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Join us Friday for a Gubernatorial Forum on Transportation with Republican Candidates


by Events
Posted: Dec 13, 2017 3:51pm

Transportation investments are crucial to the future of Connecticut. Hear from Republican candidates for Governor at a breakfast this Friday, Dec. 15, at the Aqua Turf Club in Plantsville. The buffet breakfast is at 8 a.m., the forum begins at 9. There is no fee to attend, but registration is required. Please direct your RSVP to John Wilhelm.

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OP-ED | Matthew Tirado’s Lesson: Disabled Children Need a Voice & DCF Must Change

by Susan Bigelow
Posted: Dec 14, 2017 10:30pm

Of all the failures of our systems that led to the death from malnutrition of Matthew Tirado, a nonverbal autistic boy from Hartford, the judicial hearing held in December 2016 is what sticks with me. The Department of Children and Families argued to close Matthew’s case, without providing any evidence for why, and the judge agreed. The hearing took less than a minute. Two months later, Matthew was dead.

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Report: 27 Facilities Using Hazardous Chemicals Pose Risk To Thousands Of Low-Income Neighbors

by Adam Wisnieski
Posted: Dec 14, 2017 12:00pm

 There are 27 facilities in Connecticut that use such large quantities of hazardous chemicals that they are required to submit disaster response plans to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

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Governors Press Congress to Fund Health Care Program for Low Income Families

by Courthouse News Service
Posted: Dec 13, 2017 7:11am

Governors and state officials around the country are warning recipients of a health care program for low income families that their benefits could dry up if Congress doesn’t reauthorize the popular program soon.

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Doyle Explores Run for Attorney General

by Christine Stuart
Posted: Dec 12, 2017 10:27am

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Hartford Is At A Crossroads

by Hartford Business Journal
Posted: Dec 12, 2017 9:49am

Greg Bordonaro discusses two major events that will have potentially significant ramifications for the city of Hartford and its future.

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DC NEWS JUNKIE | GOP Seeks Tax Cut Deal; Himes Presses for Trump Jr. Subpoena; Senators Split

by Peter Urban
Posted: Dec 11, 2017 9:38pm

House and Senate Republican leaders are looking to quickly reach consensus on an overhaul of tax policy this week in hopes of sending a final bill to President Donald Trump before year’s end.

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West Hartford Town Council Committee Recommends Against Purchase of UConn Property

by We-Ha.com
Posted: Dec 11, 2017 5:00pm

The West Hartford Town Council’s Subcommittee on Economic Development has released a bipartisan recommendation that the town terminate its purchase and sale agreement with UConn for the 58-acre campus property.

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OP-ED | ONA Urges FCC To Preserve An Open Internet

by Online News Association
Posted: Dec 11, 2017 12:05pm

The Online News Association and four journalism and transparency organizations urge the Federal Communications Commission to halt its push to end net neutrality and hold hearings to hear the publica's concerns about this issue.

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State Branding Drives Tourism, Economic Development Goals

by CTByTheNumbers
Posted: Dec 11, 2017 5:30am

As Connecticut suffers through budget deficits, cuts in spending and services, and high-profile departures of leading businesses, states nearby are advancing economic development branding and marketing strategies to retain and attract business, according to a new report by the state legislature’s Office of Legislative Research.

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DC NEWS JUNKIE | Sex Harassment Rocks Congress; Gov’t Shutdown Averted For Now, and More

by Peter Urban
Posted: Dec 8, 2017 1:57pm

In a week that saw the #MeToo “Silence Breakers” recognized as Time Magazine’s Person of the Year, three members of Congress announced their resignations after each had been accused of inappropriate sexual behavior in the past.

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OP-ED | I Hope You Didn’t Have Anywhere to Be in 2019

by Susan Bigelow
Posted: Dec 8, 2017 10:00am

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is warning us that without quick intervention, Connecticut’s Special Transportation Fund will be underwater by 2019. There’s no quick fix, no easy solution, and no way out that isn’t going to be painful. All aboard!

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OP-ED | UConn Must Step Up As Discourse Deteriorates

by Barth Keck
Posted: Dec 8, 2017 5:30am

 The dust-up at the University of Connecticut last week involving Lucian Wintrich, the White House correspondent for the right-wing Gateway Pundit, was not UConn’s brightest moment.

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Bronin, Bysiewicz Exploring

by Christine Stuart
Posted: Dec 7, 2017 12:05pm

 

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CT’s Mattress Recycle Program Collecting 14,000 Per Month

by CTByTheNumbers
Posted: Dec 6, 2017 10:41pm

Connecticut mattress recycling program collected more than 162,000 mattresses and diverted more than 2,300 tons of material from disposal during the 2016-17 fiscal year, according to a recently released report on the state’s program.

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Lembo Seeks To Block Use of ‘Expensive Specialty Drugs’

by Christine Stuart
Posted: Dec 6, 2017 5:30am

 

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Study: Integrating Legal Aid With Medical Care Improves Veterans’ Lives

by Peggy McCarthy
Posted: Dec 5, 2017 9:54am

 Veterans’ mental health and housing improved when they accessed free legal services in a Veterans Affairs facility, according to a study of veterans in Connecticut and New York City.

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DC NEWS JUNKIE | Tax Overhaul Heading to Conference; Trump Tweet Raises Obstruction Questions

by Peter Urban
Posted: Dec 4, 2017 4:04pm

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Three Nursing Homes Fined Following Lapses In Care

by Cara Rosner
Posted: Dec 4, 2017 9:46am

 The state Department of Public Health (DPH) has fined three Connecticut nursing homes for violations that injured residents or jeopardized their safety.

