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Murphy celebrates Affordable Care Act - Obamacare.

Murphy says it’s time to `celebrate’ success of Obamacare

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Sen. Chris Murphy stood on the Senate floor Thursday astride a placard that looked like a party invitation, complete with balloons, streamers and decorations. The only difference: It had “ACA works’’ across the front, reflecting Murphy’s assignment as head of Senate Democrats #ACA Works Campaign. Welcome to Murphy’s party for the Affordable Care Act – […] [Read More]
George Gallo, seen in this 2006 file photo when he was state Republican Party chairman, abruptly resigned in February 2014 as chief of staff of the House GOP amid a federal probe into the alleged steering of direct mail contracts to printing companies in Florida and Ohio.

Taxpayers shoulder $27K from House GOP contracting probe

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The collateral damage from a Justice Department probe into a contracting scandal in the House Republican caucus now has a price tag for Connecticut taxpayers: $27,126.74. That’s how much the Office of Legislative Management says it spent to hire an attorney for the House GOP office, which was subpoenaed in February 2014 for all records […] [Read More]
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Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy delivers his budget address to the senate and house inside the Hall of the House at the State Capitol, Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015, in Hartford, Conn. While acknowledging the state's economy continues to recover, Malloy told a joint session of the General Assembly that "significant investment" is still needed to improve highways, bridges and rail over the next three decades to improve economic development and quality of life.

Malloy’s approval rating erodes to 43 percent

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The second honeymoon Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, the toast of national Democrats last November for his re-election in a Republican year, appears to be over. Malloy’s approval rating has sunk to 43 percent in a new Quinnipiac University poll, dragged down by his austerity plan, billion-dollar deficits and proposed budget cuts that critics say will […] [Read More]
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A screen capture from YouTube shows the Hartford studios of the Back9Network. Contributed photo.

Board chairman resigns from beleaguered Back9Network

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A former appointee of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy resigned Thursday as the board chairman of the Back9Network, the beleaguered golf and lifestyle channel that suspended its operations last week after receiving $5.1 million in economic incentives from the state. Sanford Cloud Jr., a Hartford businessman and former Democratic state senator who served on Malloy’s transition […] [Read More]
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Rep. Jim Himes

Himes, Esty back new rail-crossing safety measure

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The recent Metro-North rail-crossing disaster at Valhalla, N.Y., has spurred a House bill that aims to help states and communities make such crossings safer. Among the bill’s five cosponsors are Democratic Reps. Jim Himes and Elizabeth Esty of Connecticut’s 4th and 5th Congressional Districts, respectively. “Accidents at highway-rail grade crossings, including the fatal accident in […] [Read More]
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Former Gov. John G. Rowland leaves the Federal Courthouse after his trial in New Haven, Conn., on Friday Sept. 19, 2014. Rowland was found guilty on all seven federal counts of violating campaign laws.

Rowland makes last ditch appeal for new trial

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Running out of time and legal options ahead of his sentencing next week for campaign fraud, former Gov. John G. Rowland is making a last-ditch effort to have his conviction overturned. In a 26-page filing late Wednesday with the U.S. District Court in New Haven, lawyers for the previously incarcerated governor petitioned Judge Janet Bond […] [Read More]
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Rep. Rosa DeLauro boycotted the speech by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

DeLauro boycotts Netanyahu speech

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Rep. Rosa DeLauro was among the four dozen or so House and Senate Democrats to boycott Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech before a joint session of Congress on Tuesday. In a statement, DeLauro said she was loath not to attend because of  her “special bond” with Connecticut’s Jewish community and strong past support of […] [Read More]
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Murphy going to Netanyahu speech after all

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After weeks of uncertainty, Sen. Chris Murphy has decided to attend the speech before a joint session of Congress on Tuesday by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Murphy, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and senior Democrat on the subcommittee dealing with U.S. policy in the Middle East, had been on the fence […] [Read More]