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J Brendan Sharkey

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  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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'...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Secretly Drafted Bill Would Leave Release of Some Newtown Investigative Records Up To Families

     Secretly Drafted Bill Would Leave Release of Some Newtown Investigative Records Up To Families
    A secretly drafted bill to block release of photos, tapes of 911 calls and death certificates related to the Dec. 14 Newtown elementary school massacre could be acted on in the General Assembly as early as the end of the week, officials said Wednesday....
  • Post-Newtown Legislative Task Force Begins Work; Malloy Talks Gun Control In White House Visit

    Post-Newtown Legislative Task Force Begins Work; Malloy Talks Gun Control In White House Visit
    Legislative leaders pledged bipartisan cooperation and quick action Friday at the first meeting of their new task force on changing state laws and policies on gun control, school security and mental health in response to the Dec. 14 school massacre in...
  • Newtown Police Commissioners Ask For Changes In Workers' Compensation Law

    The board of police commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to ask the legislature to expand Connecticut's workers' compensation law to provide benefits for those who might have "sustained physical or emotional injury" as the result of the Sandy Hook...