<![CDATA[NBC Connecticut - Connecticut Political News, NY and CT Politics, and More]]> Copyright 2015 http://www.nbcconnecticut.com/news/politics http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC_Connecticut.png NBC Connecticut http://www.nbcconnecticut.com en-us Thu, 05 Mar 2015 09:41:24 -0500 Thu, 05 Mar 2015 09:41:24 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Best Political Mustaches]]> Wed, 04 Mar 2015 10:46:59 -0500 since he was age 14 and a sophomore at St. Rita High School.]]> since he was age 14 and a sophomore at St. Rita High School.]]> http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/215*120/tlmd-jesus-chuy-garcia.jpg
Chicago mayoral candidate Jesus "Chuy" Garcia isn't the only politician sporting the 'stache.]]>
<![CDATA[Comptroller Calls State Deficit a Continuing Problem]]> Tue, 03 Mar 2015 18:45:40 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/connecticut+comptroller.jpg
Democratic Comptroller Kevin Lembo, who has the elected responsibility of making sure state money is properly allocated and spent, is urging lawmakers to take the deficit seriously.

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<![CDATA[TX Pol Backs Legal Pot, Citing God]]> Tue, 03 Mar 2015 16:15:23 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/marijuana-plants-generic.jpg
A GOP state lawmaker from East Texas says God didn't create marijuana by mistake and is pushing to remove all offenses related to the plant from Texas statutes. Texas State Rep. David Simpson filed a bill Monday

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<![CDATA[New Haven a Key Part of Transportation Overhaul]]> Thu, 26 Feb 2015 23:04:00 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/new+haven+transpo+presser.JPG
One of the cornerstones of Gov. Dannel Malloy's transportation proposal is New Haven and improving the infrastructure along the Interstate 95 corridor.]]>
<![CDATA[NJ Officer Meets President Obama]]> Thu, 26 Feb 2015 13:39:24 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/216*120/Officer+Obama+Camden.jpg
Although cops are used to being called to important gatherings, a New Jersey officer was shocked to discover who she would be meeting at an upcoming event.
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<![CDATA[Tolls on the Table in Transportation Committee]]> Wed, 25 Feb 2015 19:47:04 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/179*120/PHI+headlights+busy+highway.jpg
Lawmakers heard some of the pros and cons of implementing tolls at the state border during a public hearing Wednesday.

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<![CDATA[Runoff for Rahm: Mayor Falls Short]]> Wed, 25 Feb 2015 07:22:19 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/rahm+and+chuy.jpg
Rahm Emanuel failed to clinch another term as Chicago's mayor on Tuesday, as Associated Press projections showed him forced into an unprecedented runoff election against challenger Jesus "Chuy" Garcia. The...]]>
<![CDATA[Budget Miscalculation Means Another $55 Million in Cuts]]> Tue, 24 Feb 2015 20:36:38 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/connecticut+state+capitol+building.jpg
The state is bracing for another $55 million in cuts after budget chief Benjamin Barnes announced Tuesday he had made a mistake in crafting the governor's biennial budget, which was rolled out last week.]]>
<![CDATA[Low-Income Residents May Need to Buy Health Insurance]]> Fri, 20 Feb 2015 19:43:19 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/tlmd_061912reformasaludpng_bim.jpg
One of the major cuts to social services contained in Gov. Dannel Malloy's two-year budget is a change in eligibility for some Medicaid recipients who are covered through either HUSKY or Medicaid.

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<![CDATA[Officials Say State Deficit Lower Than Expected]]> Fri, 20 Feb 2015 19:43:50 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/connecticut+state+capitol+building.jpg
The most recent letter from the Office of Policy Management secretary to the state comptroller provides a slightly less bleak budget outlook for Connecticut.]]>
<![CDATA[Towns Could Be on Hook for Resident Trooper Costs]]> Thu, 19 Feb 2015 20:10:02 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/BudgetTroopersPIC00000000.jpg
Towns across Connecticut received mainly good news from Gov. Dannel Malloy's biennial budget, which included flat funding for municipalities.]]>
<![CDATA[Governor Warns State to Expect Hundreds of Millions in Cuts]]> Wed, 18 Feb 2015 13:23:35 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/malloypic02172015.jpg
Gov. Dannel Malloy said unequivocally Tuesday that the state budget will be trimmed from last year.

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<![CDATA[Senate Democrats Propose Bigger Tax Break for Vets]]> Tue, 17 Feb 2015 18:59:15 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Vetrans00000000.jpg
Veterans who retire after at least 20 years of active duty must declare 50 percent of their military retirement pay on their state income tax returns, but under a bill introduced today by top State Senate...]]>
<![CDATA[Congresswoman DeLauro on Delegation Trip to Cuba]]> Tue, 17 Feb 2015 12:06:59 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/congresswoman+rosa+delauro.jpg
Several Democratic members of the U.S. House of Representatives will be heading to Cuba on Tuesday for the first delegation trip since the change in policy governing U.S. relations with the Caribbean nation and...]]>
<![CDATA[Hartford to Break Ground on Downtown North Baseball Stadium]]> Tue, 17 Feb 2015 07:50:30 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/rock+cats+generic.jpg
It has been 60 years since professional baseball was played in the capital city of Hartford and the groundbreaking ceremony happening on Tuesday for the new Downtown North baseball park that will house the Rock...

