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by On The Horn
Posted: Apr 24, 2015 4:50pm

The guys discuss NBC's Richard Engel, who is in hot water over his account of his kidnapping in Syria; Loretta Lynch, President Obama's choice for Attorney General, and more. Click below to listen to the show.

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OP-ED | What and How We Tax Shows What We Value

by Suzanne Bates
Posted: Apr 24, 2015 12:05pm

Does our current tax structure reflect our values as a state? And how can we change our tax structure so that we get more of what we want  --  especially job growth?

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OP-ED | Keep Empowering Parents to Show that All Kids Matter

by Gwen Samuel
Posted: Apr 24, 2015 8:45am

Parents, especially low-income and of color, understand more and more the importance of data, so why do away with accountability measures in our schools and federal law?

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OP-ED | State Lawmakers Should Listen to Jepsen, For There Is Much To Lose And Lose ...

by Terry Cowgill
Posted: Apr 24, 2015 5:30am

State lawmakers eager to find more revenue - or terrified at the thought of losing same - are considering letting the state's two federally-recognized Indian tribes literally wander off their reservations and open "gaming" facilities elsewhere in Connecticut.

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OP-ED | We Must Rededicate Ourselves to Conservation and the Environment

by Susan Bigelow
Posted: Apr 23, 2015 10:16pm

Thanks to a generous donor, 40 acres of land in Bloomfield will be preserved as open space. Excellent. Any expansion of our state parks is welcome, especially during a time when conservation and environmentalism have faded from public consciousness.

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OP-ED | Connecticut Health Reform Needs Some Tweaks

by Carl Schmid
Posted: Apr 23, 2015 9:30pm

Connecticut has been a national leader in implementing the Affordable Care Act through its Access Health CT marketplace and we applaud the progress that has been made to ensure health coverage for residents in the state.

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Connecticut Mental Health Advocates Say Budget Cuts Will Hurt Clients, Services

by Mary E. O'Leary
Posted: Apr 23, 2015 10:58am

The impact of cuts to mental health services in Connecticut will be immediate and most visible in local police logs, advocates contend.

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The Wheelhouse: On Budgets And Baseball

by WNPR
Posted: Apr 22, 2015 10:14pm

In case you missed Wednesday's show, Christine Stuart and Kevin Rennie joined Colin McEnroe to talk about the legislature's budget dilemma and how Hartford plans to pay for its new baseball stadium.

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Graduate Assistants Union Reaches Tentative Deal With UConn

by Sarah Paduano
Posted: Apr 22, 2015 1:46pm

After nearly a year of negotiations, the University of Connecticut and the Graduate Employee Union reached a tentative agreement Tuesday to give graduate assistants health insurance and 9 percent raises over the next three years.

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Connecticut Inmates Begin Reintegration Program as Part of Malloy’s Second Chance Society

by Mary E. O'Leary
Posted: Apr 21, 2015 10:13pm

Serafettin Senel, 22, is a member of an unusual freshman class, one the state hopes will break the cycle of recidivism that too often leaves communities unprotected and lives wasted.

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Plastic Surgeon Fined $10,000, Placed On Probation

by Kate Farrish
Posted: Apr 21, 2015 4:25pm

A plastic surgeon who had previously been fined $29,000 for sloppy record-keeping and rusty and dirty equipment at his Westport clinic was fined $10,000 on Tuesday by the state Medical Examining Board in connection with a 2009 rhinoplasty procedure.

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DAILY NUTMEG | Bomb Shell

by Daily Nutmeg
Posted: Apr 21, 2015 3:30pm

Rumor has it that if you pull open a certain heating grill in Yale’s Sterling Chemistry Lab, you’ll find a staircase leading to the remains of an abandoned laboratory where, some 70 years ago, faculty conducted experiments for the Manhattan Project . . . It appears that rumor is true.

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OP-ED | 2016 Presidential Election: Challenges for Both Democrats and Republicans

by Joshua Sandman
Posted: Apr 21, 2015 1:46pm

The 2014 mid-term election was a serious defeat for the Democratic Party and revealed problems the party will face going into the 2016 presidential elections.

