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OP-ED | The Costly Consequences of Missing our Current Energy Opportunities

by Eric Brown and Carl Gustin
Posted: Nov 30, 2015 2:15pm

Energy costs continue to burden New England ratepayers and hinder the region’s economic recovery.

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Four Nursing Homes Fined Following Lapses In Care

by Kate Farrish
Posted: Nov 29, 2015 8:55pm

Four nursing homes have been fined at least $1,000 by the state Department of Public Health (DPH) in connection with residents being cut, neglected or abused by a worker or another resident.

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OP-ED | Don’t Forget Workers This Holiday Season

by Susan Bigelow
Posted: Nov 27, 2015 9:00am

This year, when you go out shopping in the days between Thanksgiving and Christmas, spare a thought for the retail and fast food workers whose struggles have largely been forgotten as the world tilts ever downward toward disaster.

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OP-ED | Syrian Refugee Policy Exposes Rare Rift In State’s DC Delegation

by Terry Cowgill
Posted: Nov 27, 2015 5:30am

While I'm inclined to disagree with them on a range of issues, I'm glad to see Connecticut's congressional delegation, along with Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, has come down on the right side of the Syrian refugees crisis.

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2015 Thanksgiving Message

by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy
Posted: Nov 25, 2015 11:44am

Read the governor's Thanksgiving message.

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Malloy Says There’s Still A Chance GE Will Stay In Connecticut

by Greenwich Time
Posted: Nov 25, 2015 10:39am

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State Second-Lowest Nationally In Reporting Drunk Driving Data

by Lisa Chedekel
Posted: Nov 25, 2015 10:27am

Connecticut had one of the highest rates in the nation of motor vehicle fatalities in which drivers were alcohol impaired in 2013, the most recent year for which data is available – 41 percent, compared to the national average of 31 percent, according to federal estimates.

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Environmental Coalition Opposing Natural Gas Transmission Line

by New Haven Register
Posted: Nov 24, 2015 9:02am

A coalition of Connecticut environmental groups is opposing the construction of a new natural gas transmission line that would bring natural gas from Pennsylvania to New England, because part the project would go through watershed lands owned by the Metropolitan District Commission, which provides drinking water to Hartford and surrounding communities.

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Lembo, Markley Clash On Syrian Welcome

by Paul Bass
Posted: Nov 23, 2015 6:19pm

Connecticut served as a beacon to the nation—or failed to heed popular warnings to tread more carefully—when it welcomed a Syrian refugee family to New Haven last week.

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OP-ED | Some Well Traveled Chickens

by OnTheHORN
Posted: Nov 23, 2015 1:00pm

The idea is ludicrous at first, but then terrifying: chickens would be raised and slaughtered in the U.S., then shipped more than 6,000 miles to China to be processed, and finally shipped back to the U.S. for consumption.

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OP-ED | Connecticut Medicaid: Don’t Mess With What’s Working

by Kristen Noelle Hatcher and Sheldon Toubman
Posted: Nov 23, 2015 10:17am

As legal services attorneys, we are typically advocating to compel an agency to fulfill its obligations to our clients. However, we would be doing a disservice to our clients if we failed to recognize when an agency makes substantial progress which benefits our clients.

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OP-ED | No Secret Trials

by James H. Smith
Posted: Nov 22, 2015 5:12pm

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and the General Assembly are to be commended for their 2015 “Second Chance Society” legislation, reversing racist laws that filled our jails with nonviolent drug users, most of them African-American and Latino.

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OP-ED | The Spending Cap and the Erosion of Trust in State Government

by Suzanne Bates
Posted: Nov 20, 2015 3:50pm

For 23 years, Connecticut’s legislators have ignored the will of the voters by not fully implementing the state’s constitutional spending cap.

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OP-ED | The Long, Quiet Death of Campaign Finance Reform

by Susan Bigelow
Posted: Nov 20, 2015 10:28am

This week Democratic leaders floated the possibility of suspending public financing of campaigns as a way to close the current budget gap. Even though they backed down under pressure, it’s just one more sign that the vital and necessary campaign finance reform laws passed after Gov. John G. Rowland’s resignation are being eroded down to nothing.

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OP-ED | Lurching From Crisis To Crisis In A Poorly Run State

by Terry Cowgill
Posted: Nov 20, 2015 5:30am

Connecticut's "period of permanent fiscal crisis," so-called by Malloy administration budget chief Ben Barnes last fall, sounded like something of an exaggeration. Though he has recently renounced the comment, Barnes simply blurted out the truth when he used the now-famous phrase.

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GE Expands CT Presence by Acquisition As Headquarters Decision Pending

by CTByTheNumbers
Posted: Nov 19, 2015 9:58am

Even as Connecticut awaits a decision from General Electric as to whether the company headquarters will remain in the state, GE has expanded its Connecticut footprint by acquisition.

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OP-ED | Fight For Equitable Charter School Funding Continues

by Louis Reed
Posted: Nov 18, 2015 4:38pm

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FBI Chief Tells Half Story

by Paul Bass
Posted: Nov 18, 2015 3:33pm

The FBI’s embattled director came to New Haven to tout his enlightened past remarks on race and policing and to credit a federal program for cutting the city's gun violence.

