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NRA Fails To Derail Judicial Nomination

by Christine Stuart
Posted: Jan 30, 2015 4:08pm

The National Rifle Association’s campaign to stop the nomination of former Bridgeport State Rep. Auden Grogins to the Superior Court bench failed Friday.

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OP-ED | CT Should Be Open to Lyft, Uber; Time to Deregulate Taxis

by Suzanne Bates
Posted: Jan 30, 2015 1:30pm

This session the legislature can show it's ready to move the state firmly into the 21st century by adapting to the innovations that continue to disrupt the way we do business, while at the same time making the state friendlier to young millennials.

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OP-ED | On the Gas Tax, Murphy Gets It Half Right

by Terry Cowgill
Posted: Jan 30, 2015 5:30am

Sen. Chris Murphy, who has made a name for himself lately in the field of foreign policy, has stumbled onto a good domestic policy idea — sort of.

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OP-ED | Unfunded Mandates And The Towns That Hate Them

by Susan Bigelow
Posted: Jan 29, 2015 7:00pm

Whoever thought stormwater would ever be such a contentious issue? But new state regulations on just that have been at the center of the latest round of contention between the state and our municipalities, all because of unfunded mandates.

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Middletown Mayor to Run for Third Term

by Middletown Press
Posted: Jan 29, 2015 5:00pm

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Exonerated Man Gets $6M For 21 Years Behind Bars

by Christine Stuart
Posted: Jan 29, 2015 4:41pm

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Top 10 State in U.S. Patents, Connecticut To Help Innovators Go for More

by CTByTheNumbers
Posted: Jan 29, 2015 7:54am

The number of patents issued to Connecticut residents by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has been climbing steadily, from 1,384 in 2007 to 2,168 in 2013, the most recent year available.

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Lawmakers Seek To Limit Use Of Shackles On Juveniles In Court

by Karen Schmidt
Posted: Jan 28, 2015 10:43am

Concerns about the use of shackles on juveniles in court have prompted two lawmakers, Rep. Bruce Morris of Norwalk and Rep. Toni Walker of New Haven, to introduce legislation to limit the use of restraints.

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OP-ED | Missing the Joke - the Science of Satire

by Barth Keck
Posted: Jan 27, 2015 10:29pm

Recently, several of my students were confused by a question on a Media Literacy test. The question involved a cartoon by Andy Singer titled “Advertising in Literature” in which he imagines classic novels like “The Grapes of Wrath” incorporating statements such as, “Tom Joad leaned down and untied the laces of his new yellow Nike Air Jordans.”

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OP-ED | Health Insurers Watch Profits Soar As They Dump Small Business Customers

by Wendell Potter
Posted: Jan 27, 2015 5:30am

Several million previously uninsured Americans now have coverage because of Obamacare, but it could be argued that the people who have benefited most from the law—at least financially—are the top executives and shareholders of the country’s health insurance companies.

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Nonpartisan Analysts: 2015 Budget Is Just Shy of Deficit Mitigation

by Christine Stuart
Posted: Jan 26, 2015 4:48pm

The legislature’s nonpartisan Office of Fiscal Analysis estimated Monday that the 2015 budget deficit is about $3.7 million shy of requiring Gov. Dannel P. Malloy to issue a deficit mitigation plan to the General Assembly.

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State Adds Jobs In December

by Christine Stuart
Posted: Jan 26, 2015 2:13pm

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Family Court Reform Just Beginning Say Advocates

by CT Latino News
Posted: Jan 26, 2015 11:41am

The changes enacted last year as to how the state’s family courts operate appear to be just the first steps in reforming a system which some critics have described as incestuous, secretive and having greatly distressed some families, both financially and emotionally.

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CL&P Says It’s Prepared For The Storm

by Christine Stuart
Posted: Jan 26, 2015 7:45am

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Blumenthal, Murphy Tackle Women’s Health

by Sarah Paduano
Posted: Jan 25, 2015 8:02pm

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New York Times Writer Charles M. Blow ‘Fuming’ That Son Was Detained By Yale Police

by New Haven Register
Posted: Jan 25, 2015 10:28am

NEW HAVEN - New York Times op-ed columnist Charles M. Blow claims in a tweet that his son, who is black and a Chemistry major at Yale University was “accosted” at “gunpoint” Saturday night by university police who thought he was a suspect.

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OP-ED | Does Paid Sick Leave Work? Proving It Is Not Easy

by Susan Bigelow
Posted: Jan 23, 2015 9:14am

Paid sick leave is back in the news, thanks to a mention in President Barack Obama’s State of the Union speech. Mandated paid sick days are already a reality in our state. But do they actually do what they promise?

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OP-ED | Dealing With Reality: Licenses For Unauthorized Immigrants

by Terry Cowgill
Posted: Jan 23, 2015 5:30am

Judging by the fevered invective that passes for discourse on this controversial topic, you'd think allowing unlawful immigrants to have driver licenses would open the door to all manner of mischief and chicanery - to say nothing of the fact that "Giving licenses to illegals is wrong! Deport all illegal aliens!" as one commenter on this website declared last month.

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OP-ED | A Call to Action for Children

by Ellen Shemitz
Posted: Jan 22, 2015 6:15pm

I applaud President Obama for his State of the Union remarks this week for at least two reasons. First . . .