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DeLauro Blasts Trans-Pacific Partnership, Lobbyist Influence

by Mary E. O'Leary
Posted: Apr 21, 2015 11:00am

U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-3, told a small audience at Yale Monday that the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade proposal is an example of special interests setting U.S. policy, while the current campaign finance laws allow the same groups to buy elections and stifle the voice of other citizens.

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DC NEWSJUNKIE | Tax Exemption For Large Political Donors Passes House

by Jordan Fenster
Posted: Apr 21, 2015 6:49am

With no fanfare and little acknowledgement, a bill was passed in the House last week that would offer people who give huge sums of money to politically focused nonprofits a way to avoid paying taxes on that gift.

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Connecticut Makes Job Gains In March, Adjusts Losses in February

by Christine Stuart
Posted: Apr 20, 2015 2:16pm

After a loss of jobs in February, Connecticut gained an estimated 4,000 jobs in March, according to a Monday report by the state Labor Department.

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Mental Health Is Main Cause Of Hospitalizations in CT, New Data Show

by Lisa Chedekel
Posted: Apr 20, 2015 8:44am

Mental disorders surpassed respiratory problems and all other ailments as the leading cause of hospitalization in Connecticut in 2012 for children ages 5 to 14, teenagers and younger adults, according to a new state health department report.

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OP-ED | Balancing Budget On Sin Taxes is Shortsighted, Reckless

by Will Hermann
Posted: Apr 19, 2015 9:29pm

Ever since Gov. Dannel P. Malloy punted an unfinished budget to the legislature later than the usual deadline, legislators have been searching for ways to raise revenue without explicitly raising taxes.

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OP-ED | State Reps Need to Grow Up and Model the Behavior We Expect From Our Kids

by Sarah Darer Littman
Posted: Apr 17, 2015 6:00pm

When I read that the Judiciary Committee spent most of Monday infighting over a nasty email instead of doing the people’s business, my head exploded. 

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CT Vets, Blumenthal Lobby For Health Study Of Descendants Of Veterans Exposed To Toxins

by Peggy McCarthy
Posted: Apr 17, 2015 2:55pm

Veterans’ exposure to toxic chemicals may harm their families’ health for generations, causing cancer, birth defects and other medical problems, according to U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal.

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OP-ED | Throw the Book at this Budget

by Susan Bigelow
Posted: Apr 17, 2015 10:00am

So the Meriden campus of Middlesex Community College will be saved, but vital public library services may not be. The honor guard for veterans may be spared the axe, but municipal budgets might have to endure the blow. Welcome to the excruciating reality of permanent fiscal crisis.

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OP-ED | The Sub-$15-an-hour Tax: A ‘First’ We Don’t Need

by Terry Cowgill
Posted: Apr 17, 2015 5:30am

Connecticut is the land of many firsts. Some are undoubtedly good: first state with a public library; first woman to be elected governor of a U.S. state “in her own right;” and the first to create a Freedom of Information Commission.

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Lawmakers Hear Success Stories from Turnaround Schools Across Northeast

by Elizabeth Regan
Posted: Apr 16, 2015 5:13pm

Educators from Massachusetts and Pennsylvania joined a Hartford principal Thursday to talk about "turnaround" schools during a forum before the legislature's Education Committee.

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Connecticut Is An ‘Innovation Leader’

by CTByTheNumbers
Posted: Apr 16, 2015 11:14am

Connecticut is among the second tier of states, described as an “innovation leader,” in the inaugural Innovation scorecard compiled by the Consumer Electronics Association.

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OP-ED | A Plan to Get Hartford’s House In Order

by Luke Bronin
Posted: Apr 16, 2015 10:39am

As we await Pedro Segarra’s 2016 budget for the city of Hartford, one thing is clear: no matter how the Segarra Administration manages to close the $40 million budget gap next year, Hartford will face the same challenge every year until we make bigger changes.