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Time Out

by Christine Stuart
Posted: Nov 18, 2015 12:37pm

We’ve really tried to keep the discussion civil and delete comments that are inappropriate, but we are unable to keep up with the amount of incivility and rudeness so we are suspending comments for a while to reassess.

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GE CEO: ‘We’ll always have a big presence in Conn.’

by CT Post
Posted: Nov 18, 2015 11:28am

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Uber Cutting Connecticut Rates To Boost Business

by New Haven Register
Posted: Nov 18, 2015 10:12am

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OP-ED | News Flash: The World Is A Mean and Nasty Place

by Barth Keck
Posted: Nov 18, 2015 10:10am

I’ve been a fan of “Rocky” — both the film and the character — ever since the first film debuted in 1976.

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Lembo Offers More Traditional Approach To Pension Woes

by Christine Stuart
Posted: Nov 17, 2015 1:47pm

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Malloy Supports Accepting Syrian Refugees

by New Haven Register
Posted: Nov 16, 2015 10:36pm

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Pentagon’s Effort To Prevent Sex Assaults Is Lacking, Report Says

by Peggy McCarthy
Posted: Nov 16, 2015 1:33pm

The Pentagon is not doing enough to make its sexual assault prevention strategy effective, according to a Congressional watchdog agency.

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December 1, 2015

Oklahoma-Based Tribe Wins Sovereign Immunity Argument In Latest Court Proceeding

by Christine Stuart | Dec 1, 2015 5:30am
Posted to: Courts | Tribes

A Connecticut judge found that an Oklahoma-based tribe that owns two payday lending companies is immune from an enforcement action by the Banking Department. 

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November 30, 2015

Business Lobby Calls For Structural Budget Changes, Urgency

by Christine Stuart | Nov 30, 2015 7:43pm
Posted to: Business | The Economy | Jobs | Labor | State Budget | Taxes | State Capitol

Christine Stuart photo The Connecticut Business and Industry Association launched a radio ad campaign Monday urging state leaders to employ a greater sense of urgency in their efforts to solve Connecticut’s budget deficit.

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Blumenthal Wants Consumer Reviews Protected From ‘Non-Disparagement’ Fine Print

by Christine Stuart | Nov 30, 2015 1:05pm
Posted to: Congress | Consumer Protection

christine stuart / ctnewsjunkie Consumers shouldn’t be prohibited by companies from telling each other about the goods and services they purchased, U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal said Monday.

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Many Connecticut Residents Left Behind In Economic Recovery

by Cara Rosner | Nov 30, 2015 5:30am
Posted to: Business | The Economy | Town News | Bridgeport | Hartford | New Haven | Jobs | Labor | Nonprofits | Poverty | State Budget | Special Session | Taxes

Courtesy of Connecticut Voices and EPI analysis of CPS data. As Connecticut’s economy rebounds from the Great Recession, certain segments of the population are seeing less recovery than others, according to a recent report.

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November 28, 2015

Refugee Question Draws Both Sides of Issue to Capitol, Governor’s Mansion

by Doug Hardy | Nov 28, 2015 6:03pm
Posted to: Congress | Foreign Policy | Immigration | State Capitol

Doug Hardy / ctnewsjunkie A steady rain did not deter people from gathering Saturday for a pair of political events on opposites sides of the State Capitol, and opposite sides of the Syrian refugee issue.


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November 27, 2015

Jepsen Calls On Banks To Strengthen Credit Card Protections

by Cara Rosner | Nov 27, 2015 12:44pm
Posted to: Business | Consumer Protection

CTNJ file photo With the holiday shopping season under way, state Attorney General George Jepsen is calling on the country’s largest credit card issuers to better protect consumers from identity theft - quickly.

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November 25, 2015

Auditors Raise Questions About Pension Calculations

by Christine Stuart | Nov 25, 2015 1:15pm
Posted to: State Budget | Pensions | State Capitol

Doug Hardy photo State auditors raised concerns Tuesday about how pension payments for state employees are being calculated and the interest costs tied to a backlog in processing those payments.

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Holiday Shopping Starts Before Black Friday

by Cara Rosner | Nov 25, 2015 5:30am
Posted to: Business | Corporate Watch | The Economy | Jobs

Traditionally, the day after Thanksgiving has unofficially kicked off the holiday shopping season, but this year many started tackling their gift lists well before the turkey hit the table.

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November 24, 2015

Lawmakers Look To Second Week of December for Special Session

by Christine Stuart | Nov 24, 2015 6:53pm
Posted to: State Budget | Special Session | State Capitol

Christine Stuart photo Legislative leaders and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said they’re considering a special legislative session the second week of December to address the 2016 budget shortfall.

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The Cost of Connecticut Congestion: $5.1 Billion

by Christine Stuart | Nov 24, 2015 12:43pm
Posted to: The Economy | Insurance | Housing | Jobs | Transportation

Christine Stuart photo Connecticut’s poor pavement conditions and lack of highway safety features cost motorists $5.1 billion annually in additional operating costs and lost time, according to a report from a national transportation organization.

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