by Susan Bigelow | Feb 21, 2018 4:30pm
Posted to: Analysis | Child Welfare | Civil Liberties | Congress | Consumer Protection | Corporate Watch | Law Enforcement | Opinion | Public Health | Public Safety | White House | Glastonbury | Newtown
State Rep. Prasad Srinivasan of Glastonbury, one of the pack of Republican candidates for governor, recently assured the pro-gun Connecticut Citizens Defense League (CCDL) that he regretted his vote in favor of tighter gun controls in the wake of the brutal mass murder of elementary school children in Newtown in 2012. The sad thing is, he may have just improved his chances of winning the Republican nomination.
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by Christine Stuart | Feb 19, 2018 5:30am
Posted to: Civil Liberties | Consumer Protection | Law Enforcement | Public Health | Public Safety | Mental Health Care
HARTFORD, CT — A Connecticut lawmaker who helped draft the 1999 “risk warrant” legislation suggested Friday that states like Florida would benefit from a law that allows officials to remove a firearm from a home if a court finds the person at a high risk of violence or self-harm.
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by Jack Kramer | Jan 29, 2018 5:30am
Posted to: Child Welfare | Consumer Protection | Corporate Watch | DC News Junkie | Health Care | Public Health | State Budget
HARTFORD, CT — A major national study on electronic cigarettes purports that vaping can lead to nicotine addiction and may prompt teenagers to switch to cigarette smoking.
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by Christine Stuart | Jan 24, 2018 3:35pm
Posted to: Consumer Protection | Equality | Health Care | Insurance
HARTFORD, CT — Connecticut’s legislature may struggle with how it reforms its tax structure in an election year, but there will likely be widespread support for reining in health care spending.
Health care is one of the largest spending categories for the state.
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by Christine Stuart | Jan 23, 2018 5:30am
Posted to: Business | Consumer Protection | Energy | Environment | Waterford | Energy Sector
HARTFORD, CT — Although they’re still waiting for the financial information requested from Dominion Energy last August, two state agencies have completed a draft report concluding that the Millstone Nuclear Plant should be able to bid on energy contracts.
According to the draft report from the two agencies
— the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) and the Public Utility Regulatory Authority (PURA) — Dominion Energy would be able to bid into the electricity market, which is designed to favor the least costly energy technology. That means nuclear would be competing with renewable energy sources like wind and solar, which are also zero carbon emission technologies, but with much higher price tags.
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by Christine Stuart | Jan 15, 2018 5:29am
Posted to: Child Welfare | Consumer Protection | Federal Budget | Health Care | Mental Health Care | Insurance | Labor | Legal | Public Health | Disability Care | Poverty | Transportation
(UPDATED Monday, 1:15 p.m.) HARTFORD, CT — Michelle Chase uses the state’s non-emergency medical transportation service to get her developmentally disabled 3-year-old to her doctor appointments. But since Jan. 1, she’s had to wait two or three hours for the state’s new transportation contractor, Veyo, to arrange her rides.
She’s not the only one.
Continue reading "Rough First 2 Weeks For State’s New, $140M Medicaid Transportation Vendor" »
by Jack Kramer | Jan 12, 2018 5:30am
Posted to: Consumer Protection | Courts | New Haven
NEW HAVEN, CT — Three pharmaceutical opioid distributors asked the Superior Court earlier this month to dismiss the City of New Haven’s lawsuit accusing the companies of indirectly shipping “suspicious” quantities of opioids to the city.
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by Jack Kramer | Jan 8, 2018 5:30am
Posted to: Civil Liberties | Congress | Consumer Protection | Health Care | Jobs | Law Enforcement | Legal | White House | Bethel | Branford | Bristol | Hartford | Milford | Montville | South Windsor | Waterbury
HARTFORD, CT — While many believe states that have legalized recreational marijuana are being targeted by the Trump administration, what isn’t clear is whether states with medical pot programs, such as Connecticut, are also on the president’s radar screen.
Last week, U.S. Attorney General Jeffrey Sessions rescinded the Cole memo, an Obama-era policy that took a hands-off approach to marijuana in states where it was legal. Instead, federal prosecutors, Sessions wrote, should decide for themselves whether to crack down on marijuana businesses.
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by Christine Stuart | Dec 20, 2017 5:30am
Posted to: Civil Liberties | Congress | Consumer Protection | CT Tech Junkie | Equality | Federal Budget
HARTFORD, CT — The Federal Communications Commission may have voted to eliminate rules about net neutrality, but Connecticut lawmakers and Attorney General George Jepsen said they will do what they can to preserve the Internet.
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by Peter Urban | Dec 15, 2017 4:11pm
Posted to: Business | US Foreign Policy | International Trade | Civil Liberties | Congress | Consumer Protection | Corporate Watch | DC News Junkie | Education | Media Matters | White House | Newtown | Technology sector
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.
Continue reading "DC NEWS JUNKIE | GOP Readies Higher Ed Overhaul; Sandy Hook Remembered; Net Neutrality Repealed" »