Connecticut Is Latest State Where a Majority Back Marijuana Legalization

By: Monday May 12, 2014 10:14 am

Voters are seriously questioning the logic of arresting hundreds of thousands of people a year over a plant that is less dangerous and harmful to society than a substance sold almost everywhere and advertised constantly on television.

 

Writing on Shooting: Over Five Years Later, What Has Changed?

By: Friday December 14, 2012 5:26 pm

Gun violence is more than an everyday occurrence in this country, it is an hourly one. Correction: it is a quarter-hourly one.

Storm-Washing: The New Bank Ploy to Milk Foreclosure Relief PR In Storm-Wrecked Areas

By: Tuesday November 6, 2012 7:25 am

Ever since Superstorm Sandy, we’ve seen the phenomenon of storm-washing from our finance sector. That’s when banks decide to capitalize on the storm and generate some good PR by offering extended relief to homeowners in the storm’s path.

Oyster Creek Nuclear Alert: As Floodwaters Fall, More Questions Arise

By: Wednesday October 31, 2012 1:15 pm

New Jersey’s Oyster Creek Nuclear Generating Station remains under an official Alert, a day-and-a-half after the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission declared the emergency classification due to flooding triggered by Hurricane Sandy. An Alert is the second category on the NRC’s four-point emergency scale. Neil Sheehan, a spokesman for the federal regulator, said that floodwaters around the plant’s water intake structure had receded to 5.7 feet at 2:15 PM EDT Tuesday, down from a high of 7.4 feet reached just after midnight.

Alert Declared at Oyster Creek Nuclear Plant

By: Tuesday October 30, 2012 9:15 am

The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission is reporting that an “alert” has been declared at the Oyster Creek Nuclear Generating Station in Ocean County, New Jersey. An alert is the second level on the four-point scale, a step above an “unusual event.”

Hurricane Sandy Brings Wind, Rain and Irony to US Nuclear Plants

By: Monday October 29, 2012 10:30 am

The Calvert Cliffs nuclear reactor is again in the line of fire, as are numerous other plants. Hurricane Sandy will likely bring high winds, heavy rain and the threat of flooding to nuclear facilities in Virginia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York and Connecticut.

Connecticut Senate Race Remains Extremely Close

By: Wednesday October 17, 2012 10:40 am

The open Connecticut senate race remains a surprising potential bright spot for Republicans in what is otherwise shaping up to be a problematic cycle for them. The latest Siena poll of likely voters has Republican Linda McMahon trailing Democrat Chris Murphy by only two points.

CT Sen: Republican Linda McMahon Takes a One Point Lead

By: Thursday October 4, 2012 6:25 pm

For the past few weeks the news for Senate Democrats has been mostly positive, but the closeness of the open Senate race in Connecticut is the rare piece of very good news for Republicans. The latest Quinnipiac poll of the state shows Republican Linda McMahon with a one point lead over Democrat Chris Murphy.

FHFA Bullying States Into Making Foreclosures Faster

By: Friday September 21, 2012 9:05 am

The federal conservator of Fannie and Freddie wants to put its thumb on the scale in favor of faster foreclosures and diminished due process. The Federal Housing Finance Agency wants to be able to foreclose on lenders in Illinois, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Florida without concern for whether the documents are legitimate, without concern for whether the bank and the borrower can come to a resolution on a modification.

End-of-Summer News Puts Nuclear Renaissance on Permanent Vacation

By: Sunday September 2, 2012 11:50 am

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission cannot issue a license for the construction and operation of a new nuclear reactor in Maryland–that is the ruling of the NRC’s Atomic Safety and Licensing Board (ASLB) handed down Thursday.

Michael Mariotte, Executive director of NIRS, called Thursday’s decision “a blow to the so-called ‘nuclear renaissance,’” noting that back in 2007, when permit requests were submitted for Calvert Cliffs 3, the project was considered the “flagship” of a coming fleet of new reactors. “Now,” said Mariotte, “it is a symbol or the deservedly failed revival of nuclear power in the US.”

A symbol, yes, but far from the only symbol.

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