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WASHINGTON – Followed by a phalanx of journalists, Rep. Jahana Hayes joined a group of House Democratic freshmen Wednesday who went on the hunt for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to pressure him to hold votes on Democratic bills that would end the shutdown. They did not find McConnell, but even if they had, there's little evidence they would succeeded in ending a 26-day stalemate.
Add families who live in public housing or tenants receiving public housing subsidies to the list of those whose lives are being destabilized by the government shutdown soon the become the longest in U.S. history.
Catholic Charities helps dozens of released federal prisoners return to society through programs the organization runs in Waterbury and Hartford that provide counseling and behavioral health care to former inmates and their families. But because of the federal government shutdown, the organization is no longer getting paid for its services. Federal contractors are beginning to feel the pinch of the lengthening shutdown.
WASHINGTON – Sen. Chris Murphy joined a group of 22 Democratic lawmakers on Thursday to introduce a law aimed at protecting federal workers from foreclosures, evictions and loan defaults during the government shutdown.
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Agriculture has moved to prevent a cutoff or curtailment of food stamps and other nutrition programs endangered by the shutdown -- programs that help feed hundreds of thousands of Connecticut residents.
Perhaps there was a time when journalism commanded such respect, but not anymore. While journalists have always been left of center, most took pride in their work, and accurately reported events free of political bias. The mantra of journalism once was, “If your mother says she loves you, check it out.”
American politics are polarized by a two-party system in which each major party appeals to those furthest from the center. This polarization has been credibly blamed for significant dysfunction in our government, and high citizen dissatisfaction. According to Michael Porter and Katherine Gehl, writing in a September 2017 white paper published by Harvard Business School, […]
Craig Hoffman's January 15 essay for building a wall is a Janus-faced argument. On one level, he argues that building a wall "will greatly reduce the importation of drugs, guns and human trafficking that currently occurs from Mexico." On the another level, Hoffman hides or fails to acknowledge that the source of his arguments is the "Build that Wall and Mexico will pay for it" slogan from 2016. That slogan feeds on a sinister, subliminal message that is divisive and obscene. Now that campaign slogan has turned into a presidential priority and it is painful and costly for those forced to work without pay.
Ned Lamont is off to a solid start in attempting to reduce cynicism about our state's ability to use taxpayer dollars wisely. He is addressing environmental problems and helping businesses create more jobs. Among other upcoming opportunities to further this work, his leadership is needed to chart the path to Connecticut’s newly legislated 2030 goals to reduce climate pollution by 45 percent and increase renewable energy to 40 percent, which will create thousands of new jobs here in the state.