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Amid Democratic discord, Malloy takes reins of party platform committee

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy seemed to make amends with the Bernie Sanders campaign at the Democratic Party Platform Committee meeting in Orlando, Fla., Friday.

Gov. Dannel Malloy presided Friday over the Democratic Platform Committee meeting in Orlando, Fla., an event held under the pall of the shooting deaths of five police officers the night before in Dallas and shootings this week by police officers of black men in Minnesota and Louisiana. The platform is usually overshadowed by the drama of officially nominating candidates for president and vice president at the convention. But not this year. Continue Reading →

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Obama puts CT accomplishments on national ‘to do’ list

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and first lady Michelle Obama at the State of the Union address.

WASHINGTON — In his State of the Union speech, President Obama’s “to do” list was much like Connecticut’s “already done” list. “I’ll keep pushing for progress on the work that still needs doing,” the president said. “Protecting kids from gun violence, equal pay for equal work, paid leave, raising the minimum wage.” Continue Reading →

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In the news: Pacific trade pact, Sikorsky sale, billions for CT defense firms

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Congress approved billions for Connecticut defense projects; Sen. Richard Blumenthal stepped up his campaign fundraising with attacks on CNBC commentator Larry Kudlow; Lockheed Martin got the last approval it needed to finalize its purchase of Sikorsky; and the White House released the text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Continue Reading →

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CT lawmakers push back on pharmaceutical issue in TPP

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WASHINGTON – As negotiators for a massive Pacific Rim trade pact meet in Maui for a final round of talks, Connecticut lawmakers are pressing for changes they say will keep the price of key medicines affordable for patients who need them overseas and in the United States. Continue Reading →

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Himes splits with CT Dems to vote for trade bill again, and this time it counts

U.S. Rep. Jim Himes

WASHINGTON – Rep. Jim Himes on Thursday was the only Connecticut lawmaker to vote for a bill that would give President Obama “fast track” authority to negotiate a trade pact with 11 other Pacific Rim nations. He had cast a similar vote last week, but this time it counted. Continue Reading →

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Labor vows political fallout from Himes trade stance

U.S. Rep. Jim Himes

WASHINGTON — Rep. Jim Himes is in Germany with President Obama for the G-7 meeting of major world economic powers, evidence of the president’s success in influencing key members of his party to vote for a trade measure considered a poison pill for most Democrats. Immediately, organized labor said there would be a political price to pay for Himes’ support on the trade bill. Continue Reading →

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