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November 15, 2017

It’s Not Magic. It’s Money - CTNewsJunkie Needs Your Support

by Christine Stuart | November 15, 2017 11:28 PM
Posted to: Analysis | Business | Social Enterprises | Media Matters | Member Drive | Opinion

Recently, I had an eerie flashback to 2006. I walked into a press conference to discover I was the only one there. Eventually one other reporter showed up and it got started.

Unfortunately, I’m sometimes still the only reporter who shows up at a press conference. It happens more than anyone realizes.

But it’s always a stark reminder of why CTNewsJunkie exists.

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Extra Extra! & Op-Ed

OP-ED | What’s There to be Thankful For, Anyway?

by Susan Bigelow
Posted: Nov 17, 2017 3:12pm

This has been an exhausting, dispiriting, bewildering, and painful 12 months. It’s only a year since the election, but we still haven’t begun to reckon with everything that we’ve lost, and with all the damage our egomaniacal liar of a president and all those demons who surround him have yet to do.

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Enrollment Continues To Be Brisk

by Christine Stuart
Posted: Nov 17, 2017 2:05pm


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OP-ED | In Era of Mass Murder, Second Amendment Advocate An Unlikely Hero

by Terry Cowgill
Posted: Nov 17, 2017 5:30am

Few things are more painful to me than the abuse of power, or incompetence in the execution of that power. The consequences for those affected by such malfeasance and clumsiness are so great as to demand a sense of outrage from us all.

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CT Becomes First State To Widely Use Assessment for Victims of Domestic Violence

by Christine Stuart
Posted: Nov 16, 2017 6:13pm

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Connecticut Officials Pan Individual Mandate Repeal

by Christine Stuart
Posted: Nov 16, 2017 5:30am

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As State Steps Up Efforts To End Child Sex Trade, Public’s Ignorance Is Still An Impediment

by Jenifer Frank
Posted: Nov 15, 2017 10:03am

In the weeks before Bridgeport police rescued the teenager from the motel, she’d been forced by her pimp to have two tattoos identifying her as belonging to him inked on her face and neck.  She’d been given morphine and crack. And she’d been sold on the internet, she told police, “to over 50 or 60 dirty men.”

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The Journalism You Depend On Also Depends On You

by Christine Stuart
Posted: Nov 14, 2017 10:48pm

We have been so focused this year on covering the state budget deadlock, and what it means for Connecticut's taxpayers, that we fell behind a bit and missed a few of our much-needed quarterly fundraisers. But hear me out.

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UConn Research Finds Minimum Wage Increase Reduces Maltreatment of Children

by CTByTheNumbers
Posted: Nov 14, 2017 7:24am

 It has been nearly a year since a study co-authored by UConn Assistant Professor of Public Policy Kerri M. Raissian appeared in the academic journal Children and Youth Services Review, but the interest hasn’t waned. 

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Brother of Patient at Center of Staff Abuse Allegations: Whiting Has Culture of ‘Menace’

by Middletown Press
Posted: Nov 13, 2017 9:00pm

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Defense Bill Nearly Done; House to Debate Tax Overhaul; Esty Wants Women In Aerospace | Issue 56

by Peter Urban
Posted: Nov 13, 2017 3:39pm

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OP-ED | The Toxic Connection between Mass Murder and Domestic Violence

by Christine Palm
Posted: Nov 13, 2017 3:00pm

Another day, another mass murderer with domestic violence in his past. By now, it’s a well-established pattern: male, usually white, often disgruntled ex-military, with a narcissistic grudge against the world, and, oh yes, a history of controlling, beating, raping, and tormenting the women in their lives. Isn’t it time we looked at the pattern before the mass shooting starts?

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Utility Response Hearing Scheduled

by Staff Report
Posted: Nov 13, 2017 2:00pm

The Energy and Technology Committee will hold an informational hearing at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 15 on state utilities response to the late October storm.

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What Did 2017 Election Mean?

by Staff Report
Posted: Nov 12, 2017 9:58pm

Christine Stuart dissects the results of the 2017 Election with Dan Newmyer.

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Larson Center Stage in Tax Debate Theater; Murphy, Blumenthal Back Assault Weapons Ban | Issue 55

by Peter Urban
Posted: Nov 11, 2017 10:26pm

Through four days of what he described as "theater," Congressman John Larson pointedly argued against a sweeping overhaul to the federal tax code proposed by Republicans ...

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West Hartford Attorney Named First Independent Consumer Advocate for the MDC

by Doug Hardy
Posted: Nov 10, 2017 1:17pm

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OP-ED | Are All Politics National, Now?

by Susan Bigelow
Posted: Nov 10, 2017 9:00am

It happens every municipal election cycle. Everyone drags out the mystic runes and Ouija boards to try and divine what it all means for the next state and federal elections. This is usually a futile task. But in the upside-down world of 2017, it may not be.

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OP-ED | Legendary Coach Loses Battle with Cancer, But Her Spirit Lives On

by Barth Keck
Posted: Nov 10, 2017 5:30am

Working with high school kids is a privilege that comes with substantial responsibilities. That reality was never lost on Patsy Kamercia, longtime physical-education teacher and field hockey coach at Haddam-Killingworth High School in Higganum.

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Feds Urged To Complete Crumb Rubber Study

by CTByTheNumbers
Posted: Nov 9, 2017 11:58am

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. That’s not only a well-worn adage from youth, it is apparently the game plan for Connecticut U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal and his multi-year quest for a comprehensive federal study of the health risks of crumb rubber turf.

