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Big turnout expected at latest hearing on vaccine exemption
By the Associated Press, www.APnews.com, February 17, 2020

Is Connecticut’s outdated recycling system in line for an overhaul?
By Jan Ellen Spiegel, CT Viewpoints, The CT Mirror, February 17, 2020

Editorial: Name-calling and staring contests in Hartford
By the Hearst Connecticut Media Editorial Board, The New Haven Register, February 16, 2020

Maybe anti-toll group is right: Getting There
By Jim Cameron, The Darien Times, February 16, 2020

State legislator proposes boosting pay for legislators by 45 percent to $40K per year
By Christopher Keating, The Hartford Courant, February 15, 2020

Across towns, cash funds reveal failure, fights and fortune
By Dan Haar, The Middletown Press, February 15, 2020

Business group wants changes to family leave, rollback of some taxes
By Zachary F. Vasile, The Journal Inquirer, February 15, 2020

Lamont elected to lead association of northeastern governors
By the Associated Press, www.APnews.com, February 15, 2020

Democrats’ plan: Bysiewicz to cast tiebreaking vote for tolls
By Kaitlyn Krasselt, The Middletown Press, Friday, February 14, 2020

Drug overdose deaths in Connecticut reach record-high
​By the Associated Press, www.APnews.com, February 14, 2020​

Here’s what’s in Gov. Lamont’s 108-page recreational marijuana bill,
from legal possession amounts to industry equity, and taxation

By Amanda Blanco, The Hartford Courant, February 13, 2020

Opinion: Republicans will keep fighting for CT
By Themis Klarides, The New Haven Register, February 12, 2020

Selectmen discuss 2021 proposed budget items
By Sandra Diamond, The Darien Times, February 11, 2020

Republicans Question Lamont Administration Over Quasi-Public Agencies
By Christine Stuart, The CT News Junkie, February 11, 2020

Dems: truck tolls vote next week. But there’s this one thing…
Neither chamber wants to go first, so they might attempt a synchronized vote.
By Mark Pazniokas, The CT Mirror, February 11, 2020

CT Income Tax Town-By-Town: Who Pays The Most
Connecticut collected around $7.19 billion in income tax in 2018,
much of it concentrated in one county.

By Rich Scinto, Patch Staff, The Darien Patch, February 10, 2020
 

Public Health Delays Raising Aid-In-Dying, Pregnancy Center Legislation
By Christine Stuart, The CT News Junkie, February 10, 2020

Former U.S. Senate candidate Dan Carter now running for his old state House seat
By Christopher Keating, The Hartford Courant, February 10, 2020

Opponents of Pot Legalization Know 2020 Could Be Tough
By Jack Kramer, The CT News Junkie, February 10, 2020

Connecticut launches new website with Census information
Associated Press, The CT Post, February 9, 2020

Proposal to eliminate religious exemption would bar unvaccinated children from school next fall
By Jenna Carlesso, The CT Mirror, February 7, 2020

Lawmakers kick off debate over ending religious exemption
Associated Press, The CT Post, February 7, 2020

Area school budgets start with increases
By Jeannette Ross, The Darien Times, February 6, 2020

CBIA’s policy agenda seeks to jumpstart CT economy
By Matt Pilon, The Hartford Business Journal, February 6, 2020

Lamont eases up on debt diet to win support for truck tolls
By Keith M. Phaneuf, The CT Mirror, February 6, 2020

Gov. Ned Lamont strikes optimistic tone in State of the State: ‘No more badmouthing’ Connecticut
By Christopher Keating and Amanda Blanco, The Hartford Courant, February 5, 2020

Lamont walks back biz tax cuts, sets stage for recreational marijuana
By Matt Pilon and Greg Bordonaro, The Hartford Business Journal, February 5, 2020

Lamont: No more badmouthing Conn.
By Kaitlyn Krasselt, The Middletown Press, February 5, 2020

Connecticut’s legislative session opens with high hopes, low budget deficit and a promise of no new taxes
By Christopher Keating and Amanda Blanco, The Hartford Courant, February 5, 2020

Governor touts education aid. But will it be used to improve schools or close deficits?
By Jacqueline Rabe Thomas, The CT Mirror, February 5, 2020

Only blocking new revenue can fix state government
By Chris Powell, The Journal Inquirer, February 5, 2020

Kevin Lembo: Don’t touch the rainy day fund
By Kevin Lembo, The Hartford Courant, February 5, 2020

CT organizations respond to Gov. Lamont’s State of the State address
​WTNH8, www.wtnh8.com, February 5, 2020

Governor Ned Lamont’s 2020 State of the State Address[Transcript]
By FOX 61 Staff, FOX61, Posted & Updated February 5, 2020

State aid: see how your town fares in the governor’s budget
By Jacqueline Rabe Thomas, The CT Mirror, February 5, 2020

Lamont pleads for vote on ‘truck tolls,’ legislative leaders postpone it again
​By Mark Davis, WTNH8, www.wtnh8.com, February 5, 2020

Gov. Lamont wants to build on Wall Street optimism
By Ken Dixon, The CT Post, February 5, 2020

