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CT official: VA’s failure to share data hurts vets at risk of prescription drug abuse

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WASHINGTON -- Connecticut veterans are escaping the notice of a state program aimed at combating prescription painkiller abuse, an epidemic among those veterans; and the federal government's Department of Veterans Affairs is to blame, a state official says. Continue Reading →

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Introducing Vote Hound: In Connecticut, does one party really rule?

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Most roll call votes in the Connecticut legislature are easy to analyze: They are either unanimous or follow party lines. Vote Hound helps you find and analyze the other kind of votes, the ones where the patterns are not quite so clear. Explore the latest interactive database from The Connecticut Mirror and Trend CT. Continue Reading →

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Malloy appointee seeks greater say over watchdogs

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An appointee of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy asked legislators Friday to help her exercise greater administrative control over the state’s watchdog agencies, including one investigating the governor’s campaign finances. Continue Reading →

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Medicare fees to drop sharply as Senate falters on ‘doc fix’ bill opposed by CT senators

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WASHINGTON – The Senate's failure to act on a bill, opposed by Connecticut's senators, means fees paid to doctors who treat Medicare patients will drop sharply at the end of the month. If Congress, which left on a two-week Easter recess, acts as soon as it returns, the government says it may be able to avoid the fee cuts. Continue Reading →

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Budget debate: Malloy’s ‘childish,’ but GOP’s a ‘comedy show’

Rep. Themis Klarides and Sen. Len Fasano, the GOP minority leaders. At left, Sen. Michael McLachlan.

Leaders of the legislature's Republican minority condemned Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s proposed budget Thursday as savaging the social safety net, but they declined to commit to offering their own alternative to the one by the Democratic administration. Zingers ensued. Continue Reading →

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Sharkey and GOP vs. Senate Democrats on campaign reform

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The Senate Democratic majority is blocking House Speaker J. Brendan Sharkey, D-Hamden, and minority Republicans from closing what critics say is major loophole in Connecticut’s system of publicly financing campaigns — the parties ability to direct special-interest money to taxpayer-funded candidates. Continue Reading →

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Larger deficit looms as Malloy warns of more emergency cuts

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Nonpartisan fiscal analysts again asserted Wednesday that the current state budget deficit is worse than Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s administration has reported — and that’s despite a recent administration estimate that more than doubled the shortfall. And while the Office of Fiscal Analysis was issuing its $191 million deficit forecast, Malloy’s budget chief directed all agencies Wednesday to brace for a third round of emergency cuts and to ensure spending is “significantly curtailed” between now and the fiscal year’s close on June 30. Continue Reading →

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Wilson-Foley given 5-month jail term

From left, Andrew Roraback, Justin Bernier, Lisa Wilson-Foley, Mike Clark and Mark Greenberg.

Lisa Wilson-Foley, a wealthy protégée whom ex-Gov. John G. Rowland liked to call “grasshopper” as he tutored her behind-the-scenes on the art of politics, will be following her mentor straight to prison for her role in the botched business scheme they engineered with her husband to help her win a U.S. Congressional seat. Continue Reading →

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With protest, legislators move forward governor’s human services budget cuts

The legislature’s human services committee voted to move forward Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s proposed social services budget, but not before disowning the cuts within it and debating whether the way they handled the measure was a sufficient protest. Continue Reading →

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Blumenthal: Effort to block recognition of CT tribes faces challenges

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WASHINGTON – Rules under consideration that would make it easier for Indian tribes to win federal recognition have a carve-out aimed at denying that status to several Connecticut tribes, but Sen. Richard Blumenthal has joined others in saying the provision may be unconstitutional. Continue Reading →

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Mirror announces ‘Policy Pairings Series’ — Four Issues, Four Breweries

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Four Connecticut homegrown breweries will serve as the backdrops for discussion of pressing state issues as The Connecticut Mirror launches its first “Policy Pairings Series.” Two events are scheduled for April and two for May at locations across the state. Tickets are available starting today at ctmirrorpairings.org. Continue Reading →

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Gaming expansion bill clears committee

Senate Majority Leader Robert Duff, D-Norwalk, at microphones, flanked by Sen. Cathy Osten, D-Sprague, and Sen. Tim Larson, D-East Hartford.

A proposal to expand casino gaming outside of Connecticut’s Indian reservations advanced Thursday. But while the state legislature’s Public Safety and Security Committee endorsed the measure by a wide margin, it narrowly rejected an amendment that would have barred the state from offering loans, grants or other economic aid to preserve casino jobs.
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Courtney leads Democratic push to cut student debt

Washington – Backed by key Democrats, including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Rep. Joe Courtney, D-2nd District, returned to an old theme on Wednesday -- how to cut the college student debt -- by introducing a bill that would do just that. Continue Reading →

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