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State Wants Tourists To #SayYesCT

Connecticut launched a new $1.2 million tourism campaign today that promises to boost the industry following a year of losses from COVID-19. “We’re kind of really excited,” said Gregg Dancho, the director of Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo in Bridgeport. “We’ve had a year of turmoil which really hasn’t finished yet.” The campaign, themed “Say Yes to…

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Lamont Seeks To Extend Eviction Moratorium

Gov. Ned Lamont said Thursday that he’s going to keep the eviction moratorium in place a little longer, a day after a federal judge invalidated the national ban.  “We’re getting the rent relief program really going now,” Lamont said. “We need another month or two in order to be able to make sure tenants as…

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Branford Affordable Housing Fight Intensifies

Legal experts and fair housing advocates are warning Branford leaders that failure to redevelop a public housing complex would result in multimillion dollar legal expenses for the town.  Despite the caution, First Selectman James Cosgrove appointed a new member to the Branford Housing Authority Wednesday night, and advocates say that action may be enough to…

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House Speaker Matt Ritter (Christine Stuart Photo)

House Passes Early Voting Amendment

HARTFORD, CT– In a bipartisan vote Thursday, the House advanced the first of two expected constitutional amendments to let Connecticut voters weigh in on the state’s election laws through a referendum question on early voting. Lawmakers are considering two voting resolutions this year. Both would put ballot questions before state voters to consider changing the…

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Vaccine Safety Key for Pregnant Women

HARTFORD, CT — With recent guidance from the Centers for Disease Control as to the safety of vaccines for pregnant women, medical providers who work with expectant mothers are encouraging them to get vaccinated to prevent serious illness. “The idea of giving vaccinations to pregnant women is not new by any means and it’s something…

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Suburban Zoners Seek Third Way

They lamented “veiled accusations of racism,” a “crafty developer,” and a “missed opportunity” for land-use compromise. Then suburban zoners got to work bringing rules for multi-family housing next door to New Haven into the 21st century. Those suburban zoning reform gears started grinding Monday night during the latest regular monthly meeting of the Woodbridge Town…

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House Votes Imminent On Voting Access

Democratic House leaders said Tuesday they plan to hold votes within the next week to authorize referendums on constitutional amendments easing restrictions to absentee ballots and allowing early voting.  House Speaker Matt Ritter and Majority Leader Jason Rojas told reporters they would raise both resolutions, likely on separate days, by next Tuesday. They have planned…

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House Sends Adoptee Birth Certificate Bill To Senate

The House passed legislation Tuesday that will give adoptees born before 1983 access to their original birth certificate with the names of their birth parents. The bill passed 115-28. “It will allow me to go to City Hall in Hartford, where I was born, and make a request for a government document that’s actually the truth,”…

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Free Inmate Phone Calls Find Funding And Votes

A bill that would make phone calls to inmates free cleared its last committee hurdle and will move on to the Senate after the Appropriations Committee voted to advance it, 46 to 2. Rep. Josh Elliott, D-Hamden, who has championed making the calls to state prisons free for three years, hailed the vote as a…

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Pedestrian, Traffic Camera Proposal Advances

A bill aimed at making Connecticut roads safer for pedestrians – which includes a pilot program allowing towns and cities to install traffic enforcement cameras – cleared a second legislative committee Monday with bipartisan support.  The Finance Committee approved the omnibus proposal that is designed to curb the number of pedestrians and cyclists killed by…

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OP-ED | What If No One Was Watching?

But for the video, the Minneapolis Police Department may have succeeded in convincing the world, the case of George Floyd was nothing more than a middle-age man who happened to die of an unknown affliction, while being arrested by hard-working police officers, who saw he needed help and called an ambulance on his behalf.

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OP-ED | Affordable Drug Pricing Is Possible

Mike Finley says it’s tough to understand the reasoning behind lawmakers who, on one hand, are working to encourage vaccinations and trust in science, while on the other they are proposing to gut the very system that enabled COVID-19 vaccines to be developed in record time.

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OP-ED | Raising Taxes on the Rich: How Much is Too Much?

President Joe Biden’s spending proposals are all pretty popular right now; turns out people actually like it when government uses taxpayer money to do big, important things like rebuild the country’s infrastructure. They even like his proposal to raise taxes on the rich to help pay for these programs.

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