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  • Ernie Newton Loses Bid To Return To Bridgeport House Seat; Andre Baker Wins Nomination

    Ernie Newton Loses Bid To Return To Bridgeport House Seat; Andre Baker Wins Nomination
    BRIDGEPORT — Ernie Newton, a former state lawmaker seeking a legislative comeback after serving time in prison, lost Tuesday night to Andre Baker in the Democratic primary for the 124th House District. Newton, the party endorsed candidate, conceded...
  • Lockwood To Challenge New London's Hewett

    Rep. Ernest Hewett, the New London Democrat who made headlines for his controversial remark to a 17-year-old student in 2013, now faces a Republican opponent. Andrew Lockwood, a one-time high school dropout who later returned to school and got a law...
  • Democratic Incumbents Facing Primary Challenges

    HARTFORD – Political incumbents are traditionally well-loved in their hometowns, but sometimes that is not the case for all. Next week, eight Democratic incumbents in the state legislature are facing challenges for their seats in the August 12...
  • Legislator's Alleged Fraud: Another Black Mark For Bridgeport?

    Credit Speaker Brendan Sharkey of the state House of Representatives for taking quick and appropriate action to mitigate damage to the legislature's image from another lawmaker's alleged misdeeds. It's just too bad that the lawmaker in question —...
  • In Short Session, Quality Of Life Issues Expected To Dominate

    HARTFORD -- In recent years, Connecticut lawmakers have pursued groundbreaking public policy initiatives, such as repealing the death penalty, placing controversial new restrictions on gun owners and enacting the nation's first law mandating paid sick...
  • Battle Of Tax Cuts As Session Opens Wednesday

    Battle Of Tax Cuts As Session Opens Wednesday
    HARTFORD — The battle over tax cuts and rebates will take center stage Wednesday when the 2014 General Assembly session opens in a year when the governor and the entire legislature are up for reelection. Like Republican John G. Rowland in 1998,...
  • Car Tax Is Wrong Battle For Regional Reformers

    Grand plans sometimes stumble on secondary issues. We hope this doesn't happen to the MORE Commission. The MORE Commission (for Municipal Opportunities & Regional Entities) is attempting to make the state and its towns run more efficiently and less...
  • Malloy Says Shutdown Could Undercut Recovery

    Malloy Says Shutdown Could Undercut Recovery
    HARTFORD — Spurred by the threat that a congressional showdown over Obamacare will shut down the federal government, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's budget director asked heads of state agencies Tuesday for contingency plans by Oct. 1 on how to maintain...
  • Malloy Signs Bill To Withhold Homicide Photos, Other Records, After Newtown

    Malloy Signs Bill To Withhold Homicide Photos, Other Records, After Newtown
    The state Senate and House, after short debates, voted overwhelmingly early Wednesday to approve a bill blocking public disclosure of photos of homicide victims and some other records in reaction to the Newtown school massacre. The Senate took up the...
  • Gun Control Suit Highlights Need To Keep Legislative Lights On

    Whether you are for or against the National Shooting Sports Foundation's lawsuit to overturn Connecticut's new gun control law, you will probably approve the grounds on which the challenge is based. I am not hoping, or expecting, this lawsuit to...
  • 'One Bad Apple' Might Be Legislature Itself

    'One Bad Apple' Might Be Legislature Itself
    Brendan Sharkey is the speaker of our House of Representatives. There is mounting evidence that he is also a monkey head. Connecticut Magazine — better known for articles such as "Top Places for Fried Clams Recommended by Connecticut's Best...