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October 6, 2017

NRA Opens Dialogue With Bump Stock Restrictions

by Jack Kramer | October 6, 2017 4:30am

Jack Kramer / ctnewsjunkie BRANFORD, CT — After staying silent for days, the National Rifle Association on Thursday came out in support of additional federal regulations on bump stocks, a firearm accessory that allowed the Las Vegas massacre shooter to convert some of his semiautomatic rifles to fully automatic fire.

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October 5, 2017

OP-ED | No Divorce More Final: When Nations Split Apart

by Susan Bigelow | October 5, 2017 5:50pm

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I traveled through the north of Scotland with my mother in the beginning of September, and while we did pass through a stark and forbidding room labeled “UK Border” and passed around money that said “Bank of England,” there was a sense of being somewhere distinct and different from the United Kingdom.

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Blumenthal, Murphy Call For Repeal of PLCAA

by Christine Stuart | October 5, 2017 12:19pm

ctnewsjunkie file photo WASHINGTON — U.S. Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy introduced legislation Thursday that would allow victims of gun violence to sue the gun industry.

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September 29, 2017

OP-ED | Words Matter: ‘Patriotism’ and ‘Racism’ in the National Anthem Controversy

by Barth Keck | September 29, 2017 4:30am

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Words matter. Two words that matter a great deal right now are “patriotism” and “racism,” the critical concepts surrounding NFL players who take a knee during the national anthem. Thanks to Donald Trump’s incendiary criticism of that activity, the heated issue got much hotter last weekend.

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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 6:21pm


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 12:47pm

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 11:23am

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 10:04pm

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 7:00pm

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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 11:00am

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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