Kyle Constable

Kyle Constable

Kyle, the former State Capitol beat writer for The Daily Campus at the University of Connecticut, is a reporter at the Connecticut Mirror. He is an undergraduate at UConn, studying journalism, and previously worked for the Mirror as the 2016 summer reporting fellow and as an intern during the 2016 state legislative session. Email him at

Jacqueline Rabe Thomas


Jacqueline won two first prizes from the national Education Writers Association for her work in 2012 – one in beat reporting for her overall education coverage, and the other, with Keith Phaneuf, in investigative reporting on a series of stories revealing questionable monetary and personnel actions taken by the Board of Regents for Higher Education. Before coming to The Mirror, Jacqueline was a reporter, online editor and website developer for The Washington Post Co.'s Maryland newspaper chains. She has also worked for Congressional Quarterly and the Toledo Free Press. A graduate of Bowling Green State University, Jacqueline is in the public policy master’s program at Trinity College. E-mail her at

Recent Posts

GOP looking to gain CT House seats, despite presidential year

State Rep. Aundre Bumgardner, R-Groton, on the campaign trail.

The last time Republicans won a majority in the Connecticut House, they had the assistance of a Ronald Reagan landslide and a party lever that encouraged straight ticket voting. But the GOP sees opportunity for gains this year in open Democratic seats and polls showing an electorate deeply dissatisfied with a Democratic governor and General Assembly. Continue Reading →

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Federal rail official: ‘No elevated track’ in Old Lyme; spokesman creates doubt, but later clarifies

More than 500 people turned out at Lyme-Old Lyme High School Wednesday afternoon for a meeting on a proposed rail bypass that would run through Old Lyme's historic district.

OLD LYME — Less than an hour after a top federal rail administrator Wednesday renewed her agency’s promise not to build an aerial rail line through Old Lyme’s historic district, a spokesman for the agency backpedaled on the statement and said it could not be ruled out entirely. The spokesman later amended his comments and reaffirmed the agency’s commitment. Continue Reading →

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Blumenthal, others who helped sales of EpiPen, want probe of price hikes

An EpiPen two-pak from Mylan

WASHINGTON — Like other lawmakers who are now calling for an investigation of the massive price hikes in price hikes of EpiPens, Sen. Richard Blumenthal backed legislation that encouraged schools to stock the auto injector that delivers a drug that counters the effects of a fatal allergic reaction. Continue Reading →

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Despite sweltering heat, Trump draws thousands, blasts Malloy

Republican presidential candidate Donald J. Trump holds a sign he said showed how little he had received in contributions from people who work at hedge funds compared to Hillary Clinton.

FAIRFIELD – Republican presidential nominee Donald J. Trump brushed aside skepticism about his decision to campaign in a deep-blue state and drew about 5,000 people to a rally here Saturday on the hottest day of the year. Trump tailored his message to include heavy criticism of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, a litany of statistics about the state’s sluggish economy, and the pointed question, “How did you lose General Electric?” Continue Reading →

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Opponents organizing to derail new route for high-speed trains

An Amtrak Acela train crosses over the Connecticut River into Old Lyme.

OLD LYME — As federal officials near a decision on a railroad proposal residents are calling destructive and wasteful, about 70 people from across the southeastern Connecticut’s shoreline gathered Friday with local, state and federal lawmakers at a forum at Old Lyme Town Hall to find out how they could help stop it “dead in its tracks.” Continue Reading →

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Early Childhood Commissioner Myra Jones-Taylor to step down

Myra Jones-Taylor testifies before the senate HELP Committee

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced Friday that Myra Jones-Taylor, commissioner of the state Office of Early Childhood, will step down from her position effective Sept. 1. She is leaving to pursue “new professional opportunities,” the governor’s office said. Continue Reading →

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Eyeing revenue, UConn keeps separate Hartford business campus

100 Constitution Plaza, the location of UConn's Graduate Business Learning Center in Hartford

The University of Connecticut will keep its Hartford-based graduate business programs at Constitution Plaza, scrapping plans to consolidate at a single downtown campus next year. The decision allows the already profitable programs to continue expanding, the university said. Continue Reading →

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Blumenthal says he will fight federal GMO labeling restrictions

Sen. Richard Blumenthal speaking in support of funding to research and overcome the Zika virus.

U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., said Thursday he will continue to fight federal preemption of state GMO-labeling laws and plans to introduce legislation to repeal it in the next session. Such legislation would face an uphill fight in Congress. Continue Reading →

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Malloy: ‘I have not’ received a subpoena in federal investigation

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy answers questions from reporters at the State Armory Tuesday morning.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said Tuesday he has not received a subpoena to testify in a federal investigation into the Connecticut Democratic Party’s fundraising efforts during the 2014 elections. Continue Reading →

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Report: State agencies cut overtime costs by $37 million in FY16

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After releasing an initial report last month showing significant savings in overtime costs, the legislature’s nonpartisan fiscal analysts announced Tuesday that state agencies spent about $37.1 million less on overtime in the fiscal year that ended in June than in the year before. Continue Reading →

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