CONNECTICUT

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Connecticut’s Fifth District representative, Elizabeth Esty has announced she will not stand for re-election in November. The decision follows days of intense pressure on Esty, over her handling of a harassment case in 2016 involving her then-chief of staff. 

A Malloy administration energy bill aimed at making it more cost effective for Connecticut homeowners to install solar panels on their rooftops won the approval of a key state legislative committee on Thursday.

Connecticut Democratic Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty says she regrets her handling of a sexual harassment case within her own office. 

A day after the State Senate blocked the nomination of Andrew McDonald as Connecticut's next chief justice, Senate Democrats are hoping a for procedural do over. Democratic Senate President Martin Looney is calling for one of the 19 senators who voted against McDonald's nomination to file a motion to reconsider. 

The Connecticut state Senate has voted down the confirmation of Andrew McDonald to be the state’s next chief justice. It failed largely because of unified opposition from Republicans, who made up 18 of the 19 “no” votes.

The mayors of Connecticut’s two biggest cities are questioning the fairness of a state plan to pay off Hartford’s debt.

Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly said that district administrators in Stonington did not respond to a request for comment. In fact, Stonington High School Principal Mark Friese responded to WNPR in an email before the story was published, and he provided his account of the day’s events, which is now included.

Stonington High School junior Caroline Morehouse was excited when she learned that her school would allow students to walkout of class to protest gun violence in a nationwide day of action on March 14. She'd be standing in solidarity with students from Parkland, Florida, who only a month earlier had lost 17 classmates in yet another school shooting.

Three Connecticut students took center stage Saturday at the “March For Our Lives” rally in Washington, D.C., organized in response to last month’s school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., that killed 17 people.

High school students around the country plan to travel to Washington, D.C., on Saturday for the March For Our Lives. They're calling on Congress to take action to end gun violence in schools.

Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy met with the Republican and Democratic leaders of the State Senate this week in an effort to get his nominee for state chief justice confirmed. The nominee, State Supreme Court Associate Justice Andrew McDonald is a longtime friend and political ally of the Democratic governor, and is facing stiff opposition, mainly from Republicans.

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