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Campaign Notebook: Murphy Says Child Care Costs Breaking the Bank

News and updates from the campaign trail in Connecticut.


Senate

Chris Murphy (D): Murphy released a statement with Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D) saying that the two have discussed a report from Murphy's office that looked at the extensive burden on Connecticut families caused by child care. They believe access to affordable child care would help ease this financial burden.

"This report confirms that child care expenses are breaking the bank for too many families. Quality child care in Connecticut costs money, and middle class family budgets are already stretched thin," Murphy said.

Linda McMahon (R): McMahon's new television ad shows her confidence in her going into the August 28th primary, says the National Journal. The ad specifically attacks Chris Murphy (D), suggesting she assumes she will be facing off against him in the general election and has moved beyond the primary, where she'll face Chris Shays (R). 

Second District

U.S. Rep. Joseph Courtney (D): Courtney is touting the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on the national health care law as a boon to seniors. In a Facebook posting today Courtney said “Watch your mailboxes! Because of the Affordable Care Act, insurance companies are sending out annual rebates if less than 80 percent of the premium dollars they collect go toward medical care. Have you received a rebate notice or check?”

And in a press release he sent out recently, Courtney said the act has saved senior citizens in Connecticut more than $3 million collectively, because of changes in Medicare. “Beginning in 2011, Medicare improvements in the Affordable Care Act meant that beneficiaries automatically received a 50-percent discount on covered brand-name drugs in the Part D coverage gap, or donut hole. Beginning this year, Part D has also started covering 14 percent of generic drug costs for those in the donut hole. The amount of this discount will continue to grow until the Part D donut hole is completely phased out in 2020.”

Third District

Rosa DeLauro (D): DeLauro released a statement, along with Representative Chris Murphy, emphasizing the need for access to affordable child care would for middle-class and working Connecticut families. 

"We need to make sure our political, social, and economic policies reflect the working world of the 21st century and that they are meeting the real needs of today's middle and working class families. That includes helping families gain access to quality, affordable child care," DeLauro said. 

Wayne Winsley (R): Winsley posted on his Facebook page that he is attending the Yankee Institute Milton Friedman School Choice event. 

Fourth District

Jim Himes (D) released a statement criticizing Republicans in Congress for being more concerned with politicking than furthering legislation that could improve job creation. 

The statement also accuses opponent Steve Obsitnik (R) of being unclear of his political views. "The public knows nothing of Obsitnik's policy stances — even failing to post positions [to] his campaign website — and are left to assume that he would join the ranks of the Tea Party driven GOP obstructionists and all their antics," it says. 

Fifth District

Chris Donovan (D): The Hartford Courant reports that Senate Minority Leader John McKinney said Donovan's campaign contribution scandal "has a corrosive effect on public confidence in state government." 

Meanwhile, the progressive group Democrats For America is standing by its endorsement of Democrat Chris Donovan, even though his campaign has been battered by an influence peddling scandal. In a report it published yesterday CT News Junkie says the group’s leader was in Connecticut over the weekend to rally Donovan supporters and said the DFA stands by the embattled state representative because it backs candidates that are “fighters and truth tellers.” The DAF backs liberal causes and candidates. It was founded by former presidential candidate and Vermont governor Howard Dean.

Lisa Wilson-Foley (R): At the , Wilson-Foley was "hammered" with questions by her rivals about former Governor John Rowland's federal grand jury investigation into his work with her campaign.

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