BLUMENTHAL: Blumenthal, along with Senators Tom Harkin (D-IA), Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ), released a statement Thursday expressing their concern about a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that shows more than $1.3 billion in lost state and federal revenue by tobacco manufacturers relabeling roll-your-own tobacco as pipe tobacco.
“Tobacco manufacturers have once again found a way to skirt the law in order to continue peddling their dangerous product," the Senators said. "Congress instituted tax increases and established tobacco cessation programs to help encourage Americans to quit this harmful habit, and these efforts have proven effective. However, due to this tax loophole, tobacco companies are still able to make cheap tobacco products available, which may discourage some smokers from quitting.
HIMES: The congressman spoke with the Connecticut Mirror Wednesday about his how he thinks he will fare in the upcoming election compared to 2010. "There are an awful lot of seats [the Republican Party] could target before they get to me," he said.
DELAURO: The congresswoman used Twitter to express her thoughts on the wage gap between men and women in the U.S.:
Occupation no excuse for gender wage gap. Female secretaries, admin assistants earn 86% what men do for the same job. #equalpay
MURPHY: The congressman gave an update on his campaign using Twitter on Thursday:
Haddam and Morris are the 65 and 66th DTCs to endorse our campaign! Your support helps us head into the convention strong! #CTSen