Connecticut voters overwhelmingly approved early in-person voting, capping a years-long effort to expand ballot access in a state with some of the strictest election laws in the country. In addition to races for governor, Congress, state legislature, and other statewide offices, there was also a question on the ballot this year asking voters whether the state constitution should be amended to allow for early voting. About 60 percent, or 674,002 voters, said yes, according to unofficial results from the Secretary of the State . Connecticut’s constitution currently limits in-person voting to Election Day. Now what happens? When the General Assembly convenes next year, legislators will start crafting a bill to establish an early voting system here. Connecticut is one of only four states without early voting, including New Hampshire, Alabama, and Mississippi. State rules for early in-person voting range, with the average start date 30 days before the election, according to the … [Read more...] about Connecticut passed early voting. What happens next?
Ralph Nader thinks the Democrats should have done much better than they did in the 2022 midterms. Nader ran for president several times as a third-party candidate. He’s also something of a Connecticut icon. Born in Winsted, Nader was admitted to the bar in Hartford in 1959. Now 88 years old, Nader is still attempting to change the political discourse. His latest effort in that regard is Winning America, an 80-page manifesto on effective messaging, issues and strategy for left-leaning politicians. Nader said Democrats have a way of “predicting victory from a cul-de-sac of expectation.” “They should be landsliding the Republicans not narrowly beating them or narrowly losing to them,” he said. “This whole red wave was a creation of a few propagandists. And they said, ‘See, we beat the red wave.’ Well, you should have beat the GOP big time. Instead, you're going to lose the House and you just barely won the Senate.” Nader believes that Democrats had hyper-focus for much of … [Read more...] about Connecticut’s Ralph Nader: Midterms should have been a Dem ‘landslide’
In recent years, the state's two major electric utilities have spent about the same amounts for their annual lobbying of the Connecticut legislature. In 2015-16, Avangrid UIL Holdings Corp ., the parent of United Illuminating, paid lobbyists about $779,000, while Eversource spent about $1.6 million, according to the Office of State Ethics. The latest filing, for 2021-22 , shows a slight decrease to $447,000 for Avangrid and $1.5 for Eversource. But Connecticut lawmakers, consumer advocates and researchers believe that executives of the regional electric providers are dividing and conquering individual states in the Northeast, one state at a time, while delaying overall efforts to address climate change. Environment and climate activists, as well as rate payers are under-funded in comparison to the corporate footprints in the State Capitol. On Friday, majority Democrats in the state Senate called for a multi-state hearing on the Boston-based Eversource's plans to … [Read more...] about Eversource, United Illuminating have spent millions to lobby Connecticut lawmakers
An updated Colonial in Stamford, CT , is the oldest property to hit the market this week on Realtor.com®. The charming, four-bedroom home is full of period details, including wide-plank hardwood floors, exposed beams, and an oversized stone fireplace. Modernizations over the years offer a kitchen with butcher block countertops, a skylight, and recessed lighting. Other historic homes on the market this week include a New Jersey farmhouse, a Pennsylvania townhouse, and a three-bedroom charmer in Maine. Scroll down for a full look at this week's 10 oldest homes . 1. 230 High Ridge Rd, Stamford, CT Price: $624,900 Just shy of 300 years old, this 2,428-square-foot home boasts a wood-burning stove and three fireplaces. A large living room features updated windows and opens to a three-season sunroom. A bedroom with a fireplace and built-ins can be found on the main floor. Upstairs, the primary bedroom boasts a stone fireplace along with a sitting room. There is a … [Read more...] about Built in 1723, an Updated Connecticut Colonial Is the Week’s Oldest Property
Members of Connecticut’s congressional delegation on Friday lined up behind U.S. Rep. Hakeem Jeffries’ bid to become the next Democratic leader in the House of Representatives, following the decision by Speaker Nancy Pelosi to step down after leading the caucus for nearly two decades. Jeffries, a 52-year-old from New York, is widely seen as the frontrunner to succeed Pelosi as Democratic leader after the party narrowly lost control of the House during this year’s midterm elections. If elected, he would be the first Black lawmaker to lead either party in Congress. All five incumbents in Connecticut won re-election this month, keeping the state’s delegation entirely in the hands of Democrats for a record eighth-straight election . Several members of the state’s delegation are known to be close to Pelosi, particularly 3rd District Rep. Rosa DeLauro, who thanked the Speaker in a tweet Thursday , calling her a “undeniable force, and to me, a dear friend, confidant, and … [Read more...] about Nancy Pelosi’s allies in Connecticut support Hakeem Jeffries’ bid to become next Democratic leader
