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January 23, 2018

Dominion Close To Winning Opportunity to Bid

by Christine Stuart | January 23, 2018 5:30am

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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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January 22, 2018

Government Shutdown Ends For Now; CT Delegates Split On Vote

by Peter Urban | January 22, 2018 7:14pm

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Congress agreed to end a three-day-old government shutdown voting on Monday to approve a temporary spending measure that will keep funds flowing for another three weeks.

The short-term “continuing resolution” passed the Senate 81-18 and the House 266-150 drawing opposition from more liberal Democrats including Connecticut Senators Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy.

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Republican Lawmakers Wary Of Move To Make DECD Job Permanent

by Christine Stuart | January 22, 2018 4:42pm

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HARTFORD, CT — The job description says it’s a “unique management position” for someone “who has a passion for the arts, culture or preserving the historic assets of Connecticut.”

But critics say it would make permanent a position in the Department of Economic and Community Development at a time when the state is facing massive budget deficits.

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Connecticut Ends Year On Positive Jobs Note

by Christine Stuart | January 22, 2018 11:56am

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HARTFORD, CT — After months of job losses, preliminary numbers from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics show Connecticut ended 2017 by gaining 6,000 jobs in the month of December.

“December job growth ended the year on a better note than in previous months,” Andy Condon, Director of the Office of Research, said. “Preliminary data indicate that Connecticut grew 7,700 jobs on a seasonally-adjusted basis and 6,200 jobs on an average annual basis. This is actually better than the 5,000 average annual growth seen in 2016.”

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The Republican Tax Plan; Will Connecticut Sue?

by Brian Woodman Jr. | January 22, 2018 5:30am

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HARTFORD, CT — Will Connecticut join other “blue” states in considering legal action against the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act passed by Republicans in late 2017?

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January 20, 2018

Women’s March 2018 Draws Another 10,000 to Hartford

by Doug Hardy | January 20, 2018 9:04pm

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HARTFORD, CT — When the Women’s March last year drew 10,000 people to the state Capitol, many wondered whether they would be able to maintain the enthusiasm and repeat the performance in 2018.

Turns out they did. The Capitol Police estimated this year’s crowd at around 10,000 once again.

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January 19, 2018

Applause for Tolls From Audience of Construction Workers

by Christine Stuart | January 19, 2018 1:25pm

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SOUTHINGTON, CT — In alphabetical order, a majority of Democratic and one unaffiliated candidates for governor endorsed the idea of installing electronic tolls on Connecticut’s highways and received applause for it.

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Connecticut Watches As U.S. Senate Decides Spending Measure

by Christine Stuart | January 19, 2018 5:30am

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HARTFORD, CT —The U.S. House voted Thursday to keep the government open, but it’s unclear if the U.S. Senate will follow their lead.

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Federal Government Shutdown Looms; FEMA to End Aid to Displaced Puerto Rican Families in Connecticut

by Peter Urban | January 19, 2018 5:30am

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WASHINGTON — Congress struggled this week to reach agreement on a short-term spending bill needed to avoid a partial shutdown of government services at midnight Friday.

The House voted 230-197 Thursday evening in favor of a “continuing resolution” that would fund the government for another month. The issue is now in the Senate where Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has indicated he is prepared to keep members working through the weekend to avoid a shutdown.

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OP-ED | As a Father and Teacher, I Find Donald Trump Extremely Disturbing

by Barth Keck | January 19, 2018 5:30am

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I am a father and teacher. I am deeply disturbed by President Donald Trump.

My dismay is not political. Instead, it involves his narcissistic and boorish behavior, underscored most recently by his characterization of Haiti, El Salvador, and African nations as “shithole countries.”

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