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  • (CT)State lawmakers propose sales, income tax increases

    04/21/2017 6:51:43 PM PDT · by matt04 · 27 replies
    Taxes could soon be on the rise if a new house bill passes. House bill 7322 seeks to increase the sales tax up to 6.99 percent from its current rate of 6.35 percent and increase the income tax for some state residents. Other aspects of the bill would help towns generate more money by increasing state owned property payments. Properties like colleges and hospitals owned by the state would see an increase of their payments to their towns by roughly 23 percent. If the bill passes, regional governments would be responsible for creating plans to help pay for that. Another...
  • University rated one of the worst for free speech to open $220,000-a-year social justice center

    04/21/2017 7:09:44 AM PDT · by C19fan · 5 replies
    College Fix ^ | April 21, 2017 | William Nardi
    Wesleyan University — rated one of the worst in the nation for free speech by a nonprofit watchdog group — is slated to roll out a new center dedicated to advancing social justice, an effort estimated to cost more than $200,000 annually to promote various “gender, queer, students of color” causes.
  • Sound Off Connecticut With Jim Vicevich,9AM-12NOONPM,EDT, WTIC AM,April 17-21,2017

    04/17/2017 5:52:10 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 3 replies
    Sound Off Connecticut With Jim Vicevich ^ | April 17, 2017 | Jim Vicevich
    Good Morning And Welcome!
  • Malloy won’t run for re-election as governor [of CT]

    04/13/2017 8:40:45 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Connecticut Post ^ | 7:40 pm, Thursday, April 13, 2017 | Ken Dixon
    In a roomful of supporters and agency heads, tears broke the governor’s businesslike façade. Dannel P. Malloy said his rejection of a third term, a decision he announced Thursday afternoon, frees him from partisan politics so he can better steer the sharply divided General Assembly through its current budget crisis. In January 2019, Malloy will begin the next act of a life that began as a dyslectic child in Stamford, led to law school, a stint as a criminal prosecutor, mayor of his hometown and nearly seven years in the Governor’s Residence. […] With low popularity ratings, a $1.7 billion...
  • At Cromwell High, Transgender Athlete Competes With Girls For First Time (And Wins Every Time!)

    04/12/2017 5:31:10 PM PDT · by brucedickinson · 96 replies
    Hartford Courant ^ | 4-7-2017 | Matthew Conyers
    With family, friends and teammates cheering her on at her first high school track meet, Andraya won the girls 100- and 200-meter dashes, and helped her 4x100-meter relay team take second place. She ran 11.99 seconds in the 100 and 26.34 in the 200. "I do hope I inspire people, but not only with track," Andraya said Wednesday. "I hope it inspires people to not hold yourself back just because you're scared of it or it is your first time doing it, or because of other people's negativity.
  • Potential candidate for governor Walker talks with Dennis House ( CT Gov. Race )

    04/10/2017 8:12:25 AM PDT · by taildragger · 4 replies
    WFSB TV ^ | Joseph Wenzel IV
    Republican Dave Walker, who is a 2014 candidate for lt. governor, announces run for governor when he talks with Dennis House on Face the State.
  • Sound Off Connecticut With Jim Vicevich,9AM-12NOONPM,EDT,WTIC AM,April 10-14,2017

    04/10/2017 5:41:03 AM PDT · by Biggirl
    Sound Off Connecticut With Jim Vicevich ^ | April 10, 2017 | Jim Vicevich
    Good Morning And Welcome! A good and blessed Easter and Passover to all the FRpers!
  • Girls’ Track Team Totally Fine With Huge Dude Joining Their Team

    04/07/2017 11:32:10 AM PDT · by kevcol · 73 replies
    Daily Caller News Foundation ^ | April 7, 2017 | Amber Randall
    Andraya Yearwood, a freshman boy who identifies as a girl, recently joined Cromwell High School’s female track team, reports the Hartford Courant. . . . Yearwood’s school district gave him permission to participate on the girls’ team. He is considering sexual reassignment surgery to transition to female and plans to take puberty and hormone blockers.
  • Democrat scolds GOP for high-fives after Senate 'nuclear' vote

    04/06/2017 6:19:30 PM PDT · by kevcol · 38 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | April 6, 2017 | Pete Kasperowicz
    "I could not help but notice a number of my colleagues on the other side of the aisle high-fiving each other," Blumenthal said on the Senate floor. "That image stays with me as I stand here now. It saddens me." . . . "There is no cause for celebration in what happened in the Senate just hours ago," he said. "No one should sleep well tonight. No one should underestimate the magnitude of what happened here. Damage was done to our democracy."
  • College student dies after choking at pancake eating contest

    04/03/2017 8:21:10 AM PDT · by Puppage · 42 replies
    AP ^ | 04/03/2017 | Puppage
    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A 20-year-old student at a Connecticut university has died after choking during a pancake eating contest on campus.
  • Sound Off Connecticut With Jim Vicevich, M-F,9AM-12NOONPM,EDT,WTIC AM,April 3-7,2017

    04/03/2017 4:38:42 AM PDT · by Biggirl
    Sound Off Connecticut With Jim Vicevich ^ | April 3, 2017 | Jim Vicevich
    Good Morning And Welcome!
  • (Connecticut) Sex ring pimped out mentally disabled young men: authorities

