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 jrabe@ctmirror.org.

Jake Kara

Jake is a former managing editor of The Ridgefield Press, a Hersam Acorn newspaper. He worked for the community newspaper chain as a reporter and editor for five years before joining the Mirror staff. He studied professional writing at Western Connecticut State University and is a graduate student in computer science at Harvard Extension School.

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Malloy would cut local aid deeply to offset eroding CT tax receipts

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has recommended more than $700 million in cuts to municipal aid to help compensate for a $1.5 billion projected decline in state income tax receipts over the next two years. Continue Reading →

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One option for promoting faster public Internet still on the table

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A bill that would have prevented towns from using their reserved space on telephone poles to provide high-speed Internet services to the public failed to gain enough traction to get out of committee this session. That leaves an option on the table for town and municipal officials looking for creative ways to improve the state’s Internet infrastructure. Continue Reading →

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State releases revamped grades for every school – and most drop

The zero-to-100 grade the state gives every public school and district each year declined for the vast majority of public schools and districts. But the state’s education commissioner said the widespread declines should be seen as part of a recalibration of the grading system. Most students scored better on standardized tests. Continue Reading →

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Clinton out-raises Trump in CT defense-industry campaign cash

WASHINGTON — Following a national trend, Connecticut’s defense workers and their bosses overwhelmingly gave to the campaign of Hillary Clinton while slighting that of Donald Trump. According to a Connecticut Mirror analysis, as of the end of August, the Clinton campaign raised more than $56,000 from individuals who work for the state’s defense industry, while the Trump campaign raised only $3,094. Continue Reading →

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CT financial industry that backed Romney shunning Trump

WASHINGTON — Mitt Romney raised more than $1.5 million from people connected to Connecticut’s financial services industry, but few of those deep-pocketed donors are giving to Donald Trump. An analysis by the Connecticut Mirror shows that, as of the end of July, Trump had only raised about $11,000 from that sector. Continue Reading →

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Trump’s fundraising woes extend to Connecticut

Washington – Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump has raised less than $50,000 in political cash in Connecticut, while Democratic rival Hillary Clinton pulled in $3.6 million, the latest filings with the Federal Elections Commission shows. Trump’s money deficit in the state is in line with the yawning gap with Clinton he has in fundraising across the nation Continue Reading →

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Republican primary results in Connecticut, town by town

These town by town results shown are drawn from the first use of a new electronic reporting system run by the Secretary of the State’s office to gather election returns shortly after the polls close. Results are likely to be incomplete, because participation by town election officials was voluntary. Use of the new system will be mandatory in the general election in November. Check the Democratic results

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