Category Archives: Connecticut

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

A Flak’s Bad Day On The Job

Yes, it was indeed a bad day on the job for Chris Hoffman, who until his recent outburst, was a spokesman for the New Haven public schools. Hoffman pitched a fit last week when a reporter from the New Haven Independent arrived at the Roberto Clemente Academy for “a pre-arranged reporting session,” according to theRead More

Now The Courts Will Draw Our Districts

How pathetic. The Connecticut General Assembly’s reapportionment commission couldn’t finish its work in time to meet a noon deadline today. Consequently, the state Supreme Court will draw our new congressional districts. What happens if you and I fail to meet a deadline for a major project at our places of employment? I’d wager to sayRead More

DeStefano’s Folly

There were so many big stories going around the state last week that it’s difficult to choose one to sound off on. But New Haven Mayor John DeStefano’s proposal to allow non-citizens (including illegals) to vote in municipal elections got a lot of attention — and justifiably so. The first time I saw the plan,Read More

Let Capital Punishment Die

I’m saddened that it takes a death sentence to make us think about government-sponsored dying. But, as you might expect, the recent sentencing to death of the Cheshire home-invasion monster Joshua Komisarjevsky has prompted a spate of well-deserved hand-wringing over the paradox of a blue state engaging in culturally conservative behavior. I was born andRead More

State(s) of Embarrassment

Time was when I was a young man and I heard about government corruption, I would simply shake my head in disbelief and hope like hell my generation could save the world from those lying greedy bastards. Gradually, however, I came to see such chicanery as commonplace and, in the recent case of disgraced formerRead More

Ted Mann’s Must Read

Just finished the first installment of Ted Mann’s opus for the CT Post, “Malloy’s first year in the eye of the storm.” It had been promoted by The Post as “riveting” — an adjective I had dismissed as empty hyperbole. But I’m forced to admit that the PR folks at The Post weren’t exaggerating. AsRead More