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Griebel enters gubernatorial race

Just as business leader Oz Griebel launched his campaign for governor Thursday, the man he is chasing for the Republican nomination hit the accelerator, an effort to get some distance on a growing field of candidates. Tom Foley, a former ambassador and an independently wealthy businessman, unveiled two biographical commercials that will air throughout February, […]

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State to defer $100 million in pension payments

State employee union officials said Thursday they have agreed to a plan by Gov. M. Jodi Rell’s administration to delay $100 million in contributions to their pension fund–a move that shrinks the budget deficit projected for this year, but adds to the state’s $15.8 billion in long-term, unfunded pension obligations. “It’s better than cutting spending,” […]

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digest

State of the Union edition. Two essentials: A transcript, from the New York Times, and a link from CBS to what probably will be the longest-remembered moment of the night, Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito’s judicially-tempered reprise of “You lie!” Healthcare: Sam Stein at The Huffington Post notes that much of Obama’s address was aimed […]

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Foley would not take a salary as governor

Tom Foley knows how to cut at least $150,000 in state spending: He pledges to forgo a salary if elected governor. Foley, an independently wealthy businessman who is the early frontrunner for the Republican nomination, makes the pledge in “A Plan Forward for Connecticut” posted Wednesday night on his campaign web site. As for as […]

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Advocate says charter school changes needed to win federal funds

Connecticut’s restrictions on charter schools could jeopardize its chances of winning millions in federal stimulus money, an outspoken school reform advocate told state officials Wednesday. Unless the state removes barriers to the growth of charters, “we are not going to be competitive” in the federal school reform competition known as Race to the Top, Alex […]