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April 24, 2015

Republicans Restore Social Services At Expense of State Employee Unions

by Christine Stuart | Apr 24, 2015 2:20pm
Posted to: Labor | State Budget | Taxes

Christine Stuart photo Republican lawmakers released their budget Friday asking for concessions from labor, while restoring some painful spending cuts to social services.

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DC NEWS JUNKIE | Murphy Introduces Judicial Ethics Bill for the SCOTUS

by Jordan Fenster | Apr 24, 2015 9:45am
Posted to: Congress | Courts | Ethics

Josalee Thrift file photo
Connecticut’s Sen. Christopher Murphy proposed a resolution this week that would compel the U.S. Supreme Court to adopt a code of ethics, knowing full well that the chances of such a resolution making it to the president’s desk are slim to none.

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April 23, 2015

Governors Renew Their Cooperation To Region’s Energy Challenge, Under Protest

by Christine Stuart | Apr 23, 2015 8:00pm
Posted to: Energy | Environment | Town News | Hartford | Convention Center | Local Politics

Christine Stuart photo Environmentalists stood Thursday outside the Connecticut Convention Center to protest a long-term energy strategy being discussed at a closed-door meeting between five of the six New England governors.

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State Comptroller Pushes For Changes to Shore Up Rainy Day Fund

by Elizabeth Regan | Apr 23, 2015 2:16pm
Posted to: State Budget | Taxes | State Capitol

Elizabeth Regan Diverse political interests converged Thursday to support Democratic Comptroller Kevin Lembo’s proposal to lend stability to the state’s rainy day fund.

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Gonzalez Changes Vote On Chief Justice, But It’s Not What You Think

by Christine Stuart | Apr 23, 2015 5:30am
Posted to: Courts | Ethics | Legal | Hartford

Courtesy of CT-N The Connecticut court system’s loudest critic — Rep. Minnie Gonzalez, D-Hartford — had a change of heart Wednesday about the reconfirmation of Chief Justice Chase T. Rogers.

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April 22, 2015

On Earth Day, A Push To Ban Plastic Bags, Microbeads

by Christine Stuart | Apr 22, 2015 3:40pm
Posted to: Business | Environment | Jobs | Poverty | State Capitol | Branford | Guilford | Hartford

Christine Stuart photo On Earth Day, Republicans and Democrats held a Capitol press conference to proclaim their support for legislation that would phase out the use of plastic bags and the use of plastic microbeads in cosmetic products.

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State Trooper Contract Approved By Appropriations; Raises Wages, Phases Out Longevity

by Elizabeth Regan | Apr 22, 2015 8:30am
Posted to: Town News | Labor | Public Safety | State Budget | State Capitol

CT-N screengrab The General Assembly’s Appropriations Committee approved a three-year contract between Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s administration and the Connecticut State Police that will increase troopers’ wages nine percent by 2018 while removing the prospect of longevity pay for new recruits.

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East Windsor to Explore Casino Options

by Christine Stuart | Apr 22, 2015 5:30am
Posted to: Gaming | Town News | East Windsor | Enfield | Windsor | Windsor Locks | Jobs | Local Politics

The East Windsor Board of Selectman unanimously approved a resolution Tuesday that would allow town staff and First Selectwoman Denise Menard to explore the possibility of locating a casino in their town.

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April 21, 2015

DSS Tells Lawmakers They’re Making Progress On Call Center Wait Times; Advocate Suggests Otherwise

by Christine Stuart | Apr 21, 2015 3:58pm
Posted to: Child Welfare | Health Care | Mental Health Care | Insurance | Poverty | State Budget

Officials from the Department of Social Services told the legislature’s Appropriations and Human Services Committee on Tuesday that they’ve been successful in decreasing the amount of time it takes clients to get through to its benefits center on the phone.

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Hartford Mayor Defends Admissions Tax Proposal

by Christine Stuart | Apr 21, 2015 5:30am
Posted to: Taxes | State Capitol | Hartford

Christine Stuart photo (UPDATED 9:30 a.m.) Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra wants the state legislature to give an estimated $426,000 in admission taxes back to the city to help it pay off $60 million in bonds for a minor league ballpark.

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