CNN Touts CT Gun Control As 'Model,' Ignores Recent Murder Increases
February 22nd, 2018 2:30 PM
Over the past week, strict gun laws in Connecticut have been repeatedly touted on CNN as an example to be enacted nationally, with New Day host Alisyn Camerota pushing the laws the most frequently. The simplistic narrative has been promoted that there has been a "direct correlation" between the passage of new gun control in 2013 and lower numbers of homicides and violent incidents seen in the…
Not National News: After Years of Tax Hikes, Connecticut Still Teeters
January 7th, 2018 6:38 PM
The national press isn't particularly interested in telling the nation how bad the state government's fiscal situation is in Connecticut. While that apathy may be partially due to its small size and population, a much larger contributing factor may be that blue-state, high-tax, high-spending policies have pushed a formerly prosperous state perilously close to insolvency. The problem, as has also…
Bloomberg: Yale Endowment-Targeting Connecticut Is 'Cash-Strapped'
March 29th, 2016 11:46 AM
In a variation on a popular saying in real estate — "The three most important factors are location, location and location" — the State of Connecticut, since Democrat Dannel Malloy became Governor five years ago, has employed three strategies to balance its budget: raising taxes, raising taxes, and raising taxes.
The Nutmeg State's next planned round of tax increases includes a proposal pushed by…
Nets Omit Party ID for Lib Gov. Banning Guns for Those on Watchlists
December 10th, 2015 9:38 PM
On Thursday night, the major broadcast networks saw no point in informing their viewers of Connecticut Governor Dan Malloy’s party affiliation (Democrat) as ABC, CBS, and NBC all reported that Malloy had issued an executive order banning those on government watchlists from possessing guns in his state. Along with being arguably the strictest governor in the country when it comes to gun control,…
No 'Time' for Balance on Dem Governor's No-Fly-List Gun Ban
December 10th, 2015 5:04 PM
Today liberal Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy (D) announced he is issuing an executive order to forbid gun sales in the Nutmeg State to any individual who happens to ping the federal no-fly list. Time magazine's John Samburn dutifully reported the development but without giving any consideration to the reaction from critics who charge it infringes on the Second Amendment rights of innocent…
WashPost's 'Synthetic' Claim: 1994 Connecticut Gun Law Saved Lives
June 14th, 2015 9:56 PM
On Friday, the Washington Post's Jeff Guo hyped a study published in the American Journal of Public Health by four people with the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. The study contends that "Connecticut’s handgun permit-to-purchase law (passed in 1994) was associated with a subsequent reduction in homicide rates" involving firearms.
Readers wondering if there is a connection to…
National Press Ignores Most Connecticut Gun Owners Defying State's Reg
February 20th, 2014 12:58 AM
The national press devoted a great deal of attention to gun registration in Connecticut at the end of 2013. The Associated Press's Susan Haigh had a December 29 story which was picked up by, among many others, PBS, CBS's New York City affiliate, the Huffington Post, and the UK Guardian. Time.com was also on the story.
That attention makes the press's virtual inattention outside of the Nutmeg…
Not News at AP: Connecticut Legislative District Goes GOP For First Ti
June 15th, 2013 9:45 PM
A GOP candidate for the Connecticut State Legislature's 53rd District about 70 miles northeast of Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown won election on Tuesday, marking the first time the seat has gone to a Republican since Richard Nixon was president.
Republican Samuel Belsito defeated Democrat Anthony J. Horn by a 58.5%-41.5% margin, largely because his stances in support of citizens'…
Civility Succumbs on NPR: Connecticut Gov Slams Gun Makers and NRA 'Mo
April 20th, 2013 4:52 PM
National Public Radio’s brand is soothing and civil news and interviews. That certainly didn’t fit when Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy was interviewed Thursday on All Things Considered after the gun-control measures were rejected in the Senate.
Anchor Melissa Block read back to Malloy his comments that gun makers don’t care if mentally deranged people buy their guns. He not only doubled down…
AP's Conn. Priorities: 6,500 Union-Driven State Layoffs Not a National
July 8th, 2011 4:04 PM
Looking for updates on the Connecticut state budget mess earlier this afternoon, I searched the Associated Press's national site on the last name of Democratic Nutmeg State Governor Dannel Malloy, and found nothing recent (graphic saved here for future reference).
But there were two stories originating from the state which the wire service, the nation's de facto news gatekeeper, deemed worthy…
As Connecticut Nears 7,500 Layoffs, AP Nearly Ignores Over 75 Tax Hike
June 27th, 2011 3:20 PM
Susan Haigh's report Friday evening on the current status of budget negotiations between Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy and the state's public-sector unions contains two glaring errors which mar the entire enterprise.
Haigh conveniently withheld the fact that the Nutmeg State's legislature has already approved $2.6 billion in new taxes over two years until her report's final paragraph,…
A Tale of Two State Trios, and Their Comparative Press Coverage
June 24th, 2011 5:32 PM
I can't say that I'm up on what every state is doing, but it's hard not to notice contrasts between two trios of states singing decidedly different tunes:
Wisconsin, Ohio and New Jersey, three states with recently elected conservative Republican governors, have either put their budgets to bed, or are on the verge of doing so, by cutting costs and not raising taxes.
NY Times: NJ GOP Gov. Christie 'Blustery and Bellicose', CT Dem Gov. W
February 16th, 2011 3:33 PM
David Halbfinger’s Wednesday New York Times profile of Connecticut’s newly elected Democratic Gov. Dannel Malloy favorably compared him to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who is winning fans for his insistence on budget discipline and his outspoken challenges to unions: “In Tackling Connecticut’s Finances, New Governor Criticizes Peer’s Approach.”
Reporter Halbfinger let Malloy…