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Senate President Pushes for Anthem, Yale Medicine Contract Agreement

by Mary E. O'Leary
Posted: Sep 30, 2016 12:28pm

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OP-ED | End Local Control of Schools

by Susan Bigelow
Posted: Sep 30, 2016 10:00am

A long time ago, Puritans carved out the boundaries of their towns by how far away someone could live from the church and still get to the sermon on time. Today, those arbitrary boundaries are also the limits of most of our school districts, meaning the kind of education your child gets depends on which side of the line your house sits.

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OP-ED | Of ‘Old Yankee Boundaries’ And Revenue Shortfalls

by Terry Cowgill
Posted: Sep 30, 2016 5:30am

Few things get the old Yankee blood boiling faster than talk of regionalization  --  especially in Connecticut, where we essentially have a long history of government that includes only state and municipal.

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Insys Sales Manager Charged In Kickback Scheme

by Lisa Chedekel
Posted: Sep 29, 2016 6:20pm

Fifteen months after a Derby nurse admitted taking drug-company kickbacks in exchange for prescribing a powerful opioid painkiller, a former district sales manager for the company was arrested Thursday on federal charges that he helped to orchestrate the kickback scheme.

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Voter Registration Surges Following Social Media Blitz

by Cara Rosner
Posted: Sep 29, 2016 1:58pm

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OP-ED | Post-Debate Blues In A Post-Factual World

by Barth Keck
Posted: Sep 29, 2016 7:11am

I keep pinching myself during this surreal election season to see if I'm dreaming. Alas, it's no dream; it's actually more of a nightmare  --  at least for this high school English teacher.

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Novel Financing Plan Infuses $11.2M to Treat Drug-Addicted Parents

by Middletown Press
Posted: Sep 28, 2016 10:41pm

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OP-ED | Debate Highlighted A Familiar Pattern

by Sarah Darer Littman
Posted: Sep 28, 2016 9:30am

As a professional woman watching the debate on Monday night, I witnessed a depressingly familiar scenario. Apparently I wasn’t alone. One of my tweets seemed to resonate widely: "Trump can't seem to stop interrupting HRC. Which reminds professional women of every single meeting they've ever been in."

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Register Now for the 35th Annual Lobbying Conference!

by Gallo & Robinson LLC
Posted: Sep 28, 2016 9:15am

Registration is open for the 35th Annual Lobbying Conference, which will be held Oct. 6. 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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Malloy: Connecticut’s Violent Crime Rate Lowest Since 1974

by New Haven Register
Posted: Sep 27, 2016 2:21pm

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Pollster: All Chatter Aside, We’ll Know Who Won the Debate In 4-to-7 Days

by Jack Kramer
Posted: Sep 27, 2016 11:09am

While most news organizations raced to declare Hillary Clinton the clear cut winner of the long anticipated first presidential debate, a Connecticut professional pollster Tuesday said "that was just a lot of chatter."

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CT Startups Edge Into Cluttered Market With Diabetes Apps

by Sujata Srinivasan
Posted: Sep 26, 2016 12:08pm

When Adam Berger, 29, who has Type 1 diabetes, decided to get a sandwich from a deli, he first ran it by his mobile application ezbds, which he launched in Stamford two years ago.

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OP-ED | Judge’s Ruling Would Leave My Daughter Without An Educational Opportunity

by Sarah Eagan
Posted: Sep 26, 2016 5:30am

A paper came from my daughter’s Kindergarten the other day with a list of questions. What motivates me? (Meaning the kindergartener, not the mom). What are my favorite activities? What am I good at? What do I need to work on?

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TAKE THE SURVEY: Are You Hardwired to Vote for Clinton or Trump?

by Staff Report
Posted: Sep 23, 2016 5:33pm

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Special Session Sept. 28

by Staff Report
Posted: Sep 23, 2016 1:52pm

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy made it official Friday when he announced he signed a proclamation calling on the General Assembly to convene 9 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28 for a special session to approve an economic incentive package for Lockheed Martin.

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OP-ED | Dems Struggle To Hold House

by Susan Bigelow
Posted: Sep 23, 2016 10:00am

Democrats may keep majorities in both houses of the General Assembly this November, but it won’t be because they have better ideas or policies. Rather, if they keep control, they’ll have one person to thank for it: Donald Trump.

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OP-ED | Budget Changes Hamstring Good Government

by Sarah Darer Littman
Posted: Sep 23, 2016 8:00am

News that most of the Legislature’s Program Review and Investigations Committee staff would be assigned to other legislative support offices is being billed as a cost-saving measure. Five analysts are being moved to the Auditors of Public Accounts and the four others and an administrative assistant are being transferred elsewhere.

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OP-ED | Striking A Pose For Openness And Efficiency?

by Terry Cowgill
Posted: Sep 23, 2016 5:30am

Two stories surfaced last week that shed light on the way state government operates and the low regard some officials have for those who act as watchdogs for the people.

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Back to the Future: Permanent Commission on Status of Women Resurrected as Nonprofit

by CTByTheNumbers
Posted: Sep 22, 2016 12:52pm

When the state legislature surprisingly eliminated the landmark Connecticut Permanent Commission on the Status of Women (PCSW) on the heels of one of the agency’s most successful advocacy efforts on an array of pivotal issues, the dismay from an array of organizations across the state was strident and unified, but ultimately unsuccessful.

