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Challenger Carter steadily attacks, but Blumenthal remains aloof

Sen. Richard Blumenthal, left, and State Rep. Dan Carter

WASHINGTON — The campaign tactics of Sen. Richard Blumenthal and his Republican challenger, state Rep. Dan Carter, are as different as they can be in politics. Blumenthal has largely ignored his challenger, while Carter is waging a death-by-a-thousand-cuts campaign, launching a blizzard of attacks. Continue Reading →

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As some quit exchanges, insurers press for changes in ACA

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WASHINGTON — Aetna’s decision to abandon 11 state Affordable Care Act marketplaces combined with the shrinking participation of other insurers has prompted Washington advocates to look for new ways to strengthen state marketplaces like Connecticut’s Access Health CT. Republicans, meanwhile, have renewed their calls for the ACA's repeal. Continue Reading →

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Malloy, Cuomo face off over dumping in Long Island Sound

Naval Submarine Base New London

WASHINGTON – New York officials say a plan to dump dredged material in eastern Long Island Sound is potentially harmful to the ecology and tourism, but Connecticut supporters say it's key to the state’s economic development and to keeping Naval Submarine Base New London off a base closure list. Continue Reading →

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Opponents organizing to derail new route for high-speed trains

An Amtrak Acela train crosses over the Connecticut River into Old Lyme.

OLD LYME — As federal officials near a decision on a railroad proposal residents are calling destructive and wasteful, about 70 people from across the southeastern Connecticut’s shoreline gathered Friday with local, state and federal lawmakers at a forum at Old Lyme Town Hall to find out how they could help stop it “dead in its tracks.” Continue Reading →

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Trump, Clinton kick off battle for Connecticut

The presumptive nominees.

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WASHINGTON — Donald Trump’s plans to hold a rally in Connecticut this weekend will rev up the campaign season in Connecticut, sharpening the state's focus on the race for the White House. Meanwhile Connecticut Democrats urged state Republicans Friday to repudiate Trump. Continue Reading →

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Blumenthal says he will fight federal GMO labeling restrictions

Sen. Richard Blumenthal speaking in support of funding to research and overcome the Zika virus.

U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., said Thursday he will continue to fight federal preemption of state GMO-labeling laws and plans to introduce legislation to repeal it in the next session. Such legislation would face an uphill fight in Congress. Continue Reading →

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Murphy accuses Trump of Clinton assassination threat

U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy filibusters on the Senate floor Wednesday.

WASHINGTON — GOP White House candidate Donald Trump provoked another uproar Tuesday by saying "Second Amendment people” can stop Hillary Clinton from appointing judges to the Supreme Court – a statement Clinton supporters like Sen. Chris Murphy called an assassination threat. Trump spokesmen said their candidate was referring only to action at the polls. Continue Reading →

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Outgoing Navy secretary still urging a base-closing round

An aerial view of attack submarines USS Virginia, bottom, and USS Connecticut at the Groton submarine base in 2007.

WASHINGTON — Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus said submarines have become more important to the national defense and the Navy has less excess capacity than the other services, but he also said all Navy facilities would be on the table, even sub bases, if there were a new base-closing round. Continue Reading →

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CT Zika-fighting efforts could feel pinch if Congress doesn’t act

The Asian tiger mosquito

WASHINGTON — Connecticut has received nearly $1 million this week from the federal government to combat the Zika virus – enough for now, state officials say, but not if the crisis worsens. Meanwhile, the blame game continues in Washington over who is responsible for holding up more than $1 billion that could bolster states' efforts to fight the disease. Continue Reading →

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