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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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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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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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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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Connecticut Energy Assistance Program May Receive an Extra $20 Million

A federal heating assistance program appeared likely to get a funding boost from Congress this week after it was included in a stopgap budget bill, potentially providing more support for low-income Connecticut households during the coming winter.  Funding for the state’s Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program dropped to roughly $79 million this year after having…

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Teachers Say ‘No’ To Remote Learning For Sick Students

Connecticut’s two teacher unions said Wednesday that the state Education Department’s guidance on remote instruction “is inequitable, and jeopardizes the education of our most vulnerable students.” They said not only does it harm education, but that it violates a law passed in the 2022 session prohibiting dual teaching – the practice of having one educator…

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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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Women Give Blumenthal The Edge Over Levy

U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal held a 13 point lead over Republican Leora Levy in a poll released Wednesday morning by CT Insider and Channel 3 Eyewitness News, which found the incumbent Democrat with a 30 point advantage among women.

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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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OP-ED | Can Connecticut Preserve America’s Largest Wildlife Refuge?

Rarely, we have the remote chance of seeing the Northern Lights if there is a geomagnetic storm when there are no clouds and we are in a part of the state that is free of light pollution, whereas in Alaska, you can stand in a gravel driveway north of Fairbanks at 3 in the morning and take in the dazzling performance of undulating emerald and…

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Study: Despite Efforts, Diversity Gap Widens

While state leaders have prioritized teacher diversity in public schools, the gap between the number of diverse teachers has not kept up with the number of diverse students in the districts they serve, according to a study released by Education Reform Now (ERN), a nonpartisan and nonprofit education advocacy group.  The issue is one that needs…

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OP-ED | Invest In The Future, Not A Dirty Deal

There has been a lot in the news lately about the “Dirty Deal” struck in Congress by legislators working to get the Inflation Reduction Act passed. The follow on bill was negotiated by Democratic Senator Joe Manchin from West Virginia, who had been blocking the passage of the larger bill. The bill would fast-track several fossil-fuel projects including the Mountain Valley Pipeline in West Virginia.

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Social Equity Council Votes To Give Some Cannabis Companies A Second Shot

A Connecticut panel charged with ensuring the equitable issuance of cannabis business licenses reversed course Monday and voted to reconsider the applications of a handful of companies it had previously denied as failing to meet its criteria.  The state Social Equity Council clarified its requirements for the level of ownership and control an applicant from…

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More Lottery Winners For Cannabis Businesses Announced

The state announced the first eight winners of the general lottery to grow and sell cannabis for recreational use in Connecticut.  This is the second round of announcements. The first round went to social equity applicants who have individuals impacted by the War on Drugs involved in their business operations.  Six companies won retail licenses and two won micro-cultivator licenses. The retailer licenses went to…

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OP-ED | The Topsy-turvy Politics Of An Election Year

While oil and natural gas prices have come down significantly since they peaked, the cost of both are still much higher than they were at this time last year thanks to the impact on energy prices from the war in Ukraine, combined with the highest inflation seen in decades. To make matters worse, the Farmer’s Almanac is predicting a cold, snowy fall and winter.

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