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December 8, 2017

Sex Harassment Rocks Congress; Gov’t Shutdown Averted For Now; Gun Safety Fight to Continue

by Peter Urban | December 8, 2017 12:38pm

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In a week that saw the #MeToo “Silence Breakers” recognized as Time Magazine’s Person of the Year, three members of Congress announced their resignations after each had been accused of inappropriate sexual behavior in the past.

Most notably was Minnesota Senator Al Franken, who announced his decision to resign Thursday on the Senate floor.

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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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November 17, 2017

Murphy Orchestrates Breakthrough On Gun Issue

by Peter Urban | November 17, 2017 4:38pm

Peter Urban / CTNewsJunkie After years of failing to gain ground on any gun safety measure, Senator Chris Murphy appears to have scored at least a narrow victory this week.

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OP-ED | In Era of Mass Murder, Second Amendment Advocate An Unlikely Hero

by Terry Cowgill | November 17, 2017 5:30am

screengrab from Michael Picard's youtube video
Few things are more painful to me than the abuse of power, or incompetence in the execution of that power. The consequences for those affected by such malfeasance and clumsiness are so great as to demand a sense of outrage from us all.

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November 16, 2017

Connecticut Becomes First State To Widely Use Assessment For Victims of Domestic Violence

by Christine Stuart | November 16, 2017 6:06pm

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie photo HARTFORD, CT — Connecticut is the first state to implement a domestic violence lethality assessment tool that allows law enforcement to identify individuals who have an increased risk of fatal violence.

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November 13, 2017

OP-ED | The Toxic Connection between Mass Murder and Domestic Violence

by Christine Palm | November 13, 2017 3:00pm

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Another day, another mass murderer with domestic violence in his past.

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November 7, 2017

Malloy Closes Another Prison As Inmate Population Declines

by Christine Stuart | November 7, 2017 4:23pm

ctnewsjunkie file photo HARTFORD, CT — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced Tuesday that Enfield Correctional Institute will close in early 2018.

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October 12, 2017

Justice: Connecticut Is Not Violating Federal Immigration Laws

by Christine Stuart | October 12, 2017 12:40pm

ctnewsjunkie file photo HARTFORD, CT — The U.S. Department of Justice told Connecticut Thursday that it’s not violating federal immigration law and should be eligible for a federal law enforcement grant.

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October 6, 2017

Blumenthal, Murphy, DeLauro Join New Haven Police Chief to Talk About Tougher Gun Laws

by Jack Kramer | October 6, 2017 2:50pm

Jack Kramer / CTNewsJunkie NEW HAVEN, CT — With supporters including relatives of children murdered in Sandy Hook cheering them on, U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy and U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro Friday said the Las Vegas massacre will rebuild momentum to pass tougher gun legislation in Congress.

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