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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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CT lawmakers’ guests for Trump’s speech intended to send message

WASHINGTON – Connecticut lawmakers have joined other Democratic colleagues in inviting guests to President Donald Trump’s first address to Congress Tuesday — people who will serve as symbolic rebukes to the new president’s policies. Among them: Constituents from seven Muslim countries that were subject to a presidential travel ban and advocates for public schools and the Affordable Care Act . Continue Reading →

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Obama puts CT accomplishments on national ‘to do’ list

WASHINGTON — In his State of the Union speech, President Obama’s “to do” list was much like Connecticut’s “already done” list. “I’ll keep pushing for progress on the work that still needs doing,” the president said. “Protecting kids from gun violence, equal pay for equal work, paid leave, raising the minimum wage.” Continue Reading →

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CT would have trouble financing Obama’s community college plan

WASHINGTON – Gov. Dannel Malloy said he’d participate in President Obama’s plan to provide free tuition to community college students, but he’d find it tough to fund the program, given Connecticut’s tight budget and spending cap.
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DeLauro tells Obama to end program enticing Cuban doctors to defect

WASHINGTON – Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-3rd District, doesn’t think President Obama has gone far enough with opening relations with Cuba –and she has told him so. She and 14 other liberal Democrats sent Obama a letter Wednesday urging the end of a Bush-era program that makesit easier for Cuban doctors to defect.
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DeLauro ‘guest’ at State of the Union turns activist

Washington – Most guests invited by members of Congress or the White House to attend the State of the Union speech are there to be quietly symbolic, but not John W. Barto Jr., the former president of Ansonia Metals. Barto, the guest of Rep. Rosa DeLauro , D-3rd District, spent the day lobbying against the Tran-Pacific Partnership, a proposed trade agreement among 12 Pacific Rim countries.
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Michelle Obama invites University of Hartford student to State of the Union

WASHINGTON – Not long ago he Anthony Mendez lived with his family in an homeless shelter, now he will sit with First Lady Michelle Obama her husband’s State of the Union speech to the nation Tuesday night, Mendez, a University of Hartford freshman, was invited by the First Lady because he overcame serious challenges to become the first high school graduate in his family.
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CT lawmakers to back Obama, their own agendas, at State of the Union

WASHINGTON – President Obama is expected to roll out an ambitious agenda in his State of the Union speech that could increase the distance between the White House and Republicans in Congress. Connecticut’s lawmakers, however, will use the occasion to show support for that agenda – and promote their own. Continue Reading →

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