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  • Fines increase to $10,000 for CT businesses that violate COVID-19 rules

    11/24/2020 7:15:05 PM PST · by matt04 · 18 replies
    Governor Ned Lamont signed an executive order Tuesday increasing the amount CT business can be fined for violating the COVID-19 sector rules and capacity limited. Businesses can now be fined $10,000 per violation. The order goes into effect at 12:01 AM Thursday, November 26. Lamont says the action was taken in response after receiving feedback from municipal leaders, public health officials, and people from within the business community. “The sector rules and capacity limits we’ve implemented are intended to mitigate the spread of this disease to the greatest extent possible,” Governor Lamont said. “While the overwhelming majority of businesses in...
  • Connecticut adds Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and California to COVID-19 travel advisory but exempts Rhode Island

    10/28/2020 4:40:20 PM PDT · by matt04 · 9 replies
    Connecticut added Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and California to its COVID-19 travel advisory Tuesday, making 40 states and two territories now on the list — plus two others that would qualify if not for agreements in place with governors there. There are now only seven states whose recent COVID-19 numbers fall below Connecticut travel advisory thresholds: Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, New York, Oregon, Washington and Hawaii. Visitors from states listed on the advisory must fill out a travel form upon arriving in Connecticut, then either present proof of a negative coronavirus test or quarantine for 14 days. States are automatically added when...
  • Courant Presidential Endorsement: You probably think you can vote for Donald Trump but not support racism; here’s why you’re wrong

    10/18/2020 11:11:51 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 63 replies
    The Hartford Courant ^ | OCTOBER 18, 2020 | Editorial
    Chances are you’ve already made up your mind about whom to vote for as we decide who’s going to be the next president of the United States. You probably are also aware there’s no way The Hartford Courant or most any other newspaper is going to endorse Republican Donald Trump for reelection. There are many reasons for that, and we’re not going to go into them in great detail here. If you are voting for Democrat Joe Biden, you know what they are. If you’re voting for Trump, you probably don’t care. But there is one issue that demands a...
  • Republicans call on Lamont to pause Police Accountability bill after State Police resources deployed into Hartford

    10/17/2020 11:43:16 AM PDT · by matt04 · 15 replies
    Mayor Luke Bronin hosted a Virtual Town Hall with several city leaders Saturday morning. The Zoom event is set to discuss public safety in the capital city, officials said. Bronin will be joined by Hartford’s new State’s Attorney Sharmese Walcott, City Council President Maly D. Rosado, members of the City Council, Police Chief Jason Thody and Assistant Police Chief Rafael Medina. ... Governor Lamont said this week he is directing the Connecticut State Police to provide the Hartford Police Department with resources targeting gun violence. Republican lawmakers are now calling on Lamont to suspend the state’s police accountability law in...
  • Motion to stop Gov. Lamont's (D-CT) decision on emergency power fails in vote; powers will extend to Feburary 2021

    09/04/2020 5:29:51 PM PDT · by matt04 · 34 replies
    Both Democrats and Republicans came together this morning to vote on if Governor Ned Lamont's decision on extending the emergency declaration powers to February would be overturned In a vote 6-4, the special committee voted on party lines to allow Gov. Lamont's decision to move forward. The extension, which would be in place until February 2021, means certain COVID-19 measures will remain until changed otherwise by the governor. “The public health emergency is not over. Period. We have a duty to protect the people of this state. Politics cannot interfere with this duty. Wear your mask. Social Distance. Minimize large...
  • More than 97% of state police union members vote 'no confidence' in Gov. Lamont (CT)

    09/01/2020 6:21:45 PM PDT · by matt04 · 20 replies
    On Monday evening, the Connecticut State Police Union said more than 97 percent of its troopers have voted saying they have no confidence in Gov. Ned Lamont. The union said of 850 members, 716 of them cast ballots, but 707 were valid. Of those ballots, Lamont received 687 votes of “No Confidence,” Commissioner James Rovella received 681 votes of “No Confidence,” and Lt. Colonel J. Scott Eckersley received 682 votes of “No Confidence.” This comes about one month after Lamont signed a controversial police reform bill into law. These results have sent a clear and direct message. Our membership showed...
  • Field hospital taken down at St. Francis is a sign of hope and progress

    05/14/2020 5:41:53 PM PDT · by matt04 · 1 replies
    Part of the hospital surge plan, the 25 bed mobile field hospital would have served as another floor of St. Francis Hospital specifically to treat COVID patients You can call it a symbol of progress. Tuesday, one of four mobile field hospitals came down outside St. Francis Hospital in Hartford. March 24th you saw it go up. May 12th you are seeing it come down. Part of Connecticut’s COVID-19 Hospital surge plan, the 25 bed mobile field hospital would have served as another floor of St. Francis Hospital specifically to treat COVID-positive patients. Dr. John Rodis, the President of St....
  • Protesters Demand Gov. Lamont to reopen Connecticut

