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J Brendan Sharkey

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  • 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...
  • State Legislature Has Too Many Chiefs

    As former state Rep. Astrid T. Hanzalek noted in a recent op-ed piece in The Courant, the number and expense of leaders in the General Assembly has increased to the point that "you'd think the state was awash in extra money." Connecticut is not swimming...
  • Regionalism Panel Promises MORE For The Money

    Is it any wonder that Connecticut is considered a high-cost state? We have a state government, plus 169 local governments, plus hundreds of regional entities that overlap and bear little relation to each other. And to pay for this redundant mishmash, we...
  • Lawmaker's Comment Is Bad From Every Angle

    Lawmaker's Comment Is Bad From Every Angle
    There's a certain ambiguity in state Rep. Ernest Hewett's crude response to a teenage intern's testimony at a Feb. 20 budget hearing. But that ambiguity doesn't excuse what the New London Democrat said. The teenager, speaking on behalf of the...
  • 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...
  • 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'...
  • 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...
  • Malloy Signs Gun Control Bill, One Of Strictest In Nation

    Malloy Signs Gun Control Bill, One Of Strictest In Nation
    HARTFORD — Flanked by family members of Newtown massacre victims and the legislative leaders who spent months trying to respond to their tragedy, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy signed a sweeping gun-control bill Thursday whose big provisions — such...
  • Challenge To Gun Law Claims Abuse Of 'E-Cert' Exception To Legislative Process

    A federal lawsuit filed Monday by the firearms industry to challenge the state's new gun-control law doesn't mention Second Amendment arguments by other gun-rights advocates — but instead alleges an abuse of "emergency certification" procedures that...
  • 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...
  • Monsanto and Malloy: Big Foods Wins a Compromise on GMOs

    If you were to come up with a lobbying Dream Team to defend genetically modified organisms (GMOs) against hordes of foodie reformers, it would probably look a lot like the one that's been operating for months at our state Capitol. And apparently...