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Is the Census counting prisoners in the right place?

With legislative leaders about to begin redrawing legislative and congressional districts to reflect the 2010 Census, the General Assembly is considering a related issue: Where should prison inmates be counted? The NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund says Connecticut is one of 47 states that practices “prison-based gerrymandering” by counting inmates where they are confined, […]

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Some in state delegation wary on US role in Libya

WASHINGTON–Members of Connecticut’s congressional delegation voiced deeply divergent views about the U.S. military role in Libya, as a fierce campaign against Col. Muammar el-Quaddafi’s forces continued to unfold. Some Democrats raised sharp questions about the scope of U.S. involvement in the military effort, as well as concerns about the White House’s lack of consultation with […]

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Herbst: UConn working ‘incredibly well,’ should not be part of merger

CROMWELL–The University of Connecticut’s new president said Monday that while she plans to work closely with the state’s other colleges and universities, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy was right to exempt UConn from his sweeping higher education reorganization plan. “Why would you fix something that’s not broken?” incoming president Susan Herbst asked. “All the indicators show […]

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In Congress, stark differences on urgency of Social Security reform

WASHINGTON–Social Security reform is suddenly all the rage on Capitol Hill. But lawmakers couldn’t be discussing the politically-volatile issue in more starkly different terms. “The Social Security system is scheduled to run out of money, and that would lead to enormous cuts” in benefits, warned Sen. Joseph Lieberman, a Connecticut independent. “So the sooner we […]

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Blumenthal, ever the AG, raises questions about wireless merger

It seems that you can’t take the attorney general out of Richard Blumenthal. On Monday, the freshman Democratic senator jumped on news that AT&T would purchase T-Mobile, creating the largest company in the wireless carrier market and raising significant anti-trust concerns. Blumenthal, who served as Connecticut’s AG for two decades before winning election to the […]

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Newsweek asks, ‘How dumb are we?’ You don’t want to know

Newsweek recently asked 1,000 Americans to take the nation’s official citizenship test, and the results weren’t pretty: Twenty-nine percent couldn’t name the vice president; 73 percent couldn’t correctly say why we fought the Cold War; 44 percent were unable to define the Bill of Rights. And 6 percent couldn’t even circle Independence Day on a […]