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March 27, 2015

DC NEWS JUNKIE | Will Congress Work Before November 2016?

by Jordan Fenster | March 27, 2015 5:00am

The first official entrant in the 2016 presidential Grand Prix started his engines this week. But if the pundits are right, he won’t be the first sitting legislator to seek the highest office in the land. Quite the opposite, six members of Congress so far have been said to be actively seeking the presidency, all running against each other.

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March 24, 2015

Former Congressional Candidate Gets 5 Months In Prison

by Jordan Fenster | March 24, 2015 12:31pm

Peter Hvizdak / New Haven Register photo Former congressional candidate Lisa Wilson-Foley was sentenced Tuesday to five months in prison for her role in a scheme to hide former Gov. John G. Rowland’s involvement in her campaign.

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March 23, 2015

DC NEWS JUNKIE | Blumenthal Decries GOP Budget, Talks Tactics

by Jordan Fenster | March 23, 2015 8:58pm

Jordan Fenster / CTNewsJunkie Arguing that the Republican-proposed budget targets the middle class, U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., stopped by Connecticut’s capitol Monday to decry what he said was a “disingenuous and deceptive” federal funding plan that “engages in gimmicks and magic asterisks.”

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March 20, 2015

DC NEWS JUNKIE | Republican Robocalls Target Blumenthal

by Jordan Fenster | March 20, 2015 5:00am

christine stuart file photo A bill intended to combat human trafficking and co-sponsored by Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal has become a “political football” in Washington, with Republicans setting their sights on Blumenthal’s seat in 2016.

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March 17, 2015

DC NEWS JUNKIE | Measure Would Extend Expired Tenant Protections

by Jordan Fenster | March 17, 2015 5:30am

A bill that protected tenants living in properties under foreclosure expired on New Years Eve, leaving tenants across the United States wondering when and if they would arrive home to find their belongings curbside. Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal last week introduced a bill intended to extend the benefits afforded by the Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure Act.

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March 13, 2015

DC NEWS JUNKIE | Murphy Opposes Concealed Carry Act

by Jordan Fenster | March 13, 2015 5:00am

A measure making its way through the Republican-controlled U.S. Senate would force states to recognize concealed carry permits issued in other states. Sen. Christopher Murphy, D-Conn., responding to a speech delivered by the National Rifle Association’s Wayne LaPierre, called the bill “dangerous.”

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March 10, 2015

DC NEWS JUNKIE | Bill Seeks to Stem the Rising Tide of Detergent Pod Poisonings

by Jordan Fenster | March 10, 2015 5:30am

Detergent pods — the squishy, brightly colored plastic packets that you toss into your washing machine — are a public health hazard, according to Connecticut’s senior senator in Washington.

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March 9, 2015

DC NEWS JUNKIE | McCain and Murphy Express Support for a Democratic Ukraine

by Jordan Fenster | March 9, 2015 1:57pm

Christine Stuart photo Addressing a crowd of Ukrainian-Americans in Hartford on Monday, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Sen. Christopher Murphy, D-Conn. said that Russian President Vladimir Putin’s ultimate goal is the re-establishment of an empire, and that security in Europe and the Balkans is hanging in the balance.

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March 6, 2015

DC NEWS JUNKIE | Congress Looks to Improve Railroads

by Jordan Fenster | March 6, 2015 6:30am

In response to a spate of railway accidents in the region, a group of U.S. representatives introduced a bill this week intended to make rail crossings safer.

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March 2, 2015

DC NEWS JUNKIE | Bill Aims to Keep Guns From the Mentally Ill

by Jordan Fenster | March 2, 2015 9:36pm

On Wednesday, a bipartisan group of U.S. representatives will introduce a bill intended to prevent convicted criminals and the “dangerously mentally ill” from obtaining firearms.

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