    04/30/2020 12:58:46 PM PDT · by nutmeg · 76 replies
    WTNH.com ^ | April 27, 2020 | Bob Wilson
    HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Protesters rallied again Monday, asking for Governor Ned Lamont to consider reopening the state. “We appreciate his thinking of taking care of us all, but people are suffering right now and they’re not suffering with COVID,” said Marnee Palladino. One of the biggest complaints is they don’t understand why the big box stores can be open while mom and pop shops remain closed. They believe if Lamont does the right thing by reopening the state, people will do the right thing. “It’s unfair that big box stores like Walmart are able to be open while smaller...
  • Residents take part in stay-at-home protest (Connecticut)

    04/27/2020 2:17:36 PM PDT · by Libloather · 18 replies
    WFSB ^ | 4/27/20 | Shawnte Passmore, Eva Zymaris
    HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) - More people are calling for Governor Ned Lamont to reopen Connecticut In Hartford, a stay-at-home protest took place on Monday as the state continues to look at how to carefully get people back to work. State leaders, meanwhile, said they're eyeing June as the month to start to get things back up and running. Monday's protest is not the first the first demonstration of its kind. Another took place last week. They're being put on by a group calling itself the CT Liberty Rally. Until the economy gets moving again, in its words, the protests will...
  • Three skeletons found under 18th-century Ridgefield house

    12/21/2019 11:35:08 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 37 replies
    Wilton Bulletin ^ | Thursday, December 12, 2019 | Stephen Coulter
    Human skeletal remains -- possibly belonging to Revolutionary War soldiers who fought in the Battle of Ridgefield in 1777 -- were discovered under the foundation of an early 18th-century house last week. The Connecticut Office of State Archaeology was notified by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner about the find on Dec. 2. Subsequent excavations by the state archaeologist Nicholas Bellantoni, with assistance from the Friends of the Office of State Archaeology, Inc. and University of Connecticut graduate students, have yielded two more skeletons. "One has been completely excavated already and is in the medical examiner's office and we're...
  • Hartford to stop insuring companies generating more than 25% of revenue from coal

    12/20/2019 11:48:11 AM PST · by Leaning Right · 41 replies
    MarketWatch ^ | Dec. 20, 2019 | Tomi Kilgore
    Hartford Financial Services Group Inc. said Friday that it will no longer insure or invest in companies that generate more than 25% of their revenue from thermal coal mining, or more than 25% of their energy production from coal. *snip* "The world needs affordable, accessible energy to support global economic progress and, at the same time, action is needed to mitigate the impact such activity has on our climate," said Chief Executive Christopher Swift.
  • Connecticut Governor Pushes to Bring Back Highway Tolls

    06/25/2019 1:11:05 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 36 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | June 23, 2019 | Joseph De Avila and Paul Berger
    Cash-strapped Connecticut is grappling with how to pay for transportation investments to prevent more than half of its roads and highways from falling into disrepair in the next decade. The answer, according to Gov. Ned Lamont’s administration, is highway tolls. Like most states in the Northeast, Connecticut previously used highway tolls to raise revenue. The state removed all tolls in the 1980s following a crash at a toll plaza that killed seven people. Now Mr. Lamont, a Democrat, is attempting to persuade a skeptical state Legislature to bring them back. Lawmakers declined to vote on tolls during this year’s legislative...
  • Policy Corner: Gov. Ned Lamont’s New Tolls Bill Reveals More Gaps between Empty Promises

    06/22/2019 3:36:59 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 15 replies
    The Yankee Institute for Public Policy ^ | May 22, 2019 | Scott Shepard
    Just last week, House Speaker Joe Aresimowicz dismissed toll opponents as “emotional.” He claimed that they cling unthinkingly to “perceived details” such as that the number of gantries remain unfixed and the amount of revenue actually to be obtained from out-of-staters remains not only undetermined, but undeterminable. He did not mention, but could have, opponents’ continuing concerns about the eventual rate of tolls; about whether a state-wide, shared-sacrifice tolling structure will be authorized by the U.S. D.O.T. as promised, and what happens if it isn’t; and how much gross revenue from tolling will be eaten up by costs, which have...
  • On tolls, most of CT delegation takes a pass