SOUTHINGTON, Conn. (AP) — They say every vote counts. In one Connecticut town, it really did. A race for a seat in the state Legislature has been decided by a single vote. Nearly 10,600 ballots were cast in the race between Republican Tony Morrison and Democrat Christopher Poulos to represent the 81st Assembly District in Southington, a town about 20 miles (32 kilometers) southwest of Hartford. The initial election night tally was tight: Poulous, a high school Spanish teacher, held a six vote lead. A mandatory recount narrowed the gap even further to just one vote. As if that wasn’t dramatic enough, local election officials discovered after the recount that a forgotten sealed packet of ballots, votes that couldn’t be read by the electronic scanners, wasn’t included in the final tally. That meant Poulos and Morrison, a member of the town's finance board, had to be called back to town hall to witness the last six votes being counted. The result? It was a 50-50 split: two for … [Read more...] about Every vote counts: Connecticut race decided by 1 vote
Gov. Ned Lamont said Thursday he will call the General Assembly into special session by month’s end to increase funding for pandemic worker bonuses and heating oil assistance and to extend the gas-tax holiday and free bus service. “We met with the legislative leaders on both sides of the aisle, and I think we reached broad agreement,” Lamont said. Suspended on April 1, the 25-cent-a-gallon tax on gasoline will be phased in over five months at a nickel a month from Dec. 1 through May 1, sparing consumers an overnight price shock, Lamont said. Without action in a special session, the full 25-cent tax would resume on Dec. 1. Free bus service also would continue until May 1, Lamont said. House Speaker Matt Ritter, D-Hartford, and Senate President Pro Tem Martin Looney, D-New Haven, said the Democratic governor and legislative leaders resolved the subjects to be tackled in a lame-duck special session while leaving some specifics subject to further negotiation. The governor … [Read more...] about Lamont, lawmakers agree to extend gas tax holiday, boost pandemic pay for essential workers.
The state Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled that a lower-court judge could have considered a bail-modification procedure for the Massachusetts man awaiting trial for the February 2021 murder of Kevin Jiang, a Yale graduate student, in the East Rock neighborhood of New Haven. Qinxuan Pan, who this month was found competent to stand trial, is being held on $20 million bond, which was upheld in the mid-afternoon decision from the high court. Pan fled the state after the alleged shooting death, and was the focus of a nationwide man hunt that finally tracked him down in Alabama three months after Jiang's death. But the overall ruling is aimed at changing the landscape of criminal bond hearings going forward. At the time of Pan's arrest, a state prosecutor asked that the original $5 million bond included in the warrant for Pan's arrest be raised to $50 million, charging that he was an obvious flight risk with monetary resources. Pan had been found in Montgomery, Alabama, where he … [Read more...] about CT Supreme Court rules that $20 million bond for New Haven murder defendant is reasonable
As state lawmakers prepared to return to Hartford Monday to consider more funding for energy assistance programs, social service organizations in Connecticut are reporting an increase in people seeking help paying their heating bills this winter. Joanne Balaschak, director of energy programs at New Opportunities, Inc. , in Waterbury, said the organization is seeing a "very high number" of new applicants this year, especially as the state’s two largest utility companies, Eversource and United Illuminating, have warned Connecticut customers to expect higher bills. “We’re seeing people that are working, sometimes two jobs, they can’t make it. It’s just tough. Everybody is so afraid because the price of oil has skyrocketed. Now they’re hearing that Eversource and UI will be increasing their rates. It’s a scary time,” Balaschak said. Gov. Ned Lamont has called the General Assembly into special legislative session on Monday to extend the state’s gas tax holiday and free bus … [Read more...] about Number of CT families seeking fuel assistance ‘just unbelievable’