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Every year I like to give thanks to our readers and our contributors who make this website a joy to own. If it wasn’t for your readership and generous donations we wouldn’t be able to continue our mission of asking the hard questions in pursuit of the truth. There are no strings attached. We are…

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Another COVID-19 Thanksgiving. What’s Changed?

Last year as Connecticut prepared for its first Thanksgiving holiday amidst the pandemic, the state’s COVID infection rate stood at 5.99%. One year and 2.4 million vaccinated residents later, the virus continues to circulate and on Wednesday it stood at 3.72%. So what’s changed? Most notably, the number of COVID patients in Connecticut hospital beds.…

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Chronic Absenteeism and COVID-19

Absenteeism was a problem for most school systems across the state in 2020 and Bridgeport schools were no different. However, a recent report found the district fared well when it came to reducing the number of COVID cases and quarantines.  The report by the Regional Youth Adult Social Action Partnership found that the number of…

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Redistricting Commission Tweaks Senate Map

Lawmakers on Connecticut’s redistricting panel approved a map of new state Senate voting districts Tuesday that pulls a third district within Stamford’s city lines but leaves big portions of the state virtually unchanged. (Check out our comparative map slider!)

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Sunrise: Union Won’t Accept A Win To End Strike

The chain of group home and day programs for adults with intellectual disabilities that has been the subject of a six-week strike is claiming that union officials are rebuffing their efforts to come to an agreement that would end the labor action. Sunrise Northeast has offered the New England Health Care Employees Union SEIU 1199…

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Pass The Pumpkin Pie, Not The Politics

As the realm of politics has grown to swallow everything from school curriculum to health care, a poll released Monday suggests that roughly two-thirds of Americans hope to avoid discussing politics with friends and family at Thanksgiving tables this year. 

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State To Push Boosters For Nursing Home Residents

State public health officials said Monday they hope to ensure that COVID vaccine booster clinics are held in all Connecticut nursing homes by mid-December as vaccine immunity to the virus wanes in some of the state’s most vulnerable residents.  During an afternoon update, Gov. Ned Lamont said his administration was making “a special effort” to…

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90% of School Staff In Connecticut Is Vaccinated Against COVID-19

More than 90% of employees at public and private K-12 schools in Connecticut have been vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus, according to the results of a survey released Monday by Gov. Ned Lamont’s administration.  The poll of Connecticut schools, conducted by the Education Department and referred to as a “one-time survey” in a press release,…

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Health Care Facilities Fined $19M

The Connecticut Department of Public Health has issued more than $19 million in fines to 101 out of 643 health care facilities subject to Gov. Ned Lamont’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate.  An executive order issued by Lamont required all nursing home, assisted living facilities and residential care home employees to be vaccinated by Sept. 28.  “The…

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Calls To Open Up Cannabis Dispensaries Sooner Following Fentanyl Overdoses

Some police are calling for the state legislature to move up the opening of cannabis dispensaries to mid-2022 after a spate of overdoses involving marijuana laced with fentanyl. The overdoses, which required the use of naloxone, a drug that reverses an opioid overdose, prompted the state Department of Public Health to issue a warning of…

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Mass Governor Steps Away From TCI Following Lamont Comments This Week

Just days after Gov. Ned Lamont indicated he would not pursue legislative approval for the Transportation and Climate Initiative in Connecticut, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker has walked away from the multi-state emissions agreement.  “The Baker-Polito Administration always maintained the Commonwealth would only move forward with TCI if multiple states committed, and, as that does not…

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COVID Caution Urged Ahead of Thanksgiving

With Thanksgiving less than a week away, medical providers at Hartford HealthCare urged Connecticut residents Friday to exercise caution during the holidays to minimize their risk of contracting or transmitting the COVID-19 virus during get-togethers.  During a morning press call, Dr. Ulysses Wu, the health care system’s chief epidemiologist, encouraged residents to be cognizant of…

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Survey Finds Lamont Is Most Popular Democratic Governor In the Country

Gov. Ned Lamont gets a 64% approval rating from the latest Morning Consult survey of the nation’s governors.  That makes Lamont the most popular Democratic governor, but not the most popular governor.  In first place was the Republican Governor of Vermont Phil Scott, followed by Massachusetts’ Gov. Charlie Baker.  Lamont placed seventh place in the…

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The Bulkeley Bridge across the Connecticut River on Thursday, March 19, 2020

OPM To Audit COVID Funds

In the wake of fraud charges in West Haven, the Office of Policy and Management has broadened its review into how Connecticut towns have spent COVID relief funding and will pay an independent firm to audit each municipality.  Last month, federal authorities accused two West Haven employees, including a former Democratic state representative, Michael DiMassa, of fraudulently billing the city’s COVID grant program for more than $630,000 in consulting services they never provided.  The incident…

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Rep. Betts To Retire

Long-serving Bristol Republican, Rep. Whit Betts said Wednesday he would not seek reelection next year after more than a decade in office, citing a belief in term limits for elected officials.

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