    06/14/2019 3:37:50 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 9 replies
    The Middletown Press ^ | June 4, 2019 | Dan Freedman
    WASHINGTON - Connecticut Democrats on Capitol Hill for the most part walk a fine line on proposed highway tolls, calling for more robust federal infrastructure spending but sidestepping clear support for Gov. Ned Lamont’s controversial measure. “Once the General Assembly and the Governor come to an agreement on how best to fund state transportation projects moving forward, I will work with state leaders in any manner necessary to further the goal of improving Connecticut’s infrastructure,” said Sen. Richard Blumenthal, a member of the Senate Commerce, Science & Transportation Committee. Recommended Video Lamont’s strongest supporter in Washington by far is Sen....
  • How suspects in Jennifer Dulos case handed cops their ‘big break’

    06/04/2019 9:58:15 PM PDT · by bitt · 15 replies
    nyPOST ^ | 6/4/2019 | Gabrielle Fonrouge, Lorena Mongelli and Kate Sheehy
    Jennifer Dulos’ bumbling, estranged husband and his girlfriend handed cops the “big break” in the case — and just in the nick of time, a law enforcement source told The Post on Tuesday. Fotis Dulos had his cellphone with him and turned on when he and gal pal Michelle Troconis allegedly dumped incriminating items stained with Jennifer’s blood in Hartford, Connecticut, trash cans the night of her disappearance, court papers show. And the phone pings led cops to discover that the pair had made more than 30 stops to toss the bags while driving on Albany Avenue — allowing detectives...
  • New Haven man indicted for threatening to kill Trump

    05/12/2019 3:22:20 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 26 replies
    NH Register ^ | May 12, 2019 | Meghan Friedmann
    United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut John H. Durham indicted former New Haven resident Gary Joseph Gravelle, also known as Roland Prejean, for numerous malicious incidents of intimidation that mentioned use of explosives and bio-toxins, and for threatening to kill President Donald Trump, according to a release from the Department of Justice. According to the indictment, 51-year-old Gravelle has identified as a member of the white separate organization American Knights of Anarchy, or AKA. The indictment charges Gravelle with 16 counts, variously, of maliciously conveying false information about explosives, false information and hoax as well as threats to...
  • Minimum Wage legislation passes in Connecticut House of Representatives, heads to Senate

    05/09/2019 11:42:49 AM PDT · by matt04 · 25 replies
    Governor Ned Lamont and Lt. Governor Susan Bysiewicz are hailing the Connecticut House of Representatives today for adopting legislation that will raise the minimum wage in the state to $15.00 through a gradual series of increases over the next several years, and then index it to the federal employment cost index. “If our economy doesn’t work for everyone, then it doesn’t work. It’s that simple,” Governor Lamont said. “I’m doing everything possible to engage the business community so they can grow here, relocate or stay and hire Connecticut residents who represent the top workforce in the country. In order to...
  • Audit transportation dollars before considering tolls

    03/20/2019 7:55:50 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies
    The Day ^ | March 3, 2019 | Timothy M. Herbst
    I recently had the privilege of representing residents in eastern Connecticut that were opposed to the construction of the proposed state police gun range immediately adjacent to Pachaug State Forest. I personally thanked Gov. Ned Lamont for keeping his word in opposing this project. In politics, you are only as good as your word. That is why Lamont must also keep his word and not institute tolling on cars in Connecticut. Leaders in Hartford are missing the mark when it comes to tolling. They always seek to find alternate revenue sources through taxes or fees before first examining priorities, spending...
  • (CT) Lawmakers differ on approaches to ban plastic bags

    03/11/2019 6:29:39 PM PDT · by matt04 · 27 replies
    Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle differ on the approaches to ban plastic bags. Lawmakers met in Hartford on Monday morning to discuss how to go about banning plastic bags in the state of Connecticut. About a dozen cities and towns have banned bags or are considering a ban. Channel 3 met with dozens of people who agree that plastic bags are bad for the environment, but many can't seem to agree on the best way to ban them. A public hearing on a proposed tax on plastic bags heard two bills. One bill would require stores to charge...
  • 'Thin blue line' flag honoring police removed from Connecticut State Capitol after Dems complain

    02/21/2019 9:44:49 AM PST · by Impala64ssa · 48 replies
    Wash Times ^ | 2/21/19 | Jessica Chasmar
    A “thin blue line” flag meant to honor law enforcement was removed from the Connecticut State Capitol this week after Democrats complained it might offend Black Lives Matter supporters. The handmade wooden plaque depicting a “thin blue line” flag — an altered American flag with a horizontal blue stripe through the center — was recently donated to the Capitol building by a member of the State Capitol Police. Until this week, it hung in the Police Memorial Hall connecting the Legislative Office Building to the Capitol building, a local NBC affiliate reported. The Office of Legislative Management, which originally approved...