What has happened in Connecticut to the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, the one guaranteeing freedom of expression? What about the similar provision in Connecticut’s Constitution? Is freedom of expression still the rule in the state?

It hasn’t emerged as a major issue in the pending state legislative session, but a speech this month from Katie Dykes, the state’s commissioner of energy and environmental protection, could be a precursor to a major change on how the state procures its power supply.

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Editor’s Note: The J Factor is a new column highlighting Jewish community issues, people and impact. The column is written by Jacob Schreiber, president and CEO of the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Hartford. A West Hartford resident, Jacob lived in Israel for eight years and has ded…

As impeachment again comes to dominate the national news, the twists in the story have been wild and unpredictable. But few could have foreseen a role for a mostly unknown congressional candidate from Connecticut who has already been denounced by his party over unrelated events.

Two state lawmakers, one from each party, asked the General Assembly’s banking committee reently, to hold an informational forum on a case now before the Department of Banking — a case that’s stretching the bounds of what we thought a regulatory action could look like.

The issue: A plan that would clear certain criminal records automatically was introduced in 2019 but died in the Connecticut General Assembly. The proposal would only apply to people with nonviolent convictions and would help clear a path to acquiring housing and employment after a sentence …

The issue: The recently concluded year brought a new raft of environmental concerns for state residents, including one that even many well-informed advocates had never heard of. PFAS, which stands for per- and polyfluorinated alkyl substances, are manmade chemicals that are potentially hazar…

While attention was focused on the House of Representatives’ impeachment of Donald J. Trump, legislators from both parties were secretly huddling with White House aides to seal a $1.4 trillion budget deal to fund the government until next September. They were rushing to do this to avoid a pa…

If anyone had forgotten the underlying issue behind the never-ending statewide debate on highway tolls, a reminder was issued last week from the Department of Labor, and it told a familiar story. Despite some minor movement on a few indicators, the state’s job situation remains stuck in a ye…

There are both advantages and disadvantages to chief executives elected to office from outside the political box. One of the greatest disadvantages relates to political navigation. Asked about Gov. Ned Lamont’s first year in office, Republican leader in the State Senate Len Fasano said, “It’…

The job of University of Connecticut President Thomas Katsouleas, who was appointed to his position in February and took over in August, could not be more important. In leading the state’s flagship university, he has a vital role in developing the next generation of the state’s workforce and…

The lawmakers are doing it. The candidates are doing it. The mass media are doing it. All are excluding from their arenas the leading citizen groups as never before, since the early 1960s. The nonprofit national advocacy/research organizations that led the way for social reforms are being sh…

Chris Murphy was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2012, defeating Republican Linda McMahon. He was re-elected last year, facing only token opposition and, as such, is not due to face Connecticut voters again until 2024, which is several political lifetimes from now.

The issue: When a woman files a temporary restraining order against her partner, she is most vulnerable to violence. Yet in this country the partner is allowed to keep firearms until the restraining order becomes permanent by court order. The consequences can be deadly.

Another school shooting, this time on Thursday. Two students shot dead by a classmate. This time, it was in California. This time, a 16-year-old boy packed a .45-caliber semiautomatic pistol in his backpack on his birthday and shot it six times in the school quad.

At the University of Connecticut two students recently shouted racial and ethnic epithets that were not directed at any specific individuals. Nothing in what has been reported about the incident indicates that the students intended physical harm to anyone.

Update: State Sen. Derek Slap, who recently proposed that the Connecticut legislature should consider a state law allowing Connecticut college athletes to engage in product endorsement deals, today welcomed a statement by the NCAA’s Board of Governors that it is directing all colleges and un…