Monthly Archives: June 2016

Comptroller says Wade should recuse herself on Cigna merger

Comptroller Kevin Lembo

Comptroller Kevin P. Lembo publicly urged Insurance Commissioner Katharine L. Wade on Thursday to recuse herself from Connecticut’s review of the Anthem-Cigna merger, saying even a positive legal ruling from ethics officials would not overcome the appearance of a conflict of interest. Continue Reading →

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Malloy directs agencies to save $130M to balance new CT budget

Ben Barnes, the governor's budget chief, in June after telling agency heads the state would defer raises for non-union managers.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy assigned nearly $130 million in total savings targets Thursday to dozens of state agencies to help balance the new state budget that begins Friday. Although legislators assigned limits in some cases to spread the burden out among as many agencies as possible, the cuts fell heaviest on social services and education. Continue Reading →

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A ‘day of action’ on both sides of America’s divide over firearms

Imam Hamid Nasir Malik leads a prayer. At right are Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, Rep. Elizabeth Esty and Jillian Soto, whose sister was killed at Sandy Hook.

FARMINGTON – If the gun lobby has a soft underbelly, congressional Democrats and their allies seem to be betting it is the refusal to compromise, especially on the issue of whether individuals barred from commercial airlines as a security risk should be able to purchase firearms. Continue Reading →

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UConn adopts a largely flat budget, asks for big increase next year

An aerial view of the Storrs Campus

The University of Connecticut’s governing board Wednesday adopted a largely flat $1.3 billion budget for the fiscal year that begins Friday, retreating from years of rapid spending increases at the public university. But it is asking for a big increase in state funding next year to catch up on its Next Generation plan to increase enrollment and faculty. Continue Reading →

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Merger opponents ask DOJ to block Aetna-Humana, Anthem-Cigna deals

Cigna headquarters in Bloomfield

WASHINGTON – Opponents of the planned Aetna-Humana, Anthem-Cigna mergers have asked the U.S. Justice Department to block them in a letter that alludes to the controversy over Connecticut Insurance Commissioner Katharine Wade’s lead role in state regulatory approval of one of the deals. Continue Reading →

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CT Dems joined national Democrats in gun-control fundraising pitch

guns on wall at store

WASHINGTON — Republicans vying to unseat Connecticut Democrats say they are outraged by the attempt to raise political cash from what they characterized as exploitation of the mass shooting in Orlando earlier this month. Meanwhile, the Connecticut Democratic Party accused the GOP candidates of using their outrage to avoid taking a position on the gun control legislation at the center of the controversy. Continue Reading →

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A gay GOP candidate’s struggle to steer clear of the culture wars

Clay Cope, the first selectman of Sherman, listening to a man concerned about Candlewood Lake.

SHERMAN — Clay Cope, the first selectman of this quiet lake community of 3,694, got into the race for Congress at the urging of Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton, who says Cope has a compelling story to tell about restoring Yankee virtues of pay-as-you-go frugality and limited government to a town that had fallen into debt. But if there is a formula for keeping God, guns and gays out of congressional politics in 2016, no one has shared it with Cope. Continue Reading →

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Labor costs, tax receipts, threaten new CT budget before it starts


With Connecticut’s new fiscal year set to begin Friday, serious issues — involving both spending and revenue — have arisen in recent weeks that challenge state government’s new spending plan before it’s even begun. And a major Wall Street credit rating agency questioned Monday whether Connecticut’s fiscal house is in order. Continue Reading →

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Orlando victims look to Sandy Hook lawsuit against gun maker

A Sig Sauer MCX rifle

WASHINGTON — Families of those massacred in an Orlando nightclub are weighing whether to follow the Sandy Hook families that have filed a lawsuit against makers of assault rifles like the one Adam Lanza used to kill 20 first graders and six adults. Continue Reading →

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