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An embrace of Juneteenth in CT, and a clash over its meaning

By Mark Pazniokas
The House voted 142-1 to designate Juneteenth a legal holiday in Connecticut. The overwhelmingly positive vote belied a difficult debate.
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An embrace of Juneteenth in CT, and a clash over its meaning

By Mark Pazniokas — The House voted 142-1 to designate Juneteenth a legal holiday in Connecticut. The overwhelmingly positive vote belied a difficult debate.


Photo essay: The last night of the 2022 legislative session

By Yehyun Kim — On the last night of the 2022 legislative session, weary legislators left signs of their efforts in the House chambers.


Bill making it easier for felons to get professional licenses passed by Senate

By Jessica Bravo — The measure is a result of a yearslong effort to ease the burdens the formerly incarcerated face after they serve their sentences.


CT Senate gives final approval to juvenile crime bill

By Kelan Lyons — Republicans have been hounding Democrats for a year to pass legislation addressing car thefts and shootings. This session, Democrats listened.


Here’s where five of CT’s major housing bills stand this session

By Ginny Monk — The bills aimed to address affordability amid rising housing costs, but as the legislature nears adjournment, their fate is uncertain.

CT Viewpoints: Opinions From Around The State


Oppose ALL war, not just Russian wars

By John Miksad — Martin Luther King was correct when he said that we must learn to live together as brothers and sisters or perish together as fools.


There are ways to improve safety in Connecticut’s schools

By Nicholas A. Fischer, Ed.D, — Among the keys to school safety are improved communication, clear positive rules and consistency among all adults in enforcing rules and treating students positively.


988 –A new mental health resource is coming to Connecticut

By Mariah Chadukiewicz — In October 2020, Congress passed legislation which designated 988 as the universal number to access the national mental health crisis hotline system, including the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (NSPL) and Veterans Crisis Line. Since then, Connecticut has spent time planning for the implementation of this system, which will soft launch this summer, with a full-scale […]


A better way for CT Democrats to nominate candidates

By Eva Bermúdez Zimmerman — Having three open seats is unusual for the Democratic ticket. The most hotly contested this weekend is the race for Secretary of the State.

CT Mirror's Long Story Short Podcast


PODCAST: Erica Phillips on the high cost of health care for small businesses

CT Mirror's Economic Development reporter Erica Phillips tells host Ebong Udoma what's being done to curb the costs of health insurance premiums.


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WATCH: The Future of News: A Conversation on Change in Local Journalism

CT Mirror Executive Editor Elizabeth Hamilton, former Hartford Courant reporter Daniela Altimari and UConn professor Amanda Crawford joined John Dankosky on April 20, 2022 for a conversation on the future of local journalism. Watch here.

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