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Droney gets a brief and cordial hearing on appeals court nomination

WASHINGTON–The Senate Judiciary Committee gave Connecticut’s Christopher Droney a light and breezy 15-minute quizzing at his confirmation hearing Wednesday, with no hard-ball or hostile questions for the appeals court nominee. The top Republican on the panel, Sen. Charles Grassley of Iowa, asked Droney a half-dozen questions, querying him about a colorful quote he gave to […]

Posted inMoney

Obama’s Afghanistan plan gets mixed reviews from CT delegation

Several members of Connecticut’s congressional delegation expressed dissatisfaction with President Barack Obama’s plan to withdraw 10,000 American troops from Afghanistan by the end of this year. Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-3rd District, said the president’s proposal “does not go far enough,” noting that the war is now a decade old. “We need to begin a more […]

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Report: Government jobs buoyed Hartford-area economy in recession

Nineteen of the 20 metropolitan areas that fared the best economically though the recession–including Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford–had growth in government jobs, Brookings reports in its latest MetroMonitor. Overall, employment was significantly stronger in the Hartford area during the recession than in the state’s other two metropolitan areas, Brookings said, falling just 1.5 percent from its […]

Posted inEnergy & Environment, Money

U.S. Dept. of Labor grants CT $5.8 million for green jobs

U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis announced Wednesday afternoon that Connecticut will receive $5.8 million in grants for the creation of green jobs, pleasing both U.S. Rep. John Larson and U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro. The money comes from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Green Jobs Innovation Fund. The Connecticut Department of Labor in Wethersfield and […]

Posted inHealth, Money

Larson pushes bill to expand health services for military families with autistic children.

Rep. John Larson introduced legislation Wednesday that would increase health care services for military families with autistic children. Right now, there is a spending cap on behavioral health services for autistic children covered by TRICARE, the military health insurance program. And there’s no coverage for the dependents of military retirees. Karen Driscoll, the wife of […]

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As concession deal teeters, Donovan postpones congressional announcement

One of the first politicians affected by the waning hopes for ratification of the state employees’ concession deal is one of labor’s biggest friends, House Speaker Christopher G. Donovan, D-Meriden. Donovan, a former labor and community organizer, is postponing a formal announcement of his candidacy for the open seat in the 5th Congressional District, which […]