by Susan Bigelow | Feb 21, 2018 5:30pm
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.
Continue reading "OP-ED | The Moral Bankruptcy of Pro-Gun Extremists" »
by Peter Urban | Feb 16, 2018 8:30am
Posted to: Civil Liberties | Congress | Corporate Watch | DC News Junkie | Federal Budget | Immigration | Law Enforcement | Public Health | Public Safety | New Britain | Mental Health Care
WASHINGTON — The Senate this week failed to reach agreement on immigration reform, leaving in doubt the future for about 1.8 million undocumented immigrants who arrived in the United States as children and could face deportation.
Continue reading "DC NEWS JUNKIE | Senate Immigration Proposals Flounder; Florida Shooting Draws Outrage" »
by Jack Kramer | Jan 29, 2018 6:30am
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 Peter Urban | Dec 15, 2017 5:11pm
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" »
by Terry Cowgill | Dec 15, 2017 6:29am
Posted to: Analysis | Business | Congress | Consumer Protection | Corporate Watch | Equality | Opinion | Technology sector
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.”
Continue reading "OP-ED | State’s Congressional Delegation Got It Right on #NetNeutrality" »
by Christine Stuart | Dec 6, 2017 6:30am
Posted to: Corporate Watch | Health Care | Insurance | Jobs | Public Health | Public Safety
HARTFORD, CT — As the administrator of the state employees health insurance plan, State Comptroller Kevin Lembo is taking steps to try and block the use of “outrageously expensive specialty drugs.”
Lembo said a review of pharmacy practices confirmed that the vast majority of prescriptions dispensed by two Connecticut pharmacies through the state health plan are for drugs manufactured by just one single drug manufacturer, Horizon Pharma.
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by Jack Kramer and Christine Stuart | Nov 27, 2017 12:57pm
Posted to: Corporate Watch | Election 2018 | Legal | State Capitol
HARTFORD, CT — (Updated 3 p.m.) Attorney General George Jepsen said Monday he will not seek a third term next year as Connecticut’s Attorney General.
“I am announcing today that I will not seek a third term as Attorney General, a decision I finalized with my family over the last days,” Jepsen, 63, said. “It has been the greatest honor of my professional life to serve as Attorney General for the State of Connecticut.”
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by Christine Stuart | Jul 10, 2017 5:30am
Posted to: Business | Corporate Watch | Energy | Environment | State Budget | Waterford
HARTFORD, CT — With no state budget in place, various groups who saw their bills die during the regular session are looking to resurrect their legislation through budget implementation language.
Continue reading "Battle Over Millstone Nuclear Plant Rages On" »
by John Erlingheuser | Mar 13, 2017 11:36pm
Posted to: Analysis | Business | Consumer Protection | Corporate Watch | Energy | Opinion | Energy Sector
In his Op Ed piece on March 3rd, Kevin Hennessy (director of state policy for Dominion) claims Dominion is not asking for any subsidies from the state of Connecticut, its taxpayers, or ratepayers. This is simply not the case.
Continue reading "OP-ED | Millstone Bill Really *Is* All About Rates" »
by Jack Kramer | Oct 11, 2016 5:30am
Posted to: Business | Congress | Corporate Watch | The Economy | Federal Budget | Taxes | Transparency
A new report shows that Fortune 500 companies, including several in Connecticut, are placing an estimated $2.5 trillion in offshore tax havens. It’s a practice that’s totally legal.
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