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June 9, 2017

OP-ED | Ray Dalio Wakes to Smell the Coffee: When Algorithms Don’t Tell the Whole Story

by Sarah Darer Littman | June 9, 2017 7:59am

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Ray Dalio, chairman and chief investment officer of Westport hedge fund Bridgewater Associates, appears to have belatedly woken up and smelled the coffee — expressing concern about President Trump’s propensity to seek conflict rather than cooperation.

This marks a change from a month after the election, when Dalio appeared encouraged by aspects of the Trump presidency:

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May 12, 2017

Bond Commission Disagrees Over Agenda and Casting A Vote; Fitch Downgrades State’s Rating

by Christine Stuart | May 12, 2017 12:58pm

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — (Updated 3:28 p.m.) It was only the second state Bond Commission meeting of the year, but much like the state budget negotiations there were disagreements about almost everything on the agenda, including how members cast their votes. And shortly afterward, the state got some bad news with respect to its bond rating.

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May 5, 2017

Pitched Battle Over Franchise Laws For Electric Car Companies

by Christine Stuart | May 5, 2017 2:30pm

Andrei Tudoran / Shutterstock HARTFORD, CT — Score one for the Connecticut car dealers in the latest attempt to keep Tesla, an American electric car maker, from selling its vehicles directly to consumers.

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January 27, 2017

OP-ED | Stop Normalizing Sexual Assault

by Sarah Darer Littman | January 27, 2017 9:00am

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“Boys will be boys.”
“Locker room talk.”
“His life will be ruined.”
“But I know him, he’s such a nice guy.”

We’ve all heard such excuses for sexual harassment and assault. Here’s a new one I’ve been hearing in recent days: “But he’s made so many contributions to the town.”

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January 5, 2017

OP-ED | The State of the State: Get Ready for Another Brutal Year

by Susan Bigelow | January 5, 2017 6:30pm

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Well, we knew it wasn’t going to be a sunny, positive, or inspirational speech. The only thing to recommend Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s seventh State of the State address is that his budget speech, to be delivered next month, will be a lot worse.

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December 8, 2016

Trump Nominates McMahon to Head Small Business Administration

by Christine Stuart | December 8, 2016 12:23am

CTNewsJunkie file photo Twice-defeated U.S. Senate candidate and former wrestling executive Linda McMahon was nominated Wednesday by President-elect Donald Trump to head the U.S. Small Business Administration.

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November 23, 2016

OP-ED | Actions Speak Louder Than Words - No Time for Indifference

by Sarah Darer Littman | November 23, 2016 4:00pm

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In his election night speech, President-elect Donald Trump claimed, “I pledge to every citizen of our land that I will be president for all Americans, and this is so important to me.”

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November 15, 2016

Bond Commission Approves Economic Incentives For Hedge Fund

by Christine Stuart | November 15, 2016 1:19pm

Christine Stuart photo Two members of the state Bond Commission voted against giving AQR Capital, the second largest hedge fund in Connecticut, $35 million in incentives to expand and create jobs, but the item received support from the other eight members.

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November 14, 2016

State Bond Commission Poised To Give Another Hedge Fund Money

by Christine Stuart | November 14, 2016 4:08pm

After a controversial decision earlier this year to give $22 million to the world’s largest hedge fund, Connecticut’s Bond Commission is looking to give $35 million to a Greenwich hedge fund managing $172.4 billion in assets.

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October 13, 2016

Republican Challenger Struggles with Fundraising In Fairfield County

by Christine Stuart | October 13, 2016 5:30am

Christine Stuart photo It’s not easy being a Republican in Connecticut even when you’re running in a swing district known for being generous to political candidates.

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