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Showing 1/18/2022 to 5/5/2021

An inside look at the haggling over Connecticut’s congressional map

Republicans urged significant revisions in Connecticut’s gerrymandered congressional map, then compromised in steps to the point where relatively minor... (Read more)

1 / 18 / 2022

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Sen. Will Haskell opts for law school over reelection

Will Haskell’s book about being elected to the Connecticut Senate as a 22-year-old isn’t out until Jan. 18, but... (Read more)

1 / 5 / 2022

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COVID rampant in Stamford, a harbinger of things to come

STAMFORD — COVID-19 is spreading rapidly here in Connecticut’s second-largest city, where cases exploded with the suddenness of a... (Read more)

1 / 4 / 2022

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‘Airtight agreement’ to get COVID-19 tests to CT falls apart

Lamont blames ‘misrepresentation’ for mix-up A promised order of 1.5 million COVID-19 home test kits that was supposed to... (Read more)

12 / 30 / 2021

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State to distribute millions of COVID testing kits and N95 masks

Tests could be available as early as Thursday With demand climbing for COVID tests as the omicron variant spreads,... (Read more)

12 / 28 / 2021

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CT election results: Caroline Simmons beats Bobby Valentine for Stamford mayor; GOP holds top offices in many cities

Stamford voters chose a Democratic state lawmaker over a retired baseball player as its next mayor Tuesday, but Republicans... (Read more)

11 / 3 / 2021

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A bipartisan effort underway to resettle Afghans in Connecticut

Americans who served in Afghanistan joined Gov. Ned Lamont and refugee resettlement officials Friday in a bipartisan effort to... (Read more)

9 / 18 / 2021

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Lamont continues COVID-19 mask mandate in the schools

COVID test positivity rate up to 4.25%; No word yet on booster shots With infections increasing, Gov. Ned Lamont... (Read more)

8 / 17 / 2021

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Reading, ‘Rithmetic and Resisting COVID: The new 3 R’s as kids head back to school

When kids head back to school this fall, for some it will be the first time they’ve been in... (Read more)

8 / 17 / 2021

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CT’s budget picture is rosy now. Did Lamont create it — or did he inherit it?

Changes in tax policies and a little bit of luck have helped state finances in recent years Since he... (Read more)

8 / 10 / 2021

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The Fitch Files: Landlords see troubling future after eviction moratorium

This is the third installment in Yankee Institute’s series on the eviction moratorium. Jennifer owns a multi-family house in... (Read more)

8 / 5 / 2021

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The Fitch Files: Connecticut’s eviction moratorium prompts constitutional questions.

‘I’ve never felt more hated by my government.’ This is the second of a three-part series looking at the... (Read more)

8 / 1 / 2021

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Restaurant owner closes Fairfield location after struggling to find workers, blames extended unemployment benefits

After eight months of trying to hire staff, the owner of the small sandwich and burger joint Blue Cactus Grill closed... (Read more)

7 / 29 / 2021

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The Fitch Files: As eviction moratorium ends, property owners reckon with losses.

‘I’ll never buy property in Connecticut again’ This is the first of a three-part series looking at the eviction... (Read more)

7 / 29 / 2021

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Unprecedented surplus in new CT budget may be even larger than legislators thought

When lawmakers adopted a new, two-year state budget in early June, some observers blinked at the unprecedented, $2.3 billion... (Read more)

7 / 27 / 2021

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More children are being vaccinated, but rate of COVID cases continues to climb in Connecticut

More than 50 percent of Connecticut’s population between the ages of 12 and 15 have now been vaccinated, according... (Read more)

7 / 22 / 2021

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Crime as political campaign fodder; misinformation, too.

From all appearances it seems that crime politics have returned to center stage in our state for the first... (Read more)

7 / 18 / 2021

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Lamont’s final tally: 235 bills signed, four vetoed

Gov. Ned Lamont has vetoed three more bills,  including a measure that would have conveyed property in Wolcott for... (Read more)

7 / 16 / 2021

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Lamont’s emergency powers extended through September

The General Assembly voted Wednesday for a 44-word resolution extending Gov. Ned Lamont’s emergency powers through Sept. 30, making... (Read more)

7 / 16 / 2021

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Adapting to an uncertain climate future, Connecticut auditions new forests

At 9:30 on a morning in late May, it was already hot and promising to get hotter as a... (Read more)

6 / 30 / 2021

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House, Senate tensions evident in budget implementer bill

House deletes Duff’s data privacy measure The General Assembly concluded its special session Thursday with passage of a budget... (Read more)

6 / 18 / 2021

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On 50th anniversary of war on drugs, Connecticut legalizes marijuana

The Senate voted 16-11 Thursday for final passage of a bill legalizing the production, sale and adult use of recreational marijuana... (Read more)

6 / 18 / 2021

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New CT budget has an unprecedented built-in surplus of $2.3 billion

State poised to make historic deposit to mitigate massive long-term pension debt Question: When was the last time a... (Read more)

6 / 10 / 2021

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CT bottle deposits could go from nickel to a dime

Increase is element of bipartisan overhaul of 1978 anti-litter bill The Senate voted 33-1 Wednesday night to overhaul Connecticut’s... (Read more)

6 / 3 / 2021

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Children with psychiatric needs are overwhelming hospital emergency departments in CT

The night before 11-year-old Ella was admitted to Connecticut Children’s Medical Center in early May, her father Sean thought... (Read more)

5 / 30 / 2021

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CT legislators underwhelmed with housing reform bill that passes House

Towns can vote to opt out of key requirements Contentious legislation aimed at tackling Connecticut’s dubious distinction of being one of... (Read more)

5 / 21 / 2021

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Democrats predict swift adoption of next CT budget

Insist Lamont and lawmakers must compromise on tax reform issues With state tax receipts booming and billions of federal... (Read more)

5 / 20 / 2021

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Senate Democrats vote to strengthen hand of public unions

The bill is a counterweight to the Supreme Court opinion issued three years ago in Janus v. AFSCME. Senate... (Read more)

5 / 17 / 2021

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Pfizer COVID vaccine approved for children 12 to 15. Here’s what you need to know.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has granted emergency approval for use of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine in 12- to 15-year-olds,... (Read more)

5 / 12 / 2021

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CT is first state to vaccinate half of adults against COVID

Connecticut became the first state Monday to fully vaccinate at least half its adult population against the novel coronavirus,... (Read more)

5 / 5 / 2021

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