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On MSNBC, Malloy embraces and minimizes stand on death penalty

On MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow Show tonight, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy walked a line between boastfulness and modesty as he discussed Connecticut’s repeal of the death penalty for future crimes. He described his opposition to capital punishment as a principled stand that nearly cost him the election in 2010, but then quickly credited the General Assembly […]

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Lieberman, McCain & Lindsay Graham on staying the course in Afghanistan

Three members of the Senate Armed Services Committee say it’s in the country’s best security interests to keep U.S. troops in Afghanistan. The three argue on the opinion page of The Washington Post: “Significant military progress has been made in Afghanistan — progress that we have personally witnessed over repeated visits. Four years ago, southern […]

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Critics filing legal challenges to Malloy executive orders

Opponents of two executive orders allowing home care workers and daycare providers to unionize are filing lawsuits this week alleging that the orders violate state and federal law. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy issued the orders in September, following a legislative session in which lawmakers considered but did not pass proposals to give collective bargaining rights […]

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Eyebrows raised over GAE not taking up Malloy’s proposal

Eyebrows were raised in various corners of the State Capitol today over the Government Administration Elections Committee leaving Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s Election Day registration bill off the committee’s agenda. The panel reported a number of election reforms out of the committee today, but the panel’s co-chair, Sen. Gayle Slossberg, D-Milford, said she had some unresolved […]

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Figueroa to step down from Universal Health Care Foundation

Juan A. Figueroa, a former state legislator who has led the Universal Health Care Foundation of Connecticut since 2003, is stepping down as president in September, the Meriden-based foundation announced Friday. Executive Vice President Frances G. Padilla will succeed Figueroa as president. She led the foundation on an interim basis when Figueroa took a leave […]

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White House thanks Malloy for defending Obama’s contraception rule on MSNBC

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy defended the Obama administration on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” today over its requirement that faith-based employers include contraception coverage in their health coverage. “I think it’s the right rule,” Malloy said. A rarity for his chats on the program, Malloy managed to get through more than 9 minutes on camera without being […]

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Of Valentines and endorsements, trackers and silliness

Three apparent firsts today in the 2012 congressional season: two statewide constitutional officers made their first endorsements, a video tracker showed up to record an opponent’s event, and a worker for the candidate being tracked responded with sufficient childishness to become part of the story. The campaign of Elizabeth Esty dispatched a young intern with […]