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Himes gets DCCC finance post

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A senior staffer for Rep Jim Himes, D-CT4, confirmed late Wednesday that Himes will serve as finance chair for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee in the current election cycle. The DCCC will make the announcement Thursday morning. “As the Republican majority once again holds jobs, recovery, and the middle class hostage to extreme ideology, it […] [Read More]
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Newtown witnesses testify powerfully at assault-weapons ban hearing

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Continuing coverage of the Judiciary Committee’s hearing on Sen. Feinstein’s proposed assault-weapons ban: The crowd at the hearing, boisterous at other times, was utterly hushed as Newtown’s Neil Heslin, father of 6-year-old Newtown victim Jesse Heslin, testified, the father’s grief pouring across the room like a tsunami wave. Most of the Republican members of the   [Read More]
Categories: gun laws, guns, Newtown

Ten ways you could feel Friday’s $85B federal budget cuts

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Cornyn, Cruz measured in their wording attacking weapons ban

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Continued coverage of the Judiciary Committee’s hearing on Sen. Feinstein’s proposed assault weapons ban: Texas Sens. John Cornyn and Ted Cruz, who have been conservative outliers on many issues in the opening days of this Congress, certainly voiced their opposition to an assault-weapons ban, but they showed the political acumen to be much more measured   [Read More]

Assault-weapons hearing opens with solemn reference to Newtown victims

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The Senate Judiciary Committee’s hearing on Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s hearing on the Assault Weapons Ban of 2013 opened solemnly, before a packed  hearing room, many of the observers gun-violence victims and law-enforcement personnel from gun-tragedy locations. Feinstein, flanked by a photo of the 26 Newtown victims, opened with a pointed reference to Newtown and the   [Read More]
Categories: General

No mitzvah goes unpunished: Whitnum chases Blumenthal

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Lee Whitnum has LoJack on Dick Blumenthal. Apparently, it needs a new homing beacon. For five weeks, Whitnum, a disillusioned former Democrat who has publicly and quite controversially condemned America’s relationship with Israel, says she has been trying to serve Connecticut’s senior U.S. senator with a deposition related to a 2011 bar mitzvah ceremony attended […] [Read More]
Categories: General

NASCAR takes a different kind of left turn?

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Michael Waltrip will be the sentimental favorite in Sunday’s running of the Daytona 500 for Connecticut. The two-time winner of the “Great American Race” will be driving the No. 26 car as a tribute to the 26 victims of the Sandy Hook Hook Elementary School massacre in Newtown, 20 of them children ages 7 and   [Read More]
Categories: General

Murphy gets carded — not in the traditional sense

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There’s never a Staples when you want one. It seems U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., who is approaching two months into his first term in the upper chamber, is getting the freshman treatment from the congressional printing office. “Do you have a card?” Murphy was asked this morning by Greenwich Harbor Master Ian MacMillan on […] [Read More]
Categories: General

Murphy lets fly at NRA, again

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WASHINGTON — Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., has launched another chapter in his continuing diatribe against the National Rifle Association, issuing a report that he said shows “a disconnect” between gun owners and NRA leaders when it comes to gun violence.

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Categories: NRA

Walker busts a move

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There’s a fierce competition for dance floor supremacy among deficit hawks. Enter David Walker, the former U.S. comptroller general, who 18 months ago was weighing a bid for U.S. Senate in his home state of Connecticut. A former Republican who turned independent 14 years ago, Walker shimmies to the beat of the “Harlem Shake” in   [Read More]
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