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June 16, 2017

OP-ED | An Angry Country on the Cliff’s Edge

by Susan Bigelow | June 16, 2017 10:00am

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Today, let me praise President Donald Trump for his statement following the shooting in Alexandria. The president said: “We may have our differences, but we do well, in times like these, to remember that everyone who serves in our nation’s capital is here because, above all, they love our country … [W]e are strongest when we are unified and when we work together for the common good.”

When I read this I closed my eyes, and for a moment I could imagine living in a country where there is respect for unity and our common humanity despite all our differences.

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June 14, 2017

Lawmakers Call For Civility Following Shooting at Virginia Ballfield

by Peter Urban | June 14, 2017 9:16am

REUTERS / Joshua Roberts WASHINGTON (Updated 7:06 p.m.) — Connecticut lawmakers joined others on Capitol Hill Wednesday in a call for political civility across America following an early morning shooting where the third ranking House Republican was wounded in gunfire at a ballfield in Alexandria, Virginia during a baseball practice.

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June 12, 2017

Murphy, Blumenthal See Hope At Ballot Box For Gun Reforms

by Christine Stuart | June 12, 2017 1:04pm

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — On the anniversary of Pulse Nightclub shooting that claimed the lives of 49 people and left 53 injured, U.S. Sens. Chris Murphy and Richard Blumenthal remain furious that Congress has done nothing to prevent dangerous people from obtaining firearms.

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June 8, 2017

House Seeks To Remove Metal Detectors Before Going Sine Die

by Christine Stuart | June 8, 2017 12:13pm

ctnewsjunkie file photo HARTFORD, CT — The last bill the House passed Wednesday before midnight was a bill that would have allowed the General Assembly to remove the $600,000 security system they installed at the state Capitol and Legislative Office Building in 2014.

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June 5, 2017

Marijuana Legalization Hits Speed Bump

by Jack Kramer | June 5, 2017 11:27am

Jack Kramer / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — An attempt to call a revised, bipartisan recreational marijuana amendment for a vote in the House hit a bump in the road Monday when the lead House Republican said her Democratic counterparts crafted the amendment without her input.

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Black and Puerto Rican Caucus Readies Stance on Police Misconduct Bill

by Christine Stuart | June 5, 2017 5:30am

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — Business in the House stalled Saturday for about a half hour as House Speaker Joe Aresimowicz and House Majority Leader Matt Ritter met behind closed doors with 19 members of the Black and Puerto Rican caucus.

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June 3, 2017

House Passes Amended Version of Malloy’s Bail Bond Reform Bill

by Christine Stuart | June 3, 2017 7:55pm

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — The House approved, 88-62, a revised version of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s bill to change the bail bond system and reduce the pre-trial population Saturday.

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June 2, 2017

OP-ED | Time For Troopers To Step Up On Fringe Benefits

by Terry Cowgill | June 2, 2017 5:30am

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When it comes time to rein in spending, few departments are exempt from the budget axe. But public safety is one of those entities that makes people nervous anytime cuts are mentioned.

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Senate Votes To Study Arming Police With Drones

by Jack Kramer | June 2, 2017 5:30am

SKATZENBERGER VIA SHUTTERSTOCK HARTFORD, CT — The Senate voted Thursday to study the use of weaponized drones by law enforcement, weeks after an attempt to allow Connecticut police to be the first in the nation to use drones failed.

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May 19, 2017

OP-ED | Addressing the ‘Why’ in Sex Trafficking

by Jillian Gilchrest | May 19, 2017 8:00am

On Wednesday, the House of Representatives voted unanimously on legislation to address the demand side of sex trafficking, marking a major shift in the way our state addresses this crime.

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