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July 13, 2018

DSS Reduces Average Wait To One And A Half Hours

by Christine Stuart | Jul 13, 2018 1:58pm
Posted to: Equality | Health Care | Labor | Legal | Public Health | Elderly Care | Poverty | State Capitol

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HARTFORD, CT — The Department of Social Services average wait time for its call center improved slightly in June to 85 minutes, at the same time as the call abandonment rate increased from 57 to 58 percent.

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July 10, 2018

Connecticut Steps Up To Help Maria Evacuees

by Christine Stuart | Jul 10, 2018 3:59am
Posted to: Equality | Housing | State Budget

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HARTFORD, CT — Connecticut has budgeted $600,000 to help Hurricane Maria evacuees land on their feet in the Nutmeg state.

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July 9, 2018

Connecticut Senators Will Vote ‘No’ On Kavanaugh

by Christine Stuart | Jul 9, 2018 11:07pm
Posted to: Civil Liberties | Congress | Consumer Protection | Courts | DC News Junkie | Equality | White House

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HARTFORD, CT — U.S. Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy tweeted that they won’t be voting in favor of President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh.

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June 29, 2018

DSS Wait Times Near 2 Hours In Some Cases

by Christine Stuart | Jun 29, 2018 12:57pm
Posted to: Aging | Equality | Health Care | Insurance | Labor | Legal | Public Health

Courtesy of DSS

HARTFORD, CT — (Updated 4 p.m.) Telephone wait times for low-income residents seeking to verify their Medicaid, food stamps or other benefits has ballooned to an average of 96 minutes.

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June 22, 2018

Esty Calls on VA to Address ‘Pervasive Culture of Sexual Harassment’

by Peter Urban | Jun 22, 2018 4:00am
Posted to: Congress | 5th CD | DC News Junkie | Equality | Veterans Affairs

Representative Elizabeth Esty urged the Department of Veterans Affairs to address the “pervasive culture of sexual harassment” within the VA, which was exposed in a recent survey conducted by the government’s independent Merit Systems Protection Board.

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June 21, 2018

Malloy Warns Against Overriding His Vetoes

by Christine Stuart | Jun 21, 2018 12:17pm
Posted to: Education | Equality | Town News | Hartford | State Budget | Taxes | State Capitol

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HARTFORD, CT — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy suggested Wednesday that any urban Democratic lawmaker that wants to override his veto of a bill that makes changes to the Hartford bailout should “have their heads examined.”

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Assaults On Staff At One Prison Have Employees On Edge

by Christine Stuart | Jun 21, 2018 4:00am
Posted to: Equality | Law Enforcement | Labor | Public Safety | Cheshire

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CHESHIRE, CT — Three recent assaults on staff that the Manson Youth Institution have the unions representing correction officers and teaching staff calling for greater accountability.

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June 19, 2018

Murphy Continues To Make A Case for Coverage of Pre-Existing Conditions

by Christine Stuart | Jun 19, 2018 4:00am
Posted to: Civil Liberties | Congress | Consumer Protection | Equality | Health Care | Insurance | Public Health

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HARTFORD, CT — Jonathan Miller, a cystic fibrosis patient who has benefitted from the Affordable Care Act, can’t believe he continues to have to defend it.

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June 18, 2018

Robinson Sworn In As First African-American To Lead Connecticut Supreme Court

by Jack Kramer | Jun 18, 2018 1:25pm
Posted to: Courts | Equality | Legal

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HARTFORD, CT — Supreme Court Justice Richard A. Robinson was sworn in Monday as the first African-American Chief Justice in Connecticut’s history.

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June 14, 2018

OP-ED | It’s Easy to be Numb to it All - Don’t Be

by Susan Bigelow | Jun 14, 2018 4:00pm
Posted to: Analysis | Child Welfare | Civil Liberties | Congress | Courts | DC News Junkie | Equality | Ethics | Immigration | Law Enforcement | Opinion | White House

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U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro joined Democratic legislators this week in condemning the Trump administration’s ghastly, cruel, and inhumane policy of separating children from their undocumented migrant families. She called it “child abuse.”

But for just about everyone I know, the reaction has been to sigh, shake their heads, and let it pass through them. After all, it’s only one of many soul-destroying, terrifying, and deeply unjust things to happen this week.

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