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Murphy, Corey in a quiet contest for U.S. Senate in contentious midterm

WASHINGTON – Connecticut’s race for U.S. Senate gives voters a clear ideological choice between Chris Murphy, a progressive Democrat seeking re-election to that chamber for the first time, and Matthew Corey, a conservative Republican who has never held public office and is running on his “outsider” status. Continue Reading →

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CT GOP candidates weigh Trump’s plan for immigration crackdown

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump plans to announce a sweeping border crackdown this week, days before the mid-term elections, in a “red meat” speech aimed at firing up the GOP base. While that speech may help GOP candidates in other states, a tough approach to immigration is likely to provide less of a boost to Republican candidates in Connecticut,  although some embrace the plan. Continue Reading →

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Santos in quiet campaign to break Democratic representation in Congress

WASHINGTON – Republican Manny Santos is swimming against a blue tide this year, hoping to break the Democratic stranglehold on Connecticut’s representation in Congress by defeating a Democrat who has captured national attention and has a huge campaign fundraising lead. Santos himself rues the little attention his campaign has received. Continue Reading →

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Line of immigrants seeking citizenship grows as feds grapple with backlog

More immigrants in Connecticut are applying for citizenship, creating a backlog that has led the federal government to send some applicants to New York to process their cases. Advocates say the backlog is, in part, caused by a deliberate slowdown aimed at discouraging new citizens from joining the ranks of fellow Americans. Continue Reading →

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GOP primary rivals for U.S. Senate, Corey, Rapini, blast Murphy, not each other

Connecticut’s U.S. Senate race is a sleeper compared to the high-profile contest for governor or some of the other hot races this year. But, in a polite rivalry, Republicans Matthew Corey and Dominic Rapini are competing to see who can criticize Sen. Chris Murphy the most — and challenge him in November. Continue Reading →

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Glassman, Hayes, not too far apart on key issues in heated primary contest

Democrats Mary Glassman and Jahana Hayes, who are in a tough competition to win the Aug. 14 Democratic primary both try to woo activist, liberal leaning Democratic primary voters, their positions on key issues don’t deviate much. But there are nuances. Continue Reading →

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CT sues DOJ over immigration conditions on policing grant money

WASHINGTON – Connecticut on Wednesday joined five other states in suing to block the Justice Department for its efforts to punish so-called “sanctuary” jurisdictions by putting immigration-related conditions on federal policing grants. Connecticut would lose more than $1.7 million in Byrnes crime-fighting grants if it does not comply with the conditions. Continue Reading →

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Malloy pleads for man awaiting kidney transplant and deportation

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy rallied Thursday with other public officials, immigrant advocates and demonstrators in support of Nelson Omar Rosales Santos, a Honduran man whose deportation was stayed for six months while he awaits a kidney transplant. His lawyer says the man, the husband of an American and father of three U.S. citizens, needs a full year for doctors to go ahead with the life-saving surgery. Continue Reading →

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Connecticut advocates blast DeVos for saying schools can welcome ICE

WASHINGTON – Immigration advocates in the state and the Connecticut office of the ACLU blasted Education Secretary Betsy DeVos for saying that a school can chose to call Immigration and Customs Enforcement on students believed to be undocumented. Continue Reading →

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DeLauro: Cut farm bill handouts to the wealthy, not food stamps

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House is about to vote on a farm bill that will reduce eligibility for food stamps, a move that has caused a partisan split, with most Democratic lawmakers opposing the legislation. If the changes become law, they could impact tens of thousands of food stamp recipients in the state. Continue Reading →

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Massive spending plan boosts defense, includes Murphy’s gun bill

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WASHINGTON — Congress late Wednesday reached final agreement on a massive spending bill that will boost spending on both defense and domestic programs and also make a number of policy changes, including some to federal gun laws. But the nation’s “Dreamers” are among the losers. Continue Reading →

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Trump says he seeks bipartisanship, CT lawmakers skeptical

WASHINGTON — In his first State of the Union address President Donald Trump sought to send Americans a upbeat message – and Connecticut lawmakers showed up to make their points, too. Trump also said he is seeking bipartisanship, but Connecticut Democrats are skeptical. Continue Reading →

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