Month: January 2017

Trump nominee expected to face questions about advocacy for school vouchers

What we’ll be listening for at the confirmation hearing for Betsy DeVos, Trump’s education pick Originally posted on Chalkbeat by Philissa Cramer on January 9, 2017 If Sen. Elizabeth Warren keeps her promises, Betsy DeVos is in for a challenging confirmation hearing next week. DeVos, who President-elect Donald Trump has chosen to run the U.S. Department of Education, will likely face questions from Democrats about her advocacy for school vouchers and her long history of philanthropic and political giving during the hearing, which has been postponed until Jan. 17. With a Republican majority in the U.S. Senate, Cabinet picks are...

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Martin Luther King III meets with Trump on MLK Day

President-elect Donald Trump met with Martin Luther King Jr.’s son to discuss the civil rights leader’s legacy. Martin Luther King III said that he had “a very constructive meeting” with the president-elect and touched on how he hopes to be a “bridge-builder” to help the country “become a greater nation” moving forward. He praised the work of Rep. John Lewis, the Georgia congressman and icon who marched with Martin Luther King Jr. at Selma and other key civil rights protests. Martin Luther King III did not criticize Trump directly, saying that in the “heat of emotion, a lot of...

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Celebrating the life of Dr. Martin Luther King

Connecticut’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Commission will observe MLK Day beginning with a continental breakfast at 10 a.m. at the state Capitol. A program follows at 11 a.m. Individuals to be honored are:   Pat Wrice of Hartford Bobby Ramos of Stratford JoeAnn Meekins of Milford Wayne Dixon and The MLK, Jr. Statewide Celebration Choir will be performing. This event is free and open to the...

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