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February 18, 2019

Commercial Fishermen Express Interest In Two Bills

by Jack Kramer | Feb 18, 2019 5:26pm
Posted to: Agriculture | Business | Environment | Sports

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HARTFORD, CT — Two bills that could have a big impact on Connecticut’s multi-million dollar commercial fishing business were the subject of an Environment Committee public hearing Friday.

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February 15, 2019

Lawmakers Hear Testimony on Bill to Ban Artificial Turf Playing Fields

by Jack Kramer | Feb 15, 2019 6:05pm
Posted to: Child Welfare | Education | Environment | Town News | Public Health | Sports

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HARTFORD, CT — A bill that would prohibit the state and its municipalities from purchasing and using artificial turf on playing fields was the subject of a public hearing Friday before the Environment Committee.

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February 11, 2019

OP-ED | What the Patriots Teach Us about ‘Team’

by Barth Keck | Feb 11, 2019 6:05am
Posted to: Analysis | Congress | Opinion | Sports | State Budget | State Capitol

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American sports are popular largely for their ability to transcend politics, class, and race. I think of a scene in Major League, the 1989 film that imagines the Cleveland Indians defeating the New York Yankees for the American League East title.

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January 22, 2019

ANALYSIS | Big-Time UConn Athletics Are Bleeding Money; Are They All Worth It?

by Susan Bigelow | Jan 22, 2019 6:00am
Posted to: Analysis | Education | Opinion | Sports | State Budget | Taxes

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There’s a government department where state employees earn eye-popping seven-figure salaries, put out products that are sometimes brilliant but mostly mediocre, and have lately been losing over $40 million each year. If we weren’t talking about University of Connecticut athletics, it’s hard to see how it would ever survive.

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September 18, 2018

OP-ED | For UConn And Coach Ollie, Now’s The Time To Settle, Save Face, And Move On

by Ken Krayeske | Sep 18, 2018 2:13pm
Posted to: Analysis | Education | Legal | Opinion | Sports | State Budget


A fairy-tale ending in the feud between UConn and former men’s basketball head coach Kevin Ollie would pay Ollie between half of the $10 million contract he is owed and use the remaining $5 million to seed the Kevin Ollie Academy, a new elementary school in Hartford.

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August 23, 2018

Election Stalls Negotiations On Legalized Sports Betting

by Christine Stuart | Aug 23, 2018 7:18am
Posted to: Gaming | Sports | Tribes

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HARTFORD, CT — It’s unlikely the state of Connecticut will take steps necessary to allow sports betting to begin this year.

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June 29, 2018

OP-ED | Inept to the Bitter End

by Susan Bigelow | Jun 29, 2018 5:00am
Posted to: Analysis | The Economy | Ethics | Jobs | Opinion | Sports | State Capitol | Transparency

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We interrupt your regularly scheduled worrying about the decline of American democracy to remind you that the Connecticut legislature is still completely hopeless.

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May 11, 2018

ANALYSIS | Legislative Triage: The Winners and Losers of the 2018 Session

by Christine Stuart and Jack Kramer | May 11, 2018 9:56am
Posted to: Analysis | Child Welfare | Civil Liberties | Consumer Protection | Corporate Watch | Election Policy | Equality | Gaming | Health Care | Mental Health Care | Immigration | Insurance | Law Enforcement | Labor | Public Health | Poverty | Public Safety | Sports | State Budget | Transportation | Tribes | Veterans Affairs

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HARTFORD, CT—As another session of the General Assembly comes to a close with a mad scramble against the clock, let’s take a look at some of the bills that passed and others that came up short and will be left up to some future legislature and governor to tackle.

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April 30, 2018

MMA in Connecticut - What’s the Holdup?

by Brian Woodman Jr. | Apr 30, 2018 5:30am
Posted to: Business | Entertainment | Gaming | Public Safety | Sports | Taxes

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HARTFORD, CT — Despite opening the door to Mixed Martial Arts and changing the law last year to make the state more hospitable to combat sports, no MMA events have yet been held in Connecticut outside the two federally recognized tribal casinos. At least two fight promoters say the dearth of events thus far has been about costs.

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April 24, 2018

Sports Stars Try To Give Betting A Push

by Jack Kramer | Apr 24, 2018 5:32pm
Posted to: Gaming | Sports

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HARTFORD, CT—Two big-time major league sports stars came to the state Capitol Tuesday to try and kickstart the effort to pass sports betting legislation before the close of the legislative session.

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