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Murphy joins growing Democratic chorus urging Franken to resign

WASHINGTON — Sen. Chris Murphy on Wednesday joined more than half the Senate’s Democrats in  calling on Sen. Al Franken to resign, a movement that picked up steam after a sixth woman accused the Minnesota Democrat of improper sexual advances. Sen. Richard Blumenthal said he is withholding comment until Franken makes a scheduled announcement Thursday. Continue Reading →

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Shays wrote the law, but wants reform of Congress’s sexual harassment policy

Former Connecticut Rep. Chris Shays, who sponsored the House bill that established the Office of Compliance 20 years ago, said secret settlements weren’t the goal of his legislation. He wants the House rules changed to increase transparency and shift responsibility for payouts to the accused. Continue Reading →

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CT senators say they will give Franken donations to charity

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Capitol was gripped this week by allegations of sexual wrongdoing against GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore and Minnesota Democratic Sen. Al Franken, leading many lawmakers, including Connecticut’s senators to distance themselves from those accused of misconduct.  While GOP senators said Moore should quit the Senate race, Democrats, including Chris Murphy and Richard Blumenthal, said they would give political cash received from Franken to charity. Continue Reading →

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CT lawmakers call for Sessions’ resignation

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WASHINGTON — Connecticut Democratic lawmakers joined a growing chorus of their colleagues Thursday calling for the resignation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, citing his testimony under oath denying he had contacts with Russian officials during the presidential campaign. Continue Reading →

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Blumenthal, others grill Aetna, Anthem chiefs about mergers

WASHINGTON – Skeptical members of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday questioned Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini and Anthem CEO Joseph Swedish about their plans to merge with other large insurers, citing concerns about the consolidation’s impact on consumers. Continue Reading →

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