1Government pension convention starts with a combative tone

New York City – Government employees who oversee taxpayer-funded pension systems across North America heard fiery speeches Monday morning calling for battle against political enemies in defense of guaranteed retirement benefits. “There is an extreme push to do away with defined-benefit plans. We’re being attacked,” said Pat McElligott, president of the National Conference on Public ...

0It could happen here: Blog police, Part II

John Hrabe at CalWatchdog has an update on California’s blog police: Following widespread criticism from online pundits and free speech advocates, California’s political watchdog is backing away from a plan to require news websites and bloggers to disclose payments received from campaigns and political committees. Ann Ravel, chairwoman of the Fair Political Practices Commission, announced ...

3Ethics agency has no records of advice given to executive director

The Connecticut Office of State Ethics does not have any records of the advice given to its head when she was deciding to get her friend transferred to the agency. Carol Carson, executive director of OSE, had the communications and legislative affairs manager at the State Elections Enforcement Commission – her friend – transferred to ...

1City money budgeted for New Haven People’s Center

New Haven expects to contribute $75,000 to the New Haven People’s Center for improvements to its building, a facility that hosts a range of left-wing groups including the state bureau of the Communist Party newspaper. The center, run by the Progressive Education and Research Association, temporarily missed out on a $300,000 Department of Social Services ...

2Proposed law would make malpractice suits easier

The Connecticut General Assembly is considering a bill that would make medical malpractice lawsuits easier to file, although amended language from the Senate reduces the expected impact of a previous version. The amended version of Senate Bill 243 passed with only three votes against it in the 36-member Senate. The bill would change what kind ...