WASHINGTON (AP) — A restive group of newcomers. Baffled party leaders. Fiery conversations behind closed doors that spill into public view and threaten to upend legislation.
Freshmen in Congress seek to address opioid addiction
LOWELL, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts lawmaker is among a group of more than three dozen first-term members of the U.S. House pledging to tackle the nation's deadly opioid addiction crisis.
U.S. Rep. Lori Trahan says she has joined the bipartisan Freshmen Working Group on Addiction. The Lowell Democrat says her state has seen overdose death rates above the national average and notes that Americans are more likely to die from opioids than from car crashes.
Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows
WASHINGTON (AP) — Guest lineups for the Sunday TV news shows:
ABC's "This Week" — Reps. Adam Smith, D-Wash., and Liz Cheney, R-Wyo.; potential 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Julian Castro.
Esty donates $50,000 to gun violence prevention program
NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) — Outgoing U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty has donated $50,000 of her remaining campaign funds to a gun violence prevention program.
Newtown Action Alliance announced the Democrat's contribution Thursday, the same day Esty's 5th District successor, Democratic U.S. Rep.-elect Jahana Hayes, was being sworn into office in Washington, D.C.
Connecticut’s newest congressional member to be sworn in
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A new member of Connecticut's congressional delegation will be sworn into office with the rest of the incoming 116th Congress.
Democrat Jahana Hayes, a 45-year-old former national teacher of the year, will be the first black woman to represent Connecticut in Congress. She's scheduled to appear at Thursday's swearing-in ceremony, to be held on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives.
Hayes says she plans to support Pelosi for House speaker
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Incoming U.S. Rep. Jahana Hayes says she's planning to support Nancy Pelosi as the next House speaker.
The Connecticut Democrat said in a statement Tuesday that she still believes "generational change within the Democratic Party" is needed, something she spoke about during her primary. But Hayes says she's not willing to make change just for the sake of making change.
50 years in, Chisholm’s historic victory offers inspiration
NEW YORK (AP) — In a history-making election, plenty of new and unexpected faces — many of them black and brown, many of them female — will now be taking their first steps into their congressional futures.
Hayes declares victory in tight race for Congress
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Acclaimed educator Jahana Hayes has won election to the U.S. House from Connecticut, becoming the first black woman to represent the state in Congress.
Hayes, a Democrat on her first foray into politics, defeated Republican Manny Santos, a former mayor of Meriden, early Wednesday.
Incumbent Democrats won the other four U.S. House races in Connecticut and U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy also won re-election, keeping the state's congressional delegation made up entirely of Democrats.
Former national teacher of the year Jahana Hayes becomes first black woman elected to Congress from Connecticut
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Former national teacher of the year Jahana Hayes becomes first black woman elected to Congress from Connecticut .
Biden to appear at Democratic rally at Hartford school
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Former Vice President Joe Biden is visiting Connecticut to headline a Democratic rally less than two weeks before Election Day.
Friday's event is planned for 3:30 p.m. at the Hartford Magnet Trinity College Academy. Biden will be joined by U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy, 5th Congressional District candidate Jahana Hayes, governor candidate Ned Lamont and likely other Democrats appearing on the November ballot.
Biden has been traveling the country, campaigning for fellow Democrats.
Hayes, Santos differ on many issues at 5th District debate
PROSPECT, Conn. (AP) — In their first debate, the two major party contenders for Connecticut's 5th Congressional District seat gave differing views on everything from President Donald Trump's tax plan to whether the federal minimum wage should be higher.
From poverty to star teacher, Hayes now eyes Congress seat
WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) — As she hits up the town fairs and parades across northwestern Connecticut, political newcomer Jahana Hayes is sharing her story of rising from poverty to the height of the teaching profession in her bid to become the state's first black woman elected to Congress.
Pressley’s upset another win for fresh Democratic voices
BOSTON (AP) — Ayanna Pressley is all but assured of becoming the first black woman elected to Congress from Massachusetts, the latest example of the Democratic Party's embrace of diversity and liberal politics as the recipe for success in the Trump era.
In Mass. House race, Pressley wins fight for ‘soul’ of party
BOSTON (AP) — Ayanna Pressley is all but assured of becoming the first black woman elected to Congress from Massachusetts, the latest example of the Democratic Party's embrace of diversity and progressive politics as the recipe for success in the Trump era.
Onetime teen mom, now a teacher, wins US House primary
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A onetime teen mother who became a celebrated teacher defeated a veteran politician Tuesday in the Democratic primary for a U.S. House seat currently held by Rep. Elizabeth Esty, who didn't seek re-election amid criticism of her mishandling of a sexual harassment case in her office.
WATERTOWN, Conn. (AP) — Watertown Republican Rich Dupont says he will participate in the GOP's primary for the 5th congressional district seat.
The manufacturing consultant said Tuesday he's decided to challenge former Meriden Mayor Manny Santos after receiving sufficient delegate support at the May 12 convention. Retired university professor Ruby O'Neill of Southbury also received enough delegate support and has already said she plans to run in the Aug. 14 primary as well.
WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) — Former lieutenant governor candidate Mary Glassman edged out political newcomer Jahana Hayes on Monday night for the Democratic nomination to run for the seat now held by Democratic U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty, who is not seeking re-election after a sexual-harassment scandal involving a former employee.
- The News-TimesWhere I Stand On the cover of the Rolling Stone — not what it used to beMarch 12, 2019
- Connecticut PostRolling Stone cover features Jahana HayesFebruary 27, 2019
- The News-TimesHayes, Esty teary over gun-safety voteFebruary 26, 2019
- Connecticut PostGun-safety vote brings Hayes and Esty togetherFebruary 25, 2019
- Connecticut PostConnecticut not among finalists for National Teacher of the YearJanuary 23, 2019
WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) — The Latest on Democratic convention to pick 5th Congressional District nominee (all times local):
Former lieutenant governor candidate Mary Glassman has narrowly won the Connecticut Democratic endorsement for the congressional seat currently held by Democratic U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty in a nationally watched race.
WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) — Democrats in Connecticut's 5th congressional district will endorse a candidate to replace retiring three-term U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty.
A convention is planned Monday at Crosby High School in Waterbury.
Esty recently announced she would not seek re-election following criticism of her handling of sexual harassment allegations.
Guest lineups for the Sunday TV news shows
WASHINGTON (AP) — Guest lineups for the Sunday TV news shows:
ABC's "This Week" — Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.; Kellyanne Conway, adviser to President-elect Donald Trump; Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas.
NBC's "Meet the Press" — Conway; Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla.; Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio.