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August 28, 2015

Education Officials Say Low Test Scores Matched Expectations

by Christine Stuart | August 28, 2015 12:00pm

The statewide test scores for the new Smarter Balanced Consortium Assessment exam show that 55.4 percent of Connecticut’s students are meeting or exceeding the “achievement level” in English, and 39.1 percent are meeting or exceeding the achievement level in math.

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OP-ED | GE and the Corporate Headquarters Sweepstakes

by Susan Bigelow | August 28, 2015 10:00am

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Let the games begin! General Electric is considering offers from other states, including New York, to move its Fairfield headquarters and other jobs out of Connecticut. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy says he’s been in talks with GE about staying. Either way it comes out, GE wins and we lose.

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OP-ED | To Improve Democracy, Lower the Voting Age

by Kiernan Majerus-Collins | August 28, 2015 9:00am

Why is our political system so shortsighted? On so many issues, from global warming to fiscal responsibility, our government seems focused on short-term benefits, while it ignores long-term consequences. Our infrastructure is falling apart, our schools are underfunded, and all the while special interests make out like bandits. Why?

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OP-ED | Connecticut’s Very Own Email Scandal - What Is Malloy Hiding?

by Suzanne Bates | August 28, 2015 8:00am

During Gov. Dannel Malloy’s trip to New Hampshire this week on behalf of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, one of his jobs was to convince Granite State voters that Clinton’s email scandal was overblown.

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OP-ED | To Heck With The Trains . . . Make The DMV Run On Time

by Terry Cowgill | August 28, 2015 5:30am

I’ve always been amused by a favorite expression of good-government types: “Making the trains run on time.” But since relatively few people ride trains anymore — and even fewer remember Mussolini — perhaps the metaphor-mongers should adopt, “Keeping the lines moving at the DMV.”

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DC NEWS JUNKIE | Blumenthal Says His Heritage Isn’t Playing a Part in Decision on Iran

by Jordan Fenster | August 28, 2015 5:30am


Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal said Thursday that he’s been listening to both supporters and opponents of the multi-national, nuclear non-proliferation agreement that’s been struck with the government of Iran. But the state’s senior senator wouldn’t say whether his Jewish heritage would play a part in his own decision to support or oppose the deal.

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August 27, 2015

Former House Republican Chief of Staff Sentenced to Year and a Day in Kickback Scheme

by Christine Stuart | August 27, 2015 2:35pm

Christine Stuart photo (Updated 3:44 p.m.) Former House Republican Chief of Staff George Gallo was sentenced to a year and a day in federal prison Thursday in federal court in Hartford for steering Republican candidates to a direct mail company in Florida in exchange for kickbacks.

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U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy Hosts Discussion on Mental Health Care Bill in New Haven

by New Haven Register | August 27, 2015 12:00pm

Ryan Flynn/New Have Register photo U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy Wednesday said mental health care in America desperately needs an overhaul, and the self-described “progressive Democrat” has joined forced with “a very conservative Republican from the deep South” to do just that.

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Blumenthal Calls on Insurance Companies to Help Smokers Quit

by Elizabeth Regan | August 27, 2015 5:30am

Elizabeth Regan photo People who purchased health insurance through the state healthcare exchange and who want to quit smoking are entitled to free medications and services — even if their insurer doesn’t appear to want them to know about it.

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August 26, 2015

Malloy Touts Ridership, Development Along CTfastrak In New Britain

by Christine Stuart | August 26, 2015 1:47pm

Christine Stuart photo Ridership on the 9.4-mile CTfastrak busway is beating expectations, businesses along the route are seeing an increase in their sales, and developers like Douglas Bromfield are interested in nearby buildings that have been vacant for 20 years.

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