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<![CDATA[Hartford City Councilman Will Run for Mayor]]> Mon, 16 Feb 2015 11:46:23 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Joel+Cruz+edited.jpg
A Hartford city councilman announced Monday that he's running for mayor.

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<![CDATA[Governor Proposes Lower 5.95% Sales Tax]]> Mon, 16 Feb 2015 15:12:14 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/shopping-generic_2.jpg
Gov. Dannel Malloy wants to cut the state sales tax to 5.95 percent, which would be the lowest level since 1971.

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<![CDATA[Governor Proposes Longer Liquor Store Hours, Lower Prices]]> Fri, 13 Feb 2015 18:00:51 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/liquor_bottles_alcohol_generic.jpg
Gov. Dannel Malloy is proposing a plan to extend liquor store hours, cut prices on alcohol and increase the number of permits sellers can obtain.

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<![CDATA[Philly Chosen as 2016 DNC Host]]> Thu, 12 Feb 2015 19:51:07 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/philly+skyline+generic+camden+waterfront+sunset+comcast+liberty+place.jpg
The 2016 Democratic National Convention will be held in Philadelphia, party leaders announced Thursday. Philadelphia beat out rival finalists Brooklyn, New York and Columbus, Ohio for the chance to host...
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<![CDATA[Lawmakers Seek to Prevent Future Insurance Data Hacks]]> Wed, 11 Feb 2015 20:05:17 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/AnthemBreachPic00000000.jpg
Top members of the State Senate announced plans Wednesday for the state to adopt new standards of data encryption for health insurance companies.]]>
<![CDATA[Governor, GOP Trade Transportation Proposals]]> Wed, 11 Feb 2015 20:05:55 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/TransportationFixPic00000000.jpg
Gov. Dannel Malloy gave one of his first detailed hints of his transportation overhaul on Tuesday, which he says will come out "in the next couple of days."

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<![CDATA[Miltary Families Applaud New Veterans Bill]]> Fri, 06 Feb 2015 20:17:55 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/military+troops+generic.jpg
Family members of veterans who have taken their own lives joined U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal in Hartford on Friday to celebrate the passage of the Clay Hunt SAV Act, which is aimed at preventing suicide...]]>
<![CDATA[Hartford City Council Passes Proposal to Remove Registrars]]> Tue, 27 Jan 2015 02:00:10 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/hartford+registrar+of+voters+2.jpg
Undeterred by the blizzard that prompted a state of emergency and travel ban throughout Connecticut, the Hartford City Council convened Monday night to push through a proposal that will start the process...]]>
<![CDATA[Christie Woos Iowa Conservatives]]> Sun, 25 Jan 2015 01:46:55 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/12415chris.jpg
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie tried to connect with Iowa conservatives at the Iowa Freedom Summit on Saturday by assuring them that "you'll always know who I am" if he runs for president. While still...]]>
<![CDATA[New Criticism of State Capitol Security Measures]]> Fri, 23 Jan 2015 19:48:39 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/connecticut+state+capitol+722.jpg
A pair of Democrats from Waterbury and Danbury want the entire General Assembly to consider changing the security systems installed at the state capitol over the summer.

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<![CDATA[Governor Announces $31.4M in Budget Cuts]]> Fri, 23 Jan 2015 19:49:22 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/connecticut+state+capitol+building.jpg
Gov. Dannel Malloy has announced more than $31 million in rescissions to combat the state's predicted budget shortfall.]]>
<![CDATA[Sen. Rubio Taking Steps Toward Possible 2016 Run]]> Fri, 23 Jan 2015 18:51:11 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/121113+marco+rubio.jpg
U.S. Senator Marco Rubio rode into Washington on a wave of anti-Obamacare sentiment in 2010. He may soon be hoping to ride a similar wave all the way up Pennsylvania Avenue to the White House in 2016.

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<![CDATA[Raises Proposed for Governor, Elected Officials]]> Thu, 22 Jan 2015 18:48:49 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/connecticut+state+capitol+building.jpg
The Connecticut Compensation Commission for Elected State Officers and General Assembly Members recently took steps that could lead to a 10 percent increase in compensation for all statewide elected officers and...]]>
<![CDATA[State Senator Pitches New Kind of Car Tax]]> Thu, 22 Jan 2015 18:51:45 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/6558-000166.jpg
The top Democrat in the Connecticut says it’s time for a change in the way the state and municipalities charge their residents for their cars.

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