Category Archives: Connecticut

Locking Horns Over Tenure

It is quite a sight. Lawmakers in Hartford are holding marathon hearings on Gov. Dannel Malloy’s education reform proposals. Interested parties — the education establishment, families and the governor’s people — are lining up to weigh in on perhaps the biggest battle over a public policy issue since Lowell Weicker rammed through a state incomeRead More

An Interview With Gov. Dannel Malloy

As part of the newly formed CT News Junkie editorial board, I participated on Friday evening in a wide-ranging interview with Gov. Dannel P. Malloy in his Capitol office. Questions about education occupied the greater portion of the interview, but I asked the governor about his liquor sales reform proposal, the budget and the state’sRead More

The Tenured Cartoonist

People talk all the time about what cushy jobs teachers have. But how about the position of editorial cartoonist? There are few jobs in the world in which the employee can insult anyone he wants with near-impunity. Yet that’s what The Hartford Courant’s Bob Englehart does on a weekly basis — or, since he’s joinedRead More

Disgrace: CT NPR Station Threatens School Board

What is more contemptible? Being a bully or pretending to play the role of victim? In the case of Marshall Miles, president of Sharon’s NPR affiliate, you can have your cake and pig out on it, too. Miles is in high dudgeon over ethical allegations lodged against him by Diane Goncalves, an assistant superintendent ofRead More

Pop Goes The Surplus

To all who insist that raising taxes necessarily results in higher revenues, we have this. Connecticut’s surplus, announced with great fanfare only a few weeks ago, has disappeared practically overnight. $83 million has suddenly become a paltry $1.4 million — and even that is likely to vanish and vault us into the red. This afterRead More

Tone Deaf Or Ignorant?

Update: Here is Jordan’s post that includes reader responses, including yours truly’s. * * * * * I recently spotted an item on Jordan Fenster’s fine blog, CT State Politics, noting that he’d received a campaign letter from front-running Democrat Chris Donovan, the current state House Speaker vying to be the Democratic nominee for Connecticut’sRead More

Malloy’s Priorities: Education and Booze

As you can imagine, I follow Connecticut politics fairly closely, but I must admit I was caught off-guard this week when Gov. Malloy first let it slip to CTNewsJunkie that he fully supports the concept of allowing retail alcohol purchases on Sunday and that he intends to send a proposal to the legislature this year. YouRead More

‘Miles’ To Go And Promises To Keep

As if we didn’t need more excitement in Connecticut’s Northwest Corner, Tuesday morning came word that an administrator in our local school district has filed a complaint with the FCC against Sharon’s WHDD, the self-proclaimed smallest NPR affiliate in the nation. There’s an interesting story to that effect in yesterday’s Waterbury Republican by my friendRead More

The Media Powers That Be

Update: CTNewsJunkie’s Hugh McQuaid has an update on the story here. * * * * * * * * More ammunition for those of you who think the media already wield too much power in our electoral process. Brian Lockhart, who blogs very well for Hearst’s newspaper cluster in Fairfield County, reports something that IRead More

Beware: County Government In CT?

From the grumbling I’m hearing in Fairfield County, you’d think a proposal to form a regional council of governments was a back-door attempt to re-establish county government in Connecticut. Ever since the General Assembly abolished county government in 1960, Connecticut has essentially left its 169 municipalities on their own. Of course, towns and cities haveRead More