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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...
  • City tells Occupy New Haven members to leave Green by noon Wednesday (video)

    03/12/2012 2:03:11 PM PDT · by matt04 · 9 replies
    City officials today told members of the Occupy New Haven movement that Wednesday is the last day they will be allowed to have their encampment on the Green. Wednesday is the last day “tents, structures and other materials will be lawfully permitted on the New Haven Green,” according to a statement released by the city. Anything not removed by noon Wednesday may be discarded. “The city has been respectful of the movement’s message, but it is now time for Occupy New Haven to remove their structures and personal items from Green,” the statement says. Representatives from the Occupy movement plan...
  • New Haven Occupiers Not Moving Off Green, Despite City's Request

    03/09/2012 4:53:51 PM PST · by matt04 · 12 replies
    ome came from the surrounding towns and cities, East Haven and West Haven, Branford and Hamden. Others came from further afield — New York, Delaware or Texas. But wherever the demonstrators came from, they say that they're not leaving the green. Not by mid-March, as the city has requested, and maybe not ever. The Occupy New Haven protesters have lived in the upper half of the New Haven Green for five months now, an occupation that has far outlasted the Occupy Wall Street movement that inspired it (protesters were evicted from Zuccotti Park on Nov. 15), as well as occupations...
  • Showdown on citizen environmental action statute

    03/09/2012 2:10:53 PM PST · by matt04 · 2 replies
    Environmental and business groups are marshalling forces for an anticipated showdown Friday that pits part of the cornerstone of state environmental law against development and job creation. At issue is legislation that would restrict using environmental grounds to block development projects. Supporters say it's needed because the existing language in the landmark Connecticut Environmental Protection Act of 1971 is dated, too broad and easily and often abused, resulting in a hostile business climate that drives project developers to other states. Opponents are branding it an assault on one of the state's most important environmental laws, specifically a provision that gives...
  • Mishap At Police Academy

    03/09/2012 8:14:20 AM PST · by smokingfrog · 17 replies
    newhavenindependent.org ^ | 8 Mar 2012 | Melissa Bailey
    Two cops were hit by flying shrapnel Thursday afternoon when an instructor at the police academy accidentally fired a gun, police said. Police spokesman Officer Dave Hartman said during a Whitney Avenue press conference the incident took place “just minutes past noon” at the academy at 710 Sherman Parkway. “One of the training instructors accidentally discharged a live round inside a classroom at the police academy,” Hartman said. The bullet, from a 40-caliber handgun, struck a concrete wall. “Particles from the bullet ricocheted off of that wall, striking two officers,” Hartman said. Officer Ryan Przybylski was hit on the forehead...
  • Trinity students hold anti-violence rally

    03/08/2012 3:59:40 PM PST · by matt04 · 9 replies
    Students at Trinity College in Hartford are holding an anti-violence rally after a sophomore was attacked and brutally beaten over the weekend near the edge of campus. The incident was reported early Sunday morning on Allen Place. Officials said Chris Kenny had to undergo seven hours of reconstructive surgery after he was kicked in the face. Thursday's rally is in response to how the school is handling an increase in violence in the area. The university is also under fire from students for notifying Kenny's parents of the assault the next day. "Yes that happened, it was bad communication," said...
  • Student Group Plans Protest Of Justice Scalia's Visit To Wesleyan On Thursday

    03/08/2012 8:37:36 AM PST · by Daffynition · 27 replies
    HartfordCourant ^ | March 7, 2012 | MICHAEL WALSH
    MIDDLETOWN — A group of Wesleyan students is planning to protest the appearance of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia on Thursday. The protest, organized by a group calling itself the Scalia Welcoming Committee, will precede Scalia's sold-out lecture — titled "The Originalist Approach to the First Amendment" — scheduled for 8 p.m. at the Memorial Chapel. His appearance has also attracted the attention of politicial activists affiliated with the Occupy movement, who plan to participate in the protest at Wesleyan. On Monday a half-dozen letters to the editor from the group critical of Scalia were published in the school's...
  • Should (CT) state government offer a retirement plan for private citizens?

