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Typically, the foot traffic in and out of the Wheeler Family Health and Wellness Center on Woodland Avenue in Hartford would be pretty steady.

But since the COVID-19 pandemic hit in March, Keturah Kinch said in-person activity has been a bit quieter. 

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The U.S. Supreme Court’s new 6-3 conservative majority was assumed by many to be the death knell for the Affordable Care Act. But a funny thing seems to have happened Tuesday during oral arguments. Conservative Justices John Roberts and Brett Kavanaugh appeared to indicate their support for leaving the ACA intact -- with the exception of the individual mandate. 

Ritter's First Move: Scanlon To Become Finance Co-Chair

Nov 10, 2020
Rep. Sean Scanlon, right, and Sen. Matthew Lesser at a press conference outlining a public health insurance option bill in 2019.
Mark Pazniokas / CTMirror.org

Rep. Sean Scanlon, D-Guilford, was introduced Tuesday as the new co-chair of the legislature’s Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee as Rep. Matt Ritter, D-Hartford, made his first personnel moves as the incoming speaker of the House of Representatives.

Harriet Jones / WNPR

About 200 employees at Pfizer’s Connecticut lab helped work on the COVID-19 vaccine that the company said has proved 90 percent effective against the virus in a large-scale trial.

Pratt Street in Hartford remains empty during the lunch rush on November 4, 2020.  At the end is Dish Bar & Grill, one of several Connecticut restaurants permanently closed due to COVID-19.
Tyler Russell / Connecticut Public

Connecticut has reverted to a modified Phase 2 reopening plan after an increase in coronavirus cases. Among the changes, indoor dining at restaurants had to drop back to 50% capacity. They’re also required to close by 10 p.m., which is a change from the governor’s initial order to close at 9:30. 

Ryan Caron King / Connecticut Public Radio

Horns honked across New Haven around noon Saturday, just after Joe Biden was declared the projected winner of the presidency. Cities across the country held impromptu gatherings in the street, but the scene in downtown New Haven was more subdued.

For Ned Lamont, It Was Joe Biden From Day One

Nov 8, 2020
Mark Pazniokas / CTMirror.org

OK, it’s an obvious choice today, perhaps a brilliant one. But the story of how Connecticut’s governor quietly committed to Joe Biden on the very first day of his 2020 presidential campaign 19 months ago is not one of political calculation, guile or acumen. It’s a Ned Lamont story.

Joe Amon / Connecticut Public

Even in a deep blue state like Connecticut, Saturday’s announcement of Joe Biden’s win in the U.S. presidential election was met with a mixture of caution, elation, disappointment and disapproval.

Two opposing camps of people outside the Capitol building in Hartford made that well known as they shouted at each other from opposite sides of Capitol Avenue -- President Donald Trump supporters in front of the gold-domed building and Biden supporters in front of the state Supreme Court. 

Democratic elected officials in Connecticut were among those quick to issue congratulations as Joe Biden and Kamala Harris were finally declared president- and vice president-elect by The Associated Press Saturday.

Voters in Connecticut are divided along candidate lines about how the vote count is going.
Ryan Caron King / Connecticut Public Radio

Three days after Election Day, no president-elect had yet been named. As the wait for a decision stretched out, voters on both sides of the partisan divide are anxiously awaiting a call. The Naugatuck River Valley is home to both kinds of voters.  

Ryan Caron King / WNPR

Amidst the slow-moving count of votes in 2020 presidential election, Connecticut's outgoing house minority leader Themis Klarides wrote a defense of election workers, praising their efforts and saying that "every vote will and should be counted." Klarides joined All Things Considered to talk about why felt the need to make her thoughts on the matter known. She also weighed in on her new Super PAC, and she her latest thoughts on a run at Ned Lamont's job.

Donna Sullivan visits with her long-time partner, Walter Zbikowski, through a window at Parkway Pavilion Health and Rehabilitation Center in Enfield.
Cloe Poisson / CTMirror.org

In September, Sen. Cathy Osten watched as a nursing home in Norwich, in the heart of her district, emptied its 53 remaining residents after the state ordered the building evacuated.

Twenty-seven people had contracted COVID-19 at the Three Rivers Healthcare Center and four died in one of the biggest nursing home outbreaks over the summer, even as the rate of new cases in most facilities statewide had slowed. Osten fielded calls from worried families as the remaining residents were transferred to other nursing homes.

ESPN

Broadcast sports giant ESPN is telling employees that pandemic-related layoffs are coming. In a company memo sent to NPR, Jimmy Pitaro, chairman, ESPN and sports content, revealed that 300 people would lose their jobs. He also said 200 open positions will be eliminated.

Democrats Pick Ritter As Speaker, Gear For COVID Session

Nov 5, 2020
Mark Pazniokas / CT Mirror

The 16 Democrats who won their first terms as state representatives two days ago joined 82 incumbents in their first official post-election act Thursday: Endorsing Matt Ritter of Hartford as the next House speaker and Jason Rojas of East Hartford as their majority leader.

With COVID Cases On The Rise, Lamont Limits Private Gatherings To 10 People

Nov 5, 2020
Gov. Ned Lamont outside the Executive Residence.
Mark Pazniokas / CTMirror.org

With increased rates of positive COVID-19 tests in Connecticut, Gov. Ned Lamont on Thursday announced a new restriction on private social gatherings, including holiday celebrations in people’s homes, saying no more than 10 people may congregate at a time.

