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December 11, 2017

DC NEWS JUNKIE | GOP Seeks Tax Cut Deal; Himes Presses for Trump Jr. Subpoena; Senators Split

by Peter Urban | December 11, 2017 12:30pm

Orhan Cam via Shutterstock House and Senate Republican leaders are looking to quickly reach consensus on an overhaul of tax policy this week in hopes of sending a final bill to President Donald Trump before year’s end.

Both chambers have approved separate tax measures and must now negotiate a final bill that would be brought before the House and Senate — without amendment — for a final up-or-down vote.

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November 17, 2017

Blumenthal Calls Al Franken Behavior ‘Repugnant’

by Peter Urban | November 17, 2017 5:02pm

CHRISTINE STUART / CTNEWSJUNKIE Senator Richard Blumenthal told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer that Minnesota Senator Al Franken had engaged in “repugnant” behavior during a 2006 USO tour when he is accused of forcibly kissing and groping a fellow female performer.

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September 5, 2017

UConn and Father-and-Son Football Coaches Appeal Ethics Decision

by Christine Stuart | September 5, 2017 10:30am

ASPEN PHOTO VIA SHUTTERSTOCK HARTFORD, CT — The University of Connecticut, the school’s head football coach, Randy Edsall, and Edsall’s son, Corey, are appealing a decision by the Citizen’s Ethics Advisory Board, which concluded that Edsall violated state ethics laws by negotiating a deal to allow his son to be hired as an assistant coach.

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June 22, 2017

$25 Million And Counting

by Christine Stuart | June 22, 2017 4:30am

shutterstock Lobbyists spent $25 million this year trying to push their issues over the legislative finish line, according to reports filed with the Office of State Ethics.

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May 26, 2017

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

by Barth Keck | May 26, 2017 4:30am

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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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May 12, 2017

OP-ED | Capital Prep Admissions Debacle Teaches Valuable Lessons

by Barth Keck | May 12, 2017 4:30am

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The first news bomb hit on May 3 when the Hartford Courant reported “10 cases of student-athletes who were admitted” to Hartford’s Capital Preparatory Magnet School “outside the blind lottery system.”

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May 6, 2017

OP-ED | ‘Faith’ With No Action Is Dead; House GOP’s Morally Bankrupt Healthcare Vote

by Sarah Darer Littman | May 6, 2017 7:00am

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I say this as a person of faith myself — it’s no wonder that a lot of highly moral people look skeptically at religion these days. Why wouldn’t they?

We’ve just seen House Speaker Paul Ryan ask Republicans to “pray” for the passage of a bill that will take away health insurance from 24 million Americans (possibly more), remove strong protections for pre-existing conditions, cut Medicaid, take us back to the awful days of expensive state-run, high-risk pools, and put a per capita cap on support for Special Education students.

Oh, and surprise, there’s also a tax cut in there for the wealthiest Americans.

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May 5, 2017

OP-ED | Ganim 2018: Why Would Anyone Vote For Him?

by Terry Cowgill | May 5, 2017 4:30am

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Few things in life are as interesting and delicious to watch as the rehabilitation of a corrupt politician. When the mighty fall, they do one of two things: they either crawl under a rock and you hear from them only sporadically if at all (Richard Nixon, Philip Giordano); or they emerge from jail proclaiming their reformation and try mightily to regain the approval of the public, only to get in trouble again (John Rowland, Ernie Newton).

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April 27, 2017

Boughton Makes An Offer to Mattei

by Christine Stuart | April 27, 2017 10:00am

ctnewsjunkie file photo HARTFORD, CT — Earlier this week, Chris Mattei, the former federal prosecutor exploring a run for governor announced he wouldn’t accept lobbyist donations and invited other candidates to join him.

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February 24, 2017

OP-ED | Stand Against Trump’s Deportation Plans

by Susan Bigelow | February 24, 2017 10:00am

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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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