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All trustees to vote on key issues

The Connecticut State University System Board of Trustees revised a controversial policy Thursday that had led some members to complain they were being been left out of crucial personnel decisions. The board agreed that all members – not just the board’s Executive Committee – would vote on policies and procedures covering performance reviews, compensation and […]

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Health care reforms: A guide

Some of the first major changes under the health reform law take effect on its six-month anniversary today. Well, sort of. The changes affect new plans now, but won’t apply to existing plans until they’re renewed. For many people with health insurance, that will be Jan. 1. Some of the changes apply to everyone with […]

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Food safety bill stalled despite recalls

WASHINGTON–In May, it was romaine lettuce contaminated with E. coli bacteria. In June, lobster meat found with Listeria. And most recently, eggs tainted with Salmonella. All these products, and dozens more, have been pulled from grocery store shelves in Connecticut in recent months. Meanwhile in Washington, a food safety bill has been languishing for more […]

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Congress still fighting over health care

Lawmakers in Washington aren’t just gridlocked over their unfinished business, such as tax cuts, food safety, and spending measures. They’re also still fighting over bills passed months ago. That was crystal clear today at a dueling news conferences highlighting the six-month anniversary of the sweeping health care reform law. Democrats like Connecticut’s Christopher Dodd, who shepherded the bill […]

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McMahon gets Tea Party endorsement, Democrats tout the news

Democrats might be more excited about the Tea Party’s endorsement of Republican Linda McMahon than the GOP candidate herself. FreedomWorks, a Washington-based Tea Party group, officially weighed in on behalf of Republican Senate nominee McMahon today, saying she was the clear “choice for limited government” in the Connecticut contest that pits her against Democrat Richard […]

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Jepsen, Dean spar over guns, schools — and Blumenthal

Technically, Thursday’s debate at the University of Connecticut Law School was between state attorney general candidates Martha Dean and George Jepsen. But given Dean’s relentless attacks on outgoing Attorney General Richard Blumenthal and Jepsen’s efforts to defend his fellow Democrat, the hour-long forum seemed at many times more like a three-way contest. The two candidates […]