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  • In 7th Senate District, 22-Year Incumbent Faces Political Newcomer

    In 7th Senate District, 22-Year Incumbent Faces Political Newcomer
    ENFIELD — The race for the 7th Senate District features an 11-term Republican incumbent facing a Democratic opponent seeking his first elected office. The challenger, John Foxx, says he's hoping voters will want "to see someone who recognizes that...
  • 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." But Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, who...
  • 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...
  • Enfield School Board Plea To Legislators: No More Unfunded Mandates

    School board members had a familiar complaint to pass along to their state legislators list Tuesday night: unfunded mandates. Several board members urged state Sen. John Kissel, a Republican, and Reps. David Kiner and David Alexander, both Democrats,...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Repairing Tornado's Damage To Valuable Tobacco Crop

    Repairing Tornado's Damage To Valuable Tobacco Crop
    WINDSOR — When a small tornado tore through OJ Thrall's tobacco fields in Windsor on Monday afternoon, the fragile leaves were within a week of being harvested. Shade nets were torn away from nearly 20 percent of the crop — about 40 acres'...
  • McKinney Becomes First Republican To Announce Bid For Governor

    McKinney Becomes First Republican To Announce Bid For Governor
    Republican John McKinney, a veteran state lawmaker and a former congressman's son, declared his 2014 run for governor in a press release emailed to reporters at 7:33 Tuesday morning. It was a low-profile way to announce a high-stakes gambit: McKinney'...
  • Both Sides In Death-Penalty Debate Vow To Fight On

    Both Sides In Death-Penalty Debate Vow To Fight On
    After the death sentence was announced in the Joshua Komisarjevsky case, opponents of capital punishment in Connecticut vowed to press on with their cause while death penalty supporters pledged to continue fighting repeal efforts. Rep. Gary Holder-...
  • The War On Drugs Has Overpopulated Our Prisons. What if We Gave Prisoners the Option of Being Flogged Instead of Jailed?

    Since Gov. Dannel Malloy is hunting for ways to cut prison costs — he's already called for closing prisons and slashing 1,000 corrections jobs — maybe he'd be interested in an innovative suggestion that could dramatically reduce the number...