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GOP cuts off Dems’ revolt, CT lawmakers say they won’t quit

John Lewis, center, and John Larson, rear, organized a sit-in. At left, Elizabeth Esty.

Updated at 2 p.m.
WASHINGTON — House Republicans pulled the plug on a revolt by Democrats led by Connecticut Rep. John Larson and civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis by adjourning in the middle of the night for the long July 4th break. Larson and other Democrats vowed to continue fighting for votes on gun control measures. Continue Reading →

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Trump’s fundraising woes extend to Connecticut

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Washington – Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump has raised less than $50,000 in political cash in Connecticut, while Democratic rival Hillary Clinton pulled in $3.6 million, the latest filings with the Federal Elections Commission shows. Trump’s money deficit in the state is in line with the yawning gap with Clinton he has in fundraising across the nation Continue Reading →

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Aetna-Humana, Anthem-Cigna facing different merger obstacles

Aetna headquarters in Hartford

WASHINGTON – So far, Aetna appears to be clearing the regulatory and antitrust hurdles it faces to merge with Humana more easily, while Anthem's proposed marriage to Cigna has faced more troubles. Neither has yet cleared the hurdle of antitrust approval from the U.S. Justice Department. Continue Reading →

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With parting shot at ‘insiders,’ August Wolf folds his campaign

August Wolf, in a red cap inspired by Donald J. Trump, sought signatures from diners at the Prescott Bush dinner last month.

The political adventure of former Olympic shot putter August Wolf ended in failure Tuesday, marked by an email acknowledging he lacks the signatures to force a Republican primary for U.S. Senate, leaving state Rep. Dan Carter as the GOP's uncontested choice to oppose U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, a Democrat. Continue Reading →

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Senate rejects Murphy background-check provision and ‘terror gap’ bill

Sen. Chris Murphy speaks on legislation to expand background checks for gun purchasers.

Updated at 9:28 p.m.
WASHINGTON — For the second time since the slaughter at Sandy Hook Elementary School, the U.S. Senate has rejected an effort to expand FBI background checks of gun purchasers. Lawmakers also killed an effort to bar those on the terrorist watch list from purchasing weapons, as well as two competing GOP proposals. Continue Reading →

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For first time, legislators override a Malloy veto

House Speaker J. Brendan Sharkey as the House votes for the first time to override a veto by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy suffered his first veto overrides Monday, marking a turning point in the Democratic governor's six-year partnership with the General Assembly's Democratic majority. In an election-year distancing from a governor whose approval rating recently sank to 24 percent, the General Assembly overrode the vetoes of three bills and sustained five others. Continue Reading →

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U.S. Supreme Court declines to consider Sandy Hook gun ban

A weapon modified to meeting Connecticut's gun law. It can only use less powerful rimfire ammo,

The U.S. Supreme Court declined without comment Monday to consider a challenge by Connecticut gun owners to gun controls the state passed in response to the shooting deaths of 26 children and staff at Sandy Hook elementary school by a gunman armed with an AR-15, 30-round magazines and high-powered ammo. Continue Reading →

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Appeal denied, Rowland faces his second trip to prison

Former Gov. John G. Rowland inside the U.S. Courthouse in New Haven after arriving for his sentencing Wednesday.

A federal appeals court Friday upheld Gov. John G. Rowland's conviction and 30-month prison sentence for his role in a scheme to solicit two congressional campaigns in 2010 and 2012 to secretly pay him as a political consultant in violation of U.S. campaign finance laws. Continue Reading →

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