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  • Death Threats, Apology After Hartford State Rep. Parks In Handicapped Space

    HARTFORD - A state representative is catching heat after a photo of his BMW parked in a handicapped space outside a Dunkin' Donuts across from the State Capitol was widely circulated on social media over the weekend. After he posted an apology about the...
  • Legislator Apologizes After Photo Shows He Parked In Handicapped Space

    Legislator Apologizes After Photo Shows He Parked In Handicapped Space
    HARTFORD — A state representative is catching heat after a photo of his BMW parked in a handicapped space at a restaurant near the state Capitol was widely circulated on social media over the weekend. The photo was posted by Kevin Brookman on his...
  • Efforts Brewing To Bolster State's First-In-Nation Paid Sick Days Law

    Efforts Brewing To Bolster State's First-In-Nation Paid Sick Days Law
    HARTFORD — More than three years after Connecticut passed the nation's first state law mandating paid sick days, advocates are pressing for a sweeping expansion of the landmark legislation. "We were the first and now we have the worst law in the...
  • State Rep. Christine Rosati sworn in at capitol

    Freshman state Rep. Christine Rosati (D-44) has had a busy week. She's been getting used to the lay of the land in Hartford after getting sworn in on Jan. 7. It is the first time the 45-year-old has been elected to public office. She'll represent...
  • Flood of Outside Money Prompts Calls for Campaign Finance Reforms

    Flood of Outside Money Prompts Calls for Campaign Finance Reforms
    HARTFORD — Connecticut's candidates for governor spent close to $13 million in public campaign financing in this past election. Outside "independent" special interests spent an estimated $17 million on the same race, a fact critics say is proof...
  • Drones, Privacy: Legislative Issues Reflect Changing Times

    Drones, Privacy: Legislative Issues Reflect Changing Times
    HARTFORD — The coming legislative session is likely to be dominated by the usual fights over taxes and spending. But lawmakers are also poised to ponder other issues that reflect changes in the social fabric propelled by technology. From...
  • Brendan Sharkey: Tax Reform, Transit Key

    Brendan Sharkey: Tax Reform, Transit Key
    Our first and most important job this legislative session is to work with Gov. Dannel P. Malloy to craft a balanced budget that protects Connecticut families and doesn't raise taxes. The hardworking families of Connecticut shared the burden of the...
  • Tolls, Deficits, Drones Among Issues For 2015 Legislative Session

    Tolls, Deficits, Drones Among Issues For 2015 Legislative Session
    HARTFORD — As the 2015 legislative session opens Wednesday, the idea of tolls on Connecticut highways has bubbled up as one of the top issues. While tolls have been discussed for years, the concept has taken on new weight this year as both Gov....
  • With Campaign Over, Sharkey Calls For Governing

    It was a day of smiles, handshakes and speeches Wednesday in the historic Hall of the House as the 2015 session began. On a day of bipartisanship, Republican leader Themis Klarides seconded the nomination of Rep. J. Brendan Sharkey to be Speaker of...
  • Malloy, In State Of State Speech, Focuses On Transportation

    Malloy, In State Of State Speech, Focuses On Transportation
    HARTFORD — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, giving his State of the State address that opened his second term Wednesday, said the state's traffic congestion is "unacceptable'' and demands a bold new approach toward improving roads and railroad lines. Calling...
  • Malloy Calls For Constitutional Amendment

    Gov. Dannel P. Malloy called Friday for a constitutional amendment to prevent money set aside for transportation from being diverted for other purposes. For years, Connecticut governors and legislators have routinely moved money out of the state's...