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Working Families, charter schools targeted Democrat primaries

Joshua Elliott, center, at the polls. At left is a Working Families field worker.

The Working Families Party was the biggest outside spender on Democratic legislative primaries Tuesday, committing $70,000 for field staff in three winning races, while two charter-school groups provided late support to help Rep. Charlie Stallworth of Bridgeport defeat a prominent opponent of charters, Maria H. Pereira. Continue Reading →

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Congressional scrutiny of fetal tissue research threatens work at UConn, Yale

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WASHINGTON – Justin Cotney uses embryonic tissue for his research as the University of Connecticut health center into why some children develop cleft palate. But the use of fetal tissue from abortions is now coming under attack by conservative Republicans who have been thwarted in their attempt to defund Planned Parenthood. Continue Reading →

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Feds tell states to stop processing food stamp benefits

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WASHINGTON – The state’s 423,000 food stamp recipients could soon be early victims of Washington’s budget crisis. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has instructed the Connecticut Department of Social Services and similar agencies in all of the states to not dispense any October benefits to food stamp recipients “until further notice.” Some $60 million in food aid could hang in the balance, one Connecticut official said. Continue Reading →

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Senate Democrats block Planned Parenthood defunding bill

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WASHINGTON — Senate Democrats on Monday blocked a Republican effort to strip federal funding from Planned Parenthood following the release of undercover videos that have raised questions about the organization’s harvesting of fetal tissue for research laboratories. Continue Reading →

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Senate vote to be first round in drive to defund Planned Parenthood

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WASHINGTON — Connecticut’s Democratic senators may help fend off an attempt in the Senate to defund Planned Parenthood on Monday, but that’s not the end of a GOP campaign that could include the threat of a government shutdown. Continue Reading →

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CT GOP candidates prescribe over-the-counter birth control pills

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WASHINGTON – To counter Democratic attacks that they are soldiers in a “war against women” some GOP candidates across the nation, including at least two in Connecticut, are advocating for changing federal laws to allow the purchase of over-the-counter birth control. Continue Reading →

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