Latest Connecticut state government News

Republicans to pick Senate candidate to challenge Blumenthal

Aug. 09, 2022 01:07 AM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut Republicans pick their candidate for U.S. Senate in a primary election Tuesday that could signal where the state party is headed politically after years of backing moderates. The Senate race pits former state House Minority Leader Themis Klarides,...

Essential Connecticut workers can apply for $1000 'hero' pay

Aug. 05, 2022 16:46 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Up to $1,000 in pandemic pay is available for eligible, private-sector essential workers in Connecticut who were employed during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, with a new website for applications up and running on Friday. Workers must have earned...

Connecticut sets up website for women seeking abortions

Aug. 05, 2022 12:21 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut launched a website and telephone hotline on Friday designed to link people seeking abortions with resources in the state. Gov. Ned Lamont, who has touted Connecticut as a haven for women needing reproductive health care after the Supreme Court's...

Court: Police justified in entering home after seeing flies

Aug. 04, 2022 13:51 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The Connecticut Supreme Court ruled Thursday in a murder case that police were justified in entering the defendant's home without a warrant after observing an infestation of flies at a window. The ruling comes in the case of Andrew Samuolis, who is serving a...

Flags lowered for Connecticut soldier killed by lightning

Aug. 02, 2022 17:31 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Flags will be lowered around Connecticut for a soldier killed by lightning while training in Georgia last month. Sgt. 1st Class Michael D. Clark of Bolton had served for 22 years on active duty and as a Army reservist. Clark, 41, had deployed four times to...

Klarides draws conservative criticism ahead of GOP primary

Jul. 26, 2022 21:40 PM EDT

When the Connecticut Republican Party endorsed former state House Minority Leader Themis Klarides for the U.S. Senate this spring, the social moderate was viewed by many past and present party leaders as the GOP's best chance in years to defeat veteran Democratic U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal. ...

Max Reiss, Lamont's spokesperson, leaving the administration

Jul. 26, 2022 16:35 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Max Reiss, the face of Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont's administration for the past three years, said Tuesday he is leaving next month to take a new position in the private sector. Reiss, 36, will become a senior vice president at M&T Bank, which recently...

Catholic hospitals' growth impacts reproductive health care

Jul. 24, 2022 09:11 AM EDT

PUTNAM, Conn. (AP) — Even as numerous Republican-governed states push for sweeping bans on abortion, there is a coinciding surge of concern in some Democratic-led states that options for reproductive health care are dwindling due to expansion of Catholic hospital networks. These...

Abortion ruling prompts variety of reactions from states

Jul. 21, 2022 16:36 PM EDT

The U.S. Supreme Court on June 24 overturned Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that had provided a constitutional right to abortion. The ruling was expected to lead to abortion bans in roughly half the states, although the timing of those laws taking effect varies. Some Republican-led...

Officials: drought worsening in southern New England

Jul. 14, 2022 15:02 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Southern New England is experiencing worsening drought conditions, government officials said Thursday, urging residents to voluntarily take steps to reduce their water consumption. Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont declared a Stage 2 drought, based on a...