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May 15, 2016

Sharkey Won’t Seek Re-election

by Christine Stuart | May 15, 2016 8:43pm

Christine Stuart file photo Speaker Brendan Sharkey will not seek re-election to the House next year, making him the 22nd lawmaker and the most powerful to opt out of seeking another term in 2016.

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February 12, 2016

Blumenthal, Advocates Applaud White House Study of Synthetic Turf

by Jack Kramer | February 12, 2016 3:37pm

Jack Kramer photo President Barack Obama, at the urging of U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, is seeking $1 million for a federal investigation into the safety of artificial turf fields and playgrounds.

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January 25, 2016

Labor Deputy Goes To DMV, Former Hamden Mayor To Labor Dept.

by Christine Stuart | January 25, 2016 4:51pm

Christine Stuart photo Gov. Dannel P. Malloy shuffled the deck Monday and asked Deputy Labor Commissioner Dennis Murphy to help manage the Department of Motor Vehicles until he can make a permanent selection.

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September 9, 2015

AFSCME Calls for Malloy to Rescind Connecticut Labor Department Layoffs

by New Haven Register | September 9, 2015 5:30am

Christine Stuart file photo Union leaders are stepping up efforts to put pressure on the administration of Gov. Dannel Malloy to rescind 95 layoffs of state Department of Labor employees scheduled to take place at the end of the month.

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August 14, 2015

Republican Chairman Robo Calls House Speaker

by Christine Stuart | August 14, 2015 2:07pm

Contributed photo The new chairman of the Connecticut Republican Party isn’t wasting any time going to war with the Democratic majority.

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August 12, 2015

‘School to Prison Pipeline’ Discussion Sparks Frank Debate

by Madeline Stocker | August 12, 2015 5:30am

Madeline Stocker photo When most people think about the reasons behind high school suspensions, they recall a variety of circumstances — a fight broke out in the hallway, a school prankster got caught in the act, someone vandalized the school cafeteria.

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July 9, 2015

Sharkey’s Property Tax Legislation Rides Through in the Budget Implementer

by Christine Stuart | July 9, 2015 2:53pm

Christine Stuart file photo A bill touted by House Speaker Brendan Sharkey that would put student housing and new medical facilities acquired by large hospital networks on the tax rolls for the first time was one of the many concepts buried in a special session budget bill last week.

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May 22, 2015

Sharkey Modifies Property Tax Proposal & House Approves

by Christine Stuart | May 22, 2015 1:15am

CTNJ file photo After getting pushback from some members of his caucus, House Speaker Brendan Sharkey toned down a bill that would allow municipalities to tax certain medical facilities and student housing.

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May 15, 2015

House Passes Over Property Tax Bill, For Now

by Christine Stuart | May 15, 2015 10:35am

Courtesy of CT-N Early Friday morning the House of Representatives briefly debated — but took no action on —  legislation that would put certain medical facilities and college properties back on the tax rolls.

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May 4, 2015

OP-ED | When News Organizations Take the Clickbait; ‘Viral’ Doesn’t Always Mean ‘Newsworthy’

by Barth Keck | May 4, 2015 1:37pm

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Topping the news recently were these three stories: An angry Baltimore mom demonstrates proper parenting techniques, an outspoken Pennsylvania dad schools local school leaders, and a Connecticut university president crashes a student party.

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