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Posted inPolitics

Going to the dogs

Sen. Richard Blumenthal has come to the aid of heroic pooches. At a Thursday news conference in Hartford, Blumenthal, a Democrat, rolled out a bill that would cut the red tape involved in adopting a military dog. These dogs are regarded by the Pentagon as “equipment,” requiring potential adopters to bear the cost of transporting […]

Posted inPolitics

A quid pro quo for Colleen

There’s always whispers and doubts when someone gives up a high-profile job at the state Capitol. Was it really for personal reasons? Or was she forced out? In the case of Colleen Flanagan, there’s now hard, shiny evidence that she really did give up the 24/7 job of communications director for Gov. Dannel P. Malloy […]

Posted inPolitics

Bernier invitation declares him the GOP frontrunner in 5th CD

In an invitation to a Washington fundraiser sent by a veterans’ political group, Justin Bernier is proclaimed to the be the frontrunner for the Republican nomination in the crowded 5th Congressional District. “Justin Bernier is the frontrunner for the ‘open seat’ in CD5 — Connecticut’s most Republican district. Bernier has outraised all GOP competitors in […]

Posted inMoney, Politics

Former auditor tapped to serve as 9th member on reapportionment panel

A bipartisan panel of eight state legislators unanimously selected recently retired state Auditor Kevin P. Johnston, a Pomfret Democrat and former legislator, to serve as the ninth member of the Reapportionment Commission. Johnston, received bipartisan accolades for his fairness and intelligence, must now work with both parties to try to reach consensus on how to […]

Posted inEnergy & Environment, Money, Politics

Malloy ‘disappointed’ & ‘underwhelmed’ by out-of-state support

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said he felt “disappointed” and “underwhelmed” by the support coming from outside the state to restore power and called on the federal government to make sure Connecticut receives the help it needs. “We’ve been disappointed in the response from outside the region and the Department of Energy has been asked to […]

Posted inHealth, Money, Politics

Planned Parenthood a target of House GOP inquiry

House Republicans have ramped up their campaign against Planned Parenthood, launching an official congressional investigation into the organization, which provides sexual and reproductive health care to women across the country. Rep. Cliff Stearns, R-Fla., chairman of a House oversight and investigations subcommittee, has asked Planned Parenthood for reams of documents about everything from its accounting […]