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Malloy: Sikorsky deal a no-brainer for Connecticut

by Luther Turmelle
Posted: Sep 22, 2016 12:18pm

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Med Board Fines Two Docs, Asks For Stiffer Penalty For New Haven Doctor

by Kate Farrish
Posted: Sep 21, 2016 9:36am

The state Medical Examining Board Tuesday fined two doctors for inappropriately prescribing drugs and rejected a New Haven doctor’s $5,000 fine, saying it was too lenient.

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WTIC License Renewed by FCC Following Nearly 3-Year Odyssey

by CTByTheNumbers
Posted: Sep 20, 2016 11:16pm

Concluding a process that dragged on for nearly three years, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has renewed the broadcast license of Hartford’s WTIC-AM.

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Supreme Court Grants Petition To Review Education Ruling

by Dan Klau
Posted: Sep 20, 2016 3:20pm

Supreme Court will hear arguments in CCJEF v. Rell.

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GOP Candidate Sues For Ballot Access

by New Haven Register
Posted: Sep 19, 2016 11:34pm

North Haven Republican Rep. David Yaccarino is suing to get his name on the Republican line for the November ballot. Secretary of the State Denise Merrill says he didn't properly sign paperwork certifying his candidacy. He was also cross-endorsed by the Independent Party and his name will appear on that line. A judge will hear arguments Tuesday morning.

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Green Party Presidential Candidate To Visit Connecticut

by Christine Stuart
Posted: Sep 19, 2016 1:03pm

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September 30, 2016

Bond Commission Approves Money For Rail Improvements

by Jack Kramer | Sep 30, 2016 12:31pm
Posted to: State Budget | Transportation | Rail

Christine Stuart photo The state Bond Commission Friday approved tax obligation bond requests for $282.6 million in transportation projects, including $60 million for the double tracking of the Hartford rail line and $200 million to buy 60 rail cars for the New Haven line.

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Independent Expenditure Groups Make Their Endorsements, Get Ready For November

by Christine Stuart | Sep 30, 2016 11:30am
Posted to: Election 2016 | Election Policy

First it was the state’s largest business lobby. Now it’s smaller special interests groups who are harnessing the power of so-called “independent expenditures.”

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Several New Laws Take Effect Oct. 1

by Cara Rosner | Sep 30, 2016 5:30am

CTNewsJunkie file photo Eight new Connecticut laws will take effect Saturday, covering a wide range of topics, from domestic violence and human trafficking to bedbugs and gift cards.

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September 29, 2016

Bond Commission Expected to Approve Last of School Security Funding

by Jack Kramer | Sep 29, 2016 2:32pm
Posted to: State Budget | Taxes | State Capitol

CTNewsJunkie file photo The state Bond Commission is poised to approve about $185.2 million in general obligation bonds Friday, including the last $10 million for school safety and security improvements.

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Connecticut Joins Lawsuit Against Makers of Suboxone

by Cara Rosner | Sep 29, 2016 11:00am
Posted to: Business | Consumer Protection | Courts | Health Care | Insurance | Legal

shutterstock Connecticut has joined 34 other states and the District of Columbia in filing a federal lawsuit against the two manufacturers of Suboxone, a drug that treats opioid addiction, accusing the companies of illegally blocking generic competitors from the marketplace.

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September 28, 2016

Another Community Protests State Police Gun Range Location

by Jack Kramer | Sep 28, 2016 10:45pm
Posted to: Environment | Law Enforcement | East Haven | Griswold | Simsbury

ctnewsjunkie Griswold First Selectman Kevin Skulczyck came to Hartford Wednesday to implore state officials to immediately halt plans to put a state police gun range in his town.

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Senate, House Approve Deal To Keep Helicopter Production In Connecticut

by Christine Stuart | Sep 28, 2016 1:30pm
Posted to: Business | Corporate Watch | The Economy | Manufacturing Sector | Energy | Jobs | Labor | State Capitol | Stratford

Christine Stuart photo (Updated 5:02 p.m.) There was bipartisan consensus Wednesday that the $220 million economic incentive package for Lockheed Martin to continue helicopter production in Connecticut is a good deal for taxpayers.

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Long-awaited Efficiency Panel Finally Formed

by Christine Stuart | Sep 28, 2016 5:30am
Posted to: Nonprofits | State Budget | Special Session | State Capitol | Transparency

CTNewsJunkie file photo It went largely unnoticed for almost a year until a reporter started asking questions about it, but the last member of the Efficiency Planning Task Force was finally appointed this week.

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September 27, 2016

Consumers, Brokers Say Exchange’s Solution Is Inadequate

by Christine Stuart | Sep 27, 2016 5:29am
Posted to: Health Care | Insurance | Jobs

CTNewsJunkie file photo Unable to get her questions answered by the Access Health CT call center last year, Diane Lafferty did what 40 percent of exchange customers did and turned to an insurance broker for help.

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September 26, 2016

Rank-And-File Lawmakers Briefed On Lockheed Martin Incentive Package

by Christine Stuart | Sep 26, 2016 4:35pm
Posted to: Business | Election 2016 | State Budget | Taxes | State Capitol

Christine Stuart photo Democratic and Republican lawmakers are poised to approve a $220 million package of economic incentives for Lockheed Martin that would guarantee the company continues to produce helicopters in the state through June 2032.

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