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Himes Gives Back Rangel Campaign Contributions

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Following a ruling against Ways & Means Committee Chairman Charlie Rangel (NY-15) by the House Ethics Committee, Congressman Jim Himes (CT-4) announced that he will donate to charity the contributions Mr. Rangel made to his campaign. “I admire Mr. Rangel for his decades of leadership on civil rights and his service in the armed forces […] [Read More]
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Senate Inaction Holds Up Emergency Health Care, Unemployment Assistance, Transportation Funding

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Connecticut’s congressional delegation responds to U.S. Senator Jim Bunning (R – Kentucky) blocking a request by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to move an extension of the unemployment benefits and an assortment of other programs or laws that expire this weekend: “The inaction of the Senate is completely unacceptable— Senator Bunning, a Republican from Kentucky, […] [Read More]
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Former MLB Pitcher strikes out at America

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I’m a big fan of major league baseball, and I tend to look favorably on former major league players in Congress, even conservatives, but I can’t believe how awful it is that Jim Bunning has thrown a major league curve ball at the extension of unemployment benefits for millions: Here’s the (slightly edited) story: On […] [Read More]
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Stop & Shop: Stop!

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How would you feel if your employer decided one day to dramatically increase your healthcare costs? How would you feel if the company did this even while it was making hundreds of millions of dollars in profits? That’s the situation for 15,000 unionized Stop & Shop employees across Connecticut. Their contract has expired, and Stop […] [Read More]
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Education Research Reports

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Below is a brief summary of new education research reported in February. Click on the brief for a much more complete report: 1. The National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) has issued a report on Boston Public School policies that have an impact on teacher quality, concluding that while the district has many smart, strategic […] [Read More]
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Gerry Garcia, Democratic candidate for Secretary of State

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Great article about Gerry Garcia ( who is a good friend of my daughter), candidate for Secretary of State. And here is his announcement: [Read More]
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Failure to Adopt Health Reform Will Lead to 1,700 Premature Deaths in Connecticut in the Next Decade

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Failure to Adopt Health Reform Will Lead to 1,700 Premature Deaths in Connecticut in the Next Decade The failure to enact health reform this year will lead to approximately 1,700 premature deaths of people between 25 and 64 years old in Connecticut in the next decade according to a report released today by the consumer […] [Read More]
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RAND Estimates the Potential Impact of President Obama’s Health Reform Proposal

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An independent evaluation of the health reform proposal made this week by President Obama shows that the plan would reduce the number of uninsured Americans by 30 million by 2019 — very similar to the results expected under separate legislation passed by the House and Senate. The analysis by RAND Corporation researchers finds that under […] [Read More]
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Bye, Bye Mr. Evan Bayh

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What a great song! See if you can catch the Connecticut connection. [Read More]
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Is Rudy Marconi a Democrat?

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He’s preaching right-wing nonsense about medical malpractice lawsuits – with a clever but completely obnoxious ad: This isn’t going to win him the Democratic nomination – Democrats know that restricting the right of injured parties to sue for compensation for their injuries is undemocratic. [Read More]
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