WASHINGTON — Democrats across the country are trying to tie their Republican opponents to Donald Trump, and it’s no different in the race for the 4th District congressional seat, where Republican nominee John Shaban is trying to unseat Democrat Jim Himes.
At Democratic convention, DeLauro defies Obama on trade
PHILADELPHIA — What’s one thing Rep. Rosa DeLauro and Donald Trump have in common? Their shared opposition to a new trade pact with Pacific Rim nations that President Obama hopes Congress will approve before he leaves office.
Malloy keeps things running at often-raucous Dem platform meeting
At times the room was raucous, especially when Sen. Bernie Sanders lost on a key issue concerning a trade pact with Pacific Rim nations, but Gov. Dannel Malloy was able to keep Democrats moving forward Saturday on the party’s platform.
Amid Democratic discord, Malloy takes reins of party platform committee
Gov. Dannel Malloy presided Friday over the Democratic Platform Committee meeting in Orlando, Fla., an event held under the pall of the shooting deaths of five police officers the night before in Dallas and shootings this week by police officers of black men in Minnesota and Louisiana. The platform is usually overshadowed by the drama of officially nominating candidates for president and vice president at the convention. But not this year.
In 4th Congressional District, Shaban gears up to take on Himes
The race to represent Fairfield County in Congress pits a former Rhodes scholar and Wall Street whiz kid against an attorney and former semi-pro football star with roots in local politics.
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.”
DeLauro defies Obama on State of the Union issue
WASHINGTON — Once again, U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro is defying President Obama as he prepares to give his State of the Union address to the nation. Once again, the split is over trade.
In the news: Pacific trade pact, Sikorsky sale, billions for CT defense firms
Congress approved billions for Connecticut defense projects; Sen. Richard Blumenthal stepped up his campaign fundraising with attacks on CNBC commentator Larry Kudlow; Lockheed Martin got the last approval it needed to finalize its purchase of Sikorsky; and the White House released the text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
Small victories for liberals in trade pact they hate
WASHINGTON – News that the United States and 11 other Pacific Rim nations had finally reached agreement on a new trade deal was not good for opponents of the pact like Rep. Rosa DeLauro, yet liberals have won a few small victories in the deal.
Himes’ New Dems may bridge troubled congressional waters
WASHINGTON – Rep. Jim Himes has not been a stranger to controversy this year, and he’s likely to once again pop up again at the center of new congressional scuffles.
CT lawmakers push back on pharmaceutical issue in TPP
WASHINGTON – As negotiators for a massive Pacific Rim trade pact meet in Maui for a final round of talks, Connecticut lawmakers are pressing for changes they say will keep the price of key medicines affordable for patients who need them overseas and in the United States.
Himes splits with CT Dems to vote for trade bill again, and this time it counts
WASHINGTON – Rep. Jim Himes on Thursday was the only Connecticut lawmaker to vote for a bill that would give President Obama “fast track” authority to negotiate a trade pact with 11 other Pacific Rim nations. He had cast a similar vote last week, but this time it counted.
DeLauro, Himes heading for tough vote on trade
WASHINGTON – Rep. Rosa DeLauro may be on the brink of losing a key battle in the fight over a new Pacific Rim trade pact, but that’s not likely the end of the lawmaker’s campaign to oppose it. Meanwhile, Rep. Jim Himes is being punished by organized labor for his stance.
Labor vows political fallout from Himes trade stance
WASHINGTON — Rep. Jim Himes is in Germany with President Obama for the G-7 meeting of major world economic powers, evidence of the president’s success in influencing key members of his party to vote for a trade measure considered a poison pill for most Democrats. Immediately, organized labor said there would be a political price to pay for Himes’ support on the trade bill.
Himes says he’ll side with Obama on key Pacific trade deal vote
WASHINGTON – Rep. Jim Himes, targeted as a key swing vote, has decided to back President Obama on legislation that would help the president negotiate a controversial trade deal with 11 Pacific Rim nations.