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Posted inPolitics

A collision of insider politics, open primaries and race

At the chaotic conclusion of a congressional nominating convention, teacher Jahana Hayes briefly had at least 171 votes, the minimum necessary to win. Young spectators, some of them Hayes’s former students getting their first peek at politics, wildly cheered Connecticut’s endorsement of a black woman for Congress. It turned into something else, with angry questions from the NAACP, complaints about the role of a U.S. senator — and just a whiff of a voting irregularity.

Posted inCT Viewpoints

Murphy’s mental health bill helpful, but won’t prevent mass shootings

Your Aug. 4 article entitled “Murphy presses for mental health overhaul,” by prominently featuring references to recent tragedies, implies that mental illnesses are responsible for acts of mass violence. This myth, which has been thoughtlessly perpetuated by this article, only serves to increase the reluctance of people living with mental health conditions to disclose their illnesses and to seek the help they need, for fear of how others will react and the negative consequences that will follow: discrimination, isolation, and shame.

Posted inHealth, Politics

Medicare fees to drop sharply as Senate falters on ‘doc fix’ bill opposed by CT senators

Updated at 10:43 a.m. Friday
WASHINGTON – The Senate’s failure to act on a bill, opposed by Connecticut’s senators, means fees paid to doctors who treat Medicare patients will drop sharply at the end of the month. If Congress, which left on a two-week Easter recess, acts as soon as it returns, the government says it may be able to avoid the fee cuts.

Posted inNews

Washington Watch, Week of May 18

In the week before Congress’ Memorial Day Break, the House will tackle a bill that would boost accountability at the scandal-plagued Department of Veterans Affairs. Legislation that would provide billions of dollars for Connecticut’s defense contractors will also move forward this week with a House vote on the National Defense Authorization bill and action in the House Appropriations Committee on a defense spending bill that would fund all projects in the authorization bill.