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  • National NAACP President calls for (CT) death penalty repeal

    03/29/2012 1:52:59 PM PDT · by matt04 · 8 replies
    The president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is visiting Connecticut's state Capitol to discuss the state's death penalty repeal effort with lawmakers, local leaders and Gov. Dannel Malloy. NAACP President Ben Jealous was originally scheduled to meet with lawmakers on Tuesday, but his visit was pushed to Thursday. Last week, the Judiciary Committee voted in favor of the death penalty repeal. Now, the bill awaits further legislative action in the state's Senate. The repeal effort being considered by the General Assembly would abolish the death penalty for all future cases and replace the punishment with...
  • Unemployment in Connecticut dips to 7.8 percent

    03/29/2012 10:36:00 AM PDT · by matt04 · 3 replies
    Unemployment in Connecticut dipped to 7.8 percent in February as the economy added 4,900 nonfarm jobs, the state Department of Labor said Thursday. Revised numbers show 5,400 new jobs in January. "This is good news. For the seventh consecutive month, we're seeing positive signs in the state's economic recovery, again outpacing the national average and bringing unemployment to its lowest level since April 2009," Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said. Andy Condon, director of the labor department's Office of Research, offered an analysis unchanged from last month. "It appears the region's mild winter continues to help job growth in Connecticut across...
  • Occupy New Haven protestors given 10 more days

    03/28/2012 2:50:25 PM PDT · by matt04 · 2 replies
    A federal judge has given Occupy New Haven protesters a 10-day reprieve. It's the second reprieve for the protesters who've been camped out on the New Haven Green since October. The city wants them off the property and issued them an eviction notice two weeks ago. The city argues the protesters are costing the city money, especially for police activities. New Haven officials say in court documents that the protesters never obtained a permit and that their temporary structures are littered with flammable materials including tires and wood pallets and have destroyed the grass and leave all sorts of trash....
  • In reversal, Democrats seek permanent cap on Connecticut gas tax

    03/28/2012 2:46:07 PM PDT · by matt04 · 2 replies
    The Senate and House are expected to take up a bill Wednesday to cap the gasoline gross receipts tax and more than a week after saying they would sunset the cap, Democratic lawmakers reversed themselves and decided to make the cap permanent. The bill, which was still being drafted late Tuesday evening, will seek to cap the 7.53 percent tax when the wholesale price of gas reaches $3 per gallon. As of March 19, the wholesale price was around $3.18, which means the gross receipts tax was around 22 cents. Capping it at $3 will lower the price at the...
  • Judge to hold hearing on Occupy New Haven

    03/28/2012 9:05:24 AM PDT · by matt04 · 2 replies
    Protesters are still on the New Haven Green two weeks after the city had given the Occupy movement an eviction notice, and Wednesday they will find out how long they will be able to stay. For nearly six months the Occupy New Haven movement has taken over a portion of the city green. They said it's public space, and they're exercising their First Amendment rights to free speech. The city said they're limiting the public's access to public space and issued an eviction notice two weeks ago. But a federal judge in Bridgeport said the protesters could stay a little...
  • Priscilla Buckley, Editor at National Review, Dies at 90

    03/26/2012 11:42:12 PM PDT · by OddLane · 3 replies · 174+ views
    New York Times ^ | March 26, 2012 | Margalit Fox
    Priscilla L. Buckley, a journalist who was the longtime managing editor of National Review, the conservative magazine founded by her brother William F. Buckley Jr., died on Sunday at her home in Sharon, Conn. She was 90.
  • Advocates: Malloy plan 'betrays spirit' of reforms

    03/26/2012 5:38:54 PM PDT · by matt04 · 2 replies · 3+ views
    National clean-election advocates added their voices Monday to local critics of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's proposal to allow publicly financed candidates to accept unlimited dollars from corporate and other private interests if they are outspent. "It certainly betrays the spirit of the law," Nick Nyhart, president and chief executive officer of the Washington, D.C.-based Public Campaign, told members of the Government Administration and Elections Committee. "Such a solution could bring us back to the days of Corrupticut." Nyhart made his comments at a legislative forum on Citizens United, the 2010 U.S. Supreme Court decision that has made it easier for...
  • Coleman 'optimistic' of Senate repealing death penalty (CT)

