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OP-ED | Now Might Be a Good Time to Press That Panic Button, Dan

by Susan Bigelow
Posted: Jul 28, 2014 2:27pm

The governor’s race may have just come unknotted, if a new poll is to be believed.

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Foley Leads Malloy in Poll from New York Times and CBS

by Hugh McQuaid
Posted: Jul 28, 2014 10:56am

An internet-based poll by the New York Times, CBS News and a research firm called YouGov suggests that Republican Tom Foley has a 42 to 33 percent advantage over incumbent Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy.

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Immigrants Find Themselves in New Haven, Share Stories of Escape, Hardship

by Mary E. O'Leary
Posted: Jul 27, 2014 8:40pm

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by Staff Report
Posted: Jul 26, 2014 5:00am

No comments will be accepted on the site until Aug. 3. We apologize for the inconvenience. In the meantime, please share our stories on your social networks and discuss there. We have coffee mugs ready to send to the folks who share our stories the most over the course of the week!

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Bond Commission Approves $725M

by Hugh McQuaid
Posted: Jul 25, 2014 3:58pm

The state Bond Commission borrowed a total of $725 million Friday. Funding for transportation projects made up $475 million in the biggest item on a lengthy agenda.

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New Haven’s Harp, Other Connecticut Mayors Discuss Helping Central American Migrant Children

by Mary E. O'Leary
Posted: Jul 25, 2014 3:26pm

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OP-ED | Hartford Ballpark: Good for Region, Bad for City?

by Susan Bigelow
Posted: Jul 25, 2014 11:00am

Hartford may not get that stadium after all, thanks to a bumbling city government and fierce opposition from residents. This might be a good thing for the city, even though it’s a loss for the region.

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OP-ED | Another Week, Another Scandal

by Sarah Darer Littman
Posted: Jul 25, 2014 10:00am

Another week, and another education scandal here in the Nutmeg State. The FBI served subpoenas on charter school operator FUSE last Friday morning, and shortly after their visit Hartford Courant reporters found the receptionist shredding documents . . . Obstruction of justice, anyone?

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OP-ED | Here’s One Easy Budget Cut: Abolish The Lieutenant Governor’s Office

by Terry D. Cowgill
Posted: Jul 25, 2014 5:30am

Few things are certain in life, or so the saying goes, beyond death and taxes. But I've found another truism you can take to the bank. The office of the lieutenant governor should be dismantled, abolished, and dispatched by voters to where it belongs: in the dustbin of Connecticut's sordid political history.

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Child Advocate Criticizes DCF for Reaction to Jane Doe

by Hugh McQuaid
Posted: Jul 24, 2014 2:30pm

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Connecticut Ranks #14 In Union Membership

by CTByTheNumbers
Posted: Jul 24, 2014 7:04am

Connecticut’s percentage of union members in its workforce – 13.5 percent – places the state at #14 in the nation for the percentage of union members.

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Cadmium Task Force Gets Off To Rocky Start

by Christine Stuart
Posted: Jul 23, 2014 4:22pm

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Immigration Rally In New Haven Seeks Malloy’s Help For Children

by New Haven Register
Posted: Jul 23, 2014 10:33am

Dozens of demonstrators of all ages held signs with messages such as “not one more deportation” and shouted for justice to show their support for immigrant children Tuesday.

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OP-ED | Giving Adoptees and Their Kids The Rights They Deserve

by Bill Finch
Posted: Jul 23, 2014 8:41am

I’m a proud father of four kids. So when the doctor asks for our family medical history, why does the government keep that information locked away?

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Child Poverty in Connecticut Increased 50 Percent Since 1990

by Hugh McQuaid
Posted: Jul 22, 2014 3:38pm

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OP-ED | ‘Solutions’ For Broken Schools Are Simple . . . Except In The Real World

by Barth Keck
Posted: Jul 22, 2014 11:00am

Schools are broken. We have to fix them. What can we possibly do? Well, the fundamental job of schools is performed by teachers. So teachers must be the problem. Let’s fix the teachers.

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Connecticut’s ‘P.J. Case’ Won’t Go to Supreme Court

by New Haven Register
Posted: Jul 22, 2014 8:15am

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Senator In Serious Condition At Rhode Island Hospital After Fall

by Staff Report
Posted: Jul 21, 2014 2:27pm

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OP-ED | All Eyes On England

by Valerie Dugan
Posted: Jul 21, 2014 10:00am

With a huge percentage of Connecticut’s economy dependent upon the defense and aerospace industries, all eyes are turning toward England over the next week or so.

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DeLauro Uses New Report To Push For Paycheck Fairness

by Madeline Stocker
Posted: Jul 21, 2014 5:30am

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OP-ED | Fix the Process

by Brian O'Shaughnessy
Posted: Jul 18, 2014 2:45pm

Soon we will be inundated with messages all saying the wrong thing. The primary dysfunction is partisanship. They did this or that. However, it really is us. We need to demand more.

