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IG report: Coast Guard Academy retaliated against whistleblower who reported racial bias

WASHINGTON – Federal investigators determined the Coast Guard Academy in New London retaliated against a black, female officer after she complained she was bullied and harassed. The academy is also under congressional investigation for allegations of racial discrimination, harassment and bullying. Continue Reading →

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Lawmakers, Malloy administration wrangle over telemedicine

WASHINGTON – Connecticut’s congressional delegation is at odds with the Malloy administration over its failure to apply for an expansion of the HUSKY program that would give low-income residents access to new telemedicine services, especially for psychiatric care and substance abuse treatment. Continue Reading →

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Midterm propels CT Dems into power, key roles in House ‘stop Trump’ efforts

WASHINGTON – The Democratic takeover of the U.S. House of Representatives has propelled Connecticut’s lawmakers into positions of power that may help them further their agendas and give them new roles in the effort to block President Donald Trump’s initiatives. Continue Reading →

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Courtney, other Dems, press for racial discrimination complaints at Coast Guard Academy

WASHINGTON – Rep. Joe Courtney and two fellow Democrats with jurisdiction over the Coast Guard have accused it of a “lack of transparency” and demanded it turn over complete information about allegations of racial discrimination at the Coast Guard Academy in New London. Continue Reading →

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Blue wave could propel Conn. Democrats into powerful jobs

WASHINGTON — A blue wave that wrests control of the U.S. House from the GOP would propel Connecticut’s Democratic House members — who are favored to win another term — out of a political wilderness and into positions of power. But while they may be able to advance their political agendas, the prospects of a continued GOP-controlled Senate would limit their new power.
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GOP congressional challengers facing the power of incumbency

When she went to the state Republican Party convention in May as a delegate from Manchester, Jennifer Nye had no plans to challenge John Larson, who has represented the Hartford-area 1st Congressional District since 1999. But now Nye belongs to an exclusive club. She’s one of several underfunded GOP candidates vying for Congress in Connecticut this year.
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Bill to address racial disparities at Coast Guard Academy proposed as investigation continues

WASHINGTON – An investigation into the Coast Guard Academy’s treatment of minority cadets continues months after members of the U.S. House and Senate pressed the service for more information about racial disparities. The Coast Guard Academy’s poor rates of minority enrollment and graduation have prompted a lawmaker to introduce legislation that would change its admission policies and “culture” regarding minority cadets. Continue Reading →

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‘Donor state’ Conn. gets more than its fair share of federal contracting dollars

WASHINGTON– Connecticut pays more in taxes than it gets back in federal dollars, but when it comes to federal contracting dollars, the state receives more money than most and this could be a banner year. Continue Reading →

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Most CT Dems shun Trump-impeachment movement, for now

WASHINGTON – The political firestorm engulfing President Donald Trump because of the legal troubles of two close former associates has increased the temptation for Democrats to call for the president’s impeachment, but most of Connecticut’s lawmakers have joined their colleagues in holding back. 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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U.S. House set to settle Courtney dispute with Pentagon over sub production

WASHINGTON – Rep. Joe Courtney will go head to head with the Pentagon on Thursday over the number of submarines the Pentagon should buy. “Two subs” Joe wants the Pentagon to increase procurement from two to three in certain years; a top Pentagon official says that would divert money from other programs and opposes the move. Continue Reading →

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CT Dems ‘shocked’ about condition of immigrant detentions at border

WASHINGTON — Connecticut lawmakers at the U.S.-Mexico border this weekend said they were moved, and even shocked, by what they saw up close as the effect of  the Trump administration’s immigration policy. “It was worse than we ever thought,” said Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-3rd District. Continue Reading →

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