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November 19, 2018

Blumenthal Challenges Whitaker Appointment In Court

by Peter Urban | Nov 19, 2018 3:58pm
Posted to: Congress | Courts | DC News Junkie | Legal | White House

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WASHINGTON — U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal on Monday filed a legal challenge to President Donald Trump’s appointment of Matthew Whitaker as acting Attorney General, claiming it violates the U.S. Constitution’s Appointments Clause.

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November 15, 2018

Murphy Seeks Protections for Students from Seclusion and Restraint

by Peter Urban | Nov 15, 2018 5:30am
Posted to: Child Welfare | Congress | DC News Junkie | Education

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WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Chris Murphy introduced legislation Wednesday to strictly limit schools from physical restraining students and prohibit schools from placing students in seclusion.

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TBT: Senate Democrats Last Leadership Battle – 1994

by Peter Urban | Nov 15, 2018 5:30am
Posted to: Congress | DC News Junkie

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WASHINGTON – Senate Democrats unanimously agreed on Wednesday to continue with their same leadership team headed by New York Senator Chuck Schumer – marking yet another in a series of leadership elections for the caucus that were decided without a fight.

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November 8, 2018

OP-ED | Amid The Chaos Of Trump and 2018, Lamont Offers A Glimmer Of Hope

by Terry Cowgill | Nov 8, 2018 8:30pm
Posted to: Analysis | Congress | Election 2018 | Opinion | SCOTUS | White House | Greenwich

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For Connecticut’s political watchers, the chaotic Trump presidency and the state’s dire fiscal condition have conspired to consume so much of our attention that we’ve scarcely had time to brush our teeth.

But Tuesday’s elections proved an especially enervating experience and one that could have a profound effect on the state and the nation. The so-called “blue wave” that was supposed to sweep the nation was modest, given the fact that Republicans increased their majority in the Senate. Still, Democrats took over the House and they flipped seven governor’s seats.

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November 7, 2018

Hayes Coasts to 5th District Victory

by John F. Silver | Nov 7, 2018 1:07am
Posted to: Congress | 5th CD | DC News Junkie | Election 2018

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WATERBURY — Democrat Jahana Hayes finished her meteoric ascent from national Teacher of the Year to the halls of Congress on Tuesday night, beating former Meriden mayor and Republican nominee Manny Santos for the open 5th Congressional District seat.

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November 6, 2018

Murphy Easily Wins Re-election

by Jack Kramer | Nov 6, 2018 9:50pm
Posted to: Congress | Election 2018

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HARTFORD, CT — U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy easily won a second term Tuesday night defeating Republican challenger Matthew Corey.

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Connecticut Delegation Returns With House Majority Likely

by Peter Urban | Nov 6, 2018 3:27pm
Posted to: Congress | DC News Junkie | Election 2018 | White House

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WASHINGTON (Updated 10:30 p.m.) — The Connecticut delegation to Congress remained solidly Democratic following Tuesday’s mid-term elections as the party appeared poised to wrest control of the House away from Republicans.

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November 2, 2018

OP-ED | Enough

by Susan Bigelow | Nov 2, 2018 4:00am
Posted to: Analysis | Child Welfare | Civil Liberties | Congress | Election 2018 | Equality | Ethics | Opinion | White House

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I’ve had enough. Here’s a short list of all of the things I’ve had enough of, starting in January, 2017:

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November 1, 2018

While State Offices Are Hotly Contested, Connecticut’s Congressional Races Are Ho-Hum Affairs

by Peter Urban | Nov 1, 2018 4:00am
Posted to: Campaign Finance | Congress | 1st CD | 2nd CD | 3rd CD | 4th CD | 5th CD | DC News Junkie | Election 2018

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WASHINGTON — With all eyes in Connecticut on the battle for governor and control of the state Senate, there is little — if anything — to see on the federal level as Democrats are expected to easily retain control of the state’s delegation to Congress.

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October 26, 2018

OP-ED | Read the Answers to Candidate Surveys; It May Make you Feel Better

by Susan Bigelow | Oct 26, 2018 4:00am
Posted to: Analysis | Congress | Election 2018 | Opinion | State Capitol | Transparency

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Every election season, news organizations and various interest groups send surveys to candidates to get them them to take actual positions on issues that matter. The responses are worth our time. Not just because we should be informed about who we’re voting for, but because sometimes we need to remember that, away from the soul-draining destructiveness of our national political and cultural war, democracy is still real.

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