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March 20, 2018

Trump’s Tough Talk On Opioids Praised and Panned

by Jack Kramer | Mar 20, 2018 5:30am
Posted to: Civil Liberties | Congress | Federal Budget | Law Enforcement | White House

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President Donald Trump traveled Monday to New Hampshire — one of the states hit hardest by the opioid epidemic — to unveil his latest plan to beat back the drug scourge including seeking the death penalty for what he termed “big pushers.”

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March 16, 2018

DC NEWS JUNKIE | Congress Takes ‘Incremental’ Step on School Safety

by Peter Urban | Mar 16, 2018 5:29am
Posted to: Business | US Foreign Policy | International Trade | Child Welfare | Congress | DC News Junkie | The Economy | Military Spending | National Security | White House

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As thousands of high school students protested Congress’s lack of action on gun safety measures a month after the Parkland high school mass shooting, the House on Wednesday approved spending additional money for training to recognize mental health issues, threat reporting systems, and security equipment.

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March 15, 2018

Work Requirements For Medicaid Exposes Ideological Divide

by Christine Stuart | Mar 15, 2018 3:04pm
Posted to: DC News Junkie | Health Care | Insurance | Jobs | Public Health | White House

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HARTFORD, CT — There are 800,000 Medicaid recipients in Connecticut, but 72 percent of them would not be impacted by a Medicaid work waiver because they are children under 19, adults over 65, persons with disabilities, or employed. 

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March 2, 2018

DC NEWS JUNKIE | Trump Calls For Action On Gun Safety, Mental Health

by Peter Urban | Mar 2, 2018 6:30am
Posted to: US Foreign Policy | Child Welfare | Civil Liberties | Congress | DC News Junkie | Law Enforcement | National Security | Public Health | Poverty | Public Safety | White House

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President Donald Trump this week called on Congress to swiftly approve “one great piece of legislation” to prevent gun violence during a televised White House meeting with lawmakers that included Connecticut’s Chris Murphy and Elizabeth Esty.

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February 26, 2018

Commission Chairman: Sandy Hook Report Could Provide Florida With A Framework

by Christine Stuart | Feb 26, 2018 6:30am
Posted to: Congress | Education | Health Care | Law Enforcement | Nonprofits | Public Safety | White House | Newtown

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HARTFORD, CT — Labor Commissioner Scott Jackson, who chaired the Sandy Hook Commission when he was mayor of Hamden, said Friday that there’s nothing he’s heard so far about the Parkland shooting that wasn’t referenced in the Sandy Hook report released in 2015.

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February 23, 2018

Ridgefield High School Students Reframe DC Gun Debate

by Bhumika Choudhary | Feb 23, 2018 2:34pm
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 6:31am
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 5:30pm
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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National Popular Vote Proponents Say New Poll Shows Support

by Jack Kramer | Feb 21, 2018 1:09pm
Posted to: Election 2016 | Election Policy | White House

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HARTFORD, CT — Armed with a new statewide poll that shows Connecticut voters support joining the National Popular Vote compact supporters made what seems to be a perennial pitch.

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February 20, 2018

DC NEWS JUNKIE | No Guarantee Congress Will Act to Strengthen Background Checks

by Peter Urban | Feb 20, 2018 9:14pm
Posted to: Congress | 5th CD | DC News Junkie | White House | Newtown

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WASHINGTON — With President Donald Trump now on board, it would seem a no-brainer that Congress would swiftly approve legislation to strengthen the federal background check system as proposed by Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn of Texas and Senator Chris Murphy of Connecticut.

Think again.

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