    03/23/2012 1:33:01 PM PDT · by matt04 · 10 replies · 1+ views
    A bill repealing the death penalty cleared the Judiciary Committee on a 24-19 vote Wednesday night and was headed to the Senate, where a proponent, Sen. Eric D. Coleman, D-Bloomfield, said he was "very optimistic" about winning passage. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is committed to signing a repeal bill similar to one vetoed by Gov. M. Jodi Rell in 2009 after it squeaked through the Senate on a 19-17 vote. With eight new senators, a vote in the Senate again is projected to be close. The governor discounted the impact of a new Quinnipiac University poll that found Connecticut voters...
  • UConn buses give verbal warnings to pedestrians

    03/21/2012 3:07:02 PM PDT · by matt04 · 15 replies
    Shuttle buses at the University of Connecticut are now giving verbal warnings to pedestrians as the vehicles round corners on campus. When bus wheels pass a certain degree during a turn, an automated voice is broadcast through speakers on the outside of the bus with the alert "Pedestrians, bus is turning." School spokesman Mike Kirk says the system, which began operating Monday, came in response to a fatal accident last March in which 20-year-old student David Plamondon of Westminster, Mass., was struck and killed by a shuttle bus while in a crosswalk. As many as 13 shuttle buses are in...
  • (CT) Controversial unionization bills fail to clear committee

    03/21/2012 3:01:10 PM PDT · by matt04
    Republicans ran out the clock on two controversial proposals to extend collective bargaining rights to daycare and home care workers Tuesday, preventing either from getting a vote by the legislature's Labor and Public Employees Committee before its deadline for acting on bills. But those on both sides expect the proposals, which grew out of executive orders issued by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, to resurface before the session ends. "It's not dead yet," said Rep. Zeke Zalaski, the Southington Democrat who co-chairs the labor committee. His co-chair, Sen. Edith G. Prague, D-Columbia, said the proposals would be revived as amendments to...
  • Leading Obama critic named archbishop of Baltimore

    03/20/2012 2:52:39 PM PDT · by Nachum · 20 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 3/20/12 | Alex Dominguez
    Baltimore - The leading voice of Roman Catholic bishops opposing a contraception mandate in the Obama administration's health care law was named Tuesday as the 16th archbishop of Baltimore, the nation's first diocese. Bishop William E. Lori, 60, comes from the Diocese of Bridgeport, Conn., and has testified before Congress several times in the past few months on a proposed measure to make religious employers cover contraception for their employees. The White House later backed off the rule, making insurers pay for the coverage, though many critics are still not satisfied. In one instance
  • Revenues shrinking, but Malloy still projects a surplus

    03/20/2012 3:11:29 PM PDT · by matt04 · 5 replies · 1+ views
    Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's administration recognized shrinking tax revenues in its latest budget forecast Wednesday, yet remained the only entity still projecting that state government will wrap up the fiscal year in just over three months in the black. In a report filed Wednesday with the comptroller's office, the governor's budget agency did note that the new $12.4 million surplus projection in the general fund falls $62.6 million short of the level needed to continue the ongoing conversion of state finances to Generally Accepted Accounting Principles. "The performance of income tax collections during the April filing period ... will be...
  • CL&P's plan to cut 100 trees in Simsbury backfires

    03/20/2012 1:36:57 PM PDT · by matt04 · 6 replies
    Connecticut Light & Power's plan to cut some 100 trees on Owens Brook Boulevard is drawing fierce protest from some residents. Town officials said they've got a half-dozen letters and calls from residents opposed to the utility company's plan because it would change the look and feel of the boulevard. CL&P targeted the trees as part of its newly installed tree-trimming program aimed at preventing wide-spread power outages like the one during the freak October snow storm, which toppled trees and left thousands of its customers in the dark for up to 10 days. ... "Well the town has asked...
  • Democrats pledge fuel tax relief, but only for one year

    03/19/2012 4:58:31 PM PDT · by matt04 · 6 replies
    Majority Democrats proposed a one-year cap Monday on the state's escalating wholesale fuel tax -- but set it to expire one day before one of the largest fuel tax increases in state history is set to kick in. ... Republican legislative leaders, who have been advocating a cap on the state’s most volatile levy on gasoline for several months, agreed to support the proposal, but criticized Democrats for including an expiration date. At New Haven harbor, the single-largest fuel importing site in Connecticut, the wholesale price of gasoline stood Monday at $3.18 per gallon, according to the Independent Connecticut Petroleum...
  • A gentle evening at the Bushnell with Bill Clinton

