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OP-ED | Political Party Endorsements Are Impactful, But Not This Time

Our state political parties are pretty stodgy when it comes to candidate recruitment, convention rules, and party procedures. This process includes candidates being endorsed by chosen convention delegates (through their respective local party committees) for registered party voters in primary elections. Connecticut saw the results of low turnout this week and voters supported state-party endorsed candidates with one exception: Connecticut’s Republican candidate for the U.S.…

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ANALYSIS | Another CT Healthcare Story of Wasted Money and Missed Opportunities

An excellent investigation by C-HIT published Tuesday found that the Connecticut Office of Health Strategy has squandered $20 million in federal funds and delayed for years a key health improvement system that could be protecting our health today. The C-HIT investigation took the better part of a year, encountered serious roadblocks from OHS, and only scratches the surface of the mess.

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ANALYSIS | Levy Shocks Klarides, Endorsed Candidates Roll

Leora Levy is the GOP nominee for U.S. Senate in Connecticut. She’ll face off against Richard Blumenthal in the fall. She easily defeated well-known moderate Republican Themis Klarides, who served as House minority leader up until 2021, and in doing so almost certainly torpedoed any chance her party has of racking up some much-needed wins in November.

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‘No Tolls’ Co-Founder Teams Up With Stefanowski

As this year’s gubernatorial election entered its final three months, Republican candidate Bob Stefanowski named Patrick Sasser, a Stamford firefighter and organizer of a successful campaign against highway tolls in Connecticut, as his new campaign manager.

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OP-ED | Marching Toward the Abyss As Potential For War Increases

The last two weeks have seen the global temperature rise considerably, and I’m not talking about climate change. Despite our hopes to the contrary, the 21st century has been full of belligerence and war fought by the United States, Russia, and China. Until now, these large, heavily armed nations have avoided direct conflict with each other. The potential for war has increased though, and it’s…

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OP-ED | Can Yang’s Third Party Succeed? Depends On Where ‘Forward’ Is

In my most frustrated moments after I’ve tried and failed to get started on a writing project, I often prompt myself by muttering, “There’s got to be another way.” Alas, I find myself doing much the same thing as I try to assess the state of politics in the United States and even in Connecticut specifically. With apologies to my Democratic and Republican friends, whose…

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Proto Counters That Biden Is On The Ballot

Democratic Gov. Ned Lamont and the endorsed slate of constitutional candidates spent Wednesday morning telling the media that former President Donald Trump, who endorsed Republican Senate candidate Leora Levy, is on the ballot. By the afternoon, Connecticut’s Republican Party Chairman Ben Proto, was telling the media that it’s President Joe Biden that’s on the ballot.

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OP-ED | Drought in Connecticut? Getting Smart About Water Use

I was driving through farmland this weekend, just a few miles up the Connecticut River in western Massachusetts, when I saw a thick haze covering the road ahead. It wasn’t fog; the sun was bright and hot, and the sky clear. Instead, it was a cloud of dust blowing off the nearby fields, stirred up by strong winds. It’s been a hot, dry summer, all…

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Ned: Trump on the Ballot

A day after Connecticut Republicans nominated a Trump-backed candidate in the state’s U.S. Senate race, Democratic Gov. Ned Lamont said the primary results put the former president back on the ballot in the coming November election.

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Levy Seeks The Support of Trump Republicans

A small number of Connecticut’s 450,000 registered Republican voters will head to the polls today to decide which of the three candidates they want to challenge U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal in November.  The race, which hasn’t garnered much attention, changed in recent days when former President Donald Trump endorsed Leora Levy.  Levy has been a Republican National Committee member since 2015. She flipped from a…

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How Misinformation About COVID Vaccines and Pregnancy Took Root Early On and Why It Won’t Go Away

Even before the COVID-19 vaccine was authorized, there was a plan to discredit it. Leaders in the anti-vaccination movement attended an online conference in October 2020 — two months before the first shot was administered — where one speaker presented on “The 5 Reasons You Might Want to Avoid a COVID-19 Vaccine” and another referred…

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A Reminder of the Janus Decision

It’s been five years since the Supreme Court decision in Janus that allows public-sector union members to opt out without penalty, and one new organization wants to make sure teachers in Connecticut know their rights. Outside the Connecticut Education Association’s summer conference at Foxwoods Resort Casino, Americans for Fair Treatment, purchased a roaming billboard that read: “CT Teachers Can Opt Out.”  “Teachers have been through…

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State Officials Nixed Health Information Network Computer Software They Spent $20M Developing

When Connecticut needed a computer system for its planned health information network, it came up with a novel solution. Instead of hiring consultants, the state tapped the University of Connecticut to develop the software for the network known as Connie. In 2017, the school created a new unit called UConn Analytics and Information Management Solutions –…

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Gas Prices Down 78 Cents Since Last Month

Gas prices continue to drop in Connecticut, but remain higher than the national average. The price of a gallon of regular gasoline is down 78 cents over the month according to AAA, but Connecticut’s average is still $4.20 per gallon, while the national average is $4.03.

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Thomas, Russell Clinch Democratic Nomination

Very little separated the candidates on the issues, but voters ultimately chose the Democratic Party’s endorsed candidates, Rep. Stephanie Thomas for secretary of the state and Erick Russell for state treasurer.  In her acceptance speech, Thomas appealed to unaffiliated voters and Republican voters, who are looking for an “alternative to conspiracy theories and the sowing…

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Trump Surprises Levy With Endorsement

Former President Donald Trump surprised Leora Levy, one of the three candidates vying to challenge U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, with an endorsement Thursday. The endorsement comes as the party decides what role the former president should play within the party. In a statement, Trump through his Save America PAC, said Levy “will work hard to Grow the Economy, Secure the Border, Fight for Energy Independence,…

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Early Turnout Looks To Be Light

It was only four hours into voting, but turnout was low at West Hartford’s Conard High School.  Lt. Gov. Susan Bysiewicz, a former secretary of the state, said she hoped voting would exceed the 15 to 20% turnout predictions. She said she expected turnout to be higher in places with local legislative primaries and probate…

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Podcast | How Safe Is Your Car?

The Connecticut East podcast visits Consumer Reports’ Auto Test Center, where the magazine’s auto safety and performance experts put new vehicles through their paces to help consumers make good purchasing decisions. Plus, we take a look at other stories making the headlines from around the region.

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Low Voter Turnout Predicted

Hot weather, lower-profile races and lingering concern over COVID-19 may all contribute to low voter turnout during Tuesday’s primary election in Connecticut, former Secretary of the State Denise Merrill said Monday.  Democrats and Republicans will head to the polls Tuesday to pick their candidates in a handful of races. Republicans will settle a three-way primary…

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