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Middletown Mayor: Lapse in Judgment to Seek Campaign Donations from Staff

by Middletown Press
Posted: Sep 21, 2017 10:37pm

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OP-ED | Put Smartphones on Pause

by Gerry Navarra
Posted: Sep 21, 2017 10:30pm

As a teacher of nearly 20 years, I gave up the notion of being able to control educational policy writ large a long time ago. Often telling my students, "If I were king of the world, things would be different," I have been content to control what happened in the sanctuary of my classroom. However, recent societal trends snapped me out of my apathy and, rather than challenge policy makers, I want to appeal to parents.

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Keep It Local Summit, Sept. 30

by Events.CTNewsJunkie.com
Posted: Sep 21, 2017 10:00pm

Learn how to save your town! Hear from those on the front line of the state budget standoff and understand the affects on your community. Featuring Luke Bronin, Paul Formica, Gail Lavielle, David Martin, Melissa Ziobron, and other experts and business leaders. Click for more info!

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OP-ED | The Bridgeport Casino Plan is for Suckers

by Susan Bigelow
Posted: Sep 21, 2017 10:00am

I feel like I keep making the same argument over and over. No, a casino won’t save your town. No, casinos don’t do much for local businesses. Yes, the casino companies are promising things they can’t possibly deliver. And yet people keep falling for it.

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Middletown Mayor: Campaign Appeal to City Employees Not Coercion

by Middletown Press
Posted: Sep 20, 2017 6:06pm

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The Wheelhouse | A Republican Budget Passes, Soon To Be Vetoed

Posted: Sep 20, 2017 1:51pm

John Dankosky has Bill Curry, Mark Pazniokas, and Christine Stuart on to talk about, among other things, the latest on the state budget and the governor's promised veto along with his request that lawmakers have the "courage to compromise."

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Med Board Fines West Hartford Doctor, Physician Assistant

by Kate Farrish
Posted: Sep 20, 2017 7:25am

A son and mother who practice medicine in West Hartford were fined a total of $11,500 today by the state Medical Examining Board for prescribing high doses of opioids for patients without monitoring them for drug abuse. 

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OP-ED | In Defense of Extremism

by Dean Pagani
Posted: Sep 19, 2017 3:38pm

Having worked in politics, I recognized Steve Bannon over the course of his extended interview with Charlie Rose. Or rather, I recognized his character from various political operations I have been close to.

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OP-ED | Teacher Choice in a Standards-Obsessed Era

by Nikki Milewski
Posted: Sep 19, 2017 11:30am

In recent years, educational policy has moved toward increasingly common curricula in an attempt to ensure high-quality standards for all students. The Common Core State Standards caused many states and districts that wanted to compete for federal funding - "Race to the Top" grants under President Obama's administration - to entirely revamp their current practices...

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Senate Takes Up NDAA; Murphy Would Repeal Exec Branch War Authority | Issue 40

by Peter Urban
Posted: Sep 18, 2017 1:53pm

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MGM Makes Pitch for Bridgeport Casino

by Christine Stuart
Posted: Sep 18, 2017 11:37am

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Medication Helps People Stay Off Opioids

by Colleen Shaddox
Posted: Sep 18, 2017 10:43am

 Combining medication with other forms of therapy can help people with opioid addition avoid relapse by calming cravings and managing the symptoms of withdrawal.

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OP-ED | Democratic Leaders Finally Sink Their Own Ship

by Susan Bigelow
Posted: Sep 16, 2017 12:50pm

Only the inept leaders of the majority party of the General Assembly could make a budget so bad that even Connecticut Democrats couldn’t support it.

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Blumenthal Backs Medicare For All; U.S. House Backs Help For Crumbling Foundations | Issue 39

by Peter Urban
Posted: Sep 15, 2017 3:59pm

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Issues With Our Commenting System

by Doug Hardy
Posted: Sep 15, 2017 1:06pm

Good afternoon! Based on some emails we received from readers, it looks like there's either been a change in how our Facebook commenting system works, or there's a glitch... 

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Budget Document Posted After 6 A.M. Friday

by Christine Stuart
Posted: Sep 15, 2017 12:29pm


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OP-ED | New Study Finds Influence of Bogus News Outlets Increasing

by Barth Keck
Posted: Sep 15, 2017 5:30am

Amid the many stories surrounding Hurricane Irma as it approached the United States last week were these inane and downright preposterous items...

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Fiscal Dynamics | The State Budget vs. Household Budget Argument

by Brian Sullivan
Posted: Sep 14, 2017 12:55pm

People often compare the state budget to a household budget. We hear it all the time: "If I ran my household like the state, I'd be broke!" First, they would be right. The state is broke. But, is this a fair comparison?

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Register Now for the 36th Annual Lobbying Conference!

by Events.CTNewsJunkie.com
Posted: Sep 13, 2017 10:00pm

Registration is open for the 36th Annual Lobbying Conference, which will be held Oct. 17. Learn from experienced Legislators, Lobbyists and Communications professionals (many with decades of experience) about how to craft your message, and make an impact. Breakfast and lunch are included. Register today!

