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Obama budget would cut Black Hawks, F-35s, boost Pell grants, Head Start

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WASHINGTON — President Obama’s 2017 proposed budget, released Tuesday, would sharply cut funding for Connecticut -made Sikorsky Black Hawk helicopters and trim the number of F-35s the Pentagon would buy, while boosting spending on certain domestic priorities. Continue Reading →

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3 GOP challengers looking to oust Esty

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WASHINGTON-- Rep. Elizabeth Esty's latest Republican challengers may not have Andrew Roraback’s name recognition or Mark Greenberg’s wealth, but they are all determined to win the right to represent the 5th District in Congress and change the composition of Connecticut’s all-Democratic congressional delegation. They are Matt Maxwell of Sandy Hook, Clay Cope of Sherman and John Pistone of Brookfield. Continue Reading →

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Key CT lawmakers open to making women sign up for the draft

U.S. Army 1st Lt. Elyse Ping Medvigy conducts a call-for-fire during an artillery shoot south of Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, in 2014.

WASHINGTON — Sen. Richard Blumenthal and Rep. Joe Courtney, both members of armed services committees in Congress, say they are open to requiring young women to sign up for the draft. The issue has come under debate after two senior military officials said they supported extending the draft to women. Continue Reading →

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CT fighting move to give Long Island Sound waters to New York, Rhode Island

The image from the DEEP's site explaining its striped bass fishing program.

WASHINGTON – Connecticut’s lawmakers and state officials are trying to derail a bill would take about 150 square miles of Long Island Sound waters from federal government control and give that authority to New York and Rhode Island, a move that could hurt the state's fishermen. Continue Reading →

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CT lawmakers ask food stores to ban ‘open carry’ of guns

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WASHINGTON – As part of a ramped-up gun safety campaign, Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy and U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty have asked the Connecticut Food Association to implement a gun "open carry" ban in the state’s retail stores. “Customers should feel safe while shopping," the lawmakers said.
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CT lawmakers help Dems hone strategy, message

Rep. Elizabeth Esty joins Rep. Matt Cartwright (PA-17) in honoring Vice President Joe Biden.

BALTIMORE – Connecticut lawmakers are gathering here with their House Democratic colleagues to network and plan strategy in a key political year for their party. Connecticut’s all-Democratic House delegation has been in the minority since 2011 and likely will continue to be after November’s elections.
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Congress takes aim at epidemic of opioid abuse

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WASHINGTON — After states have spent years grappling with the problem, Congress may finally address the epidemic of heroin use and abuse of prescription pain killers which has affected Connecticut and the rest of New England more than much of the country. Continue Reading →

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CT mayors network, seek money and meet the Obamas in D.C.

Trumbull First Selectman Tim Herbst, left, was among the Connecticut mayors and town leaders in Washington, D.C, to network with their peers and rub shoulders with the President. In this photo also are  Lucia Rilling and Norwalk Mayor Harry Rillin and, at right,, Bristol Mayor Ken Cockayne.

WASHINGTON -- Connecticut’s mayors made their annual pilgrimage to Washington this week, looking for money, connections and ideas. The three-day conference, cut short for many by the prospect of a historic blizzard expected to hit Washington tomorrow, is a rare chance to meet President Obama, and much of his cabinet. Continue Reading →

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