    03/08/2012 7:25:10 AM PST · by matt04 · 12 replies
    The CT Mirror ^ | Keith M. Phaneuf
    State government should offer a retirement plan to the increasing number of people whose companies don't provide a pension or a 401(k) savings program, labor groups and other advocates this week told a legislative panel. The Labor and Public Employees Committee has raised a bill that would create a task force to study that concept and report back when the 2013 General Assembly session convenes next January. "Much of our membership is fortunate enough to have defined-benefit pensions, largely because we were able to fight for them at the bargaining table," Salvatore Luciano, a veteran state employee union leader, told...
  • Hate Crime Investigation at WCSU

    03/06/2012 4:29:23 PM PST · by matt04 · 39 replies
    Police are investigating hate crimes at Western Connecticut State University. A student discovered a gay slur written on a dry erase board outside her dorm room inside Litchfield Hall Feb. 27. She did not report the incident right away. The resident director was notified of the slur and contacted police March 2, according to authorities. On March 3, the student reported another gay slur written on a paper attached to her dorm room in Litchfield Hall. "Such acts are not tolerated at Western," Paul Steinmentz, a university spokesperson, said. "Our police department is investigating, and if the perpetrator is caught,...
  • Conn. prison guards receive training on executions

    03/06/2012 2:12:57 PM PST · by matt04 · 4 replies
    The commissioner of the Correction Department says prison guards have been training for the possibility that they would have to execute 1 of Connecticut's death row inmates. The Journal Inquirer of Manchester reports that at least one employee traveled to Texas last year to witness an execution by lethal injection. Correction Department Commissioner Leo Arnone told the newspaper that the training started after department officials told him they would not know how to proceed if they had to execute 1 of the state's 11 death row inmates. The last prisoner executed in Connecticut, serial killer Michael Ross, died by lethal...
  • Nuclear monitoring goat stricken with cancer(not caused by nuclear power)

    03/05/2012 4:49:25 PM PST · by matt04 · 3 replies · 1+ views
    Katie, a goat who was diagnosed with inoperable cancer after living near the Millstone Nuclear Power station, began her farewell tour on Monday to alert the public to the hazards of nuclear power. The goat was supposed to attend a press conference at the Capitol in Hartford but was not allowed inside because she lacked the proper papers. Katie was adopted by the Connecticut Coalition Against Millstone when it discovered that her milk contained excessive levels of radioactive strontium-90. At 16 years of age she has appeared at numerous rallies and events across the state, becoming a poster goat alerting...
  • Andrew Roraback (R) FAILs 2nd Amendment Q&A (CT 5th District)

    03/03/2012 5:27:15 PM PST · by DTogo · 24 replies
    Vanity ^ | March 3, 2012 | DTogo
    "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed." Attended a CT 5th Distrcit Candidate "meet-n-greet" in Woodbury today sponsored by the Minortown Firearms Enthusiasts. At the end a Q&A was afforded with 4 of the 5 candidates: Lisa Wilson-Foley, Mark Greenberg, Andrew Roraback, Mike Clark, and Justin Bernier (who had to bug out early). They are looking to replace Liberal Democrat Chris Murphy (running for Lieberman's Senate seat - God help us).My first question was a simple yes/no on HR 822,...
  • Two years after passage, Courtney still selling health reform

    02/29/2012 3:20:31 PM PST · by matt04 · 2 replies
    Joe Courtney held up the poster-sized chart and pointed to the numbers printed in purple: 7,700 seniors in his Eastern Connecticut district got a discount on their prescription drug payments last year, thanks to federal health reform. That included 530 seniors from Enfield, where he had come to chat at the senior center, 143 in neighboring Suffield and hundreds more in several other towns listed on the chart. "This chart shows that there is improvement that's happening to the system," the congressman told the audience of 50 or so seniors. He noted that the health reform law is phasing out...
  • Menacing Call From Malloy Administration (CT Gov) Official's Phone To Be Probed (Wiener redux)

