Monthly Archives: July 2018

CT AG slams Trump administration’s proposal to change Title X

Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen and 12 other attorneys general claim that proposed changes to Title X — the only federal program specifically dedicated to supporting the delivery of family planning care — are unconstitutional and would limit care options for women. Continue Reading →

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Glassman, Hayes, not too far apart on key issues in heated primary contest

Democrats Mary Glassman and Jahana Hayes, who are in a tough competition to win the Aug. 14 Democratic primary both try to woo activist, liberal leaning Democratic primary voters, their positions on key issues don’t deviate much. But there are nuances. Continue Reading →

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Biography and diversity, not issues, separate Democrats in CT-5

Mary Glassman unequivocally supported Israel, while Jahana Hayes called the question complicated. Hayes embraced federal legalization of marijuana, while Glassman called it a state issue. But mainly, the two Democratic candidates for Connecticut’s only open congressional seat disagreed Monday night on what message their victory would send. Continue Reading →

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Legislators grill UConn Health, DOC about inmate health care

Concerns about the medical care provided to inmates in Connecticut’s prisons emerged during a six-hour hearing Monday as family members of inmates testified about substandard care and the correction department’s former chief medical officer told lawmakers that requests for specialized treatment were routinely denied. Continue Reading →

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A GOP turnaround exec’s turn as a Democrat goes unexplained

Britain’s Sky News emphasized the plummier aspects of Bob Stefanowski’s resume — trustee of London’s venerable Victoria and Albert Museum, visiting professor at Oxford, “top investment banker” — in reporting his arrival in late 2014 as the new boss of a decidedly down-market business: Making payday loans in the U.S., the U.K. and Europe. Stefanowski, a GOP candidate for governor, is happy to talk about his time in the payday loan business. His briefer tenure as a Democrat? Not so much. Continue Reading →

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Connecticut fertility trends: Older mothers and fewer babies

As fertility rates fall nationwide, Connecticut continues to rank among the lowest in the country — a trend doctors attribute to women here delaying childbearing.
In 2016, the most recent year for which state-level data is available, Connecticut had 53.4 births per 1,000 women ages 15 to 44, compared with a national average of 62 per 1,000 women. Continue Reading →

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As primary approaches, everything is political

Politics, politics, politics. As the August 14 primaries approach, just about everything happening in state government is the stuff of political debate. Take, for example, the idea of installing tolls on Connecticut’s highways. Without the support of either State Treasurer Denise Nappier, who abstained, or Comptroller Kevin Lembo, who is running for a third term, the state Bond Commission approved Gov. Dannel Malloy’s request for a $10 million study on highway tolling – a decision that was immediately challenged by House Republicans in a move that may have more political than legislative traction this fall. Oz Griebel, who is running as an independent for governor and was chairman of the former state Transportation Strategy Board, is advocating for a pilot program that would put tolls on the high-occupancy-vehicle lanes of Interstates 84 and 91. Continue Reading →

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Disclosures show a wealth gap between Glassman and Hayes

WASHINGTON – Jahana Hayes is at least $115,000 in debt because of student loans, while her Democratic rival for the 5th District congressional seat, Mary Glassman, has at least $1.2 million in assets, some jointly with her husband.
That was some of the financial information the candidates filed with the Office of the Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives. Continue Reading →

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GOP candidates O’Neill, Santos differ in wealth, investments

WASHINGTON – Republican congressional candidate Ruby Corby O’Neill and her husband are heavily invested in Connecticut state and municipal bonds, while her GOP rival for the 5th District seat, Manny Santos, reported earning a $87,000 salary from UnitedHealth Group last year. Continue Reading →

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