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See Ya Next Year

by Staff Report
Posted: Dec 4, 2017 9:39am

Christine Stuart joined Dan Newmyer to close out 2017. The show will return in Feb. 11.

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Tax Relief for Crumbling Foundations May Be Fleeting

by Peter Urban
Posted: Dec 1, 2017 4:36pm

A tax write-off for Connecticut homeowners with crumbling foundations that was recently approved by the Internal Revenue Service may be in jeopardy under legislation now being debated by the U.S. Senate.

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OP-ED | For Sale: Old Building Full of Ghosts

by Susan Bigelow
Posted: Dec 1, 2017 10:00am

This week the state Bond Commission voted to borrow $40 million for upgrades to the XL Center, in the hopes of tricking some poor sap into buying it. Good luck with that.

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OP-ED | On Crumbling Foundations, Connecticut Shows a Bipartisan Streak

by Terry Cowgill
Posted: Dec 1, 2017 5:30am

If there's any better proof that safety in numbers can bring people together, then I don't know where it is. Last year we learned that anywhere from hundreds to perhaps tens of thousands of homeowners - most of them in northern and eastern Connecticut - have the misfortune of owning homes whose foundations are crumbling.

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Heavy Drinking Among Women At All-Time High, Despite Health Consequences

by Elizabeth Heubeck
Posted: Nov 30, 2017 12:03pm

 An ever-increasing number of women in the state are drinking to excess, state and federal data show.

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Hospital Errors Decline 5 Percent, But Sexual Assaults More Than Double

by Cara Rosner
Posted: Nov 29, 2017 1:19pm

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December 14, 2017

Lawmakers Firm Up Session On Medicare Savings, Set Aside Deficit For Now

by Christine Stuart | Dec 14, 2017 5:03pm
Posted to: Health Care | Insurance | State Budget | Special Session

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — Democratic and Republican lawmakers agreed again Thursday that they will be returning to Hartford sometime between Christmas Eve and Dec. 29 to restore the Medicare Savings Program.

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Regents Green Light Community College Consolidation

by Christine Stuart | Dec 14, 2017 2:07pm
Posted to: Education | Labor | Hartford

christine stuart / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — (Updated 4 p.m.) The state Board of Regents approved a plan to combine Connecticut’s 12 community colleges into one college with 12 separate campuses in three regions Thursday while warning that the proposal was still a work in progress.

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Anti-Tobacco Activist Pushes Cessation Rather Than Taxation

by Jack Kramer | Dec 14, 2017 5:30am
Posted to: Health Care | State Budget | Taxes

shutterstock HARTFORD, CT — Those who lead the fight against big tobacco in the state are once again hoping the latest plan to raise taxes on those who use tobacco products don’t forget to fund smoking cessation programs.

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December 13, 2017

Malloy Offers Lawmakers A Mix of Tax Increases, Spending Cuts To Erase Red Ink

by Christine Stuart | Dec 13, 2017 1:05pm
Posted to: State Budget | Special Session | Taxes | State Capitol

ctnewsjunkie file photo HARTFORD, CT — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy presented legislative leaders Wednesday with more than $303 million in spending cuts and tax increases as they seek to resolve a $208 million budget deficit.

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Energy Affordability Gap Widens

by Christine Stuart | Dec 13, 2017 12:21pm
Posted to: Energy | Equality | Nonprofits | Poverty

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — Energy prices have crept back up over the past year and widened the energy affordability gap in Connecticut.

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Blumenthal Calls For Passage of Dream Act, But Won’t Shut Down Gov’t To Get It

by Christine Stuart | Dec 13, 2017 5:30am
Posted to: Congress | Education | Immigration | Housing | Jobs | Labor

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — Sen. Richard Blumenthal wouldn’t say Monday whether he would vote to shut down the government if the Republican Party fails to find a path for Dreamers before Congress adjourns later this month.

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December 12, 2017

Lawmakers Look To Convene Special Session To Restore Funding

by Christine Stuart | Dec 12, 2017 5:31pm
Posted to: Health Care | Insurance | State Budget | Special Session

ctnewsjunkie file photo HARTFORD, CT — Legislative leaders from both parties are teaming up to call themselves back into special session to approve funding for a program they collectively cut less than two months ago.

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Child Advocate Seeks To Strengthen Safety Net For Children With Disabilities

by Christine Stuart | Dec 12, 2017 1:18pm
Posted to: Child Welfare | Courts | Education | Juvenile Justice | Hartford

ctnewsjunkie file photo HARTFORD, CT — A teenage boy with autism and intellectual disabilities who died from starvation, dehydration and child abuse was absent from school for years and known to the Department of Children and Families and the Juvenile Court System, which closed his case weeks before his death.

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Regents Ready Community College Consolidation

by Jack Kramer | Dec 12, 2017 5:29am
Posted to: The Economy | Education | Labor | State Budget

Jack Kramer / ctnewsjunkie file photo HARTFORD, CT - A much debated - and by some criticized - plan to restructure the state’s community colleges is due for a vote by the Board of Regents this Thursday.

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December 11, 2017

Sentencing Commission Tackles Three Big Criminal Justice Reforms

by Christine Stuart | Dec 11, 2017 2:23pm
Posted to: Civil Liberties | Courts | Immigration | Legal

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — The public got a chance Monday to weigh in on three proposals that would change Connecticut’s criminal justice system in very different ways.

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