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March 24, 2018

Teens Lead March For More Gun Regulations

by Christine Stuart and Jack Kramer | Mar 24, 2018 3:36pm
Posted to: Child Welfare | Civil Liberties | Congress | Election 2018 | Public Health | Public Safety | State Capitol | Newtown

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HARTFORD, CT — Thousands rallied at the state Capitol Saturday in one of hundreds of marches across the country to demand more gun-control measures.

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March 8, 2018

DC NEWS JUNKIE | Sandy Hook Mom Tells Congress ‘Do Something Meaningful and Serious’

by Peter Urban | Mar 8, 2018 6:30am
Posted to: Child Welfare | Civil Liberties | Congress | DC News Junkie | Law Enforcement | Public Health | Public Safety | Newtown

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WASHINGTON — Newtown Mom Francine Wheeler delivered a poignant reminder to Congress on Wednesday of the human cost of their collective inaction when it comes to mass shootings like the one five years ago at Sandy Hook Elementary that claimed the life of her 6-year-old son, Ben.

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March 5, 2018

Connecticut Has Investments In Gun Makers

by Christine Stuart | Mar 5, 2018 6:30am
Posted to: Business | Public Health | Public Safety | Wall Street | Newtown | Pensions | Manufacturing Sector | Financial Sector

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HARTFORD, CT — The state of Connecticut has $16.5 million or 0.05 percent of its six pension funds and nine trust funds invested in five companies that manufacture guns.

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February 26, 2018

Commission Chairman: Sandy Hook Report Could Provide Florida With A Framework

by Christine Stuart | Feb 26, 2018 6:30am
Posted to: Congress | Education | Health Care | Law Enforcement | Nonprofits | Public Safety | White House | Newtown

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HARTFORD, CT — Labor Commissioner Scott Jackson, who chaired the Sandy Hook Commission when he was mayor of Hamden, said Friday that there’s nothing he’s heard so far about the Parkland shooting that wasn’t referenced in the Sandy Hook report released in 2015.

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February 23, 2018

Ridgefield High School Students Reframe DC Gun Debate

by Bhumika Choudhary | Feb 23, 2018 2:34pm
Posted to: Town News | Newtown | Public Safety | White House | 5th CD

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HARTFORD, CT — The politicians who have been at this for awhile were outshined Friday by three students from Ridgefield High school who represent millions of other students planning to stand up to gun violence and say “enough.”

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

by Peter Urban | Feb 23, 2018 6:31am
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 21, 2018

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

by Susan Bigelow | Feb 21, 2018 5:30pm
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 20, 2018

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

by Peter Urban | Feb 20, 2018 9:14pm
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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December 29, 2017

OP-ED | Governor Griebel: Visions of Weicker Dancing In His Head?

by Terry Cowgill | Dec 29, 2017 6:30am
Posted to: Analysis | Election 2018 | Election Policy | Opinion | State Capitol | Hartford | Newtown

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The world is full of dreamers. And that’s a good thing. Dreamers make the impossible possible. In the words of Robert F. Kennedy, non-dreamers say “why,” but “I dream of things that never were, and ask why not?”

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December 15, 2017

DC NEWS JUNKIE | GOP Readies Higher Ed Overhaul; Sandy Hook Remembered; Net Neutrality Repealed

by Peter Urban | Dec 15, 2017 5:11pm
Posted to: Business | US Foreign Policy | International Trade | Civil Liberties | Congress | Consumer Protection | Corporate Watch | DC News Junkie | Education | Media Matters | White House | Newtown | Technology sector

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The House Education and Workforce Committee met over a span of 11 hours on Tuesday as Democrats sought to block approval of a Republican-sponsored bill that Representative Joe Courtney described as taking a “wrecking ball” to higher education.

In the end, Republicans passed their bill 23-17 with no Democrats in support, putting in jeopardy a popular student loan forgiveness program and leaving in place a prohibition on refinance federal student loans to a lower rate.

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