by Peter Urban | Dec 15, 2017 4:11pm
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The House Education and Workforce Committee met over a span of 11 hours on Tuesday as Democrats sought to block approval of a Republican-sponsored bill that Representative Joe Courtney described as taking a “wrecking ball” to higher education.
In the end, Republicans passed their bill 23-17 with no Democrats in support, putting in jeopardy a popular student loan forgiveness program and leaving in place a prohibition on refinance federal student loans to a lower rate.
Continue reading "DC NEWS JUNKIE | GOP Readies Higher Ed Overhaul; Sandy Hook Remembered; Net Neutrality Repealed" »
by Jack Kramer | Dec 15, 2017 5:30am
Posted to: Civil Liberties | Courts | Equality | Immigration | Legal
HARTFORD, CT — A proposal that would allow some on the sex offender registry to petition to shorten their registration period or apply for removal from the registry was unanimously approved Thursday by the Sentencing Commission.
Continue reading "Sentencing Commission Forwards Two Recommendations, Hit Pause On More Bail Changes" »
by Christine Stuart | Dec 11, 2017 2:23pm
Posted to: Civil Liberties | Courts | Immigration | Legal
HARTFORD, CT — The public got a chance Monday to weigh in on three proposals that would change Connecticut’s criminal justice system in very different ways.
Continue reading "Sentencing Commission Tackles Three Big Criminal Justice Reforms" »
by Barth Keck | Dec 8, 2017 5:30am
Posted to: Analysis | Civil Liberties | Education | Opinion
The dust-up at the University of Connecticut last week involving Lucian Wintrich, the White House correspondent for the right-wing Gateway Pundit, was not UConn’s brightest moment.
In case you somehow missed it, chaos ensued when the UConn College Republicans invited Wintrich to deliver a speech titled, “It Is OK To Be White.”
While Wintrich spoke amid boisterous dissent, a woman grabbed his notes off the podium. The Hartford Courant reported that Wintrich followed the woman into the crowd where “police said he grabbed [her], ‘pulling her back in a violent manner,’ and caused a significant disruption to the event with his ‘tumultuous behavior’.”
Continue reading "OP-ED | UConn Must Step Up As Discourse Deteriorates" »
by Peter Urban | Dec 6, 2017 5:59pm
Posted to: Business | Civil Liberties | Congress | DC News Junkie | Law Enforcement | Public Health | Public Safety
Nearly five years after 20 children and six educators were killed by a gunman at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, the House approved legislation that opponents say would undermine Connecticut’s gun safety laws.
The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, which was approved 231 to 198 largely along party lines, would allow gun owners with a concealed carry permit to travel across state lines with their weapons even if a state has stricter permit requirements. Current law allows states to determine which non-state concealed carry permits it will honor.
Continue reading "DC NEWS JUNKIE | Concealed Carry Bill Approved by House over Connecticut Objections" »
by Christine Stuart | Dec 6, 2017 5:30am
Posted to: Civil Liberties | Courts | Immigration | Law Enforcement | Legal | Nonprofits | New Haven
NEW HAVEN, CT — Keesha De’Silva was looking at spending 120 days in jail after getting arrested for sleeping in a park hours after being evicted, but the Connecticut Bail Fund was able to get her out.
Continue reading "Bailout In Full Swing To Get Pretrial Detainees Home for the Holidays" »
by Christine Stuart | Dec 1, 2017 5:30am
Posted to: Civil Liberties | Education | Media Matters | State Capitol | White House | Mansfield-Storrs
HARTFORD, CT — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy didn’t mince his words Wednesday when asked about President Donald Trump’s retweets of three videos from a fringe group in Great Britain.
Continue reading "Malloy Chides Trump Over Anti-Muslim Tweets, Says UConn Handled Incident Appropriately" »
by Christine Stuart | Nov 21, 2017 5:30am
Posted to: Civil Liberties | Congress | 5th CD | Public Health | Public Safety
HARTFORD, CT — For the first time in five years since the Sandy Hook school shooting, there seems to be a bill that both sides of the gun debate can support.
Continue reading "Connecticut Lawmakers Lead Debate On Fixing NICS" »
by Wildaliz Bermudez | Nov 20, 2017 11:17am
Posted to: Civil Liberties | Weather | White House | Hartford
Since 1898, we have been promised falsas promesas (false promises). When General Nelson A. Miles landed on the island of Puerto Rico to present the very first promise made on behalf of the United Sates to the people of Puerto Rico.
Continue reading "OP-ED | Hartford Councilperson’s Speech At The Puerto Rican Unity March" »
by Peter Urban | Nov 17, 2017 4:38pm
Posted to: Civil Liberties | Congress | DC News Junkie | Law Enforcement | Public Health | Public Safety
After years of failing to gain ground on any gun safety measure, Senator Chris Murphy appears to have scored at least a narrow victory this week.
Continue reading "Murphy Orchestrates Breakthrough On Gun Issue" »