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Murphy presses for action on mental health bill despite obstacles

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WASHINGTON – Sen. Chris Murphy and Republican Sen. Bill Cassidy of Louisiana have bipartisan support for a bill that would reform the nation’s mental health system and are pressing for Senate action on the legislation. But they are facing hurdles common to those who push for change on Capitol Hill. Continue Reading →

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Carly Fiorina urges GOP unity, yet won’t speak Trump’s name

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STAMFORD – Carly Fiorina seemed to endorse Donald J. Trump, if only by inference Tuesday night. She never allowed herself to say his name in a 30-minute speech to Connecticut Republicans, yet vowed, "I will do everything in my power between now and November to make sure that Hillary Clinton is not our next president.” Continue Reading →

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Ganim, Gomes and Moore keep things complicated in Bridgeport

From left, Mayor Joseph P. Ganim,  Rep. Stephen Stafstrom and Sens. Marilyn Moore and Edwin Gomes.

Summer is coming to Bridgeport, where the living never is easy, not in even-number years, not for Sens. Edwin A. Gomes and Marilyn Moore. On the day after the Democratic machine denied Gomes and Moore its backing for another term, Mayor Joseph P. Ganim lavishly praised them at a public ceremony Tuesday – taking care to stop well short of an endorsement. Continue Reading →

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On outs with Sanders and labor, is Malloy still a progressive?

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The stated cause of Bernie Sanders’ displeasure with Gov. Dannel P. Malloy as co-chair of the Democratic platform committee stems from his being one of Hillary Clinton’s “aggressive attack surrogates,” not deficiencies as a progressive politician. But controversy over Malloy’s suitability as an arbiter of the Democratic agenda coincides with a budget controversy in Connecticut that's fueling a reappraisal of the man once described by The Daily Beast as the “progressives’ dream governor.” Continue Reading →

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Malloy zings GOP on bail reform, gets counter from Fasano

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Scott X. Esdaile of the NAACP.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and the Connecticut leader of the NAACP pushed back Monday at Republican opposition to Malloy’s proposed bail reforms, casting them as an overdue blow for racial and economic equality. One GOP leader said Malloy was playing the race card, while another made a counter offer. Continue Reading →

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New rule: Curbing state spending or masking looming deficits?

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Gov. Dannel P. Malloy insists recently adopted legislation that restricts how nonpartisan staff report future budget trends — including deficits — will help ensure state spending doesn’t increase “on autopilot.” But the measure places no restrictions on what the legislature can propose or adopt, nor will it prevent legislators from obtaining the material nonpartisan analysts will not be able to publish in one high-profile report. Continue Reading →

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New CT budget contributes to credit downgrades from Wall Street

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The new state budget's ability to mitigate longstanding fiscal problems got poor marks Thursday on Wall Street as two of the four major rating agencies downgraded Connecticut’s credit ranking — probably boosting borrowing costs in the future. Continue Reading →

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