Problems on Connecticut health care front

Do you believe the government's claims about Ebola?
Last month, President Obama said in a speech at the Centers for Disease Control,  “the chances of an Ebola outbreak here in the United States are extremely low.”  In the same speech he stated “In the unlikely event that someone with Ebola does reach our shores, we’ve... 
Nationwide, a new Ap-GfK poll shows the economy to be the number one concern among Americans.  It may be why President Obama is giving a speech about the economy on Thursday. According to the poll, 9 in 10 of those most likely to vote rate the economy as the top issue.  The numbers... 
Watching paint dry was more exciting than gubernatorial debate
Did you watch Tuesday night’s debate?  You didn’t miss much if you didn’t.  For that matter yo didn’t miss much if you did.  Here is my column from CTPolitix on what was a real yawner. Please don’t tell me there are five more of these gubernatorial debates.... 
Is Massachusetts turning red?
Is the northeast about to shift to the right of center?  Connecticut Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy trails Republican opponent Tom Foley by six points in the Quinnipiac poll, five weeks before election day.  Now comes word the blue state of Massachusetts could elect a Republican... 
Connecticut real estate market slumps
Connecticut’s real estate market nosedived in August with home sales down 6 percent.  Also, for the sixth consecutive month of year-over-year price declines. The Hartford Courant reports: The median sale price of a single-family house — in which half the sales are above, half... 
Lobby: How about mandate relief?
As the election season heats up, the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities is renewing its call for relief from unfunded mandates placed by municipalities by the state. “There are currently over 1,200 state mandates on towns and cities in Connecticut. Most of these state mandates... 
CTP 090:  Southern Connecticut State prepared to host political 'summit'
Podcast: Play in new window | Download In our latest podcast I talk to Joe Musante, Media Relations/Office of Public Affairs, about a political forum being held in the university’s Michael J. Adanti Student Center, Grand Ballroom on Monday, Oct. 6.  Entitled “Election... 
Connecticut public pension fund still among nation's most underfunded
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy might say otherwise, but Connecticut’s public pension fund is still among the nation’s most underfunded, according to Moody’s Investor’s Service.  Only Illinois and Kentucky are more underfunded than Connecticut’s.  The issue, Bloomberg... 
Derek Jeter goes out with a flair
In a moment scripted for Hollywood, New York Yankees icon Derek Jeter went out with a flair, delivering a game-winning hit in his last at bat as a New York Yankee at Yankee Stadium, in the Yankees’ 6-5 win over the Baltimore Orioles. In reality, you could not have written an ending... 
Connecticut businesses to be hit again with another unemployment 'special assessment'
Already feeling the pinch with a “special assessment” to Connecticut’s unemployment fund, businesses are about to get whacked again.  Connecticut employers received a “special assessment” last month of $7.50 per full-time employee to help replenish the... 
Ticket brokers could take financial bath if Jeter's last game is rained out
New York Yankee icon Derek Jeter plays his last game at Yankee Stadium Thursday night – weather permitting.  With rain in the forecast, the ticket brokers are keeping their umbrellas crossed, as they could take a financial bath Derek Jeter if the game is rained out.   According... 
Torrington Kmart to close, as western Connecticut gets double-dose of bad economic news
The economic news for western Connecticut was not good Wednesday.  First, Sears Holdings Corp., the parent-company of Kmart department stores, announced that it will close its Torrington store before Christmas.  The store was opened in 1980.  Seventy-three people will be out of work.... 
Democrat State Representative's pending arrest raises more questions on Bridgeport
State Rep. Christina Ayala, a Democrat from Bridgeport, is facing an arrest on charges of voter fraud, according to the Connecticut Post.  The allegations trace back to the 2012 campaign, when the Post revealed that Ayala was living outside of the district she was trying to represent.... 
Americans trust their local government the most
“All politics is local,” the late Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Tip O’Neill once said. A new Gallup Poll shows Americans still trust their local government the most.  O’Neill may not have meant that, when he made his comment, but Americans sure... 

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