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…

The issue: An increasing number of school-age children in Connecticut are not getting vaccinated against childhood diseases that if contracted could be physically debilitating or life-threatening. A rise in religious exemptions from the mandatory vaccines for measles, mumps and rubella has d…

The idea of offering economic incentives for companies to move to or grow in Connecticut has usually been viewed as a necessary evil. Even supporters of programs like former Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s First Five, which lavished millions of dollars on companies that may have had no intention of …

As if school districts did not have enough to worry about in the age of the active shooter drill, a threat rooted in the rise of technology has taken hold around the nation, including at Connecticut districts, that can grind activity to a halt unless a big-ticket ransom is paid.

By today’s sad standards, the criticism made about Gov. Ned Lamont at this week’s state Republican fundraising dinner by House minority leader Themis Klarides was only mildly rude. Lamont, Klarides said, deserves a grade of “F minus” for making state government less affordable, transparent, …

A monthly increase in state jobs is welcome, but it’s the behind-the-scenes preparations that could mean the difference during the next recession.

Bushy-tailed and cute, able to leap from tree to tree in a single bound and raid any bird feeder ever invented, gray squirrels are omnipresent in our woods, backyards and city parks. There may be more mice in the grass, but squirrels are the rodents we see, and like.

The issue: Numerous measles outbreaks this year, including in nearby New York, generated alarm about the sometimes deadly disease that by the year 2000 seemed eradicated. But as parents sought exemptions to state laws requiring immunization before children can attend school, measles resurfaced.