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March 22, 2017

OP-ED | Proposed Husky Cuts Could Have A Devastating Impact On Patients In Need

by Craig Glover and Ludwig Spinelli | March 22, 2017 5:30am

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As the CEOs of two local Federally Qualified Health Centers, both of which have a mission of treating every patient who comes to us regardless of ability to pay, we have grave concerns regarding Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s plans to dramatically scale back coverage under the state’s HUSKY plan in this year’s budget proposal.

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March 13, 2017

Advocacy Group Asks Lawmakers To Consider Taxing Sugary Beverages

by Christine Stuart | March 13, 2017 11:30am

Trong Nguyen via Shutterstock HARTFORD, CT — A progressive advocacy group is recommending the Connecticut General Assembly consider a tax on sugary beverages in order to fund a welfare-to-work program that subsidizes child care for low-income families.

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March 8, 2017

OP-ED | For My Son? Let’s Give Him Every Possible Opportunity to Succeed

by Monisha Lee | March 8, 2017 11:00pm

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As a mother, the thing that’s most important to me is giving my son Sa’Jai every possible opportunity to succeed. He’s only four years old right now, but it’s clear that the education he gets starting at this age will determine the path he takes for the rest of his life.

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March 7, 2017

OP-ED | Other States Should Follow Malloy’s Lead in Protecting Transgender Students

by Samantha Carter Kneeland | March 7, 2017 11:00am

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My name is Samantha Carter Kneeland and I am a transgender woman. I am 21 years old. I make music and enjoy watching horror movies. I own two dogs that I take on walks every day through my neighborhood. Usually, while I’m on my walks, people stop to say hello. A woman working at the local Panini restaurant knows my favorite order. My fashion idol is Wednesday Addams. Sometimes, I need to use the bathroom.

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February 24, 2017

OP-ED | Stand Against Trump’s Deportation Plans

by Susan Bigelow | February 24, 2017 11:00am

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The Trump era is a time of cruelty and fear. The president’s administration has gutted Obamacare, removed vital environmental protections, and rescinded federal protections for transgender children. The biggest targets so far, though, have been immigrants, especially undocumented persons and refugees.

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OP-ED | Manners, Empathy, and Respect for Others - What Some Call ‘Political Correctness’

by Sarah Darer Littman | February 24, 2017 9:00am

This week we learned that the alleged “family values” party does actually draw the line somewhere. The Conservative Political Action Conference first invited, then dis-invited Milo Yiannopoulos after an interview emerged in which he made bizarre and revolting comments about pedophilia.

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February 20, 2017

In Connecticut, Calling for Help Carries Risks for Victims of Domestic Violence

by Sarah Smith, ProPublica | February 20, 2017 6:26am

David “Dee” Delgado for ProPublica Two days after she had fled because of a beating at the hands of her husband, Sanna Dilawar was back at her home in Torrington, Connecticut. She needed to retrieve her breast pump, and she had her 11-week-old daughter with her.

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February 1, 2017

House, Senate Won’t Back DCF Agreement

by Jack Kramer | February 1, 2017 6:07pm

ctnewsjunkie file photo Both the House and the Senate voted overwhelmingly Wednesday against a plan that would require Connecticut to increase funding for the Department of Children and Families to $801.2 million a year.

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January 24, 2017

Overwhelming Number of Lawmakers Unhappy with DCF Settlement

by Christine Stuart | January 24, 2017 1:15am

Courtesy of CTN Following a four hour hearing, the Appropriations Committee voted overwhelming against a plan that would require Connecticut to increase funding for the Department of Children and Families to $801.2 million a year. That’s more than $794.2 million it’s expected to receive this fiscal year.

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January 23, 2017

Connecticut Lawmakers Reaffirm Their Commitment to Women’s Rights, Ready For Debate

by Christine Stuart | January 23, 2017 3:02pm

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie At least 20 Connecticut lawmakers reaffirmed Connecticut’s commitment to reproductive rights and continued access to health services for women Monday at a Legislative Office Building press conference.

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