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Illinois Legislation A Model For Connecticut?

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While the U.S. Congress is still working to strike a comprehensive health reform package, Illinois is leading the way for the rest of the nation with legislation aimed at helping consumers who are forced to go the private insurance market to get the care they need. An AARP-backed bill establishing stronger consumer protections in the […] [Read More]
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Ad Targeted at Joe Lieberman

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Seems reasonable enough – “don’t make us pay for health care reform by cutting Medicare.” I can agree with that: But the goal of the ad’s sponsor is NOT to protect Medicare, it’s to defeat health care reform: The 60 Plus Association is a 17-year-old nonpartisan organization working for death tax repeal, saving Social Security, […] [Read More]
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Spokesman for one of the nation’s largest insurance companies has become a whistleblower and advocate for health insurance reform

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For 20 years, Wendell Potter was the corporate public relations executive for CIGNA. Last year he left his job as the head of communications for CIGNA – one of the nation’s largest health insurers – to speak out for the need for a fundamental overhaul of the American health care system. He now works at […] [Read More]
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Connecticut Making Some Progress on Afterschool, Survey Finds, But “Has a Long Way to Go”

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Afterschool Alliance Survey of Connecticut Households Finds Increase in Afterschool Enrollment Since 2004, But Also Vast Unmet Demand for Afterschool Programs A new survey finds an increase in participation in afterschool programs by Connecticut youth over the last five years, along with high satisfaction rates among their parents. The percentage of Connecticut children in afterschool […] [Read More]
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Connecticut’s Shared Work Program

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I met today with the head of a large manufacturing company in Connecticut who has avoided laying off workers despite a severe downturn in his business due to a “great’ program the State of Connecticut offers. Here it is: Connecticut’s Shared Work Program (NY Times profile of the program here) (CBS profile here) H/T CT […] [Read More]
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Gerry Garcia, Candidate for Secretary of the State:

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“I’m a Puerto Rican Jew born on Bastille Day. I’m married to a Polish Catholic who one day will be our newest American. My campaign manager is a black gay legislator from Bethel.” Read an article about him in great online newspaper, The New Haven Independent. [Read More]
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Richard Jacobs For Fairfield’s TP&Z

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Do you lose sleep at night worrying about who will be elected to Fairfield’s Town Plan and Zoning Commission? Probably not, but you should!!! In my first four years on Fairfield’s Plan and Zoning Commission I worked for common sense regulations for our Town among which are: ·To open the zoning process to property owners […] [Read More]
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Joint Committee on Taxation Projects Internet Gambling Regulation Would Generate Nearly $42 Billion in New Revenue

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As Congress considers how to pay for health care reform and other critical programs, a Joint Committee on Taxation analysis released today by Rep. Jim McDermott (D-WA) found that regulating Internet gambling, as proposed in pending legislation introduced by Representatives Barney Frank (D-MA) and Jim McDermott (D-WA), would generate nearly $42 billion over 10 years. […] [Read More]
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Lack of Insurance May Have Figured in Nearly 17,000 Childhood Deaths, Study Shows

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Lack of health insurance might have led or contributed to nearly 17,000 deaths among hospitalized children in the United States in the span of less than two decades, according to research led by the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center. According to the Hopkins researchers, the study, to be published Oct. 30 in the Journal of Public […] [Read More]
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REPS. CARUSO, MCCLUSKEY, SPALLONE BLAST NEW BRITAIN MAYOR TIM STEWART’S HAZARDOUS DUTY PENSION REQUEST

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Representatives will propose legislation to ensure Mayors don’t reward themselves with perks, such as special pension deals Calling New Britain Mayor Timothy Stewart’s special hazardous duty pension arrangement completely wrong and disingenuous, State Representative Chris Caruso of Bridgeport, State Representative David McCluskey of West Hartford and State Representative Jamie Spallone of Essex called for new […] [Read More]
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