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Murphy raises gun control – and his profile – at convention

Sen. Chris Murphy addresses the convention on gun control. Read the story here.

PHILADELPHIA — Sen. Chris Murphy’s impassioned, prime time speech on gun control Wednesday helped the Democratic Party showcase its commitment on the issue and helped raise a profile that has been elevated since he led a filibuster on the Senate floor to press GOP leaders to hold votes on gun legislation. Continue Reading →

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Clinton to hold big fundraiser in Stamford

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WASHINGTON – While Hillary Clinton is asking Connecticut residents for votes in Tuesday’s primary election, she also plans to ask them for some campaign cash at a fundraiser Sunday hosted by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and members of the Connecticut congressional delegation in Stamford. Continue Reading →

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Blumenthal big on introducing legislation, bigger on consumer advocacy

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WASHINGTON – Only one other senator co-sponsored more legislation than Sen. Richard Blumenthal in the outgoing Congress — just one indication of the Connecticut Democrat’s energy and broad reach on Capitol Hill. He’s used his position as a member of the majority party in the Senate and his role on key committees to make the most of his political clout. (This is the sixth in a series of stories about the roles each member of the Connecticut congressional delegation played in the 113th Congress.) Continue Reading →

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For Esty, first term tested survival skills

Rep. Elizabeth Esty spent some time earlier this month  with children at a Torrington Child Care Center, later announcing a federal grant she said  will expand access to high-quality, affordable preschool.

WASHINGTON – Days after she won re-election, in a move that was as symbolic as it was practical, U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty and her Capitol Hill staff moved into a new office, an indication she had moved up in seniority and solidified her place in Congress. (This is the fifth in a series of stories about the roles each member of the Connecticut congressional delegation played in the 113th Congress.) Continue Reading →

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Op-Ed: The Sandy Hook failure

Federal law requires public schools to seek out, evaluate, identify and provide services to children with disabilities, including children with serious emotional disturbances. In Adam Lanza’s case, apparently, Newtown’s schools did not. Continue Reading →

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Justice Dept. gives Newtown a $7.1 million victim of crime grant

Washington – A year and a half after the mass shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School, the Justice Department has given the town of Newtown a $7.1 million grant to support victims and their families, first  responders, and community members. This is the latest of several federal grants the town has received to cope with the aftermath of the shooting, which killed 20 first-graders and six educators at the school. Last year, Newtown  received a $1.5 million grant from the Office for Victims of Crime and the Newtown Public School District  has received $3.2 million through the U.S. Department of Education’s School Emergency Response to Violence program. The latest grant also comes the Office for Victims of Crime. A statement from members of Connecticut’s congressional delegation said the money would be used to support victim services — including mental health services –with a portion reserved for school safety efforts. Continue Reading →

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Connecticut General Assembly passes bipartisan gun bill

In emotional back-to-back debates, the Connecticut Senate and House overwhelmingly voted for one of the nation’s most comprehensive gun laws Wednesday and Thursday, a long-awaited response to one of the nation’s worst mass shootings, the Sandy Hook school massacre. The Democrat-dominated legislature passed the sweeping measure with significant Republican support, a rare bipartisan gesture on a political and cultural issue that has divided America, deadlocked Congress and stymied a president who promised strong action. “I want to tell you how proud I am of you and how proud I am to be a member of this General Assembly,” House Minority Leader Lawrence F. Cafero Jr., R-Norwalk, told his colleagues. “Keeping children safe is not a partisan issue — it’s not,” House Majority Leader Joe Aresimowicz, D-Berlin, said as the seven-hour debate ended at 2:26 a.m.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy will sign the bill into law at noon at a public ceremony in the Old Judiciary Room of the Capitol. The Senate vote was 26-10, with 20 of 22 Democrats and six of 14 Republicans in support. Continue Reading →

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