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Senate, House pass sweeping energy bill

The House gave final legislative approval at 6:01 a.m. today to a bill that subsidizes solar power, encourages energy efficiency and exerts influence over a deregulated electric industry that has given Connecticut the nation’s second-highest electric rates. The most heavily lobbied bill of year was passed 20 to 14 in the Senate on Tuesday night […]

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Officials take aim at Anthem rate increases

Attorney General Richard Blumenthal is calling for an independent investigation into the most recent double-digit rate increases approved for numerous Anthem Health Plans for Connecticut residents. Likewise, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius wrote Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell yesterday asking her to do the same. The move comes after Anthem proposed […]

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Spurred by the lure of federal aid, House approves major education reforms

A sweeping education bill that calls for tougher high school standards, a more demanding evaluation system for teachers and a greater voice for parents in school governance won approval in the state House of Representatives early today. After some political maneuvering, lawmakers combined elements of two separate education bills into a single landmark bill that […]

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Democrats say they’ll pass budget; GOP minority is opposed

The Democrat-controlled General Assembly will attempt to wipe a $726 million deficit from the next state budget today as the 2010 legislative session approaches its midnight deadline. Despite House and Senate leaders’ assertions that rank-and-file Democrats grudgingly endorsed the $19 billion package, which avoids tax hikes but cuts nearly $172 million from current programs and relies on […]

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Time for openness in judicial selection process

I’ve been fortunate to have an involvement in various elements of government since 1957. My lifetime has included tenures as a newspaper reporter, radio newsman, state employee (health, judicial and legislative departments) and a ten-year tenure on a congressional staff. My early working days as a reporter (Norwich Bulletin, Hartford Times, New London Day) developed […]