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September 21, 2017

ANALYSIS | Connecticut’s Uninsured Rate Still Dropping, But Congress May Unravel Progress

by Ellen Andrews | September 21, 2017 7:21pm


In good news, U.S. Census data finds that Connecticut’s uninsured rate continues to drop. Last year 4.9 percent of Connecticut residents didn’t have coverage. While that’s still 179,000 people and far too high, it is down by almost half from 2013. The bad news is that all that progress is at risk with a vote in Congress next week. Despite what you’ve heard, efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act and slash Medicaid are alive and well.

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September 12, 2017

Proponents of Recreational Cannabis Say They Are Still Short Votes for Legalization

by Christine Stuart | September 12, 2017 1:47pm

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — Advocates of legalizing recreational marijuana use still believe it’s the right thing to do, which is why they held a press conference again Tuesday at the Legislative Office Building.

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August 29, 2017

Advocate: Compared To NYC, Connecticut’s Approach To Tobacco Tax Is Too Timid

by Jack Kramer | August 29, 2017 12:23pm

ctnewsjunkie file photo HARTFORD, CT — Those who wage war against tobacco companies are praising New York City for its decision this week to hike the price of a pack of cigarettes to a minimum of $13 and wish Connecticut would consider following the lead of its neighbor.

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August 21, 2017

Blumenthal Renews Call For Tougher Investigation Into Events In Charlottesville

by Jack Kramer | August 21, 2017 11:04pm

Jack Kramer / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal and leaders of political and faith groups across the state Monday urged a full investigation into what role, if any, white supremacists may have played in the death of a woman during a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville.

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August 17, 2017

OP-ED | What Remains But The Fight?

by Susan Bigelow | August 17, 2017 8:00pm

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Let me go outside, and see the birds and the trees and the deep blue of the sky, and let them give me life again. Let my weariness and guilt and horror sink into the ground, let the wide river carry them all away, and let me be ready for whatever comes next.

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Connecticut’s Elected Officials Rally Against Hate, Trump & White Supremacists

by Christine Stuart | August 17, 2017 12:00pm

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — (Updated 5 p.m.) Middletown Mayor Dan Drew gathered about 75 people Thursday on the steps of the state Capitol in Hartford to denounce Republican President Donald Trump’s comments following the events in Charlottesville.

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August 16, 2017

Blumenthal: ‘No Moral Equivalence’; Incitement of Violence Is Not Protected Speech

by Christine Stuart | August 16, 2017 3:03pm

christine stuart / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — Moments after a Hartford press conference in which U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal denounced Republican President Donald Trump’s remarks regarding the tumult in Charlottesville, one of the president’s top business councils disbanded. Then, minutes later, Trump tweeted he was disbanding both councils.

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August 14, 2017

Trump Follows Up With Stronger Condemnation

by Christine Stuart | August 14, 2017 2:47pm

WhiteHouse.gov screen grab Republican President Donald Trump addressed the growing outrage over his tepid reaction to the violence in Virginia this weekend in a brief statement to reporters Monday.

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August 10, 2017

Connecticut Would Save Planned Parenthood If Congress Defunds It

by Christine Stuart | August 10, 2017 12:00pm

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie ENFIELD, CT — The threat to defund Planned Parenthood is always lingering, and that’s why Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman said Wednesday that Connecticut has a backup plan.

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August 4, 2017

Women’s Groups, Lawmakers Challenge DCCC Statements

by Christine Stuart | August 4, 2017 12:17pm

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — Gathered Friday on the north steps of the state Capitol in Hartford, a small group of pro-choice organizations and state lawmakers condemned the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s recent statement on abortion.

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