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January 18, 2018

Connecticut Is Not Prime

by Christine Stuart | January 18, 2018 10:23am

Courtesy of Amazon's website HARTFORD, CT — (Updated 12 p.m.) Connecticut won’t be home to Amazon’s second headquarters, according to information posted on the company’s website.

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January 16, 2018

Task Force Digs Into Connecticut’s Fiscal Woes

by Christine Stuart | January 16, 2018 1:03pm

Courtesy of the Commission on Fiscal Stability and Economic Growth
HARTFORD, CT — Connecticut’s economy is less competitive today than it was in 2001. It dropped from 8th most competitive all the way down to 43rd in 2016, according to the Beacon Hill Institute’s rankings.

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January 12, 2018

Trump Touts QPoll’s Upbeat Finding on Economy

by Peter Urban | January 12, 2018 5:29am

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President Donald Trump turned to the Quinnipiac University Poll on Thursday to highlight the public’s view that the U.S. economy is on the right track.

“In new Quinnipiac Poll, 66% of people feel the economy is “Excellent or Good.” That is the highest number ever recorded by this poll,” he tweeted.

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January 5, 2018

Connecticut Lawmakers Expected to Debate Legalizing Marijuana Despite Federal Rule Change

by Jack Kramer | January 5, 2018 5:30am

shutterstock HARTFORD, CT — With the biggest state in the country now selling recreational marijuana and Massachusetts ready to start in a matter of months it’s a sure bet that legalizing pot will once again be a hot issue when the General Assembly session opens in February.

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January 3, 2018

Nappier Touts Accomplishments In Announcing She Won’t Seek Re-Election

by Christine Stuart | January 3, 2018 2:56pm

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HARTFORD, CT — After two decades in office, state Treasurer Denise Nappier announced Wednesday that she won’t be seeking re-election.

As the first African-American woman elected to serve as Treasurer, Nappier’s tenure began when she defeated Paul J. Silvester, a Republican incumbent who would later serve prison time for giving more than $500 million from in state pension funds to private investment funds in exchange for kickbacks.

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December 18, 2017

DC NEWS JUNKIE | GOP Plans Tax Cut Vote; Senate to Confirm ‘Badass’ Greenwich Banker

by Peter Urban | December 18, 2017 4:34pm

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Congressional Republicans plan this week to approve an overhaul of federal tax policy that would provide substantial savings to corporations and make filing taxes simpler for many Americans.

The bill, negotiated last week between the House and Senate Republicans, is not expected to draw any support from Democrats who voted against earlier versions that cleared the two chambers. The new bill, which is subject to an up-or-down vote, more closely follows the Senate-approved version.

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December 15, 2017

DC NEWS JUNKIE | GOP Readies Higher Ed Overhaul; Sandy Hook Remembered; Net Neutrality Repealed

by Peter Urban | December 15, 2017 4:11pm

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The House Education and Workforce Committee met over a span of 11 hours on Tuesday as Democrats sought to block approval of a Republican-sponsored bill that Representative Joe Courtney described as taking a “wrecking ball” to higher education.

In the end, Republicans passed their bill 23-17 with no Democrats in support, putting in jeopardy a popular student loan forgiveness program and leaving in place a prohibition on refinance federal student loans to a lower rate.

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OP-ED | State’s Congressional Delegation Got It Right on #NetNeutrality

by Terry Cowgill | December 15, 2017 5:29am

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Well, yesterday the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission gave us all an early stocking-stuffer. Connecticut residents and Internet users across the country are the recipients of an unwanted gift: new rules that will lift restrictions on the ability of Internet service providers to execute a pay-to-play model for content creators.

The end of the so-called net neutrality rules that have been the order of the day since 2015 when the administration of President Barack Obama put them in place would likely mean, as aptly described by the tech site Inverse, that “service providers like Comcast, Time Warner, and Verizon could give huge tech company customers like Google, Amazon, Netflix, and Hulu access to priority ‘fast lanes,’ which would leave smaller companies at a disadvantage if they can’t afford to pay ISPs for that access.”

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December 11, 2017

DC NEWS JUNKIE | GOP Seeks Tax Cut Deal; Himes Presses for Trump Jr. Subpoena; Senators Split

by Peter Urban | December 11, 2017 12:30pm

Orhan Cam via Shutterstock House and Senate Republican leaders are looking to quickly reach consensus on an overhaul of tax policy this week in hopes of sending a final bill to President Donald Trump before year’s end.

Both chambers have approved separate tax measures and must now negotiate a final bill that would be brought before the House and Senate — without amendment — for a final up-or-down vote.

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December 6, 2017

DC NEWS JUNKIE |  Concealed Carry Bill Approved by House over Connecticut Objections

by Peter Urban | December 6, 2017 5:59pm

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Nearly five years after 20 children and six educators were killed by a gunman at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, the House approved legislation that opponents say would undermine Connecticut’s gun safety laws.

The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, which was approved 231 to 198 largely along party lines, would allow gun owners with a concealed carry permit to travel across state lines with their weapons even if a state has stricter permit requirements. Current law allows states to determine which non-state concealed carry permits it will honor.

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