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January 30, 2018

Solar Industry Reps Say Trump’s 30% Tariff Is Going To Hurt Businesses in Connecticut

by Brian Woodman Jr. | Jan 30, 2018 12:00pm
Posted to: Energy | Environment | Weather | White House

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HARTFORD, CT — Solar industry representatives in Connecticut are dismayed over a new tariff on solar-energy cells and panels.

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January 26, 2018

DC NEWS JUNKIE | Government Shutdown Ended With Recrimination For All

by Peter Urban | Jan 26, 2018 12:09pm
Posted to: Child Welfare | Congress | DC News Junkie | Federal Budget | Health Care | Immigration | Insurance | Public Health | White House | New Haven

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WASHINGTON — Congress this week agreed to a temporary extension of funding to reopen the federal government after a three-day shutdown that the vast majority of the public viewed as “mainly unnecessary.”

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January 22, 2018

Government Shutdown Ends For Now; CT Delegates Split On Vote

by Peter Urban | Jan 22, 2018 7:14pm
Posted to: Child Welfare | Congress | DC News Junkie | Federal Budget | Health Care | White House

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Congress agreed to end a three-day-old government shutdown voting on Monday to approve a temporary spending measure that will keep funds flowing for another three weeks.

The short-term “continuing resolution” passed the Senate 81-18 and the House 266-150 drawing opposition from more liberal Democrats including Connecticut Senators Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy.

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The Republican Tax Plan; Will Connecticut Sue?

by Brian Woodman Jr. | Jan 22, 2018 5:30am
Posted to: Business | Startups | Congress | Housing | Jobs | Legal | Taxes | White House

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HARTFORD, CT — Will Connecticut join other “blue” states in considering legal action against the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act passed by Republicans in late 2017?

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January 19, 2018

OP-ED | As a Father and Teacher, I Find Donald Trump Extremely Disturbing

by Barth Keck | Jan 19, 2018 5:30am
Posted to: Analysis | Child Welfare | Congress | Education | Immigration | Opinion | White House

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I am a father and teacher. I am deeply disturbed by President Donald Trump.

My dismay is not political. Instead, it involves his narcissistic and boorish behavior, underscored most recently by his characterization of Haiti, El Salvador, and African nations as “shithole countries.”

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DC NEWS JUNKIE | Federal Gov’t Shutdown Looms; FEMA to End Aid to Displaced PR Families in CT

by Peter Urban | Jan 19, 2018 5:30am
Posted to: Congress | DC News Junkie | The Economy | Federal Budget | Immigration | White House

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WASHINGTON — Congress struggled this week to reach agreement on a short-term spending bill needed to avoid a partial shutdown of government services at midnight Friday.

The House voted 230-197 Thursday evening in favor of a “continuing resolution” that would fund the government for another month. The issue is now in the Senate where Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has indicated he is prepared to keep members working through the weekend to avoid a shutdown.

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January 10, 2018

Courtney Cheers ACA Open Enrollment Results

by Peter Urban | Jan 10, 2018 11:30am
Posted to: Congress | 2nd CD | DC News Junkie | Health Care | Insurance | White House

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WASHINGTON — Three months after President Donald Trump declared the death of Obamacare, U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney was on the House floor pointing to enrollment gains in Connecticut’s health insurance exchange as evidence that the Affordable Care Act is stable and growing.

“Well, as the famous resident from the state of Connecticut — Mark Twain — once said: rumors of my death have been greatly exaggerated,” Courtney said.

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January 8, 2018

Exchange Enrollment Exceeds ‘Internal Expectations’

by Christine Stuart | Jan 8, 2018 3:31pm
Posted to: Congress | Health Care | Insurance | White House

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HARTFORD, CT — In a year in which there were more challenges to overcome Connecticut’s health insurance exchange, Access Health CT, enrolled 2.3 percent more residents than it did the previous year.

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Connecticut Officials Confident Medical Pot Is Safe From Feds

by Jack Kramer | Jan 8, 2018 5:30am
Posted to: Civil Liberties | Congress | Consumer Protection | Health Care | Jobs | Law Enforcement | Legal | White House | Bethel | Branford | Bristol | Hartford | Milford | Montville | South Windsor | Waterbury

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HARTFORD, CT — While many believe states that have legalized recreational marijuana are being targeted by the Trump administration, what isn’t clear is whether states with medical pot programs, such as Connecticut, are also on the president’s radar screen.

Last week, U.S. Attorney General Jeffrey Sessions rescinded the Cole memo, an Obama-era policy that took a hands-off approach to marijuana in states where it was legal. Instead, federal prosecutors, Sessions wrote, should decide for themselves whether to crack down on marijuana businesses.

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January 5, 2018

DC NEWS JUNKIE | Himes Troubled by Trump’s ‘Nuclear Button’ Taunt

by Peter Urban | Jan 5, 2018 5:30am
Posted to: US Foreign Policy | Congress | DC News Junkie | National Security | White House

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Describing it as a “terrifying” tweet, Representative Jim Himes criticized President Donald Trump for using social media in a way that could potentially provoke a nuclear war with North Korea.

“Why would you want to goad this unpredictable leader of North Korea to maybe demonstrate his capabilities? That would get real very quickly,” Himes told CNN’s Anderson Cooper earlier this week.

Earlier in the day, Trump took to Twitter to respond to Kim Jong-Un’s New Year’s Day address, in which he said the world should accept North Korea’s status as a nuclear-armed country — noting that he had a nuclear launch button at his desk.

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