Lamont keeps state spending lean to build reserves against next recession
By Keith M. Phaneuf, The CT Mirror, February 5, 2020

2020 General Assembly session begins with State of the State Address
By Jodi Latina, Mark Davis, WTNH8, www.wtnh8.com, February 5, 2020

Wood holds community coffee and discussion
By Lily Genovese, The Darien Times, February 4, 2020

You can ignore reality and you can deny reality, but you can’t escape Connecticut’s reality
By Bud Morten, CT Viewpoints, The CT Mirror, February 4, 2020

Lamont to reveal new details of ‘clean slate’ plan
By Kaitlyn Krasselt, The Middletown Press, February 4, 2020

State religious leaders are pushing lawmakers on health care equity
By Jenna Carlesso, The CT Mirror, February 4, 2020

Lawmakers hope four stuck issues break out in 2020
By Kaitlyn Krasselt, The Middletown Press, February 4, 2020

The Very Real Mental Ramifications of Extremely Long Elections
What your political burnout means, and what you can do about it.
By Shayla Love, Vice, February 4, 2020

2020 is the time for legislature to make big policy decisions
By The Day Editorial Board, The Day, February 4, 2020

CT’s Denise Merrill: Iowa won’t happen here -- we ‘only use paper ballots’
By Rick Green, The Hartford Courant, February 4, 2020

Connecticut has $33 billion in unfunded OPEB liability, according to report
By Marc E. Fitch, The Yankee Institute, February 3, 2020

Lamont touts federal funding for child care ahead of his budget address
By Jacqueline Rabe Thomas, The CT Mirror, February 3, 2020

News 8 to cover Governor Lamont’s State of the State and kickoff to legislative session
By Chris Lundberg, News 8, wtnh.com, February 3, 2020

Gov. Ned Lamont has full plate in short legislative session
By Christopher Keating, The Hartford Courant , February 3, 2020

Lamont hopes cap will keep lawmakers’ hands off $2.5B reserve
By Keith M. Phaneuf, The CT Mirror, February 3, 2020

Editorial: Reject current version of tolls plan
By The Hearst Connecticut Media Editorial Board, The New Haven Register, February 2, 2020

Editorial: Go all-in with tolls, end vaccine exemptions, look hard at banning
Native American mascots ​and other things the state legislature needs to do in 2020

​Editorial by ​The Hartford Courant, February 2, 2020

Ken Dixon: Happy campaign financing program day!
By Ken Dixon, The Middletown Press, February 2, 2020

Norwalk High School, regionalization among topics at Darien Dem reps coffee
By Sandra Diamond Fox, The Darien Times, January 31, 2020

Democrats promise passage of truck tolls in two weeks
By Mark Pazniokas and Keith M. Phaneuf, The CT Mirror, January 31, 2020

As toll hearing rages, Democrats set vote for mid-February
By Kaitlyn Krasselt and Ken Dixon, The Middletown Press, January 31, 2020

Some Senate Democrats still publicly hedge on tolls
By  Jacqueline Rabe Thomas, Jenna Carlesso and Keith M. Phaneuf, The CT Mirror, January 31, 2020

Norwalk High School, regionalization among topics at Darien Dem reps coffee
By Sandra Diamond, ​The Darien Times, January 31, 2020

Lamont’s new toll proposal is more of the same
By Joe Bentivegna, CT Viewpoints, The CT Mirror, January 31, 2020

Special session vote on tolls is off; support unclear
By Ken Dixon and Kaitlyn Krasselt, The CT Post, January 31, 2020

Democratic Leaders, Lamont Reschedule Truck-Only Toll Vote For Week of Feb. 10
By Christine Stuart, CT News Junkie, January 31, 2020

Does the senate have the votes to pass tolls?
By Jacqueline Rabe Thomas, Jenna Carlesso and Keith M. Phaneuf, The CT Mirror, January 31, 2020

​​Et Tu, Governor? Lamont’s Backhanded Jab at Wilton Raises Eyebrows
The Governor's unsolicited comment about Wilton sparks new fears about forced regionalization–
and feels like a mischaracterization.

By Heather Borden Herve, GMW Editor, Good Morning Wilton, January 31, 2020

Calling the bluff on Duff
By Isabelle Hargrove, CT Viewpoints, The CT Mirror, January 31, 2020

Tolls to Tokes: Let's Get Practical About New Revenues
Since the E-Z Pass system records payments,
​why not give a credit against our state income taxes for a portion of tolls paid by residents?

