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Posted inPolitics

Connecticut’s eye on Washington

In the past month, our Washington writer Ana Radelat has written a series of stories that looks at how Connecticut interacts with Capitol Hill. These are stories that readers could find nowhere else but in the Mirror. And they were stories that mattered – to our pocketbooks and, I’d like to believe, to our sense of who are as Connecticut residents and citizens.

Posted inNews

Politics & Ice in Connecticut

Flying Ice  Thirteen years ago, Rep. Larry Cafero started trying to get a law passed that would fine drivers who failed to clean ice and snow from their roofs, thus creating a potential hazard for anything in their wake. When, in 2001, the Norwalk Republican, and House minority leader, first proposed the measure aimed at grounding […]

Posted inHealth

Obamacare, the state college system, and justice v. redemption for juvenile offenders

Nationwide, the week started badly for Obamacare and plunged downhill from there. In Connecticut, whose insurance exchange Access Health CT continues to roll along quite smoothly, officials worked all week to determine how to react to the president’s proposal that insurers be allowed to renew policies in 2014 even if they don’t comply with the Affordable Care Act. Obama’s plan was in response to the anger of millions of policyholders whose health plans are being canceled.

Posted inEducation

UConn, Obamacare and a projected $1.1 billion deficit for Connecticut

The sexual assault controversy hovering over the University of Connecticut underscored much of the news coverage this week. As Mirror Education Writer Jacqueline Rabe Thomas reported: UConn President Susan Herbst said she hadn’t intended to dismiss the accusations of students who said they’d been assaulted — her comments had been “misunderstood.”

Posted inNews

Bridgeport Schools, Mental Health, Achievement Gap, 2013 CT Elections

Friday afternoon:  Just like that, Paul Vallas is gone.  Even his supporters, education reporter Jacqueline Rabe Thomas wrote, concede that the nationally known Vallas -– who has been acting leader of the Bridgeport school system for two years — has been “a polarizing figure“ in Connecticut. Friday afternoon, Part 2:  In another quick move (that actually […]