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February 23, 2018

DC NEWS JUNKIE | Florida School Shooting Puts Sandy Hook Back In Spotlight

by Peter Urban | Feb 23, 2018 5:31am
Posted to: Congress | 5th CD | Consumer Protection | DC News Junkie | Education | Election 2018 | Environment | Health Care | Mental Health Care | Law Enforcement | Public Health | Elderly Care | Public Safety | White House | Newtown | Energy Sector

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The mass shooting at a high school in Florida has renewed calls for government action against gun violence and once again put a spotlight on families who lost children five years ago at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Two of them — Nicole Hockley and Mark Barden — were at the White House this week participating in a “listening session” that President Donald Trump held to learn from those who have lived through such tragedies.

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February 22, 2018

Debate Over East Windsor Or Bridgeport Casino Will Continue

by Christine Stuart | Feb 22, 2018 1:32pm
Posted to: DC News Junkie | Gaming | Legal | Tribes | Bridgeport | East Windsor

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HARTFORD, CT — State Sen. Tim Larson, who co-chairs the Public Safety and Security Committee and represents East Windsor, said he was surprised when Rep. Jeff Berger, D-Waterbury, asked for legislation to consider competitive bidding for another casino get added to the agenda.

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Four States Create Regional Gun Safety Coalition

by Christine Stuart | Feb 22, 2018 11:35am
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HARTFORD, CT — Absent federal action on guns, the governors of New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, and Rhode Island said they’re going to improve their data sharing in order to limit the number of firearms getting into the wrong hands.

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February 20, 2018

DC NEWS JUNKIE | No Guarantee Congress Will Act to Strengthen Background Checks

by Peter Urban | Feb 20, 2018 8:14pm
Posted to: Congress | 5th CD | DC News Junkie | White House | Newtown

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WASHINGTON — With President Donald Trump now on board, it would seem a no-brainer that Congress would swiftly approve legislation to strengthen the federal background check system as proposed by Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn of Texas and Senator Chris Murphy of Connecticut.

Think again.

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February 16, 2018

DC NEWS JUNKIE | Mueller Indicts 13 Russians in Scheme to Rig 2016 Election

by CTNewsJunkie | Feb 16, 2018 1:59pm
Posted to: Congress | DC News Junkie | Election 2016 | Election Policy | Law Enforcement | National Security | White House

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The office of special counsel Robert Mueller on Friday indicted 13 Russian nationals and three Russian companies in an organized scheme to rig the 2016 presidential election.

The indictment, available for download below, includes charges of conspiracy to defraud the United States, conspiracy to commit wire fraud and bank fraud, and aggravated identity theft.

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DC NEWS JUNKIE | Senate Immigration Proposals Flounder; Florida Shooting Draws Outrage

by Peter Urban | Feb 16, 2018 7:30am
Posted to: Civil Liberties | Congress | Corporate Watch | DC News Junkie | Federal Budget | Immigration | Law Enforcement | Public Health | Public Safety | New Britain | Mental Health Care

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WASHINGTON — The Senate this week failed to reach agreement on immigration reform, leaving in doubt the future for about 1.8 million undocumented immigrants who arrived in the United States as children and could face deportation.

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February 13, 2018

Trump Puts LIHEAP on Chopping Block

by Peter Urban | Feb 13, 2018 5:30am
Posted to: Congress | 1st CD | 3rd CD | DC News Junkie | Energy | White House

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WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Monday again proposed eliminating a federal program that each year helps nearly 110,000 low-income families in Connecticut pay their winter heating bills.

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February 12, 2018

Guilford Mom Gets Trump’s Attention On Opioid Crisis

by Jack Kramer | Feb 12, 2018 11:13am
Posted to: Congress | DC News Junkie | Health Care | Mental Health Care | Public Health | White House | Guilford


NEW YORK, NY — A Guilford mother who lost her son to a drug overdose and has been one of Connecticut’s leading spokespeople in the fight against the epidemic made an emotional plea on national television Monday for more focus on the crisis that killed over 1,000 people in Connecticut in 2017.

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February 9, 2018

DC NEWS JUNKIE | Second Shutdown in Three Weeks Lasted Five Hours

by Christine Stuart and Peter Urban | Feb 9, 2018 12:42am
Posted to: Congress | DC News Junkie | The Economy | Federal Budget

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The federal government was shut down for about five hours this morning, but the government is currently open after the House voted 240-186 before 6 a.m. on a temporary spending plan. In the end, 73 House Democrats eventually voted in favor of the extension. Sixty-seven Republican voted against the bill and 167 voted for it. It funds the government through March 23, includes $400 billion in new spending, and it lifts the debt ceiling.

Congressman John Larson, D-1st District, released a statement shortly after midnight, placing the blame for the second federal government shutdown in just three weeks on Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, and suggesting it was motivated by a “personal, ideological agenda.”

“This shutdown falls squarely on the shoulders of egotists like Senator Rand Paul. He threw a wrench in the bipartisan budget deal. We have a responsibility to govern, not play political games,” Larson said. “I call on all my colleagues to do the responsible thing and re-open the government.”

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February 2, 2018

DC NEWS JUNKIE | Himes Blasts GOP Over Intel Memo Release

by Peter Urban | Feb 2, 2018 5:30am
Posted to: Congress | DC News Junkie | Election 2016 | Law Enforcement | Media Matters | National Security

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WASHINGTON — Representative Jim Himes, the second-leading Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, voiced growing anger this week as President Donald Trump appeared ready to release a Republican-drafted memo alleging serious misconduct by the FBI and Justice Department in handling the Russian investigation.

“It is full of falsehoods. It is a shoddy and poorly written memo that will be very rapidly refuted by the facts and by the 10-page memo that the Democrats wrote when we saw it,” Himes said during an interview Thursday on CNN.

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