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- A Night at the Boys and Girls Club
- Call for Hall of Fame Nominations
- President Trump Signs Two Esty-Authored Bills
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- Markley and Zupkus Town Hall Meeting
- Click It Or Ticket Enforced Over Holiday Season
A bipartisan group of 15 United States Senators, led by U.S. Senators Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) are seeking the assistance of the Department of Defense in an effort to have the bodies of 21 men who lost their lives during the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941 exhumed so that they can either be brought home for burial in their community, or be buried in a marked grave in Hawaii.
Today, U.S. Senators Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), and Patty Murray (D-Wash.) introduced the College Affordability and Innovation Act of 2014, new legislation to make college more affordable for students across the United States. Over the last 30 years, the cost of college has increased by a whopping 300 percent, forcing some students to take on crushing student loan burdens or putting a degree entirely out of reach for others.
Chris Murphy was sworn into the United States Senate by Vice-President Joe Biden and afterwards issued the following statement, "Today I was honored to be sworn into the US Senate. So was my one year old son apparently." Senator Murphy is holding his one-year-old son Rider, while his other son. Owen, 4, stands in front of Murphy's wife, Cathy Holahan. Photographs courtesy of Senator Murphy's office.
By John Murray
Connecticut's 5th District Congressman, Chris Murphy, will take the oath of office today and become the youngest member of the United States Senate. A member of the Democratic Party, Murphy previously served in both chambers of the Connecticut General Assembly, serving in the Connecticut House of Representatives from 1999 to 2003, and in the Connecticut Senate from 2003 to 2007. Murphy served three terms as congressman from the 5th District.
By John Murray
Less than 12 hours after dusting Susan Bysiewicz in a primary that determined the Democrat candidate for an open seat in the U.S. Senate, 5th District Congressman Chris Murphy issued a challenge to GOP candidate Linda McMahon to debate the issues next week. McMahon spent nearly $50 million dollars of her own money in an unsuccessful attempt to win a seat in the U.S. Senate two years ago, and is widely expected to spend lavishly again this campaign. While acknowledging he held a considerable advanatage in having 300,000 more registered Democrats in Connecticut, Murphy said it woukd be impossible to compete with McMahon's spending. "She'll outspend me by 500%," Murphy said today at a press conference in Wallingford, "I'll have to focus on the issues, and use the media to get out my message."
(Editors note - Linda McMahon defeated former Congressman Chris Shays by a 2-1 margin last night in the GOP primary to decide who would face Democrat Chris Murphy in the November election for a rare open seat to the United States Senate. These are McMahon's remarks in addrerssing her supporters)
Let me start by recognizing all the members of my family, and many dear friends here with me tonight. This wouldn’t have been possible without all of your hard work and support. I hope you know how much I appreciate each and every one of you. AND TO MY fellow Republicans, thank you very much for this WONDERFUL victory...
When serious leads aren't followed up by law enforcement, Bill and Jan Smolinski scour the woods for the remains of their missing son Billy, who was murdered in August 2004.
Story and Photographs By John Murray
Picture the murder of Billy Smolinski as a crystal vase. Hold it in your hands. Spin it around. Now drop it on the kitchen floor and watch it shatter into a thousand pieces. Each shard of glass represents a clue into who killed Billy on August 24th, 2004. When patched together the vase reveals the gruesome truth of who murdered Billy, and why. The vase points to the spot Billy is buried in the Naugatuck Valley.
Congressman Chris Murphy was in Waterbury in early July to accept the unanimous endorsement of the Uniformed Professional Fire Fighters Association of Connecticut, which represents 4000 firefighters, in his race for the U.S. Senate in 2012. “Connecticut Fire Fighters are on the front lines protecting our families every day”, Murphy said. “To have their endorsement so early in this campaign is a huge honor and will provide critical support in our fight for the future of middle class working families throughout Connecticut.” Photographs by John Murray
Re-Introduced In Congress
Congressman Chris Murphy (left) and Texas Congressman Ted Poe (right) have joined forces to co-sponsor “Billy’s Law”. Murphy said the collaboration on missing person legislation is unusual, as the two men, one a Democrat and the other a Republican, rarely agree on any issue. Janice Smolinski is pictured in the middle. Photo by John Murray
Last year’s effort to pass Billy’s Law flew through the House of Representatives, but like hundreds of other bills, was gummed up in the United States Senate. Time expired on the bill when the calendar year changed, forcing legislators to re-introduce it in 2011.