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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

CT Essential Politics – Sunday 12.18.11

About CTEssentialPolitics.com Op-ed, Analysis and Blogs Storms Threaten Malloy’s Stature – Ted Mann, CT Post History Not On CL&P’s Side - David Krechevsky, Rep-Am Raise My Taxes, People Need Help - Jerry McTigue, Courant OT Inflation Pervades State Pensions - Jon Lender, Courant Rewire CT’s Electrical System - Jefferson B. Davis, Hartford Courant Food Stamp Scandal: Don’t Take TheRead More

CT Essential Politics – Sunday 12.11.11

About CTEssentialPolitics.com Op-ed, Analysis and Blogs In Cheshire, A Sense of Relief – Hillary Federico, Hartford Courant The Courant and CT’s Death Penalty – Don Pesci, Red Notes Jurors Wept Before Agreeing on Death Sentence – A.P. Let The Death Penalty Die – Terry Cowgill, CTEssentialPolitics.com Lesson in Bradley Snowstorm Fiasco – Heath Fahle, CTNewsJunkieRead 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

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

Return of the Whale?

The Twittersphere is ablaze with speculation that the National Hockey League might return to Connecticut. I don’t mean to throw cold water on it but … really … there’s a better chance Herman Cain will be elected president. The Courant reported this morning that former Whalers owner Howard Baldwin “unveiled his vision for the XL CenterRead More

A Teachable Moment

Update 11/09/11: The Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents issued a report today on improving education that includes replacing lifetime tenure for teachers with five-year contracts. The unions will never agree but it’s an interesting idea anyway. * * * * * * The conventional wisdom among those who fancy themselves supporters of education is thatRead More

Off With Their Heads

Politicians are all over the CT power outage story. And you’d expect them to be. After all, they know how to stoke the justified anger of their constituents. Not only are Sen. Dick Blumenthal and CT Attorney General George Jepsen threatening to investigate CL&P for its lousy response to the freakish October snowstorm damage, butRead More

CL[A]P Trap

Is it possible for a major U.S. corporation to have a worse couple of months than Northeast Utilities, parent company of — I can’t even say the words — Connecticut Light & Power? First they get hit by Hurricane Irene at the end of August, causing enormous damage to the grid, prolonged power outages and intenseRead More

Can Roraback Save Us From Donovan?

Click here for my latest from CTNewsJunkie.com. My state Sen. Andrew Roraback has jumped into the fray for the open 5th district congressional seat. Is Drew far enough to the right to satisfy diehard conservatives? No. But is he right enough of center to provide a sharp contrast with his likely Democratic opponent, House SpeakerRead More