    02/29/2012 2:46:34 AM PST · by raybbr · 11 replies
    Courant.com ^ | February 28, 2012 | JON LENDER
    Officials in Gov.Dannel P. Malloy's administration said Tuesday night that they will investigate whether deputy state Energy and Environment Commissioner Jonathan Schrag made a menacing cellphone call last Thursday night to Cynthia David of Essex, the leader of a conservative women's group who had criticized a state environmental initiative. Schrag denied making the late-night call, which was reported Tuesday by Courant Columnist Kevin Rennie. But Schrag also offered a complicated explanation that leaves a number of questions unanswered — including how his voice got onto the voicemail. This was the message that David, leader of an activist group called the...
  • Hundreds march in protest in East Haven(SEIU rent-a-mob)

    02/27/2012 12:54:39 PM PST · by matt04 · 1 replies
    Hundreds of people marched through East Haven in protest Saturday, calling for change after four members of the police department were arrested in late January in an FBI racial profiling probe and the mayor subsequently made what many considered an offensive comment in an interview. Carrying signs and chanting, the crowd poured down Main Street towards Margaret Tucker Park late Saturday morning. "We're fighting for human rights of the immigrants," said march organizer John Lugo. "And in this city, we're not looking for anything else." A few dozen people on the opposite side of the street did not share protesters'...
  • Lieberman to Iran: Negotiate or expect strike

    02/25/2012 6:57:31 PM PST · by nuconvert · 28 replies
    Greenwich Time ^ | February 25, 2012
    Sen. Joe Lieberman is leading a congressional move to push U.S. policy toward a more belligerent stance against Iran by urging President Obama to take action to "prevent the Iranian government from acquiring a nuclear weapons capability." The key policy change would shift the U.S. objective from preventing Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons to that of preventing Iran from having the "capability" to make the weapons. The resolution is sponsored by Lieberman, Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Bob Casey, D-Pa., and signed onto by Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., and 28 other senators.
  • (CT)DOL retirements jeopardize unemployment checks?

    02/23/2012 5:48:27 PM PST · by matt04 · 7 replies
    Without two key information technology workers who retired last fall, the state Department of Labor might not be able to adapt its computer system to new unemployment benefit extension requirements in time to get checks out to state residents, an agency official said Thursday. The department wants to hire back the two retirees, but can't legally do so, according to an advisory opinion adopted by the Citizen's Ethics Advisory Board Thursday. The board's move also affects the state Department of Social Services, which has already hired back three IT retirees who Commissioner Roderick L. Bremby said are critical to maintaining...
  • Occupy UConn to confront Lieberman

    02/23/2012 3:09:55 PM PST · by matt04 · 11 replies · 1+ views
    Members of Occupy UConn will confront U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman on Thursday during his visit to campus about his commitment to increase debt, expand foreign wars and government surveillance of American citizens. Members said they want answers regarding Lieberman's willingness to send University of Connecticut students to die on the front lines to defend democratic freedoms, while sat the same time working to deny those same freedoms to American citizens. Lieberman was invited to the campus to discuss the Cybersecurity Act, a bill before Congress that he co-sponsored with three colleagues. Members of Occupy UConn were expected to confront Lieberman...
  • Connecticut son reportedly wants to evict 98-year-old mother

    02/17/2012 9:05:08 AM PST · by rawhide · 71 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 2-17-12
    A Connecticut mother reportedly received an unusual gift for her 98th birthday from her eldest son -- eviction papers. Mary Kantorowski, who has lived in the same Fairfield, Conn., home since 1953, is now facing eviction from her yellow, Cape Cod-style home valued at $333,410, the Connecticut Post reports. Her son Peter Kantorowski, 71, a retired taxidermist, said he's doing it for her own good. "She would be better off living with people her own age," he told the newspaper. According to Probate Court records, Mary Kantorowski and her husband, John, agreed to transfer the house to a trust administered...
  • Malloy urged to probe NYPD Muslim spying

