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On debt crisis, it's Himes vs. Bachmann
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July 22, 2011

WASHINGTON -- Last week, a small band of House Republicans, including presidential contender and Tea Party favorite Michele Bachmann, introduced legislation to prioritize federal payments in case

 
Malloy, legislature, make a big dent in inherited debt
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July 22, 2011

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and the legislature may be struggling to balance the budget in the face of uncertain union concessions, but they've made considerable headway in attacking $1.8 billion in debts their

 
New stem cell research covers bad knees to schizophrenia
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July 21, 2011

Antibiotics, antivirals and other drugs have helped countless people, but for some, they can also cause liver damage. There's no way to tell who's susceptible until after it happens, and until

 
Melding technology and health reform for 'patient empowerment'
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July 25, 2011

WASHINGTON--Lygeia Ricciardi sits at the intersection of federal health care reform and the digital revolution. Her job, in a nutshell, is to transform lofty and complex public health goals into

 
Williams searching for his niche in crowded 5th CD
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July 22, 2011

Mike Williams lacks the financial resources of his youngest competitor and the political experience of two others, but an open seat in the 5th Congressional District has drawn the political newcomer and

 
Larson: House Democrats back 14th Amendment fail-safe in debt standoff
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July 27, 2011

WASHINGTON-House Democrats are urging President Barack Obama to use an untested legal option  to unilaterally raise the debt ceiling if congressional Republicans don't agree on a long-term plan to

 
DSS commissioner trying to push back a tidal wave of paper
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July 27, 2011

On his BlackBerry, Roderick L. Bremby, the state's new commissioner of social services, keeps photographs he took on visits to field offices to illustrate what his agency is dealing with.

They show

 
For all the wrangling, debt ceiling hasn't limited debt
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July 26, 2011

WASHINGTON--If there's one thing Republicans and Democrats can agree on in the current debt-ceiling standoff, it's that the nation's legal borrowing cap has failed in its primary goal: limiting the

 
Risk to 'no' voters greater in this round of concessions balloting
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July 26, 2011

As state employee unions reconsider the failed concession package, the stakes are much higher this time around for nearly 40 percent of the state's unionized workers who belong to bargaining units that

 
Both sides praise health insurance rate review compromise
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July 26, 2011

They started on opposite sides of the issue, but State Healthcare Advocate Victoria Veltri and Insurance Commissioner Thomas B. Leonardi are both praising an agreement reached last week that

 
Liberal Democrats, Tea Party Republicans skeptical of debt plan
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July 25, 2011

WASHINGTON--What does Rep. John Larson, a Connecticut liberal and congressional veteran, have in common with Rep. Blake Farenthold, a Tea Party freshman from Texas?

Both are deeply skeptical about the

 
Concession talks end with new tentative deal
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July 22, 2011

The administration of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced a new tentative concession agreement at 10:04 p.m. Friday, setting the

 
Auditors say state's computer systems aren't ready for GAAP
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July 28, 2011

The state's bipartisan auditors warned this week that technical issues with state government's core financial computer network "represent a significant problem" for the conversion to a more transparent

 
About 600 state workers likely to be jobless before concession vote ends
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July 27, 2011

An estimated 158 state employees out of 3,008 that have received layoff notices to date already have been separated from their jobs, and that separation total is likely to approach 600 before unionized

 
Malloy mum on plans if bargaining units again reject pay freeze
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July 27, 2011

EAST HARTFORD--Gov. Dannel P. Malloy declined to say Wednesday whether he would consider layoffs only to cover the cost of raises for unionized workers who refuse a wage freeze, or to help fill other

 
However debt debate is resolved, impact on state will be harsh
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July 29, 2011

WASHINGTON--Connecticut's got nothing on Washington when it comes to budgetary uncertainty and legislative double-takes. Thursday's on-again, off-again vote in the U.S. House on a Republican debt-ceiling

 
With future uncertain, Hartford celebrates Medicare's birthday
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July 29, 2011

Medicare turns 46 Saturday, and on Friday, Hartford Hospital and Aetna commemorated the role of the two city institutions in launching the program, with an event that was part history lesson, part

 
Retired FOI czar ready to lead unified watchdog group for free
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July 29, 2011

The leader of Connecticut's right-to-know agency for three decades, who called Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's plan to merge nine watchdog groups "a disaster" when it was proposed, is one of five finalists to

 
Subsidy cuts boost Charter Oak Health Plan premiums
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July 29, 2011

