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Blumenthal sounds alarm over ACA protections

Sen. Richard Blumenthal on Thursday promoted a key Democratic strategy to try to block President Donald Trump’s choice to fill a vacancy on the Supreme Court,  warning the candidate would roll back the  Affordable Care Act’s popular guarantee of health coverage for people with pre-existing conditions. Continue Reading →

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Hayes, a passionate educator running for Congress in an outsider’s year

Jahana Hayes took 19 high school students to California during Spring Break this year to help build a Habitat for Humanity house in an area decimated by forest fires and had an epiphany – she should run for Congress.“I wanted to give those kids a voice,” said Hayes, who would be the first black woman Connecticut sends to Congress.
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Access Health CT enrollment rose, along with premiums

WASHINGTON – A new federal report shows that enrollment in Connecticut’s Affordable Care Act marketplace increased this year, even as the cost of health insurance rose sharply. The report also said that 75 percent of those purchasing insurance through Access Health CT get federal help in paying for their premiums. Continue Reading →

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Lamont entrusts message to ‘high-risk, high-reward’ ad maker

Different races, different times, different messages. Ned Lamont hired an outsider to frame his antiwar U.S. Senate campaign in 2006 and a mainstream Democratic ad man in his more conventional run for governor in 2010. This year, Lamont has hired Mark Putnam, a big gun in political advertising with a client list topped by Barack Obama. Democrats are waiting to see if Putnam’s firm can find a fresh take on a gubernatorial candidate one Republican already has branded as “Retread Ned.” Continue Reading →

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CT senators say Trump administration blocked visit with immigrant kids

Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy say they were prevented by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services from touring a facility in Groton on Friday that houses immigrant children. “This denial of access to a facility in our own state is outrageous, and we will keep doing everything we can to support Noank and to reunite these kids with their families,” the senators said. Continue Reading →

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CT Dems seek political boost from Supreme Court fight

WASHINGTON – The prospect of a bruising battle over a Supreme Court nominee will permeate many political campaigns this year, including some in Connecticut, where Democrats are using the prospect of another Trump-appointed justice as an issue that will help them organize and raise money. Continue Reading →

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Despite investigation, Obsitnik not giving up on public financing

The Republican gubernatorial campaign of Steve Obsitnik said Friday that the investigation opened Wednesday by the State Elections Enforcement Commission does not rule out eventual approval of its application for $1.35 million in public financing under the Citizens’ Election Program. But Obsitnik’s campaign manager also conceded it has no contingency if the money is not approved in coming weeks. Continue Reading →

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House okays defense bill, but rejects Courtney’s sub bid

Washington – The U.S. House on Thursday rejected Rep. Joe Courtney’s bid to require the Pentagon to spend an additional $1 billion this year for additional Virginia-class submarines made by Electric Boat, a move strongly opposed by the Defense Department. The Pentagon successfully argued that spending more on the Electric Boat-made subs would siphon off funds from other military priorities.
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Murphy says GOP should adhere to ‘Merrick rule’ with new Supreme Court pick

Washington — President Donald Trump has not named a replacement for Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, who announced his retirement Wednesday, but that hasn’t stopped Sen. Chris Murphy from saying he’ll block the president’s pick. Continue Reading →

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DeLauro: Republicans are ‘cowards’ for postponing bill to address immigrant family separations

WASHINGTON — Rep. Rosa DeLauro on Tuesday accused Republican members of an appropriations committee of “cowardice” because they postponed consideration of a bill Democrats planned to amend with provisions targeting the separation of immigrant families at the border. A GOP spokeswoman said there just hasn’t been enough time to consider the bill. Continue Reading →

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