By The Editorial Board, The Connecticut Law Tribune, January 31, 2020

Both Sides Ready For Battle Over Repeal of Religious Exemption for Vaccines
By Christine Stuart, CT News Junkie, January 31, 2020

Nonprofits reframe their big ask, seek a share of future budget windfalls
By Keith M. Phaneuf, The CT Mirror, January 31, 2020

As CT considers gambling expansion, hotel revenue flat entering 2020
By Alexander Soule, The Stamford Advocate,  January 31, 2020

The tolls showdown: Seven points of contention
By Kaitlyn Krasselt and Ken Dixon, The CT Mirror,  January 29, 2020, Updated January 30, 2020

Colangelo Named Chief State’s Attorney
By Lisa Backus, CT News Junkie, January 30, 2020

House-Senate deadlock prompts postponement of tolls vote
By Mark Pazniokas, The CT Mirror, January 30, 2020

Dan Haar: Marijuana worth more than tolls to the state? Crazy
By Dan Haar, The Middletown Press, January 30, 2020

OP-ED: You Heard It Right: A Constitutional Amendment to Legalize Weed
by Terry Cowgill, CT News Junkie, January 29, 2020

Harry Arora sworn in at State Capitol
The Greenwich Time, January 29, 2020

Sweeping gambling bill is meant to push Lamont
By Mark Pazniokas, The CT Mirror, January 29, 2020

Lawmakers battle over whether trucks-only toll bill would allow cars in future
​By Christopher Keating, The Hartford Courant, January 29, 2020

Connecticut budget deficit increases again to $96 million
By Marc E. Fitch, The Yankee Institute, January 28, 2020

An effort in Connecticut to end the economic border wars
By Mark Pazniokas, The CT Mirror, January 28, 2020

First Selectman discusses projects, budget
By Sandra Diamond Fox, The Darien Times, January 24, 2020

Darien state reps to hold community coffee at Darien Diner this month
The Darien Times, January 23, 2020

Editorial: Connecticut needs a viable Republican Party
New Haven Register​, January 23, 2020

CT adds 100 jobs in Dec., 3,600 jobs in 2019
Hartford Business Journal, January 23, 2020

Connecticut lawmakers to revisit legal pot in new session
By Susan Haigh, Associated Press, The CT Post, January 23, 2020

Gov. Lamont not concerned about lower-than-expected toll revenues for trucks in Rhode Island
By Christopher Keating, The Hartford Courant, January 22, 2020

GOP’s Harry Arora wins special election in Greenwich
By Mark Pazniokas, The CT Mirror, January 21, 2020

More red ink for state
Projected budget deficit larger than expected at $58.8M
By Eric Bedner, The Journal Inquirer, January 21, 2020

Connecticut Democrats plan to resurrect public option bill
By Susan Haigh, Associated Press, The CT Post, January 21, 2020

Beaten by the insurance industry last year,
​Senate Democrats return with a plan for government-subsidized health insurance 

By Stephen Singer, The Hartford Courant, January 21, 2020

Harry Arora wins race for Greenwich’s 151st state House District
By Ken Borsuk, The Greenwich Time, January 21, 2020

No hearing on truck tolls or CT2030 before next week
By Mark Pazniokas, The CT Mirror, January 21, 2020

DECD’s Lehman: Business indicators looking up
By Michael C. Bingham, New Haven Biz, January 21, 2020

Lamont’s property tax relief pledge comes due in February
By Keith M. Phaneuf, The CT Mirror, January 21, 2020

No more rats, an end to all-nighters and other ideas to make state government more open and transparent
The Hartford Courant, January 21, 2020

As a vision, perhaps we should call it CT 20/200
By Irina Comer, CT Viewpoints, The CT Mirror, January 20, 2020

CT sales tax collections at record levels after 2019 holidays
By Alexander Soule, The News Times, January 20, 2020

More People Continue To Flee CT, New Census Data Shows
By Rich Scinto, Patch Staff, The Darien Patch, January 20, 2020

Activists pushing to double and expand bottle deposit, control PFAS
By Bill Cummings, The CT Post,  January 19, 2020, Updated: January 20, 2020

State adds $1.1M to help combat homelessness
The CT Post, January 19, 2020

Darien Democrat and Republican Caucuses Endorse Town Committee Slates
By David Gurliacci, Editor​, Darienite.com, January 19, 2020

Ken Dixon: Watching grass grow in CT
By Ken Dixon, The Middletown Press,  January 19, 2020

Toned down Women’s March rallies set for Stamford, Bridgeport, New Haven and Hartford
By Kaitlyn Krasselt, The CT Post,  January 17, 2020

Caucus held for Darien Republicans, new committee members named
The Darien News, January 17, 2020 

Editorial: Building a more efficient CT General Assembly
By the Hearst Connecticut Media Editorial Board, January 17, 2020

Transportation climate initiative is the wrong policy at the wrong time
By Joseph R. Sculley, CT Viewpoints, The CT Mirror, January 17, 2020

Does raising pay for state lawmakers make sense?
By The Day Editorial Board, The Day, January 17, 2020

Connecticut’s mistrust of government is well founded
By Bob Stefanowski, CT Viewpoints, The CT Mirror, January 17, 2020

A time for opportunity
By Terrie Wood, The Darien Times, January 16, 2020


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Selectmen discuss 2021 proposed budget items
By Sandra Diamond, The Darien Times, February 11, 2020

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At recent Darien Board of Selectmen 2021 budget meetings, the Board of Selectmen and Town Administrator Kate Buch are going through each item of the proposed budget in detail.

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