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December 13, 2017

Blumenthal Calls For Passage of Dream Act, But Won’t Shut Down Gov’t To Get It

by Christine Stuart | December 13, 2017 5:30am

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — Sen. Richard Blumenthal wouldn’t say Monday whether he would vote to shut down the government if the Republican Party fails to find a path for Dreamers before Congress adjourns later this month.

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December 12, 2017

Lawmakers Look To Convene Special Session To Restore Funding

by Christine Stuart | December 12, 2017 5:31pm

ctnewsjunkie file photo HARTFORD, CT — Legislative leaders from both parties are teaming up to call themselves back into special session to approve funding for a program they collectively cut less than two months ago.

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Child Advocate Seeks To Strengthen Safety Net For Children With Disabilities

by Christine Stuart | December 12, 2017 1:18pm

ctnewsjunkie file photo HARTFORD, CT — A teenage boy with autism and intellectual disabilities who died from starvation, dehydration and child abuse was absent from school for years and known to the Department of Children and Families and the Juvenile Court System, which closed his case weeks before his death.

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Doyle Explores Run For Attorney General

by Christine Stuart | December 12, 2017 10:25am

ctnewsjunkie file photo Sen. Paul Doyle, one of three Democratic state Senators to surprise his colleagues and vote for a Republican budget this past September, announced Tuesday that he’s exploring a run for attorney general.

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Regents Ready Community College Consolidation

by Jack Kramer | December 12, 2017 5:29am

Jack Kramer / ctnewsjunkie file photo HARTFORD, CT - A much debated - and by some criticized - plan to restructure the state’s community colleges is due for a vote by the Board of Regents this Thursday.

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December 11, 2017

Sentencing Commission Tackles Three Big Criminal Justice Reforms

by Christine Stuart | December 11, 2017 2:23pm

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — The public got a chance Monday to weigh in on three proposals that would change Connecticut’s criminal justice system in very different ways.

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DC NEWS JUNKIE | GOP Seeks Tax Cut Deal; Himes Presses for Trump Jr. Subpoena; Senators Split

by Peter Urban | December 11, 2017 12:30pm

Orhan Cam via Shutterstock House and Senate Republican leaders are looking to quickly reach consensus on an overhaul of tax policy this week in hopes of sending a final bill to President Donald Trump before year’s end.

Both chambers have approved separate tax measures and must now negotiate a final bill that would be brought before the House and Senate — without amendment — for a final up-or-down vote.

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Substance Abuse Treatment Provider Pays Settlement

by Jack Kramer | December 11, 2017 5:30am

APT Foundation website HARTFORD, CT — APT Foundation and its chief executive officer agreed to pay $883,859 to the state and federal government to resolve allegations that it double billed Connecticut’s Medicaid program, according to government press releases.

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December 8, 2017

Sex Harassment Rocks Congress; Gov’t Shutdown Averted For Now; Gun Safety Fight to Continue

by Peter Urban | December 8, 2017 12:38pm

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In a week that saw the #MeToo “Silence Breakers” recognized as Time Magazine’s Person of the Year, three members of Congress announced their resignations after each had been accused of inappropriate sexual behavior in the past.

Most notably was Minnesota Senator Al Franken, who announced his decision to resign Thursday on the Senate floor.

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West Haven, Hartford Would Qualify For Assistance

by Christine Stuart | December 8, 2017 12:38pm

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — The newly formed Municipal Accountability Review Board, which will be in charge of helping extremely distressed municipalities like West Haven and Hartford get their finances under control, met for the first time Friday.

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