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January 20, 2018

Women’s March 2018 Draws Another 10,000 to Hartford

by Doug Hardy | January 20, 2018 9:04pm

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HARTFORD, CT — When the Women’s March last year drew 10,000 people to the state Capitol, many wondered whether they would be able to maintain the enthusiasm and repeat the performance in 2018.

Turns out they did. The Capitol Police estimated this year’s crowd at around 10,000 once again.

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January 8, 2018

Connecticut Officials Confident Medical Pot Is Safe From Feds

by Jack Kramer | January 8, 2018 5:30am

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HARTFORD, CT — While many believe states that have legalized recreational marijuana are being targeted by the Trump administration, what isn’t clear is whether states with medical pot programs, such as Connecticut, are also on the president’s radar screen.

Last week, U.S. Attorney General Jeffrey Sessions rescinded the Cole memo, an Obama-era policy that took a hands-off approach to marijuana in states where it was legal. Instead, federal prosecutors, Sessions wrote, should decide for themselves whether to crack down on marijuana businesses.

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January 2, 2018

OP-ED | The Connecticut Juvenile Training School Is A Symbol

by Abby Anderson | January 2, 2018 12:07pm

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As we’ve consistently said during the two-year period since Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced that Connecticut’s prison for boys, the Connecticut Juvenile Training School (CJTS), would close, the goal should not be simply to close a building. In fact, in many ways CJTS is a symbol. It symbolizes what we believe about youth, their capacity to change, and their worth.

In calling for CJTS to close, we are NOT calling for the kids to simply be released home or to be kept in pre-trial detention. We are calling for the development of a juvenile justice system that works for even the most challenging youth with the most unacceptable behaviors.

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December 20, 2017

Connecticut Officials Propose Steps To Maintain Net Neutrality

by Christine Stuart | December 20, 2017 5:30am

Ctnewsjunkie file photo HARTFORD, CT — The Federal Communications Commission may have voted to eliminate rules about net neutrality, but Connecticut lawmakers and Attorney General George Jepsen said they will do what they can to preserve the Internet.

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December 15, 2017

DC NEWS JUNKIE | GOP Readies Higher Ed Overhaul; Sandy Hook Remembered; Net Neutrality Repealed

by Peter Urban | December 15, 2017 4:11pm

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The House Education and Workforce Committee met over a span of 11 hours on Tuesday as Democrats sought to block approval of a Republican-sponsored bill that Representative Joe Courtney described as taking a “wrecking ball” to higher education.

In the end, Republicans passed their bill 23-17 with no Democrats in support, putting in jeopardy a popular student loan forgiveness program and leaving in place a prohibition on refinance federal student loans to a lower rate.

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Sentencing Commission Forwards Two Recommendations, Hit Pause On More Bail Changes

by Jack Kramer | December 15, 2017 5:30am

Courtesy of CT-N HARTFORD, CT — A proposal that would allow some on the sex offender registry to petition to shorten their registration period or apply for removal from the registry was unanimously approved Thursday by the Sentencing Commission.

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December 11, 2017

Sentencing Commission Tackles Three Big Criminal Justice Reforms

by Christine Stuart | December 11, 2017 2:23pm

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — The public got a chance Monday to weigh in on three proposals that would change Connecticut’s criminal justice system in very different ways.

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December 8, 2017

OP-ED | UConn Must Step Up As Discourse Deteriorates

by Barth Keck | December 8, 2017 5:30am

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The dust-up at the University of Connecticut last week involving Lucian Wintrich, the White House correspondent for the right-wing Gateway Pundit, was not UConn’s brightest moment.

In case you somehow missed it, chaos ensued when the UConn College Republicans invited Wintrich to deliver a speech titled, “It Is OK To Be White.”

While Wintrich spoke amid boisterous dissent, a woman grabbed his notes off the podium. The Hartford Courant reported that Wintrich followed the woman into the crowd where “police said he grabbed [her], ‘pulling her back in a violent manner,’ and caused a significant disruption to the event with his ‘tumultuous behavior’.”

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December 6, 2017

DC NEWS JUNKIE |  Concealed Carry Bill Approved by House over Connecticut Objections

by Peter Urban | December 6, 2017 5:59pm

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Nearly five years after 20 children and six educators were killed by a gunman at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, the House approved legislation that opponents say would undermine Connecticut’s gun safety laws.

The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, which was approved 231 to 198 largely along party lines, would allow gun owners with a concealed carry permit to travel across state lines with their weapons even if a state has stricter permit requirements. Current law allows states to determine which non-state concealed carry permits it will honor.

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Bailout In Full Swing To Get Pretrial Detainees Home for the Holidays

by Christine Stuart | December 6, 2017 5:30am

With permission from the Connecticut Bail Fund NEW HAVEN, CT — Keesha De’Silva was looking at spending 120 days in jail after getting arrested for sleeping in a park hours after being evicted, but the Connecticut Bail Fund was able to get her out.

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