    02/21/2012 5:51:29 PM PST · by matt04 · 14 replies
    The Connecticut chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations is expected to join the Connecticut Civil Rights Coalition at a press conference Tuesday to urge Gov. Dannel Malloy to protect the rights of Muslim students in the state. The coalition's request comes following the revelation that the New York City Police Department spied on Muslim students at Yale University in New Haven and other northeastern universities without warrants, legal jurisdiction or probable cause. A press conference will be held at noon to ask Malloy to probe Muslim spying by the NYPD and will ask for efforts to protect Muslim civil...
  • Conn police keep plate-scan data

    02/21/2012 1:38:21 PM PST · by Puppage · 8 replies · 1+ views
    WTNH Television ^ | 02/21/2012
    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Police departments are keeping the data from millions of license plate scans that show when and where Connecticut drivers have been — a practice that is raising privacy concerns. The Capital Region Chiefs of Police Association, a group of 10 towns, has compiled a database of more than 3.1 million scans, including 2.1 million license plates that were read in 2011 by machines placed on the backs of patrol cars. Police use the scans to find vehicles that have expired or stolen registration tags or are linked to criminal activity. But the database also can be...
  • Connecticut lawmakers hope for new era of earmarks

    02/21/2012 1:05:48 PM PST · by matt04 · 5 replies
    Hoping to stir public outrage against a rival, Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum are brawling over who is responsible for the most "earmarks," special projects inserted into spending bills. While the presidential hopefuls portray earmarks as a corrupting influence on politics and a waste of taxpayer funds, Connecticut lawmakers, among others, are taking a different view. Rep. John Larson, D-1st District, calls earmarks "the most misunderstood thing in Congress." "There's a difference between a 'bridge to nowhere' and funding for the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum," he said. The "bridge to nowhere" was a project in a remote corner of Alaska that...
  • State finds fault with immigration crackdown program

    02/21/2012 12:59:05 PM PST · by matt04 · 3 replies
    City and law enforcement leaders are calling on Gov. Dannel P. Malloy to reject a U.S. Department of Homeland Security initiative they say would encourage racial profiling and undermine the city and state's power to police themselves. At a news conference today at City Hall, Mayor John DeStefano -- flanked by community leaders and the chief of police -- called the new federal initiative “dangerous and unconstitutional.” The Department of Homeland Security's Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE) plans to roll out its Secure Communities program in Connecticut this week. Local police departments already share arrest and fingerprint information with...
  • ICE to roll out 'Secure Communities' Wednesday; Connecticut likely to participate partially

    02/20/2012 5:59:28 AM PST · by raybbr · 5 replies
    NewHavenRegister.com ^ | 2/20/2012 | Mary E. O’Leary
    NEW HAVEN – Immigration and Customs Enforcement has put Connecticut on notice that it will roll out Secure Communities on Wednesday, but the state is expected to only partially cooperate. Secure Communities is a federal program begun in 2008 where the fingerprints of anyone arrested are not only shared with the FBI, but also given to ICE for review. ICE in turn may send a 48-hour detainer request to local prisons to hold the undocumented individual. A detainer is not a warrant, but rather an administrative request that is not legally binding. States and communities that are fighting the program...
  • Proposal for cap on Connecticut gas tax hits speed bump

    02/19/2012 3:47:16 PM PST · by matt04 · 5 replies
    Efforts by state Sen. Len Suzio to get a cap placed on the state’s gross receipts tax for gasoline is being met with strong opposition from the chairman of the legislature’s General Law Committee. State Sen. Paul Doyle, D-Wethersfield, said he doesn’t believe the legislation that Suzio is proposing will result in lower gas prices for motorists. “As co-chairman of the committee that fights to protect consumers, I do not believe the proposal would ease the burden of exorbitant gas prices,” Doyle said. “Let’s not mislead people into thinking this plan is going to bring relief at the pump. History...
  • Pelosi endorses Rep. Jackson for reelection

