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November 10, 2017

OP-ED | Are All Politics National, Now?

by Susan Bigelow | Nov 10, 2017 9:00am
Posted to: Analysis | Election 2017 | Election 2018 | Town News | Local Politics | Opinion

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It happens every municipal election cycle. Everyone drags out the mystic runes and Ouija boards to try and divine what it all means for the next state and federal elections. This is usually a futile task. But in the upside-down world of 2017, it may not be.

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November 7, 2017

Connecticut Voters Produce Some Surprises As Election 2017 Comes to a Close

by Jack Kramer and Christine Stuart | Nov 7, 2017 10:46pm
Posted to: Election 2017 | Town News | Bristol | Derby | East Haven | New Britain | Trumbull | Local Politics

Special to CTNewsJunkie / Brian Koonz for the Valley Independent Sentinel Change was in the air for many districts in Connecticut Tuesday and both major parties were celebrating some local victories as results started coming in. But as the evening wore on, it became clear that Democrats were picking up seats and gaining control of councils and school boards in a lot of Republican towns, mirroring similar gains being reported in other states.

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It’s Election Day! Voters Head to the Polls for Municipal Elections

by Christine Stuart | Nov 7, 2017 10:09am
Posted to: Election 2017 | Town News | Bloomfield | Bristol | Farmington | Greenwich | Westport

ctnewsjunkie file photo HARTFORD, CT — Connecticut voters are heading to the polls until 8 p.m. today to vote for their mayors, first selectmen, and all the members of their local boards and commissions.

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November 3, 2017

State Sheds Light On Stranded Funding and Municipal Aid Cuts

by Christine Stuart | Nov 3, 2017 10:30am
Posted to: Town News | State Budget

ctnewsjunkie file photo HARTFORD, CT — While local officials initially celebrated passage of the two-year bipartisan budget, they may be not be as happy after learning it stranded millions of dollars and made towns responsible for about $20 million in elderly tax relief.

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OP-ED | Economic Fears, State Budget Woes on the Minds of Municipal Election Candidates

by Susan Bigelow | Nov 3, 2017 9:00am
Posted to: Analysis | The Economy | Education | Election 2017 | Town News | Local Politics | Opinion

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I’ve been looking through candidate profiles on CTNewsJunkie’s local election site, Vote.CTNewsJunkie.com, and it’s been a window into the hopes, fears, worries, and priorities of the people in our towns.

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November 1, 2017

Five Years After Superstorm Sandy, Connecticut Officials Say It’s Making Progress

by Jack Kramer | Nov 1, 2017 10:00am
Posted to: Energy | Environment | Town News | New Haven | Weather

Jack Kramer / ctnewsjunkie NEW HAVEN, CT - Officials planned to mark the five-year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy, but this past weekend’s powerful storm made Tuesday’s event in New Haven even more timely.

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October 27, 2017

OP-ED | Why You Should Vote in the Municipal Elections

by Susan Bigelow | Oct 27, 2017 7:30am
Posted to: Analysis | Civil Liberties | Election 2017 | Town News | Essex | Groton | Lyme | West Haven | Opinion

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Local elections are here. You noticed, right? Of course you did.

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OP-ED | Lessons of Racism for Connecticut High School Students

by Barth Keck | Oct 27, 2017 4:30am
Posted to: Education | Equality | Town News | Lyme | Manchester | Newington | Old Lyme | Opinion | Poll

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I’ve been thinking about this poem by the renowned Harlem Renaissance poet, and not just because it’s the source of the title for Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun, a play my sophomore English students began reading this week.

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October 26, 2017

Cities and Towns Exhale With Budget Vote

by Jack Kramer | Oct 26, 2017 2:51pm
Posted to: Town News | State Budget | Education Cost Sharing | Pensions

Jack Kramer / ctnewsjunkie file photo HARTFORD, CT - Leaders of Connecticut’s 169 towns were breathing easier Thursday after the House and Senate overwhelmingly passed a $41.34 billion, two-year budget that spares huge municipal budget cuts.

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October 16, 2017

Moody’s Scrutinizing 51 Towns As Budget Impasse Continues

by Christine Stuart | Oct 16, 2017 6:18pm
Posted to: Town News | State Budget | Special Session | Taxes | State Capitol | Wall Street

shutterstock HARTFORD, CT — Wall Street issued a harsh warning to Connecticut policymakers Monday when it placed the ratings of 26 municipalities and three regional school districts under review for a credit downgrade.

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