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  • Republicans Now Hold Most Seats In Connecticut House Since 1994

    Republicans Now Hold Most Seats In Connecticut House Since 1994
    The national Republican tidal wave actually did come to Connecticut — it landed in the state House of Representatives. Republicans won 10 additional seats Tuesday and now have their highest total since 1994, the year that Newt Gingrich swept to...
  • Gun Bill Supporters Overwhelmingly Re-Elected

    Gun Bill Supporters Overwhelmingly Re-Elected
    Connecticut Speaker of the House Brendan Sharkey reportedly said some Democrats, particularly freshmen, lost seats in the General Assembly because they voted yes on the 2013 gun safety reform bill. Speaker Sharkey's assessment of the political risk of...
  • Democrats Rip Foley's Urban Agenda

    Democrats Rip Foley's Urban Agenda
    Members of the legislature's Black and Puerto Rican Caucus joined Gov. Dannel P. Malloy at a news conference Wednesday morning to denounce Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Foley's urban policy proposals. Malloy called Foley "an individual who...
  • State Tax-Study Panel Convenes To Evaluate How To Modernize Tax Policy

    State Tax-Study Panel Convenes To Evaluate How To Modernize Tax Policy
    HARTFORD — A legislature-created panel charged with reviewing state and local tax structure convened Monday for the first of a series of meetings it will hold before it is due to release recommendations by Jan. 1. The panel was created under a law...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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....