Monthly Archives: January 2016

Connecticut ‘super delegates’ part of Clinton’s insurance policy

In August, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy had an easier time grabbing his New Hampshire audience's attention once he picked up the family dog, Bella.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and at least three of Connecticut’s seven-member congressional delegation are campaigning for Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire over the next few days, all elements of an establishment firewall of super delegates trying to protect against a surging Bernie Sanders. Continue Reading →

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Malloy promises ‘very austere’ state budget next week

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy takes questions Friday.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy warned Friday that the spending plan he will offer state legislators next week will be a “very austere” budget with no tax hikes. The Democratic governor, who needs to close a deficit projection topping $500 million in the preliminary budget for 2016-17, also all but ruled out use of the state’s modest emergency reserve. Continue Reading →

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CT lawmakers ask food stores to ban ‘open carry’ of guns


Updated at 5:36 p.m.
WASHINGTON – As part of a ramped-up gun safety campaign, Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy and U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty have asked the Connecticut Food Association to implement a gun “open carry” ban in the state’s retail stores. “Customers should feel safe while shopping,” the lawmakers said.
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Staffing problems hamper failing schools, educators testify

A teacher in a classroom at DiLoreto Magnet Elementary School in New Britain

Connecticut’s lowest-performing schools need great teachers and other support staff in order to improve, but education leaders from Bridgeport, East Hartford, New Britain and Windham have told a Superior Court judge that they lose waves of their best teachers each year, have trouble hiring replacements, and have too few teachers and other support staff to keep their students from falling further behind. Continue Reading →

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Malloy dubs bail, sentencing reforms as ‘Second Chance 2.0’

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy exits the Citadel of Love, a church where he outlined his Second Chance 2.0.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy came to the Citadel of Love, a black church in the North End of Hartford, on Thursday to roll out “Second Chance 2.0,” a second round of proposals to negate the permanence of criminal mistakes, especially those committed by the young. He will ask the legislature next week to curtail bail for minor crimes, treat many defendants younger than 21 as juveniles and broaden the reach of a record-expunging youthful offender law. Continue Reading →

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CT lawmakers help Dems hone strategy, message

Rep. Elizabeth Esty joins Rep. Matt Cartwright (PA-17) in honoring Vice President Joe Biden.

BALTIMORE – Connecticut lawmakers are gathering here with their House Democratic colleagues to network and plan strategy in a key political year for their party. Connecticut’s all-Democratic House delegation has been in the minority since 2011 and likely will continue to be after November’s elections.
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In shoreline cancer treatment dispute, questions about hospital competition

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What began with a plan to replace an aging piece of medical equipment has turned into a dispute over the delivery of cancer care along Connecticut’s affluent shoreline. And at a time when policymakers have expressed worries about preserving competition in the state’s fast-consolidating health care market, one side has suggested the case highlights questions about competition – and the way state regulation can limit it. Continue Reading →

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Congress takes aim at epidemic of opioid abuse

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WASHINGTON — After states have spent years grappling with the problem, Congress may finally address the epidemic of heroin use and abuse of prescription pain killers which has affected Connecticut and the rest of New England more than much of the country. Continue Reading →

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At Harvard, hints of what Malloy intends on justice reform

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Vincent Schiraldi at the Havard Kennedy School.

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is to present details on his plans for criminal justice reform Thursday in Hartford, but he shared his thoughts on bail reform and treating criminal defendants as juveniles until they turn 21 at Harvard. A preview on what’s to come this week. Continue Reading →

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After a few dodges, Malloy administration vows not to seek tax hikes

Benjamin Barnes, secretary of the Office of Policy and Management, speaks at the budget forum sponsored by Connecticut Voices for Children Tuesday.

Updated at 2:12 p.m.
After some initial coyness about the state budget revisions Gov. Dannel P. Malloy must submit to legislators next week, the administration confirmed Tuesday afternoon it would neither propose nor support tax hikes. Continue Reading →

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How to manage a high-deductible health plan

This is an illustration of a woman struggling to figure out what health care will cost.

High-deductible health plans, which are increasingly common, don’t just require people to pay more when they get care; they also leave people with more to understand, from figuring out how much care costs to handling bills that aren’t always clear. Here are some tips from experts on how to manage a high-deductible plan. This story is the latest in a series on how to better navigate the health care system. Continue Reading →

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