    02/18/2012 5:18:53 PM PST · by Libloather · 9 replies · 2+ views
    The Hill ^ | 2/18/12 | Jordy Yager
    Pelosi endorses Rep. Jackson for reelectionBy Jordy Yager - 02/18/12 12:24 PM ET Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) has endorsed Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.), whose reelection bid has been plagued by an ethics investigation. Pelosi joins President Obama and several other top Democrats in their endorsement of the Chicago lawmaker as he goes up against former Democratic Rep. Debbie Halvorson (Ill.) in a fierce primary battle next month. Though Halvorson has raised only one-fifth the amount of money that Jackson has, she has waged a relentless campaign against the incumbent lawmaker, frequently pointing to the House Ethics Committee’s ongoing...
  • (CT)Senate Democrats offer plan to safeguard electric service

    02/16/2012 12:59:12 PM PST · by matt04 · 9 replies
    Majority Democrats in the state Senate announced a multi-tiered initiative Wednesday to better safeguard electric service and to hold Connecticut's utilities accountable through new performance standards and penalties. The proposal includes a $300 million state investment over the next decade to create "microgrids" -- sections of community centers with extra safeguards to ensure electric service remains available for grocery stores, gasoline stations and other vital service providers during large-scale outages. "It is imperative that Connecticut's utility companies be prepared for the next storm so that our residents' health and safety are not needlessly put at risk and that (utilities) are...
  • US settles lawsuit over '07 immigration raids

    02/15/2012 9:15:48 AM PST · by Puppage · 7 replies · 1+ views
    WTNH Television ^ | 02/15/2012
    <p>NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) - Eleven men who claimed immigration agents violated their rights in 2007 raids on their New Haven neighborhood have won a $350,000 settlement from the U.S. government, which also agreed to halt deportation proceedings against the plaintiffs, their attorneys said Tuesday.</p>
  • Malloy talks of surpluses while his new budget aims for a deficit

    02/14/2012 10:14:22 AM PST · by matt04
    When animated television tyke Lisa Simpson had to announce a tax increase to the American public, she deftly called it a "temporary refund adjustment," avoiding any mention of the three-letter T-word. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's administration stole a page from The Simpsons last week, repackaging a projected deficit in his new budget as a conditional surplus -- all without using the D-word. But while Lisa earned accolades from the fictional voters who only heard her mention a "refund," it remains unclear whether Malloy effectively steered the political debate -- and media coverage -- away from the $424 million hole his...
  • Prisoners On The Run

    02/12/2012 3:57:44 PM PST · by matt04 · 7 replies
    Ricky Haggood firebombed Richard and Deborah Dozier's house on Carmel Street in New Haven in 1990, while the couple was upstairs in their bedroom, sleeping. They managed to race out the back. Haggood thought the Doziers, who were active in the local block watch, had tipped police off to drug dealing on the street. Haggood received a 20-year sentence in 1991 for arson. But by 2003, several years short of his maximum release date, Haggood was on the lam. He didn't go over the wall — they almost never do. He was released, by the state parole board, to parole...
  • Court approves U.S. House map (CT) -- and map maker's fee

    02/10/2012 4:32:12 PM PST · by matt04 · 1 replies
    The Connecticut Supreme Court today adopted a congressional redistricting plan that makes minimal changes in the state's five U.S. House districts, and it ordered the legislature to pay the court-appointed special master who produced it a fee of $36,400. The only news was the fee charged by Nathaniel Persily, the Columbia law professor chosen as special master in December after legislators failed to draw new districts. He precisely followed the court's instructions in producing the new map, leaving no doubt as to the court's acceptance. "The Supreme Court's adoption of the congressional reapportionment plan comes as no surprise, given the...