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February 21, 2018

OP-ED | The Moral Bankruptcy of Pro-Gun Extremists

by Susan Bigelow | Feb 21, 2018 4:30pm
Posted to: Analysis | Child Welfare | Civil Liberties | Congress | Consumer Protection | Corporate Watch | Law Enforcement | Opinion | Public Health | Public Safety | White House | Glastonbury | Newtown

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State Rep. Prasad Srinivasan of Glastonbury, one of the pack of Republican candidates for governor, recently assured the pro-gun Connecticut Citizens Defense League (CCDL) that he regretted his vote in favor of tighter gun controls in the wake of the brutal mass murder of elementary school children in Newtown in 2012. The sad thing is, he may have just improved his chances of winning the Republican nomination.

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February 19, 2018

Lawmaker Suggests Connecticut’s ‘Risk Warrant’ Gun Seizure Law Would Benefit Florida

by Christine Stuart | Feb 19, 2018 5:30am
Posted to: Civil Liberties | Consumer Protection | Law Enforcement | Public Health | Public Safety | Mental Health Care

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HARTFORD, CT — A Connecticut lawmaker who helped draft the 1999 “risk warrant” legislation suggested Friday that states like Florida would benefit from a law that allows officials to remove a firearm from a home if a court finds the person at a high risk of violence or self-harm.

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February 16, 2018

Pregnant Prisoner Gives Birth in Cell

by Bhumika Choudhary | Feb 16, 2018 10:13pm
Posted to: Civil Liberties | Equality | Health Care | Law Enforcement | Public Safety

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NIANTIC, CT — A female inmate gave birth in her cell early Tuesday morning at the York Correctional Institution, raising questions about the care of pregnant prisoners.

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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 15, 2018

Debate Over Retail Sales of Marijuana Rages On

by Christine Stuart | Feb 15, 2018 12:48pm
Posted to: Agriculture | Law Enforcement | Legal | Taxes

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — With the General Law Committee expected to raise the issue Thursday, both sides of the debate over whether to legalize marijuana tried to get ahead of the issue by making their arguments to the media.

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February 9, 2018

OP-ED | Few Risks As Connecticut Delegation Attacks GOP Over Nunes Memo

by Terry Cowgill | Feb 9, 2018 12:30am
Posted to: Analysis | Congress | Ethics | Law Enforcement | Media Matters | Opinion | White House


In recent years, Connecticut has had some loudmouths among its congressional delegation. After all, Sen. Richard Blumenthal and his predecessor in the seat, Joe Lieberman, honed their skills as state attorneys general, an office that functioned as a PR factory for both of them.

Both men loved media attention. Indeed, the space between Blumenthal and a TV camera has long been labeled the most dangerous piece of real estate in Connecticut — that is, unless Chuck Schumer is visiting.

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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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January 23, 2018

Vermont Legalizes Marijuana, But Not Commercial Sales

by Jack Kramer | Jan 23, 2018 12:00pm
Posted to: Agriculture | Business | The Economy | Law Enforcement | Legal | Taxes

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HARTFORD, CT — Vermont became the ninth state Monday to legalize recreational marijuana and the first to do it through the legislative process. The eight other states where it’s legal approved it through a referendum.

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January 9, 2018

Malloy Seeks To Ban Bump Stocks In Final Year

by Jack Kramer | Jan 9, 2018 12:53pm
Posted to: Law Enforcement | Public Safety

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MIDDLETOWN, CT — Saying he didn’t want what happened in Las Vegas to happen in Connecticut, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said he will propose legislation to ban the purchase and sale of “rate of fire enhancements,” including bump stocks, binary trigger systems, and trigger cranks.

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