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Does closing job centers set back Malloy’s 2nd chance initiative?

The Connecticut Department of Labor job center in Willimantic is among those facing closure.

While Gov. Dannel P. Malloy recently dismissed speculation that the closures would weaken his comprehensive Second Chance Society program, others – including a top lawmaker on both budget and juvenile justice issues – aren’t so sure the administration isn’t working against itself. Continue Reading →

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Aetna-Humana, Anthem-Cigna mergers spark D.C. lobbying war

Aetna headquarters in Hartford

WASHINGTON — With high stakes in play, Aetna, Inc. has hired four high-powered Washington lobbying firms to help the company win federal approval of a merger with Humana. Cigna followed by hiring three D.C. lobbying firms this week to press its case to merge with Anthem. Continue Reading →

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Himes: Ukraine wants U.S. to provide ‘defensive’ weapons

Jim-Himes mugshot

WASHINGTON – Rep. Jim Himes, D-4th District, said Ukrainian officials told him and other members of a visiting congressional delegation that the country could use more help from the United States — in the form of “defensive” weapons — to help defeat Russian-backed rebels. Continue Reading →

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Trump takes on key CT industry — hedge funds

Donald Trump

WASHINGTON – GOP presidential hopeful Donald Trump has a new target for his ire — other super-rich guys, the nation’s hedge fund managers. “I know a lot of bad people in this country that are making a hell of a lot of money and not paying taxes,. The tax law is totally screwed up.” he said. Continue Reading →

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Joe Scarborough is firm on taxes, less so on his plans

Joe Scarborough with his fellow panelists Suzanne Bates, Rep. Brenda Kupchick, Sen. Tony Hwang and Rep. Laura Devlin.

With the help of MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough, a conservative think tank opened a small-government, anti-tax road show Thursday that marked the soft opening of the 2016 contest for the Connecticut General Assembly. Less clear was whether the event also was an early exploratory step by Scarborough toward a campaign in 2018 for governor or U.S. Senate. Continue Reading →

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