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OP-ED | State Needs to Prioritize How It Spends Transportation Money

by Suzanne Bates
Posted: Jul 18, 2014 1:29pm

With CT coming in last or nearly last on so many nationwide lists, we may be numb to another dose of bad news. But this week’s report that we are tied for last place for our poor road quality demands action.

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OP-ED | Why the ‘Outsider’ Argument is Bogus - And Why it Works

by Susan Bigelow
Posted: Jul 18, 2014 12:55pm

Stop me if you’ve seen this political ad before: Dark skies threaten, ominous music plays, and a picture of an opponent with the label “career politician” or “insider” appears.

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OP-ED | Reformers Beware: Tenure Elimination No Panacea For Failing Schools

by Terry D. Cowgill
Posted: Jul 18, 2014 5:30am

Like a prairie fire in the middle of a drought, the movement to repeal or reform the nation's teacher tenure laws is spreading rapidly. 

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McKinney Attack Ad Edits Foley’s Statement, and Changes the Meaning

by WNPR
Posted: Jul 17, 2014 4:10pm

Tucker Ives uncovers the source of Tom Foley's audio in the John McKinney campaign ad

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July 29, 2014

Kenneth Ireland’s Wrongful Incarceration Hearing Set For Tuesday

by Hugh McQuaid | Jul 29, 2014 5:30am
Posted to: Courts | Legal

Christine Stuart File Photo A man who served more than 20 years in prison for a crime he did not commit is expected to testify during a Tuesday hearing on his claim for millions in compensation from the state.

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July 28, 2014

Congress Reaches Deal on New VA Funding

by Hugh McQuaid | Jul 28, 2014 3:00pm
Posted to: Health Care

Hugh McQuaid Photo Lawmakers in Congress reached a bipartisan agreement over the weekend for a bill approving billions in emergency funding to reform the struggling Veterans Affairs healthcare system, U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal said Monday.

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State Makes Loans Available to Weather-Proof Coastal Homes

by Madeline Stocker | Jul 28, 2014 1:14pm
Posted to: Weather

Madeline Stocker photo Shoreline property owners can now apply to a state-funded loan program that provides financing for coastal home and business owners to protect their properties from future severe weather and flooding, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced Monday.

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In Crowded Primary, Somers Touts Her Business Credentials

by Christine Stuart | Jul 28, 2014 5:30am
Posted to: Election 2014 | Southington

Christine Stuart photo Heather Bond Somers of Groton may have been an unknown candidate for lieutenant governor several months ago, but due to some high-profile missteps by at least one of her opponents Republican voters are giving the newcomer to state politics a second look.

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July 25, 2014

Malloy Defends Decision On Immigrant Children

by Hugh McQuaid | Jul 25, 2014 1:26pm
Posted to: Immigration

Hugh McQuaid Photo Despite public backlash, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said Friday his administration made the right call when it declined a federal request to house thousands of immigrant children in a state facility.

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Moms, Lawmakers Uncertain of DCF’s Direction

by Christine Stuart | Jul 25, 2014 5:29am
Posted to: Health Care | Mental Health Care | State Capitol

Christine Stuart photo Following the Newtown shootings, the General Assembly told Department of Children and Families Commissioner Joette Katz in 2013 to come up with plan to eliminate barriers to mental and behavioral health services for all children, regardless of whether they’re under DCF care. But a group of mothers on Thursday expressed concern that Katz may be ignoring their kids.

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July 24, 2014

Bacchiochi Fires Campaign Consultant, Foley Keeps Her

by Hugh McQuaid | Jul 24, 2014 4:36pm
Posted to: Election 2014

Hugh McQuaid File Photo Lieutenant governor candidate Penny Bacchiochi ended a consulting agreement with urban outreach consultant Regina Roundtree on Thursday over online comments about another candidate, but Roundtree will continue work for Tom Foley’s gubernatorial campaign.

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McKinney: ‘We Are Not Leaving This Race’

by Hugh McQuaid | Jul 24, 2014 12:00pm
Posted to: Election 2014

Hugh McQuaid File Photo Republican gubernatorial candidate John McKinney rejected Thursday his primary opponent Tom Foley’s suggestion that McKinney drop out of the race and endorse him.

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State Bond Commission Gets Ready To Approve $722.3M In Borrowing

by Christine Stuart | Jul 24, 2014 5:30am
Posted to: State Budget | Taxes | State Capitol

Christine Stuart photo Restoring the stained glass skylights at the state Capitol is just one of the many items on Friday’s state Bond Commission agenda.

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July 23, 2014

NRA Doles Out Grades To Connecticut Candidates

by Hugh McQuaid | Jul 23, 2014 1:51pm

screengrab Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Foley received a passing grade but not an endorsement from the National Rifle Association’s PAC Tuesday in a candidate scorecard distributed ahead of Connecticut’s primary elections next month.

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