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March 22, 2017

Doctor’s Testimony Challenges Lawmakers Support For Legalizing Marijuana

by Christine Stuart | March 22, 2017 4:00pm

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — Supporters of legalizing marijuana were put on the defensive Wednesday by almost two hours of testimony offered by Dr. Deepak Cyril D’Souza, a professor of psychiatry at Yale University School of Medicine and director of neuropsychiatry at the VA Connecticut Healthcare System.

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OP-ED | Proposed Husky Cuts Could Have A Devastating Impact On Patients In Need

by Craig Glover and Ludwig Spinelli | March 22, 2017 5:30am

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As the CEOs of two local Federally Qualified Health Centers, both of which have a mission of treating every patient who comes to us regardless of ability to pay, we have grave concerns regarding Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s plans to dramatically scale back coverage under the state’s HUSKY plan in this year’s budget proposal.

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March 20, 2017

Malloy Is Pushing, Again, For Bail Reform

by Jack Kramer | March 20, 2017 11:25pm

Jack Kramer / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is renewing his efforts to eliminate the need for bail for low-level offenses.

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March 17, 2017

Esty Helps Lead Opposition To Bill Removing Veterans’ Health Records from Gun Background Checks

by Christine Stuart | March 17, 2017 5:00am

ctnewsjunkie file photo WASHINGTON — The U.S. House passed a bill Thursday that would give veterans — previously unable to purchase firearms because of a mental health diagnosis — access to firearms.

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March 16, 2017

Democratic Lawmakers Aim To Strengthen Hate Crime Penalties, Forget To Include Republicans

by Christine Stuart | March 16, 2017 2:11pm

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — A group of Democratic lawmakers said Thursday that hate has no place in Connecticut and it’s necessary to pass legislation that strengthens hate crime laws.

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March 15, 2017

Connecticut’s Top Law Enforcement Officer Says Gun Permit Bill Doesn’t Offend the Constitution

by Jack Kramer | March 15, 2017 12:57pm

Jack Kramer / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT - Allowing police officers to ask gun owners to show their permits if they are openly carrying their weapons isn’t an infringement of their rights in the eyes of Chief State’s Attorney Kevin Kane.

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March 7, 2017

Debate On Recreational Marijuana Takes Center Stage

by Jack Kramer | March 7, 2017 3:24pm

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — Tuesday was “pot day” at the state Capitol. Depending on which room you were in at the Legislative Office Building views on legalizing recreational cannabis couldn’t have been more conflicting.

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OP-ED | Other States Should Follow Malloy’s Lead in Protecting Transgender Students

by Samantha Carter Kneeland | March 7, 2017 11:00am

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My name is Samantha Carter Kneeland and I am a transgender woman. I am 21 years old. I make music and enjoy watching horror movies. I own two dogs that I take on walks every day through my neighborhood. Usually, while I’m on my walks, people stop to say hello. A woman working at the local Panini restaurant knows my favorite order. My fashion idol is Wednesday Addams. Sometimes, I need to use the bathroom.

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March 2, 2017

OP-ED | Savings Over Safety Just Won’t Work

by Glenn Terlecki | March 2, 2017 10:00am

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Since 1971 the UConn Health Fire Department has been the premier fire department in the Farmington Valley. The Department responds to over 2,000 emergency calls annually and was the first fire department in the State to have a paramedic response service, but now, they are scheduled for closure. The decision to shut down the fire department comes at a time when the State of Connecticut struggles to rein in a $1.7 billion budget gap. While State lawmakers argue over partisan politics and who’s to blame for the state’s fiscal deficit, UConn Health officials have apparently figured out who’s at fault for their own budget woes; 16 career firefighters.

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February 22, 2017

Solitary Confinement Cell Makes Its Way To The State Capitol

by Christine Stuart | February 22, 2017 6:30am

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie He was just one of many Tuesday left by themselves under a fluorescent light in a small cell with a bunk, but unlike the estimated 80,000 inmates nationwide in solitary confinement, Sen. Gary Winfield, D-New Haven, was able to leave after two hours.

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