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Himes, Obsitnik struggle to demonstrate their political differences

Updated Friday, Oct. 19, 2:19 p.m. Norwalk — Conversation was fast-paced and lively Thursday in the second debate between the candidates for Connecticut’s 4th Congressional District seat -– but Democratic incumbent U.S. Rep. Jim Himes and Republican challenger Steve Obsitnik struggled to articulate their differences. Unlike at last week’s debate, which focused on foreign policy, panelists […]

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GOP says growing state budget hole must be recognized now — not after the election

The state’s budget deficit might be wider than reported based on new, shrinking revenue projections from nonpartisan analysts. While the new estimates from the Office of Fiscal Analysis were not scheduled to be released until shortly after the November elections, the top Republican in the House of Representatives requested an update now, arguing that any […]

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Parents, doctors tell Healthcare Advocate: Coverage denied for children needing mental health care

Southington mother Cathy Morrelli told a nightmarish tale of fighting to keep her suicidal daughter hospitalized. She says her 14-year-old was in and out of the hospital repeatedly over the last five months, their insurance company trying — 13 times — to cut every stay short. Diana Leyden of Glastonbury testified about her insurance company’s […]

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Advocates want face-time with feds to protest state’s health care cuts for the poor

Diane Olsen wants to tell federal officials face-to-face why she visits state Department of Social Services’ offices six times a year with the same paperwork. The 69-year-old Willington woman said that making the half-hour drive to Windham to show paperwork she previously hand-delivered — but that the agency never entered into its computer system — […]

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Wouldn’t it be nice if….

Wouldn’t it be nice if we had these? We’ve been focusing this week on how rail agencies are trying to keep commuters better informed about their schedules and trains. The Mirror’s Fairfield County news intern Megan Forbes did a little research on how this is done around the country and around the world… and found […]

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ECSU President tells faculty she didn’t get a raise, it was a ‘stipend/salary adjustment’

Eastern Connecticut State University’s President Elsa Nunez sent her faculty and staff an email Tuesday to set the record straight about the $48,000 pay bump the Board of Regents reports she has been receiving since April. She explains that her appointment as the vice president for state universities at the central office while maintaining her […]

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Candidates show discipline, not depth in final debate

Hartford — During their fourth and final U.S. Senate debate, Democrat Chris Murphy and Republican Linda McMahon splashed in the shallows Thursday, exchanging familiar gibes, often without regard to question or topic. Neither candidate ventured into waters deep or unfamiliar, content to reinforce narratives well-established by television advertising. In relentlessly staying on message, each proved […]