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Thousands from CT heading to D.C. to celebrate – and protest – inauguration

WASHINGTON — The inauguration of President-elect Donald J. Trump and related events may bring a record number of Connecticut residents to Washington, both to support the swearing in of the 45th president and to protest policies they expect him to implement. Continue Reading →

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In Avon, a feeling of unease lingers as inauguration nears

For some, the anxiety is driven by the uncertainty surrounding Trump. But for others, it is the circumstances they have endured over the last eight years that drive it – and they hope Trump will bring solutions. Fourth in a series of visits to Connecticut towns leading up to the inauguration. Continue Reading →

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Malloy: ‘Serious concerns’ about DeVos

WASHINGTON — Gov. Dannel Malloy on Wednesday joined the group of Democrats panning Betsy DeVos, President-elect Donald Trumps’s choice to head the U.S. Department of Education. He said her testimony at a confirmation hearing “causes me to have serious concerns.” Continue Reading →

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Malloy begins making a case for changes to local school funding

Malloy, a Democrat, has been reminding everyone that Connecticut covers the entire cost of municipal teachers’ pensions in both affluent and impoverished school districts, and those costs are escalating quickly. This has left many local leaders worried their overall state aid may be cut to help close the 8 percent deficit in the next state budget. Continue Reading →

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In Ansonia, a shift toward Trump as new symbol of hope

ANSONIA — Donald J. Trump’s message of a strong defense and economic growth resonates in the Naugatuck Valley, a region that’s never recovered from the disappearance of brass mills and other heavy industry. This is the third in a series of visits to Connecticut towns leading up to the inauguration. Continue Reading →

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List of Trump nominees opposed by Blumenthal, Murphy grows

Connecticut’s two U.S. senators, Democrats Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy, said Tuesday they will attend the inauguration Friday of Donald J. Trump as an endorsement of the peaceful transfer of power, even as they plan to fight many of the Republican president-elect’s policies and cabinet choices. Continue Reading →

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In Darien, residents hope Trump will bring economic growth

DARIEN — There is a cautious optimism about the next four years in much of lower Fairfield County. Many residents are hopeful that President-elect Donald J. Trump will usher in an era of economic growth not seen over the last eight years. This is the second in a series of visits to Connecticut towns leading up to the inauguration. Continue Reading →

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In East Haven, a split on what kind of change Trump will bring

As President-elect Donald J. Trump prepares to be sworn in Friday, a middle-aged woman who cast her first presidential for Trump is ready to celebrate him as the new Ronald Reagan. An unemployed landscaper just hopes Trump can bring him a job. This is the first in a series of reports on visits to Connecticut towns leading up to the inauguration. Continue Reading →

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Blumenthal calls Sessions hostile to civil rights, will oppose confirmation

WASHINGTON — Sen. Richard Blumenthal said Thursday that he will oppose the confirmation of fellow Sen. Jeff Sessions as U.S. attorney general because his colleague from Alabama has a record that “reflects a hostility and antipathy and downright opposition to civil rights.” Continue Reading →

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