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May 18, 2018

OP-ED | Lawmakers Salivating Over The Prospect Of Sports ‘Gaming’

by Terry Cowgill | May 18, 2018 5:30am
Posted to: Analysis | Business | Civil Liberties | Courts | Gaming | Opinion | Public Health | State Budget | Taxes | Transportation | Mental Health Care

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Talking about letting the cat out of the bag. The decision on Monday by the U.S. Supreme Court, striking down a 26-year-old law that essentially banned sports betting in America, has sent shockwaves across the gambling industry.

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May 11, 2018

ANALYSIS | Legislative Triage: The Winners and Losers of the 2018 Session

by Christine Stuart and Jack Kramer | May 11, 2018 9:56am
Posted to: Analysis | Child Welfare | Civil Liberties | Consumer Protection | Corporate Watch | Election Policy | Equality | Gaming | Health Care | Mental Health Care | Immigration | Insurance | Law Enforcement | Labor | Public Health | Poverty | Public Safety | Sports | State Budget | Transportation | Tribes | Veterans Affairs

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HARTFORD, CT—As another session of the General Assembly comes to a close with a mad scramble against the clock, let’s take a look at some of the bills that passed and others that came up short and will be left up to some future legislature and governor to tackle.

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May 8, 2018

DC NEWS JUNKIE | Murphy in Full Campaign Mode on Gun Issue

by Peter Urban | May 8, 2018 10:17am
Posted to: Congress | Consumer Protection | Corporate Watch | DC News Junkie | Election 2018 | Public Health | Public Safety

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WASHINGTON – Standing outside the U.S. Capitol on Monday, Senator Chris Murphy predicted that no gun safety legislation will come out of Congress until voters clear away the current leadership.

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May 4, 2018

DC NEWS JUNKIE | Blumenthal Fumes Over Juuling; Himes Not Ready to Impeach Trump

by Peter Urban | May 4, 2018 5:30am
Posted to: Child Welfare | Congress | Consumer Protection | Corporate Watch | DC News Junkie | Public Health | Transportation | Rail | White House | Windham

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Senator Richard Blumenthal was in Hartford this week to highlight his efforts to snuff out “kid-friendly” flavored electronic cigarettes that he says are leading to a “new generation of nicotine addicts.”

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May 3, 2018

OP-ED | Take Action on Sexual Assault Evidence Kit Reform Before End of Session

by Laura Cordes and Ilse Knecht | May 3, 2018 9:45pm
Posted to: Equality | Law Enforcement | Opinion | Member Opinion | Public Health | Poverty | Public Safety

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The millions of #MeToo stories illustrate the urgent need to do more to support survivors and remove the barriers that keep victims from reporting or staying involved in the criminal justice system.

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May 1, 2018

State Water Plan Stalled Over ‘Public Trust’

by Bhumika Choudhary | May 1, 2018 2:00pm
Posted to: Agriculture | Consumer Protection | Environment | Public Health | State Capitol | Weather

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HARTFORD, CT — Calls for water to be a “public trust” in the first-ever state water plan are receiving new scrutiny from Connecticut’s water companies, and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is letting them know he’s not budging on the language.

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April 30, 2018

OP-ED | Sandy Hook Parents Say ‘Enough Is Enough’ with Infowars Lawsuit

by Barth Keck | Apr 30, 2018 5:30am
Posted to: Analysis | Child Welfare | Courts | Ethics | Media Matters | Opinion | Public Health | Public Safety | Newtown

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Losing a child in a horrific event like the December 2012 Sandy Hook School shooting causes unimaginable grief and suffering. Add to that pain the incessant rantings of conspiracy theorists, who claim the entire scenario was staged to promote a gun-control agenda, and the incident becomes farcical, surreal, unbearable.

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April 27, 2018

DC NEWSJUNKIE | Blumenthal, Murphy Seek Relief For Crumbling Concrete

by Peter Urban | Apr 27, 2018 5:30am
Posted to: Congress | DC News Junkie | Equality | Federal Budget | Town News | Military Spending | National Security | Public Health | Public Safety | Manufacturing Sector

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WASHINGTON — Senators Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy introduced legislation this week aimed at providing up to $100 million in federal assistance to help homeowners and businesses whose homes and buildings suffer from crumbling foundations.

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April 26, 2018

DC NEWS JUNKIE | Murphy Backs Opioid Bill

by Peter Urban | Apr 26, 2018 5:30am
Posted to: Congress | DC News Junkie | Health Care | Mental Health Care | Public Health | Public Safety

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WASHINGTON — U.S. Senator Chris Murphy on Tuesday joined other members of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee in support of sweeping legislation aimed at addressing the nation’s opioid epidemic.

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April 24, 2018

ANALYSIS | What Does It Take To Stop Repeating A Bad Idea?

by Ellen Andrews | Apr 24, 2018 12:15pm
Posted to: Analysis | Consumer Protection | Health Care | Mental Health Care | Insurance | Nonprofits | Public Health | Poverty | State Budget

Albert Einstein believed the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over but expecting a different result. Unfortunately, Connecticut policymakers haven’t learned this lesson.

Provider financial risk is a bad idea that has failed both in our state and nationally. Despite this, our ironically-named State Innovation Model (SIM) office is trying again to force it on Connecticut’s struggling health system. Their new twist on the bad idea, to impose it on primary preventive care, is even more dangerous.

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