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DODD: NEW HEALTH CARE RULES PUT FOCUS ON KEEPING PEOPLE HEALTHY

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Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT) today announced that new rules going into effect as part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will put more focus on preventing disease and keeping people healthy. The new rules will make preventive care more affordable for Americans. Insurance companies will now be required to provide proven services aimed […] [Read More]
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Current Federal School Reform Policies Won’t Work

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by Gordon A. MacInnes, a fellow at The Century Foundation (The title is my own -also see PS below) Since July 1, three developments suggest that the first-year victories of the Obama-Duncan “transformational reform” effort may be in jeopardy. First, the House of Representatives adopted a supplemental appropriations bill that includes an emergency infusion of […] [Read More]
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Would Elena Kagan’s Confirmation Change the Way the High Court Deliberates?

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by Sumru Erkut, Ph.D., Associate Director and Senior Research Scientist at the Wellesley Centers for Women. The U.S. Supreme Court was an old boys’ club before Sandra Day O’Connor was appointed in 1981. O’Connor observed in a speech last year that Presidents Roosevelt and Truman passed on the chance to nominate a woman for fear […] [Read More]
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CMT improvements in the large cities of Hartford, New Haven, and Bridgeport

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Overall, Connecticut saw slight improvements over the past year in closing America’s worst achievement gap. These changes were largely driven by improvements in the large cities of Hartford, New Haven, and Bridgeport. Three major findings came out of ConnCAN’s analysis of Thursday’s release of the 2010 Connecticut Mastery Test for elementary and middle school students: […] [Read More]
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Electric Vehicles Need A Jumpstart

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On May 27, Republicans and Democrats in both the House and the Senate introduced legislation designed to advance the wide-scale deployment of electric vehicles and to develop the infrastructure needed to support them. The Senate bill, entitled the “Electric Vehicle Deployment Act of 2010,” was introduced by Senators Byron Dorgan (D-ND), Lamar Alexander (R-TN), and […] [Read More]
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George Jepsen endorsed by two unions

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George Jepsen, Democratic candidate for Attorney General, today welcomed the endorsement of CSEA/SEIU Local 2001, a labor union representing nearly 25,000 active and retired state, municipal, school district and public-private partnership employees. “I appreciate the endorsement by CSEA, whose members do such important work for our state. Having the support of so many state employees […] [Read More]
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The Recovery Act has raised employment relative to what it otherwise would have been by 2.5 million job

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In the Fourth Quarterly Report released yesterday, the Council of Economic Advisers not only find that the Recovery Act has had a substantial effect on output and employment, but that it is leveraging private capital and making important investments in the future productivity of the country: The Changing Composition of Recovery Act Stimulus Congress designed the […] [Read More]
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Biofuels – Good for Us?

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The federal government supports the use of biofuels—transportation fuel produced usually from renewable plant matter, such as corn—in the pursuit of national energy, environmental, and agricultural policy goals. Tax credits encourage the production and sale of biofuels in the United States, while federal mandates specify minimum amounts and types of biofuel usage each year through […] [Read More]
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Lamont leads Malloy 46 – 37 percent among likely Democratic primary voters,

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Among likely Democratic primary voters, businessman Lamont leads former Stamford Mayor Malloy 46 – 37 percent, with 16 percent undecide, a new Quinnipiac University poll finds. This is the first survey of likely primary voters and cannot be compared with earlier surveys of registered voters. That didn’t stop Malloy Campaign Manager Dan Kelly: “Today’s Quinnipiac […] [Read More]
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DEMOCRATS TOP REPUBLICANS IN CONNECTICUT GOV RACE

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Democratic contenders Ned Lamont and Dan Malloy top any of the three possible Republican candidates for Governor of Connecticut by margins of 11 percentage points or more among registered voters, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today. Democrats lead in any possible general election matchups among registered voters: • Lamont over Foley 45 – […] [Read More]
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