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Care4Kids Reopens Following Budget Allocation

by Christine Stuart
Posted: Nov 8, 2017 3:35pm

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New Haven Sues Purdue Pharma, Others Over Opioid Crisis

by New Haven Register
Posted: Nov 8, 2017 12:45pm

Purdue Pharma was sued Tuesday by New Haven over what the city called deceptive marketing, which it says has fueled the city’s epidemic of opioid abuse

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Connecticut Officials Push For Approval of Tribal Amendments

by Christine Stuart
Posted: Nov 7, 2017 1:11pm


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Tax Bill Mark Up Begins; Another Mass Shooting | Issue 54

by Peter Urban
Posted: Nov 6, 2017 5:24pm

The House Ways and Means Committee on Monday begins a marathon session to consider legislation that would substantially revamp the nation’s tax code to the benefit of corporations and wealthy individuals while also offering some limited relief to average families.

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OP-ED | The Spirit Of CT-N & Why We Shouldn’t Have Faith In The CGA’s Ability To Nurture It

by Scott Brede
Posted: Nov 6, 2017 12:32pm

As many now know, the project conceived and implemented over the past 18 years to educate the residents of Connecticut about their state government was unceremoniously laid to rest at 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 3. There were no calling hours, and little opportunity to mourn.

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OP-ED | Patterns of Human Behavior

by Dean Pagani
Posted: Nov 6, 2017 7:00am

President Trump wants to make one thing clear; he is not under federal investigation. He is so sure of this he called the New York Times to specifically inform the world. But of course, he is under investigation and as a practical matter he is the target.

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Get Out And Vote Tuesday

by Staff Report
Posted: Nov 5, 2017 8:40pm

A reminder to head to the polls Tuesday. 

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November 18, 2017

Hartford Healthcare, Anthem Reach Deal

by Christine Stuart | Nov 18, 2017 7:50am
Posted to: Health Care | Insurance | Legal | Hartford

Jonathan Weiss via shutterstock HARTFORD, CT — After a seven-week impasse and calls for mediation, Hartford Healthcare and Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield reached a three-year deal early Saturday morning.

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November 17, 2017

Lawmakers Say Malloy’s Budget Holdbacks Are Punitive

by Christine Stuart | Nov 17, 2017 2:46pm
Posted to: Education | State Budget | Taxes | State Capitol

Ctnewsjunkie file photo HARTFORD, CT — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy let the last shoe drop on the bipartisan budget Friday when he released a spreadsheet detailing $181.6 million in lapses he planned to enforce in order to balance a budget he didn’t negotiate.

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Connecticut Loses Jobs In Three Out Of Last Four Months

by Christine Stuart | Nov 17, 2017 10:50am
Posted to: Business | The Economy | Jobs | Labor | State Budget

EtiAmmos via shutterstock Connecticut lost 6,600 jobs in October according to preliminary numbers from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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Losing Candidate Takes East Haven Mayor To Court, Asks for Recount

by Jack Kramer | Nov 17, 2017 5:30am
Posted to: Courts | Election 2017 | East Haven

Jack Kramer / ctnewsjunkie photo EAST HAVEN, CT — The losing mayoral candidate in November’s hotly contested, close election filed a lawsuit in New Haven Superior Court this week asking for a recount and claiming there were improprieties before and during the event by town officials, including Mayor Joe Maturo.

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November 16, 2017

Calls for Mediation Grow Stronger As Hartford Healthcare, Anthem Impasse Continues

by Christine Stuart | Nov 16, 2017 3:32pm
Posted to: Health Care | Insurance | Jobs | Labor | Legal

Courtesy of Hartford Healthcare's home page HARTFORD, CT — Consumers, regulators, the governor, and the state in general are getting restless over the seven week impasse between Hartford Healthcare and Anthem Health Plans.

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Wyman Won’t Run For Governor

by Christine Stuart | Nov 16, 2017 12:06pm
Posted to: Election 2018

ctnewsjunkie file photo HARTFORD, CT — Ending months of speculation about whether she would seek higher office, Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman decided to take a pass on running for governor.

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Lawmakers Question Storm Response

by Jack Kramer | Nov 16, 2017 5:30am
Posted to: Energy | Environment

Jack Kramer / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — Officials from the state’s largest utility, Eversource Energy, defended the company’s response to the late October storm that left hundreds of thousands without power, stating that it “turned into a more intensive storm than was forecast.”

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November 15, 2017

Danbury Lawmaker Says Restore CT-N or Get Rid of It

by Christine Stuart | Nov 15, 2017 3:30pm
Posted to: Media Matters | Danbury | Hartford

screen grab HARTFORD, CT — After the House adjourned the longest special session in history, Rep. Bob Godfrey, D-Danbury, stood up and called the recent issues with the legislature’s television network “fraudulent.”

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House Sends Budget Fixes To Governor

by Christine Stuart | Nov 15, 2017 2:12pm
Posted to: State Budget | Special Session | Taxes | State Capitol

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — The House voted 123-12 Wednesday to make changes to the bipartisan budget they passed last month before adjourning what was the longest special session in state history.

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Senator Asks For Hearing On Future of CT-N

by Jack Kramer | Nov 15, 2017 5:30am
Posted to: Media Matters | State Budget | State Capitol | Transparency

ctnewsjunkie file photo HARTFORD, CT — Sen. Beth Bye, D-West Hartford, is asking that the legislature hold meetings and a public hearing on the future of the Connecticut Television Network, but the Democratic and Republican leaders of the Senate Tuesday said they have no immediate plans to do so.

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