Common Cause

  • Opinion: For Katharine Wade, a moment of introspection is in order

    Terry Cowgill lives in Lakeville, blogs at ctdevilsadvocate.com and is news editor of The Berkshire Record in Great Barrington, Mass. Follow him on Twitter @terrycowgill. In all the years I’ve been writing about government, I’ve never been able to answer one question: why are otherwise smart people so blind to their own conflicts of interest?

  • Comment period on insurance commissioner starts

    HARTFORD, Conn. – The Connecticut Office of State Ethics started a 30-day commenting period in connection with a request from Common Cause to determine whether Insurance Commissioner Katharine Wade’s participation in the Anthem-Cigna merger would violate the state Ethics Code. The 30-day period, which started Monday, is an opportunity for the Citizen’s Ethics Advisory Board…

  • Prison gerrymandering bill falls flat

    HARTFORD, Conn. – Despite a ruling from a federal court in Florida calling the practice unconstitutional, Connecticut’s General Assembly failed to pass a bill last month to end prison gerrymandering in the Nutmeg State.

  • Public financing is safe, for now

    HARTFORD, Conn. – By the end of the day Thursday, both House and Senate Democrats who proposed suspending Connecticut’s landmark public financing system in 2016, had withdrawn their proposals.

  • CT gets downgraded, but maintains passing grade for accountability

    HARTFORD, Conn. – In a data-driven assessment of state government accountability and transparency, Connecticut received a C minus from the Center for Public Integrity. That’s worse than the B it received from the organization in 2012 — the first time the center did a report. While the two scores are not directly comparable because of…

  • Advocates call on Democratic Party to drop lawsuit, comply with subpoena

    Advocates call on Democratic Party to drop lawsuit, comply with subpoena

    HARTFORD, Conn. – Common Cause of Connecticut on Wednesday called upon the Connecticut Democratic Party to drop its challenge of the state’s clean election laws.

  • Lavielle: I am not an ALEC member

    NORWALK, Conn. – State Rep. Gail Lavielle (R-143) responded Monday to comments tying her to the controversial conservative political group American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a mostly corporate-funded group, according to several online sources, that writes model legislation that is sent to members nationwide to adapt to their states.