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This Connecticut onAir hub supports its citizens to become more informed about and engaged in federal and state politics while facilitating more civil and positive discussions with their representatives, candidates, and fellow Connecticuters.

  • Connecticut onAir is one of 50 state governance and elections hubs that the US onAir Network is providing to reinvigorate our imperiled democracy.
  • Virginia onAir is US onAir’s model of how a state’s onAir Council and curators can enhance a state Hub with fresh Top News and state legislature content, moderated discussions, and production of zoom aircasts with committees, interviews and debates with candidates, and presentations.

For more information  about the many opportunities to learn about and engage with this Connecticut onAir hub, go to this US onAir post on the US onAir central hub.

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Streaming onAir

Covid-19 Update
May 10, 2021

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Te0Ej4huneM

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Go to this webpage to see all hearings and events being streamed by the Connecticut General Assembly (senate and house sessions, hearings, and committees).

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As of December 17, 2019, Connecticut Public is now streaming live on YouTube TV. Dedicated live channels for CPTV and PBS KIDS, as well as local and on-demand programming, are now available to YouTube TV subscribers, expanding PBS’s digital footprint and offering viewers additional ways to stream PBS content.

To access the full line-up available in Connecticut, visit the YouTube TV live guide or the CPTV schedule here.

YouTube TV represents Connecticut Public’s first local livestreaming partnership and includes episodes and on-demand content from locally produced shows and PBS favorites, including American Experience, Antiques Roadshow, Frontline, Great Performances, Masterpiece, Nature and more.

Senate Committee aircasts

These aircasts will be focused on the recent activities of Senate committees during the 2021 General Assembly. Committee chairs will host these aircasts with members of their committees and their invited audience.

Aircasts are Zoom meetings with a host, featured guests, and an online audience livestreamed to the public and archived as YouTube videos.

A recording of the livestreams will be archived in this Hub and, in the future, in our YouTube channel.

House Committee aircasts

These aircasts will be focused on the recent activities of House committees during the 2021 General Assembly. Committee chairs will host these aircasts with members of their committees and their invited audience.

Aircasts are Zoom meetings with a host, featured guests, and an online audience livestreamed to the public and archived as YouTube videos.

A recording of the livestreams will be archived in this Hub and, in the future, in our YouTube channel.

The US onAir Network
May 21, 2021 (02:00)

Connecticut News

Connecticut House votes 122-21 to legalize online gambling
CT Mirror, Mark PazniokasMay 20, 2021 (Short)

Bill legalizing sports betting, online casino games goes to Senate

Connecticut reached a tipping point in its long, complicated relationship with gambling Thursday as the House voted 122-21 for a bill that would make casino games, sports betting and lottery sales available to any adult with an internet connection.

After years of false starts, the measure is the first comprehensive update of gambling laws since the state’s two federally recognized tribes opened Foxwoods Resorts Casino and the Mohegan Sun in the 1990s.

It authorizes the CT Lottery and the two casinos to take sports bets and the casinos to offer virtual versions of slots and table games, a source of new revenue for casinos battered by COVID-19 and competition.

The overwhelming vote in favor reflects a cultural and political shift in a state that barred the sales of liquor on Good Friday until an adverse court ruling in 1981 and clung to Sunday blue laws into the new millennium.

Democrats predict swift adoption of next CT budget
CT Mirror, Keith PhaneufMay 19, 2021 (Short)

Insist Lamont and lawmakers must compromise on tax reform issues

With state tax receipts booming and billions of federal pandemic relief dollars flowing into Connecticut, leaders of the legislature’s Democratic majority on Wednesday predicted swift adoption of a new state budget.

Democratic legislative leaders, who are still at odds with Gov. Ned Lamont over several proposals to shift tax burdens from the poor and middle class onto the rich, also predicted they would make progress in this area — without an adversarial showdown with the fiscally moderate-to-conservative governor.

“This budget really does a lot of things a lot of folks care about,” House Speaker Matt Ritter, D-Hartford said, referring to the biennial budget proposed by legislative committees, as well as plans to invest federal American Rescue Plan money in core services and programs. “We think we are very close to wrapping things up.”

 

House GOP blocks 2022 referendum on absentee voting
Other, Mark PazniokasMay 11, 2021 (Short)

The House Republican minority succeeded Tuesday in delaying by at least two years the ability of Connecticut voters to decide if the state Constitution should be amended to increase the General Assembly’s discretion over the use of absentee ballots.

