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Himes, Esty back new rail-crossing safety measure

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The recent Metro-North rail-crossing disaster at Valhalla, N.Y., has spurred a House bill that aims to help states and communities make such crossings safer. Among the bill’s five cosponsors are Democratic Reps. Jim Himes and Elizabeth Esty of Connecticut’s 4th and 5th Congressional Districts, respectively. “Accidents at highway-rail grade crossings, including the fatal accident in […] [Read More]
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Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy at the White House Friday, Feb. 20.

Malloy: Giuliani’s statement about Obama ‘despicable’

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Gov. Dannel Malloy Friday called Rudy Giuliani’s statement that President Obama doesn’t love America “despicable,” and said the fact that Republican presidential candidates haven’t “rejected it outright speaks volumes as well.” Malloy took the opportunity of a meeting with the president and his Democratic governor colleagues from around the country Friday to tell Obama just […] [Read More]
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Rep. Jim Himes praises cybersecurity bill approved by the House intelligence committee.

Himes: Egypt “balancing on a knife’s edge’

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Egypt, Rep. Jim Himes says, is “balancing on a knife’s edge.”

The Democrat from Greenwich just returned from an official visit to Egypt, Morocco and Chad last week with fellow members of the House Intelligence Committee.

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Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy responds to Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (second from left) at White House press conference. (Getty)

Malloy, Jindal slug it out at White House press conference

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After lunching with President Obama and Vice-President Biden, the governors emerged mostly in a harmonious frame of mind _ but Louisiana Republican Bobby Jindal stirred things up when he stood at the “stakeout” outside the briefing room and ripped the Obama administration for trying to raise the federal minimum wage. [Read More]
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Blumenthal seeks Metro-North safety records from Federal Railway Agency

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Saying, “Riders have lost their patience with this railroad and so have I,” Sen. Richard Blumenthal has requested 10 years of Metro-North safety-inspection and enforcement records from the Federal Railway Administration. In a letter dated Feb. 12 to Joseph C. Szabo, FRA administrator, Blumenthal said, “Recent incidents involving Metro-North clearly show the need for a […] [Read More]
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SOTU excerpt shows Obama will focus on inequality as theme

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In excerpts from the prepared text of President Barack Obama’s State of the Union speech released by the White House two and a half hours beforehand, it’s clear the President is focusing on economic opportunity, and aims to reverse the income inequality trend and provide more middle-class opportunities. [Read More]
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Himes, Blumenthal weigh in on Obama’s NSA speech

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Two Connecticut lawmakers closely involved in intelligence matters _ Sen. Richard Blumenthal and U.S. Rep. Jim Himes _ had mixed reactions to President Obama’s Friday speech on the NSA and its telephone metadata gathering. Himes, who serves on the House intelligence committee, praised Obama for creating a privacy advocate to be a public representative in […] [Read More]
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Blumenthal makes another anti-gun violence speech on floor, memorializing New Haven high school student Javier Martinez

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Sen. Richard Blumenthal isn’t giving up the fight against gun violence. Thursday, he gave another in a series of speeches on the floor of the Senate, urging his colleagues to take action on the issue. Thursday’s speech memorialized New Haven high school senior Javier Hernandez, 18, who was shot and killed Dec. 28 as he walked from his house to a friend’s house. [Read More]