Demand for gun permits spikes in Newtown

Demand for gun permits spikes in Newtown

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Since: Aug 11

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#1 Aug 15, 2013
Good to here just more bad publicity for the Pseudo Liberal Democrats for trying to use Newton for their political agenda to advocate for more Gun Control and Nancy Elis is right when she said "Our rights are being slowly infringed upon and that this whole idea of controlling guns has come to my backdoor. In other words, there may be a time when I may never be able to get a firearm" and that is the Pseudo Liberal's Goal.
americanvoter55

Newnan, GA

#2 Aug 15, 2013
You people should be ashamed of yourselves in Newtown...don't you know that your gov. and sen blumenthal don't want't you to have guns....how dare you go against the wishes of liberals who know what is best for you....The next thing you know you are going to want to peacefully assemble
CTM

New Milford, CT

#3 Aug 15, 2013
These are the same people who use their office for personal gain. It's a real snake pit here with the lawyers crooked as they can be. The Bar here is nothing more than a "cover me and I'll cover you" program of accepted lies across the board.Ask Llodra, McKinney, Blumenthal, Rosenthal, Wasserman and pretty much anyone that works in Town Hall. Insider or right price can even steal you a house in this town. Just ask the Trosans or Cappoziellos.

Since: Aug 11

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#4 Aug 15, 2013
CTM wrote:
These are the same people who use their office for personal gain. It's a real snake pit here with the lawyers crooked as they can be. The Bar here is nothing more than a "cover me and I'll cover you" program of accepted lies across the board.Ask Llodra, McKinney, Blumenthal, Rosenthal, Wasserman and pretty much anyone that works in Town Hall. Insider or right price can even steal you a house in this town. Just ask the Trosans or Cappoziellos.
That sounds just like Connecticut.
CTM

New Milford, CT

#5 Aug 16, 2013
AG Power Grab

Out of control in Connecticut.

By John R. Lott Jr.

he last decade has seen state attorney generals use the power of the courts to shape public policy in unprecedented ways. Among the most aggressive in litigation ranging from tobacco to guns has been Connecticut's Richard Blumenthal, though for Blumenthal this was just the warm up. Even if the ideas that he is now advancing fail in Connecticut, they provide a dire warning of what other state attorneys general may soon start trying.

In just 12 years, his office has ballooned in size, more than doubling its budget from $13 million to almost $27 million and increasing the number of cases completed by 65 percent. Yet, despite this growth, Blumenthal has gone so far into actions previously reserved for other parts of the government that he often neglects the real duties of his job.

On August 9, the Connecticut supreme court checked Blumenthal for overstepping his authority. The court unanimously ruled that Blumenthal's jurisdiction is largely limited by state statute to representing state agencies and officials in lawsuits brought by or against them, although the attorney general had claimed broader powers.

Unsatisfied with his traditional role, Blumenthal had gone after the administrator of an academy accused of mishandling state funds. The court noted that it was up to the Connecticut commissioner of education, not Blumenthal alone, to bring the case.

Blumenthal has received harsh words before. For instance, last December, New York state's highest court found that Blumenthal's office was "mishandling" and making "missteps" in a paternity case. The Connecticut Law Tribune reported that "the direct criticism by the court raised eyebrows in Albany .…"

The state supreme court pointed out in its decision two weeks ago that the attorney general's office had been established in 1897 because of the inefficiencies in having "each state agency and department [retain] its own legal counsel." But in July, the Connecticut Law Tribune reported that because his staff was so busy, the attorneys in Blumenthal's office "will no longer serve as counsel to state boards or as counsel to agency staffs .…"
CTM

New Milford, CT

#6 Aug 16, 2013
The state supreme court pointed out in its decision two weeks ago that the attorney general's office had been established in 1897 because of the inefficiencies in having "each state agency and department [retain] its own legal counsel." But in July, the Connecticut Law Tribune reported that because his staff was so busy, the attorneys in Blumenthal's office "will no longer serve as counsel to state boards or as counsel to agency staffs .…"

Worse, not only is he abrogating his role to advise, represent, and defend the state of Connecticut, his office is now suing the state. The high-profile case involves Cross Sound Cable Co. and represents an unprecedented power grab. Blumenthal sued to stop a cable being laid between Long Island and New Haven on environmental grounds. The suit was brought against the Connecticut Siting Council, the state agency that approved the cable. Just as in the case decided by the supreme court, Blumenthal filed the lawsuit in his own name, not on behalf of a state agency charged with these policy decisions.

Blumenthal claims that there is precedent for state agencies to sue each other, and indeed there is when lines of authority conflict. Try as they might, legislatures cannot foresee all possible conflicts. Courts step in to determine not who made the "correct" policy decision, but who has the actual authority. What Blumenthal wants, however, is something quite different. Instead of having legislators resolving policy differences, Blumenthal would make himself and the courts the final arbiter over policy.

The grab for power also crosses ethical lines. Two of the law firms that Blumenthal contracted with to sue the tobacco companies were run separately by his former law partner and his partner's wife. Blumenthal's defenders claim that other law firms simply didn't want the job. In a Connecticut Law Tribune article, however, a few lawyers disagreed, one complaining that "we didn't ever get a meeting" with the attorney general's office and another saying that his firm wasn't included despite agreeing to the state's contractual terms. Blumenthal's former partner, David Golub, acknowledged, "I know how it 'looks'— he's my former partner ..."

Yet, whatever the concerns about Blumenthal giving a contract to a former partner, where did he get the authority at the time the contracts were negotiated to commit the state to pay private attorneys a sum then estimated to be more than $250 million?

During 12 years in office, Blumenthal has grown arrogant. People in and out of state government are afraid of him and are scared to publicly speak about their experiences. The state supreme court has better uses of its time than to monitor the behavior of an out-of-control attorney general.

— John Lott is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute.
CTM

New Milford, CT

#7 Aug 16, 2013
Here's an example of a 1/4 billion $$ ripoff never reported or investigated. Another 1/4 billion never recovered from the road contracts that got Rowland indicted, also approved by Blumenthal.

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Since: Mar 08

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#8 Aug 16, 2013
Where I live, cops are always trying to get gun owners to kill people. Cops don't want anyone except them carrying weapons.

Newtown is full of gun owners, and then SOME gun haters. The police chief is antigun. Antigun police chiefs neer hire pro gun cops. The gun haters hated the noise from guns at the many local ranges. They wanted the cops to regulate the shooting ranges.

Adam Lanza was bred and groomed by police to kill school children.
CTM

New Milford, CT

#9 Aug 16, 2013
The Newtown Police cheif is a crooked POS that protects the crooked dealings of the town. Kehoe should be tried for protecting the guilty.

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