3 GOP challengers looking to oust Esty

5th D no overline

WASHINGTON-- Rep. Elizabeth Esty's latest Republican challengers may not have Andrew Roraback’s name recognition or Mark Greenberg’s wealth, but they are all determined to win the right to represent the 5th District in Congress and change the composition of Connecticut’s all-Democratic congressional delegation. They are Matt Maxwell of Sandy Hook, Clay Cope of Sherman and John Pistone of Brookfield. Continue Reading →

Trying for a breath of fresh air in treating asthma

An image from the Connecticut Hospital Association's "When asthma attacks" campaign, intended to change patients' perceptions about the condition.

Asthma affects Connecticut residents at higher rates than the nation's population as a whole, and it's on the rise. Several local efforts are trying to make headway in changing the course of the disease, using approaches some say could serve as a model for addressing other chronic illnesses that are more heavily influenced by what happens in a patient's daily life than treatment in the medical system. Continue Reading →

Questions about a $16.8 million award — and the meaning of innocence

Sean Adams, free after 17 years, hugs the daughter born after his arrest.

State Claims Commissioner J. Paul Vance Jr. and his role as the sole authority over how Connecticut reimburses the wrongly incarcerated faces questions at the State Capitol after his award of $16.8 million last month to four former members of a New Haven street gang, the Island Brothers. Are the standards clear? And should his awards be subject to review? Continue Reading →

Officials consider unlinking student test scores, teacher evaluations

A social studies class at East Hartford Middle School

When Gov. Dannel P. Malloy proclaimed 2012 as "The Year of Education Reform," superintendents, teachers union leaders and school board members joined forces to tie teacher evaluations to test scores and student and parent surveys. But the results of the evaluations have been shrouded in secrecy ever since, and now key supporters say the system has some serious shortcomings. Continue Reading →