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Malloy backs Esty again

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy today defended his energy and environmental commissioner, Daniel C. Esty, saying that Esty’s acceptance of a $7,500 speaking fee from United Illuminating in 2009 does not disqualify him to over see state energy policy. “I don’t believe there is any conflict of any kind,’ Malloy said of the fee Esty collected […]

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State spells out its bid for Race to Top money

With two weeks to spare, state education officials today said they have finalized what will be included in Connecticut’s latest bid for federal Race to the Top funds: They propose to create a new office for early childhood education and better assess entering kindergarten students and the quality of preschool programs. Stefan Pryor, the state’s […]

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‘Occupy Wall Street’ comes to Hartford

“Occupy Wall Street” arrived in Hartford on Wednesday morning, albeit on a smaller scale than mass protests of New York. Their demonstration came on the same day as another meeting about social justice, where Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said, “Dying wealthy is greatly overrated.” Malloy, who resisted tax-the-rich calls earlier this year, was not among […]

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Skepticism in DC could derail high-speed trains for state

WASHINGTON–The Obama Administration’s ambitious plan for a $53 billion national high-speed rail network appears to be veering off track, with tepid support from congressional leaders and skepticism expressed by outside experts. As lawmakers draft a 2012 budget agreement in the coming weeks, high-speed rail will almost certainly get shortchanged–if the program gets any money at […]

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Cafero willing to back Asian panel staffing if personnel questions get answered

The House of Representatives’ top Republican said Wednesday’s he’s willing to drop his opposition to filling two posts in the fledgling advocacy agency for Connecticut’s growing Asian community — if he can get answers to questions that have been brewing for 12 months. House Minority Leader Lawrence F. Cafero of Norwalk said he still doesn’t […]

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State Board launches investigation into Winchester’s education budget

The State Department of Education informed 11 school districts and towns last month that they needed to appropriate more money this school year to comply with minimum budget requirements — and Winchester is the only town that has not complied. Because of this non-compliance, the State Board of Education unanimously voted to launch an investigation […]

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Larson cheers Occupy Wall Street protestors

Rep. John Larson, a 1st District Democrat and chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, gave a shout-out Wednesday to the Occupy Wall Street protestors. The still-evolving protest movement now in its third week, with demonstrators camped out in New York’s Financial District and addressing issues from the sour economy to the Afghanistan war. Larson applauded […]

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Tables turned, Breyer and Scalia quizzed as witnesses

WASHINGTON — It’s not every day a senator gets to quiz Supreme Court justices. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina asked about the corrosive effects of partisanship on judicial confirmations. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut pushed for the high court’s oral arguments to be televised. Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois asked about tougher judicial ethics rules. The […]