Connecticut is a rarity among the states: Its rules for absentee voting are among the most restrictive in the U.S., and they are enshrined in its constitution.

At issue Tuesday was a proposed constitutional amendment that would allow — not require — the legislature to authorize no-excuse absentee voting. Notwithstanding the experience elsewhere, Republicans said the change would invite large-scale fraud.

Voting in Connecticut

House GOP blocks 2022 referendum on absentee voting
CT Mirror, Mark PazniokasMay 11, 2021 (Short)

The House Republican minority succeeded Tuesday in delaying by at least two years the ability of Connecticut voters to decide if the state Constitution should be amended to increase the General Assembly’s discretion over the use of absentee ballots.

Connecticut is a rarity among the states: Its rules for absentee voting are among the most restrictive in the U.S., and they are enshrined in its constitution.

At issue Tuesday was a proposed constitutional amendment that would allow — not require — the legislature to authorize no-excuse absentee voting. Notwithstanding the experience elsewhere, Republicans said the change would invite large-scale fraud.

Federal & state elections on the ballot: US Senator, 5 US House members, and State Senate and House members

Ballot measures: None

The Connecticut Division of Elections, part of the Secretary of State, oversees all Connecticut elections.

Connecticut General Assembly

Connecticut House votes 122-21 to legalize online gambling
CT Mirror, Mark PazniokasMay 20, 2021 (Short)

Bill legalizing sports betting, online casino games goes to Senate

Connecticut reached a tipping point in its long, complicated relationship with gambling Thursday as the House voted 122-21 for a bill that would make casino games, sports betting and lottery sales available to any adult with an internet connection.

After years of false starts, the measure is the first comprehensive update of gambling laws since the state’s two federally recognized tribes opened Foxwoods Resorts Casino and the Mohegan Sun in the 1990s.

It authorizes the CT Lottery and the two casinos to take sports bets and the casinos to offer virtual versions of slots and table games, a source of new revenue for casinos battered by COVID-19 and competition.

The overwhelming vote in favor reflects a cultural and political shift in a state that barred the sales of liquor on Good Friday until an adverse court ruling in 1981 and clung to Sunday blue laws into the new millennium.

Democrats predict swift adoption of next CT budget
CT Mirror, Keith PhaneufMay 19, 2021 (Short)

Insist Lamont and lawmakers must compromise on tax reform issues

With state tax receipts booming and billions of federal pandemic relief dollars flowing into Connecticut, leaders of the legislature’s Democratic majority on Wednesday predicted swift adoption of a new state budget.

Democratic legislative leaders, who are still at odds with Gov. Ned Lamont over several proposals to shift tax burdens from the poor and middle class onto the rich, also predicted they would make progress in this area — without an adversarial showdown with the fiscally moderate-to-conservative governor.

“This budget really does a lot of things a lot of folks care about,” House Speaker Matt Ritter, D-Hartford said, referring to the biennial budget proposed by legislative committees, as well as plans to invest federal American Rescue Plan money in core services and programs. “We think we are very close to wrapping things up.”

The Connecticut General Assembly (CGA) is the state legislature of the U.S. state of Connecticut. It is a bicameral body composed of the 151-member House of Representatives and the 36-member Senate. It meets in the state capital, Hartford. There are no term limits for either chamber.

During even-numbered years, the General Assembly is in session from February to May. In odd-numbered years, when the state budget is completed, session lasts from January to June. The governor has the right to call for a special session after the end of the regular session, while the General Assembly can call for a “veto session” after the close in order to override gubernatorial vetoes.

During the first half of session, the House and Senate typically meet on Wednesdays only, though by the end of the session, they meet daily due to increased workload and deadlines.

2022 Elections

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The 2022 United States Senate election in Connecticut will be held on November 8, 2022, to elect a member of the United States Senate to represent the State of Connecticut.

Democrat Richard Blumenthal was first elected to this seat in 2010 with 55.2% over Republican Linda McMahon. He was then re-elected in 2016 with 63.2% over Republican Dan Carter.[1] The race will simultaneously take place with the election to elect Connecticut’s Governor.

Covid-19

Covid-19 Update
May 10, 2021

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Te0Ej4huneM

Governor Lamont's Daily News Briefing on Coronavirus
April 22, 2021

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FuNXq_yRQm8

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