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February 5, 2016

OP-ED | Middle Class Jobs, American Dreams Sold Out to Highest Bidders

by Sarah Darer Littman | February 5, 2016 8:00am

For Stamford resident Matt Olson, a career in IT was the pathway to the American dream. A New Mexico native, who experienced hard times as a kid when his mother became ill and drowned in medical expenses, he graduated with a computer science degree in 1997 and went to work for Sandia National Labs. There, he was paid to go into an accelerated Masters program. By 2001, on his first consulting project, he was making $150 an hour. As Olson observes, “Now that was a labor shortage.”

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January 27, 2016

Early Bills for 2016 Session Focus on Tax Reform

by Rowan Kane | January 27, 2016 3:00pm

rowan kane / ctnewsjunkie Judging from a trickle of pre-file legislation, lawmakers have tax reform on the brain.

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January 12, 2016

Obama Expresses One Regret

by Christine Stuart | January 12, 2016 11:23pm President Barack Obama admitted Tuesday during his final State of the Union address that he was unable to accomplish everything he wanted during his presidency, and that one of his few regrets was that the “rancor and suspicion between the parties has gotten worse instead of better.”

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December 30, 2015

New Laws to Take Effect Friday

by Christine Stuart | December 30, 2015 5:30am

Mental health parity for insurance policies, a new certification for local Registrars of Voters, new disclosure requirements for generic drugs, police body camera regulations, and various tax changes are just a few of the new laws that will go into effect Friday, Jan. 1.

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December 14, 2015

Malloy Not Ruling Out Third Term

by Christine Stuart | December 14, 2015 2:21pm

Christine Stuart photo He only has a 32 percent approval rating, but that won’t necessarily be a factor in the decision-making process if Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy decides to run for a third term.

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December 2, 2015

Attorney For Election Regulators: Dems Tried To ‘Stonewall and Stymie’ Investigation

by Christine Stuart | December 2, 2015 5:29am

Courtesy of CT-N An attorney for state election regulators told Superior Court Judge Antonio Robaina that the Connecticut Democratic Party was trying to “stonewall and stymie” an investigation, while an attorney for the party told him they were seeking highly confidential party communications protected by the First Amendment. 

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November 20, 2015

OP-ED | The Long, Quiet Death of Campaign Finance Reform

by Susan Bigelow | November 20, 2015 10:00am

This week Democratic leaders floated the possibility of suspending public financing of campaigns as a way to close the current budget gap. Even though they backed down under pressure, it’s just one more sign that the vital and necessary campaign finance reform laws passed after Gov. John G. Rowland’s resignation are being eroded down to nothing.

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November 19, 2015

Public Financing Is Safe, For Now

by Christine Stuart | November 19, 2015 4:43pm

Christine Stuart photo By the end of the day Thursday, both House and Senate Democrats who proposed suspending Connecticut’s landmark public financing system in 2016, had withdrawn their proposals.

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November 17, 2015

Democratic Party Defends Mailing Decision, Judge Expresses Frustration

by Christine Stuart | November 17, 2015 5:28pm

Courtesy of CT-N The executive director of the Connecticut Democratic Party told the court Tuesday that the party had no choice but to use the federal account to pay for mailers featuring Gov. Dannel P. Malloy.

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November 16, 2015

Dems Would Scrap Clean Election Program To Balance Budget

by Christine Stuart | November 16, 2015 3:45pm

Christine Stuart file photo The legislature’s Democratic majority released a proposal Monday to close a $350 million budget shortfall by, among other things, suspending Connecticut’s landmark campaign finance system for the 2016 election cycle.

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