A look at the possibility of deregulating the liquor industry in Connecticut; the powerful special interests behind the opposition to a proposed nursing home for convicts in Rocky Hill; and an examination of the recent imbroglio involving lobbying efforts at the Capitol and the powerhouse law firm of Brown Rudnick.
What exactly is Gov. Malloy’s strategy for getting a budget passed in the General Assembly? Some leaders adopt a policy of “divide and conquer.” For the interminably klutzy Malloy, it’s “Divide And Offend.”
In the second piece, former Sen. Chris Dodd’s position as chief Hollywood lobbyist puts him in an awkward place in the wake of the Newtown massacre. Plus in the same column, First-term Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty makes a rookie mistake with her off-the-record meetings with public officials about gun violence.
The first one takes a look at the future employment of two failed candidates for Connecticut’s fifth congressional seat last year. Democrat Chris Donovan and Republican Andrew Roraback are strong prospects for new jobs. One sounds like a good fit; the other could be a disaster.
The second one suggests lifting the absurd requirement that municipalities and school districts advertise in newspapers. I say eliminate this vestige of crony capitalism, or at least make it voluntary. Let towns put legal notices on their websites instead. It could save them millions of dollars a year but would not, as newspaper publishers claim, endanger the public’s right to know.