Category Archives: Connecticut

Rowland’s Death Penalty Wish

Sometimes a discredited politician says something so idiotic and hypocritical that it takes your breath away. To wit, when former Gov. John Rowland called current Gov. Dannel Malloy a “pathological liar” over the summer. Now Johnny is back (he’s always back, isn’t he?). In an interview broadcast this morning on Fox 61’s The Real Story,Read More

Frank the Baker: Throwing Stones From Portland

Click here for my latest at Fresh from Portland’s famous quarries comes Frank the Baker — Connecticut’s answer to Joe the Plumber — hurling rocks at state lawmakers for making his life as a businessman miserable. Does he have a point? Sure. That said, most businessmen do have the annoying habit of complaining even whenRead More

Fox Knocking on Henhouse Door

Click here for my latest for CTNJ: Who should decide whether a teaching candidate is professionally fit to preside over a classroom in Connecticut’s public schools? The teachers themselves? I don’t think so.

Esty Death Watch III

The Courant’s Jon Lender keeps hammering away. Now we learn that executives from Northeast Utilities have given a total of $2,000 to the congressional campaign of Esty’s wife, Elizabeth. If you ever wondered how the $205,000 in consulting fees he collected from a company that falls under his agency’s regulation might benefit the DEEP commissionerRead More

The Esty Death Watch II

Update 10.05.11: Now Esty says speech-giving and consulting are two different things. Of course, they’re not identical. But the bottom line is the corporation is paying you for a service. A distinction without a meaningful difference, I’d say. * * * * * * The plot thickens. Apparently, the ethically challenged DEEP commissioner Daniel Esty neglected to discloseRead More

Cuomo-Malloy: Peas In Different Pods

Yet more evidence that Andrew Cuomo has hit the ground running and is doing a commendable job of governing what is, in some ways, an ungovernable state. Tom Dudchik’s CT Capitol Report (the closest thing we have to the Drudge Report in Connecticut) this morning carried a linked headline proclaiming “High tech to invest $4Read More

The Esty Death Watch

‘DEEP’ DOO DOO? In case you missed it, there’s a blockbuster story by Jon Lender in this morning’s Hartford Courant (posted on yesterday) about the commissioner of the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) who failed to disclose that he made hundreds of thousands in consulting fees from the parent corporation ofRead More

Whither Labor?

Click here for my latest for “Whither Labor? Withering on the Vine?” What kind of future does organized labor have in this country and in Connecticut specifically? I don’t think it’s particularly bright and the unions themselves are partly to blame. Too often there is a failure on the part of public sector workersRead More

Energy: Love It and Hate It

Click here for my latest for Ever wonder why we can’t solve our energy problems in this country? Look no further than ourselves. We love energy consumption but hate inconveniences such as … oh, power lines, for example. It’s a refresher course that plays out every 20 years or so. In the wake ofRead More

Money for Nothin’, Loans For Free

Click here for my latest for CTNJ. Gov. Malloy’s crony capitalism program offering tax cuts and subsidies might save some jobs and create a few more. However, it doesn’t address the systemic problems with Connecticut’s business climate. But rather than bribe corporations to stay in Connecticut and create a few hundred jobs here and there,Read More