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Connecticut lawmakers move to prevent Thanksgiving Day store openings
The movement is on again by some Connecticut lawmakers to prevent stores from opening on Thanksgiving Day.  As in the past, Rep. Matt Lesser, D-Middletown, is in the vanguard of the movement, as more people become upset that retail outlets are getting the jump on Black Friday by opening... 
New Grand Theft Auto graphic, demeaning
The latest edition of of the video game Grand Theft Auto, is causing a stir with its graphic videos, that, according to the New York Post: “allows users to experience graphic sex with a prostitute.”  Count me among those who believe – just by watching a preview of... 
Governor announces budget cuts.  DCF,  DSS education get whacked.  Even Litchfield Jazz fest
Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has moved to start addressing the state’s nearly $100 million budget deficit, by announcing some $47.7 million in budget cuts on Thursday.  The Department of Children and Families took one of the biggest hits with $6 million cut from the Board... 
Is there a lemon law for Connecticut politicians?
Oh yea.  We were told by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy,  during the campaign, that Connecticut’s budget was in great shape.  Maybe a blip here and there, but not to worry.  He even scoffed at the suggestion that deficits were looming in this and future budgets.  Well, 15 days since... 
Malloy has yet to share promised sales tax revenue with municipalities
It has been almost four years since Gov. Dannel P. Malloy imposed the largest tax hike on Connecticut residents in state history. Part of the deal included a hike in the sales from 6 to 6.34 percent.  As a sweetener, the governor promised a portion of that sales tax hike would go to... 
Blumenthal writes Obama: Take executive action on illegal immigration
Connecticut U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal cannot wait for the U.S. Congress.  The first-term senator is urging President Barack Obama to take executive action on the nation’s illegal immigration problem.  Along with Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-RI, Blumenthal wrote a letter to the... 
Blumenthal, Murphy vote 'No' as Keystone Pipeline narrowly defeated
Thanks in part to Connecticut’s two U.S. Senators, the Keystone Pipeline went down to defeat by one vote in the U.S. Senate on Tuesday night, losing by one vote, 59-41.  Both Senators Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy voted against the measure, which had the support of 14 Democrats,... 
Connecticut Light and Power is already batting 1.000 in its latest attempt to raise rates substantially on its customers.  PURA has given approval to a rate hike on the generation side of the electricity bill.   Now the state’s regulatory body is considering a CL&P request... 
Rock Cats meet with New Britain Mayor Stewart
An acrimonious relationship may be turning harmonious in its final year.  The general manager of the New Britain Rock Cats, Tim Restall, met with New Britain Mayor Erin Stewart for nearly an hour on Monday in what appeared to be a productive meeting, according to the New Britain Herald... 
STANFORD UPSETS UCONN IN OT
The 47-game winning streak for the defending national champion UConn women’s basketball team is over.  The Huskies lost to No. 6 Stanford Monday night in Stanford, Calif.,88-86, in overtime.  The Huskies actually had a 10-point lead with 6:32 left in regulation, but failed to... 
TIMEX making Holy Land watches for Waterbury-based shrine
A year ago, Waterbury was aglow, when the world renowned Holy Land cross, which stands atop the mountain overlooking the city, was revived.  The cross was refurbished and lit and the surroundings of the shrine cleaned, through the fundraising efforts of Waterbury Mayor Neil O’Leary... 
Gallup Poll:  Obamacare gets lowest public approval.  Where do you stand?
As another enrollment period gets underway, public approval of the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare, has reached an all-time low, according to a new Gallup Poll.  According to the poll, 37% of Americans approve of the law, while 56% oppose it.  Opposition is also at... 
Should investigation be launched into Newtown funds?
Stark testimony was given to the Sandy Hook Advisory Commission meeting on Friday, from parents of the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary school shootings.  At issue, what has happened to millions of dollars donated to the families of the victims? “The world has this perspective... 
Should exception be made for State Senator to get health benefits?
A movement is afoot in and out of the Connecticut State Legislature to grant a pension and health benefits to State Sen. Andrew Maynard, even though he is two years shy of qualifying for such benefits, while serving in the part-time legislature.  Sen. Maynard was seriously injured last... 

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