Washington Watch, Week of Aug. 24

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President Obama returns from his two-week vacation in Cape Cod, but Congress remains on its summer break. That does not mean Connecticut lawmakers won’t be busy. Rep. Jim Himes, D-5th District, continues his “17 Towns in 17 Days Tour” and other state politicians will be touching base with constituents, too. Continue Reading →

DGA puts $1.25 million into Connecticut affiliate to oppose Foley

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The Democratic Governors Association has made its first major expenditure supporting the 2014 re-election of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, giving $1.25 million to its Connecticut affiliate for television ads attacking the Republican nominee, Tom Foley. Its first ad takes viewers back to Fusion Paperboard in Sprague, where Foley went to criticize Malloy's economic policies, but ended up in an argument with a local official and workers. Continue Reading →

Suicide with a gun twice as likely as homicide — about 50 people per day

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LAS VEGAS — Americans are twice as likely to die from turning guns on themselves as they are to be murdered with one. A national News21 analysis of 2012 data found 18,602 firearm suicides in 44 states compared with about 9,655 firearm homicides in 49 states. That means at least 50 people died per day from firearm suicide; 26 died from firearm homicides. Gun shops and ranges in areas with high rates of suicide are teaming up with prevention specialists to prevent firearm suicides. Range employees are learning the warning signs of suicide to stop mentally unstable people from getting their hands on guns. Continue Reading →