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July 21, 2017

OP-ED | Post-Accountability: Now, The Buck Stops Nowhere

by Barth Keck | July 21, 2017 5:30am

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Post-accountability. That’s the word I predicted would be 2017’s “word of the year.” It seemed a reasonable follow-up to last year’s winners.

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July 17, 2017

Himes Calls For More White House Press Briefings

by Christine Stuart | July 17, 2017 11:30am

Ctnewsjunkie file photo There have been fewer on-camera press briefings over the past few months at the White House as animosity between the Trump administration and the news media has increased, but U.S. Rep. Jim Himes would like to see more.

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July 6, 2017

Connecticut Joins Lawsuit Against DeVos, Education Department

by Christine Stuart | July 6, 2017 12:40pm

ctnewsjunkie file photo HARTFORD, CT — Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen is joining 18 other attorneys general in suing U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and the U.S. Education Department for abandoning a rule to hold colleges and universities accountable for abusive practices that helped them capitalize on federal student loans.

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Merrill Won’t Comply With Trump Commission Request For Voter Information

by Christine Stuart | July 6, 2017 5:30am

ctnewsjunkie file photo HARTFORD, CT — Connecticut Secretary of the State Denise Merrill, said she’s concluded that complying with a request for information from President Donald Trump’s commission investigating the integrity of the 2016 election “is not in the best interest of Connecticut residents.”

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July 5, 2017

Advocates Say Political Climate Is Contributing To LGBTQ Discrimination

by Christine Stuart | July 5, 2017 3:05pm

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — It wasn’t necessarily a call for more legislation Wednesday, but it was a call to action at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford.

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June 30, 2017

States’ Medicaid Spending To Increase Under Senate Bill: Report

by Stephanie Kelly, Reuters | June 30, 2017 5:30am

WASHINGTON, DC — The now-delayed U.S. Senate healthcare overhaul bill would boost state spending on Medicaid by $565 million in 2022, according to an independent report issued earlier this week, while credit agencies said it would cause states to face downward pressure on their credit ratings.

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June 23, 2017

Connecticut Senators Work To Derail Republican Health Care Proposal

by Christine Stuart | June 23, 2017 11:59am

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT— It fundamentally alters the Medicaid program, rolls back protections for women, children, the disabled, and patients with preexisting conditions, and according to one U.S. Senator is “even meaner”  than the House version.

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OP-ED | School Year in Review: DeVos Receives Failing Grade

by Barth Keck | June 23, 2017 5:30am

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Another school year has come to an end. As I look back, one persistent image in my mind is U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos using a Congressional testimony to dismiss East Hartford High School as “nothing more than adult day care ... a dangerous daycare.”

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OP-ED | Protect Contraceptive Access in Connecticut

by Sarah Croucher | June 23, 2017 12:01am

In January, female legislators in Connecticut proposed bills that would protect copay-free access to birth control for insurance plans in our state.

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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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