Monday, August 11, 2014
Thursday, August 7, 2014
'CT League of Conservation Voters Gives Reed 100 percent on Annual Scorecard'
Monday, July 21, 2014
Read: President Obama's statement on Ukraine and Gaza
Remarks by President Obama at signing of executive order on LGBT workplace discrimination
Labels: LGBT workplace discrimination
Wednesday, July 9, 2014
DeLauro co-sponsors bill in reaction to Hobby Lobby case
In a press release from the office of U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-3, her office announced that legislation responding to the Hobby Lobby decision has been introduced in the House of Representatives.
"The Protect Women's Health from Corporate Interference Act of 2014 would prohibit for-profit employers who maintain group health plans for their employees from using religious beliefs to deny employees coverage of any vital health service required by federal law," the release said.
DeLauro "is an original co-sponsor of legislation responding to the Supreme Court's decisions in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood v. Burwell." the release said.
"Last week the United States Supreme Court put corporate desires before the needs of women and families, which is the exact opposite of the Affordable Care Act's intent. Women should be able to make their own health care decisions regardless of where they work and without interference from their bosses. This bill protects employees' rights to health services that an independent, non-partisan body has deemed crucial. It needs to be the law of the land."
The release also said: "The bill keeps in place the existing exemption for religious employers, such as houses of worship, and accommodation for religious non-profits that do not wish to provide contraception."
"Ninety-nine percent of sexually-active women use birth control at least once in their lifetimes, and 58 percent of oral contraceptive users cite non-contraceptive health benefits as reasons for using the pill. Fourteen percent of birth control pill users, more than 1,500,000 women, rely on birth control pills for only non-contraceptive purpose" Editor's note: All information in this post was contributed. Click one of the buttons below to share it.
McCaskill announces 'Campus Sexual Assault Survey Findings'
"The massive survey of schools will demonstrate exactly how colleges and universities handle rapes and sexual assaults on campuses—focusing on if and how such crimes are reported and investigated, how students are notified about available services, and the effectiveness of federal oversight and enforcement."
Read the report here:
Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Connecticut will have 23 primaries across the state on Aug. 12
"Republican primaries will be held for the offices of Governor, Lieutenant Governor and State Comptroller, as well as a number of state legislative seats and local offices such as Judge of Probate and Registrar of Voters. Registered Democrats, depending on their geographic location, will be able to cast ballots in primaries for various state house and senate seats, Judge of Probate, and Registrar of Voters," the release said.
Tom Foley and John McKinney are the Republican candidates for governor. (Scroll down to see the full list of candidates in the primaries)
The release also noted: "There is no statewide Democratic primary on the ballot in 2014, nor is there any primary for federal office. A list of primaries on the ballot for August 12, 2014 can be found below."
*Thomas C. Foley
John P. McKinney
David M. Walker
*Sharon J. McLaughlin
State Senate – 2
Eric D. Coleman
State Senate – 20
*Elizabeth B. Ritter
William L. Satti
State Senate – 22
*Anthony J. Musto
State Senate – 23
*Andres Ayala, Jr.
Assembly District – 7
Assembly District – 23
*Devin R. Carney
Assembly District – 32
*Kathleen G. Richards
Anthony “Tony” Salvatore
Assembly District – 44
Assembly District – 47
Michael P. Meadows
Assembly District – 48
*Linda A. Orange
Assembly District – 64
Assembly District – 122
Michael C. Vickerelli
Assembly District – 124
Assembly District – 128
Assembly District – 133
*Cristin McCarthy Vahey
Assembly District – 137
Assembly District – 140
Assembly District – 142
Probate District Plainfield – Killingly – 27
Probate District Madison – Guilford – 34
Gail S. Kotowski
Monday, July 7, 2014
Read Connecticut Supreme Court ruling on release of police information to public and media
Read the court's full ruling here:
Tom Foley cmpaign first ad of 2014 features his family
“Leslie: I’ve never met a more thoughtful, effective person than Tom Foley
Tom’s incredibly smart, he can fix anything
He’s a regular guy, whose ideas and humor bring people together
Tom’s an optimist who gets things done
He’s a great dad, who would make a great Governor.
