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Senate GOP Paves Way for Partisan Tax Overhaul; ACA Subsidies in Doubt; Wooing Bezos | Issue 49

by Peter Urban
Posted: Oct 20, 2017 6:04pm

Peter Urban has the latest from Washington, including how our Senators voted this week on key issues.

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OP-ED | City Impossible: The Weird, Wonderful World of the Amazon HQ2 Proposal

by Susan Bigelow
Posted: Oct 20, 2017 10:00am

Imagine a striking city of skyscrapers, greenery, pedestrian-filled bridges over a glistening river, buried highways, and a riverside ferris wheel, all contained within a “cohesive ecosystem” of nearby towns. This is the remarkable, radical revisioning of Hartford dreamed up by the creators of Connecticut’s longshot bid for Amazon’s second headquarters.

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OP-ED | Of Timid Politicians, Good Journalism, And Harvey Weinstein

by Terry Cowgill
Posted: Oct 20, 2017 5:30am

Ever since my ninth-grade English teacher introduced me to the term, I’ve always enjoyed oxymorons. Indeed, I even like saying the word oxymoron. Classics like "jumbo shrimp" come to mind, along with the self-deprecating "military intelligence"  --  the latter invented, I’m told, by no less than the military itself.

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CTISPRIME.COM

by Christine Stuart
Posted: Oct 19, 2017 4:28pm

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Middletown Mayor’s Chief of Staff Resigns

by Middletown Press
Posted: Oct 18, 2017 9:09pm

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Wheelhouse | Municipal Election, Gubernatorial Hopefuls, And That Stalled Budget

by WNPR
Posted: Oct 18, 2017 11:11am

CTNewsJunkie columnist Susan Bigelow, Colin McEnroe of WNPR and Mark Pazniokas of the CT Mirror discuss this week's top stories. LISTEN

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Philanthropic Giving Levels in Connecticut Among Nation’s Lowest As Percentage of Income

by CTByTheNumbers
Posted: Oct 18, 2017 7:04am

Connecticut ranked 47th among the 50 states in philanthropic giving as a percentage of income, with a “giving ratio” of 2.4 percent, 25 percent lower than the national average, according to a new analysis by the Chronicle of Philanthropy.

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Senate Returns With Tax Reform; Opioid Crisis Must Read; Blumenthal, Himes Defend 1A | Issue 48

by Peter Urban
Posted: Oct 17, 2017 4:31pm

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Surge In STDs Attributed To Unsafe Sex, Hookups

by Laurie Tarkan
Posted: Oct 17, 2017 11:51am

 The number of people diagnosed with a sexually transmitted disease has increased in Connecticut as well as across the country, data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports.

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OP-ED | Misperception Of Urban Schools And Educators Is Pervasive, But Baseless

by Jason Courtmanche
Posted: Oct 17, 2017 5:30am

... Then I asked if any of them had ever been to Hartford before, and, again, all of them said no. One young woman said her parents claimed it was too dangerous. Several others said they had heard the same thing.

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Blumenthal Calls On FCC To Quiet Trump’s Press Threats

by Jack Kramer
Posted: Oct 16, 2017 1:04pm

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Middletown Council Voids Mayor Drews CCM Withdrawal

by Middletown Press
Posted: Oct 16, 2017 9:36am

The Common Council has voided Mayor Dan Drew’s effort to withdraw the city from membership in the Connecticut Council of Municipalities.

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Calling All Voters

by Staff Report
Posted: Oct 15, 2017 10:53pm

Christine Stuart of CTNewsJunkie talks about their new platform for municipal races and gives an update on budget negotiations. 

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Congress Fires A Blank; QPoll Finds High Support For Stricter Gun Laws; ACA Update | Issue 47

by Peter Urban
Posted: Oct 13, 2017 6:17pm

Peter Urban has the latest from Washington and how our Congressional delegates voted on key legislation this week. Checki it out!

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Connecticut Joins Lawsuit To Save Obamacare Subsidy

by Christine Stuart
Posted: Oct 13, 2017 3:10pm

 

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OP-ED | Felons, Millionaires, and Nobodies: The Race for Governor

by Susan Bigelow
Posted: Oct 13, 2017 10:00am

Are you a filthy rich businessman who wants to be governor and has $1.8 million lying around to pump into the campaign? If so, too bad, the Republicans already have one of you.

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OP-ED | Connecticut Schools Face Uncertain Future

by Barth Keck
Posted: Oct 13, 2017 5:30am

 The ongoing state budget mess in Hartford has implications beyond the fiscal fallout at the state level. As my colleague Terry Cowgill outlined last week, the future could be bleak for many of Connecticut’s towns if the state ends up foisting drastic changes upon Connecticut’s public schools.

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Milford Senator Comes Under Fire For Use of Racial Slur

by Christine Stuart
Posted: Oct 12, 2017 2:56pm

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Forum on Bankruptcy Planned as Budget Eludes State, Hartford Nears Decision

by CTByTheNumbers
Posted: Oct 11, 2017 10:40pm

If the state legislature remains deadlocked on approval of a state budget and the level of municipal aid that would be sent to the City of Hartford, a public forum planned for next Thursday, October 19, may offer a sneak preview of what will come in the days after the headline “Hartford Declares Bankruptcy.”