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The rush is on to get all the gardening chores done. But remember you should plant some garlic.

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Now that the voting is over, the analysis of what happened begins. Connecticut Mirror Capitol Bureau Chief Mark Pazniokas joined All Things Considered to talk about state races across Connecticut. He talks about his biggest takeaways, and he says Election Day 2020 was a good day for Connecticut democrats-- suburban women in particular.

Murray Carpenter / Maine Public

Sen. Susan Collins is keeping her job. In a big victory for New England Republicans, the Associated Press called the race for Collins Wednesday afternoon. Democrats hoped challenger Sara Gideon, speaker of Maine’s House of Representatives, would flip the seat, increasing their chance at winning control of the Senate.

"I feel like this is an affirmation of the work that I've been doing in Washington to fight for the people of Maine every day," Collins told a cheering crowd in Bangor, Maine.

Congresswoman Jahana Hayes speaks outside Waterbury City Hall Wednesday. She declared victory, claiming the 5th Congressional District again. As she walked away, she joked "this is my victory party."
Ali Oshinskie / Connecticut Public Radio

Democratic incumbent Jahana Hayes declared victory in the race for the 5th Congressional District on Wednesday afternoon outside Waterbury City Hall. At 1 p.m., with all the votes reported, she held an 11-point lead over Republican challenger David X. Sullivan.

Mothers Against Police Brutality stage a silent vigil in front of Dallas Police Headquarters to draw attention to those killed by police.
Hady Mawajdeh / KERA

According to the national database Fatal Encounters, an average of 1,500 people have been killed annual during interactions with police since 2000. And about 70% of those killings happen with guns.

“2020 is off the hook,” said Brian Burghart, Fatal Encounters’ founder and executive director. “There will be more people who died during police interactions [this year] than any other year in our records.”

COVID Put This CT Voter In The Hospital. Still, He Voted.

Nov 4, 2020
Absentee ballot drop boxes were located in towns and cities across the state prior to the election, but Bob Martin couldn’t access one because he was in the hospital with COVID.
Yehyun Kim / CTMirror.org

Guinevere Lawson tentatively walked into Meriden’s John Barry Elementary School to vote Tuesday afternoon, politely inquiring if she was in the right place. Her 19th birthday was Monday, and Lawson was about to vote for the first time.

On the other side of I-691, just a two-minute drive away, Bob Martin, 75, lay in a bed at MidState Medical Center, tethered to an oxygen bottle and making phone calls. He called the governor. He called 2-1-1, three times. Martin was desperate to vote, perhaps for the last time.

Mold, Asbestos May Put Connecticut Weatherization Goal Out Of Reach

Nov 4, 2020
Costly removal of mold and asbestos can be a barrier to updating home insulation.
National Institutes of Health

Lorenzo Wyatt owns a Connecticut energy-efficiency contracting business focused almost exclusively on low-income residents — about 80 percent of his customers are eligible for no-cost energy savings services through the state’s residential efficiency programs.

Connecticut Health I-Team

Susan Proctor, 76, lives in subsidized senior housing in Wilton. Although she’s called it home for 10 years, she has found it very confining. 

Helped By Trump, Democrats Gain In CT General Assembly

Nov 4, 2020
Tim Rasmussen / Connecticut Public

The unpopularity of President Donald J. Trump in Connecticut helped Democrats increase their sizable majorities in the General Assembly on Tuesday as close to 80% of the state’s 2.3 million voters cast ballots at the polls or by absentee.

Elijah Maturo stands outside Torrington City Hall. He planned to register and vote for the first time on Election Day but a piece of documentation held him back.
Ali Oshinskie / Connecticut Public Radio

Voter turnout reached record highs on Election Day. Latest numbers estimated 70% of registered voters in the state cast their ballots. Secretary of the State Denise Merrill said Tuesday afternoon that those numbers were the highest participation rate she’d ever seen. Inevitably first time voters are part of that boost but as they cast their inaugural votes some obstacles got in the way. 

Biden Scores Win Over Trump In CT; Towns Counting Votes

Nov 3, 2020
Joe Amon / Connecticut Public/NENC

Connecticut voters backed Democrat Joe Biden by a wide margin over President Donald Trump on Tuesday, casting absentee ballots in unprecedented numbers along the way.

The Associated Press called the race shortly after the polls closed at 8 p.m. for Biden, who will receive Connecticut’s seven electoral votes.

Lines formed at polling places around the state before dawn on Tuesday, as people got ready to take the first opportunity in Connecticut to cast their ballots in person. 

Across Connecticut, No Problems At The Polls

Nov 3, 2020
Joe Amon / Connecticut Public/NENC

This post has been updated.

Fears of violence and disruptions at polling places failed to materialize in Connecticut — and most of the nation — on Tuesday as residents went peacefully to the polls.

Courtesy of Access Health CT

The first week in November marks a busy time as COVID-19 cases climb in Connecticut and the nation faces a contentious presidential election.  

But health advocates want people to remember that it’s also the first week of open enrollment in health insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act. 

Lamont Orders Some Businesses To Return To Phase 2 COVID Restrictions

Nov 2, 2020
Cloe Poisson / CT Mirror

Pointing to a growing number of COVID-19 cases in recent weeks, Gov. Ned Lamont on Monday tightened up restrictions for some Connecticut businesses less than a month after he loosened those rules to allow increased capacity at restaurants and performance venues.

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