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Malloy: Maine’s LePage ‘sounds racist’ on minorities, heroin

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy in Waterbury.

WATERBURY — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said Friday that Maine Gov. Paul LePage “sounds like a racist” when suggesting his state’s heroin epidemic largely is the fault of outsiders, specifically blacks and Hispanics from places like “Waterbury, Conn., the Bronx and Brooklyn.” Continue Reading →

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Trump ignites activism among young Muslims in Connecticut

Alicia Hernandez Strong waiting to register voters at her mosque in New Britain.

NEW BRITAIN -- Alicia Hernandez Strong sat in the lobby of a mosque that didn’t exist when Barack Obama was elected president, telling Yemeni worshippers how they can register to vote in this old industrial city, a place made and remade by successive tides of immigrants. She comes every Friday, setting up a folding table before afternoon prayers. Her inspiration is Donald Trump. Continue Reading →

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Blumenthal, others who helped sales of EpiPen, want probe of price hikes

An EpiPen two-pak from Mylan

WASHINGTON — Like other lawmakers who are now calling for an investigation of the massive price hikes in price hikes of EpiPens, Sen. Richard Blumenthal backed legislation that encouraged schools to stock the auto injector that delivers a drug that counters the effects of a fatal allergic reaction. Continue Reading →

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Call it corporate welfare or investment, Malloy says it pays off

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy released his economic-development assessment in New Haven.

NEW HAVEN — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy gave an upbeat assessment Tuesday of what Connecticut is getting for the $256.6 million in direct state assistance he’s given to some of the world’s biggest and richest corporations, investments often made in the face of genteel blackmail — the knowledge another governor may be waiting with a competing offer. Continue Reading →

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Looney says response to failing kidneys ‘very gratifying’

Senate President Pro Tem Martin M. Looney in New Haven on Tuesday.

NEW HAVEN — Senate President Pro Tem Martin M. Looney joined Gov. Dannel P. Malloy at a downtown press conference on economic-development policy Tuesday, a reminder he does not intend to curtail his schedule as he awaits a kidney transplant. He says he is weeks or months away from needing dialysis. Continue Reading →

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Challenger Carter steadily attacks, but Blumenthal remains aloof

Sen. Richard Blumenthal, left, and State Rep. Dan Carter

WASHINGTON — The campaign tactics of Sen. Richard Blumenthal and his Republican challenger, state Rep. Dan Carter, are as different as they can be in politics. Blumenthal has largely ignored his challenger, while Carter is waging a death-by-a-thousand-cuts campaign, launching a blizzard of attacks. Continue Reading →

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Malloy releases funds withheld from CT watchdog agencies

Budget director Benjamin Barnes visiting the Capitol press room to report on state revenue forecasts.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s administration relented Friday in its controversial battle to cut the budgets of state government’s autonomous watchdogs — as it has other agencies' budgets — to help balance Connecticut’s finances. Continue Reading →

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As some quit exchanges, insurers press for changes in ACA

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WASHINGTON — Aetna’s decision to abandon 11 state Affordable Care Act marketplaces combined with the shrinking participation of other insurers has prompted Washington advocates to look for new ways to strengthen state marketplaces like Connecticut’s Access Health CT. Republicans, meanwhile, have renewed their calls for the ACA's repeal. Continue Reading →

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Malloy, Cuomo face off over dumping in Long Island Sound

Naval Submarine Base New London

WASHINGTON – New York officials say a plan to dump dredged material in eastern Long Island Sound is potentially harmful to the ecology and tourism, but Connecticut supporters say it's key to the state’s economic development and to keeping Naval Submarine Base New London off a base closure list. Continue Reading →

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