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Connecticut Passes Nation's Toughest Gun Violence Prevention Legislation

(0) Comments | Posted April 4, 2013 | 10:59 AM

One hundred ten days out from the massacre of twenty children and six educators at the Sandy Hook School in Newtown, Connecticut joins Colorado, and New York in enacting comprehensive anti-gun violence laws.

Late Wednesday night at the state capitol in Hartford, with hundreds of Connecticutians representing both sides...

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A Curious Admixture of Girl Power and Greed

(4) Comments | Posted May 7, 2012 | 10:58 AM

Early Wednesday morning, three women from two tony towns on the Connecticut shoreline received visitations at their homes by Federal Marshals. The women were handcuffed and led off for an appearance before a New Haven magistrate in answer to indictments handed down on Tuesday by a Grand Jury following months...

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Connecticut Repeals the Death Penalty

(11) Comments | Posted April 26, 2012 | 1:56 PM

Yesterday afternoon Governor Dannel P. Malloy signed legislation repealing the death penalty in the state of Connecticut. Effective immediately the Nutmeg State becomes the 17th state to abolish capital punishment, replacing it with life in prison without the possibility of parole.

The governor explained that while that the...

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Mogul Dennis Hope Bests Gingrich to Moonrush

(31) Comments | Posted January 29, 2012 | 9:52 AM

"If I had a business executive come to me and say I want to spend a few hundred billion dollars to put a colony on the moon ... I'd say, you're fired!" ~ Mitt Romney (to Newt Gingrich )

Dr. Dennis Hope, self-proclaimed 'head cheese' of the Lunar Embassy, has...

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Two Men Enter -- One Man Leaves

(0) Comments | Posted January 22, 2012 | 9:49 PM

Last night's Former Speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich, prematurely threw down the gauntlet challenging President Obama to seven, three-hour Lincoln-Douglas style debates. Gingrich, who seems obsessed with endurance polemic, proposes that each moderator free debate would be three hours in length. The first man would speak for one hour,...

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Governing Magazine's Public Officials of the Year

(0) Comments | Posted December 14, 2010 | 7:27 PM

Political scandal and corruption have become so commonplace as to be scarcely newsworthy. The approval ratings of our federal legislators hover at about 40 to 45 percent with the Republicans currently holding a sliver of a lead over their slightly less popular colleagues on the other side of the...

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$9,118,582.14 ... and Counting

(1) Comments | Posted August 9, 2010 | 2:34 PM

That's the amount Greenwich millionaire businessman Ned Lamont has spent on his bid to be the next Governor of Connecticut. Add to that the estimated $17,000,000 he ponied up up from his personal fortune in his unsuccessful bid for Joe Lieberman's senate seat in 2006. We're talking thirty million dollars...
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'Heel Superstar'* McMahon Should Have Been Disqualified For 'Low Blow'

(1) Comments | Posted May 24, 2010 | 1:15 PM

In the beginning there was Atwater. Atwater begot Rove. Rove begot Howell.

Republican senate candidate and former World Wrestling Entertainment CEO, Linda McMahon, is reputed to have shelled out a cool million to retain the most formidable, right-wing, hired gun her ersatz blood money could buy ... one H....

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Friendly Fire: Dick Blumenthal Hurls Himself Under the Bus

(7) Comments | Posted May 20, 2010 | 1:14 PM

" Facebook is a cruel mistress ... and YouTube doesn't lie."'

Christopher Dodd's Senate seat may well be in play for the Republicans this November.

As recently as a week ago, Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, a well respected Democrat, held a virtually unassailable lead...

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Connecticut's Game of Campaign Musical Chairs: Everyone Please Move up One Space

(5) Comments | Posted January 14, 2010 | 2:47 PM

Connecticut's game of campaign musical chairs was set in motion by Governor Jodi Rell's decision to not seek reelection in 2010. The surprising news was followed by Attorney General Richard Blumenthal's announcement that he plans to run for Sen. Chris Dodd's (D-Conn.) senate seat. Susan Bysiewicz, currently Connecticut's Secretary of...

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Juan Figueroa Prepares to Toss His Hat

(0) Comments | Posted January 7, 2010 | 3:07 PM

The big national news story on Wednesday was that Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) would not seek reelection for his senate seat, a position he has held for nearly three decades. Waiting in the wings for that cue was Connecticut's well respected Attorney General Richard Blumenthal (D). There was nary a...

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While You Were Out -- A Little Pink Memo to Senator Lieberman

(0) Comments | Posted December 15, 2009 | 12:06 AM

Senator Lieberman, since I am not able speak to you in person, I'd like to leave this little pink memo ... perhaps one of your staff would be kind enough to pass it along to you.

This week I've called Senator Lieberman's Washington office several times, to no avail. Admittedly,...

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Joe -- We Know Where You Live.

(5) Comments | Posted November 19, 2009 | 10:29 AM

"If the public option is in there, as a matter of conscience, I will not allow this bill to come to a final vote ..." -- Senator Joseph Lieberman
Senator Joseph Lieberman is the rarest of creatures, a political Chimera. Joe calls himself an Independent, caucuses with the Democrats...
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Miracle On Pennsylvania Avenue

(2) Comments | Posted September 30, 2009 | 1:48 PM

Are we out of time? Has the health care reform, promised to us by Barack Obama in last year's campaign, died the death of a thousand paper cuts?

From where I sit, the president started the whole process with the $80 billion give back to Big Pharma. The...

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Pitchfork Toting Townsfolk Menace Fortress Aetna

(0) Comments | Posted September 29, 2009 | 12:02 PM

Hundreds of health care reform rallies took place across the country last Tuesday, in a co-ordinated National Day of Action. I attended such an event held at the world headquarters of Aetna in Hartford Connecticut. Judging by the police presence assembled at the entrance of the grand promenade leading up...

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Game On

(1) Comments | Posted September 11, 2009 | 1:27 AM

"You lie!" An economy of words, but a liberality of message.

Thank you Joseph Wilson. Last evening, your socially inappropriate phonic tic put a fine point on the bare knuckle brawl that has been raging in the public square. The representative from South Carolina acquitted himself in a style that...

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The Many Flavors of Kool-Aid®

(4) Comments | Posted September 4, 2009 | 12:17 PM

Last night I went to a town hall meeting in West Hartford, Connecticut hosted by first district representative the Honorable John Larsen. I planned to sit in on the health care reform debate inside the auditorium, but the real story, from my perspective, was outside on the granite steps of...

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The Rise of the Dick Armey, the Summer's Biggest Blockbuster

(8) Comments | Posted August 10, 2009 | 5:05 PM

The Democrats are in power, leaving the Republicans plenty of discretionary time to make their own special brand of mischief. The Tea Parties of last April, as silly as they seemed, were the first shot across this administration's bow.

The silver haired granny who disrupts your town hall meeting...

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Sleepy Little Connecticut: The Tip of The National Health Care Reform Spear?

(4) Comments | Posted July 23, 2009 | 5:01 PM

Within walking distance of the corporate headquarters of a half dozen of the Titans of the insurance industry, on Monday afternoon the Connecticut State Legislature delivered an override of Governor Jodi Rell's veto of the landmark, comprehensive health care reform legislation, known as the Sustinet Bill.

The most...

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888 My private War with Hu Jintao

(11) Comments | Posted April 10, 2008 | 9:50 PM

There are so many cleverly crafted, sparkly items on offer. The prices, so low they confound my internal "price to value matrix." Then I see the gnat track sized letters MADE IN CHINA and I drop the item as though it might spontaneously combust in my hands.

So it...

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