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GOP: Deal to keep Sikorsky in Connecticut is good and bad news

Gov. Dannel P.  Malloy and House Majority Leader Joe Aresimowicz listening to a Sikorsky supplier, Mark Labbe, right.

Most Republican legislators are expected Wednesday to support the Sikorsky Aircraft incentives deal negotiated by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy as a smart investment, while simultaneously arguing that the deal is necessary because of a high cost of doing business in Connecticut that they blame on the legislature’s Democratic majority.
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Blumenthal, Murphy, DeLauro seek to override Obama veto of terrorism lawsuit bill

President Obama addresses the nation.

Updated at 8:20 p.m.
WASHINGTON — Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy and Rep. Rosa DeLauro are at the forefront of an effort to override President Obama’s veto of a bill that would help the families of the victims of the September 11th attacks sue Saudi Arabia. Continue Reading →

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Senators press fight with Aetna over quitting ACA exchanges

Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini

Updated at 5:12 p.m.
WASHINGTON — A group of liberal senators and Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini continued their battle Friday, with the lawmakers accusing the insurance executive of avoiding their questions about Aetna’s decision to quit 11 health insurance exchanges. Continue Reading →

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In a turbulent year, Malloy makes a soft landing at Sikorsky

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and a model of the CH-53K King Stallion.

STRATFORD — With a press conference Wednesday of the lawn of Sikorsky Aircraft, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy took a step toward rewriting his economic legacy from being the governor blamed for driving away General Electric and hundreds of headquarters jobs to the one who stabilized Connecticut’s aerospace industry for a generation. Continue Reading →

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Congress lambastes company CEO over EpiPen price hike

Mylan chief executive Heather Bresch testifies before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Wednesday.

WASINGTION — There was a bipartisan bashing of Mylan CEO Heather Bresch Wednesday over her company’s huge price increases on EpiPen, the auto-injector that delivers a drug that counters the effects of a potentially fatal allergic reaction. Continue Reading →

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AMA says Anthem-Cigna deal would shrink insurer choices in CT

Cigna headquarters in Bloomfield

WASHINGTON — The American Medical Association, strongly opposed to the merger of Anthem and Cigna, said the deal would greatly limit competition in Connecticut and nine other states, leading to premium increases and fewer choices of doctors and hospitals for the state’s patients. Continue Reading →

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House Democrats outline agenda with a pro-business flavor

Rep. Theresa Conroy was featured. She is targeted for defeat this fall. At left is House Majority Leader Joe Aresimowicz.

EAST HARTFORD — Facing an electorate that gave the General Assembly a 24-percent approval rating, the House Democratic Majority unveiled a campaign framework Tuesday that focuses on job creation and fiscal responsibility and downplays labor issues, such as raising the minimum wage and making the tax structure more progressive. Continue Reading →

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Feud cost Connecticut’s Independent Party a line in U.S. Senate race

Trial Referee A. Susan Peck  tells the feuding parties the court has no jurisdiction.

An internal fight will leave the Independent Party without a candidate for U.S. Senate in Connecticut this fall, denying Republican Dan Carter a cross-endorsement in his uphill fight to unseat the Democratic incumbent, Richard Blumenthal. Continue Reading →

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Blumenthal, Murphy up for big promotions if Dems take over Senate

Connecticut U.S. Sens. Christopher Murphy, right, and Richard Blumenthal

WASHINGTON — If Democrats reach their goal of retaking control of the U.S. Senate in November’s elections, Connecticut’s senators have much to gain. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, if re-elected, and fellow Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy will zoom up in seniority much faster than their predecessors. Continue Reading →

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