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September 23, 2017

Connecticut Was One of 21 States Targeted By Russian Hackers Before Election 2016

by Christine Stuart | September 23, 2017 3:17pm

ct.gov HARTFORD, CT — The state of Connecticut was one of 21 states the Department of Homeland Security contacted Friday to let them know that Russian hackers targeted their systems during the 2016 election.

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September 22, 2017

Puerto Rico Struggles With Recovery, Connecticut Officials Promise Help

by Cyrus dos Santos | September 22, 2017 4:28pm

Cyrus dos Santos / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT— Puerto Ricans in Hartford sat helpless this week as Hurricane Maria ravaged their island.

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Bipartisan Talks To Begin Next Week

by Christine Stuart | September 22, 2017 2:47pm

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — It’s been a week since the General Assembly approved the $40.7 billion Republican budget proposal that Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy vowed to veto.

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DC NEWS JUNKIE | How They Voted

by Peter Urban | September 22, 2017 1:52pm

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17 Connecticut Communities Will Ask To Compete For Amazon’s H2Q

by Christine Stuart | September 22, 2017 12:12pm

ctnewsjunkie file photo HARTFORD, CT — There are 17 Connecticut communities vying to be chosen as the site the Department of Economic and Community Development will submit to Amazon in its search for its second corporate headquarters.

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OP-ED | Soaking The Weekenders and the Dan Drew Follies

by Terry Cowgill | September 22, 2017 5:30am

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Trying to predict the end of Connecticut’s budget crisis is akin to guessing the denouement of a cinematic thriller you know nothing about. A handful of renegade Democrats have joined Republicans in the Democratic-controlled General Assembly to pass an alternative GOP budget that Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has vowed to veto. Lawmakers will then have to reconvene and try to come up with a bipartisan spending plan that everyone can live with. Machinations are no doubt in the works. It’s enough to make your head spin.

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Governor Continues Campaign Against Republican Budget

by Christine Stuart | September 22, 2017 5:30am

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy acknowledged that his press conferences criticizing various aspects of the Republican budget may look like political “grandstanding,” but he said, “I assure you it is not my intention.”

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September 21, 2017

OP-ED | Put Smartphones on Pause

by Gerry Navarra | September 21, 2017 10:00pm

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As a teacher of nearly 20 years, I gave up the notion of being able to control educational policy writ large a long time ago. Often telling my students, “If I were king of the world, things would be different,” I have been content to control what happened in the sanctuary of my classroom. However, recent societal trends snapped me out of my apathy and, rather than challenge policy makers, I want to appeal to parents.

So, to the moms and dads out there — please — do not buy your children smartphones.

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ANALYSIS | Connecticut’s Uninsured Rate Still Dropping, But Congress May Unravel Progress

by Ellen Andrews | September 21, 2017 7:21pm


In good news, U.S. Census data finds that Connecticut’s uninsured rate continues to drop. Last year 4.9 percent of Connecticut residents didn’t have coverage. While that’s still 179,000 people and far too high, it is down by almost half from 2013. The bad news is that all that progress is at risk with a vote in Congress next week. Despite what you’ve heard, efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act and slash Medicaid are alive and well.

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OP-ED | The Bridgeport Casino Plan is for Suckers

by Susan Bigelow | September 21, 2017 5:00pm

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I feel like I keep making the same argument over and over. No, a casino won’t save your town. No, casinos don’t do much for local businesses. Yes, the casino companies are promising things they can’t possibly deliver. And yet people keep falling for it.

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