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AG opposes new “binge in a can” product

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Back in November,  state officials helped to KO the alcoholic energy drink Four Loko. Now, officials across the country, including Attorney General George Jepsen, are opposing a new drink that spawned in Four Loko’s absence, Colt 45′s Blast, which is  produced by the Pabst Brewing Company. The attorneys general are asking the company to reduce […] [Read More]
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Pequots: GOP made insensitive remark in budget plan

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The leaders of the Connecticut GOP had to figure there would be some people upset with their alternative budget. But they probably didn’t expect it to be for a turn of phrase instead of a proposed cut. According to NBC Connecticut, the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe – which operates the Foxwoods Casino and MGM Grand – […] [Read More]
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Blumenthal endorses menthol cigarette ban

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From WTNH: Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal wants menthol cigarettes off store shelves. “The Big Tobacco companies use menthol methodically to market to kids and lure them into lifetimes of addiction and disease,” Blumenthal said. But while there’s a push to ban menthol cigarettes to improve public health, one store owner in New Haven says that […] [Read More]
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State GOP boss pulls a Spaghetti Western

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You can tell a lot about a person from their cell phone ring-tone. Connecticut GOP Chairman Christopher Healy recently went with the theme from “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” for his ring-back-tone, the one callers hear when they dial his cell phone. Could it be a metaphor for the political climate in Hartford […] [Read More]
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30 Rock Hearts Connecticut

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Some say the white clam pie at Sally’s Apizza is to die for, but 30 Rock put a spin on that claim in last night’s ‘I Heart Connecticut’ episode — and takes a shot at the state’s film-tax credits in the process. As Jenna’s character is strapped to a medieval torture device and about to […] [Read More]
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Voters’ guide to the 148th district special election

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Last fall’s election season may now seem like a distant memory, but the final picture of what the General Assembly lo oks like in the aftermath of the November elections won’t be fully painted until late tonight. Voters in the Glenbrook and Cove sections of Stamford are headed to the polls today to elect a […] [Read More]
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Hearst exclusive: Biden blames GOP newcomers for creating ‘difficult’ budget climate

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Republican newcomers with an inflexible social agenda have created a “difficult” climate for political negotiations in Washington, Vice President Joe Biden said today.Speaking to an audience including editors and publishers of Hearst Magazines and Hearst Corp. CEO Frank Bennack, Biden said the insistence by some House Republicans on eliminating federal funding for Planned Parenthood, National Public Radio and environmental enforcement further complicated already complicated negotiations. [Read More]
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Murphy’s law: Chris Murphy pulls in $1 million for Senate bid

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A Capitol Hill insider tells Hearst Connecticut Newspapers that U.S. Rep. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., raked in $1 million during the first three months of year for his 2012 bid to fill the Senate seat of the retiring Joe Lieberman. Murphy’s campaign is expected to release its fundraising totals later today, but hinted that it cleaned […] [Read More]
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Sen. Lieberman gives the Huskies some love on the Senate floor

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Sen. Joe Lieberman congratulated the UConn Huskies men’s basketball team for winning the National Championship by taking to the Senate floor and delivering a U-C-O-N-N cheer, complete with arm movements as he spelled out the nickname. Lieberman admitted that his “N,” needs work, but he might want to take a look at his “O” also.  […] [Read More]

Exclusive: The Obama tax-cut calculator. Yes, tax CUT.

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You’ve heard all the Republican rhetoric and heat on talk radio about President Obama raising your taxes since he took office. Well, the Obama administration wants to tell the other side of the story. With that April tax deadline approaching, the White House is about to roll out an interactive way to see how much Connecticut wage earners’ tax burden will . . . go down . . . this year because of the payroll tax cut contained in the bipartisan tax deal reached in December. [Read More]
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