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Estate for Mother of Sandy Hook Gunman Sued

by Courthouse News Service
Posted: Jan 22, 2015 4:37pm

Connecticut families still grieving over the rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary School filed new complaints against school officials and the estate for the gunman's mother.

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East Haven Mayor Joseph Maturo Jr. Announces Re-Election Bid

by New Haven Register
Posted: Jan 22, 2015 2:27pm

Mayor Joseph Maturo Jr. announced Thursday he’s hoping to serve an eighth term in the town’s highest office.

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Two Nursing Homes Cited After Resident Deaths

by Kate Farrish
Posted: Jan 22, 2015 8:11am

Seven nursing homes were recently fined more than $1,000 each by the state Department of Public Health, including a Bridgeport home and a Hamden facility that were each cited in connection with the death of a resident.

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WNPR | Looking for a Parking Spot w/The Wheelhouse

Posted: Jan 21, 2015 1:25pm

There is a simple formula for restoring respect for democracy and other American institutions: just study everything that happens in Bridgeport and do the opposite. Colin McEnroe guest-hosts with check-ins on Bridgeport, New London County, and Hartford. Also, don't park in a handicap spot, especially if you're a lawmaker using your official state plates.

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Malloy Elevates Acting DOC Commissioner

by Christine Stuart
Posted: Jan 21, 2015 11:22am

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy nominated Scott Semple Wednesday to serve as Correction Department Commissioner.

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New Generation Of Vets Has Higher Suicide Risk, Study Shows

by Lisa Chedekel
Posted: Jan 21, 2015 6:57am

Justin Eldridge’s family will never fully understand why nothing seemed to ease the anguish of the young Marine and father of five, as he wrestled with post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury after a deployment to Afghanistan in 2004-05.

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January 30, 2015

Fairfield County Lawmakers Get Territorial About Transportation Infrastructure

by Hugh McQuaid | Jan 30, 2015 2:29pm
Posted to: Transportation

Hugh McQuaid Photo A bipartisan group of lawmakers from Fairfield County called on the state Friday to quickly prioritize transportation infrastructure projects in their region during this year’s transportation-oriented legislative session.

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DC NEWS JUNKIE | Keystone Pipeline Takes Center Stage in the Senate

by Jordan Fenster | Jan 30, 2015 8:29am
Posted to: Child Welfare | Congress | Foreign Policy | Energy | Environment | Federal Budget | Health Care | Law Enforcement

Despite a presidential veto threat, the Republican-controlled Senate voted Thursday in favor of S.1, which approves construction of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, with no help from Connecticut’s two Democratic senators.

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Advocates Tell Lawmakers That 64 Minutes Is Too Long To Wait

by Christine Stuart | Jan 30, 2015 5:30am
Posted to: Health Care | Labor | Legal | Nonprofits | State Budget

DSS Advocates, attorneys, and their clients told the legislature’s Human Services Committee on Thursday that waiting an average of 64 minutes on the phone to speak with a Social Services Department eligibility worker is too long.

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January 29, 2015

Republicans Look To Revise Election Laws

by Hugh McQuaid | Jan 29, 2015 4:35pm
Posted to: Campaign Finance | Election 2014 | Election Policy

Hugh McQuaid photo Republican lawmakers called Thursday for reducing the amount of money that flows into publicly financed campaigns and giving regulators more tools to investigate abuses.

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Bond Commission Poised To Borrow More Than $250M

by Hugh McQuaid | Jan 29, 2015 1:26pm

Housing projects, school improvement projects and municipal clean water initiatives are among the proposals the State Bond Commission plans to borrow money for during a Friday meeting, according to the panel’s agenda.

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Lawmakers Seek To Repeal Sales Tax On Diapers

by Cara Rosner | Jan 29, 2015 5:30am
Posted to: Business | State Budget | Taxes | Killingly | Manchester | Waterbury

Cara Rosner photo Two Democratic lawmakers have introduced legislation seeking to exempt baby diapers from state sales tax.

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January 28, 2015

Attorney’s Notes Back Rowland Claim That Prosecutors Withheld Evidence

by Hugh McQuaid | Jan 28, 2015 1:23pm
Posted to: Campaign Finance | Congress | 5th Congressional District | Courts | Legal

CTNJ file photo Lawyers for a co-conspirator of former Gov. John Rowland cited notes Monday that aid Rowland’s claim that federal prosecutors withheld evidence before convincing a jury to find him guilty of campaign corruption.

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Municipalities Still Unhappy With Stormwater Permit Proposal

by Christine Stuart | Jan 28, 2015 5:30am
Posted to: Environment | Town News

shutterstock The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection modified its draft storm water permit for municipalities this week, but at least two municipal lobbies say it’s still an unfunded mandate.

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January 27, 2015

Travel Ban Limits Accidents On Connecticut Highways

by Christine Stuart | Jan 27, 2015 9:02am
Posted to: Transportation | Weather

Courtesy of the DOT traffic cams (Updated 12:37 p.m.) Connecticut residents obeyed Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s travel ban and as a result there were only 15 accidents on the state’s highways and one minor injury.

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January 26, 2015

Linemen Express No Confidence In Utility Before Storm

by Hugh McQuaid | Jan 26, 2015 2:59pm
Posted to: Energy

Hugh McQuaid Photo A union representing utility workers called attention to their vote of no confidence in Connecticut Light & Power and Yankee Gas Monday as residents around the state braced for an expected blizzard.

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