous campaign contributions to Democratic U.S. Rep. Christopher Murphy's first two campaigns for Congress in 2006 and 2008. Wilson-Foley has previously claimed that she found Murphy "fresh" and "excited."

  • Officials' Scruples Fade When Business Calls

    July 28, 2012

    If you are not confused by some recent actions by the powerful, you have not been paying attention.

  • Underfunded Shays Sinks Under McMahon's Millions

    July 20, 2012

    It is a challenge to embrace and renounce your own record in a political campaign. Former United States Rep. Christopher Shays tried and failed Wednesday night during a debate sponsored by WVIT. You would have to possess a heart made of stone not to have felt embarrassed and uncomfortable watching Shays whine and flail.

  • Stunning Newton Comeback Yields Strange Bedfellows

    May 25, 2012

    Bridgeport continues to challenge Waterbury as the home of the most embarrassing and bewildering politics in Connecticut. Former state Sen. Ernie Newton did last week what few in Connecticut politics have achieved: He subdued bumptious Working Families and Democratic Gov.Dannel P. Malloy.

  • Speaker Donovan Juggles Unions, Fundraising

    February 19, 2012

    The General Assembly will strain to look productive during the three months of its regular session this year. By their own design, the Democrats who run the House and Senate will not be required to make difficult spending decisions. Last year they gave Democrat and Working Families Gov. Dannel P. Malloy the authority to make sweeping budget cuts if revenue, spending and employee benefit savings do not reach their targets.

  • Butler, Malloy Create Ongoing Storm

    November 6, 2011

    Connecticut Light & Power Company President Jeffrey Butler mumbled and mispronounced his way through one consistent message last week: This storm was worse than Irene in August. No matter the topic, day after day, the utility executive found ways to mention the late summer tropical storm.

  • Dodd's 'Cottage': A Cozy Purchase

    February 22, 2009

    Ireland does not easily give up its secrets. That may have been one attraction it held for Sen. Christopher Dodd in 1994 when he became an owner of a refuge on nearly 10 acres on the Irish west coast. The murky tale includes a felonious inside trader, a Kansas City businessman, a presidential pardon and what appears to be a financial bonanza to Dodd during the Irish property boom.

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