Monthly Archives: July 2014

Two of three pollsters agree: CT governor’s race is tight

A new GOP poll shows Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, the first-term Democratic incumbent, with a one-point lead over the Republican convention-endorsed candidate, Tom Foley. It’s a return to the status quo after a non-traditional poll Monday gave Foley a 9-point lead. Continue Reading →

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McKinney pitches middle-class tax break, less aid for poor

GOP gubernatorial candidate John McKinney discusses his tax cut plan outside of a Stratford shopping center

Republican gubernatorial contender John P. McKinney unveiled a plan Thursday to exempt all households earning less than $75,000 per year from the state income tax. But the proposal hinges on several controversial elements, including repeal of a tax credit that saves working poor families almost $120 million per year.

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House overwhelmingly approves VA overhaul

WASHINGTON – The House of Representatives Wednesday overwhelmingly approved a $17 billion bill aimed at coming to the aid of the scandal-plagued Department of Veterans Affairs.

All five Connecticut House members joined the majority as the bill was approved on a vote of 420 to 5. Continue Reading →

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Op-Ed: On their 49th birthday, Medicare and Medicaid strong and healthy

In 1965, almost half of America’s seniors had no health insurance. For the men and women who survived two World Wars and the Great Depression, retirement often meant insecurity and hopelessness. Our nation’s seniors reached their most medically vulnerable years with few, and sometimes no health care options. That’s why, after decades of failed attempts to right this wrong, the establishment of Medicare and Medicaid wasn’t just health care reform, it was a turning point in our nation’s history. When he signed that legislation 49 years ago this week, President Lyndon Johnson spoke for the nation, saying, “No longer will older Americans be denied the healing miracle of modern medicine. Continue Reading →

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McKinney-Walker promise income tax cut in new commercials

McKinney Walker ad

With just two weeks left before the Republican primary, gubernatorial contender John P. McKinney unveiled new ads Tuesday that promise a middle-class income tax cut as the centerpiece of a new state budget-balancing plan. Continue Reading →

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Judge denies move to seal student records in landmark case

Student academic records to be used in a landmark education lawsuit will not be sealed in the upcoming trial, a Superior Court judge has ruled. “This will not be a trial decided by secret evidence,” Superior Court Judge Kevin Dubay said in a hearing earlier this month. He denied a request by the Connecticut Coalition for Justice in Education Funding to seal the academic records of student plaintiffs challenging the adequacy and fairness of funding for Connecticut’s schools. CCJEF attorney Megan Bannigan argued that the personal nature of the records, which include information about doctor’s notes and special education, among other things, warranted their being sealed. Dubay disagreed. Continue Reading →

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A Tom Foley press conference goes awry in Sprague

Tom Foley is listening. Cathy Osten is talking. And the press are recording.

SPRAGUE – Near the gate of a doomed paper mill, Republican Tom Foley alighted from the back seat of a blue BMW sedan Tuesday to assail the economic policies of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, only to find himself in a raucous street debate with the local first selectwoman and soon-to-be jobless workers. Continue Reading →

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CT politicians, Indian tribes escalate fight over recognition rule


WASHINGTON – The Bureau of Indian Affairs has done Gov. Dannel Malloy and the rest of Connecticut’s public officials a huge favor by postponing the implementation of a regulation that could bring more tribal gaming to the state. But the forces opposing federal recognition of three Connecticut tribes are far from winning their campaign. Continue Reading →

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Insurance department rejects Anthem rate hike, lowers others

This is a picture of Insurance Department hearing officer Paul Lombardo, who will issue a recommendation on Anthem's rate proposal.

The Connecticut Insurance Department rejected Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield’s request to raise individual-market premiums by an average of 12.5 percent next year, deeming the proposal excessive and directing the carrier to submit new rate proposals for review. Continue Reading →

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