Tom: I’m Tom Foley; Connecticut’s problems can be fixed with smarter policies and new direction
Nobody should be doing better than right here in Connecticut
It’s time to restore prosperity and optimism in our great state.
I’m Tom Foley and I approve this message”
Foley faces state Sen. John McKinney, R-Fairfield, in an Aug, 12 GOP primary.
Monday, June 30, 2014
'Department of Defense Releases Strategy to Counter Weapons of Mass Destruction'
"The pursuit of weapons of mass destruction and potential use by actors of concern pose a threat to U.S. national security and peace and stability around the world," Secretary Hagel writes in the foreword to the strategy. The constant evolution of WMD materials, tactics and technologies calls for flexible and innovative solutions from the full range of DOD tools and capabilities. This strategy places a premium on cooperative efforts to shape the environment and early action to prevent threats before they fully emerge.
The Department of Defense Strategy for Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction seeks to ensure that the United States and its allies and partners are neither attacked nor coerced by hostile actors with WMD. "This strategy provides foundational guidance for enacting the department's countering WMD policies, plans, and programs and advances a comprehensive response to existing and developing WMD threats," Secretary Hagel writes. The strategy recognizes that, as we have seen in Syria, "instability in states pursuing or possessing WMD or related capabilities could lead to dangerous WMD crises" and calls upon DOD to improve collaboration and cooperation to reduce and eliminate such threats.
Recognizing that fiscal constraints require DOD to make strategic choices, the strategy emphasizes the importance of cooperating with partnersincluding other U.S. departments and agencies, allies and partners, and international bodies to achieve countering WMD goals.
Endorsing the strategy, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin E. Dempsey writes "Our capability to defeat aggression will not be undermined by the threatened or actual use of WMD."
Read the full strategy here.
A fact sheet on the strategy can be found here.
Connecticut politicians react to Hobby Lobby ruling
After the ruling, Connecticut politicians and others reacted to it.
Here are some of the reaction (from emailed releases; more will be added as received):
U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-3, (senior Democrat on the subcommittee responsible for funding the Department of Health and Human Services):
"Today's decision by the Supreme Court is a serious step backwards for women's health and will negatively affect not just women, but their families as well. The idea that a corporation's rights should be placed above the rights of women is outrageous. Women should be able to make their own health care decisions regardless of where they work and without interference from their bosses. Covering effective preventive services, which include contraception, is a critical part of the Affordable Care Act and should not be dependent on whether your boss says you can have access to basic health care."
U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn.:
“Today, the Supreme Court held for the first time that the religious rights of corporations trump the personal freedoms of American women. This decision undermines millions of American women's access to birth control. Religious liberty is about the right to practice your religion, not the right to impose your religion on your employees. Congress must act to restore workers' right to make their own health care decisions.”
Gov. Dannel Malloy:
“While we should all respect each other’s right to hold different positions based on religious beliefs, women should not be denied access to reproductive healthcare benefits due to the personal beliefs of their employer. Today’s decision from the Supreme Court is an affront to that very basic and fundamental idea,” said Governor Malloy. “In our diverse society, it is unconscionable that the religious beliefs of a private, for-profit employer can dictate the kind of medical care that is available to an employee. We will review this decision and assess the impact it may have in Connecticut.”
Lt. Gov. Wyman:
“Providing the option of contraceptive coverage is part of serving the healthcare needs of women, it is just that simple,” said Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman. “Carving out exemptions to medicines or treatment is tantamount to restricting access—it puts women at risk and that is unacceptable. This Supreme Court decision reminds us that we have a lot left to do in our fight for equity for women.”
U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty, D-5,:
Read or download the full ruling here:
Labels: Hobby Lobby