More than 9,500 people enrolled in the state-run Charter Oak Health Plan will see their premiums jump by at least 45 percent and possibly as much as 67 percent starting Sept. 1 as the state cuts its

 
First Niagara to buy HSBC upstate bank branches - Bizjournals.com
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Sunday, 31 July 2011
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First Niagara to buy HSBC upstate bank branches
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... $30 billion in deposits and 450 branches across Upstate New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania upon completion of the transaction. Included in the sale are $2.8 billion of small business, residential mortgage and consumer loans, ...
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Senate GOP votes to watch in debt-limit drama
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Sunday, 31 July 2011
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Getting any kind of deal to raise the debt limit in the Senate is tricky because 60 votes are needed to break logjams.
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Yankee Institute rises to challenge as conservative voice in Connecticut - TheDay.com
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Sunday, 31 July 2011
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Yankee Institute rises to challenge as conservative voice in Connecticut
TheDay.com
It's been an us-versus-them kind of year at the Yankee Institute for Public Policy, Connecticut's largest advocacy organization for smaller state government, less taxes and a full embrace of free-market principles. Since its founding in 1984, ...

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Norwalk Rep: New Tax Will Drive Out Business
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Sunday, 31 July 2011
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NORWALK, Conn. -- Connecticut's reputation as one of the nation's least business-friendly states will take another hit Monday when businesses have to pay an unemployment interest surcharge amounting to about $25.50 per worker.
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Obama's approvals reach record low
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Saturday, 30 July 2011
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Gallup reports President Obama approval has fallen to a new low of 40%: President Obama's job approval rating is at a new low, averaging 40% in July 26-28 Gallup Daily tracking.
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Former mayor of Mansfield dies at age 90
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Saturday, 30 July 2011
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Longtime Mansfield Mayor Elizabeth "Betsy" Paterson has known former Mansfield mayor Dr.
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Reid's trillion dollar gimmick
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Saturday, 30 July 2011
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Harry " the only compromise is mine " Reid's so-called budget cuts are based on the false assumption that we would keep spending the same amount on operations in Afghanistan and Iraq for ten more years even though President Obama has already started to withdraw our troops.
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COMMENTARYCoalition Grabbed Power From State Unions When It Changed Bylaws
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Friday, 29 July 2011
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Until recently, the most controversial part of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy 's budget was his proposed tax hikes.
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State and Local Officials Join the Call for Compromise
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Friday, 29 July 2011
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We've seen switchboards and websites overwhelmed by Americans urging members of Congress to compromise on the debt ceiling, and this morning, the President urged the American people to keep the pressure on, because the price of partisan divergence and defaulting for the first time in our nation's history is much too high.
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What Can E-Petitions Really Accomplish?
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Friday, 29 July 2011
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The online petition website Change.org cites the Cardoso campaign as one of its many "victories." Except that the Cardoso e-petition gathered only 924 electronic signatures.
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What America Looks Like: Ground Zero, a Decade Later
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Friday, 29 July 2011
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At Ground Zero in New York City, New York, rebuilding proceeds. Previously in this series: Venice Beach , California.
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Labor & Employment Department Alert - Connecticut Employers Beware: Credit ... - JD Supra (press release)
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Friday, 29 July 2011
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Labor & Employment Department Alert - Connecticut Employers Beware: Credit ...
JD Supra (press release)
Connecticut employers should be aware of a new law that may impact hiring and promotion practices. Connecticut employers that use credit reports in hiring and promotion decisions must now ensure that such use complies with the new
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U.S. Sues Former Execs Of Partners Communication Inc.
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Friday, 29 July 2011
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Labor Dept. Says Company Failed To Put $83,780 Into 8 Workers' Pension Funds

