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Gun control advocates optimistic new Congress will act on their agenda

WASHINGTON – Every year gun control activists from Newtown gather here to condemn congressional inaction on legislation they think will keep Americans safe. This year the mood at the gathering was quite different as gun control advocates are counting on the support of new members who ran — and won — on gun control and helped flip the U.S. House to Democratic control.. Continue Reading →

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Advocates place gun storage measure among top legislative priorities

A measure to tighten Connecticut’s firearm storage law is expected to be on a shortlist of gun reform bills tackled in the upcoming legislative session. The proposal will likely come amid advocates’ attempts to shepherd other legislation banning untraceable ghost guns and 3D-printed plastic guns through the legislative process. Continue Reading →

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Blumenthal sues to block Whitaker serving as U.S. Attorney General

WASHINGTON – Sen. Richard Blumenthal joined two other Senate Democrats on Monday in suing to block Matthew Whitaker from serving as President Donald Trump’s acting attorney general. The lawsuit argues that the Constitution’s Appointments Clause requires that the Senate confirm high-level federal government officials, including the Attorney General, before they exercise the duties of the office. Continue Reading →

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Blumenthal: Sessions ‘resignation’ a ‘breaking glass’ moment

WASHINGTON – Sen. Richard Blumenthal, who has sponsored legislation aimed at protecting special counsel Bob Mueller, angrily denounced President Donald Trump’s replacement of Attorney General Jeff Session with Matthew Whitaker, a Justice Department employee who thinks Mueller has exceeded his powers. Continue Reading →

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Gubernatorial candidates split on justice reforms, but quietly

Overlooked in a campaign consumed by fiscal issues, criminal-justice reforms enacted by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy are a quiet wedge issue in the race to succeed him, with Republican Bob Stefanowski taking advice from the governor’s loudest critic on crime, Sen. Len Suzio of Meriden. Democrat Ned Lamont and independent Oz Griebel say Malloy got this one right. Continue Reading →

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Herbst threatens to sue Malloy over Griswold firing range

Tim Herbst, a former Republican gubernatorial candidate, sent a cease-and-desist letter Wednesday to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, threatening legal action should his lame-duck administration try to close on the purchase of land for a controversial State Police firing range at Pachaug State Forest in Griswold. Herbst represents property owners. Continue Reading →

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CT officials defend opposition of court-ordered mental health treatment

Connecticut recently received an “F” grade in a national report for being one of three states that doesn’t allow the courts to order people with mental illnesses to comply with outpatient treatment. But Miriam Delphin-Rittmon, commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, and other key mental health care advocates wouldn’t have it any other way. Continue Reading →

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Fate of state’s school integration efforts rests with federal judge

BRIDGEPORT — A federal judge will soon determine whether his court should get involved in how the state awards enrollment to students in high-performing magnet schools located throughout Connecticut. At issue is whether the lottery’s algorithm – which is designed to limit enrollment of black and Hispanic students in a school to 75 percent – is discriminatory, and therefore a violation of the U.S. Constitution. Continue Reading →

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