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December 6, 2018

Gun Safety Advocates See Gains in Congress

by Peter Urban | Dec 6, 2018 2:29pm
Posted to: Child Welfare | Civil Liberties | Congress | 5th CD | DC News Junkie | Law Enforcement | Public Health | Public Safety | Newtown

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WASHINGTON — Encouraged by mid-term election gains, gun safety advocates say there will be action in the next Congress to enact “sensible” gun safety legislation that has eluded them since the slaughter six years ago of 20 first graders and six educators at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown.

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December 3, 2018

Blumenthal Urges Cancer Study of 5G Technology

by Christine Stuart | Dec 3, 2018 1:12pm
Posted to: Congress | Consumer Protection

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HARTFORD, CT — (Updated) U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal said 5G technology offers the tremendous promise of higher speed and reliability, but there are no studies of the “health hazards associated with the radio frequency,” of the new technology.

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November 28, 2018

Senate Advances Murphy’s Yemen War Resolution

by Peter Urban | Nov 28, 2018 10:30pm
Posted to: US Foreign Policy | Congress | DC News Junkie | White House

WASHINGTON — The Senate on Wednesday voted to advance a resolution seeking removal of the U.S. Armed Forces from hostilities between a Saudi-led coalition and the Houthis in Yemen — signaling growing disenchantment in Congress with Saudi leadership, fueled in part by the recent murder of a Saudi-born columnist for the Washington Post.

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November 21, 2018

Larson Talks Tunnel Plans for Hartford

by Christine Stuart | Nov 21, 2018 5:30am
Posted to: Congress | 1st CD | Transportation | Hartford

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HARTFORD, CT — U.S. Rep. John B. Larson doesn’t have much time to convince Governor-elect Ned Lamont and his yet-to-be-named Transportation Commissioner that tunneling through Hartford is the best path forward.

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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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