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Shellfish farmers cut off from agriculture disaster aid

WASHINGTON–While many Connecticut farmers are scrambling to salvage their crops and repair the damage wrought by Tropical Storm Irene, one segment of the state’s agriculture community is still at a standstill: shellfish farmers. And even if state officials succeed in getting a federal disaster declaration to help other Connecticut farmers recover, the U.S. Department of […]

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Storm building over relief spending for Irene, other disasters

WASHINGTON–A political tempest is brewing over the Obama Administration’s request for $6.9 billion in disaster funding to help states hit by Hurricane Irene and a spate of other recent events. On Friday, the White House sent Congress a request for $500 million in emergency funding to replenish the nearly-depleted coffers of the federal Disaster Relief […]

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Bysiewicz loses top fundraiser, campaign set to announce successor

Susan Bysiewicz’s campaign is losing its top fundraiser, Josh Handelman, who has helped the former secretary of the state rake in more than $1 million since announcing her U.S. Senate bid in January. Campaign manager Jonathan Ducote said that Handelman “decided to seek other opportunities,” but is leaving the campaign with a strong foundation in […]

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Larson urges super-committee action on jobs

WASHINGTON–As the super committee on debt-reduction got underway today with its first meeting, Rep. John Larson ramped up his campaign to expand the panel’s charter. Larson wants to add job-creation to the super committee’s debt-reduction mandate, or create a parallel “super committee on jobs.” He has pitched the idea to each member of the debt-reduction […]

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Obama jobs plan has something for most in state delegation

WASHINGTON–No one was surprised. No one was blown away. But there was something for everyone to like in the $447 billion jobs package President Barack Obama laid out Thursday night–at least for most lawmakers in the heavily-Democratic Connecticut delegation. “I would describe it as solid,” said Rep. Joe Courtney, D-2nd District, who praised the president’s […]

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Post office wrangling could be preview of federal deficit debate

WASHINGTON–The impending fiscal crisis besetting the U.S. Postal Service is small potatoes, when compared to deficit-reduction choices federal lawmakers will have to make in the coming months. But the debate over how to shore up the mail service’s finances highlights how resistant many lawmakers are to making even small cuts to cherished programs. The postal […]

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Legislators hoping for big ideas in president’s jobs speech

WASHINGTON–Lawmakers in the Connecticut delegation say they don’t want President Barack Obama to launch the jobs debate this week with a small-bore, nibble-around-the-edges proposal. With the August jobs report showing zero growth, unemployment stuck at 9.1 percent, and economists fearing a double-dip recession, Democrats like Rep. John Larson say the moment calls for big and […]

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A sleepless 2012 for Murphy, and not just over Senate race

Rep. Chris Murphy, D-5th District, probably won’t get a lot of sleep in 2012, but it won’t all be because of his U.S. Senate campaign. His wife Cathy is pregnant, due with their second child in December. As if the fundraising demands, campaign crush and electoral pressure weren’t enough. Still, Murphy said the family’s anticipated […]

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Some state health care providers leery of new Medicare pay plan

WASHINGTON–Medicare officials in Washington are trying to woo doctors and hospitals to participate in a strategic new pilot program they hope will save money, improve care, and become a model for the future. The week-old project has already sparked intense debate among Connecticut health care providers, although few are rushing their applications to Washington just […]

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Lieberman uses different “i” word to describe Ron Paul

Asked about Ron Paul’s call to sap funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Sen. Joseph Lieberman opted for a couple different “I” epithets. “Ron Paul’s statement is taking an ideology to an illogical and really unproductive extreme,” Lieberman said. Lieberman’s comments came in response to a question about Paul’s criticism of FEMA–and Gov. Dannel […]