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May 26, 2017

Connecticut Senator Says Republicans Are Like ‘The Dog That Caught the Car’

by Christine Stuart | May 26, 2017 2:14pm

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — Connecticut’s U.S. Sens. Chris Murphy and Richard Blumenthal said there will be political consequences for their Republican colleagues if they continue to try and dismantle the Affordable Care Act.

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New Poll Finds 57 Percent of Voters Disapprove of Republican Health Care Plan

by Christine Stuart | May 26, 2017 1:05pm

shutterstock A new Quinnipiac University poll found that 57 percent of voters disapprove of the Republican health care plan that passed the House last month. That’s one percent more than the 56 percent who disapproved of the plan in a May 11 survey.

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OP-ED | The Unions Are Trapped

by Susan Bigelow | May 26, 2017 10:00am

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State employee union leaders came to an agreement with Gov. Dannel P. Malloy on a package of concessions that would, among other things, freeze wages, ask active employees to pay more into their 401(k)s, require furlough days, and increase insurance premiums. It’s a lot to bear. But what are they going to do? Strike? Get laid off? Go down with the ship?

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OP-ED | Roger Ailes Left an Indelible Mark on TV Journalism - Unfortunately

by Barth Keck | May 26, 2017 5:30am

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If Facebook has taught me anything, it’s that thoughtful political debate is an endangered species. People now just dig in their heels, broadcast their opinions, and don’t budge an inch.

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Lembo Tries To Renew Connecticut Debate Over Health Insurance Public Option

by Cara Rosner | May 26, 2017 5:30am

ctnewsjunkie file photo HARTFORD, CT — With 800,000 Connecticut residents at risk of losing their health insurance if the American Health Care Act becomes law, state Comptroller Kevin Lembo says expanding Medicare and creating a public health insurance option would help ensure people continue to have coverage.

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May 25, 2017

Divided House Forwards Campaign Bill To Senate

by Christine Stuart | May 25, 2017 7:01pm

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — The House passed a bill Thursday on a 79-70, party line vote that would change campaign laws and could set the state up for a constitutional challenge.

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Bipartisan Coalition Continues To Pitch ‘Passport to the Parks’

by Jack Kramer | May 25, 2017 2:42pm

Jack Kramer / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — A few days before the unofficial kick-off of the summer season —  Memorial Day weekend — a group of legislators from both political parties made a renewed pitch for the state to spend millions to maintain Connecticut’s parks and forests.

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Senate Dysfunction or Life In An Evenly Split Chamber?

by Christine Stuart | May 25, 2017 10:30am

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — It’s become sort of a running joke at the state Capitol these days. How many bills will get through the state Senate?

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Malloy Fires Off Response To Senators For ‘Antagonistic Approach’ To Insurance Industry

by Christine Stuart | May 25, 2017 5:30am

ctnewsjunkie file photo HARTFORD, CT — Connecticut’s top Democratic and Republican state senators touted their bipartisan cooperation in passing legislation to increase transparency in pharmaceutical costs, and minutes later they received a letter from Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy criticizing how they reached the final product and shut out the insurance industry in the process.

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May 24, 2017

House Leaders Say They Don’t Have The Votes For Tribal Casino Bill

by Christine Stuart | May 24, 2017 3:50pm

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — Several hours after the Senate passed a bill that would give Connecticut’s two federally recognized Indian tribes the exclusive right to open a third casino in the state, Democratic members in the House said the bill would not pass that chamber in its current form.

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