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June 24, 2016

OP-ED | For Katharine Wade, A Moment of Introspection Is In Order

by Terry Cowgill | June 24, 2016 5:29am

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In all the years I’ve been writing about government, I’ve never been able to answer one question: why are otherwise smart people so blind to their own conflicts of interest?

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June 23, 2016

Blumenthal: Feds Should Deny Both ‘Mega-Mergers’

by Christine Stuart | June 23, 2016 5:30am

CTNewsJunkie file photo Without addressing recent conflict-of-interest allegations against state insurance regulators, Connecticut’s senior senator wrote Wednesday that the U.S. Department of Justice should deny the mergers of Aetna with Humana and Anthem with Cigna.

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June 10, 2016

OP-ED | Media Watch: What Will Become of The Courant?

by Terry Cowgill | June 10, 2016 5:30am

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Everyone, it seems, loves to hate corporations — unless you’re fortunate enough to have a really good job at one, or you love one of their products. Apple fans can tell you all about that.

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May 27, 2016

OP-ED | Let Them Eat Cake - A Wake-up Call to Scrutinize Our Economic Incentive Policies

by Sarah Darer Littman | May 27, 2016 9:00am

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Just weeks after passing an austerity budget, in a stunning display of “let them eat cakery” the State Bonding Commission is set to vote on a $22 million grant to Bridgewater Associates, one of the world’s largest hedge funds run by Ray Dalio, who is ranked 29th on the Forbes 400 and ninth in the Forbes 2016 list of highest earning hedge fund managers.

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March 23, 2016

Health Care Advocates Push For Greater Scrutiny Of Cigna-Anthem Merger Plan

by Steve Majerus-Collins | March 23, 2016 1:00pm

shutterstock A new coalition of groups opposed to the proposed $54 billion merger of Anthem with Bloomfield-based Cigna called Wednesday for state regulators to ensure as much public scrutiny of the deal as possible.

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March 18, 2016

OP-ED | MDC-Niagara Debacle Breeds Deep Cynicism

by Terry Cowgill | March 18, 2016 5:30am

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The military has all kinds of colorful terms for situations that turn into disasters of varying degrees. Unfortunately — or fortunately, depending on your point of view — most of them can’t be repeated here.

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March 9, 2016

Bill That Penalizes Large Employers For Paying Low Wages Gets A Public Hearing

by Christine Stuart | March 9, 2016 6:30am

This year’s version of a bill that would fine large employers who don’t pay their workers at least $15 an hour is slightly different than last year’s.

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February 26, 2016

OP-ED | With One Exception, State’s Congressional Delegation Mostly Mute on Apple

by Terry Cowgill | February 26, 2016 6:30am

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Over the 30 years that I’ve been paying attention, Connecticut’s congressional delegation hasn’t been particularly shy about commenting on matters that could potentially affect the privacy of tens of millions of Americans. But as of this writing, only one of them has addressed the hottest issue of the last two weeks: the case of the Federal Bureau of Investigations vs. Apple Computers. Even the camera-mugging Sen. Richard Blumenthal, the great protector of consumers from sea to shining sea, hasn’t seen fit to even put out a press release.

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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 9:00am

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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 22, 2016

OP-ED | Who Are The Real Moochers?

by Sarah Darer Littman | January 22, 2016 12:00pm

“I began my tenure as a mainstream Republican in the early days of the Reagan presidency. By the end of my career I considered myself a resolute nonpartisan, and increasingly viewed all political ideologies as mental and emotional crutches, or substitute religions: for leaders, a means of manipulating attitudes and behaviors; for the rank and files, a lazy surrogate for problem solving and a way of fulfilling the craving to belong to something bigger than oneself.”

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