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State police union sues Connecticut over police accountability bill
By Kelan Lyons, The CT Mirror, August 12, 2020

CT primary: In-person voting ‘way down,’ absentee ballots ‘way up’
Staff Reports, Associated Press, The Stamford Advocate, August 11, 2020

Minimum wage set to increase in September as reopening plan stalls
By Marc E. Fitch, The Yankee Institute, August 11, 2020

Why doesn't state government ever have 'hell to pay'?
By Chris Powell, The Journal Inquirer, August 10, 2020

Connecticut in “economic freefall,” according to study
By Marc E. Fitch, The Yankee Institute, August 11, 2020

Passing police reforms was hard. Making them work might be harder
By Mark Pazniokas, The CT Mirror, July 31, 2020

Gov. Ned Lamont signs comprehensive police accountability bill into law
By Christopher Keating, The Hartford Courant, July 31, 2020

The cultural divide of police reform, in one exchange
By Mark Pazniokas, The CT Mirror, July 31, 2020

Lamont signs police reforms, but tells cops, ‘You’re my heroes’
By Mark Pazniokas, The CT Mirror, July 31, 2020

Connecticut lawmakers passed a comprehensive police accountability bill
​Here’s 9 ways it will change policing in the state.
By Russell Blair and Christopher Keating, The Hartford Courant, July 30, 2020

GOP stimulus funds would relax restrictions on Connecticut’s COVID funds, but that’s little help to Lamont
By Ana Radelat, The CT Mirror, July 29, 2020

Connecticut Senate approves police accountability bill in wake of George Floyd’s death after often-emotional 10-hour debate
By Christopher Keating, The Hartford Courant, July 29, 2020

Police reforms clear Connecticut Senate on partisan vote
By Mark Pazniokas, The CT Mirror, July 29, 2020

Police reforms passed after passionate debate, with deep division
By Ken Dixon, The CT Post, July 29, 2020

Connecticut’s coffers have swelled — not shrunk — during COVID
By Keith Phaneuf, The CT Mirror, July 29, 2020

Mail-in balloting easily passes state Senate
By Ken Dixon, The CT Post, July 28, 2020

Insulin, telehealth bills headed for governor’s desk
The state Senate tackled the cost of insulin following a similar federal order
By Jenna Carlesso, The CT Mirror, July 28, 2020

Should the State Control Your Local Zoning Laws?
By Gail Lavielle, State Representative, District 143, www.cthousegop.com/lavielle/, July 27, 2020

Klarides, Ritter eye bigger posts as they steer state House
By Ken Dixon, The CT Post, July 27, 2020

​In switch, Lamont says schools may now open with a mixed model of online and in-class instruction
By Amanda Blanco, The Hartford Courant, July 27, 2020

Letter to the Editor: Darien first selectman urges state reps to vote no on police bill, move it to regular session
By Jayme Stevenson, Darien First Selectman, The Darien Times,  July 25, 2020

After all-night debate, police accountability bill passes Connecticut House; lawsuits against police allowed
By Christopher Keating, The Hartford Courant, July 24, 2020

House passes bills capping insulin costs, permitting broader telehealth services
By Jenna Carlesso, The CT Mirror, July 23, 2020

Lawmakers push for absentee ballot expansion, insulin price cap in special session
By Christopher Keating, The Harford Courant, July 21, 2020

​Bond commission approves $550 M in financing for capital projects — but partisan debate over borrowing continues
By Keith M. Phaneuf, The CT Mirror, July 21, 2020

CT legislature to tackle four major issues at special session
By Christopher Keating, The Harford Courant, July 21, 2020

Connecticut may expand absentee ballot use for Nov. election
By Susan Haigh, Associated Press, The CT Post, July 21, 2020

A challenge to expanded absentee ballot use loses again in court, for the second time in two days
By Edmund H. Mahony, The Harford Courant, July 21, 2020

Pandemic, tax issues give Connecticut a chance to reset economy, strengthen the region
By Keith M. Phaneuf, The CT Mirror, July 20, 2020

OpEd: Why I’m running for state representative in Dist. 147 (Stamford/Darien)
By Dan Maymin, The Darien Times, July 20, 2020

The Fitch Files: Attorney General’s Office refuses to investigate Dillon Stadium deal but questions remain
By Marc E. Fitch, The Yankee Institute for Public Policy, Yankee Institute.com, July 20, 2020

CT Supreme Court tosses GOP challenge to mail-in voting
By Ana Radelat, The CT Mirror, July 20, 1020

Bond Commission to consider $650M for transportation, state office, minority biz relief projects
By Joe Cooper, The Hartford Business Journal, July 20, 2020

Catastrophic’ Decline Hits Child Care Industry, Families
By Steve Jensen, The CT Junkie, July 20, 2020

Editorial: Towns need help with dire budget outlook
By Hearst Connecticut Media Editorial Board, The New Haven Register, July 19, 2020

Lamont, leaders keep tight grip on special session agenda
By Mark Pazniokas, The CT Mirror, July 17, 2020

OpEd: Lamont can still stop pay raises for CT employees
By Themis Klarides, The Stamford Advocate, July 17, 2020

OpEd: Sweeping zoning and land use reform agenda
By First Selectman Jayme Stevenson, The Darien Times, July 17, 2020

CT Viewpoints: Let’s tax Connecticut’s segregation
If wealthy communities are going to continue using exclusionary zoning to
prevent Black families from moving in – let’s at least charge them for it.

By Justin Elicker, The CT Mirror, July 16, 2020
[NOTE: Please see Darien's First Selectman Jayme Stevenson's response to this article, immediately above.]

Hundreds of state employees may have illegally filed unemployment claims
for loss of part-time, side jobs, report to auditors says

By Jon Lender, The Hartford Courant, July 15, 2020

GOP leader: Lamont is spending when he should be hiding CT’s credit card
By Keith M. Phaneuf, The CT Mirror, July 15, 2020

Should the State Control Your Local Zoning Laws?
By Gail Lavielle, State Representative, District 143, www.cthousegop.com/lavielle/, July 27, 2020​​​


For longer than anyone can remember, Connecticut towns have had the ability, granted by the state, to control their own zoning locally. That may, however, be about to change, if certain proposals now circulating in Hartford and around the state become law. This is a subject that affects everyone, and I think it’s important that you be informed.....

​​The need for a larger supply of different types of affordable housing dispersed throughout the state is generally well recognized. Legislative debate has most often focused on how to expand the supply faster in areas where it is sparse – often, but not always, small towns. Residents of these areas tend to support increasing affordable housing in their towns, but want the ability to determine where it makes the most sense for developers to build it and what architectural characteristics it should have.....

Click here  to read the entire OpEd.

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Gail Lavielle, State Representative, District 143

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