WASHINGTON — President Obama likes it, as do top congressional leaders, but Connecticut’s Democratic senators -– Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy -– say they can’t sign on to a deal that would reverse a sharp rate hike in a popular student loan.
“It’s hard for me to get my head wrapped around the idea that the federal government is going to continue to make millions of dollars in profit from the student loan program,” Murphy said.
Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) introduced his “Television Consumer Freedom Act” back in May, but Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut became the bill’s first Democratic co-sponsor Tuesday.
The legislation would give Americans more control over what they watch on television by allowing them to buy individual television channels, instead of having to purchase the packages of channels offered by their cable providers.
A groundbreaking ceremony for the new headquarters of Newtown Volunteer Ambulance Corps will be on Monday evening, July 29, at 6 pm. The event will be held at Fairfield Hills campus at the garage’s new location, across from Reed Intermediate School.
During a sobriety checkpoint held on South Main Street on the night of Friday, July 19, and early morning hours of Saturday, July 20, police charged three motorists with driving under the influence, according to Newtown Police Sergeant John Cole.
Police set up the eight-hour checkpoint on the section of South Main Street just south of its intersection with Borough Lane, using a large commercial parking lot there as a location for investigations. Police estimate that about 550 drivers passed through the checkpoint.
Stating “We have a slate of excellent candidates,” Newtown Republican Town Committee Secretary Carey Schierloh released the names of residents seeking local office or reelection following an RTC caucus at Edmond Town Hall on Monday, July 22. Local Democrats plan to caucus July 23 and a list of the Town Committee’s nominations will be available following that meeting, set for 7 pm in the Edmond Town Hall gym.
This story has been modified to include comments by Selectman James Gaston, Sr.
Newtown's Democratic Town Committee announced its candidates for November's ballot following a caucus on July 23 at Edmond Town Hall. Former First Selectman Herb Rosenthal, the DTC’s candidates committee chair and an incumbent candidate for ZBA alternate, said after a challenging recruitment period, nearly two dozen “good people” stepped up to serve.
HARTFORD (AP) — John McKinney, Newtown's state senator and the Republican Senate Minority Leader, announced he is running for governor in 2014, saying he hopes to restore fiscal prosperity to Connecticut.
The eight-term Fairfield lawmaker announced his candidacy in a news release emailed to reporters. The statement said Sen McKinney has filed the necessary paperwork to start a candidate committee and begin collecting contributions to qualify for the state’s public campaign financing program.
UPDATE (Monday, July 22, 2013):The Newtown Bee has been provided with a copy of the letter sent from Senators Blumenthal and Murphy to Dr Charles Herrick and The Newtown Sandy Hook Foundation. The body of that letter has been added at the end of this story.
NEW HAVEN (AP) — Connecticut’s U.S. senators called Friday for an independent audit of more than $11 million in donations received in response to the Newtown school shooting to determine what donors wanted done with the money.