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February 23, 2018

Ridgefield High School Students Reframe DC Gun Debate

by Bhumika Choudhary | Feb 23, 2018 1:34pm
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 5:31am
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 4:30pm
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 19, 2018

Lawmaker Suggests Connecticut’s ‘Risk Warrant’ Gun Seizure Law Would Benefit Florida

by Christine Stuart | Feb 19, 2018 5:30am
Posted to: Civil Liberties | Consumer Protection | Law Enforcement | Public Health | Public Safety | Mental Health Care

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HARTFORD, CT — A Connecticut lawmaker who helped draft the 1999 “risk warrant” legislation suggested Friday that states like Florida would benefit from a law that allows officials to remove a firearm from a home if a court finds the person at a high risk of violence or self-harm.

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February 16, 2018

Pregnant Prisoner Gives Birth in Cell

by Bhumika Choudhary | Feb 16, 2018 10:13pm
Posted to: Civil Liberties | Equality | Health Care | Law Enforcement | Public Safety

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NIANTIC, CT — A female inmate gave birth in her cell early Tuesday morning at the York Correctional Institution, raising questions about the care of pregnant prisoners.

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DC NEWS JUNKIE | Senate Immigration Proposals Flounder; Florida Shooting Draws Outrage

by Peter Urban | Feb 16, 2018 7:30am
Posted to: Civil Liberties | Congress | Corporate Watch | DC News Junkie | Federal Budget | Immigration | Law Enforcement | Public Health | Public Safety | New Britain | Mental Health Care

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WASHINGTON — The Senate this week failed to reach agreement on immigration reform, leaving in doubt the future for about 1.8 million undocumented immigrants who arrived in the United States as children and could face deportation.

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February 1, 2018

OP-ED | When It Comes to Transportation Funding, We’re On Our Own

by Susan Bigelow | Feb 1, 2018 7:00pm
Posted to: Analysis | Economic Development | Opinion | Public Safety | State Budget | Taxes | Transportation | Trade, Transportation, Utilities Sector

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Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced his support for tolls on Connecticut highways this week as part of a package to raise revenue for our creaking transportation system. The usual suspects are angry, but they have no right to be. We’re out of other options.

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January 9, 2018

Malloy Seeks To Ban Bump Stocks In Final Year

by Jack Kramer | Jan 9, 2018 12:53pm
Posted to: Law Enforcement | Public Safety

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MIDDLETOWN, CT — Saying he didn’t want what happened in Las Vegas to happen in Connecticut, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said he will propose legislation to ban the purchase and sale of “rate of fire enhancements,” including bump stocks, binary trigger systems, and trigger cranks.

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January 3, 2018

Malloy Directs State Workforce To Stay Home

by Christine Stuart | Jan 3, 2018 11:56pm
Posted to: Public Safety | Weather

ctnewsjunkie file photo HARTFORD, CT — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy directed first and second shift non-essential state employees to stay home Thursday and not report to work due to the forecasted snow storm.

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January 2, 2018

OP-ED | The Connecticut Juvenile Training School Is A Symbol

by Abby Anderson | Jan 2, 2018 12:07pm
Posted to: Child Welfare | Civil Liberties | Education | Juvenile Justice | Law Enforcement | Opinion | Nonprofits | Public Health | Poverty | Public Safety | Middletown

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As we’ve consistently said during the two-year period since Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced that Connecticut’s prison for boys, the Connecticut Juvenile Training School (CJTS), would close, the goal should not be simply to close a building. In fact, in many ways CJTS is a symbol. It symbolizes what we believe about youth, their capacity to change, and their worth.

In calling for CJTS to close, we are NOT calling for the kids to simply be released home or to be kept in pre-trial detention. We are calling for the development of a juvenile justice system that works for even the most challenging youth with the most unacceptable behaviors.

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