A former telecommunications company in Bristol called Partners Communication Inc. has been sued by the U.S. Department of Labor for failing to put $83,780 in the pension funds of eight workers, as required by law under state contracts that began in 2005.
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'Wall Street Wives' Finds a Cast
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Friday, 29 July 2011
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Devon Fleming is the co-producer of "Wall $treet Wives." "Wall Street Wives" - with a dollar sign instead of the "s" in street - is one step closer to the small screen.
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2012 Senate race beckons soon-to-be free agent Shays
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Friday, 29 July 2011
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The Brett Favre of Connecticut politics, as in will he or won't he return, former Republican U.S. Rep.
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House rejects Reid's gimmick filled debt ceiling plan
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Friday, 29 July 2011
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The Republican-led House voted rejected Harry Reid's gimmick filled Senate bill to raise the debt ceiling by a vote of 246-173. The Senate has yet to vote on the bill because Democrats enforced a filibuster against it.
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No State Law Broken in Union E-mails: AG
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Thursday, 28 July 2011
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The attorney general's office has found no evidence that Yankee Institute improperly access or hacked the state e-mail system.
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DEEP Commissioner Ends Popular Consumer Hotline for Utility Problems
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Thursday, 28 July 2011
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In the end, it's all a matter of priorities and it turns out that the Malloy Administration doesn't consider a consumer hotline that received 45,000 calls last year from Connecticut consumers in search of help a high enough priority.
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Editorial Ink Drops: Newtown's - Feelings' About The Owner-Operators
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Thursday, 28 July 2011
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The Board of Education is slowly making its way to a decision on a controversial five-year transportation contract that takes effect July 1 next year.
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3,008 Layoff Notices So Far
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Wednesday, 27 July 2011
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More than 1,100 notices went out in the last week. AP Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy speaks to the media at the Capitol in Hartford, Conn., Friday, June 24, 2011.
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Small Business Loans Getting TARP Jolt - TheStreet.com
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Monday, 25 July 2011
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Small Business Loans Getting TARP Jolt
TheStreet.com
... with some of $56.6 million the bank holding company received through the Small Business Lending Fund, or SBLF. Two Connecticut bank holding companies that are "already taking advantage" of the opportunity to convert TARP preferred shares to SBLF ...

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Berlin Von Hinten
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Saturday, 23 July 2011
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Paris may be sexy and Rome may have its charms, but for the discerning gay traveler, there are few cities as all encompassing as Berlin.
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State survey finds tighter credit squeeze
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Friday, 22 July 2011
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A survey of business executives across Connecticut shows that credit conditions are worsening as economic anxieties continue to rise.
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TicketNetwork Second Company To Claim 'First Five' Tax Credits
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Thursday, 21 July 2011
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TicketNetwork will be the second company to sign up for the state's First Five tax incentives program, as Gov.
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Shoppers, businesses struggle to adapt to sales tax changes - The Connecticut Mirror
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Thursday, 21 July 2011
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Shoppers, businesses struggle to adapt to sales tax changes
The Connecticut Mirror
Connecticut shoppers might need to bring cheat sheets with them for the rest of the summer as they struggle to adjust to nearly two dozen changes in state sales tax law that took effect this month. And while some of those sales tax ...

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Fire dance
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Thursday, 21 July 2011
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In Hinduism, the word Sansara refers to the eternal cycle of birth, suffering, death and rebirth.
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Connecticut farmers getting federal help selling crops - Norwich Bulletin
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Tuesday, 19 July 2011
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Connecticut farmers getting federal help selling crops
Norwich Bulletin
“I think without the farmers markets, I wouldn't be in business,” said Molodich, president of the Northeast Connecticut Farmers' Market and owner of Betsy's Stand in Sterling. Gina Morgan, who works on a family farm in Preston, echoed that. ...

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Releasing Convicts Early, Illegal Immigrants' Tuition Deplored by GOP
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Monday, 27 June 2011
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Prison inmates are more likely to be released early, illegal immigrants will pay in-state tuition rates at Connecticut public universities, and a new sick-leave law is full of loopholes allowing employees to abuse it and making it even more difficult for businesses in the state, area lawmakers said at a recent public meeting.
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New Laws, New Taxes Take Effect July 1
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Monday, 27 June 2011
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They were a busy bunch in Hartford this year. During the 5-month-long 2011 legislative session, the General Assembly passed a wide range of bills changing the rules on everything from finance and taxation to social policy.
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Government intervention not needed on natural gas | Philadelphia Inquirer ... - Philadelphia Inquirer
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Sunday, 26 June 2011
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Government intervention not needed on natural gas | Philadelphia Inquirer ...
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This year, hundreds of taxis, powered by compressed natural gas, will pop up around the country: 120 Ford Transit Connects in the Los Angeles area, 70 in Connecticut. Las Vegas, St. Louis, and Philadelphia will also see their own fleet of
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Residents not sympathetic to unions' woes - Ct Post
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Saturday, 25 June 2011
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Residents not sympathetic to unions' woes
Ct Post
Terry Voight, an employee for the Connecticut Online Computer Center, said during stark economic times, it is not a smart decision to layoff state employees. "Both sides have to give; the workers and the government," said Voight. "It's not right. ...

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