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  • December 15, 2014 — by Nicole Briggs
    FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. – Two years after the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre that killed 20 children and six adults on Dec. 14, 2012, U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) is making sure nobody forgets that day, or any of the victims killed by violence, reports CNN. For the past two years Murphy has related stories of violence to the... Read More
  • December 13, 2014 — by Gregory B. Hladky
    HARTFORD — Final congressional approval came Friday for the creation of a Coltsville National Historical Park dedicated to the accomplishments of Samuel Colt and the role that his firearms and factory played in the Industrial Revolution. Plans for the new national historical park include a 10,000-square-foot visitor center in the old Colt... Read More
  • December 12, 2014 — by Ashley Codianni
    Washington (CNN) -- Sunday marks the second anniversary of the Sandy Hook massacre that killed twenty children and six teachers on December 14, 2012. And though Congress hasn't passed any gun reform laws in its wake, there's one senator who's made it his mission to persistently push for changes, even when no one's listening. For the past two years,... Read More
  • December 12, 2014 — by Vicki Needham
    The congressional merry-go-round of committee changes continued on Friday with Senate Democrats locking in their choices for the 114th Congress. With Republicans set to take a 54-46 majority in the Senate next year, Democrats will lose a seat or two on each panel. Democrats are losing two seats seats on Appropriations, Banking, Budget and the Joint... Read More
  • December 12, 2014 — by Jennifer Bendery
    WASHINGTON -- As the anniversary of the Newtown shootings approaches, one of Connecticut's senators decided to do something different to honor the memory of those who lost their lives: spend his day on small acts of kindness. Inspired by a Newtown student who performed 26 acts of kindness, each one representing a child or teacher killed by gunman... Read More
  • December 12, 2014 — by Ana Radelat
    Washington – Sen. Chris Murphy, who is still in his freshman term in the Senate, has been given a seat on the Senate Appropriations Committee in the next Congress, a powerful panel that decides all spending issues and is responsible for the budget that funds all federal departments and programs. “Joining the Appropriations Committee has... Read More
  • December 06, 2014 — by Beau Berman
    WATERBURY- Sen. Chris Murphy decided to deliver 26 acts of kindness in honor of Newtown on Friday. The initiative to do small acts of kindness for those around you was inspired by a Newtown student named Ashley Peterson. Murphy started the day by placing a gift card in his mailbox for his letter carrier. Then he bought coffee for those in the car... Read More
  • December 05, 2014 — by Johnna Kaplan
    On Friday, December 5, the House of Representatives approved the Coltsville National Historical Park Act as part of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA.) The bill was introduced by Rep. John Larson, whose district includes Hartford, and co-sponsored by Connecticut’s other four congressional representatives. It would allow for the... Read More
  • December 05, 2014 — by Connor Radnovich
    On a grimy CT Transit bus heading toward Bloomfield, U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy leans forward on the edge of his seat, listening intently to a woman with a black and white polka-dot scarf around her head and pink Uggs on her feet. He’s just asked her what he should be focusing on in Congress. “Guns,” she says, her tired face wearing... Read More
  • December 03, 2014 — by LUCY NALPATHANCHIL
    This Sunday marks the 73rd anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. Thousands of Americans died that day, including over 400 sailors aboard the U.S.S. Oklahoma. Guilford resident Tom Gray and his family thought their relative, Edwin Hopkins, was one of the missing. Hopkins was Tom Gray's second cousin, part of a large family from New Hampshire.... Read More
  • November 25, 2014 — by Mary E. O'Leary
    NEW HAVEN >> U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy said the wrong way to react to the grand jury ruling in the shooting of Michael Brown is with more violence. “The legacy of the death of Michael Brown cannot be the images that we saw last night in Ferguson,” Murphy said Tuesday. The grand jury in Missouri declined to indict Office Darren Wilson... Read More
  • November 24, 2014 — by Mary E. O'Leary
    NEW HAVEN >> The failure to coordinate care for Adam Lanza and provide intervention early in his life are viewed as important lessons that should help drive future federal mental health policies and resource decisions. U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., in his latest roundtable discussion with experts on behavior health funding, used the report... Read More
  • November 24, 2014 — by Amanda Raus
    Last week's report detailing the mental health history of Sandy Hook shooter Adam Lanza has spurred officials to demand that more must be done to reform the state's mental health system. “The Lanza report is damning in the sense that it tells us what we already knew that our mental health system is totally siloed where you have school... Read More
  • November 24, 2014 — by Max Reiss
    Officials with Access Health CT said sign-ups are ahead of schedule in the week after open enrollment began for the second time. Jason Madrak, chief marketing officer of the state's health care exchange, described "a lot of pent-up interest" and said "people are really coming to us right out of the gate.” Overall, more than 11,000 people... Read More
  • November 21, 2014 — by Ramsey Cox
    Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) called on the administration to provide lethal military aid to Ukraine. Murphy said the United States and European countries should increase economic sanctions against Russian agressors. “We must be prepared to use the tools at our disposal to pressure the Russian government to fully withdraw troops and end this... Read More
  • November 20, 2014
    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy publicly called on Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and the Connecticut General Assembly on Thursday to overhaul the state's elections system, saying recent problems at the polls highlight the need for professionalization and accountability. The Democrat called it "inexcusable" to have breakdowns, such as polling... Read More
  • November 20, 2014 — by Ana Radelat
    Washington – New Haven Corporation Counsel Victor Allen Bolden was confirmed by the U.S. Senate Thursday to a federal judgeship in Connecticut on a narrow 49-46 vote. All Senate Republicans opposed the nomination of Bolden, 49, who has served as an attorney for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and as a lawyer for the American Civil Liberties... Read More
  • November 20, 2014 — by Pem McNerney
    U.S. Sen Chris Murphy said Connecticut's low voter turnout in the most recent election is a matter of huge concern, and the failure of the Hartford registrars to open polling places in a timely manner is inexcusable. Here is his full statement, released Thursday: "Well under half of Connecticut's eligible voters turned out to vote in this year's... Read More
  • November 20, 2014 — by Andrew Larson
    The state's congressional delegation has unanimously voted against construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. On Tuesday, the Senate voted 59-41 in favor of the oil pipeline — one vote shy of the filibuster-proof majority needed to pass the bill. Forty Democrats voted against the bill, with 14 Democrats joining all 45 Republicans in support of... Read More
  • November 19, 2014
    The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s Long Island Sound Futures Fund today announced 14 grants for conservation and restoration in several communities along the Sound, including projects in East Lyme, Lyme, Old Mystic, Stonington, Norwich, Essex and Mystic. The Long Island Sound Futures Fund is a partnership of federal and state... Read More