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OP-ED | In My Corner Of Connecticut, Two Competitive Races Stand Out

While the 5th District congressional election might be close, few observers give the Republican Party much of a chance of retaking one or more houses in the Connecticut General Assembly. I share that sentiment, in part because turnout in non-presidential years tends to be light and low turnout generally favors incumbents. To wit, the last time the Connecticut Republicans made truly significant gains was in…

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At Bagel Shop, Stefanowski Highlights ‘Recession’

Bob Stefanowski saw a recession and job losses on the menu at Bruegger’s Bagels Tuesday and charged them to Ned Lamont’s account. Stefanowski, the Republican candidate for governor, and lieutenant governor candidate Laura Devlin served the press that argument at a media availability event held at the Whitney Avenue restaurant. They seized on the latest figures showing that Connecticut’s Gross…

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Judge Orders New Democratic Primary In Bridgeport

Democrats in Bridgeport will hold another primary election to choose a state representative nominee following a Tuesday ruling by a Superior Court judge in a lawsuit related to contested results in a race between candidate Marcus Brown and incumbent Jack Hennessy.  The 14-page ruling by Judge Barry Stevens followed two recounts and weeks of litigation between Hennessy, a legislative veteran first elected in 2005, and…

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OP-ED | Privatizing Government Services is a Real Mixed Bag

Last week, Gov. Ned Lamont squared off against Bob Stefanowski and Rob Hotaling in their first debate. If this is news to you, don’t worry, you didn’t miss much. However, Stefanowski did appear to suggest privatizing, at least in part, state transportation infrastructure such as Bradley Airport. 

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Braswell Certifies Surplus

Despite the economic uncertainty, Connecticut’s state budget is still in the black, according to state Comptroller Natalie Braswell. In her monthly letter, Braswell certified a nearly $445 million surplus, which puts the state on track to end the fiscal year with a $2.3 billion budget surplus.

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Insurance Department Delays Hearing On Health Costs

Last month after approving double-digit health insurance rate hikes, Insurance Commissioner Andrew Mais promised to hold a hearing to further explain the rate setting process and the cost of health care. However, Oct. 3 has come and gone and no hearing has been held. Republican lawmakers made sure to point out the delay.

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OP-ED | Where Are The Indigenous History Markers And Statues?

Throughout my bicycle travels of the Northeast and Midwest I have stopped to read many historical markers. I like to see what happened there, learn the history of buildings, and better understand the arc of human civilization and society in each place along the way. From a train crash to early resident life to highlights of historical industries, the signs give me a slice of…

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PURA Wants The Public To Get Involved

One thing consumers should imagine when thinking about what exactly Connecticut’s Public Utilities Regulation Authority (PURA) does, is to think along the lines of Law and Order or Perry Mason, according to PURA Chairman Marissa Gillett.

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Judge To Hear Arguments in State Treasurer Campaign Complaint

A Hartford Superior Court judge will hear oral arguments Monday morning in a lawsuit brought by Republican state treasurer candidate Harry Arora who is seeking to remove his Independent Party rival from the November ballot. Arora, a state legislator from Greenwich, has asked Judge John Farley to bar independent treasurer candidate Jennifer Baldwin from the…

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Rates of Women Voter Registrations Are Surging — Particularly Where Reproductive Rights Are Threatened

The Supreme Court’s reversal of Roe v. Wade in June confirmed what many Americans already knew—that the highly polarizing issue of abortion would continue to divide people personally and politically. But the decision also had a less predictable outcome: Women have been registering to vote at very high rates in several conservative states where abortion access is either limited or practically nonexistent.

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CSMS Inaugurates Its 184th President

One of the nation’s oldest medical societies has just inaugurated its 184th president. The Connecticut State Medical Society has inaugurated Dr. David Hass, a gastroenterologist, to succeed outgoing President Dr. Ron Adelman.

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Trailing, Stefanowski Stays The Course

Bob Stefanowski has a strategy for turning around the momentum in the home stretch of the governor’s race: keep talking about parent’s rights and crime and inflation. The Republican candidate has been hammering those themes as the race for governor enters its final six weeks. Meanwhile, gas prices have dropped to their lowest point in 18 months.…

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On Surplus, Dems, GOP Switch Sides

New Haven and Hamden Democratic state lawmakers threw their support behind fiscal ​“discipline” and recession preparedness when faced with a question that will likely dominate this year’s legislative session. Read more from the New Haven Independent.

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OP-ED | Often Overlooked, Affordable Housing Becomes A Campaign Issue

Here’s a very quick straw poll of everyone in the room. Anyone who thinks affordable housing isn’t a problem in Connecticut, speak now or forever hold your peace. The directive is followed by a deafening silence. That’s because if there’s one thing conservatives and progressives alike can agree on, it’s that housing in the state is too expensive.

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Food Insecurity Doubles For Families With Children

The U.S. Census Bureau announced last week that the federal child tax credit contributed to a decline in child poverty and a new survey from DataHaven and Siena College Research Institute found that since its expiration food insecurity for families with children has nearly doubled.  A survey of 1,196 randomly-selected adults in every Connecticut town found that food insecurity went from 12% in the second…

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