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OP-ED | Dominion Won’t Open Its Books, But It’s Ready To Do A Number On The State Budget & Consumers

by Matt Fossen
Posted: Sep 13, 2017 9:14pm

As state leaders reach the home stretch around the negotiating table, several ideas are in the mix to help Connecticut bridge its budget gap. One proposal stands out not only as bad policy but also as a direct hit to residents and businesses.

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Two Connecticut Insurers Stick With Exchange

by Christine Stuart
Posted: Sep 13, 2017 1:18pm


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Catch Me If You Can!

by Events.CTNewsJunkie.com
Posted: Sep 12, 2017 10:00pm

Join AARP CT and CCSU’s Office of Continuing Education for a free talk Wednesday, Sept. 27, by Catch Me If You Can author Frank Abagnale – one of the world's most respected authorities on forgery, embezzlement, and secure documents – to learn how to spot and avoid scams. REGISTER NOW!

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OP-ED | The Classics Don’t Matter

by Sarah Forte
Posted: Sep 12, 2017 12:36pm

At the start of each school year, many students tell me that they hate reading. Many say that they haven't read a book since elementary school. Part of the problem lies with what we're asking students to read in high school.

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FRONT ROW CT | Popstars And Top Comics Highlight Connecticut’s Fall Lineup

by Kelly Byrnes
Posted: Sep 12, 2017 11:51am

Katy Perry, Mariah Carey, Tracy Morgan, Jay Leno, and Terry Fator are all coming to Connecticut. And UConn football returns to Rentschler - get your tickets now!

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Irma Delays Congress; Toddler Will Get Anti-Seizure Drug; NDAA On Tap This Week | Issue 38

by Peter Urban
Posted: Sep 12, 2017 8:51am

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September 21, 2017

200 Attend Veto Rally

by Christine Stuart | Sep 21, 2017 2:23pm
Posted to: State Budget | State Capitol

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — It’s been almost a week since the two-year, $40.7 billion Republican budget passed with the help of eight Democratic legislators, but it didn’t take opponents long to rally 200 people against it.

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Access Health CT Prepares For Enrollment

by Cara Rosner | Sep 21, 2017 11:30am
Posted to: Health Care | Insurance | Jobs | Labor

HARTFORD, CT — If the Affordable Care Act still exists in a few weeks, Access Health CT (AHCT) officials are making several changes intended to help consumers to find the right health insurance plan.

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GOP Pushing Obamacare Repeal; Graham-Cassidy Would Hit Connecticut Hard

by Peter Urban | Sep 21, 2017 5:30am
Posted to: Congress | Health Care | Mental Health Care | Insurance

Courtesy of C-SPAN 2 WASHINGTON — U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal said Wednesday he is “deeply concerned” Senate Republicans will rush ahead next week with legislation replacing the Affordable Care Act with an alternative plan that will do far greater harm to the nation’s health care system than earlier GOP proposals.

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September 20, 2017

Partisan Criticism Continues In Connecticut Budget Crisis

by Christine Stuart | Sep 20, 2017 4:28pm
Posted to: State Budget | State Capitol | East Hartford

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie EAST HARTFORD, CT — “One hot mess.” That was the phrase Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy used Wednesday to describe the way the Republican budget would distribute state education funds to Connecticut’s cities and towns.

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Bipartisan Group of Attorneys General Expand Opioid Investigation

by Jack Kramer | Sep 20, 2017 11:30am
Posted to: Health Care | Legal

Ctnewsjunkie file photo HARTFORD – Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen took a significant step Tuesday to move forward an investigation over whether drug-makers sought to increase profits by misrepresenting the dangers of prescription opioids and ignoring the public health risks.

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Five Days Later, Still No Bipartisan Budget Talks

by Christine Stuart | Sep 20, 2017 5:30am

ctnewsjunkie file photo HARTFORD, CT — It’s been five days since the Republican budget passed, but there’s been no bipartisan talks since Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy vowed to veto the proposal.

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September 19, 2017

Advocates Say Elimination of Clean Elections Program Would Cost Connecticut

by Christine Stuart | Sep 19, 2017 3:00pm
Posted to: Campaign Finance | Election 2018

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — A handful of lawmakers, state officials, and advocates rallied against sections in the Republican budget that would eliminate Connecticut’s landmark clean elections program.

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UConn Researchers Find Business, Labor Unions Aren’t Driving Super PACs

by Jack Kramer | Sep 19, 2017 12:30pm
Posted to: Business | Campaign Finance | Congress | DC News Junkie | Election Policy | Labor

David Carillet via Shutterstock Ideology and issues, rather than business, drive super PAC fundraising, according to a study by University of Connecticut researchers.

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BIA Letter Creates More Questions Than Answers

by Christine Stuart | Sep 19, 2017 10:51am
Posted to: Gaming | Tribes | Bridgeport | East Windsor

(Updated 12:30 p.m.) The same day MGM Resorts International announced plans for a Bridgeport casino, the U.S. Department of Interior sent the chairmen of the federally recognized tribes an ambiguous letter regarding plans for its East Windsor casino.

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Bad Things Will Happen Oct. 1, But A Cash Flow Problem Won’t Be One of Them

by Christine Stuart | Sep 19, 2017 5:30am
Posted to: The Economy | State Budget

State Treasurer's Office HARTFORD, CT — Wall Street analysts found that even though Connecticut hasn’t been able to pass a two-year budget, its cash position in the short-term is fairly healthy.

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