    03/17/2012 2:23:42 PM PDT · by matt04 · 7 replies
    Bill Clinton stepped onto the Bushnell stage Friday night for the first time since Oct. 6, 1996, when he debated Bob Dole on the way to an easy victory for a second term in the White House. "We were civil, and we committed what I think would be mass heresy today," said Clinton, a guest of the 20-year-old public-speaking series, the Connecticut Forum. "We actually talked about how much we liked each other. And we still do." Clinton, 65, still has the raspy voice of man who likes to talk. It is a gift that allowed him to twice be...
  • State Police Captain, Lieutenant Union Signs First Contract (CT becoming a total union state)

    03/17/2012 1:22:15 PM PDT · by raybbr · 4 replies
    Courant.com ^ | 3/17/2012 | Samaia Hernandez
    State police captains and lieutenants signed their first contract as a union after a long running battle with the state, according to a union spokesperson. The contract was adopted on Friday and will move to the general assembly for approval, Benjamin Phillips said, spokesperson for CSEA/SEIU Local. About 40 captains and lieutenants voted in 2006 to form the union, but were opposed by state officials, who said the troopers were management employees and therefore ineligible for union representation. The union won a five-year battle to form a bargaining unit in February, following a new ruling by the state Board of...
  • Connecticut Considers Bill Requiring Students Learn "Labor History"

    03/17/2012 4:20:49 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 17, 2012 | Kyle Olson
    The Connecticut Senate is considering a bill which would require all government school students to learn “labor history” as a part of the curriculum. The bill would add language to existing law which stipulates the types of subjects schools shall teach. Currently, the law requires students to learn information about these histories: • the historical events surrounding the Great Famine in Ireland; • African-American history; • Puerto Rican history; • Native American history Strangely, “American” history is missing from the list. But if the Connecticut Democrats get their way, students will be learning more about the virtues of Jimmy Hoffa...
  • Propaganda in the classroom

    03/16/2012 2:41:26 PM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 8 replies · 2+ views
    Waterbury Republican-American ^ | March 16, 2012 | Editorial
    As Connecticut's economy struggles to recover from the recession of the past few years, it has many obstacles to overcome. Near the top of the list is the state's reputation for being inhospitable to business. It is routine for state government to increase taxes (and spending), while saddling business owners with do-gooder regulations and mandates. Also contributing to Connecticut's anti-business reputation is the willingness of Hartford politicians to cater to organized labor. With this in mind, a piece of legislation currently under consideration would take Connecticut's union-coddling reputation to a new low, and further poison an already dismal business climate....
  • Lawmakers Consider Digital Download Tax (CT)

    03/16/2012 7:41:34 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 31 replies
    www.nbcconnecticut.com ^ | Friday, Mar 16, 2012 | Updated 10:21 AM EDT | Staff
    A public hearing about the proposed tax will be held Friday morning. Downloading music, movies, e-books and Apps could soon cost Connecticut residents more as lawmakers consider a tax on digital downloads. The bill, proposed by the General Assembly's Finance, Review and Bonding Committee, would have consumers pay the 6.35% sales tax on any electronic transfer. Supporters say the bill would level the playing field for brick-and-mortar retailers in the state who are already required to charge Connecticut sales tax to consumers who purchase these products in their stores. About 25 states around the country have already begun taxing digital...
  • Connecticut's measures leave business feeling resentful

    03/15/2012 4:58:51 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 10 replies
    Stateline.org ^ | By John Gramlich
    HARTFORD — Larry Cafero, the Republican minority leader in the Connecticut House of Representatives, believes all workers should have access to paid sick days. Like most of his Democratic counterparts here, Cafero thinks workers should not be forced to choose between losing a paycheck and reporting to work sick, particularly if they are waiters or waitresses and come into contact with food that will be eaten by others. Paid sick leave “is very hard to argue with,” he says. But last year, when it came time to vote on a bill that would make Connecticut the only state in the...