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Newsroom employment in the United States has dropped by 26% since 2008, according to the Pew Research Center. It’s a trend that’s been happening over time at the same time as social media has become a more powerful draw.  But what’s behind that Tweet? And is that Instagram story actually real? You can’t believe everything…

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Monroe 5th Grader Elected Next CT Kid Governor On Mental Health Platform

Sitting next to her friends at Monroe Elementary School, fifth grader Elisavet “Ellie” Mendez didn’t know she was about to become the next CT Kid Governor.  Coordinators of the CT Kid Governor program – a civics program created by the Connecticut Democracy Center – kept Mendez’s election a secret until the big announcement on Tuesday,…

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CEA Survey Finds Educators Are Looking To Leave

The Connecticut Education Association surveyed its membership and found three-quarters of them are looking to leave the profession early – many are looking for a different career or to retire.  “I don’t know how much more of a siren I can wail on the sense of urgency around this issue,” CEA President Kate Dias said…

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Wall Street Upgrades Connecticut Bonds

S&P Global Ratings upgraded Connecticut’s general obligation bonds from A+ to AA-. At the same time it upgraded Connecticut’s special tax obligation bonds for transportation from AA- to AA and the University of Connecticut bonds from A+ to AA-.  The news comes a year after all four major credit rating agencies upgraded Connecticut’s general obligation…

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Tong Opens Civil Investigation Into Altice Optimum

Following nearly 500 consumer complaints over a five year period, Connecticut Attorney General William Tong is opening up an investigation into Altice Optimum’s Internet service, including slow speeds and hidden fees.  Tong said consumers who contacted his office ran home speed tests and they discovered they were not receiving the 300 Mbps and 400 Mbps…

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OP-ED | The Nuclear Threat Got Too Real

NATO held its breath on November 15th, when two missiles fired in Ukraine struck a Polish town and killed two people. There had long been a fear that Russia might attack Poland because weapons and supplies from NATO were being held there before being given to the Ukranians to use in their war. The phrase “World War III” began trending on Twitter, and it looked…

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Thanksgiving Travel Expected To Increase This Year

While most people are expected to drive, air travel is increasing this Thanksgiving holiday. Bradley International Airport is expecting 90,000 people to pass through its gates this week during a busy Thanksgiving holiday. The busiest days will be Tuesday and Wednesday before the Thanksgiving holiday and the following Saturday and Sunday.  “We are excited to…

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More Than 1.2 million Mattresses Recycled Since 2015

When Connecticut residents recycle their old mattresses and box springs, they transform into other useful items such as carpet padding, insulation, filters and new steel products, according to The Mattress Recycling Council.  The non-profit organization said its “ByeBye Mattress” program had a strong seventh year, reporting that it recycled 205,000 mattresses and box spring units…

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What Voter Turnout Shows, And Hides, About Elections

The voter turnout in 2020 was a stunning 67%, according to one source. Another had it at 94%. A third fixed 2020 voter turnout at 63%. All three are correct — because they do the math differently. They’re comparing actual voters with the number of eligible voters, registered voters and Americans of voting age, respectively.…

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ICYMI: Post-Thanksgiving Special Session Takes Shape

Connecticut lawmakers plan to meet for a special session after Thanksgiving to commit more funding to an energy assistance program, increase bonuses for some essential workers and extend breaks on bus fares and the gas tax, House Speaker Matt Ritter said Friday. That agenda solidified Thursday following a meeting between Gov. Ned Lamont and legislative…

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OP-ED | Will the 2022 Election Bring Common Sense Back to the GOP?

Not too long after the Republican party fell under the influence of Donald Trump, I’ve been hearing a voice in my head. It sounds a lot like Joseph Welch, the lawyer who confronted anti-communist Joseph McCarthy during the Army-McCarthy hearings in 1954: “Have you no sense of decency, sir? At long last, have you left no sense of decency?”

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OP-ED | Bipartisan Transportation Choice

Freedom. Choice. Public safety. Balanced budgets. These are widely shared American ideals. Towns, cities, states, and our federal government impact those ideals when making systemic infrastructure choices around transportation and setting funding, policy, and design standards. With the noise of the mid-term elections behind us, we can look forward to, maybe, getting stuff done at different levels of government over the next few years. 

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Most Connecticut Electric Bills To Increase Nearly 50%

Connecticut residents will see their electric bills increase almost 50% over what they currently pay, according to new filings with the state Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA). Citing global demand, both Eversource and United Illuminating have informed regulators that the supply portion of consumers’ bills will increase by nearly 100%, and as a result, customers’…

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Connecticut Adds A Net 500 Jobs In October

Connecticut added 1,100 private sector jobs while losing 600 government jobs in October, according to monthly statistics released Thursday by the Labor Department which reported a modest net uptick that continues a 10-month streak of job growth. The report contained tepid good news on the state’s employment situation. The net 500-job increase accompanied a slight…

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OP-ED | The 2022 Wipeout: What Will Connecticut’s GOP Learn From It?

As it became clear in the wee hours of Wednesday morning that another Democratic sweep of Connecticut’s statewide and congressional offices was inevitable, I asked myself a variation of Albert Einstein’s now-famous quote about insanity: How can Republicans in our state think that the same strategy that has failed them multiple times will work if they simply deploy it over and over again?

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