    04/01/2017 8:02:15 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 21 replies
    NY Post ^ | March 31, 2017 | Laura Italiano
    Alleged ringleader Robert King (left) is accused of sending prostitutes to Bruce Bemer (right) and other clients for two decades. For 20 years, a Connecticut-based prostitution ring trafficked in mentally disabled young men, court papers revealed this week. The ring catered to wealthy male clients in Connecticut and Massachusetts who paid $250 for sex, according to court papers cited in the News-Times. At least 15 young men in their early 20s were exploited in the ring, authorities allege. The young men suffered illnesses that include schizophrenia and bipolar disorder; some were severely disabled and living in group homes, authorities allege....
  • Law Would Let Police Equip Drones With Weapons [State of Connecticut]

    04/01/2017 4:47:15 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 31 replies
    HC ^ | April1, 2017 | staff reporters
    ...[snip] The legislature's judiciary committee passed a bill this week that would make Connecticut the first state in the nation to allow the use of weaponized drones by law enforcement. North Dakota legalized police use of armed drones in 2015, but the law limits those weapons to less lethal technologies, such as rubber bullets and tear gas. The Connecticut measure contains no such restrictions.
  • Mississippi State stuns UConn 66-64 in Final Four to end Huskies' 111-game win streak

    03/31/2017 11:31:17 PM PDT · by MuttTheHoople · 55 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | March 31, 2017 | Doug Feinberg
    UConn's record 111-game winning streak came to a startling end when Mississippi State pulled off perhaps the biggest upset in women's basketball history, stunning the Huskies 66-64 on Morgan William's overtime buzzer beater in the national semifinals Friday night.
  • DHS Designates California and Connecticut as Sanctuary States

    03/31/2017 8:44:12 AM PDT · by kevcol · 103 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | March 31, 2017 | Sam Dorman
    The Department of Homeland Security added the entire states of California and Connecticut to its list of U.S. jurisdictions that hinder cooperation with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in detaining illegal immigrants. Both states had enacted legislation called "Trust Acts," allowing local law enforcement to ignore ICE's requests to detain certain illegal immigrants in custody.
  • Connecticut considering weaponizing drones [Skynet!!]

    03/30/2017 7:19:32 PM PDT · by markomalley · 23 replies
    AP/Fox 5 NY ^ | 3/30/17 | Dave Collins
    Connecticut lawmakers are considering whether the state should become the first in the country to allow police to use drones outfitted with deadly weapons, a proposal immediately met with concern by civil rights and liberties advocates. The bill would ban the use of weaponized drones, but exempt police. Details on how law enforcement could use drones with weapons would be spelled out in new rules to be developed by the state Police Officer Standards and Training Council. Officers also would have to receive training before being allowed to use drones with weapons.
  • Report Says Instructor, Student Fought for Controls Before East Hartford Plane Crash

    03/29/2017 1:54:04 PM PDT · by KeyLargo · 68 replies
    NCB Connecticut ^ | 3/28/2017
    Report Says Instructor, Student Fought for Controls Before East Hartford Plane Crash A plane crash in East Hartford was the result of a flight student refusing to give up controls to his instructor, while apparently doing everything "backwards", a police report revealed. East Hartford police Lt. Josh Litwin said in October that investigators had concluded the crash was "an intentional act," but noted that they hadn't been able to determine a motive. New documents from witness accounts reveal that Arian Prevella, a flight instructor and the owner of American Flight Academy in Hartford, struggled with flying student, Feras Freitekh. On...
  • Protesters picket mansions of Connecticut billionaires, demanding they pay more taxes

    03/29/2017 10:12:20 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 25 replies
    Money-ish ^ | 25 March 2017 | Kristiano Ang
    Champagne wishes and caviar dreams, this time with a side of dissent. About three dozen demonstrators descended on the mansions of Connecticut’s 0.01% over the weekend to protest Democratic Gov. Dan Malloy’s new budget, which includes jobs cuts and changes in pension funding. As part of the “Lifestyles of the Rich and Shameless” tour, protesters—many of whom work in the area—left mock tax bills at the ritzy homes of hedge fund bosses like Ray Dalio and Steven Cohen, asking them to pony up over $1.2 billion between both of them. “Income inequality is out of control in this country, and...
  • Malloy to announce “toolkit” for families concerned about immigration enforcement

    03/29/2017 6:34:04 AM PDT · by Puppage · 19 replies
    WTNH Television ^ | 03/29/2017 | Puppage
    HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH)– Governor Dannel Malloy will announce help for families worried about President Trump‘s deportation policies. He is calling this a toolkit for families concerned about immigration enforcement. We know Governor Malloy has had his differences with President Trump on the issue of immigration. Now, the Governor plans to outfit concerned families with what he’s calling a toolkit. It sounds like it’s going to be mostly information for families worried about Trump administration immigration enforcement policies. Especially if the worry is that parents or guardians are going to be detained or deported by the federal government. The worry is...
  • State Workers make their voices heard at the Capitol Friday

    03/24/2017 12:11:54 PM PDT · by Puppage · 17 replies
    WTNH Television ^ | 03/24/2017 | Kent Pierce, News 8 Reporter
    HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — All day Friday, the Connecticut State Appropriations Committee will be hearing testimony on bills that could have a significant impact on state workers salaries, benefits, and pensions. One of two news conferences Friday morning called these bills an attack on nurses, teachers and firefighters. There’s a lot of rhetoric on both sides. Workers talking about cuts to benefits and pensions as an attack on the hard working middle class. Those in favor of cuts pointing out exorbitant numbers, like a police sergeant making hundreds of thousands of dollars, or a retired state worker still pulling in...