Richard Blumenthal

Connecticut Republican Party

In Connecticut former Olympian August Wolf says he'll petition his way onto the Aug. 9 Republican primary ballot for U.S. Senate. Wolf announced on Wednesday that he will attempt to gain over 8,000 signatures by June 7 in order to qualify.

Davis Dunavin

U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal and U.S. Representative Joe Courtney of Connecticut are asking Congress to approve $600 million to respond to what they call a growing epidemic of heroin and opiate abuse.

Blumenthal likened heroin and opiate addiction to a natural disaster, like a hurricane. That got nods from other speakers at the forum.

“We need a state of emergency," said Tammy De La Cruz of Community Speaks Out, a drug addiction advocacy group. "People are dying in droves. We need to save people. This is a state of emergency.”

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U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal and Congressman Joe Courtney of Connecticut held a forum in New London to hear from state public health officials, addiction treatment centers and police chiefs from Southeastern Connecticut about the heroin and opioid abuse epidemic.

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Several members of Connecticut's congressional delegation are among a group of federal lawmakers that met with President Barack Obama on Monday about his executive actions tightening the nation's gun laws.

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Connecticut’s U.S. Senators said the $1.1 trillion federal spending bill signed by President Obama last week could infuse about $1 billion into the state’s economy.

Senator Chris Murphy said the spending bill includes more money for Connecticut based defense contractors.