Senate minority leader to run for governor

Senate Minority Leader John McKinney, a Republican from Fairfield who played a key role in negotiating the gun control package that passed in April, announced on Tuesday he would seek the Republican nomination for governor in 2014. McKinney, a state senator for the past 16 years, is known throughout the state for his moderate legislative style, touting fiscally conservative […]

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Malloy signs bill raising minimum wage

On Thursday morning, Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy signed a bill raising the state’s minimum wage to $9 per hour. The bill passed the Senate 21-15 and the House 89-53, with no Republican in either chamber voting for the bill. The new law will increase the state’s minimum wage from $8.25 an hour to $8.70 in 2014 and $9.00 in […]

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State House of Representatives passes immigration bills

The Connecticut House of Representatives passed two major bills last week in an ongoing effort to improve the quality of life for the state’s undocumented immigrants. The first bill, passed unanimously on Wednesday, was a bipartisan response to cases such as the detainment of Jose Maria Islas. Islas, an undocumented New Haven resident, was wrongly arrested for robbery and subsequently […]

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Senator Murphy tries eating on $4.80 a day

$4.80. That’s the daily food budget for the average American enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), better known as food stamps. This week, Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy has vowed to abide by this food budget in order to get a taste of the difficulty that his constituents on food stamps face when trying to keep nutricious diets, […]

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New school to be built in Sandy Hook’s place

In a unanimous vote, a taskforce of local leaders in Newtown, Conn. decided on Friday to knock down Sandy Hook Elementary School and build a new school in its place. The decision came after months in which the 28-person task force considered 40 different sites on which to build a school, settling on the original site both for its […]

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Graffiti threatens Slifka with arson

Graffiti that appeared to threaten the Slifka Center with arson was discovered on a wall at the Sterling Chemistry Laboratory, according to a campus-wide email sent by University Vice President Linda Lorimer. The graffiti was discovered on a bathroom wall of the Sterling Chemistry Laboratory on April 22 and appeared to threaten arson at the Slifka Center on […]

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Malloy to endorse raising minimum wage

Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy plans to announce on Friday morning that he supports raising the state’s minimum wage to $9 per hour. The governor will likely endorse a plan that will raise the minimum wage from $8.25 an hour in two increments for the next two years, according to the Hartford Courant. Malloy does not support indexing the rate […]

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UP CLOSE | Legislating in the wake of tragedy

It remains to be seen whether Connecticut's new law will be strong enough to prevent another tragedy like Newtown.

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Conn. legislature unveils budget proposal

After passing historic gun-control legislation just over two weeks ago, the Connecticut Legislature turned its attention to the state budget on Friday.

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Post-Newtown, Senate rejects gun reform

The U.S. Senate voted down a proposal Wednesday that would have mandated universal background checks for gun buyers.

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Campaign manager charged with corruption

Josh Nassi, the former campaign manager for state Rep. Chris Donovan’s unsuccessful bid for the 5th district seat in Congress, pled guilty to campaign corruption charges on Friday. Last May, news broke that Donovan’s campaign had sought to hide the true source of nearly $30,000 in campaign donations. Owners of roll-your-own tobacco shops throughout the state funneled the donations through […]

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Senate reaches bipartisan deal on gun control

A bipartisan group of U.S. Senators announced on Wednesday afternoon that they had reached an agreement on background checks, paving the way for a gun bill to reach the Senate floor. Senators Joe Manchin (D -W. Va) and Pat Toomey (R -Penn.) joined forces to announce they had reached a bipartisan deal that would extend background checks on […]

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