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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...
  • A Verdict Prompts A Question: How Did Rowland Not Learn His Lesson The First Time?

    A Verdict Prompts A Question: How Did Rowland Not Learn His Lesson The First Time?
    How could John Rowland tempt fate again, a decade after his crooked dealings with state contractors sent him tumbling from the governor's office into federal prison? How did he not learn his lesson? Why didn't he make the best of the golden opportunities...
  • In Short Session, Quality Of Life Issues Expected To Dominate

    In Short Session, Quality Of Life Issues Expected To Dominate
    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 days. But...
  • 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,...
  • 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...
  • Short-Term Judges Win Pension Lottery

    You are right to wonder why a hefty tax increase and claims to have gotten spending under control have not brought stable finances to state government. Sometimes a jarring example will help explain something as complex as Connecticut's troubled, growing...
  • 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 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...