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Register Now for the 36th Annual Lobbying Conference!


by Events
Posted: Oct 10, 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 | Better Government Begins At Home

by Marshall R. Collins
Posted: Oct 10, 2017 1:09pm

With municipal elections less than one month away, the timing for a discussion on how citizens can make a difference in their communities couldn’t come at a better time than that chosen by the Governor M. Jodi Rell Center for Public Service and the University of Hartford.

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OP-ED | Let’s Not Move On

by Dean Pagani
Posted: Oct 10, 2017 5:30am

Once again, the political response to a mass shooting in this country is inadequate.

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Hurricane Funds Top Agenda; Murphy Sets Bump Stock Ban As 1st Step, Backs Iran Nuke Deal | Issue 46

by Peter Urban
Posted: Oct 9, 2017 3:46pm

The latest from DC News Junkie Peter Urban!

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Get Caught Up On The Budget Debate, 2018 Elections

by Staff Report
Posted: Oct 8, 2017 11:01pm

Christine Stuart talks with Dan Newmyer about the recent budget talks and the 2018 election. 

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CT Delegation Takes Aim at Gun Safety; Blumenthal ‘HOT CARS’ Bill Gets Committee Nod | Issue 45

by Peter Urban
Posted: Oct 6, 2017 9:14pm

DC News Junkie Peter Urban has the latest on the Connecticut Congressional delegation this week, including how they voted on key legislation. Click below for more and click here to receive to this free, twice-a-week email newsletter.

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October 20, 2017

Malloy Refuses To Meet Until Legislators Give Him A Budget Document

by Christine Stuart | Oct 20, 2017 3:02pm
Posted to: State Budget | Special Session | Taxes | State Capitol

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie photo HARTFORD, CT — Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said Friday that he won’t be meeting with Democratic legislative leaders to go over their bipartisan budget agreement until he’s able to review a document.

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Insurance Shopping Experience Could Prove Challenging For CT Consumers

by Christine Stuart | Oct 20, 2017 12:03pm
Posted to: Health Care | Insurance

HARTFORD, CT — Even though Connecticut anticipated President Donald Trump would eliminate Obamacare subsidies, consumers purchasing plans on Connecticut’s insurance exchange may have a difficult time choosing a plan this year.

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Connecticut Economist Speculates Recession Will Hit Before State Recovers Jobs

by Jack Kramer | Oct 20, 2017 5:30am
Posted to: The Economy | Jobs | Labor

ctnewsjunkie file photo WETHERSFIELD, CT — The latest employment numbers for the state have a leading economist believing another recession will hit before Connecticut reclaims all the jobs it lost during the Great Recession.

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October 19, 2017

Compromise Budget Would Eliminate Car Tax, Increase Teacher Pension Contributions

by Christine Stuart | Oct 19, 2017 3:21pm
Posted to: State Budget | Special Session | Pensions | Taxes | State Capitol

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — Democratic and Republican legislative leaders in the House briefed rank-and-file lawmakers on the tentative compromise budget deal Thursday and emerged confident they can still pass a budget, even if they haven’t finalized it yet.

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Moody’s: Hartford Default Likely

by Jack Kramer | Oct 19, 2017 12:24pm
Posted to: State Budget | Hartford

HARTFORD, CT — The city of Hartford is likely to default on its debt in a matter of weeks without additional concessions from the state of Connecticut, bondholders, and labor unions, Moody’s Investors Services says in a new report.

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Connecticut Improves, But Remains Among 10 Least Tax-Friendly States

by Christine Stuart | Oct 19, 2017 5:30am
Posted to: The Economy

Courtesy of Kiplinger HARTFORD, CT — Every fall Kiplinger’s, a publisher of business forecasts and personal financial advice, releases its top 10 list of most tax-friendly states and least tax-friendly states.

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October 18, 2017

Legislative Leaders Reach Tentative Deal, Malloy Remains Skeptical

by Christine Stuart | Oct 18, 2017 4:39pm
Posted to: State Budget | Taxes | State Capitol

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — Legislative leaders emerged Wednesday from a Democratic caucus room at the State Capitol to announce they reached a tentative framework for budget deal they may need to pass with a veto-proof majority.

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Knowledge Corridor Businesses Profit, But Future Presents Mixed Bag

by Christine Stuart | Oct 18, 2017 11:30am

HARTFORD, CT — A majority of companies located in the “Knowledge Corridor” that runs between New Haven and Springfield, Mass. turned a profit in 2017 and an even greater amount expect to be profitable in 2018.

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Connecticut Among ‘Battleground’ States In 2018

by Christine Stuart | Oct 18, 2017 5:30am
Posted to: Election 2018

HARTFORD, CT — Connecticut is one of 10 states in 2018 that are being considered a “battleground” when it comes to which party may control the state House and Senate.

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October 17, 2017

Legislative Leaders Set Wednesday Deadline For Budget Deal

by Christine Stuart | Oct 17, 2017 9:40pm
Posted to: State Budget | Special Session | Taxes | State Capitol

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — Legislative leaders said they expect to know whether they will have a two-year, bipartisan budget deal by 2:30 p.m. Wednesday afternoon.

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