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Hayes not your typical freshman, will join group of black lawmakers with growing influence

WASHINGTON – When she’s sworn into the next Congress, Rep.-elect Jahana Hayes will not be your typical freshman lawmaker with limited influence. Instead, she will be joining a group with the outsized clout — and the ability to potentially block Nancy Pelosi’s bid to be re-elected Speaker of the House. Continue Reading →

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Hayes would be a minority within a minority in Congress

If Jahana Hayes succeeds in winning a seat in Congress, she will be in a select group of minority lawmakers who represent overwhelmingly white majority districts. Hayes garnered substantial support among white Democrats, winning towns in the district with few minority residents, like Goshen, Litchfield and Southbury, by more than 66 percent of the vote. Continue Reading →

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O’Neill says she’ll use ‘guts’ and life experience to win Esty’s seat

Ruby Corby O’Neill says she’s a unique candidate in Connecticut GOP politics. “Republicans traditionally have not been successful with Latinos and women, and I am both.” She says her “guts” and independence will help propel her to Congress.
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Blumenthal v Trump to get its day in court

Washington – A federal court will hear a case this week spearheaded by Sen. Richard Blumenthal and joined by dozens of congressional Democrats that says President Donald Trump has violated the U.S. Constitution by failing to seek and obtain the consent of Congress before accepting benefits from foreign states. “The argument on Thursday will put to the test the argument that no one is above the law,” Blumenthal said. Continue Reading →

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Santos, early out of the gate for Esty’s seat, has tough race ahead

Manny Santos, a former Marine and the state Republican party’s endorsed choice to break the Democratic deadlock on Connecticut’s representation in Congress, hopes to win Rep. Elizabeth Esty’s seat with a traditional GOP message of lower taxes and fewer regulations. But he first has to beat other Republicans who want the party’s nomination instead. Continue Reading →

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Shannon Kula, a Democrat, declares for Esty’s seat

Shannon Kula, a former U.S. Senate aide, on Wednesday became the third Democrat, all women, to announce a run for the open 5th District Congressional seat, making a late entrance that will require her to petition for a place in the August primary. She faces a deadline of June 12 to gather signatures from two percent of registered Democrats in the district. Continue Reading →

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Newtown group asks Ryan for action as gun control heats up as campaign issue

The Newtown Action Alliance, a gun-control group formed after the  Sandy Hook shooting of December, has demanded House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., allow votes on dozens of gun control bills that run the gamut from an assault weapons ban to establishing federal funding research on gun violence. Continue Reading →

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CT lawmakers ask Malloy to help shore up Obamacare

WASHINGTON — With little hope of shoring up the Affordable Care Act in Washington, congressional Democrats, including the members of Connecticut’s delegation to the U.S. House, are asking governors and state legislatures to help. But Connecticut may be limited in what it will do to strengthen Obamacare or shield it from attempts to gut it.  Continue Reading →

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Barden, Hockley say they won’t run for Esty’s seat

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WASHINGTON – Sandy Hook Promise founders Nicole Hockley and Mark Barden on Friday said they have decided against running for Rep. Elizabeth Esty’s congressional seat. Meanwhile, former Newtown Rabbi Shaul Praver announced his intention to enter the race. Continue Reading →

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CT tax chief slams key GOP lawmaker over online sales tax issue

WASHINGTON – Kevin Sullivan, Connecticut’s Commissioner of Revenue Services, lashed out at the Republican head of a key congressional committee on Friday, accusing the lawmaker of bottling up a bill that would help Connecticut and other states collect taxes from online purchases. Continue Reading →

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‘Enough is Enough,’ CT marchers tell Washington

WASHINGTON — The March for Our Lives attracted thousands of students and supporters from Connecticut and hundreds of thousands from across the nation demanding change – not only in the nation’s gun laws but the makeup of Congress. Organized by students after 17 people were killed at a Parkland, Fla., high school last month, it also mobilized activists who have been fighting gun violence since 20 schoolchildren and six educators were slaughtered in Newtown a little more than five years ago. Continue Reading →

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CT colleges pay to play in Washington

WASHINGTON — Universities across the United States spend hundreds of thousands of dollars every year lobbying in Washington, including the University of Connecticut and Yale. A main reason: They are in a tight competition for a dwindling pot of federal research money. Continue Reading →

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