News organizations across the country used to write these kind of high-interest, insider stories about their D.C. delegations all the time. Stories on congressional travel were part of the repertoire.
Mirror reporters attend hearings and other events, but rather than just relay what happened, they often use these as jumping off points to examine issues more deeply and from various perspectives. This week we ran a story by health reporter Arielle Levin Becker that was far more than just a report on a public hearing.
What? You haven’t read every CT Mirror story on the opening of the 2014 legislative session?
If you blinked this week, you missed something — it was a non-stop cascade of news and events of interest to Connecticut residents.
A weekly report on stories and other content from The Connecticut Mirror.
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.
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 […]
It was a where-were-you-when-you-heard-about-it? event. I stood in the small newsroom of WNPR, staring up at a TV with a half-dozen others. A producer sat at her computer, scanning the initial reports coming in from other news outlets. “CBS radio says 26 are dead,” she said in a flat tone, while a reporter standing behind her thrust […]
Are you a businesswoman? A doctor? A mayor, plumber, teacher, storeowner, college president or student? Maybe you’re even a state legislator. If you live and/or work in Connecticut — The Mirror wants to hear from you. We’re publishing a special online publication in January, and we want to include as many comments, suggestions and complaints […]
The Newtown effect This week, in a half-dozen stories, a video and one particularly striking graphic, we tried to assess how Connecticut has absorbed and responded to the terrible event of a year ago. We talked with mental health experts to see if we’re changing how we approach mental illness. We spoke with school personnel to determine if […]
A week from today is the anniversary of the killings at Sandy Hook Elementary School, an event that will be marked with public observances, including in Washington. Gov. Malloy has asked that church bells ring next Saturday morning, once for each of the 26 victims. He’s also suggested that individuals take a moment of silence and […]
Three weeks remain if you’d planned to sign up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act in Connecticut – if you want that coverage to start Jan. 1.
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.
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.”
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 […]