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  • Republicans Fault Early Release Program For Baby Stabbing

    --Connecticut Senate Republicans said Wednesday that the fatal stabbing of a baby in Bristol last month was the consequence of a early release prison program that "frankly puts public safety in jeopardy."
  • Can Charla Nash, blinded by a chimp, sue her state for $150 million?

    A woman who lost her hands, eyesight and parts of her face when she was mauled by a friend's chimpanzee renewed a bid to seek $150 million in damages from the state of Connecticut, asking lawmakers Friday to accept her argument that the state had a duty...

    State Shouldn't Make Pardons Process Secret

    The latest attempt to draw the curtain of secrecy around state government would exempt pardon applications from the Freedom of Information Act. It is baneful. Like so many similar proposals introduced in the General Assembly this year, it amounts to...

    Reckoning With Emotions' Powerful Political Pull

    Reckoning With Emotions' Powerful Political Pull
    During Wednesday's debate on new gun laws, Sen. John Kissel rose and began a lengthy set of remarks with two anecdotes. First, the Enfield Republican spoke movingly of hugging his youngest son, Tristan, on the day of the Newtown massacre, one day before...

    Pardon Secrecy Proponents Should Heed Lesson Of Willie Horton

    The efforts of Democratic legislative leaders and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy (also a Democrat) to keep pardon proceedings secret are corrosive to decent government. Mr. Malloy and Democratic members of the Judiciary Committee justify this proposal embedded...