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July 3, 2015

OP-ED | The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly of the 2015 Special Session

by Susan Bigelow | July 3, 2015 8:00am

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The legislature met early this week to finish up its business from this year’s session, and managed to get a lot done. Some of it was very positive and should help Connecticut move forward. Some of it was a bit less so. And some of it was, well . . .  just ugly.

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June 26, 2015

DC NEWS JUNKIE | Murphy Addresses Senate on Gun Violence For the 33rd Time

by Jordan Fenster | June 26, 2015 9:35am


Connecticut Sen. Christopher Murphy addressed the Senate yet again this week on the issue of gun violence. It was the 33rd time he has done so since taking office in 2013.

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June 19, 2015

OP-ED | No More Silence on Guns, Racism

by Susan Bigelow | June 19, 2015 8:00am

Another day, another mass killing. This time a white man went to a prayer meeting at a historically black church in Charleston, S.C., sat for half an hour, then opened fire. “I had to do it,” this white supremacist terrorist reportedly told the sole survivor. “You rape our women and you’re taking over our country.”

We can’t let this keep happening.

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June 6, 2015

Sharpton Calls for Memorial Commemorating Hartford Victims of Violence

by Madeline Stocker | June 6, 2015 11:28pm

Madeline Stocker photo HARTFORD — Challenged by a local pastor who called him a charlatan, the Rev. Al Sharpton calmly pulled $1,000 out of his jacket pocket and suggested it be used to help build a memorial for victims of violence.

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June 5, 2015

2015 Session Offers Mixed Bag for Women and Families

by Christine Stuart | June 5, 2015 2:50pm

doug hardy photo The 2015 legislative session saw some some key legislative victories for women and families, but there were also painful defeats, according to lawmakers and advocates.

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June 3, 2015

Bill Paves Way for Access to Arrest Details, Body Camera Images

by Elizabeth Regan | June 3, 2015 4:39pm

Elizabeth Regan photo Against the backdrop of civil unrest in hotspots like Ferguson, Baltimore, and Cleveland, the Connecticut legislature has sent a bill to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy that would allow the public to look more closely at what happens when a person is arrested.

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DC NEWS JUNKIE | Proposed Legislation Would Do Little to Prevent Most Railway Deaths

by Jordan Fenster | June 3, 2015 8:00am


There have been three deadly railroad accidents recently in our region: The 2013 derailment in the Bronx that killed four, the 2015 crash in Valhalla, N.Y. that killed six, and a Pennsylvania train crash in May that left eight people dead. After each tragedy, politicians — among them members of Connecticut’s delegation in Washington — proposed legislation intended to prevent similar incidents in the future, knowing their proposed laws will do little to stem the tide of railroad-related deaths.

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June 2, 2015

Firefighters and Police Officers Vow to Fight to the End for Cancer and PTSD Compensation

by Elizabeth Regan | June 2, 2015 7:14pm

Elizabeth Regan Firefighters like Sean Lennon, a 20-year member of the Bristol Fire Department, have been a presence at the state Capitol for at least a month as they’ve lobbied for a bill that would help promote the mental and physical health of first responders.

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Senate Unanimously Passes Bill To Address Use of Excessive Force By Police

by Christine Stuart | June 2, 2015 10:44am

Christine Stuart photo The state Senate unanimously passed legislation Tuesday morning that addresses how the state handles excessive use of force by law enforcement, recording of police activity by private citizens, police training, and recruiting.

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May 31, 2015

Advocates Urge Lawmakers to Pass Bill to Protect Domestic Violence Victims From Gun Violence

by Christine Stuart | May 31, 2015 12:19am

doug hardy photo Lori Jackson’s family traveled to the state Capitol Saturday night in hopes of saving a bill designed to take firearms out of the hands of individuals who receive a restraining order in cases of domestic violence.

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