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December 21, 2014

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April 17, 2015

OP-ED | State Reps Need to Grow Up and Model the Behavior We Expect From Our Kids

by Sarah Darer Littman | April 17, 2015 6:00pm

When I read that the Judiciary Committee spent most of Monday infighting over a nasty email instead of doing the people’s business, my head exploded. This is the kind of behavior one would expect to see in a middle school cafeteria, not at the state Capitol when important legislation that really matters to people’s lives is at stake.

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April 16, 2015

Lawmakers Hear Success Stories from Turnaround Schools Across Northeast

by Elizabeth Regan | April 16, 2015 3:19pm

ConnCAN Educators from Massachusetts and Pennsylvania joined a Hartford principal Thursday to talk about “turnaround” schools during a forum before the legislature’s Education Committee.

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April 15, 2015

Connecticut Lottery Corp. Makes Its Pitch For Keno

by Cara Rosner | April 15, 2015 6:09pm

Christine Stuart photo Proponents told members of the Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee on Wednesday that bringing keno to Connecticut is essential to keeping the state’s lottery competitive with other states’, while opponents decried the game as a short-sighted and ill-advised way to generate revenue.

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Veterans Rally To Restore Honor Guard

by Sarah Paduano | April 15, 2015 4:37pm

Sarah Paduano photo Military veterans and lawmakers rallied Wednesday at the state Capitol to reject Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s proposed cut to state funding for honor guard details at veterans’ funerals.

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Librarians Call Upon Lawmakers To Restore Funding

by Christine Stuart | April 15, 2015 2:47pm

Christine Stuart photo Librarians are generally a quiet bunch, but they’re making a lot of noise to help restore funding for a program that was ahead of its time.

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Municipal Leaders Say Struggling Cities and Towns Need State Help

by Elizabeth Regan | April 15, 2015 5:30am

Elizabeth Regan / CTNewsJunkie A delegation of municipal leaders converged Tuesday in Hartford to decry issues such as Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s proposal to cut town aid by $15.5 million and an escalating pattern of unfunded state mandates signed into law.

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April 14, 2015

House Votes to Block Closure of Meriden Campus; Bill Heads to Malloy’s Desk

by Christine Stuart | April 14, 2015 7:34pm

Christine Stuart photo The House followed the state Senate’s lead Tuesday and passed legislation to block the state Board of Regents from closing a satellite community college campus in Meriden. The measure now heads to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s desk.

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Domestic Workers Rally For Rights At Capitol

by Christine Stuart | April 14, 2015 2:03pm

Christine Stuart photo They take care of children and the elderly and are trusted to clean homes, but domestic workers are not protected by Connecticut labor laws most of us take for granted.

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April 13, 2015

Nasty Email Causes Judiciary Committee To Come To A Screeching Halt

by Christine Stuart | April 13, 2015 8:22pm

CTNJ file photo Name calling in a weekend email from a Hartford Democrat brought the Judiciary Committee to a halt on Monday only hours before the committee’s deadline to complete its business.

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