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House Democrats block GOP bid to require votes on labor deals

In the first partisan fight of 2017, Democrats in the House of Representatives blocked a Republican proposal Wednesday that would have ended a longstanding practice of approving state employee contracts without a vote. Continue Reading →

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CT Dems joined national Democrats in gun-control fundraising pitch

WASHINGTON — Republicans vying to unseat Connecticut Democrats say they are outraged by the attempt to raise political cash from what they characterized as exploitation of the mass shooting in Orlando earlier this month. Meanwhile, the Connecticut Democratic Party accused the GOP candidates of using their outrage to avoid taking a position on the gun control legislation at the center of the controversy. Continue Reading →

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Confederate flag debate roils Congress

WASHINGTON – As South Carolina prepared to take the historic step of removing the Confederate battle flag from its capitol building, members of Congress on Thursday engaged in a bitter dispute over the controversial emblem. “It was bizarre,” said Rep. Jim Himes, D-4th District. Continue Reading →

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Op-ed: CT Lawmakers: Don’t forget bill that widens ‘step therapy’

The Connecticut General Assembly has just six weeks left in its 2014 legislative session, with limited time set aside for votes on a number of important bills. As our state’s leaders work to complete their business for the year, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) and its Connecticut Chapter hope that one bill in particular won’t be forgotten: S.B. 394, designed to improve the safety of an insurance practice called step therapy. Continue Reading →

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